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Park Hills Considers Solutions for Difficult Intersections

The City of Park Hills is expected to keeps its tax rates the same as the previous fiscal year.

The ad valorem tax will be rest at a rate of $0.209 for every $100 of value on real estate, $0.334 for each $100 of value on motor vehicle, $0.75 per $100 value on all corporate franchises and personal property other than vehicles, and $0.155 for each $100 of assessed value as a road tax on all personal property.

The city's tax bills will be sent out in August.

Resident and former councilman Karl Oberjohn gave a presentation on possible solutions to two difficult intersections: Old State Road at Saint James Avenue and Terrace Drive, and Amsterdam Road at Lawton Road.

Oberjohn said there is poor visibility at both intersections and noted there are crosswalks at each, but argued that pedestrians take their lives in their hands if they expect a car to stop.

Oberjohn suggested either a crosswalk painted with broad stripes, or an upright stop sign that can be affixed to the pavement, or both. 

Council liked both of the ideas, and instructed Dan VonHandorf, public works director, to talk to someone about the cost of the striping, and possibly the signs.   Councilwoman Pam Spoor told council they ought to look at using the same measures at Sleepy Hollow and at Amsterdam roads. Mayor Zembrodt said she would call Ft. Wright Mayor Dave Hatter to see if he wanted to agree to the crosswalks.

Council also passed the second reading of an ordinance allowing the installation of stop signs at the intersection of Alhambra Court and Old State Road.

Council had discussed the bids for Jackson Road last month, and decided to study the bids for a month and make a more educated decision once they were able to compare the bids, which they deemed to be complicated.

They finally decided to go with the lowest bid, which was Paul Michels and Sons, for $939,873.25.  

Council wanted a contract review and an upfront limit on communication, since they were not happy with the company's communication on another project.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor