Company Eyeing Erlanger for 500 Jobs
Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes announced that a large company is seriously taking steps to locate in Erlanger, a move which will add 500 jobs to the city.
"We don't want to name the company yet because they are still finalizing the property," Hermes said. "But the good thing for us is that their second choice is still inside Erlanger."
Hermes also announced that the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill which would allow cities to forgive or reduce the interest and penalties on their ad valorem taxes, to give people the chance to catch up and pay what they owe. Council voted to put the issue into committee so that they can decide if Erlanger as a city would like to adopt the practice.
Several ordinances were passed into law by the council members. The first allows pet hotels as a conditional use in the Industrial Park (IP) zone, and another deals with a text amendment allowing variety stores as a permitted use in Neighborhood Commercial zone. A third amended the 2015 fiscal year budget and a fourth ordinance passed the fiscal year 2016 budget into law. Another ordinance amended pay for employees and non-elected officers, and yet another ordinance amended eight previous budget ordinances from 2007 through last year to include an enactment clause. One ordinance was read for the first time and it was a housekeeping move to code the year's ordinances.
A resolution was passed to accept municipal road aid from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A municipal order was passed declaring certain equipment in the city surplus. Another municipal order was added at the beginning of the meeting and passed later which dissolved the interlocal agreement between Erlanger and Elsmere which was known as the Renaissance Protection Overlay Zoning and guidelines.
Several other zoning issues were discussed. One was a request from Wayne Smith, owner of a property on Dolwick Drive which asked the city to add a text amendment allowing vehicle towing and storage as a conditional use to the Business Parkone zone. The committee's recommendation was for Mr. Smith to contact Corporex, which originally objected to the proposition, to see if they are comfortable with the new propositions.
Another issue recommended a text amendment to allow light commercial for a property at the corner of Turkeyfoot and Stevenson roads. It was also recommended to change the zoning of a property at 4408 Dixie Highway from residential two (R2) to Neighborhood Commercial. The committee recommended changing the zoning of the property at the end of Viox drive from HC 2(DP) to HC2. A final change that was recommended was to include the use of Hospitals to the list of permitted uses in the following zones: Highway Commercial, Highway Commercial two, Industrial Park one, and Business Park one.
The Erlanger Fire/EMS was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $76,500 and will use the money to purchase a Source Capture Vehicle Exhaust Removal System for Station One, which is across the street from the City Building to the rear.
This system attaches to the fire trucks and directs the exhaust outside through hoses, eliminating the employees' exposure to toxic exhaust gases. The grant will cover 95 percent of the funds, and the remaining five percent will be the responsibility of the city. Council acted on the recommendation of the committee to buy a Plymovent System sold through Hastings Air Energy Control. With options, the total cost of the system will be $77,504, and the city's share will be $4,829, which happens to already be in the budget. This system is different than the one installed in Fire Station #3.
Council also voted to accept the bid from Central Salt for the city's salt supplies in the amount of $78.50 per ton with an allotment of 1,000 tons.
At the beginning of the meeting, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathlyn Burkhardt gave a detailed report on the progress of the district and the different programs that the schools have adopted to help children be ready for school and learn better.
Joe Daugherty was recommended for creating a very functional new table for the firefighters. Mark Otte was welcomed as a new fire/EMS employee, and Chris Turner and Joe Theissen were introduced as new members of Public Works.
Brian Ralston was recognized for five years service in Public works. Jill Stulz Aylor received a pin for ten years service in the police department, and Josh Curry received a ten year pin for service in the Fire Department.
Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor