Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Florence to ask Boone for funds

Public wants its fair share

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Tonight, Florence city officials will go before Boone Fiscal Court to ask for $425,000.

        City officials say they want to make sure Florence gets its fair share of county resources and wants money to help fund several projects.

        Residents' comments during election time sparked the idea, said Florence Mayor Diane Ewing Whalen.

        “It's never happened before,” she said.

        At least one of the requests will be funded.

        City Coordinator Jeff Koenig said $100,000 for South Fork Park is already included in the county's budget. The city is building the park in the area of Farmview and Pleasant Valley Meadows subdivisions. It's more than 40 acres.

        The city wants fiscal court to allocate money to help implement the South Fork Park master plan by installing a pavilion with public restrooms.

        “They did fund our request, which we are grateful for,” he said.

        The city also wants:

        $25,000 for handicap ramps. The city wants to build about 45 such ramps in the western part of the city where sidewalks don't have ramps.

        $250,000 for Main Street lighting. The city has completed the first three phases of a project to revitalize the area. This request would provide 66 pedestrian scale light fixtures lining both sides of the street.

        $50,000 for master planning and design for Mall Road improvements. The road was designed and built in the mid-1970s and has some safety and maintenance problems.

        The master planning and design process would take a look at traffic patterns, improving pedestrian access, rights-of-way, lighting and other issues. Florence has applied for a grant to pay for the remaining costs of the project.

        Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore said fiscal court will listen to the city's requests.

        “It has not been past policy,” he said. “I don't know of it happening in Boone County or any other county. (But) we're going to listen to what they say. I'm open-minded about it.”


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