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Leaf pickup starts today in Covington and will continue through Dec. 22 — check the schedule

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” wrote English poet Emily Bronte some 200 years ago … but then she didn’t have to rake all those falling leaves. If she had, the “speaking” might have included the words of sailors instead of poets. Hoping to keep both its streets and verbiage clean, the City of Covington will again help residents deal with the beautiful...

Kentucky Secretary of State provides guidance to voters about intimidation at polls: Know your rights

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls. “Voting is your sacred right. Don’t let anyone take it away – know your rights,” Adams said. Michael Adams MAKE A PLAN & PROTECT YOUR VOTE • Know and plan ahead how, when and where you will vote.  Visit www.GoVoteKY.com to find information about your requested absentee ballot, voting...

Safety improvement project set to begin Monday on KY 2373 (Bromley Crescent Springs Road)

A safety improvement project is ready to begin on KY 2373 (Bromley Crescent Springs Road) between Anderson Road and the first Amsterdam intersection. The project will improve the two-lane road and add a multi-use path. Starting next Monday (Oct. 26), utility work will begin and is expected to last through the remainder of 2020. Traffic will be maintained, but long delays are expected when crews are...

New Horizon Foundation’s Parks Fund lets public buy into Covington Parks and Rec

It doesn’t have its own irreverent TV show, but what’s known as Parks & Rec in the City of Covington has a lot of friends. Offering everything from a splash park to an end-of-summer “dog swim” to arts and crafts to a mountain bike trail near a haunted old incinerator, the City’s 40 different parks, playgrounds, and facilities attract a myriad users, volunteers, and supporters. With a...

SD1 to begin Phase I of US 27/AA Highway sanitary sewer improvements later this month

Sanitation District No. 1 will begin the first phase of a sanitary sewer improvement project along US 27 and the AA Highway this month. During this first phase of the project, SD1 will upgrade about 7,000 linear feet of gravity sewer from the high point of the AA Highway near Enzweiler Road, running east to the Riley Road Pump Station. This phase of the project will cost approximately $2 million. By...

Covington close to agreement for state highway maintenance, Crown Act, Halloween safety, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The City of Covington is one step closer to reaching an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to maintain the state highways within its limits. City Commissioners heard the proposal Tuesday night at their regularly scheduled caucus meeting, which was again held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. Chris Warneford, the city’s public works director,...

Mount Zion Road in Boone County reopened; rebuild project made needed improvements to traffic flow

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the recent reopening to traffic of Mount Zion Road in Boone County with substantial completion of an expansion project that was badly needed for a growing area of Northern Kentucky. “One way we make a better Kentucky is by constantly striving to build and maintain the kind of modern, efficient transportation infrastructure on which a thriving economy and high...

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Kentucky’s transfer-agreement law for abortion clinics

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled to uphold Kentucky’s transfer-agreement law and its implementing regulation that requires abortion clinics have a transfer agreement with a hospital as well as an agreement with a local ambulance provider. 
The law was passed in 1998 by the General Assembly. Daniel Cameron 
The transfer agreement ensures that...

Covington’s user-friendly form-based code, a new approach to zoning, is now in effect

Less red tape. Quicker decisions. Clearer guidance. Less expense. Easier research. And a more flexible attitude.   Those are the earmarks of a fundamentally new approach to land development – commonly known as “zoning” – that takes effect today in the City of Covington.   The impact of the switch from an unwieldy, one-size-fits-all Zoning Ordinance to a form-based Neighborhood Development...

Five honorees recognized with 2020 Kenton County Pioneer Award for outstanding community service

The Kenton County Pioneer Award is bestowed on living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. It honors those who demonstrate servant leadership combined with awareness of the needs of fellow residents. The Kenton County Ethics Commission reviewed this year’s nominations and identified five deserving...

Sanitation District No.1 bond refunding saves ratepayers nearly $75 million through 2041

Sanitation District No.1 recently completed its latest round of bond refunding, saving ratepayers $14.8 million in debt service over the life of two refunded bond series. Combined with two previous rounds of bond refunding over the last four years, SD1 has saved current and future ratepayers $74,597,983. This amounts to an annual savings of nearly $3 million per year through 2041. Adam Chaney “This...

Crown Act ordinance gets Covington Commission’s first reading; city seeks Homeland Security grant

By Ryan Clark Special to NKyTribune In two weeks, Covington Commissioner Michelle Williams said she will be coming to the city’s legislative meeting in her natural curly hair. “Don’t be shocked,” she said, laughing. It would be appropriate, as that is when the city will hear a second reading and vote on their new amendment to the city’s Human Rights Ordinance, one that supports the Crown...

Northern Kentucky cities participate in recent ‘Operation Crash Reduction’ to promote safer roads

To help drivers and passengers remember the importance of seat-belt use and other safe-driving practices, the Commonwealth of Kentucky promoted “Operation Crash Reduction” (OCR) during the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The operation ran from Oct. 9 through Oct. 12 with a goal of saving lives and preventing injuries due to traffic crashes. During this time, law enforcement agencies from Covington,...

SD1 celebrates 200th storm water public cost-share project; provided $14 million to assist local cities

Sanitation District No. 1 recently celebrated the 200th project in its community partnership storm water assistance public cost-share program. The program, which was created in 2003, has provided $14 million to assist local cities and counties in addressing storm water issues that affect public and private property in Northern Kentucky. 

The Public Cost-Share Program provides financial assistance...