A conditional use permit to operate an in-home day care was granted Monday night.
Following a public hearing, the Union Board of Aldermen approved Kayla Frioli’s request to operate a state-licensed in-home day care at 74 Hickory Lane.
The board followed the lead of the city’s planning and zoning commission and put limited conditions on the permit. At its Aug. 27 meeting, the planning and zoning commission requested the only conditions on the permit be the hours of operation.
The board limited Frioli’s operation 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Frioli also is limited to a maximum of 10 children, but that’s not a city rule.
The limit on children was based on the state law and Frioli’s license. She told the board the absolute maximum number of kids she can have is 10, but she didn’t expect to have that many. She told the plan board the number of kids she has varies, but she figured most days would be about six to seven children in her care.
The board could have put more conditions on the permit, but Mayor Mike Livengood pointed out the state license will have more procedures for Frioli to comply with. For example, he said the state is already requiring her to fence in her yard.
Frioli echoed the mayor and said after a review by the state, she recently had some fencing redone to be in compliant with the rules.
Frioli said she wanted the permit because she felt there was a need in the area. She said she was looking for care for her daughter and realized she could fill a need for other parents in her situation.
She has no plans for any outside signage marketing her business.
Frioli told the board she would be the lone employee. She said she may have an assistant to help out on a few days or fill in when she needs off, but for the most part the business would be just her.
“You’re going to take care of eight kids by yourself?” Livengood said. “Good luck.”
There were no objections to the permit at Monday’s public hearing. Several neighbors spoke out at the planning and zoning meeting, but didn’t attend the board meeting.
City Administrator Russell Rost said the concerns expressed last month were partly based on neighbors not understanding the situation entirely. Once the conditional use permit was explained, Rost said he felt they had a better grasp on the situation and appeared OK with the plan.
The board didn’t have many questions for Frioli. Alderman Bob Schmuke asked about space for parking.
Frioli explained the nature of the business — people coming and dropping off or picking up kids — shouldn’t really impact parking. She said people would only be at her house for a short time.
At the planning and zoning meeting, City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann pointed out the roadway is 32 feet wide making for “more than adequate width” for cars. He also said the road has a very low traffic count.
The board had no objections to plan.