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Spring street-sweeping begins April 1 — residents must move cars on assigned days

Covington’s Public Works Department will begin its annual spring cleaning of residential streets on April 1 – and the success of the effort will depend on the cooperation of residents moving their cars (to the other side of the street, into their driveways, around the block) so the street sweeper can operate. Every car left on the street will directly cause that much more trash to be left behind,...

Boone County Fiscal Court, Cincinnati Bell partner to offer county-wide high-speed internet

The Boone County Fiscal Court approved a partnership with Cincinnati Bell Inc. on that will result in the development of a one gigabit high-speed broadband fiber network available to every address in the county. This robust fiber network will be deployed within an accelerated 24-36 month time frame. As access to reliable high speed internet has become an essential public service for residents and businesses...

Covington commission votes 4-1 to help finance 303 Court St. development; Code of Ordinances approved

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter In the early 1970s, the property at 303 Court St. was built with the partnership of the city and the county, and it was known — fittingly — as the City/County Building. Now, 50 years later, the property needed a similar partnership to be re-developed. And it’s going to happen. City Commissioners voted 4-1 at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday...

From eyesore to definitely NOT eyesore: Tom Covert bought sad house from Covington, made it a home

When Tom Covert bought 1118 Lee St. from the City of Covington in late 2019, the three-room “shotgun” house in the Westside neighborhood looked exactly like what it was: A tiny house suffering the neglect of being vacant for at least a decade and maybe twice that long. Definitely “BEFORE” The roof and a drop ceiling were falling in. . .Shreds of an aluminum screen door “guarded”...

Covington rental licenses go online; landlords, airbnb proprietors can apply now; sets regulatory framework

If you own property and rent it out in the City of Covington, you can now apply online for the City’s new rental license – whether you’re a landlord who rents property long term or a homeowner seeking to make a little cash using the “Airbnb” model. The online application is part of a comprehensive look at rental housing in Covington that City officials took over the last year to streamline...

Legislators will be back March 29-30 for the final days of the session — and there are bills in play

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers returned home for a 10-day recess and will return to Frankfort March 29-30 for the final two days of the 2021 General Assembly. Those final two days are reserved for the chambers to vote on any vetoes issued by the governor. However, they can still take up any legislation they wish, so any bills and resolutions still pending are not officially dead until...

The Week at the Capitol: Budget approved (protects road fund), and a round up of some other legislation

The biggest issue of the General Assembly’s 2021 session advanced this week as the Senate and House approved a budget to guide spending in the upcoming fiscal year. The recent work on a one-year budget was unusual because lawmakers normally craft budgets that cover two-year cycles. But with the pandemic spreading at the time budget negotiations were occurring last year, lawmakers decided to limit...

Historic Erlanger Depot Museum to get transformed and re-opened with grand event, Mayor Fette says

After being closed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Historic Erlanger Depot Museum will be transformed and revitalized under a plan announced by Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette. Plans include offering rotating exhibits, enhancing the museum’s interior with new paint, offering a community space and increasing accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities  Act (ADA). “The...

How should City of Covington spend federal block grant money? Virtual hearing March 25 seeks input

The federal CDBG and HOME programs have brought the City of Covington about $20 million over the last 10 years to invest directly in neighborhoods – funding things like a bigger and better Barb Cook Park, new sidewalks coming to Pike Street in Lewisburg, emergency repairs for homeowners, and five-year forgivable loans for new homebuyers. As a new federal funding cycle is about to begin, the City...

COV officials, developers debate future of 303 Court; developers want incentives, city postpones decision

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Will there be redevelopment at 303 Court St. — and will the city lend a helping hand to get it done? Maybe. And then again, maybe not. Commissioners, who again gathered virtually for their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night, listened to a possible development agreement and proposed incentives to the Court Street site, commonly known as the old County...

Special ceremony at Capitol marks 1million vaccines in Kentucky and more to come; now 567 vaccine sites

A ceremony at the Capitol on Monday marked one million Kentuckians who have received at least the first dosage of a COVID-19 vaccine, as several people rolled up their sleeves, and received an injection. Celebrating one million vaccines in Kentucky “We are here to mark an important and a very hopeful milestone in our fight against COVID-19 in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “These...

Do you have what it takes? Covington police seeking ‘protect and serve’ candidates for exam this summer

The Covington Police Department is looking for people who want to protect and serve their community with honor and professionalism. With positions to fill and more expected to open up, the Department is working to create a pool of candidates by offering an entrance exam this summer – the first step in becoming a fully qualified officer. To sign up and receive notification to take the entrance exam,...

Going to House: Change how appointments to vacant U.S. Senate offices are made, adding days to session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A companion bill to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to add days after the mandated end of a session passed a House Committee on Friday. 
Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, is sponsor of Senate Bill 181, the companion measure to House Bill 4, the constitutional amendment sponsored by House Speaker David Osborne,...

SD1 begins multi-phase project in Wilder to eliminate 47m gallons of sanitary sewer overflows

Sanitation District No. 1 is building an equalization (EQ) tank and wet weather pump station along the Licking River in Wilder to begin a three-phase project to eliminate more than 47 million gallons of sanitary sewer overflows (SSO). The Licking River Siphon is the largest SSO location in Northern Kentucky, representing about 41 percent of all reoccurring SSOs that SD1 must eliminate by the year 2040...

Rep. Kim Moser’s bill addressing needs of prisoners reentering society becomes law

A measure aimed at better addressing the needs of people reentering society from incarceration has officially become law. HB 53, sponsored by Representative Kim Moser of Taylor Mill, creates a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Persons Returning to Society from Incarceration. This committee will act in an advisory capacity to the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. “HB 53 was one of the House...