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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NEWS ROUND-UP -- TUESDAY MORNING 8 MAY

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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
by Michael Monks 
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CENTER CITY ACTION PLAN TO BE PRESENTED TONIGHT
After eight months of preparation, research, surveys, and meetings, the plan to revitalize Downtown Covington will be presented to the City Commission during tonight's caucus meeting at City Hall. If you have not seen what the plan looks like, check out coverage from The River City News below: 
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PART ONE
The River City News has obtained a copy of the Center City Action Plan. At the link, find part one of three upcoming reports. Suggestions include parking meters for Mainstrasse, zoning changes, and a database of vacant, available spaces for new businesses. Click it.
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PART TWO
The second part of the plan to revitalize Downtown Covington focuses on creating open and green spaces for the community with recommendations that include a trail system through the town and dramatic lighting displays on historic industrial infrastructure. Details at the link. 
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PART THREE
How would you feel about a 90-day code enforcement blitz? At the link, details from the Center City Action Plan's goals for "an inviting public realm", including the role of social service agencies and which neighborhood Covington should prioritize for residential development. Click it. 
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RESTRUCTURING THE ORGANIZATIONS DOWNTOWN
This exclusive report by The River City News came out Wednesday: The plan to revitalize Downtown Covington would reconstitute the Urban Partnership as an umbrella organization funded in part by the city and staffed by 3 - 4 people. See all the exclusive details, including what roles would be played by many city organizations, at the link. 
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ALSO ON THE COVINGTON CITY COMMISSION AGENDA...
It's not just the presentation of the Center City Action Plan. These items are also on the agenda: 
  • An emergency contract awarded to Aladdin Pools for the concrete resurfacing of Randolph Park Pool (a vital step to keep this pool open and possibly part of the generous $50,000 donation from the Housing Authority of Covington)
  • An amendment of the agreement between the City of Covington and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in regards to the Madison Avenue streetscape
  • Approval of the Home Consortium's annual action plan
As always, the most comprehensive coverage of City Hall will be right here at The River City News
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COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHUCK EILERMAN PICKS UP MORE CASH
The first-time candidate received campaign contributions from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) federal PAC based in Washington, DC worth $500 and a $200 contribution from Kenton County Coroner David Suetholz. No other candidates have posted new information on their campaign finance reports (either a 15-day pre-election filing, or any financial information at all), though mayoral candidates Sherry Carran and Steve Casper are reporting some spending, though no contributions. Casper reports expenses of $250 while Carran reports more than $5,000 spent. 
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JACOB PRICE MEMORIAL GARDEN TO BE DISCUSSED TODAY
The residents of Covington's Eastside neighborhood are excited about the new River's Edge at Eastside Pointe housing development but want a memorial to what was on the site for seventy years prior: the Jacob Price housing project. Today at 5:00PM inside the lower conference room at the Housing Authority of Covington a meeting will take place in which the Jacob Price Memorial Garden will be discussed. 
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QUICKIES
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Following NKU, the University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees will vote to approve the highest tuition hike permitted by state law WKYT 
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Study: Teenagers risk higher rate of death while driving with other teens in car WKYT 
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MONDAY EVENING HEADLINES
Teen talks about killing his own cousin after a dice game near Latonia Terrace; It was a busy Monday of construction & roadwork all over town (photos); Plus, dog food is recalled after 14 people, yes people, get sick. Those stories and more at the link! 
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POLL: MAJORITY OF KENTUCKIANS FAVOR STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky finds that:
54 percent of Kentuckians would approve an indoor statewide smoking ban.(snip)Support for a statewide ban was strongest in the Greater Lexington region where 61 percent of those polled were in favor. The lowest approval came from Western Kentucky, where poll respondents were split 51-49 percent in favor of a ban. 
WFPL  
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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FINALLY COMING TO COVINGTON CATHOLIC?
Looks like it: 

A proposed zoning change could bring Friday night football to Covington Catholic High School. It is the only school in Northern Kentucky that doesn't have lights on its football field. Under the new ordinance, the school would be permitted to install lights around the field with some limitations.  
More with video at the link. 
WXIX/Joe Danneman  
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TRASH FOUND BURIED IN KENTUCKY CEMETERY
Turns out that bodies were not the only things underground at a Harrodsburg cemetery: 
City Commissioner Marvin Isham says the EPA began digging in the Spring Hill Cemetery after oil bubbled up during flooding. He says he and an EPA representative discovered dozens of old tires, scrap metal, fencing and even car parts buried deep underground while searching for a buried barrel reportedly the source of the oil. He says some of the items date back to 2007. 
WLEX  
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Truth and fiction in UK's basketball scheduling Herald-Leader 
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Is this baby the next Anthony Davis? Nation of Blue 

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