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Erlanger Council Reluctantly Agrees to Sanitation District Terms

Erlanger City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night authorizing Mayor Tyson Hermes to sign an interlocal agreement with Sanitation District 1, but most of the council was not happy to do it. Hermes explained some of the details of the agreement that cities within the sanitation district are required to sign. The main condition of
the agreement is that SD1 will be responsible for lateral lines in streets as long as the utility has the money in their budget. Hermes said that if they spend the $600,000 allotted for those repairs on one or two repairs they won't be able to take care of any other repairs.

"We feel we have no choice but to sign the agreement," said Hermes. "I don't appreciate having a gun to my head to sign. I feel I have to protect the citizens of Erlanger and we have two cases in desperate need of repairs. The bottom line is that the response shows the frustration of the council, and we will continue to look for a better solution. In the meantime I am speaking to several of the cities involved to get them involved in looking for a better solution."

He also said that SD1 reserves the right to cancel the agreement with a 30 day written notice, and that they want indemnity, which is protection against a loss, a condition which Hermes says is against the constitution of the state.

"It is a one-sided agreement," said Hermes. "It is a tough pill to swallow."

Council also approved the second reading of an ordinance which changes the zoning on the 10.8 acre parcel of land located where the old Showcase Cinema used to be from HC2 with a development plan to HC2 without a development plan.

Another plot of land on Dixie Highway, approximately 3900 square feet, will be changed from R­1F to NC, or neighborhood commercial, once it is approved next month when it is read for the second time.

An area on Dixie Highway which had an overlay called Renaissance will not have that overlay anymore according to an ordinance read for the first time. The area goes from Ellis Street to the Boone County line.

Mayor Hermes issued a proclamation honoring Larry and Serena Owen for creating the Community Hero Award program, which they did to appreciate community members for their selfless devotion in making a difference in the Erlanger and Elsmere areas. Members honored at the meeting were Mary E. Smith, cemetery board and committee, Erlanger Kroger's Doug Mau, Sky's The Limit's Richard Young, Erlanger's Nicole Comer, Elsmere Baptist Church's Martin and Laura Evans, Erlanger-Elsmere Community Reunion's Dee Roetting, and Thelma Gardner, the Erlanger Historical society, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, and First Baptist Church of Elsmere's Richard Tyler and Phyllis Tyler, Elsmere market's Nash Patel, Erlanger Mayor Tyson Hermes, Erlanger City Council and staff, Elsmere Mayor Marty Lenhof, and Elsmere City Council. The proclamation declares November 4, 2015 Community Heroes Day.

Lisa Ramstetter from Catholic Charities came to make a presentation on human trafficking in the area. She said that her job is to help educate the community and do outreach so that people can be informed and stay informed about the subject, and learn to recognize the signs of victims who might be being forced into labor or commercial sex.

Finally, Erlanger City Administrator Marc Fields told council that the city has applied for Economic Development Technical Assistance Grant, which is a federal grant, that he is hoping comes through for the city.

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that SD1 would repair laterals under sidewalks and right-of-ways. That is inaccurate and RCN regrets the error.

-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor