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Vote on Size of Erlanger Council Expected in August

Erlanger city council listened to the first reading of an ordinance that would reduce the size of the council from twelve members to eight.

The issue has been discussed for many weeks, first proposed by councilman and former mayor Tyson Hermes.

Erlanger's city council is the largest municipal government in Northern Kentucky with thirteen members when counting the mayor, who is elected separately.

The proposal has been met with opposition from some members of council.

Erlanger's twelve council members include two sets of family members, father-daughter and husband-wife sets.

Councilwoman Renee Skidmore asked why the issue was on the agenda and how many more times the council was going to discuss it.

Mayor Jessica Fette said that Councilwoman Corine Pitts had wanted the issue to be laid to rest, so it was put up to be considered for a vote.

The second reading and official vote will take place at August's regular meeting.

In other business, the city's business spotlight was shined upon Money Mailers, which owner Kevin Eberly said has operated in Erlanger for twenty years. 

Public Works Director Peter Glenn announced that bids have been opened for three separate projects.

The first is the milling and resurfacing of Old Turkeyfoot Road, Narrows Road, Ashmont Drive, Lakemont Drive, and Sherbourne Drive. The lowest bid was $668,071.50 from Bluegrass Paving. Council voted to accept the bid.

The second project is crack-filling for several streets throughout the city. The lowest bid was $66,000 from Paul Michels and Sons. Council accepted the bid.

The third project is removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk sections. The lowest bid received was from JPS Construction in the amount of $201,355.50. Council accepted the bid.

All three bids came in below the estimated cost in the budget.

Council voted to establish an economic incentive and grant for small businesses to remain in the city and make capital improvements to their buildings through facade and exterior improvements.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor