Bromley Decides to Move Forward on New Entrance Signs, Turns to PDS for Building Inspection
The City of Bromley decided to use Planning & Development Services of Kenton County for its code enforcement, building inspection, and course zoning.
Previously, the city had used a part-time employee and when that person resigned last fall, council made an offer to a new employee soon after.
But now, the city is set to use the county agency, discussing the change in-depth with a representative from PDS at its city council meeting this month after initially deciding to go in this direction in May.
"We decided we wanted full-time service with all the tools and tracking PDS could provide," said Councilwoman Gail Smith, in an email to The River City News. The service will cost the city approximately $4,800 per year, she said, which is what was being paid to the part-time employee.
The city is dealing with a number of blighted properties, members of council said.
"We have a whole list of stuff that once this is enacted, we are going to take step by step," said Mayor Mike Denham. "What we don't want to do is flood (PDS) with a hundred things to do. We do have to watch our expenses, because this is all going to cost us, so if we take the worst ones first... all we're going to tell (PDS) is, we have issues with these properties."
"We are glad to have you and we're looking forward to the city looking much better," said Councilwoman Nancy Kienker.
Bromley is also looking to spruce up its gateways with new signage.
Councilman Mike Kendall asked his fellow council members to approve $10,000 for new entrance signs at all corners of the city. But, the expense was not without concern - because BP and Marathon, which have large facilities in the city, make an estimated property tax payment. That could mean that the city could be forced to reimburse some of the funds, if BP or Marathon overpays.
"I'm caution," Smith said at the meeting. One of the businesses paid around $90,000, and the other paid around $65,000, she said. The final amounts won't be known until September.
"If they are going to overpay us and then try to get their money back at the end of the year, that holds that money hostage and we just can't operate that way," Kendall said. "We can't jump into their financial business, but we can get some answers.
"That's 110 percent greater than last year."
"I don't know short of some sort of forensic audit how you can ever get that resolved," said City Attorney Kim Vocke.
"I think we should at least try," Kendall said. "We wanted to accomplish certain things. By holding that money and not accomplishing some of things we want to do like constructing the entrance signs - we need to do something."
Kendall noted that one sign is missing on Kentucky Route 8 and that Highwater Road has been without one for some time.
"I would like to make a motion that we at least replace the entrance signs," Kendall said. "I will get new quotes, new styles, different styles, so we can look at all different styles and get quotes for each style."
Council voted unanimously to budget $10,000 for the sign project. There will be five signs in all.