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Bellevue: Waffle House Delay; Pedestrian Task Force Planned

It has been nearly two years since it was confirmed that Waffle House is looking to add a location in Bellevue.

The plan was to construct a new restaurant for the chain on Donnermeyer Drive, in front of the Kroger store, where a car wash previously operated.

At this month's Bellevue city council meeting, some concerns were raised about the condition of the car wash site. The car wash building still stands, but the business is no longer in operation.

Campbell County zoning director Cindy Minter, whose department now handles planning and zoning issues for the City of Bellevue after a decision last year to move that work outside the city building, said that it may be best for the city to pursue code enforcement remedies for any poor condition in which the car wash site may be.

She also said that Waffle House's plans for the site have been approved by her department, and they are waiting on the restaurant chain to pick up the approvals.

"We believe we are the next Waffle House to go under construction," Minter said of the Bellevue site. 

She also noted that Waffle House was unable to reach an agreement with Kroger. The restaurant's plans called for the use of the curb cut already in use on Donnermeyer for shoppers to access Kroger. Waffle House customers would be able to use the same curb cut, the company had hoped. In 2017, The River City News reported that if the two corporate giants could not reach an agreement, a new curb cut would be installed about 15-feet from Kroger's access point to accommodate Waffle House customers.

City looks to create pedestrian task force

With April being noted as pedestrian safety month, Councilman Sean Fisher proposed a pedestrian task force.

"We've had some near misses on Fairfield Avenue," he said. "I just want to make sure we get as much citizen participation into a topic we're all pretty passionate about."

The goal would be to scrutinize pedestrian safety issues around the city.

City administrator Frank Warnock said that the ad hoc committee would serve as an informal group in the meantime, and could be formalized down the road.

"I think we should do a short-term one and a long-term one, as well," Councilman Pat Hogan said.

"I love the idea of utilizing pedestrian awareness month to create a longer-term plan," Councilman Ryan Salzman said.

Councilman Scott Witte suggested an exploration of solar-powered pedestrian signs, noting new ones in Fort Thomas as an example.

Any citizen wishing to participate in the pedestrian safety task force should contact any city official.

Police Chief Lee Estep is also expected to be a part of the task force. 

Some of the ideas he had heard from those concerned is to have volunteers help mark crosswalks.

Warnock said the state transportation cabinet will provide a list of rules for that type of action.

In the meantime, Bellevue Police will be keeping an eye on some of the more challenging intersections for pedestrians, Estep said.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher