Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Planning office expected to return

Campbell Fiscal Court could decide tonight

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell Fiscal Court members are expected to decide tonight whether to hire a county planning and zoning director and an administrative assistant, and how much help they'll need from the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission.

        Commissioners and Judge-executive Steve Pendery will consider a motion to re-create a county planning and zoning department to replace Cardinal Engineering, the Wilder company that had performed most planning and zoning chores for the county for several years.

        “What's been missing is that Cardinal doesn't have time to de vote to long-range planning,” County Administrator Melissa Williams said Tuesday. “The new director would oversee contracts, and serve as a conduit with other boards and with the citizens on various planning and zoning issues. That would include plans for infrastructure needs and roads.”

        The proposal, from County Coordinator Howard “Mac” McMillan, also calls for an administrative assistant in the planning and zoning department to handle the day-to-day paper work and other business.

        “The commissioners have two options,” Ms. Williams said. “We can set up our own department with a full staff to handle all areas of planning and zoning. The other would be a partial department, a director and an administrative assistant, with the county contracting with the Area Planning Commission for the remain der of the needed work.”

        Commissioners have a full agenda to deal with tonight, including a second reading of an ordinance establishing a Northern Kentucky Housing Commission in partnership with Kenton and Boone counties.

        The commission would establish a fund to permit low-income families to lease housing and eventually purchase the houses at low interest rates.

        The county also is updating the official list of county-maintained roads, and that includes deleting East Alexandria Connector that connects the AA Highway (Ky. 9) and U.S. 27 in Alexandria.

        Ms. Williams said the state will assume control of the short road, which runs behind the J.C. Penney store, and eventually will upgrade the two-lane blacktop to three lanes, curbs and sidewalks.


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