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Edgewood to Ban Parking on Residential Street, Council is Sworn In

The issue of parking on White Oak Drive returned to the Edgewood City Council on Monday night. 
At its previous meeting, members of council decided to table the issue, hoping to make a visit to the street to evaluate whether the median is an obstruction to passing vehicles if cars are also parked on the street. Some residents have advocated for a no-parking policy.
On Monday, Councilman Joe Messmer said he would support a no-parking policy.
"We should do something," he stated. "It's going to tear up the island, and there is no purpose in letting that happen. I talked to a couple of neighbors, and they do not have any problem having the street be no-parking."
City Administrator Brian Dehner admitted that there were tracks from vehicles in the median.
Councilman Dale Henson said he thought the city should measure the width of all the vehicles that go down the street and try to get a numerical equation of sorts to be able to judge other streets by the same standards in case the issue should come up again. As it stands, there are four other streets with medians: Magnolia, Timber Ridge, Lyndale, and Prestwick. They are different widths.
Councilman Jeff Schreiver thought council could just have Dehner put up a sign saying "no parking" and be done with it. Since there is an ordinance that supports that action, that is what council ended up agreeing to do, once the members had assurances that the resident who had been parking on the street had other options of where he could park.
The sign will be posted, and then the residents will have 30 days without a fine to learn to comply with it.
In other news, Council listened to the first readings of two ordinances, the first which coordinates the city's Code Enforcement Board with that described by the state in HB 422, and the second which coordinates the city's nuisance ordinance to the state's according to HB 422. The second reading will be at the January 16 meeting (the January 2 meeting was canceled).
John Chamberlin, of VanGorder and Walker and Co, Inc., came to give a report on the audit conducted on the city. Chamberlin gave a page by page synopsis of the summary of the report, saying the revenues and the expenditures pretty much evened out, and the city has not only three months, but six months of cash on hand to pay the bills.
Council discussed an interlocal agreement with Sanitation District 1. The first agreement was a reinstatement of an older scrapped agreement to cover the repairs of lateral lines that extend from property underneath the public street to hook up with a main line. City attorney Frank Wichmann said the cities and the utility took out the indemnification clause that the city objected to.
Kenton County Judge Greg Bartlett, who lives in Edgewood, came to the meeting to swear in the members of council, who were all re-elected.
Mayor John Link announced that Belinda Nitschke received her Kentucky International Municipal Clerk's certificate. Then Dehner added that she was chosen Northern Kentucky City Clerk of the year.
Although the city has collected about 95 percent of the city taxes, 5 percent is still out and the deadline is December 30. Also, Christmas trees can be mulched at both Presidents Park and Freedom Park until January 17.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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City Clerk Belinda Nitschke won Northern Kentucky City Clerk of year.