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Some Edgewood Residents Concerned About Removal of Parking Pads

A few residents came to the Edgewood City Council meeting on Monday night to ask about parking pads. The city has decided to do away with parking pads in the city, and they have adopted an ordinance to that effect.

Resident Charles Zimmerman has property on Lyndale Rd. near a three-way stop. Zimmerman said that 20 school buses go through that intersection three times a day, and they have trouble turning from Ashley Drive onto Lyndale. He was told that the parking pad in front of his house, which has been just about destroyed by the construction on the street, will not be put back.

"I am just asking for a continuance so that council and police can come down and take a look at the area," said Zimmerman. "It is a matter of safety and the flow of traffic."

Zimmerman argued that if the parking pad were eliminated, and someone were to park there, the buses would have even more trouble turning, and that contributes to traffic congestion. Plus, he said if a child or a person were standing there the buses would not be able to see them.

City Administrator Brian Dehner said that the project calls for the street to be widened but most of the widening would be on the other side of the street. The parking pad is within the right of way, so Attorney Frank Wichmann said the city can do what they want in the right of way. Dehner said at the meetings with residents it was specified by the residents that they did not want parking on gravel, and they wanted on-street parking on a widened street. Dehner said that basically, the parking pad is an 80-ft. curb cut.

Another resident, Jim Blair, of Edgewood Rd., also spoke up, asking the city what they didn't like about the parking pads, and said that the pads were very important to park on.

In the end, Mayor John Link said that it would probably be a year before they are ready to pave the road, and the city has time to reevaluate the issue of whether to dispose of the parking pad or put it back. He also questioned whether the buses would continue to use the route once they know there will be several speed humps which would make the trip to school uncomfortable, since the buses may be using the route to cut through to Turkeyfoot Rd. Zimmerman accepted the verdict and asked to be kept informed.

Another resident came to ask council about the circle on his cul-de-sac of Glenview Court. He had heard that the city was eliminating the circles, and he said for 38 years he had been helping to take care of the one by his house, and it had full grown trees that were home to birds and squirrels. He was told that his circle was an exception to the rule because the city thinks there is a sanitation line running through that circle, and the city would probably have to keep it, although they might shrink it a little so that trucks can get around easier.

Council passed the second reading of an ordinance allowing only one RV or camper on a property, and changing the text on professional office zone to allow an office building to be a school. A first reading of another ordinance deals with encroachment, and specifies that if anyone comes into the city and excavates for any reason at all, they have to put everything back to the city's specifications, to avoid having shoddy work on the roads which results in deterioration. 

With the Water and Sanitation departments farming out their work to different construction companies, the new ordinance, when passed will be given to the companies so they know what standards are expected.

Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann, County Administrator Joe Shriver, and other members of the Fiscal Court came to council to give an update on the proposed plan to change the Emergency 911 call system from analog to digital, with an 800 megahertz system. Knochelmann and Shriver told council that they were looking at $5 million to set up and change the system, and another $5 million to buy all the radios for the system, hopefully on a bulk bid to keep the costs down. The current analog system is rapidly becoming a dinosaur that is not worth propping up, so the county, as well as other counties in the area, have brought in consultants to evaluate the issue, and the consultants have recommended going with the digital system.  The timeline is to bid out the initial system in early 2017, with an 18-month build-out, and then to bid out the radios in the spring of 2017. 

Early estimates on turn on of the system could be 2018.

Mayor Link brought up an issue he has been concerned with: how the smaller cities can afford the cost of the radios. In Edgewood's case, they would need 12 radios at a cost of about $145,000. Smaller cities might not have the resources to afford the radios.

"One way or another, we're going to partner and work this out," said Judge Knochelmann. "We do not have direct connectivity, and that is unacceptable for 2016. We have poor communication for our first responders. We put them in harm's way. It is a no brainer to go with the better system."

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor