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Council gives approval for block party fundraiser

PARK HILLS – A plan for a block party fundraiser to support the Children’s Advocacy Center met with support from the Park Hills City Council along with a request that it be moved from the streets to a city park.

Tonia Fujimoto told the council that she was planning a battle of the bands fundraiser for the center that works with abused children. She asked that city close a section of West and Fite streets from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 30 for the fundraiser.

Councilmen and city staff raised concerns about creating a precedence, noise disturbance in the neighborhood and the inconvenience of closing roads, then asked whether Fujimoto would consider holding the fundraiser in Elvins Park.

She agreed to move the event to the park and will meet with city’s parks and recreation department to discuss placement of portable toilets, vendors’ booths and the stage. Fujimoto said she already has a cleanup crew designated for the event.

The board voted 7-0 in favor of allowing the block party at the park, with Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Cunningham absent.

The council also approved a request to have a fundraiser for Dave McWillliam on a to-be-decided Saturday in July at the Municipal Parking Lot in conjunction with All Occasions Hall. No streets will be closed for the fundraiser.

City Administrator John Kennedy had good news and bad news to present to the board. Among the good news was the sale of used light poles from the Sports Complex, progress on the Meadow/Stephens streets water main replacement and sale tax receipts that continue to be six percent above last year a this time.

Kennedy told the board that the Commerce Street bridge repair still has not begun and the city did not get approval for a CDBG grant.

“I think it was because we had too few businesses and residents affected by the floods, so we moved down the list,” Kennedy said.

During council announcements, Ward 2 Councilman Linda Dickerson invited the board to a Habitat for Humanity volunteer recognition event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 in Columbia Park.

Saying that they had to schedule a hearing by law, the council agreed 6-1 to hold a hearing at 7 p.m. June 12 on a request for rezoning a section of land for a mobile home park. Bill Revelle filed a hearing request for Govero Land Services, which wants to rezone property on the west side of Seventh and Scoggins streets from general residential to mobile home park zoning.

The planning and zoning commission recommended rejection of the rezoning request and did not opt to set a public hearing on the issue. That meant that the applicant would have 10 days to request a public hearing by the city council. Revelle did so, which means the city must grant his request.

Ward 3 Councilman Charlotte House voted against holding the hearing in order to make a statement.

“We don’t need a mobile home park,” she said. “We understand that he plans to rent lots and that he won’t live there.”

The council voted to use TIF District proceeds to improve parking on Miller Street behind the former River Hills Restaurant. Developers of the Main Street Grill say they need additional parking in order to be successful.

Parking was one concern of the River Hills Restaurant before it folded.

The developers propose that TIF District 4 funds reimburse them for $10,690 of eligible site work costs to improve parking at the rear of the restaurant, which is located at 239 W. Main St.

The proposal shows sales projections with sufficient sales tax to repay TIF District 4 in approximately three or fewer years, according to Norm Lucas, the city’s economic developer.

Lucas also presented part of the new website design for the city’s website. The updated website should be online in a couple of months. When it is completed, people can pay some bills and fill out permit forms online through the city’s website.

Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at


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