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Taylor Mill: Erlanger Resident Angry at City Commission for Support of Attorney; Wayman Branch Slipping

The attorney who was fired by the Mayor of Erlanger also serves as city attorney in Taylor Mill and was briefly the topic of discussion in that city on Wednesday night.

Jim Perry of Erlanger, came to the Taylor Mill Commission meeting to express his displeasure with Commissioner Dan Murray who came to the Erlanger City Council meeting in February that was attended by many supporting attorney Frank Wichmann.

"I have never seen a commissioner from another city come and involve themselves in another city's business," Perry stated. "I still think it was wrong."

City Administrator Jill Bailey tried to explain that Murray was only there delivering an official letter from the entire Commission, and since the two cities share Frank Wichmann as an attorney, the Commissioners were asking the Erlanger mayor to share any adverse information about Wichmann. Bailey said she received an answer from the mayor of Erlanger saying he wouldn't share the information with Taylor Mill at this time. Perry did not accept Bailey's or Murray's explanation.

Phil Peace, who has been trying to develop a United Dairy Farmers location amid government resistance, was not going to speak on that topic since Mayor Dan Bell was out of town and Commissioner Debby Kreimborg was acting mayor for the night, but he said felt he had to say something about the city attorney.

"Frank Wichmann has treated us with nothing but courtesy and respect," he said, feeling that he had to defend Wichmann.

Other notes from the meeting:

Wayman Branch is once again slipping significantly, and City Engineer Mark Brueggeman allowed his assistant, Joe Lacy, to report on the progress toward fixing their portion of the road, since Covington owns part of the road, and so does the county. Lacy said the city received bids from three companies, and the city will accept the bid from Smith Construction for $105,143 for the base bid, and $30,160 for the alternate bid. He also mentioned that the city received $129,900 from the State, specifically the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid, which was 80 percent of the estimated project, to help with the cost. He also said the bid included pier walls, guard rails and fixing the pavement.

Rick Gabbard, from Warren County, Ohio, officially received his Taylor Mill firefighter/paramedic badge from Taylor Mill Commissioner Dan Murray and had it pinned on his shirt by his wife, Stephanie, while his family looked on. Gabbard will take the place vacated by John Stager when he became fire chief.

"He is jelling perfectly with the other guys," said Stager.

The Commission also honored the ten members of the Taylor Mill Police Explorer unit Wednesday night at the regular March meeting which was moved back a week. The Explorers went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the Winter Games, hosted by the Boy Scouts, and scored well on the testing that they were assigned to. The students, who all go to Scott High School except for one St. Henry student, couldn't all be present at the meeting, but they did receive pins for their achievement.

Resident Scott Smith, thanked Maintenance Director Marc Roden for doing a good job of snow removal, and was glad to see the workers out patching the potholes, but said more has to be done, which Roden acknowledged. Smith said Hightop Court especially was like Swiss cheese.

Wichmann read an ordinance for the first time which allows the gas and electric company a 20 year franchise to use the streets and poles of Taylor Mill. This ordinance is a housekeeping law that only has to be passed every twenty years.

A municipal order was also read assigning Mayor Bell and the Commissioners to different liaisons with the city departments. Mayor Bell was assigned to administration and finance, Commissioner Dan Murray kept his connection with fire and EMS, Debby Kreimborg stayed with Parks and Recreation, Ed Kuehne was assigned to Maintenance, and Roger Reis stayed with police.

An official request has been made by St. Anthony Parish to use the two tents owned by the city, something the city does on a regular basis. Bailey explained that the state of Kentucky has changed the regulations concerning the erection and stabilization of tents in light of the Indiana concert where high winds blew tents over and killed people. Bailey said she had tried to contact the city's insurance company prior to the meeting but didn't succeed, so she recommended not loaning the tents.

The Commissioners, however, stipulated that if the insurance company got back to her, and the city could have a contract with waivers that the people who borrowed the tents could sign, plus those borrowers could have insurance, they voted to go ahead and loan the tents.

Finally, it was announced that the city is accepting applications for a maintenance person for the parks until Friday. The city will hold their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday at one o'clock pm at Pride park.

Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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