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COVINGTON LAYS OUT PRECARIOUS FINANCIAL OUTLOOKPotentially "unpopular decisions" are on the way as the City of Covington prepares for another round with its struggling budget. "We're getting pretty lean and the challenges that we face, we need to address them head-on," Mayor Scheper said. Full story at the link.
NEW BUSINESS GROWTH HIGHLIGHTED IN COVINGTONDespite the rough economic outlook, Covington saw an uptick in new businesses. Twenty-six new businesses were created here in the final quarter of 2011. However, questions were raised in how the City handles public relations when such new businesses open up. Click the link for the full story and other notes from Tuesday's commission meeting.
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ANTI-PLANNING BILL OPPOSED BY COMMISSION & DEMOCRATS
A harshly-worded resolution passed at City Hall last night opposes a bill in Frankfort that would make it easier to end community planning in Kenton County. "They didn't get their way and now they want to change the law," Commissioner Shawn Masters charged. Full story at the link.
RELATED: From the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission:
The Mayors group, NKAPCommission and City of Covington Commission have all adopted resolutions that state that Senate Bill 62 currently pending in the Kentucky General Assembly should be defeated. Kentucky American Planning Association has issued a similar statement as well. This information will be presented to the committee at noon.
Will update as soon as there is a report from Frankfort.
ALSO: Senator Damon Thayer, who filed the bill on behalf of the NKY Homebuilders who seek to build lower quality roads and homes, is running for reelection.
SEE ALSO: The same committee today passed an amendment that would eliminate the state treasurer's office WFPL
HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO BE LOST IN NKY AT UPS
542 jobs will be eliminated at the Hebron center. Only 150 will be retained.
The job cuts are prompted by the facility’s largest customer Zulily, a Seattle-based e-commerce provider of baby items and clothing, and its decision to bring its distribution operation in house.Cincinnati Enquirer
COVINGTON FIREFIGHTER: 'I'M NO MORE THAN A LEACH, USELESS WRETCH'
An assistant fire chief with the Covington Fire Department penned an online editorial blasting the language being used by some at City Hall in the ongoing battle over union benefits. Chip Terry's brief missive has gained popularity over the last forty-eight hours:
It is good to know that for my 26 years of service to the City as firefighter, I am considered a lowly “Government Worker”. Not a professional firefighter, a first responder or a dedicated public servant. No…I have come to conclude from the words of those I protect and for whom I work that I am no more than a reprobate, a leach, a useless wretch that sucks the life blood out of the citizens.Read the whole thing by clicking here.
Before I continue, let me state that I use the first person as a narrative point-of-view. My hope is to illustrate the heart and soul of the hundreds of firefighters that serve and have served the City over the past 150 plus years. This is not about me individually. It is illustrative of the core values that many of us adhere to. This example can be demonstrated over and over again and represents a multitude of members past and present. What is does not represent are those who have not served in such a capacity and fail to possess, either through self-centeredness or lack of intestinal fortitude, the ability participate in such a career. It is interesting to note that such individuals find it necessary to discount and denigrate such a professional endeavor.
SEE ALSO: The firefighters union, Local 38, spoke to The River City News about the mayoral candidates here and the issued a list of runs that the department handles here.
PENGUIN FROM NEWPORT AQUARIUM EXPRESSES OUR FEELINGS IN FRANKFORT
It took a big dump in the middle of the senate floor:
The penguin, from Newport Aquarium, was in the chamber as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, presented Senate Resolution 92, a measure to honor the aquarium for its contributions to the “aquatic world in general through its stewardship of sea life and penguins.”Herald-Leader/Jack Brammer
Williams, presiding over the chamber, interrupted Stine to inform her that the penguin “just defecated on the floor.” An aquarium employee placed the penguin on the upper part of Williams’ desk after it did its official business and while Stine finished with her resolution.
MEANWHILE... THE REDISTRICTING TROUBLE CONTINUES...
LEXINGTON COUNCIL ANGRY OVER LOSING SENATOR
Calling the redistricting affecting state Sen. Kathy Stein "ridiculous" and "a travesty," members of Lexington's Urban County Council weighed in on the controversy during a work session Tuesday.Kentucky Got Dissed
Councilman Steve Kay called for a resolution decrying the move. The resolution will be made at Thursday's regular council meeting.
