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Foul Smells, New Housing Project Discussed in Ludlow

Chemicals at a nearby company are causing concern among some in Ludlow.

At Thursday's city council meeting, Councilman Tom Amann said that he was notified by resident Joel Walters, who lives on Lake Street, and expressed concern about chemicals being dumped in the sewage system by U.S. Nonwovens.

Walters, Amann said, complained of an odor that comes from the area, and said that it has been making his wife sick and giving her migraines. The resident believes the odor is getting more intense, and that he has recently taken to calling the police to come experience the smell.

Ludlow Fire Chief Rob Dreyer said that there has been an odor for some time but that it was not necessary to call the police over the smell. The chief said that the company is supposed to dilute its chemicals with enough water that it isn't a problem when dumped into the sewer system. Dreyer said that Sanitation District 1 and the Environmental Protection Agency had each said that the company was clear to dump its chemicals into the system.

"This is not a dangerous situation," Dreyer said. "It has been going on for six years. My first question would be, does he have a dry trap or something in his house?"

Dreyer said the company was instructed to dump the chemical at night when people were sleeping so that air from over the river would dissipate any smells.

"I walked over that way, and the odor was pretty bad," said Councilman Bill Whitely.

City Administrator Elishia Chamberlain suggested that anyone who experiences the bad smell should call the police or fire department to document it.

"My point is, we have looked into it," said Dreyer. "We didn't sweep it under the rug."

Ludlow Yards Project & Low-Income Tax Credits

Amann took exception to parts of Chamberlain's report on the Ludlow Yards project.  

He did not like her use of the term "low income housing tax credits", saying that since the Yards is a gateway project for the city, he thought the residential units should only be market rate.

Amann said that Covington and Newport have altered their housing strategies to attract more market rate housing and that Ludlow should be the third River City to do so.

Chamberlain said that if the city didn't move forward with the project, it would go somewhere else.

"We don't want to let things cool off," she said.

In September, Ludlow chose Philadelphia-based Pennrose to develop the Ludlow Yards project. At that time, though there was no precise project announced, council members wanted to make sure that it emphasized market rate residential units.

At Thursday's meeting, council members said they would wait to see what the developer proposes.

Ludlow Historical Society purchases Latta House

The Ludlow Historical Society purchased one of the Latta Row Houses on the 200 block of Elm Street and plans to renovate it and then sell it. The project is possible thanks to a grant and a loan from the Catalytic Fund.

Joy Amann, from the historical society, told council that the organization would like to be considered as a resource to the city when properties are being considered as surplus. She said the historical society contacted the owners of the other row houses because the organization would like to restore them as well.

The five Victorian homes were built on the estate of engineer-inventor Alexander Bonner Latta and his wife, Elizabeth. 

The 1870s project is Ludlow's only example of multiple row houses.

Police department receives check from Riverbend Christmas Collection 

A member of the Riverbend Christmas Collection presented a check for $411 to Police Chief Scott Smith.  

Smith said they usually alternate giving a check to the police department and the fire department and his department uses the money to help update body cams.

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Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith accepts check