Friday, August 11, 2000

2 cities get nearly $400K

Villa Hills, Ft. Wright plan new water lines, sidewalks

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Gov. Paul Patton is scheduled to deliver nearly $400,000 in federal money today to two Kenton County cities to help pay for water lines and sidewalks.

        Villa Hills will receive a $278,117 Community Development Block Grant to pay for most of a project extending water lines to about 40 homes in Villa Hills and nearby Bromley.

        Many of the residents getting the water lines have had to rely on cisterns and other means of getting water.

        Details of the project, including when the work will begin, were expected to be announced today at the Kenton County Administration Building in Covington. Besides Mr. Patton, local officials are planning to attend.

        Fort Wright will receive a $99,000 federal grant to build sidewalks along Highland Avenue, from Werner Avenue along the boundary of the city's nature center to Reeves Drive.

        “It's not every day that somebody drops by and gives you $99,000 to use,” said Fort Wright's city administrator, Larry Klein, who applied for the grant in December.

        “This project not only gives us new sidewalks, but also it gives us sidewalks by the nature center, so people will be able to walk through there, sit down and have a nice view into the center,” he said.

        The money is from a federal program designed to encourage alternatives to driving.

        The city of Bromley and the Kenton County Fiscal Court have each agreed to contribute $12,500 to the project.

        State Rep. Jon Draud, R-Crestview Hills, represents Villa Hills in the Kentucky General Assembly.

        He worked with the governor's office to secure the grant for water services.

        “It's great when we work on something like this together and the people of a community really benefit from it,” Mr. Draud said.


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