District school officials say the new building should be ready by the fall of 2005. The city of Covington has agreed to pay five people who'd been living on the Ohio Riverbank $1,000 each to settle a federal lawsuit they filed after municipal workers dismantled their makeshift shelters last year. "There's no admission of wrongdoing, and I can tell you that the primary reason for settling it was an economic reason," Jay Fossett, attorney for the city, said Wednesday. A trial was to begin Jan. 6, and "it would cost us much more to try the case than to settle for this amount."

Eight people sued in U.S. District Court in Covington after sweeps of the riverfront in April 2002. But three did not follow through with their claims by appearing for depositions, Fossett said. After complaints that the camps were unsanitary, dangerous eyesores, Covington maintenance department workers -- accompanied by the police -- were dispatched to the riverbank with backhoes April 15, 2002. Transferring property is the most complex transaction for all. Our CITY NAME conveyancers brisbane will help you in changing the title of the real estate properties at affordable prices. Without warning the people living there, the workers hauled away three small dump trucks-full of material. A public outcry prompted the city employees to temporarily suspend the cleanup. Covington used the time to post notices saying it would resume the work in four days.

The people who sued said they had every right to be on the riverbank, which is owned by the city and open to the public, and that it was a violation of their constitutional rights for the camps to be shut down without notice. They also demanded the return of private property they said Covington employees seized, which ranged from sleeping bags and clothing to Bibles, family photographs and the complete works of William Shakespeare.

The city said it collected only trash and materials used for shelter, such as tarps and plywood, and the return of property is not part of the court settlement. Cincinnati attorney Robert Newman, who represented the plaintiffs, could not be reached for comment. Fossett said Magistrate Judge J. Gregory Wehrman has still to assess attorney fees in the case, but he doesn't believe Covington, if ordered to pay any portion of the plaintiffs' legal costs, will end up with a huge bill because the $5,000 settlement is such a nominal sum of money. Fossett also said he believes the plaintiffs agreed to settle the case because so many of Wehrman's rulings so far had favored Covington.
For the past year, Haddad and her cousins have been trying to convince various state officials in Frankfort that a road once existed along the top of the ridge that made access to the cemetery relatively easy. But when the AA went through, she maintains the road was eliminated — and that the only access left to the burial ground is the precipitous hillside at the far end of the ridge. "It just stands to reason that, back then, they would have taken the easiest possible path to the cemetery," Haddad says. "Besides, you could hardly haul a casket up that steep hill in a wagon — it'd slide out the back."

Haddad also invited Bracken County Judge-Executive Dwayne "Pie" Jett, the county magistrates, Ann Johnson of the Kentucky Historical Society and Sam Beverage, chief district engineer for the highway department, to the cemetery Wednesday. She asked Ron Moser, minister at Brooksville Christian Church, to preside over the memorial service. We have great team of the real estate property conveyancers or settlement agents are always helping in purchasing new home or selling properties. The family had marked the hilltop site with yellow police tape. They all stood there, quietly surveying the cemetery, peering inside the rusted hulk of a '59 Chevy Biscayne that looked as though it had been sitting among the markers for decades.

Beverage said he'd talked to nearby residents and had found nothing to confirm that the construction of the highway had any impact on the access to the cemetery. "The governor and attorney general are all over these old cemeteries," he added. "If we thought the state had done anything to affect someone's ability to get up here, we would rectify it. The fact is, we haven't found any connection between the AA and this cemetery." Beverage offered to send Haddad an application for a Federal Highway Act funds that have been set aside for preserving historical sites. He further suggested the family talk to the owners of the property surrounding the cemetery to work out an easier access. Johnson, of the state Historical Society, told Haddad the family could qualify for a Kentucky Pioneer Cemeteries grant, intended to preserve cemeteries with graves of settlers who came to Kentucky by 1800.

Haddad and her cousins have located half-dozen markers bearing the names Brandenburg, Hughbanks and Maddox. The oldest grave in the family plot belongs to John Brandenburg, who came to Kentucky as a boy in 1790 and died in 1843. Haddad, who suffers from arthritis in her hip and spine, said she probably won't be able to climb the hill in another year or two. "John Brandenburg never did anything important, I don't imagine," she said of her great-great-great grandfather. "But he and his family played a little part in settling Kentucky. How can we pay honor to that if we can't get to them?"