Kenton City Council uses unspent CARES Act money

Kenton City Council passed appropriations for unspent CARES Act money.

The city received almost $490,000 for coronavirus expenses. Chief Deputy Auditor Pamela Romanko and the Council Finance Committee decided to utilize the funds for police and fire wages. This decision came after the US Treasury Program and the US Treasury Inspector General’s Office both agreed that all employee costs for public safety workers are assumed to be COVID-19 related. “Their jobs have changed.” Said Romanko.

In other new business, Council decided to table a resolution to approve or disapprove a generation fee repeal from the NCO Solid Waste District. In an email correspondence, NCO explained the generation fee currently in place would end and individual contracts with landfills would be put into place. The change could increase waste management for citizens by 10 cents in late 2021.

City Council was visited by a concerned citizen. Bart Steele of Kenton brought the condition of the city’s sidewalks to the Council’s attention. As a scooter user, Steele worries about tipping over his scooter on unlevel and bumpy sidewalks. “It’s hazardous for my health to ride around. I love riding around, it’s the only way I can get out of the house.” City Council members agreed with Steele and made plans to discuss ideas with Mayor Lynn Webb, Safety Service Director Cindy Murray, and the Council Safety Committee.

Safety Service Director Cindy Murray announced a leaf collection schedule would be released soon. Murray stressed the importance of homeowners refraining from raking leaves into the storm drains.

Council members extended thanks to city workers, Bark Park painters and Kroger employees.

The next City Council meeting will be held on October 26th at 7 p.m.