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