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Government

  • Utility surcharge capped at 5 percent

    Residents of Williamstown might cool down after city council approved a 5 percent cap on the city’s utility surcharge.

    Surcharges on residents’ utility bills, which started showing up in 2009, happened when consumers actually used less power than the city contracted to purchase and the surplus was sold back on the open market.

    If the city paid $60 per megawatt hour, but the same hour sold for $40 on the open market, the cost difference falls back to the utility customer.

  • BRIDGE CLOSED

    The bridge on U.S. 25 in Williamstown is now closed.

    The bridge officially closed after morning traffic on March 1 and the closing doesn’t sit well with Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

    “It’s very disappointing that it didn’t work out and I hope it’s not a huge inconvenience for the traffic flow,” Skinner said.

    Skinner asked the state to reconsider closing the bridge and keeping it at least open to cars and trucks.

  • Bruin resigns as Dry Ridge fire chief

    Fire Chief Robert Bruin will be leaving Dry Ridge at the end of the month to return home to Scott County.

    Bruin, who has been head of the Dry Ridge Fire Department for four years, recently submitted his resignation to Mayor Clay Crupper.

    The Scott County native is leaving to become chief of the Georgetown Fire Department, where he spent 16 years before coming to Grant County.

    Bruin’s last day will be Feb. 28.

  • Mayor wants bridge open

    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner doesn’t want the bridge at the south end of town to close.

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said the bridge would close on March 1 due to safety concerns.

    Skinner has asked the state to reconsider closing the bridge and keeping at least open to cars and trucks.

    “I know the state considered two options, either to close the bridge or to set a weight limit at 6,000 pounds, but chose to close it,” Skinner said.

    He contacted state road officials and asked them to change their minds.

  • COUNTY TO ADD FIVE WEATHER SIRENS

    Grant County will be adding five new sirens to warn the community of impending storms or disasters.

    The Turn-Key Siren Warning Systems will be located at Williamstown Cemetery, the Dry Ridge Fire Department (replacing an old siren), Grant County High School, near KAO Campground and on the west side of Interstate-75 in Crittenden.

    The additional weather sirens will bring the total to 12 in Grant County.

  • Government offices closed President’s Day

    Several government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of the Presidentís Day holiday.
    The following will be closed:
    • Corinth City Building
    • Crittenden City Building
    • Dry Ridge City Building  
    • Grant County Public Library

     

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    The Senate focused on promoting energy and election legislation that did not make it into law during last year’s session of the General Assembly, as well as introducing new legislation focusing on horse racing, child care safety and the state pension system.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    The House passed several bills that have been at the top of our agenda for this session.
    House Bill 305 is considered our budget adjustment bill that will help address the state’s Medicaid shortfall. Specifically it would move $166.6 million from next year’s Medicaid budget to this year’s budget. House Bill 305 passed by a vote of 80-19 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

  • Health dept. faces cuts

    The Northern Kentucky District Health Department, which includes Grant County, is facing a $1.3 million budget deficit.

    Proposals to fix the budget include laying off 17 district employees, furlough days and no raises. Officials are unsure how the budget shortfall will impact the health department’s programs.

    Seventeen employees of the Northern Kentucky Health Department may be out of a job due to budget cuts and it’s unsure if programs will be impacted by a budget deficit.

  • WILLIAMSTOWN BRIDGE TO CLOSE MARCH 1

    Deterioration of the deck of the U.S. 25 bridge in Williamstown has forced Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials to close the bridge.

    The bridge will close to traffic March 1 while construction of a $5 million replacement bridge continues. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had planned to keep the existing bridge in service until the new bridge was completed, but that plan was abandoned for safety reasons after recent inspections.