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Ft. Wright Secures Easements for Final 3 Properties Impacted by Amsterdam Work

Work on the $3 million project to improve Amsterdam Road continues, and will result in new sidewalks in some spots.

The City of Fort Wright received a grant to fund most of the project but had to kick in 20 percent to match. CT Consultants representative Marty Hellmann told city council that all easements have been obtained, except for three, which are all owned by the same company.

The owner plans to do work on the properties, costing between $15,000 to $20,000, and the owner wants $7,500 in assistance, particularly to add more parking since the road work will have an impact on that.

Other easements were acquired using city money and city administrator Jill Bailey said that it all depended on the amount of property involved.

Council voted to pay the $7,500 for the three easements.

In other business, Ken Lovelace was hired as a police officer in the city and comes to the department from the CVG Airport Police Department. He is a graduate of Holmes High School and moved to Ft. Wright five years ago.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Marc Schworer told council his officers will now be wearing their bulletproof vests on the outside of their uniforms for the night shifts. He said many departments are set to do the same thing.

Bailey said that only one company, Rumpke, submitted a bid to handle the city's trash collection and recycling.

Rumpke is the city's current provider. 

The proposal lays out prices for two-year increments, with $179.40 per property from 2019-2021, then up to $196.80 from 2021-2023, and $215.88 from 2023 to 2025. Recycling charges will remain the same. A large 95-gallon trash can would cost an additional $2.50 per month.

An alternate bid from Rumpke included the same prices, except that a 95-gallon trash can would be included for each address, but included the stipulation that all trash from that property be planed in that bin.

Mayor Dave Hatter said that people tend to be upset if council changes the collection of trash. Council voted to accept the first bid, with the $2.50 per month charge for 95-gallon cans.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor