Taylor Mill Hopes to Be More Competitive in First Responder Hiring & Other Notes
Taylor Mill Mayor Daniel Bell announced Wednesday night that the city will be taking a serious look at its pay scale, particularly for Fire/EMS due to the fact that administrators are going to be interviewing for three new full-time positions starting next week.
"We have got to stay more competitive," said Mayor Bell, making a comment about a revolving door. "We will reevaluate the pay scale so that we can retain good people."
The police department also filled a position, and Michael Welch will begin next week. Commissioners gave their OK for the position.
City Engineer Mark Bruggemann gave a report on the lighting on Pride Parkway, saying there has been progress, and he is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He said the Federal Aviation Administration has given approval for the height of the poles, and now the city seems to have all the necessary approvals, but Brueggeman stopped short of giving an estimated time frame for the project.
Bruggemann also said that the project of basically reconstructing the edges of Russ Road due to erosion by Holdsbranch Creek should be going out to bid soon, and the bids will be opened on April 7, with the commission set to approve the recommended bid at the April 13 meeting. The street has about 7 to 8 houses on it and the road is residents' only way in or out.
The Church Street repaving project has been put on hold because Sanitation District #1 has not determined when it is going to do its work on the street which has to be done before the city's work.
The city received $240,000 from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) to put sidewalks in from the current Taylor Mill Road to Pride Park, and to the Districts of Taylor Mill, which left the city with $60,000 to complete the project. Bruggemann reported that the next phase is the acquiring of easements, and the city is hoping for construction in the summer.
Commissioner Ed Kuehne thanked Mother Nature for a mild winter, saying that last year the city spent $45,000 on salt and sand and that this year the city has spent somewhere in the mid-$20,000 range. He went on to say thanks to maintenance director Marc Roden's crew for picking up 16 bags of garbage around Pride Park, and to the families who regularly help pick up garbage. Kuehne also asked for the community's help in reporting problem potholes or fallen trees.
Commissioner Debby Kreimborg announced that the annual Easter Egg hunt will be this Saturday at 1 p.m., and people who want to participate should plan on arriving a little early because of parking. There will be four categories for children from babies to age 10, and if the hunt is rained out Saturday, the rain date is March 19. She also announced that the city will host the Vietnam Veteran's Moving Wall the week of July 28 to August 1, and Mayor Bell said he wishes everyone would plan on coming to see the wall.
Mayor Bell and City Administrator Jill Bailey read proclamations declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Autism Awareness Month. It was also announced that Taylor Mill will sign the necessary papers to participate in the Northern Kentucky Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though the official participation is routine, Commissioners still had to vote on the resolution, and Mayor Bell said that the city can be reimbursed if they help with the crises.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer
Photo: Taylor Mill City Commission (RCN)