Following is the text from the Summer, 2004, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

WELCOME TO OUR NEW COUNCILPERSON

You may or may not know that we have had a vacancy on our City Board for a few months due to Jim Graven's move from the City of Indian Hills to the City of Windy Hills. We are pleased to announce our new Councilperson Joyce S. Duckwall. Joyce lives on Choctaw Road in the Cherokee Section of our city, where she has lived with her husband Paul since 1976. They have one son, John Paul, and two grandchildren.

She previously served as Commissioner of the City of Indian Hills Cherokee from 1986 to 1999 (before merger). During her tenure there were many changes in Indian Hills Cherokee such as the landscaping of park areas, the annexation of Locust Hill and the annexation of ten houses along Blankenbaker Lane. She also published a newsletter for Cherokee called "Smoke Signals." She served on the Board of the Perennial Garden Club in several positions and as president from 1986-88. In 1988 the Garden Club became the "Neighborhood Connection" to focus on friendship of the neighborhood and she served as president of that club in 2001-2002. At the present time she still takes responsibility for keeping the Cherokee Section directory up to date and publishing it each two years.

In her resume presented to Indian Hills, Joyce states that she and her husband Paul have been very fortunate to live in this area for the past 28 years with wonderful friends and neighbors and that she feels honored to serve on the present Council Board of the merged City of Indian Hills.

We feel that Joyce Duckwall is a great asset to our Board.

NOTE: An updated roster of your City Officials is attached to this newsletter (Click Council or Personnel).

TWO IMPORTANT DATES

July 5, 2004 Independence Day Celebrated

The popular 15th annual 4th of July Parade in the Robinswood Section of our City will be held this year on Monday, July 5. It will start at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Tuckaho and Merrick Roads, and will end on Ardsley Road, which is a cul de sac. Because of the heat of past years, the parade route has been shortened this year. Please note that this is a rain or shine event.

The walking parade goes down Merrick Road, turns right on Hempstead Road and right onto Ardsley Road, the cul de sac. You are welcome and encouraged to decorate yourself, your children, their bicycles, red wagons, baby strollers., etc. You are even welcome to walk along with your dogs (leashed, of course.)

Joining us in the parade will be the Drum and Fife Group of the Sons of the American Revolution, along with their own color guard. Also there will be a truck from the St. Matthews Fire District, our own City of Indian Hills police vehicles, etc. At the parade's end, we will have plenty of bottled water and you can linger awhile to enjoy the music of the Rascals of Ragtime Dixieland Band, who will entertain us with patriotic renditions. The Sons of the American Revolution will fire their muskets in honor of the day.

Festivities should be over at 11:45.

Please plan to join your neighbors on Monday, July 5; it is smalltown America at its best!

October 10, 2004 - Octoberfest

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 10, 2004, 1:00-3:00 in Sagamore Park, rain or shine. This is a preliminary notice of the 20th annual Octoberlest for all residents of Indian Hills. We will have details in our Fall Newsletter. In September, but please, reserve this date. There will be plenty of food and drink for everyone and activities for the children.

CITY OF INDIAN HILLS BUDGET

At our June 17 Council meeting, we had the final reading of the budget Ordinance 04-04 for the fiscal year July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005, a copy of which is attached (click here). Also attached (click here) is the Ordinance 04-05, designating the tax rate for that fiscal year. The tax rate and discount are the same as they were for the 2003-04 tax year. There are several items we would like to bring to your attention.

The police protection represents roughly 50% of our budget. If you have read any of the recent newspaper articles about the change in Metro Government's Police Force, you will realize that as an area the east end is shortchanged on police protection and the response time is considerable. As a Board, we feel very strongly that the City of Indian Hills has the best police protection in Jefferson County. And our statistics verify this.

The other big expense item in our budget is our waste removal, and this number approaches 28% of our budget.

The remaining 22% of our budget covers other items in the city including landscaping, utilities, professional fees (audit and legal), insurance policies, postage, administrative expenses, etc.

