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CURFEW AMONG ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR TUESDAY'S COMMISSION MEETING
The long-discussed daytime curfew for school-age children in Covington is the headliner for a packed commission meeting slated for Tuesday. Please note that the meeting starts earlier than usual, at 5:00PM. The River City News will be there to cover the meeting as it happens. Here's some highlights:
*Curfew. The move would allow police to stop and question minors during school hours. For previous coverage of the issue, see: Support Mounts for Daytime Curfew
*Devou Park Rangers. At issue will be the proposed hiring of three part-time rangers. You will recall that during the budget restructuring, the Devou Park Rangers were particularly affected. This is part of the cost-saving measures approved in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.
*Insight Cable to Time Warner. The commission will vote on whether to approve the transfer of control from Insight to Time Warner. In September, Time Warner purchased Insight. It will be interesting to learn more about this Tuesday night and then further down the road what it means for the cn|2 channel that heavily promoted Kentucky politics, weather and sports programming. To read the document from the Federal Communication Commission regarding the purchase, click here.
*City Heights Streets. At issue, transferring of ownership and maintenance of streets in City Heights from the City of Covington to the Housing Authority of Covington. The City would still be responsible for street repairs.
*New Floor in City Hall. The commission will vote whether to allocate $34,477 for new flooring on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The winning bid was presented by Downtown Covington's Earl Franks Sons & Daughters. You may recall a report at The River City News from October that explained some of the infrastructure trouble for the 7th & Madison building. We will find out Tuesday what the issues may be with the current flooring situation.
Some interesting presentations are on the agenda as well, including an update on the budget and a 5-year forecast, an update on the City Heights-Covington Police partnership, and a presentation from Rachel Winters, director of the NKY Emergency Shelter.
As always, the most immediate, comprehensive coverage of Covington City Hall will be found right here at The River City News.
To view the entire agenda, click here (PDF).
METHADONE CLINIC UPDATE
The contentious issue over whether a methadone clinic may open in the Latonia Shopping Plaza is now in the federal courts. The West Latonia Neighborhood Association provided the following information to the public:
We’d like to share an update from Friday’s hearing in U.S. District Court regarding the for-profit methadone clinic that NKY Med, LLC has proposed for the Latonia Shopping Plaza. Special thanks to Butch Callery for attending the hearing and sharing the info below with the Latonia community! Judge Bertelsman did not make any decisions in the case on Friday. He asked the plaintiff (NKY Med, LLC) to file an amended brief clarifying why they have moved forward with the federal court case prior to the state court case (protocol calls for state courts to hear cases first). The plaintiff has two weeks to file this brief. The Judge also thought that the proposed clinic would be a medical facility not an addiction treatment facility, unless the City can convince him otherwise. The City then has 30 days to file a brief explaining the City’s position on this and related issues, such as the role of Covington’s Board of Adjustments on this case. Finally, Judge Bertelsman noted that there is a lot of public interest in this issue. He also asserted that he feels that methadone clinics are a reality that the City of Covington needs to deal with, and recommended a conference attended by him, the City (including Covington’s new mayor), and the plaintiff to see if a compromise can be made. He added that he thought an industrial zone might be the best location for a methadone clinic.|
DOWNTOWN COVINGTON BANK ROBBED, SUSPECT STILL ON LOOSE
From the Covington Police:
At approximately 3:19pm on (Monday), officers responded to Huntington Bank in downtown Covington for a Robbery. Suspect is a white male, 35-40 years old, over 6' tall, with facial hair or acne, wearing camouflaged hoody, black pants, glasses and should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS. If you have any information please call us at 859-292-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Do not attempt to approach or detain this suspect.For more photos of the suspect, check out the Covington PD's Facebook page by clicking here.
ARE YOU THE ONE-IN-ELEVEN PEOPLE THAT SHOPLIFT AT CHRISTMAS?
That's what a new report says: that one out of every eleven people get sticky fingers during the holiday season:
We also know that three-quarters of shoplifters aren't troubled teens; they're adults--most with jobs. And 35 percent of losses will happen with the help of a corrupt employee.
The most stolen item? Filet mignon.
You can wash that slab of beef down with the second most stolen item: Jameson's Irish Whiskey. For the rest of the most stolen items, click the link.
ATTORNEY STAN CHESLEY ASKS FOR TEMPORARY HOLD
A motion filed by Chesley's attorney raises questions about the recent ouster of the Kentucky Bar Association's chief counsel:
“The abruptness of the termination, including the fact that the termination was effective immediately, raises obvious questions whether the termination was for conduct that might rise to the level of prosecutorial misconduct warranting a motion for a new trial,” it stated.Business Courier
KY FACTORY WORKERS SICKENED POSSIBLY BY FREE FOOD
Never never never ever eat the free food!
More than two dozen workers were taken to hospitals and 29 others were treated at the scene for nausea and other symptoms. There were no life-threatening illnesses.Zappos provides free catered meals for its workers. Officials are awaiting lab test results to determine if the illnesses were caused by food.WFPL
KENTUCKY TO PROTECT OHIO RIVER MUSSELS
An endangered species was recently discovered living in Western Kentucky:
Now, the four-mile stretch of the Ohio River in Union County where the mussel was found has been designated an Outstanding State Resource Water by the state. That means any industry in the area will have to prove their actions won’t harm the mussels. There are also more stringent pollution requirements for the area.
DID YOU MISS TODAY'S NEWS?
The brother of a Covington murder victim lashes out in Kenton County Court and is removed (video); Holy Cross almost lost its football coach to UC; A new Kentucky marketing campaign will feature Covington's Cathedral Basilica; Plus, why was House Speaker (and XU grad) John Boehner spotted at Rupp Arena in UK Blue? (and rockin' the 3-goggles no less). Click here for those stories.
Important meeting tonight on the future of Covington's riverfront; Proposed daytime curfew up for vote this week; a Kentucky prison will produce an all-inmate version of Romeo & Juliet (Seriously); Plus, a new name for the corner of 36th & Church Streets and why more KY priests are tweeting. For those stories, click here.
EXCITED COACH K: DUKE SQUAD HASN'T BEEN THIS UNLIKABLE IN YEARS
"We've got Stephen Curry's little brother, a ball-hogging NBA coach's son, three Plumlees, and a whole roster of overprivileged assholes, so all the pieces are in place for this to be one of the prickiest teams in Blue Devils history. We just need to get it done."The Onion