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Taylor Mill Reverses Decision on New Road, Seeks Changes for Outbuildings

The City of Taylor Mill will seek to update an ordinance related to the size of outbuildings that can be constructed on personal property.

Mayor Dan Bell told the city commission on Wednesday that the issue arose when a resident on Bonnie Lane sought to erect an 800-sq. ft. pole barn behind his home. The home is 1,800-sq. ft. 

Bell said that neighbors are upset about the large size of the new building.

Most other cities generally limit outbuildings to 10 percent of the size of the home. Taylor Mill's current ordinance did not specify a size restriction.

Commissioner Phil Peace argued that if someone wanted to put a new garage on their property, the 10-percent size restriction would limit even a single-car garage. Peace and Commissioner Sarah Frietch asked to table the issue until more research could be conducted.

Commissioner Dan Murray suggested a limit of 25 percent instead of 10.

In order for the change to take place, the Kenton County Planning Commission will have to hear the issue. 

Mayor Bell said that he could request an appearance on the planning commission's agenda for its September meeting to consider a proposed text amendment.

Another vacancy at the city building

Following the departure of former city administrator Jill Bailey, who took the same job in Ft. Wright after 23 years with Taylor Mill, city treasurer Angie Cartwright announced her resignation. She accepted a position in Cincinnati.

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District will assist with the search for a new treasurer. 

In the meantime, Mayor Bell introduced Katherine Ivers from accounting firm Bramel and Ackley, who will be filling in until a permanent replacement is hired.

The search for a new city administrator continues. Interviews are expected to be set up soon.

Commission reverses previous decision on access road

The city commission voted to reverse a previous decision to open a section of access road to the Farm Apartments.

In June, the city commission voted 3-2 to pave the road and open it to the public. But, owner Jim Cohen would have to agree to putting in a sidewalk to the retail center in town.

Several residents protested the decision since the access road would empty to Old Taylor Mill Road and then Pride Parkway across from Taylor Creek Road. Residents expressed concern about additional traffic in an area where there are already consistent problems.

A representative from Planning & Development Services of Kenton County told the city commission that even if the road were paved, it would still be considered temporary and could be closed when needed.

PDS estimated an additional 42 trips in the morning and 61 in the evening, which would not significantly impact traffic.

Commissioner Frietch criticized the report, asking how the traffic numbers were figured. The PDS representative said that the organization uses the standard book for U.S. governments.

Frietch said that there are three buildings with 72 units on the site near the proposed road, and that the buildings are connected to another site with more units, and currently there is only one way out. She said most residents would likely use the new entrance, creating more traffic problems.

Commissioner Dan Murray said many residents had called him and he was of the opinion that the road should only be open to emergency vehicles.

Debbie Sager, whose family has trouble getting out of Taylor Creek, said it is a problem that will only get worse if the city opens that street.

"We are very opposed to it because it is a safety issue," she said.

Owner Jim Cohen said he thought the only problem would be at rush hour in the morning and the evening, and if there were a sign that stipulated no-right-turn during certain hours, that would solve the problem.

"We live it now," said Sager. "This is going to cause accidents, and that will be on you!" 

Former Commissioner Ed Kuehne said when he leaves in the morning, as he turns onto Pride Parkway, he has to floor it to get out and not get hit, because no one goes the speed limit of 45 miles per hour, often reaching speeds of 60. He also cited poor visibility.

Resident Caroline Braden said that drivers pray not to be hit while pulling out.

All agreed that if people ignore speed limit signs, they would probably ignore right-turn signs also.

Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the vote and deny the application to open the road.

Other notes:

The fire department received just one bid to repair the station's roof. The city budgeted $65,000 to fix or replace the roof, and received a bid of $47,359. The commission asked for the project to be placed out for bid again, this time seeking prices for repair and replacement.

The city received a bid of $488,229 for its sidewalk project, which is funded through a federal grant. The price was higher than expected. The city will re-bid the project after the first of the year.

Mayor Dan Bell announced that he would be seeking re-election.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor