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BELLEVUE COMMUNITY NEWS

February, 2019

Volume 41, Number 11

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The history of Scouting in Bellevue is writing a new chapter. St. John United Church of Christ on Fairfield Avenue chartered Pack 17 in October 2017. With just a few elementary age boys, the pack survived its first year. During that time, the Boy Scouts of America made a groundbreaking decision: to include girls and young women in all of its programs. That means that elementary age girls would now have an opportunity to be Cub Scouts. After a fruitful 2018 fall recruiting season, the pack now boasts fifteen members, four of whom are girls. The Scouts represent Grandview Elementary and Holy Trinity. To continue building momentum, the Pack plans to conduct winter recruiting events at both Bellevue elementary schools, as well as Lincoln Elementary in Dayton. “I know we can grow this pack to fifty kids,” said Kevin Partin, Pack 17 Cubmaster. He’s passionate about helping kids experi-

ence the fun and achievement available in Scouting. For those unfamiliar, Cub Scouts is a family program for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade. Children participate with their parents, grandparents or other adult partners. Scouts are teamed together by grade level in groups called dens. The dens work together to complete learning adventures on a journey toward rank advancement. Some adventures are completed at the bi-weekly meetings while others are completed at home. Scouts study the environment, the community, athletics, technology, spirituality and other topics. In the last two months, the Scouts have learned Cub Scout basics and earned their first rank badge – Bobcat. The Bellevue Police visited around Halloween and spoke to the Scouts about safety during trickor-treat. That same day they had a Halloween party. The

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Scouts all dressed up and had a great time playing games. And in December, the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department invited the pack to a tour of the firehouse and listen to a safety discussion. “We’ve made some exciting plans for 2019 that include camping, hiking, fishing, bike riding and other fun outdoor activities,” said Kevin Pfaehler, Pack Committee Chair. Pack 17 meets every other Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at St. John UCC in Bellevue. The next meeting is on February 18, 2019. The leaders would like to invite any interested adults and their children to the meeting to see what Cub Scouts is all about. If you’d like more information about Scouting or have questions, please contact Adam Clinkenbeard at ajclinkenbeard@hotmail. com. By Adam J Clinkenbeard – Pack Organizer & Unit Commissioner

Grandview Kindergarten Registration

We are looking forward to Kindergarten registration on Thursday, March 7th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. at Grandview Elementary School, 500 Grandview Avenue, Bellevue, KY. At this time our future Kindergarten students and their families will have a chance

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to meet some of our Grandview Family. Our Kindergarten teachers, counselor, principal, family resource coordinator, nurse and other staff members will be present to provide a wide range of information and support. They will also enjoy a tour of our school, dinner, face painting, and even free books to take home with them. Current students will even be there to share their creations including the use of the 3D Printer and coding robots. We hope that our

future Tiger Families will come to see the great things happening at GES! This checklist is meant to assist you in preparing for your child’s upcoming registration. The following items will be needed to enroll your child but if you don’t have any of these items, we can help you get them. • Official birth certificate for your student-Don’t

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From The Desk oF mayor Cleves

As of February 1, we now have both our new City Administrator, Frank Warnock, and our new City Attorney, Dave Fessler, on the job. Frank and I have been meeting, talking, thinking, planning, strategizing, trying to understand issues, and prioritizing. We have our ears to the ground, and have been listening to suggestions and concerns. One issue that we have been hearing about is the need for enhanced communications with our elected leaders, citizens and staff. Frank has established a weekly management meeting with staff. The hope is that we can open the lines of communication between department heads, and all employees of the City. We want the Council to consider a visioning session so we can capture their ideas, hopes, goals and dreams and make them reality. I promise you that we will make the effort to be the best that we can be serving the citizens of Bellevue. We have listed many of the problems and opportunities that exist in the City. I will write about a few of them here. There are major projects underway and we have two projects at the top of our list. One is the FEMA hillside slippage remediation task impacting houses and families on North and South

Sherry streets, Taylor Avenue, and perhaps others. I’ve heard from several citizens that they are frustrated that the project has taken so long. Everyone I have talked to has expressed they are not happy with the slow rate of progress. This is a complex project with a number of moving parts. It involves federal FEMA dollars, state involvement, advanced payments for reimbursed costs, cost sharing, easements and, yes, the actual design and construction of three major retention walls. I hear the frustration. I want the City to take some action with due diligence. The City Administrator reviewed the plans in January, and went to the project site to take a look at it. He wasn’t working for Bellevue at the time, but we wanted to try to get things moving as soon as possible. We established a meeting with the geo-technical engineer the first week in February. We are considering whether to hire a project engineer to manage the construction project. Believe when I say, we hear the frustration, and we want to help move this along the best we can. The second project on our list is the development of the riverfront near Harbor Greene that the City

