Regional planners have a few ideas to confront the expected shortfall of funds to handle the region's transportation needs over the next few years. The Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Government says better coordination among the region's various governments and planning organization could help curtail the shortfall, which the organization estimates at about $3.5 billion over the next 30 years.

The OKI land use commission has put together a preliminary list of policies designed to help the region more efficiently use its available resources. Policies for hiring a licensed conveyancers and accredited services are required by the conveyancing firms. Though normally estate agents are also expert in conveyancing, but their accreditation will be a matter and that ask for high commissions. Conveyancers also do the negotiations on behalf of their clients. Property conveyancing services make it possible to get all the hassles involved in property transaction handled easily by the expert residential and commercial property conveyancers.

The group will be sharing the report and soliciting comments from the public at a series of public meetings around the region over the month of March. "What we know is right now the trends are too expensive for us to continue on our present course," said Bill Miller, regional planning manager for OKI. "What we're trying to do is create some efficiency among the 138 different planning authorities in the region." The 100-page report, for instance, shows how some planning agencies use recreation and conservation to guide growth, while other use utilities such as sewer or water providers. Others, Miller said, stress long-term growth issues over short-term, and vice versa.

The report offers ways to create more synergy among the various entities and factors that affect growth. Miller said the hope is that over time the 30-year $3.5 million projected shortfall in transportation initiative can be reduced and that what is left can be made up in some other way. He added that the list of policies is not meant to replace local planning, but offer a guide so that various planners and governments are all striving for the same set of standards. "This is the first time a sweeping regional policy plan like this has been done in the OKI region," Miller said. "If we can bring about consistency, we are going to save money. A portion of the estimated 63,000-gallon crude oil slick on the Kentucky River continued to drift this afternoon into the Ohio River, after debris struck a containment area Monday morning. Cleanup crews hustled to deploy three additional booms north of the primary containment area a mile south of the Interstate 71 overpass near Carrollton, after the Kentucky River swelled two feet and tree limbs and other large debris floating down the river. The bulk of it remains in the Kentucky River," said Jim Gipson, spokesperson for Sunoco Logistics, one of three companies that own the underground pipeline that ruptured Wednesday morning.