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From AUC to TUMU to DTR; public invited to weigh in on draft of Covington’s new zoning approach

The Covington public is being invited to take a look at the draft first section of an 18-month effort to create a document that will shape how the City’s neighborhoods and commercial districts look and exist for decades to come. The goal of a Neighborhood Development Code is to take into account and seek to preserve the “look” and “feel” of the surrounding area when making...

Bellevue to make nearly $1M in improvements to Donnermeyer Drive thanks to federal grant

The City of Bellevue will make nearly $1 million in road and sidewalk improvements to Donnermeyer Drive – one of the city’s key transportation corridors – that will make the road and sidewalks safer, more attractive, and more pedestrian and biker friendly. Donnermeyer Drive as it looks today (provided images) OKI Regional Council of Governments recently approved $792,000 in federal funds for...

Governor’s race is a dead heat just three weeks from election day, according to Mason Dixon Poll

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The governor’s race in Kentucky is a dead heat, according to poll results released on Wednesday, less than three weeks until the election. The Mason Dixon Poll of likely voters shows 46 percent support Matt Bevin’s bid for re-election, and 46 percent for Democratic challenger Andy Beshear, the current Attorney General. One percent of respondents...

Rebuilt Peaselburg Park open for playing; next in line is construction at Barb Cook and planning at Goebel

It was easy to tell “who” from “whom” at the grand opening last week of the redeveloped Peaselburg Park on Howell Street. Covington Mayor Joe Meyer helped cut the ribbon while City Commissioners, Parks & Rec officials, and youth watched, but not for long (provided photos). “Officials” – for the most part – cut a ribbon and stood around. The kids? They...

KOHS: As teen driver safety week approaches, make sure they know the rules before handing over keys

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, to help empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely. “Parents have a strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said Acting KOHS Executive...

Judge rules in favor of Democratic Party in lawsuit filed over 165,000 voters moved to inactive list

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Franklin Circuit Judge Monday afternoon ruled in favor of the Kentucky Democratic Party in their lawsuit filed over moving 165,000 registered Kentucky voters to an inactive list. The suit was filed at Franklin Circuit Court by the Kentucky Democratic Party against the State Board of Elections, and Attorney Anna Whites said following oral arguments Monday morning that while...

National report shows Kentucky is a freight leader but underfunded infrastructure could hinder growth

Kentucky freight shipments are currently among the nation’s highest and are expected to increase by nearly two-thirds in the coming years. However, without adequate infrastructure funding for needed transportation improvements, Kentucky’s continued economic growth could be at risk. Kentucky’s freight system currently moves more than $578 billion worth of freight each year, the 14th highest rate...

Covington offers free tree for residents; ROAD iD donation designed to grow the city’s canopy  

Want a free tree for your yard? The City of Covington has a limited number of trees to give away, thanks to an Arbor Day initiative by Covington firm ROAD iD. The tulip tree – known for its distinctive leaves and large flowers – is the state tree of Kentucky. But you have to act fast: “It’s first come, first served, and the trees will go fast,” said Cassandra Homan, the...

City of Covington IT director recognized by peers as a ‘rising tech star’ for digital transformation efforts

Within City Hall, “I don’t know, ask Kendall” has been a common refrain among City employees who go to IT director Kendall Huff a dozen times a day with questions about technology, software, and uncooperative computers and phones. The City of Covington’s Kendall Huff was recognized as a ‘rising star’ for his role in the IT modernization efforts at City Hall (provided...

City of Wilder to host groundbreaking for new 3-acre City Center Park behind the city building on Sunday

The City of Wilder will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, October 13th at 1 p.m. to welcome the latest addition to the city. The City will be breaking ground for its new park located behind the city building. The park will cover approximately 3 acres of land and will feature an expansion of the existing playground, a splash park, sport court, sand volleyball courts, a concession building...

Northern Kentucky Water District’s improved credit rating to net $500,000 savings on bond issue

Northern Kentucky Water District has received an improved credit rating on the issuance of bonds in a transaction structured by Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA). Cincinnati-based RSA served as the municipal adviser to the issuance of the District’s Series 2019 Bonds, which totaled $17.8 million. The Series 2019 Bonds, rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Services, were sold competitively...

More Covington police and fire personnel take retirement, resign; financial ordinance proposed

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s starting to sound a bit like a broken record, as once again, Covington City commissioners have to say goodbye to experienced safety personnel. Three more police staff are retiring, and another firefighter is resigning, Commissioners were told at their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night. That makes at least a dozen police and firefighters who have...

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul touch on impeachment issue in speeches to Federalist Society in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators weighed in on the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump while in Frankfort Monday to speak to the Federalist Society. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, wouldn’t talk to reporters after his speech but did make a brief comment on impeachment during his remarks to the group. “People think of it as a judicial-type proceeding,...

Covington seeks input on waste, recycling collection, looks for feedback on current, new services

The City of Covington is asking residents whether it should create new programs or expand existing ones geared toward specific waste streams, such as electronic waste. Does your garbage get picked up on time? Do you recycle? Would you pay more for special programs like curbside yard waste collection or bulk item drop-off? These are among the questions on an online survey the City of Covington is asking...

Fences block access to Riverfront Commons construction site, murals, amid safety concerns

Visitors who want to get an up-close-and-personal look of The Roebling Murals at the Covington Waterfront will be unable to do so for the time being, because of safety concerns. The sidewalk that runs along the Ohio River side of the floodwall is part of the active construction site for Riverfront Commons, the $6.54 million project that will drastically energize public use of the riverfront. The work,...