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Covington’s rent-mortgage assistance program still has $$$$ on the table for small businesses

An emergency fund set aside by the City of Covington to help small businesses pay rent and mortgages during the pandemic still has money waiting to be used. On March 26, the City set aside $200,000 to award qualifying businesses up to $500 a month for four months. So far, 32 applications have been approved, but the program could be helping many more businesses. Covington is home to many small businesses,...

Covington to purchase Russell Street building for Public Works; new site a ‘significant improvement’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It will finally be a suitable home. At least that was the assessment of Mayor Joseph U. Meyer, who was making reference to the property at 1730 Russell St. in Covington, where the city plans to move its Public Works Department. Commissioners, who were once again meeting remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, announced the intended purchase of the property at their...

3-Mile Creek bridge to be replaced as part of KYTC’s Bridging Kentucky program, starting early June

Campbell County motorists will soon notice a smoother, safer drive on the KY 2238 (3-Mile Creek Road) bridge over 3-Mile Creek. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is replacing the aging structure as part of the Cabinet’s Bridging Kentucky program.  The new bridge will have a 75-year design life, providing safer crossings for decades to come. Crews plan to start clearing right of way...

Veteran patrol officer Charles Beil returns to duty in Covington and is sworn in by Mayor Meyer

The Covington Police Department welcomed back a familiar face when Charles W. Beil III was sworn in by Mayor Joe Meyer during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Monday. Mayor Joe Meyer swears in Charles W. Beil III. Beil served as a patrol officer in Covington from 2004 until 2016, when he retired because of a nagging injury suffered while on duty, Police Chief Rob Nader said. But that injury has since...

Forest Service announces reopening schedule for Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge

The Daniel Boone National Forest will begin reopening recreation sites in June using a site-by-site approach, including assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety of recreation areas. The following areas are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, June 3: • Most day-use sites, such as picnic areas and shooting ranges • Redbird Crest & White Sulphur...

Voting on June 23: Postcard reminder for mail-in voting, fewer on-site voting sites, register by May 26

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite it likely being the most unusual one in state history, preparations are on schedule for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election. 
The coronavirus has played a role, not only in when the election will take place, but the manner in how it will be conducted. 
After Secretary of State Michael Adams, Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear...

Newport approves $335,000 for street improvements to Grandview Avenue; project funded with state grant

Grandview Avenue will be improved with new paving under a $335,000 contract the City of Newport Board of Commissioners has approved with Riegler Blacktop. The project, funded through a state grant, includes the paving of Grandview from Central Avenue to near Main Street. The project also includes the installation of a storm water sewer at the corner of Grandivew and Central, improvements to nearby...

NKY has 27 new COVID cases, 1 death; state 199 new cases; Team Kentucky assistance funds available

As of Thursday afternoon, the NKY Health Department reported 27 additional cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky and one death, bringing NKY’s totals to 834 cases and 51 deaths. There are 401 cases in Kenton County, 119 cases in Campbell County, 283 cases in Boone County and 31 cases in Grant County. In his daily briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear reported 199 cases and two deaths, bringing state’s...

Design to start on Peaselburg storm sewer work to alleviate backups, flooding in neighborhood

An engineering firm is being hired to design the newest phase of a multi-million-dollar, decade-long effort to alleviate basement sewer backups and flooding in the Peaselburg neighborhood.   The Covington Board of Commissioners approved a $114,800 contract with Integrated Engineering of Lexington to design the long-planned project. It likely will include more detention basins, stormwater pipes, catch...

Covington commissioners vote 4-1 to purchase IRS site, move ahead on plan to reshape downtown

City of Covington and Staff Report The long-awaited redevelopment of 23 acres near the Ohio River moved a big step closer to reality tonight. The Covington Board of Commissioners authorized the City to borrow the money needed to buy the site, demolish the former Internal Revenue tax-processing facility that dominates 17 of those acres, and improve the property to prepare it for private development. “This...

Kenton County Fiscal Court to hold virtual meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Kenton County Fiscal Court will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday (May 12) at 5:30 p.m. The public can access the meeting online by going to http://www.tbnk.org/togo2. The agenda for the meeting is available by clicking here. Kenton County Fiscal Court meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Visit the calendar for all future meeting dates: https://www.kentoncounty.org/calendar.aspx. The...

Northern Kentucky Chamber to host Government Forum on economic development during pandemic

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will address a pertinent issue at an equally critical time when it hosts its second Government Forum on May 13. Lee Crume, President and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and Kimm Lauterbach, President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati, will speak at the next Government Forum, taking place from 1 to 2 p.m. next Wednesday (May 13). NKY Chamber Business Advocacy...

KLC estimates a collective budget shortfall of $85 million for Kentucky’s cities due to coronavirus

Kentucky cities are facing an estimated collective budget shortfall of $85 million in Fiscal Year 2020 as a result of lost tax, utility, and other revenues due to COVID-19. A Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) study conducted last week shows many municipalities will be forced to take drastic action to make up the deficit if Congress does not act to provide direct financial assistance to local governments...

U.S. Department of Treasury, IRS have delivered over $3.2 billion in stimulus checks to 1.8m Kentuckians

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS announced that nearly 130 million Americans have received Economic Impact Payments, worth more than $218 billion, in less than five weeks. These totals do not include the more than $2.5 billion delivered to U.S. territories for payment to territory residents. To date individuals in Kentucky have received 1,878,814 Economic Impact Payments worth $3,282,818,708. “This...