Following is the text from the Fall, 2009, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

OCTOBERFEST

October 4, 2009 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

25 Years and Counting

You will notice on the front of this newsletter the announcement and Registration form for one of the Indian Hills most popular events, our Octoberfest held in Sagamore Park at Indian Hills Trail & Old Brownsboro Road. This event was started in 1984 as a trial balloon and was so successful in encouraging neighbor to meet neighbor and to provide so much fun for our young people that it has continued and grown over the years.

At the bottom of the announcement is the registration form which becomes more and more important as this event grows. We certainly do not want to run out of any of Doll's delicious food items to serve our residents, so please make your reservation in a timely manner.

We are not sure about everything that our Octoberfest Chair Jim Graven has in store for us, but from past experience we know it will be an exceptional City festival, COME ONE, COME ALL!

SHRED - IT

October 3, 2009 - 9:00 A.M TO NOON

OUR GETTIING-TO-BE-ANNUAL EVENT SPONSORED BY WILSON & MUIR BANK, WHICH PERMITS ALL CITY-WIDE RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO PUT IN OUR TRASH.

This is the 4th year that Wilson & Muir has offered to do this for us. It will take place at their bank on St. Matthews Avenue behind Burdorfs. You can actually stand and watch the items being shredded - checks, check stubs, receipts, old tax returns, etc. AND you can enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch the process.

If you do not have the time to stay, you can drop off your items and our Police Department will be there to monitor the process for you.

We are very grateful to Wilson & Muir Bank for providing this service for us and appreciate their neighborly gesture.

You can certainly see that the first weekend in October is a busy one for all of us. We hope we will have good weather!

GARBAGE PICKUP TRANSFER

In our last newsletter we offered considerable information about the transfer of our garbage vendor to Eco-Tech Sanitation. This has worked extremely well. Much of the success is attributed to the hard work and detailed planning of our Sanitation Committee headed by Councilman Joel Deming and including Councilwoman Marie Bukowski and Councilman Steve Gruebbel.

We have had very few complaints and they have been addressed in a timely manner by Eco-Tech, who has been extremely hands-on in this important transition. Once again we observe that our Service Coordinator at Eco-Tech is Bobby Lee, who can be reached at 935-1130.

TREE TRIMMING

Also in the last newsletter we mentioned that LG&E would be coming through the City and do some major trimming under theft power lines. This process seems to be moving along very well, and in a number of cases trees that were storm damaged under the power lines are being removed at the expense of LG&E rather than that of the property owner. Our pine trees experienced a severe beating in both the wind storm and the ice storm.

We have found the representatives from LG&E extremely professional, courteous and responsive individuals with whom to deal. Hopefully all our residents will have a good experience with this issue and our power outages will be fewer in the future.

AND SPEAKING OF STORM DAMAGE

As you may remember, your City administration after the ice storm decided to do the clean up on our own, rather than wait for Metro to do the work. We did this for a number of reasons: First is that Derby was fast approaching,

Second is that we were very low on the list in Metro's clean up schedule, and Third, we had the ability to go directly to FEMA and have them reimburse us for a large part of the expense. The FEMA reimbursements include 75% paid by the Federal Government, 12% paid by the State, and 13% by the local government (Indian Hills). The total expense for this clean up was well over $100,000. We sent out our FEMA request and were prepared to pay our 13% of the eligible expenses, but in late June we received a letter from the office of Governor Steve Beshear telling us that because of the great hardship that the windstorm and ice storm placed on local governments the Transportation Cabinet would put up all of the cost not underwritten by the Federal Government. Click Gov. Beshear's letter to see the Governor's letter.

In other words, we were not out of pocket any dollars for the ice storm. This savings, together with the savings on our garbage contract has certainly helped our City Budget and given us some cushion for future needs.

Our final point is that if you have an opportunity to say thanks to Gov. Beshear for this very generous courtesy, please do so.

AND SPEAKING OF BUDGETS

It is the time of year when our tax bills are mailed. They will go out on approximately October 15 and mailed to the address of records in the PVA file. The PVA prepares our tax bills for us, based on their assessment values, AND YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF FORWARDING THE BILL TO WHOMEVER PAYS YOUR TAXES.

As always, we thank Councilman Lyle Spalding for all the financial work he does for the City and we also thank our Accountant Robin Stilger for her good work.

POLICE

Please read the attached COPS CORNER prepared by our Police Chief Kelly Spratt. This has several great points about which we should be aware. Kelly has done a great job in providing us with good information which we can use in our daily lives in our City. This is one of the advantages of having our own Police Department.

CITY BEAUTIFICATION

As we are sure you know, we spend a considerable amount of your tax dollars on keeping our City aesthetically beautiful. We also spend dollars maintaining the fašade of our City along U.S. Highway 42. We basically mow from Rudy Lane to Chenoweth Lane with some exceptions, and this is property that should be maintained by the State of Kentucky. However, we understand their current policy is to mow three times a year, and that just does not work for us. So we do put our best foot forward in the common areas of our City, and ask you to do so on your own property.

