Friday, February 16, 2001

State money starts to flow into two projects for Kenton County

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two projects funded last year by the Kentucky General Assembly that will provide sports fields in Latonia and water service for Visalia Elementary School are moving toward completion, local and state officials said Thursday.

        The projects are:

        • A $1 million youth sports complex at 43rd Street and DeCoursey Pike in Latonia. The state is providing $200,000 for the project with the remainder coming from money borrowed by Covington City Commission.

        • A $350,000 project to extend waterlines to the far southeastern Kenton County community of Visalia. The project will serve about 20 homes, but its main function is to provide water to Visalia Elementary School.

        The state's portion of the money was inserted into the state budget last year at the urging of two Northern Kentucky lawmak ers, Sen Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, and Senate President Pro Tem Dick Roeding, R-Lakeside Park.

        This week, lawmakers gave final approval to actually allocating the money to Covington and to the Kenton County Fiscal Court, which in turn will send the $300,000 to the Northern Kentucky Water Service District.

        The sports complex will include three soccer fields and three baseball diamonds, Covington City Manager Greg Jarvis said Thursday. The project is under way and should be completed by spring or summer, he said.

        Work also has started on the 1-mile waterline project, said Richard Harrison, director of engineering and water distribution for the water district.

        The elementary school will be connected to the line, which is scheduled to be installed and operating by mid-May, he said.


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