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Gov. Briefs: Erlanger adds school zone; Apply for BC Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy; Wilder touch-a-truck

Commonwealth Avenue and Baker Street is now considered a school zone thanks to the City of Erlanger, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Erlanger-Elsmere School District.

In March 2018, Councilmember Patty Suedkamp contacted City Administrator Matt Kremer with concerns regarding students crossing Commonwealth Avenue during school hours. Two students had already been struck the previous month.

City officials studied the area and determined the specifics of what was required to change it to a school zone. They contacted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet which immediately looked into the issue and collected traffic and pedestrian counts in April 2018. They agreed a school zone was needed.

James Minckley, KYTC District 6 Transportation Engineering Branch Manager, was an integral partner in establishing the school zone.

Erlanger City Council passed an ordinance in May 2018, declaring Commonwealth Avenue and Baker Street a school zone. Signage construction began in December 2018 and was completed in May 2019.

“We are confident this added attention to the intersection will ensure motorists take more care traveling through this area and pay more attention during school hours, “ said City Administrator Matt Kremer.

“The coordination between the City of Erlanger, the Erlanger/Elsmere School District, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is a great example of how government agencies can work together to achieve results and improve safety on our state and local roads,” said Mayor Jessica Fette.

City of Erlanger

Applications being accepted for Boone County Sheriff  Citizens Academy

The Boone County Sheriff is accepting applications for its 2019 Citizen’s Academy.

Citizen’s Academy is a 10-week program designed to provide the citizens with an in-depth understanding of the science and art of Law Enforcement in Boone County.

The academy will provide citizens an opportunity to learn more about the 256 square miles of Boone County and its 131,000 residents. The academy will offer a “hands on” opportunity to learn more about the complex and diverse service of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

The ten-week program will include an orientation concerning the duties of the Sheriff, as well as instruction by many Boone County Sheriff Deputies and other Criminal Justice Professionals.

The classes are held on Thursday evenings, once a week, over a (10) ten-week consecutive period. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Class start Sept. 12 and end Nov. 21.

A copy of the Citizen’s Academy application is available here.

To apply, complete the application and forward via Fax, e-mail, US Postal Service, or drop off, to:

Sgt. Nate Becker 3000 Conrad Lane Burlington, KY 41005(859) 334-8468 Desk; nbecker@boonecountyky.org

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have no felony charges. Additionally, The Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to deny any application as deemed appropriate.

Boone County Sheriff

Wilder touch-a-truck a success

The City of Wilder, Wilder Police Department and Wilder Fire Department hosted its 3rd annual Touch-a-Truck event at Frederick’s Landing.

“This community event was a huge success for adults and kids of all ages thanks to all the local resources that supported us” said Mayor Bob Arnold.

Families enjoyed complimentary Papa John’s pizza, drinks, and Kona Ice. Children and their families were given the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seats and honk horns, turn on lights, sirens, explore and learn about Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Police Cars, Public Works Trucks and other commercial vehicles. 

Participants included Wilder Police Department, Wilder Fire Department, Southgate-Wilder EMS, Wilder Public Works Department, Campbell County Regional SWAT, Campbell County Search and Rescue, Castellini Company, Maxim Crane Works, Rumpke, Dempsey Towing, KY Transportation Cabinet, KY Fish and Wildlife and Campbell Media. Also on hand were members of Campbell County Consolidated Dispatch to educate about the Smart911.com.

City of Wilder

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