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Covington Catholic Hires Full-Time Police Officer

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Ann Thompson
Covington Catholic was closed in January due to threats after an incident between a student and a Native American in Washington, D.C., went viral.

Park Hills city council approved a contract with Covington Catholic High School to place a school resource officer from the police department on campus during the day.

CovCath agreed to pay 100 percent of the salary for the new officer, not to exceed $42,000. The city will pay for uniforms and equipment up to $1,000.

The vote was 4 to 1, with Councilwoman Sarah Froelich in opposition to the move, and Councilman Joe Shields abstaining, saying that he had business with the school.

The council previously gave an unofficial OK to the move in April, though some members of council expressed discomfort with placing a public police officer inside a private school.

The goal in April was to allow Police Chief Cody Stanley to reserve a space at the state police academy for the officer but on Monday night, Stanley said that he is unsure whether there will be immediate space for the new officer, who was identified as Ted Edgington.

A second officer is also awaiting training within the department.

Stanley said he will send the officers for training as soon as he can reserve a space.

Council also listened to the first reading of an ordinance setting the Rumpke trash contract for the city. With this contract, trash collection will go from $175.80 per year to $192.24 per year. The second reading will be at the June council meeting.

Council approved a municipal order declaring three properties, 1011 and 1013 Amsterdam Road, and 937 Montague Road as surplus property. The properties will be sold to Condoview, LLC, the development name for Joshua One as it creates the Park Pointe subdivision. The developer will pay the city $100,000 for all three.

Council passed an executive order changing the procurement policy.  As of now the city can accomplish a project up to $30,000 without having the project go out for bid. This is because the state changed its policy, so Park Hills is following suit.

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