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Edgewood Agrees to Be Part of Kenton SWAT Team

The Edgewood city council approved an interlocal agreement with Kenton County to be part of the regional SWAT unit.

One Edgewood police officer is a team leader for the SWAT unit.

Lt. Brian Zuborg said that even though no one wants to see a SWAT call, it is important to know that it is there for serious situations.

City Attorney Frank Wichmann said that council will have to send Kenton County a copy of its meeting minutes so that there is a record of the city's consent.

City council also amended its budget to add a generous grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its fire department, and to pay for a school resource officer and another police officer who should be finished with police academy training in time for Chief Tony Kramer's retirement next year.

The city budget increased from $14,694,850 to $14,993,684.

City council also decided to change the way it funds the city health insurance program. Previously the money came from the budget's general fund, but after advice from an auditor, it will now come from a new account, titled internal service fund.

Mayor John Link reminded residents that there is a 2 percent discount on city taxes, if paid before November 30.

The city's annual holiday tree lighting event will be November 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Edgewood Senior Center. Visitors are asked to donate a canned good.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor