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Edgewood Continues to Refine its Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The City of Edgewood continues to fine-tune its short-term rental ordinance.

City adninistrator Brian Dehner said that he is still receiving phone calls and questions about short-term rentals, popularized through online sites like Airbnb. He said that people feel uncertain about some of the details in the city's ordinance, which prohibits rental of homes or apartment units, and restricts short-term leases to 25 percent of homes that are occupied full-time by a resident or owner.

Dehner said that the city ordinance needs to define what a short-term rental is - which is fewer than twenty-eight contiguous calendar days.

Property owners would also need a business license.

"These are all the things you talked about," Dehner said. "I just put them together."

Council could seek changes to its ordinance through zoning as Taylor Mill did, or simply attach an amendment to it. 

The issue would likely have to be on the planning commission's schedule in July if that is the route the city would like to go.

Council listened to the reading of two ordinances, the first setting the franchise fee for Duke at 1.9 percent, and the other setting the franchise fee for companies installing wired telecommunications devices in the city at 1.9 percent. Both ordinances specify a length of 20 years for the contracts. Dehner commented that the city still had to draft an ordinances for companies that want to install wireless devices in the city.

Family members of new police officer Nathan Gutzeit came to see him be sworn in at the meeting. Gutzeit will attend the Police Academy for twenty weeks.

As part of bis budget presentation, Dehner told council members they will be looking for two school resource officers since Caywood Elementary wants one. He also said that SRO fees have gone up. Erlanger, he said, has entered into an interlocal agreement to raise their contribution to the SROs in the city from $13,000 to $15,000.

Mayor Link announced that the annual Memorial Day celebration will be May 27 at 10 p.m. in Freedom Park.

He also said that the annual shred event will be June 1.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor