Following is the text from the Fall, 2016, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:


As you can tell from the cover sheet on this Newsletter, it's'OCTOBERFEST time again.

All of the preparations are well underway and our Public Works Director, Jim Graven, has once again booked a variety of vendors for the event. Sashee Gaslin, formerly of Doll's Market, will have all of the food ready for the day. Our Fire Departments, both St. Matthews and Harrods Creek, will be in attendance with their fire equipment. And, our Indian Hills special chefs will be preparing the hamburgers and hot dogs.

Our Octoberfest get together has grown year over year, and it has become a "must do" event for our residents. We hope to see you there.

If you plan to attend, please return the reservations form on the cover sheet by September 29th to Mayor Eifler at 4702 Old Brownsboro Court, or respond to the Mayor by email at



You have no doubt been surprised to find this newsletter delivered via US Mail. This distribution is something of a trial for us. Since we are not allowed to place newsletters in mailboxes and several residents do not have newspaper boxes, many were not getting our newsletters so we decided to send them via first class mail.


We have had numerous questions and favorable comments about our new street signs. When we merged the four cities together years ago to form the new City of Indian Hills, we all had different street signs and so this update not only brings us uniformity in our signage but makes us compliant with the new federal standards for signage. We hope you like them.


All nine council member positions are up for election in the fall. Seven of our council members have agreed to serve another term if elected. They are Sandra Carroll, Joel Deming, Frank Doheny, Lee Garlove, Steve Gruebbel, Chip Hancock, and Bruce Madison. Our current council members work well together, and we believe the exemplary state of our city gives testament to their dedication. Council members serve as volunteers and their terms are for two years. The mayor's term is for four years and he is not on the ballot in this election.

We will have two new council member candidates whose names appear on the ballot for the election on November 8, 2016. They will replace a councilman who resigned earlier this year and Councilman Lyle Spalding who decided not to run for re-election. The names of the two new candidates who will appear on the ballot are Laura Dunbar and James Giesel. A brief bio on each is as follows:

Laura Dunbar was born in Louisville and has spent most of her life as a resident of the City of Indian Hills. She currently resides at 36 Arrowhead Road. She attended Louisville Collegiate School, Kentucky Country Day and is a graduate from Denison University. She has a background in banking and finances.

Laura currently serves as Chairman on the Dunbar Foundation, Her volunteer work has included serving on the Farmington Historic Board, Louisville Science Center Board and Speed Art Museum Board. She is an Animal Advocate through Kentucky Humane Society; and enjoys spending time with her Godchildren, hiking with dogs, gardening and boating.

James Giesel is a longtime resident of Indian Hills. He and his family moved to Pueblo Road in 1993 and then in 2000 moved to Westwind Road after purchasing from his parents the home they bought in 1971. James has practiced law for thirty years with Frost Brown Todd LLC, currently serving as the head of the Business Combinations and Capital Markets practice group. He has served as president of the Louisville Bar Foundation, has been on the board of directors of The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, and has served as an elder at Highland Presbyterian Church. His spouse, Grace, is the Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. They have three adult children.

We would be delighted to welcome them to our Board if elected as council members!


Councilman Lyle Spalding, as we mentioned above, will not be running for re-election this fall. Lyle worked for General Electric for over 30 years. He was a Council member and served as Mayor for Indian Hills-Cherokee prior to the four-city merger and has been serving on the Council for City of Indian Hills since the merger. He has been instrumental in guiding us, and watching over our finances. Lyle has been an asset to our board and will be greatly missed. A special thanks to his wife, Lola, for assisting in getting our tax bills mailed every year. We wish them only the best for the future,

Foster L. Haunz, our City attorney, has decided to retire. For over 50 years, Mr. Haunz has been an attorney for multiple smaller municipalities such as Windy Hills, St. Matthews and Spring Valley. He handled the merger of Indian Hills-Country Club, Indian Hills-Cherokee, Robinswood and Winding Falls which is now, as you know it, the City of Indian Hills. He served as President of the Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky. His expertise and sound advice will truly be missed. We are in the process of searching for an attorney to succeed Mr. Haunz. We thank him and his wife, Pat, and wish all the best to them.

Lieutenant Michael (Mike) Clark retired from the Indian Hills Police Department on August 31st. Mike started serving/protecting our City in 2000 under the former Chief Rick Burkhardt. We thank him for his dedication and service. May he have a long and happy retirement. We also thank his wife, Becky, for showing much interest in our City.... and for her great chocolate chip cookies!

2016-2017 BUDGET

In the June meeting, as required by state law, the council passed the annual budget and ad valorem tax rate ordinances. Copies of these ordinances are attached hereto, and are posted on our website.