Dear Friends, Spring of 2018 Dennis Feuerlein (husband of Jackie Robertson of Bellevue) was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer. Prior to diagnosis, Jackie’s employer eliminated her position after 8 years. As you can imagine, this is a financial hardship for them. We are organizing a benefit walk to help defray medical expenses. The walk takes place on March 30, 2019 at the Bellevue Vets. A $20.00 registration fee is required per walker. This includes a tee shirt and lunch following the walk back at the Vets. A cash bar will be available. If you are

unable to walk and would want to join us for lunch, please RSVP to Mimi by March 15th at 859-8166407. Any questions may be directed to her as well. Please return the registration form on page 3 by March 15. Checks should be included in the enclosed envelope made payable to Lisa Maxwell Bunner.

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by Terry Baute Code Enforcement Officer Hello Bellevue Residents! We haven’t had a lot of snow but the cold has been brutal. I hate to see my electric bills that will be coming. Let’s hope there is only one more month of the cold and snow. The snow we have had was cleaned up pretty well by our public works guys. They work hard to keep our city running well. When you see them please offer a little thanks for a job well done. This is an exciting time for all of us. Spring brings with it hope, renewal and a

time to reflect. I have never seen a city that has so many special events like Art in the Park, Second Saturday concert series, Shop Bellevue on the avenue first Fridays of the month and last but not least spring clean-up Bellevue. If you are not aware the city has two special clean up a year. One in the spring and the other in the fall. We will let you know in advance when those will be scheduled. One of the areas that I am concentrating on is the ongoing issue of garbage in the alleys. I really think some people think alleys are no big deal. To the contrary; alleys are often the very place where many residents park in the evening. Our alleys are used as much as the major thoroughfares. Alleys like any where else you must place garbage in a container with a lid to prevent animals from digging through it and scattering it about. After trash pickup

cans should be placed out of site behind the fence and in your yard not left to blow about. I get numerous complaints about the alleys and it is so easy to keep them clean and free of debris but we need everyone’s help. I have had a few residents complain when they received a violation letter or door hanger in reference to a code or ordinance violation. Let me just clarify that and say that I have an obligation and job to do for this city. I don’t make the codes or ordinances for the city. Simply put “I was hired to enforce them”. We have uniform rules in place to keep our city from becoming run down or even ghetto looking. We can agree to disagree but I will continue to perform my duties as the code official/building inspector. I am here to help this city become an even better place to live work and play and I do not enjoy issuing a civil citations or violation letters. Most people are responsible and do the right thing taking care of their properties. Just a reminder: all Bel-

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do work on your house, you should take note at flowers etc so as not to destroy or ruin someone’s landscaping. You should take pictures and put the property back the way you found it. Let’s be good neighbors and be a little lenient in allowing someone to “trespass” to conduct painting etc. I hope this Spring brings you good health, prosperity and fortune. Remember we are in this together. You are an important part of this great community. I am very fortunate and proud to work for this beautiful city of Bellevue. Be kind, do good work and stay in touch! “An individual can make a difference; but a group can change the world. Lets make this world a better place and do our part; all of us can make a difference.” I hope you have a safe winter (what is left) spring is soon to be here.

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FEBRUARY, 2019 Online at www.bellevuecommunitynews.com PAGE 3 for the 150th Anniversary teers. If you would like to mayor From pg 1 of Bellevue that occurs in be notified on the upcom-

now owns. This hits our list as both a problem and opportunity. The City now owes about $6 million in General Obligation bonds on this section of Bellevue. Some of this debt is from the previous development in this area. And, some of this debt is being paid by the taxes generated by the increased value of real property generated as a development. The previous administration was working with a firm from Louisville to possibly develop the City’s newly acquired property along the riverfront between Fairfield and the Ohio River. This is a key development site for the City, and it’s important that we take a thoughtful and prudent approach. There was a proposed development agreement that was being discussed. I think it’s safe to say that a majority of the City Council, Frank and myself agree that we need to take a hard look at any proposed development agreement and make sure that we do the best we can to make sure that whatever goes in the space is the highest and best use for the citizens of Bel-

levue. With that in mind, I will be appointing a task force to include Councilperson Sean Fisher, along with Mike Brandi, Jay Buchert, Neal Morris, Steve Crawford, and another developer representative I am still trying to recruit and get on board. They will be charged with planning and designing the whole riverfront area of Bellevue by emphasizing the Harbor Greene section which we will start first. This 30-year plan will serve as a guideline for the direction we plan to take in the future. At least three of the members of this team have experience with development. They will design something that people will want to buy and developers will want to build. Those are two of the “major” projects that we are going to be working on, but we have many others to push forward. They are all important. One is the City needs a barber! We recently lost our two barbers to retirement. Frank says every city needs a Floyd the Barber. Some of our new City Council members would like to see free wi-fi in Bel-