In doing so, please be courteous to your neighbors. Several residents have expressed concern about neighbors who use power equipment early in the morning or in the evening, when many of us are using our yards and patios. Everyone is aware that power mowers, leaf blowers and similar equipment can be noisy, and if used at inappropriate times can interfere with our neighbors' normal activities. We ask you please to try to use outdoor power equipment in the daytime and to avoid Sundays as well. Also, if you have lawn service, we ask that you please make sure that they do not mow at inappropriate hours or on Sundays. Your neighbors will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

F.Y.I.

  • Fresh Market

    As we are sure you are aware, there is a lot of activity at Rudy Lane and Brownsboro Road. The Fresh Market is well underway, and the small strip center is nearing completion. We think this will be a nice addition to our neighborhood, even though it is outside of our City boundary.

    As part of this project, there will be changes to the traffic flow at Rudy Lane and Brownsboro Road with the added lane and turn lanes; hopefully this will help with the current traffic congestion in this area.

  • Azalea Property

    We understand that progress is being made on this site and a possible agreement is underway pleasing to all involved in this issue. The planned Rite-Aid will still be a tenant in the new development and construction will possibly start by the first of the year. We would like to see this area redeveloped so that we do not have to watch the present property deteriorate for the next 20 years.

  • A Message from Metro Representative Ken Fleming

    Over the past few years, there has been a coordinated effort with the suburban cities that abut Brownsboro Road to improve safety along the Brownsboro Road corridor. The Brownsboro Road Safety Project encompasses modifications to three intersections - Country Lane, Chenoweth Lane and Old Brownsboro Road. We are anticipating the start of these projects this fall with bid lettings.

    For the Country Lane intersection, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is anticipating the installation of turning lanes in each direction on Brownsboro Road and will include enhanced landscaping, clearly marked pedestrian crossings and Mast Arms for improved traffic signalization.

    Many of you have given me positive feedback on the signalization change at the Chenoweth Lane intersection, however, the problem of backups and a poor pedestrian crossing still exists. Metro Government will be installing turn lanes in both directions on Chenoweth Lane. In emulating the Country Lane intersection, Mast Arms and pedestrian crossing lanes will be installed.

    In working with the City of Indian Hills, the Old Brownsboro Road intersection will be modified to right in/right out only access. A grass median will be installed and maintained by Indian Hills. There will be appropriate signs marking the changes located throughout the intersection as well as around the street on Chippewa indicating that no straight through traffic will be allowed.

    Councilman Ken Fleming will host a Town Hall Forum on September 24 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist (4614 Brownsboro Road). The St. Matthews Area Ministries Voluntary Organizations (VOAL) chapter and the Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross will be our guests and will focus on disaster preparations. To RSVP, call 574-1107 or e-mail Ken.Fleming@louisvilleky.gov .

    Councilman Fleming will host a Flu Shot Clinic on October 16 between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall (515 Wood Road). Flu shots are $25 and pneumonia shots are $40 and must be paid by cash or check at the time of service. Medicare Part B and some Medicare Advantage Plans and Passport Advantage Plans can be billed. The clinic is for residents 12 years of age and older. To reserve your flu shot, call 574-1107 or e-mail Ken.Fleming@louisvilleky.gov by October 8.

    This has been the nicest summer that we remember but we are in the process of negotiating our salt contract for the winter. In the meantime, obviously we look forward to seeing you at our fall festival, our OCTOBERFEST.

    COPS CORNIER
    By Chief Kelly W. Spratt

    EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

    Earlier this year, the Indian Hills Police Department responded to a home to check the welfare of the elderly resident. Upon arriving, officers discovered what appeared to be several days' worth of mail and newspapers in the mailbox. The resident's only vehicle was in the garage, and all doors and windows were secured. After being unable to find a key with a neighbor, the officers' only option was to request the Fire Department to force entry. Luckily, through the use of the internet, relatives were located and it was discovered that the resident had been hospitalized days earlier.

    The incident above was at a home that we did not have any contact information. If the resident had been in need of assistance, we would have been able to determine that need much quicker. The Indian Hills Police Department does maintain a file with emergency contact information for residents. I am asking for all residents to complete the attached form and return it to the Department. All information will remain confidential, and will only be accessed by officers of this Department.

    If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact any of our officers at 893-1375.

    PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY

    Indian Hills and the surrounding areas are very popular for walkers and bicyclists. For everyone's safety, please follow the recommendations below.

    WHEN WALKING WHEN BIKING
    Walk against the flow of vehicular traffic Ride with the flow of vehicular traffic.
    Wear brightly colored clothing during the day Always wear a bike helmet
    Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at night Stop and check traffic before riding into a street
    At intersections, make sure motorists acknowledge you before entering the crosswalk Don't ride at night
    Don't wear headphones Obey all traffic signs and signals
    Carry a cell phone Wear light or bright-colored, clothing