After Trouble with Staff Member, Bellevue to Contract with County for Zoning Services
The City of Bellevue will contract with the Campbell County Planning, Zoning & Building Inspection Department for services rather than filling the planning & zoning administrator role at the city building.
Scott Enns held that post but was suspended last fall after an altercation with city council during a city meeting.
In the months since, the city's legal team and Enns's attorney have been negotiating, and a settlement may be close, Mayor Ed Riehl told The River City News on Wednesday.
Bellevue will pay $2,400 for the county services and joins other Campbell cities Crestview, Cold Spring, Dayton, Melbourne, Silver Grove, Southgate, and Woodlawn in utilizing the services rather than employing their own staff member.
In October, during his regular update for city council, Enns expressed frustration from an earlier meeting of the planning commission during which he was tasked with creating a new zone for the Kent Lofts, a project by Covington-based Orleans Development to transform the mostly vacant Kent warehouse on Grandview Avenue into more than five dozen upscale apartments.
Incidently, on Wednesday, Bellevue city council also approved the issuance of industrial revenue bonds to help the project. The Bellevue Board of Education recently agreed to its tax collection role in the project, too.
Last fall, RCN reported that Enns said that his position and that of the planning commission were misrepresented and that someone from council publicly distributed a draft of his staff report, something he called "very unfortunate." Then, he said that his internal investigation narrowed the suspects from council down to two members.
"I grew up in a family with politics," Enns told council during that meeting meeting. "My dad was a mayor. I worked directly with the mayor in the City of Cincinnati and the president of the University of Cincinnati, and all the neighborhoods. I get politics. I get posturing. It's unfortunate. It provides no context and provides people opportunities to make very poignant and critical statements such as, what universe of possibilities is the zoning administrator looking at?
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: The Kent Building (RCN)