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OAG responds to complaint, rules City of Villa Hills did not violate state Open Meetings Act on May 16

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has determined that the Villa Hills City Council did not violate the state’s Open Meetings act on May 16. A large and vocal crowd filled the River Ridge Elementary School cafeteria March 6 for a Villa Hills City Council vote on a controversial zone change that would allow development at a site on the St. Walburg...

Covington supports development plan for former Gateway Hilltop Campus site — with conditions

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter After listening to a public hearing last week and further discussing the pros and cons Tuesday night, city commissioners have agreed to support the Stage I Plan of a proposed residential development at a former Gateway Community and Technical College site. But there are two conditions, which involve streets in two cities. More than three dozen residents and leaders...

Interstate 471 ramp and lane closures scheduled for travel into Northern Kentucky this week

Bridge work requires the following various nightly ramp closures on Interstate 471: *Close the ramp from south I-71 to south I-471 and the Reading Road/Liberty Street ramps to south I-471 from 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 21. The ramps from Fifth Street and U.S. 50 to south I-471 will also be closed during this time. *Various lane closures on Eggleston Avenue and Culvert Street...

Kelly ran for commonwealth’s attorney to restore the public trust and identifies that as his first priority

By Kevin Eigelbach NKyTribune reporter Many people have asked Louis Kelly what his first priority will be when he takes office in January as the new commonwealth’s attorney for Boone and Gallatin counties. He tells them that since he campaigned on a platform of restoring public trust in the office, he’ll do things he thinks will help do that. It’s not something that he can do overnight. Louis...

In Covington, Rumpke to start hour earlier on brutally hot days in effort to keep crews safe and healthy

On brutally hot days, the garbage trucks may be driving down Covington streets an hour earlier than usual.  In an effort to protect workers at Rumpke Waste & Recycling from heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, the City of Covington has agreed to let Rumpke begin residential and commercial collection at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. on certain days. “They have a physically...

Kenton County Animal Shelter to change hours beginning July 1, to be more community focused

Beginning July 1, the Kenton County Animal Shelter will have new shelter hours to offer better services for the public. These hours will affect both the Adoption Center side and the Receiving Center side of the shelter. Previously, each side had slightly different hours. The new hours are as follows: Monday………………………..12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Tuesday…………………………12:00...

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers to ‘Summer Scrub’ roadsides; eligible for Beautify the Bluegrass contest

Throughout the Commonwealth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers will participate in the scheduled 2018 Summer Scrub cleanup between Monday, June 18, and Sunday, June 24. Volunteer groups are eligible to submit their Adopt-a-Highway projects for entry in Gov. Matt Bevin’s Beautify the Bluegrass contest, sponsored by Kentucky Living. Summer Scrub is an annual roadside...

No need to leave town to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options: Covington has plenty to offer

Sunday is Father’s Day, but there’s no need to take a long, expensive trip out of town to celebrate. Covington is host to a long list of exciting events this weekend for all ages. Here are some of the highlights: Ohio River Sweep Join an estimated 13,000 volunteers from Pittsburgh to Cairo (Ill.) in picking up trash and debris along the Ohio River and its tributaries. Covington has three...

Covington’s Manager of Analytics & Intelligence goes inside the numbers to drive push for better service

In a second-floor office far from the public eye, the City of Covington’s numbers guru, Dr. Todd Sink, is doing his thing: aggregating, organizing, labeling, checking, analyzing, warehousing, and updating data. Dr. Todd Sink is the City of Covington’s Manager of Analytics & Intelligence (provided photo). Lots of data. So far, in fact, 1.75 million different records. Want to know what...

City of Covington hearing explains use of $3.6 million Community Development Block Grant, HOME funds

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter City residents have until June 25 to study and comment on a plan for how officials will use $3.6 million in federal funding earmarked to improve the lives of low to moderate-income area families. Chances are, the residents are going to like what they see. Jeremy Wallace, community development manager for Covington, presented at a public hearing during the city’s...

KSP takes novel approach to attract recruits; asks for eligible volunteers to claim new Dodge Chargers

The Kentucky State Police have taken a unique approach to recruitment. The KSP Public Affairs Branch issued the following statement, using the promise of a new car, to encourage applicants. Each year the Kentucky State Police offers top-of-the-line Dodge Chargers to the general public. For the last few years, many have gone unclaimed. “It’s quite baffling. These are top of the line vehicles,”...

Labor Cabinet conducts 23 on-site consultative surveys, saves Kentucky employers $651,000

Last month, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet conducted 23 free on-site visits, or “consultative surveys” for Kentucky employers – correcting 93 serious violations that could have affected up to 1,933 employees. This resulted in saving participating companies up to $651,000 in potential enforcement penalties. The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health Education & Training,...

Bellevue enters into agreement with Campbell County P&Z to perform administrative functions

The City of Bellevue has entered into an agreement with Campbell County to perform Planning & Zoning Administration functions on behalf of the City. The agreement went into effect on June 4. Campbell County Planning and Zoning Department will now perform functions including applications for building and zoning permits, map and text amendments, development plan review, sign, fence, and other accessory...

Covington officials embrace inclusivity and diversity, will participate in Sunday’s NKY Pride Parade

Declaring that inclusivity and diversity are hallmarks of Northern Kentucky’s largest city, City of Covington officials are gearing up to participate in Sunday’s NKY Pride Parade. The parade – whose theme is “Y’all Means All!: The Future is Bright” – will be led by Mayor Joe Meyer and Police Chief Rob Nader, riding in a golf cart. Further back will be a fire...

With final spending numbers in, lobbying hits all-time high for 2018 General Assembly session

The final lobbying spending numbers for the 2018 General Assembly are in, and spending hit an all-time high of $10.67 million, putting Kentucky on track for a record-breaking year in which more than $22 million will be spent on lobbying. The lobbying spending reports filed by a wide array of businesses and organizations give another clear picture of the increasing importance of public policy to the...