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Zoning Changes in Florence Pave Way for New Hotel, Electric Vehicle Stations

Florence City Council have its approval to a zoning change to allow a hotel project to move forward on the 5800 block of Merchants Street.

"This will be a Comfort Suites with 84 suites," said Dr. Julie Metzger Aubuchon. "It will be larger than the typical hotel."

Another ordinance passed by council at last week's meeting will allow two electric vehicle charging stations at 7625 Doering Drive. "They say this will take up four parking spaces at Walmart for the two charging stations, but the drawing looks like it will be less than four, maybe more like two," said Dr. Metzger-Aubuchon. "Two vehicles can charge at the same time."

Councilman Mel Carroll spoke up to say he imagined the city will be seeing more of these charging stations. Electric car owners often belong to a service and have an app on their phone for paying for the electric charge.

A municipal order passed which approved the appointment of Eric Hall as the city's representative and Josh Hunt as the alternate representative to the Intermodal coordinating committee of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).

"We appreciate Eric doing this," said Mayor Diane Whalen, "and we hope to be hearing a lot of good things."

City Administrator Richard Lunnemann announced that Senior Center Manager Geri Herbert and her husband, assistant manager Marty Herbert will retire as of June 11. Since the YMCA has a management contract with the center, it is expected that they will hire replacements, but Mayor Whalen and Lunnemann will be able to meet the replacement people early.

He also announced that the Boone County Jail will be starting a program that mirrors one in Kenton County where prisoners who qualify can get treatment for drugs while going through incarceration. He also said there will be a heroin help line up and running soon due to funding from the three counties' fiscal courts.

Councilman Duane Froelicher issued a challenge to the Florence Police officers to see who can literally ride the waves at the golf course on a new 'surfboard with wheels' that the  World of Golf has ordered as an alternative to the regular golf carts. The new carts are electric, and Froelicher thinks the golfers that are council members can do a better job with the new vehicles than the police can, a gauntlet that could be picked up by law enforcement. 

The annual Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. and will begin at Boone County High School and end at the city building on Ewing Boulevard. At 11 a.m. There will be a Memorial Day program at the city building campus.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor