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Ludlow Sells House to Habitat for Humanity, Discusses Parking Changes

LUDLOW - The issue of parking along the city's business district became a topic of lengthy discussion. Concerns were voiced from a variety of city leaders, but the consensus opinion appeared to be to allow two-hour parking on a Monday through Saturday basis, from the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mayor Ken Wynn and City Councilman Tom Amann expressed an interest to extend the parking regulations to Saturdays as well, citing a number of businesses that remain open on weekends.

“I think there are a fair amount of businesses open on Saturday who would appreciate that,” Wynn said at the meeting Thursday.

City Councilwoman Joyce McMullin talked about wanting to be sensitive to the parking needs of the residents who live in the business district. She would like the policy to be flexible so that it might initially allow those residents that are there now to park without restriction, but still make it possible for the city to change the policy if the business community grows.

City Attorney Jeff Otis pointed out how Covington sells parking permits to its residents within two-hour parking zones which allows them to park as they wish. City Administrator Elishia Chamberlain said that perhaps two hours is not enough time for visitors who use the city in recreational ways like bike riding. Police Chief Steve Jarvis said he looks forward to a uniform parking policy because he says the current situation in the business district is what he called a hodgepodge.

“We've got fifty feet designated in some spots for fifteen minutes and on the other side of that it's three hours,” Jarvis said.

The issue was tabled for the day, but it appears the city is eager to find a solution to its parking ambitions.

Other notes from council:

-A motion was passed to sell the house on 38 Carneal Street (pictured above) to Habitat for Humanity for one dollar. The house had been on the market for over two years with no inquiries from buyers during that time. Chamberlain explained that the house needed extensive repair to its basement which brought the value of the home below the asking price.

-There was a first readings of an ordinance fixing the tax rate upon real estate, personal and mixed property.

-The Council also had a first reading of lowering the fee for distilling spirits in Ludlow from $2,000 to $500 in order to better accommodate potential microbreweries and distilleries to the city. A distillery is expected to open next to Mayor Wynn's coffee shop on Elm Street.

-A resolution was passed that authorized the transfer of the city's cable television utilities from Comcast to Charter Communications. Many cities in Northern Kentucky have passed similar resolutions after Comcast purchased Time Warner.

-Mayor Wynn and Councilman Bill Mullins both emphasized the need for volunteers for the celebration of the city's 150th anniversary which takes place next weekend

“Really looking forward to that weekend,” Wynn said. “I think everybody will be pleased. We got a lot of fun things and it's going to be a lot of work and I'm counting on everybody pulling together.”

-Also at the meeting, Katherine Stienmetz was appointed to the Ludlow Park Board.

-No one showed up for the public hearing before the scheduled Ludlow City Commission meeting.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor

Photo: 38 Carneal Street, Ludlow/RCN