We continue to mention the value of the insurance premium fees in our budget. Last year it represented about 10% of our total income. This year it is 10.7% of our income. You have done a great job of notifying your insurance companies to pay this tax to the City of Indian Hills rather than let it go to the default option of Metro Louisville. This 10.7% coming from the insurance premium fee is money that does not have to come out of our pockets as property tax.

We encourage our new residents to send the following information to your insurance companies with your payments:

REMIT MUNICIPAL PREMIUM TAX TO
CITY OF INDIAN HILLS
P.O. BOX 6289
LOUISVILLE, KY 40206-0289

Speaking of property taxes, the Indian Hills tax bills for 2004-05 will be mailed in October, 2004, and we will have another reminder in our fall newsletter.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Indian Hills and your City Council are very fortunate to have Councilman Lyle Spalding, who most ably prepares the finances for the Board as well as the budget. He does this job with great skill and professionalism, and we are most appreciative of his dedicated services.

COPS CORNER By Chief Kelly Spratt

CRIME ALERT
The Department is currently investigating two residential burglaries that occurred during the last month (one in the Country Club Section, one in the Cherokee Section). It is important to note that in one of the burglaries, the resident had been away on vacation and discovered the burglary on their return. The resident had not requested a house watch from the Indian Hills Police Department. Please report any suspicious persons or activity immediately, by calling 893-2677 or 911. Please request a house watch whenever going out of town, leaving your home unattended. House watch requests may be made by calling the Administrative line at 893-1375.

CRIME PREVENTION
The Department has responded to 8 thefts from autos since the beginning of the year. This is compared to only 7 during all of 2003. The thieves apparently focused on such items as laptop computers, golf clubs, cash, and checkbooks. Please remember that as long as such high-value items are left in cars parked outside, the thieves will continue to return. Do not set yourself up to be a victim; criminals in society are waiting for the invitation.

WASTE REMOVAL

All collections by Rumpke Sanitation occur on Tuesday, whether it be garbage, yard waste or recycling. However, when a legal holiday falls on a Monday (Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.), collection in that week will be on Wednesday. This year the 4th of July falls on Sunday and will be celebrated on Monday, July 5, however, our collection date will remain on Tuesday..

As a Council we are pleased with Rumpke's services. They reminded us that yard waste bundles of sticks and branches cannot be longer than 4 feet in length or heavier than 70 pounds.

IMPORTANT CONCERNS

In the recent past we have had several major fires in our city. We want to bring two items to your attention in this regard.

The first is aluminum wiring. In the 70s, especially around the time of the 1974 tornado, aluminum wiring was allowed to be used in residential construction. One of the recent fires in our city was a house that was wired with aluminum wiring. Some trouble signs of which you should be aware are:

  • Warm to the touch - face plates on outlets or switches
  • Flickering lights
  • Circuits that do not work
  • The smell of burning plastic at outlets or switches

On April 28, 1974, in another community, two people died in a home fire. Fire officials determined that the fire was caused by a faulty aluminum wire connection at an outlet. Since that tragic accident, U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and other government officials investigated numerous complaints from homeowners about aluminum wiring. The Commission found that homes wired with aluminum wire before 1972 are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach "fire hazard conditions" than homes wired with copper.

If you notice any trouble signs, have a qualified electrician determine whether the problem is caused by deteriorating connections to aluminum wiring. By the way, if you look at wiring in unfinished areas of your home and it has AL on the cable, that indicates aluminum wiring.

The other item is an electric panel made by Federal Pacific Company. Federal Pacific Electric was a major manufacturer of electric panels and circuit boxes from the early 1950s through the early 1980s. One residential breaker and panel was called the Stab-loc. Millions of these panels and breakers are installed across the U.S. Apparently the Stab-loc breakers did not fully comply with the Underwriters Lab (UL) requirements. You may want to take a look at your electrical box and see whether it is a Federal Pacific Stab-loc Panel. If so, ask your electrician to investigate.

Have a happy and safe summer!