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situations. • By the first day of school, your child will need an updated current immunization certificate, eye exam, dental screening/exam and a physical. Don’t have this? Our school nurse can help you with your questions about these.

have one? We can help you secure one. • Social Security Card-Don’t have one. We can help you secure one. • Proof of residency (copy of lease, deed, or current utility bill). Don’t have one of these? That’s ok. We can talk through individual

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levue. This is something we can work on to increase access to the internet for our citizens and visitors. Open communication with our residents is another direction we are trying to improve. Our goal is to bring positivity back to Bellevue. I have been meeting with Bellevue Veterans and Cincinnati Reds representatives to try to help the Vets facilitate the makeover of the Bellevue Veterans ballfields. The Reds organization is almost ready to start the ballfield improvements. This is a great project for the youth of the City and Northern Kentucky. Our tree board is back in business. Trees are a big part of the fabric of our city, and I know that many of our key stakeholders are interested in maintaining and improving the trees in Bellevue. In case you are wondering where Lincoln Road is on our list, it is No. 3. Lincoln Road is a major project that has had a few bumps along the way if you will forgive the pun. The last topic of discussion will be the most enjoyable. We are now preparing

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by Robb Smith Portions of this piece appeared one year ago. However, the threats to our schools are still very real. I implore everyone in the community to stay abreast of pending legislation. Though we are in a nonbudgetary short session of the general assembly, decisions made could have devastating consequences for our district. One piece of legislation currently under consideration at the state level is tax-credit scholarships. Concisely, this means that individuals or corporations can pay the tuition for students to go to private schools and then receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits on the back end. The students targeted are typically from lower income families who attend public schools thereby eliminating the funding for those public schools one head at a time.

Proponents of these scholarships espouse the freedom of school choice and control over their children’s education. Sounds appealing, does it not? What they fail to mention is the shifting of public money to private entities. In my opinion, that is not okay. Public school funding is already at critically low levels. These “scholarships” dilute funding for the most vulnerable among us, and those students who have significant academic needs are often turned away at the private school door. Our governor proclaimed the last week in January as School Choice Week. This is a yearly, premeditated week of advocacy from a national organization hoping to make inroads for private schools to access public tax money. Of course, many people in our state who align with this agenda work diligently to

push legislation that will allow tax-credit scholarships, vouchers, charter schools, and yes, even pension “reform.” Is it all an attack on public education? I believe it is. For independent districts like Bellevue, it is more than an attack on our schools; it is an attack on our community. School choice advocates love to point at urban districts as failing. What they base this opinion upon baffles me. When faced with this criticism, however, I believe we have two choices. We can allow opponents to fabricate this false narrative or we tell our own story. I choose the truth because we have so much of which to be proud. When I look around our district, I see the following: • Pre-K efforts such as Head Start, bornlearning, cradle school, and free book program • A 5-Star preschool

(the highest designation). • An instructional model, visited regularly by other districts, that emphasizes critical thinking. • A dedicated middle school to address developmental characteristics (a rarity in small districts). • Dual-credit partnerships with Gateway, NKU, and Louisville. • 1/3 of upper classmen taking college courses. • Almost 1500 college credit hours earned in the last three years. • 15 seniors in the class of 2018 left BHS with at least 24 college hours. • One senior in the class of 2018 left BHS with an associate’s degree. • 3 National Board certified teachers (and 3 more in process). • 3 teachers enrolled in the NKU “Great 8” cohort – a master’s program designed for urban school districts.

This is only a fraction of the positive in Bellevue Independent. Despite the divisive and misguided legislation proposed, we will thrive. Charter school laws are already a reality, and if tax-credit (voucher) legislation would pass, the segregationist buzzards would begin circling. No worries. The profiteers and elitists will not be able to create a strip mall academy that can compete with the trajectory of Bellevue Independent Schools. In my opinion, inclusive community schools will always be the best for children. For more information on why you should CHOOSE BELLEVUE, go to www. choosebellevue.com If you have an opinion on this bill, or any other legislation affecting our school district, contact your representative or senator at 1-800-372-7181.