Councilman Tom Blues said the resolution would be a way "to express our disdain." Vice Mayor Linda Gorton said the redistricting was "disrespectful" to the elected officials it affected and the citizens they represent.
Councilman Doug Martin said the move was "a complete disappointment," adding that the political infighting was like the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.
"Good heavens," said Councilman Julian Beard, upon hearing the redistricting took effect immediately. "Can we not file suit?" The city's legal staff said they would look into legal options.
AND IN THE HOUSE... THE GOP WILL SEEK AN INJUNCTION
Ain't redistricting fun?!
Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said on Wednesday that Republican representatives will also ask for an injunction to delay implementation of the measure and ask that next Tuesday's election filing deadline be postponed until the matter is resolved.WKYT
KENTUCKY GENEROUS FOR 'ARK ENCOUNTER' THAT MAY NEVER BE BUILT
Governor Beshear's approval of tax incentives and millions in new road construction for the Creation Museum's new Grant County theme park centered around the ark, has earned him plenty of criticism around the country. And it may be all for naught:
But as Kentucky prepares to spend millions on transportation infrastructure for the park, many are beginning to wonder if and when Ark Encounter will ever be built.The entire thing is a must-read.
Ark Encounter LLC initially announced that their groundbreaking would be in the spring of 2011. That date was pushed back to the summer, then the fall, and eventually to this spring.
Accompanying this delay was a stall in fundraising. Though Answers in Genesis had managed to raise $3 million of its $24.5 million goal in May of 2011, by mid-December, their total was stuck at $4.3 million.
Though Tourism Cabinet officials tell LEO Weekly they have not been in recent contact with park representatives, emails obtained via open records request reveal Answers in Genesis has in fact shared details about difficulties getting the project off the ground.
LEO Weekly/Joe Sonka
KY NEWSPAPERS AND PUBLIC RADIO JOIN ALLIANCE
"My philosophy is simple: Radio stations in the past and future will probably continue to borrow content from newspapers," said David Greer, director of the KPA News Content Service. "Why not set up a system where they will pay us for it?Herald-Leader/Scott Sloan
"Newspapers spend a lot of money to staff and organize news departments. It's only fair that folks who borrow our content help defray some of those expenses."
However, the pilot project, which is to end in October, doesn't have a revenue component.
NEXT DATE SET TO HELP SPRUCE UP THE LICKING RIVER GREENWAY
Hello, Everyone! The first Greenway Restoration Day of 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, February 11th at 9:00 a.m. We will be meeting at 16th Street and Eastern Avenue, instead of our usual place behind Holmes High School.|
Breakfast and lunch will be provided and family and friends are always welcome!
RSVP to Natalie Gardner of the Covington Recreation Department at 859-292-2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KENTON CO LIBRARY AWARDS ITS LITERACY PRIZE TO HEALTHPOINT
SEE ALSO: Cincinnati named 7th most literate city in America USA Today
HEY FANILOWS! BARRY MANILOW IS SET TO ROCK THE BOK CENTER
The Copacabana crooner is bringing his show to NKU's Bank of Kentucky Center:
Tickets to the singer/songwriter’s concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, with prices ranging from $34.99-$124.99, plus fees.Cincinnati Enquirer/Tasha Stewart
HORSE RACING GENE TRACED BACK 300 YEARS
A study published in Nature Communications looking for the "speed gene" in horses has been traced to a single British mare from about 300 years ago, an international team of 16 researchers from Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Russia has found, reports the Ottawa Citizen.Nearctic, owned by the renowned Canadian industrialist and horseman E.P. Taylor, andNorthern Dancer who was sired by Nearctic and 1964 winner of the Kentucky Derby, "have been largely responsible for spreading a so-called 'speed gene' among the world's top thoroughbreds," according to the Ottawa Citizen.Herald-Leader/Lu-Ann Farrar
IN CASE YOU MISSED: A photo of superstar filly Rachel Alexandra and her new colt that she conceived with legend Curlin' can be found in the round-up here.
CARNEGIE LANDS 3 CINCINNATI THEATER AWARD NOMINATIONS
The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) has recognized Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center’s production of The King and I in Concert, produced in collaboration with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, with three awards. Panelists praised cast members Ronn K. Smith, Lee Merrill and Teresa De Zarn for their performances.