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New Homes, Street Repairs Coming to Taylor Mill

The City of Taylor Mill has filed permits with Planning and Development Services of Northern Kentucky (PDS) for construction of 20 new homes in the Taylor Creek subdivision. There will be 16 lots in a cul-de-sac at the end of Hunter's Ridge Lane and a new street off of McCowan Drive called Red Stone Court. Construction on the homes is expected to begin by summer.

Some streets that the City intended to perform maintenance on will have that work delayed until after the construction of the new homes. It was explained at Wednesday's city commission meeting that it would not be sensible to repair roads that heavy machinery would be regularly using during construction on the project.

Recent heavy rains caused portions of Rust Road to slip downhill into the Taylor Creek Watershed. Because Rust runs parallel with the waterway, improvements to the road must be in coordination with Army Corps of Engineers. Taylor Mill is waiting for funding from the Federal Government to move forward with the necessary repairs.

The City also listed the streets it is considering for the 2015 Street Program which will address maintenance issues on some roads in Taylor Mill: Leland Drive, Colonial Drive and Hightop Court, which was described as the worst of the three. An entire resurfacing of the street is the most likely course of action. The total construction cost for the 2015 Street Program is $207,000.

“It is a roadway that we are continuing to monitor and certainly has an impact to us financially,” said Taylor Mill City Administrator Jill Bailey.

Cincinnati Bell continues to install fiber optics in the community and will continue work through the summer. They were working extensively in Taylor Creek and now will focus their work on Mason Road, West Grand Avenue, Church Street, and Coleman Drive. The company is represented by a subcontracting company called Sigma Network Services.

The City's waste-hauling services contract expires on June 30. Taylor Mill is looking into a proposal to combine their bid for the city's waste-hauling services with nearby cities Edgewood, Ludlow, Elsmere, and Villa Hills. The idea is that by developing a joint bid, the cities could get a better price by driving up the number of users. Bailey said that discussions she has had with fellow city administrators indicated the joint bid was for three years and around $8 million.

“There are really good waste-hauling vendors within the region,” Bailey said. “So we think we will have very competitive bids.”

Kentucky Senator and Taylor Mill resident Chris McDaniel attended the meeting on Wednesday to inform the Commission about the senate and house bills that passed in Frankfort this year. He spent the most time detailing Senate Bill 198 which pertained to two distinct aspects of the heroin crisis that has heavily impacted Northern Kentucky in recent months: the criminal, and the addict.

“Northern Kentucky is the epicenter of this problem,” McDaniel said. “You're either effected by heroin, or you're just not admitting you're effected. Everyone is across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties.”

On the criminal side, a new penalty was implemented which issues an automatic Class-C felony for bringing heroin into Kentucky, which has a term of 5-10 years in prison. Also, if a person is caught with over 100 grams over the course of 90 days, a Class-B felony is issued, which is a 10-20 year sentence.

On the addiction side, money was invested in Naloxone which is used to help reverse the effects of certain types of drugs like heroin. Money was also put into Naltrexone which is given to former drug users to help stay off of heroin. Additional money has been put into jails to better help the treatment of withdrawal symptoms. Legal mechanisms have also been put into place which could allow individual cities or counties to choose to organize their own needle-exchange programs if there is public demand to do so.

Taylor Mill Police officials said that there are three to five heroin arrests made in Taylor Mill every week.

Clinical Director for Substance Use Disorder Services for the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky Steve Durkee talked about the grant the Children's Home was awarded to provide services as well as outpatient for adolescence.

“We've not had any residential adolescent treatment center beds in Northern Kentucky for years,” Durkee said. “We now have beds.”

In the same continuum of care, there is an intensive outpatient program that works on 5th and Philadelphia Streets where kids and their families meet with staff three hours a day, three times a week.

The Children's Home has also placed licensed therapists into schools once a week to meet with select kids.   

Story & photo by Bryan Burke, associate editor