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Speed Humps Explored Again at Park Hills Council Meeting

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article indicated that OpenGov software costs the City of Park Hills $35,000 annually. The actual cost is $3,500 per year. The article has been updated and corrected. RCN regrets the error and apologizes for it.

Park Hills City Councilwoman Sarah Froleich said last week that she withdrew the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would regulate the placement of speed humps on city streets.

Froelich said there needs to be more research on the subject, especially after the previous council caucus meeting that revealed many lingering questions about how to proceed.

Councilman Kevin Theissen said he spoke with resident Dave Sippel, who was also at the meeting, and had a robust discussion about a temporary speed hump being installed on Audubon Road. 

Sippel said that he supported council having a discussion on the topic.

Froelcih said council would also have to consider appropriate signage to warn drivers of speed humps.

Resident and former council member Mark Cooper said the city needs to replace speed signs near Miller's Pond. He said the three-way stop signs are unreadable. He also suggested the installation of stop signs that warn about fines for running through without stopping. Mayor Kathy Zembrodt said she would look into it.

Councilwoman Pam Spoor said there have been two times this month when the city's Open Gov software had logging errors. Open Gov is a computer program that allows citizens to have up-to-date information about how governments use their funds.

Police Chief Stanley Cody said that one of his officers is spending more time than expected working with the site. 

Spoor questioned whether it is the best use of the city's time when errors continue, and the program costs $3,500 per year. It was suggested that a representative from the company could come and talk to council about why the errors keep occurring.

It was reported that the project of sidewalks for St. Joseph Lane is still in the works, but the needed signatures from the state have yet to materialize, so the earliest that the project can proceed is next spring.

Fire Chief John Rigney mentioned that this will be the 65th year that the fire department has participated in a social gathering at the firehouse with hot dogs and drinks.

Public Works Director Dan VonHandorf said leaf collection is beginning. He also said not to forget that the city's Halloween hayride is on October 27.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor