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Owner of Property at Busy Intersection Asked to Leave Council Meeting

An issue related to a piece of land at the corner of Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane in Fort Wright was discussed at this month's city council meeting.

Property owner Roger Kuchle, of Kuchle Realty, LLC, wanted to speak with the city council but before he began, Mayor Dave Hatter warned that Kuchle had only two minutes to speak. 

Kuchle accused the mayor of not letting him speak, but Hatter reiterated that there would be two minutes for him.

The property, where a Walgreens location currently operates, is included in plans to create a new turn lane at the busy intersection. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to take a piece of it for the project.

Kuchle has opposed financial offers from KYTC to acquire the property, in the amounts of $23,950 and $41,500. Kuchle took the issue to Kenton County Circuit Court after KYTC filed a condemnation petition. The circuit court ruled in favor of KYTC, as did the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Kuchle said that the issue would go to the state Supreme Court.

Mayor Hatter suggested that Kuchle bring an attorney with him to meetings, and city attorney Todd McMurtry said that he has tried to reach out to Kuchle's attorney to no avail.

Kuchle continued to speak after his two minutes had expired and Hatter asked Police Chief Marc Schworer to escort Kuchle out. Kuchle retrieved his belongings and was then walked out of the meeting.

Walgreens has a 75-year lease at the site, leased through Anchor Properties, which leases the ground property from Kuchle Realty. The lease from Walgreens can be ended by the drugstore company with a 60-day notice, if any property is taken by condemnation, according to court records.

In other business, city council listened to the first reading of an ordinance dissolving Ft. Wright's parks and recreation board. Hatter said that council could not find anyone to serve on the board.

The city council also listened to the first reading of an ordinance related to unsolicited advertisements. The ordinance was amended to allow for ads to be distributed to homes as long as they were securely attached to a door or mailbox. The ads cannot just be tossed in driveways or yards, or the distributors will face a fine. Councilman Adam Feinauer opposed both the ordinance and the amendment, but all other members were in agreement.

City administrator Jill Bailey presented to council the costs of lawn-mowing within the city so that a decision could be made whether to do the work in-house or to hire a contractor.

The work was advertised for bids and two bids were received, but Bailey said both had to be rejected because neither company followed directions in filling out the entire bid packet.

For now, council moved to keep the current company on the job for another month or so while the city seeks to hire a full-time public works employee.

Bailey was authorized to purchase $24,000 worth of mowers and equipment.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo via Kenton County PVA