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In Cold Spring, Lake, Chickens, and Speeding are Topics

From heroin, to chickens, to stormwater easements, several topics sparked debate at Cold Spring’s City Council meeting Monday evening.

Council member Lou Gerding opposed an amendment allowing the current owner of the lake at 4210 Alexandria Pike to place a storm water easement on the property before the city officially takes ownership.

Gerding’s concern is the cost that the city could incur in the future to maintain the easement. Mayor Angelo Penque and City Attorney Brandon Voelker said that it would just be a task absorbed by the parks and recreation department and it wouldn’t be a burden for the city to maintain.

The lake is adjacent to the property that will soon have a new Cracker Barrel restaurant on it.

Despite Gerding’s opposition and "no" vote, the council moved to amend the previous authorization for acquisition so that the current owner can place the storm water easement before the finalization of the city’s ownership.

In an address to the council and community members, Penque urged everyone to remain aware of speed limits around town as many residents have been complaining of excessive speeding in neighborhoods.

“I personally am very concerned about the speed in different subdivisions and the rest of the streets… especially the complaints we are getting from the on Boulder View [in Silver Woods Landing],” Penque said. “If you live in that specific area, folks, please slow it down. We can’t lose one of our children, we can’t lose one of our adults.”

He added that they will be placing speed bumps back in neighborhoods once there is no chance of snow and there won’t be a concern for snow plows tearing them up.

Central Campbell County Fire Chief Dan Schultz was in attendance to give the council his yearly report.

“Last year we made 2,579 total dispatches. That is the second-most in the county, only to Newport,” Schultz said. “That was up about 319 in since 2015, which is substantial in one year to climb that much.”

He said the reason for the nearly 8 percent increase is due to the addition of the Campbell County Care Center.

Many members of the council questioned if it was also related to the increase in heroin overdoses. Schultz said that while it did impact the numbers some, he had no specific information on the epidemic's correlation to an increase in dispatches.

The council voted unanimously to approve the first reading of an ordinance to amend zoning codes relating to the use of property for agriculture.

The amendments clarify which animals qualify as domestic vs. livestock animals in an attempt to avoid situations like the current debate over chickens living in residential yards in Erlanger.

According to Voelker, current ordinances only state how far from a property line animal enclosures have to be.

Penque encouraged all members of the council and citizens to attend Coffee with the Mayor and Senator Wil Schroder on March 18 at 10 a.m. He said the event is a good way to connect with the Senator and affect change in the area.

“He’s the man to talk to about anything you want done,” Penque said.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor