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Edgewood Clarifies RV Rules After Neighbor Complaints, Welcomes New Police Officer

The issue of recreational vehicles (RVs) returned to Edgewood city council on Monday as leaders considered an amendment to the ordinance governing them.

Resident Alex Schultz owns multiple RV/campers and restores them for a web-based video series that he produces. Neighbors complained in April and asked council for action.

The amendment - which requires two readings before a vote - was read for the first time on Monday. One would specify that any household in Edgewood may have only one camper on its property. The required location of the camper - a sticking point in Schultz's case - did not change, and residents can keep their RVs in the back of the house on a concrete pad, or in special cases on the side of the property with a concrete pad. Schultz had campers on the side and in the back.

Council also heard an amendment for the first time related to the purchase of an office building by Thomas More College that would be used for classrooms. 

The second reading for both amendments will be July 18 (the July 4 meeting was canceled).

Council passed the 2016-2017 budget for approximately $10 million into law with a second reading Monday night. The budget includes money for road repairs.

Christina Rau, who lives on Beech Street, came to council to question the rules on child care in her home. She would like to be licensed and be able to watch four children in addition to her own two, but the rules in the city state that a licensed day care can't be on a local street but has to be on an arterial street. Rau wanted to see if council would be open to amending the ordinance to include the day care being on a local street. Mayor John Link said he didn't want to say no, but couldn't say yes until he had a little more information, so Rau was asked to provide information on the classes she took from the state so that council can consider the issue. Rau agreed, and said if council is not open to making the change she won't pursue the business. Link said that once council gets the information, it will be discussed at the next meeting.

Mayor Link administered the oath of office to Bryan Irby, who will be the new police officer in the city. Irby comes from Northern Kentucky University, and before that the University of Kentucky, and was an officer at the Woodford County Jail. Irby's wife, Kelly, was present, as well as his mother, and his wife's mother.

"Bryan is part of the family," said Link. "And we hope this is his home for a long time."

City Administrator Brian Dehner reported that the Cincinnati Zoo may like to help the city with its new trails near Presidents Park.

Mayor Link reminded residents that the second concert in the park will be Tuesday, June 21, at 7 p.m., and on July 4, the festivities begin with a 5K race at 7:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m., a free concert at Freedom Park at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Officer Bryan Irby is welcomed by Mayor John Link (RCN)