Sunday, October 01, 2000

Kentucky digest

Business group backs consultant's advice

        COVINGTON — The Covington Business Council is pleased that several of its priorities in the Scheper Report are among those recommended for implementation by a consultant.

        “CBC is pleased that some of the key recommendations we submitted to the city this summer have been taken seriously and appear to be on their way to implementation,” Cindy Shirooni, chair of the CBC, said Friday.

        A year ago, a committee headed by Covington insurance executive Chuck Scheper offered more than 90 recommendations for improving city operations.

        Last month, Management Partners Inc., a consulting firm operated by former Cincinnati city manager Gerald Newfarmer, recommended the city complete six of the Scheper Report's initiatives within six months. They are: preparing a long term financial and capital improvements plan; creating a performance management project; improving the development review process, recovery of EMS costs; combining the central dispatch services; and completing a police study.

        The report also suggests that the city prepare an updated strategic plan, and improve fleet management.

        In all, Management Partners' initiatives account for 18 of the Scheper Report recommendations.

Dry Ridge man
killed in collision

               PINER, Ky. — A Dry Ridge man was killed Saturday afternoon in a two-car collision at the intersection of Bracht-Piner Road and Carlisle Road, west of Piner.

        Charles Feltner, 46, a passenger in one of the cars, was dead at the scene, police said. Mr. Feltner was riding in a 1992 Dodge pickup driven by Richard Jones, 43, of Morningview, Ky.

        Detective Chris Haddle, public information officer for the Kenton County Police Department, said the truck driven by Mr. Jones was traveling east on Bracht-Piner Road when it struck a 1993 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Anthony Ashcraft, 41, of Burlington. Mr. Ashcraft was traveling west.

        Mr. Jones was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati, where he was treated and released.

        Mr. Ashcraft and Danny Ashcraft, 35, of Burlington, were taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood, where they were treated and released.

Group opposes
Boone Forest work

               LEXINGTON — A citizens group filed for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop so-called “salvage logging” in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

        Kentucky Heartwood is asking U.S. District Judge Karl For ester to stop the U.S. Forest Service's plan to harvest trees damaged by storms on 718 acres.

        At least a portion of the salvage area is along Rock Creek, designated by the state as a wild and scenic river, said Heartwood representative Chris Schimmoeller.

        The Forest Service obtained an emergency exemption for the logging, saying the downed trees could fuel forest fires. That exemption would allow logging to begin immediately without citizen appeals.

Citizens invited
to police academy

               CRESCENT SPRINGS — The Crescent Springs Police Department will provide a 10-week citizens police academy beginning Thursday and ending Dec. 14. The class will be held once a week each Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

        For more information or to register call Officer James Welsh at 341-3018, or stop by the police office at 739 Buttermilk Pike between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Appeals court rejects
Chesley lawsuit

               FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a lawsuit that made broad claims about the safety and expense of owning a trailer home.

        Stanley M. Chesley, a Cincinnati lawyer who specializes in big-ticket class action lawsuits, attempted to bring the suit on behalf of what he said were the 126,000 Kentuckians who own mobile homes, which the industry likes to call manufactured housing.

        Mr. Chesley sued 41 manufacturers, alleging that mobile homes are more dangerous in fires and cost more to insure. Mr. Chesley said the manufacturers should have told buyers of the potential dangers and costs.

        The court, in a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel, noted that none of the three plaintiffs actually named in the suit had suffered a fire at their mobile homes.

crash kills woman

               RICHMOND — A California woman was killed and several others were injured in a wreck in Madison County.

        Ida Fryer, 90, died from injuries suffered during the crash Friday on Ky. 52, just east of Richmond, Kentucky State Police said.

        Police said Tiffany Burton, 29, of Beattyville, Ky., was westbound when she skidded into the path of a motor home traveling east.

        Roger Fryer, 61, of Elk Grove, Calif., was driving the motor home, but police were not able to say Saturday night whether he was injured. Ida Fryer was a passenger.


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