On behalf of the Taylor Mill City Commission and Staff I would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year!
2013 promises to be a busy year for the City of Taylor Mill and as the KY General Assembly kicks into high gear we are working diligently to track bills that have an impact on your local government. Recently I had the honor of meeting in Frankfort with both Senator Damon Thayer and Senator Chris McDaniel to discuss various components of their legislative agenda. During this visit I was also able to attend each of their swearing in ceremony's. As a result, I would like to take a moment and congratulate our newest Senator Chris McDaniel who represents the 23rd district and is a proud citizen of the City of Taylor Mill, and Senator Damon Thayer who has worked tirelessly in his efforts to represent Taylor Mill and its citizens in Frankfort during his tenure. We wish both Senator McDaniel and Senator Thayer the best in their efforts to tackle the many issues currently plaguing the Commonwealth.
As you know, KY 16 (Pride Parkway) construction will continue to bring many challenges in regards to traffic congestion throughout the next couple of years. Phase 1 construction will be winding down about the same time Phase 2 construction will be in full swing. Construction in some capacity on both phases will resume in the Spring as weather conditions improve and temperatures warm up. We will keep you informed of construction developments as we are advised of them by the State Transportation Cabinet. We would like to remind you to exercise caution while driving in the area and be mindful of slow traffic and changes in traffic patterns. Always use caution and be on the look out for changes to traffic signage and implementation of detour routes.
In other departmental news......
Chimney Fires are one of the highest areas of origin for residential structure fires. The Chimney Safety Institute of American reports that creosote accumulation is the leading cause of chimney fires. A chimney that is dirty, blocked or is in disrepair can inhibit proper venting of smoke up the flue and can also cause a chimney fire. Nearly all residential fires originating in the chimney are preventable. An annual chimney inspection by a certified chimney sweep can prevent fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. To keep your home safe from chimney fires follow these guidelines.
1. Maintenance - a very important step in preventing chimney fires!
- Have your chimney checked every year by a qualified chimney professional.
- Burn only well seasoned hardwoods.
- Install a chimney cap.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
- Have your chimney sweep ensure that your chimney has an appropriate liner.
- Following a violent storm, earthquake, flood, or lightening strike have your chimney inspected for damage - inside and out.
2. Prevention - remember prevention is your best defense against fire.
- If you have a wood or coal stove be sure it is installed at least 36 inches away from the wall. Keep combustible materials well away from the stove and chimney connector. Place an approved stove board under the unit to protect the floor from heat and hot coals which might drop out.
- Keep matches and lighters out or reach of children! - Store matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
3. Be Prepared - know what to do in case of fire. If you have a chimney fire evacuate your home immediately and call 911.
- Install Smoke Detectors - on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
- Make and practice a Home Escape Plan - make an emergency escape plan with your family. Be sure to have two ways out of every room. Decide on a designated meeting place outside. Then hold a fire drill and practice your plan annually.
- Get Out and Stay Out - Go directly to your planned meeting place and stay there. If you think someone is trapped inside notify the fire and police officers immediately.
- Crawl low in smoke - if you are trapped in smoke, get down on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest safe way out. Smoke and toxic fumes rise so cleaner air is near the floor.
- Stop, Drop, and Roll - If your clothes catch on fire, do not run, stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll over and over to smother the flames.
Inclement weather is hard on roadways and large potholes can develop quickly. Please report all potholes by calling our Maintenance Department at 859.581.3359 or by email our Maintenance Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please remember that a snow emergency is issued anytime ice or heavy snow in excess of 2 inches or more is expected. During these times on street parking is prohibited. This allows our crews to clear and treat hazardous road conditions quickly and efficiently, making the roadways safe for travel.
Sergeant Patrick Reis was recognized recently at a City Commission meeting for his outstanding detective work by solving the armed robberies of the Marathon Mini Mart, and the Grocery Bag. During interrogations Sergeant Reis was also able to obtain confessions from the apprehended suspect to four additional armed robberies occurring in the Cities of Florence, Newport, and Erlanger. Congratulations to Sergeant Reis on a job well done!
We would like to welcome our newest Police Officer Cyrus Harris. Officer Harris joins us with experience from the Park Hills Police Department and the KY State Police - Office of Vehicle Enforcement. We are pleased to have him join our staff and are confident he will be a great addition to our team.
Officer Ken Honchell was injured in 2012 in the line of duty during a foot pursuit. As he recovers from his accident we would like to thank him for his dedication and service to the City of Taylor Mill. We look forward to your his return to work in the near future.
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If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact any of your locally elected officials or by contacting City Administrator Jill Bailey at 859.581.3234. Thank you.
Daniel L. Bell
Daniel L. Bell, Mayor
City of Taylor Mill