Erlanger examines the services provided in ’21; public employees are the backbone of a thriving community

City of Erlanger

They patrol the streets, care for the sick and needy, pave and repair streets and sidewalks, mow the grass, pick up trash, work with the business community, and even issue passports.

Public employees are the backbone of a thriving, safe and welcoming community. The services they provide – investigating and solving crimes, putting out fires and maintaining parks and much more – are an important part of what makes Erlanger the great place it is.

“Thanks to the services they provide, our municipal workers are unsung heroes,” said Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette. “They wake up every day to serve our residents, business owners and operators, and those who visit our community. They are one of the main reasons why Erlanger is such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. And looking back at the number of services they provide is truly impressive.

Here is a return on the services provided by the City of Erlanger in 2021:

Public works

During 2021, several street and sidewalk projects were completed, including:

• In order to stabilize a slope, a quay wall was installed on Erlanger Road at Sycamore Tree Lane.

• The following streets have been covered in concrete – Hickory Lane, Lexington Drive, Mesa Drive, Rho Court, Sagebrush Lane, Shadyside Drive, Terrace Drive and Woodward Street.

• Sidewalks have been replaced on Carriage Hill Drive from Northway Drive to Delph Drive.

• A total of 2,948 miles of street lanes and 2,460 miles of sidewalks were replaced.

Highlights of the city’s public works projects included:

Park improvements

Phase 1 of the Silverlake Park renovation was completed, adding parking, new sidewalks and rebuilding the basketball courts at a cost of $250,000.

weather warriors

On 26 occasions, Public Works teams were called to deal with weather situations. In 2021, crews loaded 1,269 tons of salt at a cost of $63.32 per ton for a total cost of $80,353 and used 1,152 man hours.

Leaf Collection 



Public works crews picked up a total of 73 leaf loads, or about 1,314 cubic yards using 967 man-hours.

Pothole repair

Public Works crews patched 837 potholes in 259 hours of work using 36 tons of hot asphalt and 26 bags of cold patch asphalt.

Mowing of parks and rights-of-way

Public works crews used 3,906 man-hours to mow all parks and public rights-of-way in 2021.

Collection of park waste and rights of way

Public works crews collected 1,245 bags of trash from city parks, bus stops and rights-of-way several times a week in 2021, using 858 man hours and traveling nearly 4,000 miles to complete this detail.

Storm Sewer Choke Points

Public Works crews checked stormwater choke points 26 times last year using 53 hours of labor.

police department

The Erlanger Police Department responded to 30,422 calls for service in 2021. Here is a breakdown of the calls:

• Public contacts/verifications 9,791
• ‘Traffic stops 6769
• Quotes 3,574
• Motorists assistance/lockout 1,222
• Accidents 1,186
• Suspicious person/vehicle 888
• Arrests 756
• Domestic Violence 500
• Emotional crisis 288
• Contested appeals 88
• Attacks 76
• Missing persons 75
• Burglaries 67
• Shots/gunshot wounds 52
• Fights 42
• Subject with weapon 41

Programs

Police Community Relations has been involved in many successful events throughout the year, including the annual Cops ‘n Kids, Quarterly Coffee with a Cop, Fill a Cruiser, Summer Kickoff and Summer Send Off events, Miles Elementary Reading Challenge, Farmers to Families Canned Food Event, and various city-sponsored events.

The department created a full-time traffic unit with two officers who work seven days a week and handle traffic complaints, interstate collision calls and parking issues. The traffic unit handled a total of 3,890 road stops and calls.

The police social worker program had 664 contacts and served 314 families or individuals.

The department’s two police canine units had 151 uses combined in 2021.

Investigations

The Detective Bureau investigated 184 cases and was involved in several high-profile and high-profile cases, both local and federal.

Coaching

The police department invested at least 2,752 hours in training for all sworn officers this year, including 40 hours for each certified sworn officer, four quarterly range qualifications, annual resistance response, marksmanship training active and practicing gun training simulator.

summer departure

Economic development

• $49,479 in small business grants awarded to leverage $210,773 in building improvements with 10 businesses.

• $56,367 in COVID business relief was given to eight eligible businesses.

• $348,539 in economic incentives for the development of employment and employment (EDGE) to large companies.

Firefighters

The department responded to 4,133 incidents, logged 5,678 hours of training and conducted 425 business inspections.

Building/Zoning

The city issued 663 building permits, the most ever in a calendar year, and conducted 1,265 inspections, the sixth-most in city history.

Code enforcement

The department opened 876 cases, issued 810 warnings and 215 citations. Of the cases opened, 863 were closed within an average of 12 days.

The department conducted 392 business license checks and inspected 6,500 properties.

Financial department

Erlanger raised $11,201,392 in 2021, a 20% increase that is primarily attributed to funds the city received through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, or ARPA, the federal stimulus package passed by Congress to help cities to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The city also collected $176,800 in additional tax revenue from businesses that had previously not paid Erlanger taxes.

Capital improvements in the city included:

• $1.239 million for infrastructure improvements.
• $329,802 for the improvement of municipal parks.
• $150,474 to repair sidewalks; An additional $200,000 has been allocated for 2022 sidewalk projects.
• Capital improvements totaled $1.749 million, an increase from the 2020 allocation of $1.642 million.

General Government

• Processing of 232 open file requests.
• Completed 600 IT support tickets.
• Processing of 411 passport applications.
• Filing of 93 code enforcement privileges and release of 108 privileges.
• Held 23 tender openings.
• Publication of 90 legal opinions and placement of 52 legal notices.

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