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Erlanger Delays Vote to Reduce Council Size; New Festival Moving Forward

The proposal to reduce the Erlanger city council's membership from twelve to eight will take place at a special meeting on Tuesday, August 20.

At a meeting earlier this month, council member Tyson Hermes, who favors the change, could not be present, so the vote was pushed off.

Other council members who oppose the idea wanted to move forward with the vote.

Based on comments at earlier meetings, the proposal is likely to fail when finally voted on next week.

In other business, the city council postponed a vote on the annexation of nearly eight acres of unincorporated property in Kenton County along the east side of Turkey Foot Road and the south side of Misty Creek Drive. Council decided it wishes to discuss the issue further.

The first reading of the ordinance setting the property tax rates took place: the ad valorem tax on real property is to be set at the rate of $0.317 dollars for each $100 of assessed value. The ad valorem tax on personal property other than motor vehicles is to be set at $0.554 dollars for every $100 of assessed value.

Mayor Jessica Fette introduced the logo for the Summer Sendoff, a one-day festival set for 2020, which is set to replace Heritage Day in the city. She thanked Dustin Miller for his design.

Councilwoman Patty Suedkamp had questions.

"I think all of this planning is great, but do we have the sponsors for this?," Suedkamp asked. "I think it would be so much fun, but it's going to cost a lot of money. Do we have the money?"

Fette said the city was waiting on branding and logo.

"I am just concerned that we're going to wind up in the hole over this,"  Suedkamp said, adding that some local festivals have closed. "I pray not, because you are working so hard on this. But I have a deep concern about the money issue."

Fette assured her Suedkamp she would not let that happen.

Council voted to change a previous road work contract awarded to Bluegrass Paving last month because that company was unable to meet the city's deadline. Instead, council awarded the contract to Michels and Sons Construction at a cost 16 percent higher.

Council also awarded a contract to JPS Construction for $860,410 to improve three streets in Woodchase subdivision. The amount was slightly over what council had budgeted.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor