Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Neighbors briefs

Forest Park now owns road in business park

FOREST PARK - City Council has unanimously approved accepting Carillon Boulevard as the city's responsibility.

That transfers ownership of the road from Forest Park-based Union Central Life Insurance Co. and means the city assumes costs of snow removal and other maintenance, according to City Manager Ray Hodges.

The street in Carillon Business Park was designed and built to the city's standards and has been inspected, according to Hodges.

The acceptance was part of the development plan for the business park, officials said.

Grant to help Oxford with emergency radio

OXFORD - The first phase of a countywide 800 MHz digital emergency radio system could be operating early next year, says William Turner, Butler County Emergency Management Agency director.

A $1-million Homeland Security grant announced this week will allow this northwestern Butler County city to activate five 800 MHz channels, which it was about to lose, Turner says.

The system will serve Oxford city and township; Miami University; College Corner; Somerville; and Hanover, Reily and Milford townships.

County commissioners told county police and fire officials in March it will cost $25 million to establish a countywide digital communication system using the Oxford channels and five West Chester Township frequencies. Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Montgomery counties have countywide 800 MHz systems.

Road safety fair scheduled at Levee

NEWPORT - Area residents are invited to attend the Northern Kentucky Highway Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Newport on the Levee.

The fair will educate the public about organizations working to make roads safer. Exhibitors will cover topics including air quality, drag racing and teen driving.

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