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Taylor Mill to Revisit Patio Project at Knuk N Futz

Three years after a city board denied it, the City of Taylor Mill may reconsider a proposed patio project at Knuk N Futz restaurant on Taylor Mill Road. Neighbors opposed the project - which had proceeded without a proper permit - because they feared that live music would be too loud.

City Commissioner Phil Peace brought a proposal to this week's commission meeting.

"It was turned down because the patio was constructed without a permit, and it is a non-conforming use for the zone," said Mayor Dan Bell. "But I want to survey the people on Janet Drive. If they are okay with it, then I am okay with it. But until I know if they are good with it, I don't want to proceed."

Peace's proposal would bar live music from the patio.

Commissioner Sarah Frietch said that the project could make the restaurant more like Barleycorn's in Lakeside Park where live music is played on a patio. Commissioner Mark Kreimborg argued that the City of Lakeside Park consistently fields complaints about that music. 

Peace's proposal bans music, though, and would also place restrictions on the times in which it could be used.

Commissioner Dan Murray said having City Attorney Frank Wichmann should look the proposal over and schedule the matter for the Kenton County Planning Commission meeting in August as a first step.

Mayor Bell said that he still wanted a survey of residents surrounding the restaurant. A resident in the audience commented that it was being rushed through, and that sparked an angry response from Peace.

In the end, the commissioners voted to have Wichmann look at it, and upon his review, the application would be filed to be put on the August meeting of the Kenton County Planning Commission. The city commission included a stipulation that neighbors would be notified.

The city may also host a special meeting to discuss the patio further. If the public responds in large numbers, the special meeting could be moved to the firehouse behind the city building to accommodate, but that space isn't air conditioned, which is a concern.

Knuk N Futz owner Kevin Novesl said that he more than willing to compromise.

He also brought up the handicapped-accessible swings that he donated to Pride Park, asking if progess had been made on their installation. One swing has been put in, but the city is dealing with a new ground cover for the playground since the safety surface is nearly 20 years old. The city ha sa lso purchased a handicapped-accessible merry-go-round. The area must be reconfigured to accommodate the new equipment.

Downtown zone review proposed

Peace also requested a review of Downtown Taylor Mill (DTM) zones, including parts one, three, and four. Those reviews could also be considered at the August planning meeting, he said.

Mayor Bell agreed that some of the regulations might be old and he had no problem with reviewing them. The commission voted to apply to put it on the August meeting agenda pending approval by Wichmann.

Other notes:

Former commissioner Ed Kuehne came to the meeting to applaud the city's first responders, especially Paramedics Doug Rolf and Bryan Lynch, and everyone who responded when his wife had an ATV accident at their home. He said that he was out of town, but his wife was driving the ATV when it went out of control and she slammed her head into a post then into a wall. The paramedics responded quickly and recognized that she had serious head trauma and transferred her to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where she spent three days. In addition to her head injuries she had trauma to both knees. Kuehne said she is recovering slowly but surely.  

"I just wanted to say thanks," he said gratefully. "They did a great job."

It was announced that the city received $40,000 out of the $98,000 it had requested from the state to help fix the slippage on Mason Road, and commissioners had to decide whether to go with the concrete piering repair, which would cost a lot more than the $40,000, or to go with the railroad timbers, which is a less permanent fix. Commissioner Dan Murray thought the railroad timber fix could last 15 to 20 years, but City Administrator Jill Bailey said it always depends on the amount of water in the area, and how much it was eroded, among other factors.

Commissioners voted to allow the fire chief to hire Kyle Bockermann as a full time firefighter, and Johnny Williams was introduced to the commission as the newest firefighter/paramedic. Williams came most recently from the airport, and has experience as a bomb technician.

The police department is accepting applications for police clerk, since Sandy Meyer is retiring. Chief Steve Knauf said that people can apply online through Friday June 23.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Kevin Novesl speaks to Taylor Mill city commission (RCN)