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Taylor Mill Deals With Street Number Issue; Police Dept. Receives Special Honor

Taylor Mill may have figured out how to address its issue of having multiple streets with the same name. 

On Wednesday night, the city commission voted to add numbers to its street signs to help with ease of identification, particularly for emergency responders.

Police Chief Steve Knauf, who sat in for City Administrator Jill Bailey, said that after conversations among staff and commissioners, it was determined that no one wanted their streets renamed. Two sections of Robertson Road and Old Taylor Mill Road were cited as examples, and plans had been underway to rename one or both streets to help better clarify where they are.

Instead, the city will send a letter of recommendation to Planning & Development Services indicating that the city would prefer to have numbers added to the signs rather than new names.

In the case of Robertson Road, one section has three-digit addresses while the other section has four-digit addresses, so emergency vehicles should have no trouble finding the correct address.   

What started the whole problem was when an emergency vehicle went up the wrong section of a street to respond to a call. When Taylor Mill emergency vehicles respond, generally they are familiar enough with the streets to know that there are two Robertson Roads, for example, but if other departments respond to back up Taylor Mill responders, there was concern that confusion could arise.

Street numbers will be added to Old Taylor Mill Road signs. Numbers won't be added to Robertson Road signs directly but will be placed on a nearby telephone pole at the end of Lakewood Drive.

Other notes:

Commissioners listened to the first reading of an ordinance authorizing stop signs at High Ridge Drive and Wayman Branch, and at Ivy Ridge Drive and High Ridge. A second ordinance was read authorizing an assessment of Rosewood Drive, where years ago builders had promised to pay for 100 percent of resurfacing of the road, but the record of that meeting cannot be found now, so the people have agreed to pay for 50 percent of the resurfacing.

Stare Rep Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill) gave a report on what the legislature did this year during its 30-day session. Moser recognized the unusuall y productive first week of the session in which seven bills were swiftly passed and signed into law by the Republican majorities in both chambers and by Republican Governor Matt Bevin. Among them: right-to-work bill, prevailing wage, and two pro-life bills. She also called out HB 333 which increases the penalties for trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanyl, but still allows people to get treatment. She said the bill puts limits on the number of days opiates can be prescribed for acute pain, although terminal patients can still get medicine for longer term pain. Bevin ceremonially signed the bill on Tuesday. 

The Taylor Mill Police Department received its third award for law enforcement accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. Taylor Mill is one of only two agencies in the state of Kentucky to be accredited through CALEA. The other one is Lexington. Specialist Tim Bailey, Police Clerk Sandy Meyer, Officer Heather Mitchell, and Sergeant James Mills, and Lieutenant Ron Wilson were on hand to receive the plaque from Commissioner Sarah Frietch. Chief Knauf said that the honor is a result of the efforts of the police and the commissions, past and present, who put the issue as top priority.

Knauf read a proclamation declaring April as Autism Awareness month.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor