Information for New Residents
City of Fort Wright
409 Kyles Lane
Fort Wright, Kentucky 41011
Office Hours: 7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|Emergency:||9-1-1||Any emergency situation for Police, Fire, or Emergency Medical Services.|
|(859) 356-3191||Routine calls for filing reports or service, anytime a Police Officer is needed to respond.|
|Police Administration:||(859) 331-2191||Requests for information on completed reports,|
|Fire Administration:||(859) 331-2600||Services available or to speak with a Department supervisor.|
|City Administration:||(859) 331-1700|
|Public Works Department:||(859) 331-1700|
The Police, Fire/EMS, Administrative, and Public Works Departments are located at the Fort Wright City Building at 409 Kyles Lane, Fort Wright, Kentucky. Police Officers are on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week for the protection of citizens and property in Fort Wright. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel are also available to respond to emergencies 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The following is a summary of other services and programs provided by the City of Fort Wright, Kentucky to its residents and businesses:
This program is a service for elderly or disabled residents who need assistance. The Police officer in charge of this program obtains pertinent information from the resident, which is kept on file in the Police Department and on the ambulance for emergency medical use. After completing the necessary form, the Police Officer periodically checks on these residents and their welfare, and to see if there is anything we can do to assist them.
This program is a similar service to the Senior Watch; a form is filled out with pertinent information on the person with this disease or any other similar problem. The information is kept on file at the Police Department for two purposes: to help identify persons who have been located by a Police Officer and may not know their correct address and telephone numbers. The second purpose is to have the vital information on file and readily available if a family member reports a disabled person missing.
If you are going on vacation, please call and we will fill out a vacation check card or click here to download form to fill out and send to us. The form lists important information, such as how to contact you or another designated person in the event of an emergency. The telephone numbers for alarm companies are helpful too. We will keep an “extra eye” on your home while you are away and can advise you on precautions to take before you leave.
Operation Child I.D.
The Operation Child I.D. program is available to parents with school-age children. A card with the child's fingerprint impressions, photograph and important information is given to the parents. The card is kept in case of an emergency, such as the child becomes lost or missing. Quick access to this information can be vital.
Security surveys are provided free of charge to any Fort Wright resident or business by the Police Department, and are intended to give an evaluation on the safety and security of your premises.
A neighborhood watch program educates residents in crime prevention practices to report suspicious activity to the Police Department and to secure their homes and properties. A neighborhood watch gives the Police Department and residents a chance to work together and can be a strong deterrent to crime. If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch group, please contact the Police Department.
Citizen Education Programs
There are a number of citizen education programs that are available to residents and businesses in the City. A representative of the Police Department can speak to groups on a variety of topics such as bicycle safety, driving and traffic safety, domestic violence, child abuse and child/personal safety.
FIRE / EMS SERVICES
Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
The Fire/EMS Department has both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors available for residents of Fort Wright who are on fixed incomes or who are unable to afford one and do not currently have one or both installed in their homes. These are provided through the American Red Cross. The Firefighters can also assist in proper installation or instruction of proper locations for installations of both detectors. Please contact one of the Firefighters or stop by to pick up a detector for your home, if you do not currently have one or both installed.
This program is currently offered at Saint Agnes Elementary School and several child care centers in the City. It is designed to inform our children of the dangers of fire and what to do in any emergency. Children are taught to Stop, Drop, and Roll; to have escape routes from their home; and to have practice fire drills with their family and have meeting points outside of their home, in case a fire should occur. For more information on this program or to make arrangements to visit the Fire/EMS Department, please contact us during office hours.
SOUTH HILLS CIVIC CLUB
Since the former South Hills Civic Club has been reopened to public use for Fort Wright citizens and businesses, the newly remodeled facility on Bluegrass Avenue off East Henry Clay Avenue has hosted everything from graduation parties, First Communion celebrations, baby showers, weddings, surprise parties, and business parties, to Christmas holiday season parties. The facility was even used in July 2002 by the Bluegrass Swim Club as a hospitality room when it hosted a two-day regional swim meet. In general the facility may only be used for small gatherings, as it is located within a residential area of the City. The facility is not permitted to be used for commercial or profit-seeking enterprises.
The former South Hills Civic Club is available to Fort Wright residents and businesses for small gatherings and functions. The five-acre facility and grounds were generously donated to the City in 1998 by the remaining members of the South Hills Civic Club. Since that time the City has added larger and handicapped-accessible restrooms, an exterior-accessed restroom, and completely remodeled the interior. The facility accommodates up to 80 persons and includes 10 tables, 80 chairs, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette contains a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink and countertop. It is a NO SMOKING facility and reservations can be accepted up to one year in advance.The rental fee is $100.00 Friday through Sunday and Holidays or $50.00 Monday through Thursday. There is a refundable $100.00 security deposit due at time of rental. Usage of the facility is limited to two times per year, per household. Please contact City office at 331-1700 for more information.
THE DIRTY HANDS GARDEN CLUB
The main focus of the Ft. Wright Garden Club Members is to become better gardeners and also to learn about how we can take care of the little piece of earth we inhabit. To reach those goals we:
- Hold monthly meetings during which we learn from invited speakers, but also learn from each other.
