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Silver Grove Closer to Sidewalk Project, Sees Big Savings from Police Dept. Dissolution

Silver Grove took another step toward the launching of its much-anticipated sidewalk project Thursday. Justin Verst, senior engineer at Viox and Viox, updated city council members on the progress of the project at the city council meeting Thursday night.

Verst said the survey and fieldwork for the project are done, and deeds are being researched. The city expects to have a state-approved appraiser on board by next month’s meeting. Construction is anticipated to begin next spring.

The Silver Grove city council approved the city’s accounting for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The city had a net profit of $217,277, despite having anticipated a budget deficit of $103,141.

Almost $155,000 of the budget difference was a result of dissolving the city’s police department and selling law enforcement materials to the Campbell County Police Department, which began patrolling Silver Grove on January 1.  

City council member Scott McCarter said in the meeting that the remaining difference was a result of the city being frugal with spending and suggested that the city invest in another project to spend some of its surplus.

The city also budgeted $28,000 for the parks and recreation department in case a major renovation project was needed, but spent less than $1,000.

“We’ve done several projects over the past couple years, and we’re working on replacing the backstop at the baseball field for this coming year. So we didn’t really need any major park renovations last year, but we always include that in the budget just in case,” said Mayor Neal Bedel.

Silver Grove also approved the contract of Steve Dasenbrock as the city’s new attorney, replacing Cameron Blau, who was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to the office of District Judge of the 17th Judicial District in June.

The Silver Grove city council will meet again on Thursday, August 4 at the Silver Grove Municipal Building. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Written by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor