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New online tool provides searchable zoning data in Covington’s Neighborhood Development Code

With a few clicks of a computer key, you can now access the answers to hundreds of questions zoning and use of properties in within the City of Covington. The city created an online search tool that allows users to zero in on a particular address, then find out how it’s treated and/or regulated by the City’s Neighborhood Development Code (NDC). The Code is a new approach to land use that last...

From federal cases to ‘funky’ stuff, departing Covington city solicitor reflects on career

If there’s one thing that Michael Bartlett learned in almost six years in the City of Covington’s legal office, it was to be alert and nimble. “As the saying goes, no day is the same,” Bartlett said. “Every time that phone rings, it could be anything from a wrong number to the Department of Justice wanting to talk about a consent decree about school resource officers. That’s just the variety...

Kenton County Fiscal Court to make high-speed internet available to all residents

Kenton County plans to make high-speed internet available to all residents. “One of Kenton County’s top priorities is to deliver access to high-speed broadband internet to all of our families. That goal is now becoming a reality with the approval of our contract with Cincinnati Bell to make their high speed internet fiber-to-the-premise network available to all residents in the next 24 to 36 months,...

City of Erlanger accepting applications to fill seat left vacant by passing of council member Kathy Cahill

Erlanger City Council is accepting applications from interested residents to fill a vacant seat left by the recent passing of longtime Council Member Kathy Cahill. Interested Erlanger residents who are qualified to hold office should submit a letter of intent or a resume that will then be considered by current members of the city council. The information must be emailed for council review at info@cityoferlanger.com...

Covington commissioners vote unanimously to move forward with Orchard Park development

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Calling it the “next step” for the project, Mayor Joseph U. Meyer and city Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with the contentious development of Orchard Park. In a special legislative meeting primarily called to discuss and vote on the issue, Commissioners once again listened to comments from passionate residents — ones who disagreed with the idea to...

Retired Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery to lead AG’s Office of Special Prosecutions

Attorney General Daniel Cameron has hired Eddy F. Montgomery as the Director of the Office of Special Prosecutions within the Attorney General’s Office. “Eddy is an experienced attorney with decades of success prosecuting complex cases,” said Attorney General Cameron. “During his more than 20 years of service as a Commonwealth’s Attorney, he gained respect across the Commonwealth for...

Convention of States Action to hold public discussions aimed at limiting federal government

The Convention of States Action, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, will be holding a series of public discussions in August to share knowledge and information to all citizens on the importance of Article V of the US Constitution and the Convention of States Action resolution. These events are open to the public and will be held at the Campbell, Kenton and Boone County public libraries on three...

Kentucky financial services industry navigated turbulence in 2020; DFI releases annual report

The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has released its 2020 annual report. The report summarizes the status of state-chartered banks, credit unions, trust companies, lenders and securities firms and professionals operating in Kentucky during calendar year 2020. It highlights DFI’s work to promote consumer protection and reasonable regulation industry-wide. The report also notes...

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman to join Ohio, Indiana counterparts to host NLGA meeting in December

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman will join Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch in welcoming the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) for a December meeting in the Greater Cincinnati. Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman The nonpartisan NLGA meeting convenes lieutenant governors and seconds-in-command from across the country to discuss policy...

NKY cities among more than 360 across state to share in $157 million in ARP COVID recovery funding

More than 360 non-entitlement cities in Kentucky will share in $157 million in funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The funding will arrive as soon as next week to offset expenses related to COVID-19, including the costs of personal protective equipment, vaccination clinics, loss of revenue, payroll and more. A complete list of cities to receive funding is available at governor.ky.gov. “Local...

Free voucher system allows Covington residents to drop off bulk trash at city transfer station

A new voucher system that goes into effect tomorrow will allow Covington residents to drop off yard waste, bulk items like furniture, and a limited number of tires for free at the Covington transfer station. The program is the newest step in the City’s ongoing efforts to work with Rumpke Waste and Recycling to improve the effectiveness of waste collection and keep Covington and its sidewalks clean. “Our...

Kenton County to hold second public meeting to gather input on new Independence Station Road Park

The new Kenton County park location is along Independence State Road adjacent exisitng Lincoln Ridge Park (Screen capture from Kenton County) Kenton County is seeking feedback from residents at its second public meeting for the new, 225 acre Kenton County Park located on Independence Station Road which neighbors Lincoln Ridge Park. The second opportunity for input will be at a hybrid public meeting...

Sen. Rand Paul participates in roundtable with Northern Kentucky law enforcement officials

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) traveled to Erlanger last week to meet with local law enforcement officers and sheriffs to discuss issues facing law enforcement and his efforts in the U.S. Senate to assist and support law enforcement across the Commonwealth. The group of over 20 law enforcement officers and sheriffs were able to discuss the current challenges of policing and recruiting in the community. “We...

Covington commission ‘passes over’ Orchard Park development, legal services renewal

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Melissa Zanella calls herself “pro-development.” After all, she’s an architect, and she understands that progress means money for the city. But Zanella also lives on Lee Street, and as a Westside resident, she does not want progress to get in the way of her greenspace — like Orchard Park, where she gets her flowers, figs and eggs from the garden. She also knows...

Former Bromley mayor, fire chief Donald Jobe killed in crash on Ky 17; awaiting September trial

Donald L. Jobe, 39, was killed in a three-vehicle crash on KY 17 at Pioneer Park Tuesday night. He was riding a motorcycle. Donald Jobe Covington Police say the accident occurred when the driver of one of the vehicles turned northbound out of Pioneer Park into the southbound lanes of KY 17. It travelled just a short distance the wrong way on KY 17 before striking the southbound motorcycle. Jobe was...