- Share skills by maintaining several public garden spots together
- Plan fun field trips, picnics and visits to members’ gardens in the summer
- Host and annual plant swap and sale every spring
Even though Ft. Wright has provided a home base, members come from Lakeside Park, Edgewood, Independence, Erlanger, Boone County and beyond!
- New gardeners as well as old hands are welcome
- There is always someone who can answer your questions or point you to a source of information
Meetings are the second Thursday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m.
The usual meeting location is the South Hills Civic Club community building in Ft. Wright
Visit our Facebook page for meeting topics and other events.
GOVERNMENT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|County Attorney||(859) 491-0600||Misdemeanors, Protective-Orders|
|Child Support||(859) 491-4114|
|District Court||(859) 292-6523||Misdemeanor Traffic, Small Claims|
|District Court-Juvenile||(859) 292-6541|
|Commonwealth Attorney||(859) 292-6580||Felonies|
|Circuit Court||(859) 292-6521||Felonies, Civil|
|Probate Department||(859) 292-6740|
|Clerks Office||(859) 392-1600|
|Vehicle Title/Transfer||(859) 392-1651|
|Voter Registration||(859) 392-1620|
|Drivers License||(859) 292-6579|
|Drivers License Testing||(859) 727-8100||New Drivers Licenses|
|Animal Shelter||(859) 356-7400|
|Board of Education||(859) 344-8888|
|Public Library||(859) 962-4060|
|Kenton County Fiscal Court|
|Judge Executive||(859) 392-1400|
|Property Valuation||(859) 392-1750|
|D.E.S. Director||(859) 392-1488|
|Kenton County Police|
|24-Hour Dispatch||(859) 356-3191|
|Sheriff's Department||(859) 392-1800|
|Detention Center||(859) 392-1700|
|Kentucky State Police|
|Dry Ridge Post||(859) 428-1212|
|Department of Vital Statistics||(502) 564-4212||Birth, Marriage & Death Records|
IMPORTANT STATUTES & ORDINANCES
Kentucky Revised Statutes
K.R.S. 186.150 - New residents must obtain a Kentucky Operators License immediately upon establishing residence.
K.R.S. 186.510 - Drivers of motor vehicles must have in their possession a valid operators license at all times.
K.R.S. 186.540 - Drivers must notify the Department of Transportation within 10 days of a change in address.
K.R.S. 186.020 - The owner of a motor vehicle must register it in Kentucky within 15 days of bringing it to this state.
K.R.S. 186.170 - The owner of a motor vehicle must have his registration receipt in the vehicle at all times.
K.R.S. 186.190 - The owner of a motor vehicle must register the transfer of sale of a motor vehicle.
K.R.S. 304.39-080 - All motor vehicles must have insurance and proof must be kept in the vehicle.
K.R.S. 189.125 - All persons in a motor vehicle must wear seatbelts and any child under 40” must be in a child restraint device meeting federal safety standards.
K.R.S. 189.285 (See statute for exemption requirements) - All persons on motorcycles must wear appropriate headgear unless they obtain an exemption decal.
K.R.S. 186.410 - All persons must obtain an operators license (be 16 years of age) to operate a moped on public highways.
K.R.S. 527.020 (See statue for requirements) - No person shall carry a concealed deadly weapon on or about their person, unless they have obtained a license.
Protective Orders can be issued in the event of domestic violence and they can provide victims safeguards such as:
Ordering an offender not to have any contact with the victim except as authorized by the Court.
Ordering the offender not to be within a specified distance of the victim, usually 500-1000 feet.
Ordering the offender to vacate the residence shared with the victim.
Protective Orders can address other issues as well including temporary custody and support of children. The Temporary Protective Order is valid for 14 days, at that time a hearing is held and the Judge decides whether to issue a Domestic Violence Order, which can be issued for up to three years. If you have any questions about Domestic Violence issues, please contact the Police Department at the number listed at the beginning of this pamphlet.
CITY OF FORT WRIGHT ORDINANCES
Section 72.03 - Parking on a sidewalk, blocking a driveway or within an intersection is prohibited.
Section 72.03 - Parking on an unpaved surface is prohibited (blacktop and concrete constitute a paved surface).
Section 72.06 - Parking in excess of 24 hours on a City street is prohibited.
Section 72.11 - Parking a vehicle for sale on any street is prohibited.
Section 72.13 - Parking a truck over one ton in a residential area except to load or unload is prohibited.
Section 72.14 - Recreational vehicles cannot be parked on the street or between the front property line and the setback line as established by ordinance.
Section 90.02 - Animals cannot run at large.
Section 90.18 - No person shall keep a dog, which persistently barks or howls, which disturbs the peace of two or more separate residences.
Section 92.03 - Some conditions declared a nuisance: Accumulation of rubbish, noxious odors or smoke, noise, excessive growth of weeds or grass, trees or shrubbery which blocks sidewalks or streets, animals which are not kept in a sanitary condition free of offensive odors, junk, scrap metal; inoperative motor vehicles and barking dogs.
Section 115.02 - Garage sales require a permit from the City and no residence can have more than two per calendar year.