Following is the text from the Spring, 2007, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

It is springtime again in Indian Hills, and there are a number of things that we generally point out in our spring newsletter concerning our fine City.

At this time last spring we were warning you about a turkey buzzard invasion. So far this year, these buzzards have not become a problem, but we will always be vigilant, should they return. Just by way of warning, if you do see more than a couple of these birds roosting anywhere in the City, please contact any of the City officials listed in the margin of this letter, in particular Jim Graven, Public Works Director, who last year did such a great job handling this problem. As we mentioned before, these birds have the ability of doing a great deal of property damage and are a serious health and safety threat.

CITY ISSUES

We feel that Indian Hills is in excellent shape, both physically and financially. We will be doing our normal spring spruce up, clean up and planting in the park areas. Also, because of the relatively light winter (not much snow), we have not had to spend a great deal of our reserves on salting and snow removal.

During the winter we have replaced a number of signs within the City and will continue to do so on an as-needed basis.

If you see areas that you think need attention that we may have overlooked, please do not hesitate to call any City official.

  • Delinquent Taxes

    Delinquent tax letters will be sent to those who have not paid their taxes by March 1, 2007. The letter will include taxes due plus penalty and interest. If the total amount is not paid within a reasonable time, tax liens will be filed on these properties.

  • Finances

    Our Councilman Lyle Spalding, who handles the budget for our City is currently working on the budget of 2007-08. As he does this work our Finance Guru reminds us of the importance of our insurance premium fees to Indian Hills.

  • Insurance Premium Fees

    Each year at this time we mention the importance of informing your insurance companies that you live in the City of Indian Hills. The insurance premium fee is a charge that the insurance companies makes on all policies and is remitted to the city in which the resident resides. If you do not alert your insurance companies that you live in Indian Hills, these revenues go to Metro Government. Metro Government does not provide any of your services; the City of Indian Hills does so. It is important to know that roughly 10% of our income comes from this insurance premium fee and these are dollars that we do not have to charge in city taxes.

    The benefit of this item was highlighted just last month when the City received an insurance premium fee from one insurance company for a very large life insurance policy that they issued on one of our residents. The amount of the insurance premium fee that was paid to the City of Indian Hills from this one policy was greater than our entire insurance premium tax budget for the year. Since these were dollars that we had not budgeted, we immediately transferred the majority of them to our reserve for road maintenance. Had this person not indicated that he lives in Indian Hills, these dollars would have bypassed us and gone to Metro Government.

    SO, ATTACHED TO THIS NEWSLETTER YOU WILL FIND CONVENIENT STICKERS THAT YOU CAN SEND TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANIES WHEN YOU PAY YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

    [Click here for additional information on the premium tax and access to a label template in Microsoft Word.]

  • Garbage Collection

    If the number of calls we receive about garbage collection is any indication, we think that Rumpke is doing an excellent job for our City. We thank Councilmen Deming and Murphy and Councilwoman Bukowski for their dedicated job of working with Rumpke to maintain their good service to Indian Hills.

  • Yard Waste

    As we are sure you know, yard waste is by contract with individual residents and Rumpke; so if you do want to take advantage of this service and receive a large yard waste wheeled container, please call Rumpke directly at 568-3800. Tell them that you live in Indian Hills and that you would like to sign up for the yard waste service.

  • 2010 Census

    We were recently notified that preparations are underway for the 2010 census. We will have a great deal more information about this issue in future newsletters. Councilman Joel Deming will be directing this task for our City. It is very important for us to get a good count on the number of people in Indian Hills because some of our revenue sharing is on a per capita basis. More to follow.

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

There are four things that we want to bring to your attention that would and could affect our City.

  • A change in the Brownsboro Road Corridor as it affects the entrances to Indian Hills. We have talked about this for some time in the past, and if you would like to give your input into what is being discussed, Councilman Ken Fleming, our Metro Council representative, will hold a meeting on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 at Second Presbyterian Church. Discuss your concerns with the appropriate officials from Metro Public Works and the Kentucky Highway Department, as well as Indian Hills. A copy of Councilman Fleming's flyer is attached to this newsletter [Click here for flyer]. Please attend if you can.

  • There was a neighborhood meeting at Best Western Inn on February 21, which was attended by your mayor, several of your Councilmen and a number of concerned residents in the area who were notified. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about a proposed subdivision located in Indian Hills on approximately 11-1/2 acres at the corner of Blankenbaker Lane and Poplar Hill Road. The plat of this proposed subdivision shows fifteen lots. While this proposal does not necessitate a zoning change, we plan to monitor it and express our concerns about the density of the development.

  • Over the last several years, we have talked about the Brownsboro Inn at 4805 Brownsboro Road. We have been notified that there will be a meeting on Monday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Brownsboro Inn to discuss plans to raze the Brownsboro Inn and build a new Fresh Market Store and a small neighborhood retail center including an anticipated Panera Bread store. Several of your Councilmen and your Mayor will attend this meeting. Our concern about this development is the amount of traflic that will be generated by a new retail center. This area from a traffic standpoint is now almost impossible to negotiate when the Dunn Elementary School opens and closes. Any development will necessitate a zoning change and while this property is not in Indian Hills, we feel that we can have an influence on its outcome.

  • The Louisville Boat Club has ten acres for sale just west of the Boat Club and east of Caperton Swamp and Indian Hills Trail. This property is in our City and is in the flood plain. We have had no contact from any potential buyers or developers and will keep you informed of any action.
  • If you have any questions about the above four items, please do not hesitate to talk to one of your officials. We will keep you advised as we learn more about these situations.

    COPS CORNER
    By Col. Kelly W. Spratt, Chief of Police

    During the period of April - June 30 of 2006, the Indian Hills Police Department investigated 4 Burglaries, 3 Thefts and 8 Thefts from Autos. Criminals tend to take advantage of the warmer weather by looking for open doors on homes or valuable items in vehicles. For example, during this time of year, people may become complacent and leave items such as golf clubs in their cars overnight. Although some of the crimes listed above are not preventable by the victim, most (such as Thefts from Autos) can be prevented.

    Remember to:

    • Remove all valuables from your vehicles at night
    • Keep all house doors locked, even while working/playing outside
    • Report all suspicious activity or persons to the Indian Hills Police

    SPRING THINGS

    As always in the springtime, people think of additions to their homes, pools, fences and yard sales. All of these issues are covered by our municipal ordinances and require permits from the City of Indian Hills.

    In the case of building permits, Metro Government will not issue a permit unless one has been issued by the City of Indian Hills. The contact person in our City is our Public Works & Code Enforcement Official Jim Graven.

    Another date to keep in mind is Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 a.m., when Metro Councilman Ken Fleming invites you to fight litter in our neighborhood. If you would like to help in this project, please meet at the St. Matthews Fire House at 4400 Brownsboro Road. Coffee, donuts, gloves, bags and a free t-shirt will be provided. Please contact Councilman Ken Fleming at his office at 574-1107 to sign up. See you then!

    If spring is here, can Derby be far behind? Have a great one !!!!