Following is the text from the Spring, 2008, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:
As we begin this newsletter, we seem to be reliving the rite of passage of the turkey buzzards in Indian Hills. Two years ago in this letter we shared similar information on these dreaded birds. Again for some reason their normal roosts have been disturbed and they have returned to our area, especially the Country Club section of our City.
These birds are a protected species; therefore, we cannot harm them nor would we want to do so. We can make the area where they roost uncomfortable for them, using pyrotechnic shots that cause them to disperse. We were told by the wildlife people that the birds will move on if we do this on a regular basis for 6 to 7 days, and that is the procedure we are now following. Our thanks to Jim Graven, our Public Works Director, for his vigilance in working to rid our City of these birds before spring arrives.
And, speaking of spring, it is the time in our City when we take a look at ourselves, making sure that we are trimmed, planted, mulched and do all of the other normal maintenance work that springtime brings. Our City property includes a number of park areas, islands, rights-of-way, etc., that we maintain to make sure that the City is aesthetically attractive for our residents and visitors.
We also ask that you residents do your part to make sure that your property is well maintained and does not create unattractive areas for you or your neighbors.
Two items that we would ask you to consider:
As we discuss maintenance, we also want to remind you that any construction, additions, fences, swimming pools all require a permit from the City of Indian Hills. New driveways and driveway resurfacing must be permitted as well. We have had recent problems in the City with driveway resurfacing where the addition of an inch or so of asphalt creates a drainage problem for the property owner or his neighbors. We work very closely with MSD on drainage issues in the City even though it is not our responsibility.
As of this writing, we have sent delinquent tax letters to those who have not paid their City taxes as of February 1, 2008. We currently have 32 tax delinquencies in our City, which is about average for each year. In most of the cases, the same residents were delinquent last year. Their payment now includes 10% penalty and interest.
The next step after the letter (even though the tax itself is a lien on the property) is to perfect that lien and ultimately go for foreclosure on the property.
Our crackerjack financial guru Councilman Lyle Spalding is currently working on the 2008-09 budget for the City of Indian Hills. He once again wants to remind you of the importance of the insurance premium fees that our City collects, which offsets approximately 10% of our budget. That means that as property owners, they are dollars that we do not have to pay in City taxes to balance the budget.
It is important when you receive your insurance bill that you check it to be sure that the community that receives the insurance premium fee is the City of Indian Hills. If it does not appear, be sure to let the insurance provider know that you live in the City of Indian Hills. The reason for this is that if your address does not show Indian Hills, the default option is that the money goes to Metro Government, who does not provide the services you receive.
We received our annual audit ending June 30, 2007, and once again we received an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of our City. We continue to operate on budget. We have a "rainy day fund" to meet unforeseen unbudgeted situations and we strive to maintain financial and aesthetic conditions of the City to the best of our ability.
We feel that our waste collection company, Rumpke of Kentucky, continues to do an excellent job for our City. Councilpersons Bukowski, Deming and Murphy work with Rumpke on a regular basis to ensure that their service to our City is the best possible.
The following is information provided to us recently by Rumpke and gives information on trash collection, recycling and yard waste. As you know, the City does not provide yard waste collection; it is an optional service between the property owners and Rumpke of Kentucky. The highlight of this information is that the yard waste collection for 2008 begins on March 1 8 and the final collection will be on December 9.
At our February City Council Meeting, we had the first reading of our updated ordinances; after we have had the second reading, these will be posted on our website, the address of which is on the front of this newsletter.
Speaking of our website, Councilman Joel Deming is going to be working more and more with this site and we are going to have more information such as the approved meeting minutes and anything pertinent to Indian Hills that might be of interest to residents.
The U.S. Postal Service has recently made available a brochure from the Consumer Response Center of the Federal Trade Commission concerning the ever-increasing problem of Identity theft. It is a publication well worth reading. It discusses the effects of theft on credit standing, the ability to receive medical care, the sale of your house or car, etc. - a lot of good information.
The brochure is available on line at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or you can write to FTC at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, H130, Washington DC 20580.
By Chief Kelly W. Spratt
We usually offer crime prevention tips to protect persons and property from "strangers" or someone that happens to pick your residence to commit their crime. This tip is to protect your valuables from invited persons to your home. Several of our residents use cleaning or maintenance services in their homes. When using such services, remember to hide or secure valuable items such as jewelry, wallets, checkbooks, and important documents. Recently, the Indian Hills Police Department investigated a theft that involved a cleaning service. While the offender had the freedom to roam the house to clean, he took that opportunity to remove some of the family's jewelry. Due to the quick attention of the victim, the suspect was charged and the property was recovered. This is not always the case. It is common for the Police Department to talk to theft victims that do not have a specific time frame that the theft occurred. While we may believe a cleaning service or repair company employee is involved, it is very difficult to prove; as well as recover the stolen property.
Once again, please remember to hide and secure your valuables, preferably in a safe or concealed lock box. It is also helpful to not store all your jewelry in the same location. If a thief happens upon one "stash", he or she may believe they have found all there is to find.
As always, if you notice something or someone suspicious, or have become the victim of a crime, please call our dispatch at 893-COPS (2677).
A MESSAGE FROM METRO COUNCILMAN KEN FLEMIING:
Each year Councilman Fleming provides a valuable service for our area of the County by holding a Fight Litter campaign with the Mockingbird Valley Preservation Alliance. It will be held in the Mockingbird Valley Road Corridor on Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. Residents can meet at the St. Matthews Fire House, 4400 Brownsboro Road. Coffee, doughnuts, gloves, bags and a free t-shirt will be provided. To sign up, contact Councilman Fleming at 574-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAVE A HAPPY SPRING!