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Parents Seek No-Parking Sign in Cul-de-Sac After School Buses Stop Coming

Two residents of Erlanger came to the city council meeting last week to ask if their cul-de-sac could have a sign placed prohibiting parking on the circle, at least during the time in which Kenton County Schools buses are set to pick up and drop off students.

Victoria Seaver and Erin Kraft, of Hillward Court in Spring Valley, said that since two Fridays ago, buses have refused to come down the street, forcing students to walk to the next corner. The students' mothers don't like having their kids walk up there alone.

After a bus nearly hit a parked vehicle, the buses have stopped coming down the street, except for the middle school bus, which is smaller.

"It is our policy that we cannot drive a bus down a cul-de-sac if vehicles are parked there," said Jess Dykes, Director of Public Information and Community Engagement at the Kenton County Board of Education. "If the vehicles are not longer parked there, and a sign is put up, yes, we will go down the street again and pick up the students."

She said it is hard enough to maneuver the bus around the circle, and it would be impossible if any vehicles are parked there.

Seaver and Kraft went around to their neighbors and collected signatures to ask for a sign that parking is not allowed on the circle, even if it is only from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They collected twenty-two signatures from thirty households on the street. 

Seaver said that there used to be a sign prohibiting parking between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Council member Corine Pitts asked whether there would be a parent willing to volunteer to walk and wait with the impacted students who walk to a different corner for the bus.

Other council members suggested at least a temporary sign until the issue could be further explored.

Mayor Jessica Fette and the mothers were expected to speak on Friday.

In other news from last week's meeting, the newly designated school zone along Commonwealth Avenue and Baker Street, which will include new speed limitations and other rules, will be operational this month. State officials are finishing their final inspection.

The city's Coffee with a Cop program continues on March 23 at the Waffle House.

Council members Patty Suedkamp and Rebecca Reckers were able to return to council after a short absence for medical issues.

Councilman Tyson Hermes asked if the committee meeting in two weeks could include discussion on an ordinance to lessen the number of council members.

Lieutenant Ric Bohl took the oath of office for Shift Captain, and Firefighter Paramedic Scott Lewis took the oath of office for Shift Lieutenant.

Cynthia Waldenmaier, owner of Call to Post, at the Florence Antique Mall was the business spotlight, and she explained a little about her business, and how she started in business.  She also designed the shelves in the lobby of the city building.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Victoria Seaver and Erin Kraft came to council to ask for sign prohibiting parking in their cul-de-sac (RCN)