by Michael Monks
Following such a grand jobs announcement earlier in the afternoon in Latonia, the Covington City Commission and city staff must have been ready to unwind at home. The agenda was long, but it was breezed through in less than forty minutes. Let's dive in:
Passed unanimously. For background on the program that will waive fees one time for delinquent real estate and personal property taxes, business license fees, and parking tickets, click here.
Contract awarded unanimously to Cincinnati-based Management Partners. This is part of Mayor Scheper's 10-point plan and will apply to each and every department in the City.
BOARD RESIGNATIONS & APPOINTMENTS
Greg Paeth resigned from the vacant property review commission as mandated by law since he is running for city commission. Fritz Kuhlmann was appointed to the code enforcement hearing board. Marshall Slagle was appointed to the board of adjustment.
STAFF CHANGES AND PAY RAISES
Pay raises were approved for firefighter James Adams and police officer Chris Vance. Don Griess was transferred from animal control officer to driver in the public improvements department (animal control will be handled by Kenton County). Gerald J. Sterling resigned his job as a driver in the department of public improvements. Amanda Yeckering was hired as a part-time law clerk in the legal department.
FIREFIGHTERS AWARDED $319,000 GRANT
The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the Department of Homeland Security and will go toward the replacement of the department's eight heart monitors which were described Tuesday night as outdated. The new monitors will bring the department up to the national standard.
|Chief Chuck Norris and his grant-writing team|
COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY HONORS DETECTIVE
|Rob Sanders (L) and Brian Kane|
Kenton Co. Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders returned to City Hall, where he served as a commissioner before being elected to his current post, to honor Detective Brian Kane. For his work in helping to land a conviction against Amanda Mayse for her role in the brutal 2009 murder of Shawn Davis, Sanders gave Kane an Excellence In Investigation award. Two veteran detectives had struggled with Mayse during interrogation but Kane gave it a shot and scored. "He proceeded with one of the best interrogations I've ever seen," Sanders said. "He was persistent, relentless, and slowly but surely wore this suspect down and got her to give in." Mayse is serving life without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years.
A resolution was passed unanimously by the commission in support of TANK and its desire to have the Kentucky General Assembly pass legislation "that would provide a mechanism through which the Kenton County Fiscal Court could make some minor adjustments to the transportation payroll license fee as contemplated in the original statute approved by the voters in 1978."