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If you’ve walked past it on your way to the pharmacy, make a note to use it next time you are feeling under the weather. Here’s what happened to me. When I alerted my GP’s office I needed an appointment asap, the staff, aka gatekeeper, gave me the “next” available appointment: ten days later! And no, they do not keep a list for cancellations. Because I have had a knee replacement, an infection can cause long-term damage to my wellbeing. So, long before that appointment, when my knee became stiff and I had temperature/chills there was a problem. Sunday I decided The Little Clinic was a good option. Was it ever. The recommended treatment

ordered by Little Clinic’s friendly nurse practitioner, Keith Hammersmith, was perfect. When my orthopedic surgeon read the X-rays on Monday he insisted I see him immediately. He agreed with everything, including the antibiotics Keith ordered on Sunday. On Wednesday, Keith phoned with X-ray and culture results. He recommended additional items to continue my improvement. The Little Clinic’s competency, friendliness and follow up care is better than my GP’s. Sunday’s visit and dedication to patients illustrates this convenient, medical service facility is an asset to our community and deserves our participation.


FEBRUARY, 2019 Online at www.bellevuecommunitynews.com PAGE 5 noT The BesT TIme To 8 Th a nnual nky r esToraTIon W eekenD s aTurDay , m arCh 9 aT 9 am planT a Tree by Jo Anne Warren Master Gardener, Tree Hugger Q: I’d like to plant some new trees to boost our home’s curb appeal. Will they survive if I plant in the fall, or should I wait till spring? A: You often see landscaping companies busily putting in trees during spring and fall, which may lead you to believe that both seasons are perfect for this project. Good times, maybe. Perfect times? Not exactly. Despite the fact that both seasons enjoy mild weather that won’t scorch or freeze delicate young roots, there are several reasons why spring is often not the best time to plant a tree. When should you plant new trees? Many people plant in spring, probably because they want to do some gardening at that time of year. Others claim that fall planting is better. Here is what the experts say.

Let’s think like a tree. “Every stick has two ends.” In the case of a tree, it has the leaf end and the root end. What will you be asking your little new tree to do if you plant it in the Spring, as so many “knowledgeable” writers say to do? Well, the tree will have to make leaves and settle and grow roots into the soil, all at the same time. Isn’t that asking a bit much? Both of these growth processes

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require sugar reserves that are stored in the roots and stems. Trying to grow both leaves and stems at the same time is taxing for the plant and both processes can suffer. If you plant the tree in the fall – early, mid, and late—all it will have to do is settle the roots, which have a lot to do to explore avenues through the soil were they can be comfortable, and effective—because what they need to do is find water and nutrients and a way for their roots to gain access. But you say, I read everywhere that spring is the best time to plant a tree! Yes, it is written everywhere, and nurseries are fully stocked in the spring with little trees for us to buy. And of course they want to sell them! That fact does not translate to what the tree wants. That is marketing, not aboriculture. To add

insult to injury, the famous man who established Arbor Day set the date for his tree planting celebration to be in the spring—this year April 26. That is already pretty warm, isn’t it? Here’s the short answer: You should plant trees when they have enough time to establish roots before they’re exposed to stressors like high heat, low temperatures, or not enough water. Happy planting!

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It’s the only place to get FREE old house related classes and FREE eats! The cities of Bellevue, Covington, and Newport along with some preservation experts and preservation vendors are planning free educational sessions at Newport Intermediate School located at 95th W. 9th Street. Topics range from how to research your historic home to maintenance and repair of your house from the foundation to the roof and everything in between. It’s an opportunity to learn about topics that will help you understand, maintain, and improve your property. A “Taste and Talk” at lunchtime in the Vendors Fair area provides a sampling of food from river city restaurants and an opportunity to talk with vendors, speakers, and other home owners. We’ve added a walking tour following the last sessions

that ends at the Crazy Fox for happy hour (sorry drinks are not included). The schedule and class descriptions are posted! Register for your favorites at www.nkyrestoration. com. The event is free, but we ask you to register so we can plan for placing sessions in rooms with the capacity for demand. For the latest information on NKY Restoration Weekend and helpful hints about and other preservation related information, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NKY. Restoration. We also have sessions on Friday at the Campbell County Library in Newport for architects and planners! You’ll find details on our website. NKY Restoration is an unincorporated association and collaboration of individuals who represent businesses, artisans and

craftsman, non-profit organizations, the Kentucky Heritage Council, cities and the local historic preservation offices in Northern Kentucky whose main goal and purpose is to provide educational opportunities in and to advocate for historic preservation though organizing the NKY Restoration Weekend and related programming for architects, planners, business owners, and property owners. The weekend celebrates NKY’s historic architecture while promoting historic preservation, rehabilitation, and sustainability to participants throughout the region. This event is made possible through sponsorships and is partially funded with a generous Certified Local Government grant given to the Cities of Bellevue and Covington from the National Park Service and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council.

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