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Ft. Wright Reviews Nuisance Code as Resident Asks to Raise Chickens

Fort Wright City Council will continue to make changes to its nuisance code, which will share many  similar elements contained in other cities’ codes, namely Park Hills and Erlanger, Council said Wednesday evening. Councilman Adam Feinauer said that unless you are a habitual offender, residents will be afforded the same courtesy of the present code on the books that places a notice of violation to the resident and gives them ample time to react accordingly before any action is taken by the city. “We think we got it pretty fine-tuned,” Feinauer said.

Among the topics discussed in regards to the code: If a resident has a travel trailer parked on their property, they will have more time to move it, Feinauer said, widening the small window of time that currently exists to do so. Furthermore, the ability to own a chicken(s) or hen(s) may become reality in the near future. Elder Court resident Bryan Meade pleaded his case to Council regarding the ability to own hens within his backyard coop, which he cannot do under the current code’s structure. Meade, a residential appraiser for 29 years, told members he’s studied the case for owning them for the past four months. “It’s becoming a wave across the entire country. Los Angeles now allows for it, Seattle allows for it, New York City allows you to have three hens under certain specifications,” he said. “So I’m looking at certain progressive cities that are seeking the needs of their citizens and are accommodating them. Some of them have regulations in place that prevent them from becoming this so-called nuisance – which they could be, for somebody that doesn’t care for them,” he added. “Just like dogs could be…This is more about the human being taking care of the animal, than it is about the animal.”

Meade added that a well-built coup will discourage other rodents from invading the yard in which it sits. And the alleged diseases they carry? Meade said that is false, saying a child bringing home a box turtle out of the yard is more likely to catch something from it, as opposed to a chicken or hen. “Why would you ban something that you have not had a prior issue with up to this point,” he asked?

Other Notes:

Realizing the need to expand its cell phone policy, more Fort Wright employees will have access to a phone in the near future, City Administrator Gary Huff said. “Cell phones have become very much a necessity (in the police department) to get the job done,” he said. Under the old plan, sergeants and above were only permitted access and patrol officers had to use their personal ones. Employees will be reimbursed $30 with the city’s Verizon plan, and part-timers will be eligible as well, including paramedics and others.

The Kenton County Planning Commission is hosting an open forum from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Thursday, December 3, due to upcoming rising fees it will impose. 

The Fort Wright Police Department’s Cops ‘N Kids annual program will be held on Wednesday, December 16, Police Chief Dan Kreinest said. Those interested in making a donation toward the program may do so by submitting it to the department or at U.S. Bank on Dixie Hwy.

-Jason Finnell, RCN contributor