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CITY COMMISSION TO VOTE ON CHIEF'S CONTRACT TONIGHT
Police Chief Lee Russo is up for a contract extension.
REPOST FROM MONDAY:
Police Chief Lee Russo's contract renewal will be voted on by the Covington City Commission Tuesday. The language of the ordinance is vague as to the contents of the proposed contract:
AN ORDER/RESOLUTION APPROVING AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF COVINGTON POLICE CHIEF LEE RUSSO EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15, 2012.
The chief has a community forum scheduled for the following day, Wednesday, at Police Headquarters on Madison Avenue from 7:00 - 9:00PM. In addition the chief's contract, the Commission will offer final approval on merging the City's animal control services with Kenton County, set the schedule for next year's meetings, approve salaries for the new part-time Devou Park rangers, vote on a bid to improve the Devou Park golf course clubhouse/multipurpose facility, vote to declare police property as surplus and eligible for sale, appoint Commissioner Sherry Carran to the OKI Regional Council, appoint citizens to the Devou Park Advisory Board and the Urban Forestry Board, and approve a raise for a police officer. Also, expect presentations on Linden Grove Cemetery and the public parking facilities. Duke Energy Foundation will present its checks to the city (presumably to the Center for Great Neighborhoods and possibly bioLOGIC) and the fire department recruit class of 2011 will take the Oath.
TOP 10 STORIES FROM COVINGTON IN 2011
The River City News has a list of the most important stories from 2011 in Covington. Click the link to see if you agree or disagree, and weigh in!
HOLMES MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DECORATE CITY HALL
Covington's city building is finally in the holiday spirit thanks to some talented 8th graders from Holmes. Under the guidance of their art teacher, Erin Leston, the kids put images on the walls and windows. They will be recognized by the City Commission tonight. Congratulations to them and thanks to city employee Michelle Robinson Wilson, who helped coordinate the event with the school. Photos courtesy of the Covington Police Department are at the link.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES WANTED FOR COVINGTON STUDENTS
Michelle Robinson Wilson is also organizing a city-wide school supply donation drive for Covington schools. Pencils, pens, paper, folders, art supplies, tissues, hand sanitizer are all among items that can be dropped off in bins at City Hall on the 1st or 4th floors, at police headquarters, and Fire Station #1, and at the department of public improvements. For more information, call Michelle directly at 859.292.2241.
COVINGTON STUDENT TO DANCE IN THE NUTCRACKER
COVINGTON STUDENT TO DANCE IN THE NUTCRACKER
Covington Independent Schools:
Fifth grader Kellen Robinson is performing with the Cincinnati Ballet in Frisch's The New Nutcracker at the Aronoff Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 21; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 22; and 2 p.m., Friday, December 23. Kellen will also be participating in the Sugar Plum Parade after Friday's 2 p.m. performance.
LAYAWAY ANGELS IN NEWPORT AND IN LOUISVILLE
If there's a new craze to sweep the nation, I'm glad it's this one. More people are popping up and paying off the layaway balances for others. In Newport:
“She said, ‘I’m here to pay for this’,” recalled a grateful Marquicia Jones-Woods, 46, of Cincinnati’s West End, who was shopping for kids who were going to attend the party for the Q-Kidz Just Say No to Drugs and Violence Drill Team, which practices at the Lincoln Recreation Center on Linn Street in the West End.Cincinnati Enquirer/Mike Rutledge
“It was truly a blessing,” Jones-Woods said. “She didn’t even want to give her name.”
And in Louisville, a journalist decided to get in on the action. This one may make you cry, so grab a tissue before clicking on the link:
The customer whose bill I paid looked at me with both disbelief and enormous gratitude. She turned to her husband, who was still digging in his wallet, pointed at me and said, “She paid it! She paid it off!”Louisville Business First
PAINTING CELEBRATES MARY MIDDLETON'S JOY
The late wife of former Kenton County Judge-Executive Clyde Middleton is remembered in a painting by Park Hills artist Tom Lohre:
Tom Lohre, a Park Hills native now living in Clifton, said it was apropos to paint Middleton in his new portrait style and auction it off at The Point’s major fundraiser. The Point, a favorite of Lohre’s, supplies group homes for the disabled.Check out the painting at the link.
“She was vivacious and addictive to her causes, Salvation Army and Northern Kentucky Symphony,” Lohre said.
“Thrifty, she loved to ask the question about her latest fashion statement, ‘Look at this, how much do you think it cost? One dollar!’” Lohre recalled.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Nancy Daly
KENTON COUNTY TAKES TIME ON POLICE MERGER
The Fiscal Court will collect information through the end of March:
"If we can save money without sacrificing any safety concerns, that, to me, signifies it’s something we should look into,” said Draud. “I would anticipate at least a year study, but I think it should be more of a formalized study with some real data and without all the rumors.” Both Draud and Kenton County Judge-executive Steve Arlinghaus quoted possible savings of $2 million.Cincinnati Enquirer/Amy Scalf
STATE SEEKS NKY VOLUNTEERS FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
The Kentucky Court of Justice is looking for good hearts to come forward and help with NKY foster children, especially those in our region's more rural counties like Pendleton. You would be volunteering to check on the well-being of the foster children (and you do not have to live in the county in which you do the work). What a terrific civic volunteer opportunity. Click the link for the full details.
KY Court of Justice press release
JACK CONWAY WON'T RUN FOR SENATE IN 2014
The Kentucky Attorney General, who was reelected in November, will not make another run for the US Senate in 2014 after losing in 2010 to Republican Rand Paul.
Conway said state Auditor Crit Luallen would make “a strong candidate” against McConnell. Luallen ends her second term as auditor in January. The interview started with Conway answering a question about whether he had thought about which Democratic might make the strongest candidate in 2014.Video at the link.
SEE ALSO: Former staffer for Sen. McConnell will not run for Geoff Davis's seat. cn|2
ARTIST SOUGHT TO CREATE MURAL IN MAINSTRASSE'S KENNY SHIELDS PARK
The Residents of Mainstrasse Association (ROMA) has issued a request for proposal from a qualified artist to create a mural at Kenny Shields Park (corner of 9th & Philadelphia Streets). ROMA will pay $1,000.
In 2010 ROMA applied for a Place Matters Mini-Grant through the Center for Great Neighborhoods, for the purpose of refurbishing the park. We also retained an Artist, to design and execute a mural with assistance from community volunteers. During the summer of 2011, over the course of two weekends, ROMA member and volunteers trimmed brush, power washed the concrete walls and benches, then followed up repainting. During this time, our Artist became unavailable due to his work schedule, so the project has yet to be completed.For full details, click the link.
KENTUCKY WINS THE LOTTERY!
Not really, but we're gittin' $11.6 million, y'all! Seems like Louisville is getting some new bridges, even though it's not the ones they wanted replaced. These are railroad bridges.
Louisville Business First
HE CAME FROM THE GLORY!
OMG, this is the best kid chorus ever. Go on and watch their cuteness lineup to sing and prepare for the show, but the real fun begins around the :45 second mark. Wait till you hear this girl sing. LOL.