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THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

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County unveils 911 fee plan Plan eliminate current landline fee By Chris Mayhew cmayhew@nky.com

ALEXANDRIA — Collection of the county 911 service fee will change to an annual property tax fee under a proposal an-

nounced at the July 10 Campbell County Fiscal Court meeting. Campbell County Administrator Robert Horine said the ordinance will create an annual $45 property tax fee and eliminate the existing per landline phone fee. The proposal is subject to change by fiscal court prior to any passage, Horine said.

"The problem is landlines are going away, they're no longer a stable and reliable source of revenue to fund the 911 services," he said. Horine said the proposed ordinance required no action at this time and will be brought to fiscal court for a vote at a later time. The proposed ordinance in-

cludes a one-time discount for rental property owners to pay 50 percent for each tenant for the first year, he said. The plan is for the fee to be on property tax bills sent out in November if approved, Horine said. There are about 41,000 residential housing units and 2,000 commercial units in the county that will be subject to the $45 an-

nual fee in Campbell County, he said. Individual dorms at Northern Kentucky University and senior dormitory housing units will not have to pay the fee under the proposal, Horine said. Senior living apartments with full kitchens will be subject to See FEE, Page A2

Crews work on the access drive around Moyer Elementary School. The drive is meant to alleviate traffic off Highland Avenue and make student drop off and pick up safer. AMANDA JOERING/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Construction continues at Fort Thomas schools By Amanda Joering ajoering@nky.com

FORT THOMAS — Throughout the Fort Thomas Independent Schools, improvement projects are underway. At Moyer Elementary School, crews are working to construct a new access road that will loop behind the school, providing a place to drop off and pick up students. Jerry Wissman, the district’s director of facilities, said the road is being constructed through a partnership with the city, who owns part of the land the new road will be on. Along with allowing the district to construct the road, Wissman said the city also timed sewer and sidewalk work with

Fort Thomas resident Joey Holt, who was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease Histiocytosis last year, does strength training in preparation for Hisito Hike Ohio, a fundraising event in September. AMANDA JOERING/COMMUNITY RECORDER

the road project. The goal of the road, which will be complete before school starts this fall, is to provide a safer place to drop off and pick up students and also alleviate some traffic off Highland Avenue. A similar drop off and pick up loop was recently constructed at Woodfill Elementary School, which Wissman said will alleviate some of the traffic that used to back up through the neighborhoods surrounding the school. “(These loops) will not only create a safer more controlled environment, but should also improve the traffic flow on the streets which surround these See SCHOOLS, Page A2

FEELING BLUE

Histio survivor prepares for hike

By Amanda Joering ajoering@nky.com

FORT THOMAS — A little over a year ago, Fort Thomas resident Joey Holt was wheelchair bound due to a rare, cancer-like autoimmune disease called Histiocytosis. Now Joey, 11, is not just walking, he’s training daily to participate in Histio Hike Ohio, a hiking event held in states throughout the country to raise money for Histiocytosis re-

SAVING FRESH FOODS

Rita shares a recipe for blue ribbon blueberry muffins. B3

Diane shares safe tips for preserving fresh summer fruits and vegetables. B6

search. It’s been a long road for Joey, who had most of his hipbone eaten away by the disease, which causes white blood cells to attack certain parts of the body. A few days after his diagnosis, Joey had surgery that included a bone graph and bone biopsy, where the doctors removed the bad white blood cells and injected a liquid that hardens, replacing his hipbone.

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After months of physical therapy and some time spent hospitalized because of residual pain from the surgery, Joey now has his sites set on participating in Histio Hike Ohio in September. Through physical therapy, exercising, and walking, Joey is working to build his hip muscle back up. “I wanted to do this to raise money for Histio to help find a See HISTIO, Page A2 Vol. 14 No. 8 © 2013 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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