How well do you know the top man or woman in your community? Each Wednesday "Meet the Mayor" introduces you to the people charged with keeping Tri-State municipalities ticking.
Daniel L. Bell, Taylor Mill, Ky.
- Born: November 1946
- Elected: 2010
- County: Kenton
- Population: 6,800
- Founded: 1957
Claim to fame: The city was named for a local mill operated during the early 19th century by James Taylor Jr., the founder of Newport. Taylor Mill annexed the former cities of Sunny Acres in 1959 and Winston Hills in 1972.
About the Mayor:
A lifelong resident of Kenton County, Bell grew up in Covington and graduated from Holy Cross High School. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Cumberlands, he returned to Northern Kentucky to teach biology at Simon Kenton High School, where he also coached basketball and baseball before entering into a career in business.
Bell and his wife, Marsha Setters Bell, and he have four daughters. They have lived in Taylor Mill for 16 years. Bell retired from Pharmacia Pfizer as a national account director after 29 years and then took a position with Abraxis BioScience as a national account director.
Bell began his career in city government in 2004 when he was elected to the Taylor Mill City Commission. He served as commissioner for six years before being elected mayor.
In October 2013 Bell was selected by the Kentucky League of Cities as second runner-up elected official of the year. The award honored his help leading the way for Taylor Mill to secure state funding for completion of KY 16 Pride Parkway.
In addition, he helped develop the concept for a walkable downtown for the city called the ‘Districts of Taylor Mill,’ a mixed use development which aims to transform the city into a destination for all Kenton County residents. The city started developing these plans in 2006. Ground was broken on the first-phase of the ‘Districts of Taylor Mill’ in March 2014.
Q&A with Mayor Bell
1. What is the single biggest issue facing your town?
The rising cost of state pension contribution and health care costs which the city is required to pay each year. In one year our pension cost went up $100,000. It is our goal to keep the cost of government under control without jeopardizing city services. Having excellent police, ALS ambulance service, fire department and
street maintenance are very important to maintaining property values.
2. If someone were to visit your town for the first time, what should they see and do?
A lot is going on in Taylor Mill – most of it in the form of construction. Visitors would see some ongoing construction of the new KY 16 Pride Parkway, sidewalks and bike paths. They would also see construction of a growing business district underway, known as The Districts of Taylor Mill and the shops of Taylor Mill.
We are most proud of Pride Park. I would suggest that visitors plan to visit the park located on Taylor Mill Road just two miles off I-275. Pride Park is 80 acres and offers a playground, walking trails and excellent disc golf course. The city hosts family movie nights, Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and a whole slew of events for the people of our community. It also should be noted that Taylor Mill will soon be a complete walkable community when construction is completed on our sidewalk project.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment as mayor?
The fact Taylor Mill is debt-free. The city provides a top line police department which is CALEA (Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accredited. The city offers ALS ambulance service to our residents which has saved lives since it was started in the city. We also offer top notch fire protection which
enables our fire insurance rates to be low. Taylor Mill’s maintenance department is known for its excellent service during snow emergencies.
4. What do you hope is different about your town in 10 years?
The completion of the Districts of Taylor Mill will provide a walkable downtown and shopping convenience for our residents. The city is poised to grow with at least three new subdivisions being planned over the next few years. We strive to provide excellent services, a safe environment to raise a family, city conveniences with a rural feel and a sustainable tax base which does not rely on the home owner to pay the bills.
5. I bet you didn’t know ...
Taylor Mill is an up and coming city. We are working hard to provide the best for our citizens. Wait until you see us in few years.