City council discusses zoning ordinance regarding day cares

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Would make exception for family child care homes

By Leslie Moore

Campbellsville City Council members had first reading of an amendment to a zoning ordinance that will allow family child care homes to operate in residential zones.
At the Council’s special meeting on Jan. 13, Council member Mike Hall Jr. said family child care home facilities are licensed and regulated differently than traditional daycares. According to Hall, family child care homes are generally intended to be located within residential districts.
“I think these came about as a result of the realization in many communities that not everybody works 9 to 5. That there are folks that work second shift and work third shift and the normal daycare providers who provide care from seven in the morning till five in evening were not available to provide care to these folks that worked other hours,” Hall said.
The Campbellsville Planning & Zoning Commission Board voted to deny a request to amend the City of Campbellsville Zoning Ordinance at a special meeting in December. According to a letter written by Chris Tucker, Board administrator, amending the ordinance would be detrimental to the rights of residents living in residential zones.
Council member Sharon Hoskins-Sanders, who sponsored the ordinance brought before the Council, said she doesn’t believe a licensed family child care home operating in accordance with requirements set by the state would cause harm to other residents.
The facilities can provide care for a maximum of 10 children and are prohibited from using yard signs and billboards to promote their business. Hoskins-Sanders said the Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care, which issues the licenses, conducts inspections and background checks and can also do random in-home visits to check for compliance.
Council member Dave Nunery said the operators of the facilities are also required to complete nine hours of training each year.
Council members asked several questions about the requirements for the facilities. Hall recommended that Council members read the Kentucky Division of Regulated Child Care’s description and regulations regarding the facilities because they are very specific.

Also at the meeting:
• Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young read the city’s financial report. The city received $874,101.85 in revenue and incurred $779,612.82 in expenses in November. With 41 percent of the fiscal year complete, the city has received 47 percent of its budgeted revenue and spent 44 percent of its annual budget.
• The Council approved a request from Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS Director Gary Magers to declare equipment purchased to perform CPR on patients in cardiac arrest as surplus. The equipment was purchased with a grant three years ago but Magers said there were problems with it.
• Paula Hall was recognized for 25 years of employment at Campbellsville Water & Sewer Co.