Following is the text from the Fall, 2014, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

OCTOBERFEST

As you can tell from the cover of this Newsletter it's OCTOBERFEST time again. As you probably remember from last year we were rained out from both our July 4th Parade and Octoberfest, so we are hoping for ideal weather this year.

All of the preparations have been made and our Public Works Director-Jim Graven has once again booked many vendors for the event. Sashee Gaslin, formerly of Doll's Market, will have all of the food ready for the day. (Last year all of the food was donated to Wayside Mission). Our Fire Departments, both St. Matthews and Harrods Creek, will be in attendance with their fire equipment. And, our Indian Hills Chefs will be preparing the hamburgers and hot dogs.

Please return the reservations forms by October 2, to Mayor Eifler at 4702 Old Brownsboro Court or by email to: teiflersr@bellsouth.net.

As always - PLEASE: NO PETS AT THIS EVENT.

FINANCE

We received the draft of our audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. Our auditors, Dean Dorton Allen & Ford, have once again issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of our City. They will present this audit to the Council at the September 18th meeting and once approved, by the Council members it will be published and be available on our City website.

Our City continues to be in excellent financial condition with ample rainy day funds. Our budget for the current fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 is balanced and again this year we will be spending some of our reserves for paving.

CITY TAX BILLS

Obviously, our City would not be in such great financial shape if we didn't collect taxes, A word about taxes is that we have NO delinquent taxes for anyone currently living in our City. Our only delinquency of any kind is for an unimproved lot on lower Westwind Road on which we have a lien and the amount due is a few hundred dollars.

The tax bills for calendar year 2014 will be mailed in mid-October and due by January 1, 2015 in order to get the 12 1/2% discount. The face amount is due by February 1, 2015 and after that a 10% penalty plus 1 % interest a month applies.

Special thanks to Councilmen Lyle Spalding and Chip Hancock and our Treasurer Robin Roberts for their work with the City Finances and the mailing of the tax bills. Also, a special thanks to you for paying these bills in a timely manner. There are very few, if any, cities around that can say they have our record on delinquent taxes.

F.Y.I.

  • Paving

    As mentioned earlier, we will be doing some additional paving before winter. The street paving is always done on a need basis as determined by our Public Works Department in coordination with the City Council. The roads to be paved are as follows:

    I. SCOPE OF WORK:
    The work essentially consists of resurfacing or re-paving as follows:

    1. Bainbridge Row: Starting at Rudy Lane and going to the intersection of Rudy Lane and Hempstead Road. Stop/start is 2018 Bainbridge Row.

    2. Bow Lane: Westwind to Westwind.

    3. Locust Hills - Longknife Run: Court to court and also Longknife Court.

    4. Clarks Point Road: Entrance way to Locust Hill, pave right side and continue to Longknife Run. Left side continue to stop marks approximately 50' from intersection at top of drive.

    5. Apache Road: Starting at Rudy Lane to boundary line at entrance to Springfield.

    6. Bell Tavern Court: Total court starting at Rudy Lane entrance.

    7. Signal Hill Road: Complete road to turn around.

    8. Eastwind Road: Starting at Westwind Road going to Eastwind/Moccasin connection. Moccasin all the way to Brownsboro Road.

    All stop bars to be replaced, painted white and have reflective beads.

    No night work. No weekend work. Paving shall commence immediately after removing old black top.

  • Election

    Our entire City Government, both Mayor and City Council terms are up this year. All have agreed to run for re-election and will be on the ballot on November 4, 2014. Since no one else has filed for a place on the ballot, we are all running unopposed. (Mayors Comment: We are very fortunate to have an excellent, caring and dedicated Council and as Mayor they are a pleasure with which to work. They rarely miss a monthly meeting and serve the best interest of our residents.)

  • Deer Issue

    Board Committee is still studying this issue. It is a very contentious issue within our city and unfortunately is not a problem with a quick fix. We are working with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and will keep you posted. Thanks to Councilmen Chip Hancock and David Kraft for their continued work on this project.

  • July 4th Parade - Revisited

    This was a perfect Parade date and the weather cooperated. We think that we had record attendance. Our special thanks to Councilwoman Jackson for spearheading this event year after year. Also, thanks to her helpers, The Seller Family, The Jackson Family, The Strange Family, The Levenhagen Family, The Berryman Family and Sue Russell for the great pictures.

  • Rudy Lane Fountain

    We are still working with the fountain issue and hopefully it will be demolished soon. However, we didn't want to destroy it until we were decided on its replacement.

  • City Board Responsibilities

    We are very fortunate to have an active, concerned volunteer Council Members. Everyone has a job to do and does it well. Please do not hesitate to contact any of your Council as listed on the front page of this newsletter. Their responsibilities are as follows:

    BuildingCouncilmen Bruce Madison & Jim Graven
    EventsCouncilwoman Abby Jackson & Councilman David Kraft
    FinanceCouncilmen Lyle Spalding &. Chip Hancock
    PoliceChief Kelly Spratt, Councilmen Frank Doheny & Lee Garlove
    SanitationCouncilmen Joel Deming & Steve Gruebbel
    City WebsiteCouncilman Steve Gruebbel
    Mayor Thomas 0. Eifler serves ex officio on all committees.

    Appointed Positions in the City
    AttorneyFoster L. Haunz
    City ClerkDonna Sinkhorn
    PoliceChief Kelly Spratt
    Public WorksDirector Jim Graven
    TreasurerRobin Roberts

COPS CORNER
By Chief Kelly Spratt

Rudy Lane Congestion

As many of you are aware, Rudy Lane can become congested in the area of Dunn Elementary, especially during special school functions. The City and the Police Department are working with the school administration to inform the parents and nearby residents of parking guidelines and issues. The school has agreed to share their event calendar with the Police Department so that we may publish relevant information via our crime alert e-mails and increase police presence in the area to enforce such violations as blocking intersections and fire hydrants.

Crime Rates

As you can see from the chart below, crime is down this year compared to the same period of 2013, I believe this is due in large part to the communication between the Police Department and the communities we serve, Our crime alert subscriptions continue to increase and we see an increase in suspicious activity calls after alerts are issued. If you haven't already done so, please visit our website (www.ihpd.org) to subscribe.

01/01/2014 - 08/31/201401/01/2013-08/31/2013
0 Auto Thefts1 Auto Theft
8 Burglaries8 Burglaries
9 Thefts22 Thefts
10 Other9 Other

Rest In Peace

All of us offer our deepest sympathy to Councilman Frank Doheny on the death of his wife, Mary Beth. May she rest in peace.


WE HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE OCTOBERFEST!