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New Covington zoning administrator a good fit; familiar face to lead public works on interim basis

The City of Covington’s new zoning administrator once wrote a 15-page school paper examining a single Bible verse, worked for a video productions company that filmed legal depositions, researched medical malpractice cases as a law clerk, and volunteered in Appalachia at disaster scenes. Covington’s new zoning administrator, Dalton Belcher, is helping to transform the City’s approach...

‘Flat Top’ shuts down after 52 years; 1100 miles away, architect who designed IRS center laments closure

More than 52 years after it opened, the federal government’s massive tax processing facility will cease operation this weekend, triggering a range of emotions for many thousands of current and former employees and – for architect Gene Bieber – a specific, piercing lament. The Kentucky Post photographed the massive site near Fourth Street being cleared for the IRS center in the mid-1960s....

City officials pitch in to assemble meal packs for hungry children during KLC Conference in NKY

City officials volunteered this week to assemble meal packs for children in need. The event was part of the 2019 KLC Conference & Expo at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.   This is the third year the Kentucky League of Cities has teamed up with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hunger Initiative. Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles thanked city officials for...

Sen. President Stivers to introduce resolution to open investigation into 2015 Purdue Pharma settlement

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, will introduce a resolution on the first day of the 2020 General Assembly to hire an investigating counsel to look into Kentucky’s 2015 settlement with Purdue Pharma. The suit was brought in 2007 by then-Attorney General Greg Stumbo, who is seeking to return to that office in November, against the maker of OxyContin, in response...

Tom Guidugli to run for Mayor of Newport in 2020; City Commissioner now serves as Vice Mayor

Tom Guidugli Jr. — a Newport native who during his nearly nine years on the Newport City Commission has helped usher in an unprecedented period of prosperity, investment and economic development in the city – has announced that he will run for Mayor of Newport in 2020. Guidugli, 48, who currently serves as Vice Mayor, has been a member of the Newport City Commission since 2010. He seeks to replace...

SD1 to terminate $6.2 million loan agreement with Boone County for Hebron sewer system upgrades

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Boone County Fiscal Court Tuesday evening approved a resolution to terminate a $6.2 million loan agreement with Sanitation District No. 1 for an infrastructure upgrade project in Hebron. Chaney The request by SD1 to terminate the loan, which was unanimously approved by the Boone County Fiscal Court in November, 2016, means the entire amount will be returned...

Go vote, Kentucky! Deadline to register is Monday, October 7; Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

As the November 5 election approaches there is still time to register to vote and to have your voice heard. Deadline to register in Kentucky is Monday, October 7. And you can register entirely online at govoteky.gov or in person at your county clerk’s office. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time on October 7. Mail-in voter...

Newport board meeting highlighted by retirement of key staffer, promotions of eight policemen

By Don Owen
 NKyTribune reporter The retirement by a key staff person in the fire department and the promotions of eight police officers highlighted the Newport Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. The board recognized Barb Heck, an administrative assistant who is retiring after 25 years of service. Heck served under five different fire chiefs since 1994. “Barb has been an outstanding...

Covington property tax payments due by Oct. 15; city keeps rate the same for 3rd year in row

Property tax bills have been sent to Covington residents and payment is due by midnight Oct. 15. Residents have five ways to pay: • Online, through a user-friendly taxpayer portal, accessed directly HERE. (More about the portal below.) • By mail at P.O. Box 643749, Cincinnati, OH 45264. • By calling (859) 292-2180. • In person at City Hall, 20 W. Pike St., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30...

Legislators honored: Koenig, Moser and Santoro by the KY Chamber; Schroder by League of Cities

Rep. Adam Koenig, Rep. Kim Moser, and Rep. Sal Santoro were presented the Chamber MVP Award by Kentucky Chamber Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Ashli Watts. Representatives Koenig, Moser and Santoro were among a select group of legislators who “went to bat” for Kentucky business during the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.   “During this legislative session and throughout their time in...

Gov. Bevin releases log of official (not unofficial) trips on state-owned aircraft, to be posted on website

Staff report Gov. Matt Bevin released a log disclosing the purpose of his official trips using state-owned aircraft in light of recent media reports. 
“Since the start of our administration, we have been 100 percent committed to financial integrity and to ensuring that we are good stewards of taxpayer resources,” Bevin said. 
The log, available here, details the purpose of each flight and...

Kentucky League of Cities honors Ft. Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman as Elected Official of the Year

Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman is the sole recipient of the 2019 Elected Official of the Year award that will be presented by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) at their annual conference in Covington on Wednesday, September 25. The Elected City Official of the Year Award recognizes a dynamic official who demonstrates outstanding leadership and innovation. “Our awards recognize the great work that...

Licking Greenway years in making; ceremony completes Phases II, III of hiking, biking trails

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The City of Covington ceremonially cut a ribbon on Tuesday to close the books and signify the official completion of Phases II and III of the Licking River Greenway & Trails (LRGT), a regional planning agency’s vision for a 12-mile recreational trail system designed to link four cities. To fully appreciate the occasion, it helps to go back a decade …) When volunteer...

Florence 3rd Quarter Report includes development projects completed, underway, in the pipeline

NKyTribune staff The City of Florence has provided its Third Quarter Report on development projects recently competed, currently underway and in the planning stages in the city. Among the projects currently under construction are: Ross Dress For Less 7601 Mall Road *New to the market chain backfilling 28,000 sq. ft. of the former HH Gregg building *Planned opening Fall 2019 Bob’s Discount Furniture...

Fee for parking at RiverHaus begins Sept. 19; special, ‘free’ deal lasted eight months longer than expected

A special, temporary agreement that allowed free parking on evenings and weekends at the RiverHaus construction site in MainStrasse Village lasted eight months longer than expected, but that free parking is about to end. Beginning Sept. 19, it’ll cost for the general public to park in the privately owned garage at RiverHaus, which is nearing completion (Provided photos). With construction winding...