The 2016-2017 fiscal year budgets are set at $1,153,200 and $298,000 for the general fund and road fund budgets. These reflect increases of 3.6% and 13.7%, respectively, over the 2015-2016 budgets. 86% of the general fund budget goes to police protection, waste removal, and infrastructure maintenance; the balance covering resident programs, professional fees, tax billing fees, insurance, and general administration.

The ad valorem tax rate was set at $0.20 per $100 of assessed value, the same as it's been since the current city was established in 1999. As was the case last year, a 20% discount will be allowed if the tax is paid on or before December 31, 2016. Please be mindful of this time dependent discount and make timely payment to take advantage of the discount.

As we've mentioned before, the city is very fortunate to be on a sound financial footing, owning to both the citizens who pay their taxes on time and the prudent manner in which the city operates. Special thanks are due to Council Members Lyle Spalding and Chip Hancock, and to Treasurer Robin Roberts for their diligent work in preparing and watching over our finances.


We want to remind everyone that our ordinances are available on our website, both those in our Code of Ordinances and those that are non-coded. Coded ordinances follow a systematic organization of a municipality's legally adopted laws. Each ordinance is assigned a permanent number and entered into a book called the "code of ordinances", A coded ordinance is permanent and general in nature. Non-coded ordinances are temporary, time specific, of a single purpose, of an emergency nature, or of a structure that does not lend itself to codification. Special thanks are due to council member Steve Gruebbel who, over the years, has taken on the task of codification and updating when a need is identified.

Attached to this newsletter, you will find the following five ordinances, four having been passed to date in 2016 and one having been passed at the end of 2015:

Ordinance No. 15-04 relates to amending the fee schedule for construction; amending Code Section 15.08.070 [See Coded Ordinance 15.08.070]
Ordinance No. 16-01 relates to alternate energy sources. [See Coded Ordinance 15.14]
Ordinance No. 16-02 relates to the levy of ad valorem taxes for city purposes for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. [See Non-coded Ordinance 16-02 Ad Valorem Tax 2016-2017]
Ordinance No, 16-03 relates to adoption of an annual budget for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. [See Non-coded Ordinance 16-03 Budget 2016-2017]
Ordinance No. 16-04 grants a communications franchise and authorizing execution of a Uniform Franchise Agreement.


Tax bills will be mailed out the middle of October. To receive the 20% discount, your payment is due on or before December 31, 2016. The face amount is due by January 31, 2017. Thereafter, there is levied an amount equal to 10% of the tax payable plus interest of 1-1/2% compounded monthly from February 1, 2017 until paid and all delinquent tax collection expenses incurred by the City, including lien filing and release fees, attorney's fees of not less than 25% and cost of initiating legal action. Please pay promptly to receive your 20% discount.


The City's Garbage Collection Contract expired as of June 30, 2016. Pursuant to statute, we advertised for bids in The Courier-Journal and had bid opening on May 18, 2016. Subsequent to having the best and lowest bid, Eco-Tech was awarded the contract by Council at the May 19, 2016 Meeting. We were delighted to have Eco-Tech as the low bidder as we have been extremely pleased with their service to our City over the years.

Cops Corner
By Chief Kelly W. Spratt

Lt. Michael Clark's Retirement

Lt. Michael (Mike) Clark retired from the Indian Hills Police Department on August 31st. Mike was hired under former Chief Rick Burkhardt in February 2000 as a Police Officer. Mike was promoted in January 2002 to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as my second-in-command, and has done so honorably for the last 14+ years. Mike previously retired from the St. Matthews Police Department at the rank of Sergeant before serving Indian Hills and Rolling Fields. Please join us in wishing him a long and happy retirement.

Auto Thefts

The area continues to experience several car thefts, primarily beginning in the fall of 2015. Each vehicle that has been stolen involves the vehicle's keys left inside the unlocked vehicle. The offenders are only checking for unlocked doors and then looking for the car keys or any other high-value items. We have had some success in catching some of the offenders in the act, but they and their associates continue to search for such easy targets. Please help curb this problem by removing valuables (especially keys) from your vehicle and always lock your vehicle.

Crime Alert List and Twitter

Please visit the department's website at and click on the "Crime Alert" tab to subscribe to our e-mail list. This subscription will allow you to receive alerts on recent criminal activity in the area. This tool has allowed residents to assist us in identifying and apprehending criminal offenders based on suspect descriptions sent via the alerts. You may also receive similar alerts and information by following us on Twitter @ihpdky.

Have a great fall! We look forward to seeing you at Octoberfest.

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