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Park Hills Wants to Close Road, but Planning Commission Votes Against

The City of Park Hills wants to close the part of Mount Allen Road that touches the City of Covington and a former campus belonging to Northern Kentucky University that is currently for sale.

The proposal went before the Kenton County Planning Commission earlier this month where it was rejected by a vote of 11-1. Planning & Development Services of Kenton County staff had also recommended against the closure, as did the City of Covington in a letter signed by the city's economic development director Tom West.

Park Hills city council adopted a resolution in favor of the closure, expressing worry about increased traffic.

Attorney Patrick Hughes, representing NKU, argued against the closure. He noted that there is no development plan and that the property had not yet been sold during the planning commission meeting earlier this month.

"The concept of closing Mount Allen Road or some exclusive access to residents of Park Hills is totally inconsistent with the comprehensive plan," Hughes said, referring to the Direction 2030 plan adopted in Kenton County. "Connectivity is a big part of that."

Some neighbors and Park Hills council member Pam Spoor spoke at the planning commission meeting in favor of the closure, to no avail.

The issue was brought up at a subsequent Park Hills city council meeting. Mayor Kathy Zembrodt said that the city hasn't given up. Council members praised citizens for showing up at the planning commission.

Meanwhile, Park Hills city council listened to the first reading of an ordinance to place stop signs at Alhambra Court and Old State Road. There have been traffic issues in that area, with neighbors concerned about near-accidents. Mini-roundabouts and speed humps have also been considered for the site, but the city will try stop signs first.

After a second reading next month and a vote of approval, the stop signs will be placed.

City council also adopted its $1.5 million 2019-20 budget. Councilman Kevin Theissen said there were important outcomes of the budget talks, including not raising taxes, being conservative on revenue, saving 16 percent of the revenues, and reducing debt. 

He mentioned that the bond issue is being paid down.

Council passed the second reading of the contract with Rumpke.  This is the first extension of the original contract. Rates will go from $175.80 per year to $192.24 per year.

Lynn Molitor, Susan Volpenhein, and Stephanie Caldwell introduced themselves at the meeting. They are opening a new business in the old Snappy Tomato location at 1518 Dixie Highway called Yoga Sol. 

Council discussed  making the speed limit more uniform on Amsterdam road. There are portions which are 25 miles per hour, even though most of the road is 20 miles per hour. An ordinance will be drawn up to adopt 20 miles per hour throughout the road.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer and Michael Monks