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Taylor Mill McDonald's Wants Second Order Point; City Weighs Airbnb Options

Several zoning issues were up for discussion at the Taylor Mill city commission meeting.
 
The McDonald's restaurant in the city wants to add a second order point but had trouble when making the request to Planning & Development Services of Kenton County.
 
City Commissioner Phil Peace said that the issue is the wording of the city's zoning code. He spoke with McDonald's representatives and said that the city had to straighten out the wording of its own zoning because that is what prevented the permit from being granted.
 
The issue, Peace said, was the number of parking spaces.
 
"It's a straightforward change," Peace said. "The other problem is that PDS says a second order point is a double driveway, and it is not; it is still a single lane. It is a clarification, a simple matter of getting the interpretation adjusted."
 
Peace said that he wanted to see the issue go before the Kenton County Planning Commission at its January meeting.
 
The city commission voted to allow City Administrator Jill Bailey to file that application.
 
City weighs Airbnb-like rentals
 
Like cities across the region and the nation, Taylor Mill is trying to figure out how best to regulate new peer-to-peer rental opportunities such as those provided by Airbnb. The City of Erlanger recently voted against allowing such rentals.
 
Bailey did some research and found three short-term rentals operating in the city and said that she was still looking into how other cities are treating them.
 
Covington, for example, allows the rentals.
 
"I wouldn't feel comfortable having one of those next door to me," said Commissioner Mark Kreimborg. "I don't want that in my neighborhood."
 
Bailey explained that there were more than a dozen companies that sponsor the short-term rentals, not just Airbnb, and if they were going to exist the city might want to exercise the option of regulating them.
 
"I wouldn't want them next to me," said Commissioner Dan Murray. "I agree with Mark 100 percent on that."
 
Matthew Martin, the city's representative on the Kenton County Planning Commission, said that Southgate was currently having trouble with the short-term rental issue, and possibly Newport, also.
 
Commissioner Frietch said the city doesn't want to be wasting its resources and should be smart about the issue.
 
Expanded development gets OK
 
Commissioners voted on an ordinance to reclassify the 53 acres that are within the Taylor Mill city limits and also part of the Tuscany subdivision, to make them R-1D, meaning there has to be an appropriate development plan.
 
Before commissioners listened to the first reading, they had to first accept the planning commission's decision to reject the "bubble" concept that Fischer Homes had in their plans to build patio homes, or single family homes or condos, which the commission did.
 
Other notes:
 
The second reading of an ordinance setting the tax rate at $.439 per $100 of assessed value was read and unanimously approved.
 
Waste collection fees were voted on, setting the new rate at $175 per year, up considerably from last year's fee of $145. Since the city had to negotiate a new contract, they asked all three local companies for a bid, and one company did not bid, while the second one submitted a bid quite a bit higher than the one with Rumpke, which won the bid.
 
One citizen stood up to say he thought Rumpke told the city they would save on manpower by picking up the cans with the arm of the truck, thus allowing one driver to run the route, but Bailey said a lot of the streets were too narrow to use the truck with the arm.
 
Commissioners held two special meetings to interview ten candidates to fill the three vacancies on the board of adjustments. The new members are Scott Smith, Russell
Staubach, and Jim Bertram. 
 
Commissioners passed a resolution congratulating Seventh Day Adventist Christian Academy on its 100-year anniversary, celebrated on October 28.
 
A proclamation was issued recognizing the Scott High School Girls Volleyball Team, which won the 10th region championship for the fourth year in a row. The team is photographed above.
 
Gracie Wright and Madison Quandt, youth ambassadors for juvenile diabetes type 1, were given plaques of appreciation from Representative Kim Moser and certificates of recognition from the city for their hard work to raise awareness to find a cure. They are photographed below.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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