Saturday, October 4, 2003

Kentucky News Briefs



N. Ky. cities hosting fall cleanup events

Starting Monday, Northern Kentucky cities and counties are hosting fall cleanup events.

Boone County is hosting Fall Cleanup Days and Litter Cleanup events from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Oct. 12. Residents can bring their bulk items, junk and bagged litter to the public works yard at the end of Maplewood Drive (just past the fairgrounds) in Burlington.

Boone County solid waste employees also will accept four waste tires per vehicle. The county will not accept items from commercial entities or batteries, liquid waste, hazardous waste or paint. Contact Boone County Solid Waste Coordinator Mary Shinkle at (859) 334-3151 for information.

The cities of Florence and Walton also are hosting fall cleanups. Call Jeremy Kleier in Florence at (859) 647-5416 and Connie Goins in Walton at (859) 485-4383.

Campbell County's Fall Cleanup and Litter Abatement event sponsored by Campbell Fiscal Court and the cities of Alexandria, Cold Spring, Crestview, Dayton, Fort Thomas, Highland Heights, Melbourne, Silver Grove and Southgate has been set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and 12. Drop off locations will be Pendery Park off Ky. 8 in Melbourne, the Campbell County police station off U.S. 27 and the Campbell County Transportation center on Racetrack Road. Bags of litter and general debris can be dropped off at all three locations. No liquids of any kind can be disposed of at any of the sites.

The Campbell County Transportation Center site on Racetrack Road also will accept appliances, scrap metal, car batteries, propane tanks and four tires per vehicle. For information, contact Campbell County Solid Waste Coordinator Reno Deaton at (859) 441-5166.

Kenton County's Fall Cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18 and 19. Residents can dispose of garbage at DRT Construction, 1991 Walton-Nicholson Pike, Pioneer Park, and the Piner Firehouse at 1851 Bracht Piner Road. The Public Works building at 420 Independence Station Road will take garbage, appliances and four tires per vehicle. Call Kenton County Solid Waste Coordinator Roger Wells at (859) 392-1920 for information.

New Transit Authority general manager hired

FORT WRIGHT - David Braun has been hired as the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky's new general manager.

Braun, the general manager of CityLink in Peoria, Ill., has served as the assistant general manager and the general manager of the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District for eight years.

He replaces Mark Donahy, who is leaving TANK after 13 years as general manager. Donahy has been promoted to vice president with First Transit, overseeing six transit agencies, including TANK, said Gina Douthat, TANK spokeswoman.

Braun has been employed by First Transit, Inc., a professional transportation management and consulting firm, for 15 years. TANK contracts with First Transit Inc. to provide key management positions and various services.

Ribbon-cutting marks Barnes Interchange

WILLIAMSTOWN - Long-awaited Barnes Pike Interchange will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.

Gov. Paul Patton will lead the dedication, scheduled to begin at noon. The public is encouraged to attend. A stage will be set up near the northbound I-75 on-ramp, and ample parking will be available along the ramp.

Other officials who plan to attend the ceremony are Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Deputy Secretary Cliff Linkes, former Kentucky Transportation Secretary Dr. Floyd Poore, District 61 Representative Royce Adams, Grant County Judge-executive Darrell Link and Williamstown Mayor Glenn Caldwell.

If weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony, the event will be moved to the Williamstown High School gymnasium.

Convention center to host vendor forum

COVINGTON - BlueStar Inc. of Florence, a provider of Point of Service products and services, announced Friday that it will bring the international VARTECH forum to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for three years.

The forum will be held in Northern Kentucky during May in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and will generate $1.6 million in total economic impact, according to the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the forum each year, the bureau said.

VARTECH features vendors and resellers in the Point of Service industry. Participants from as far away as Brazil and Portugal are expected to attend.

Covington Independent Schools receive grant

COVINGTON - Covington Independent Schools will receive a $81,160 federal grant to develop an emergency response plan, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning announced Friday.

"These funds will help coordinate emergency responses between schools and their local emergency management officials," Bunning, a Southgate Republican, said in a statement.




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