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Council Votes Down Proposal to Shrink Erlanger Elected Offices

A proposal first pitched by city councilman and former mayor Tyson Hermes to shrink the size of Erlanger city council was shot down earlier this month.

At a special meeting, council considered reducing the number of its seats from twelve to eight. Erlanger has the largest elected municipal government in Northern Kentucky with twelve council members and a mayor.

During the meeting, Councilman Gary Meyer motioned to amend the proposal from a reduction of twelve to eight, to a reduction to ten members. He said that number would be less of a shock than eight.

City attorney Jack Gatlin suggested that that would change the ordinance enough that it would require two readings with a second reading on September 3.

A vote on the motion saw its defeat, 8 to 4.

The motion to reduce council from twelve members to eight was also defeated by a vote of 8 to 4. It was supported by Hermes, Meyer, Don Niceley, and Rebecca Reckers, and opposed by Kevin Burke, Patty Suedkamp, Corine Pitts, Vicki Kyle, Kathy Cahill, Tom Cahill, Renee Skidmore, and Don Skidmore.

Council also listened to a first reading of an item to annex nearly eight acres of land off Turkeyfoot Road between Lindenwood and Misty Creek drives. Drees Company is planning to build nineteen homes that would cost around $350,000 each. City Administrator Matthew Kremer said the city conducted a 45-year financial analysis and determined that tax revenue for the project would come in at nearly $750,000.

The maintenance expense would be around $222,000.

Staff recommended approval of the annexation.

The issue will receive a formal vote at the next regular meeting.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor