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Edgewood: Neighbor's Chickens, Discarded Toilet Bothersome

Chickens and a discarded toilet prompted an Edgewood man to speak out at Monday night's city council meeting.
Tom Seither, who lives on Meadowlark Drive, came to the city building to complain about a neighbor. Seither said that he left his house one day to find a chicken coop being constructed around a utility pole next to his property line. During a conversation with the chicken-owning neighbor, Seither, as he stated Monday, said that he didn't believe chickens were permitted in Edgewood. 
But, as Seither learned, the city council voted in 2015 to permit chickens, with restrictions, at residences, after a family in the city pushed for the change. Seither was not the first resident to complain about the new chicken law in the city.
Knowing then that chickens are allowed, Seither thought his neighbor was in violation of one of the restrictions, and had the neighbor move the coop closer to his own residence. Seither, though, still finds fault with the neighboring coop and argued Monday that chicken poop drains into his yard - along with water from the neighbor's allegedly leaky pool.
Seither also shared his concern about a discarded broken toilet in the neighbor's yard, one that has been there for six weeks, he said. The toilet had spent a long time in public view, but now is semi-hidden behind a bush, only visible to the Seither household, he said. Plus, Seither said, there are too many vehicles at the house that are rarely moved and occasionally block his mailbox.
City Administrator Brian Dehner said the parking violations can be taken care of right away, and made a note of Seither's address on Meadowlark. Seither said he has talked to people at Planning & Development Services (PDS) and someone was supposed to come out and take pictures of the toilet, but that person no longer works for PDS, he said.
Seither said that when a person moves into the city they should get a booklet telling them what they can and can't do so they can be a good neighbor.  He said he has been a law abiding citizen for 45 years, and he doesn't think his neighbor knows what is allowed in the city.
Dehner said they would work on the problem as best they can.
Another resident, Sarah Wahlab, who lives with her mother on Dudley Road, came to ask for help with the drainage problems on their property. Her brother came with her, and was on crutches because in doing yard work, he had tripped over a drain, resulting in the partial amputation of two toes. She told council that they have been forced to put in their own makeshift drainage. Wahlab also said the water was coming from the roadway, but Dehner said that he and Bob Begnoche, director of public works, went to the property at the last rain and the water was not coming from the roadway but from a path that winds down several yards in the back.
"We will have an engineer come and look at it," said Dehner.
Council agreed to pay archeologist Jeannine Kreinbrink  from K and V Cultural Resource Management, $1,575 to identify the graves on the little graveyard up the hill from Raymond's Nursery on Old Kentucky 17. She and her assistant will work with volunteers to clean and identify the graves. The area where the graveyard is located belongs to Tom Schreiber.
Council voted to accept the encroachment permit ordinance and agreed on a property tax rate of $2.44 per $1000.
Council also voted to accept the School Resource Officer Interlocal Agreement for the middle and elementary school.
The city submitted a text amendment to Planning and Zoning to allow day cares on certain streets, and the application came back with an unfavorable rating, for two reasons: first that there could be more than one daycare on the same street, and second that the definition of  a daycare could apply to adult daycare. Councilman Jeff Schreiver said he thought the City of Erlanger had a similar ordinance, and asked if they could look into making another application using the language from Erlanger's to specify only children.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Tom Seither (RCN)