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

Let the rains begin! It has been quite a dry spell here in our area, and we are doing our best to maintain our spring plantings and hoping that Mother Nature will just cooperate. We have lost a few plants and will be replacing them in the near future.

COMING EVENTS

Two events to be held in our City that are ever popular with our residents are:

  • The Fourth of July Parade, which takes place on the morning of July 4 at 10:30, beginning at the corner of Tukaho and Merrick Roads in the Robinswood section of our City and ending on Ardsley Road

    The Drum & Fife Corps of the Sons of the American Revolution along with their Color Guard will be participating in the parade. The Rascals of Ragtime, a Dixieland band, will entertain us at the end of the parade, where we will have plenty of bottled water. Festivities should end by 11:45 a.m. COME ONE, COME ALL!!

    We would like to thank Councilman Joel Deming and residents Abby Jackson and Kelly Seiler for their hardworking dedication to this festival.

  • Octoberfest will be held on October 7 in the early afternoon in Sagamore Park. There will be much more information about this popular event in the fail newsletter, but please mark this date on your calendar. Last year we hosted over 400 residents, and we thank Jim Graven for his efforts in making this event memorable for all those who attend.

REMINDERS

It seems that in each newsletter we are reminding residents about the need for permits for construction projects that include additions, pools, fences, etc. We are currently in the process of revisiting some of our ordinances and are taking a good look at the deposit requirements for various construction projects. In some cases we have raised the deposit requirement. This has to do with the amount of damage that large trucks do to our roads as they make deliveries for various projects. These should be published on our website within the next few months (www.indianhills.org).

Another thing that we want to bring to your attention is the construction time limitations for work done by outside contractors. On Monday through Friday construction cannot begin before 7:30 a.m. and should end at 6:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No construction is permitted on Sunday. These limitations will be stringently enforced by our Police Department, and if you find these hours are violated in your area, please do not hesitate to call our Police at 893-2677.

INDIAN HILLS POLICE

And, speaking of Police, following you will find the COPS CORNER, discussing safety and crime prevention. We would also like to mention that at our June 21 Board meeting, the City instructed the Police to enforce rigidly the speed limit laws within our City. Speed has increased to a point where complaints are numerous, and, as your elected officials with the cooperation of Chief Kelly Spratt, we will strengthen this enforcement. This will include not just speeding, but observing our stop signs and other traffic regulations within Indian Hills.

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

SAFETY:

Although the Indian Hills Police Department monitors and enforces speeding and reckless driving in the city, we would like to remind walkers, runners, and bicyclists of some very important safety tips. When walking or running on the street, remember to travel single file, opposing oncoming traffic. This allows you to observe the vehicular traffic approaching you, giving you time to react. When bicycling, remember to travel single file, with the vehicle traffic flow. Bicyclists are expected to obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles.

CRIME ALERTS:

During May, the Indian Hills Police Department began investigating two burglaries in the city. The first occurred on Warrior Road on May 2nd at 8:30 am. The suspect (unknown white male in a white Pontiac) entered the home through an open garage door. The second occurred on Old Brownsboro Road on May 10th at 10:45 p.m. The suspect (unknown black male) forced entry by kicking in the front door.

If you would like to receive e-mail alerts of recent criminal activity in Indian Hills, you may send your e-mail address to police@ihpd.org with the "crime alert" in the subject line.

CRIME PREVENTION:

Please remember to keep all doors closed and locked when outside of your home. As shown in the first burglary above, most criminals will take advantage of their victim's complacency and comfort. This also holds true for other crimes, such as car break-ins, where people tend to leave valuable items in plain view in their vehicles.

BUDGET & TAX RATE

Also at the June 21 City Council meeting, we had the second reading of Ordinance #07-01, which is the budget for the City of Indian Hills from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

We also had the second reading of Ordinance #07-02, which establishes the tax rate for the City for the coming year.

Both of these ordinances are attached to the back of this newsletter, and will be published in the Courier-Journal. The highlights are that the tax rate will remain the same (and has been at the same rate ever since we merged our four cities together). We are operating with a balanced budget. Once again, we can see that two items (police protection and waste removal) account for almost 80% of our total expenses. Rather than go into the details of the budget in this newsletter, we ask that if you have any questions or comments about it, please do not hesitate to call either your Mayor Tom Eifier or Councilman Lyle Spalding. Incidentally, Councilman Spalding spends a great deal of time and effort putting together our budget on an annual basis and his financial expertise is certainly a great asset for our City.

Also, while taking about finances, our delinquent tax report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006 shows taxes still due on seven properties.. It is always amazing to us (or maybe it isn't), that there are the same names each year on the delinquent list. Once we go to file liens, these bills magically get paid.

F.Y.I.

  • Many of you know that a development has been proposed by one of our residents on a piece of property at the corner of Poplar Hill Road and Blankenbaker Lane. This property now known as Poplar Hill Place is a little over 11 acres. The original proposal was to put in 15 lots and has currently been revised to 12 buildable lots. This development does not require a zoning change; however, at the June meeting, the City voted unanimously to oppose this development based on the density and topography of the property.

    There have been two hearings concerning this project, and we will keep you posted as it progresses.

  • Metro Councilman Ken Fleming held a meeting on Monday, June 28 at Second Presbyterian Church to talk about changes proposed for our City entrances off of Brownsboro Road. The changes are being considered to make them safer for our residents.

    Councilman Fleming has put $25,000 from his budget into a study by Quest Engineering to give some recommendations of how these areas might be improved.

    The recommendations are still being considered; however, one that is of particularly interest to us is the entrance at Chippewa and Old Brownsboro Roads. For those who do not know, this corner is next to the Highland Cleaners, The suggestion for this intersection would be to disallow left turns off of Brownsboro Road into Chippewa or Old Brownsboro Road. Also, cross traffic would be prohibited and ingress and egress from both Chippewa and Old Brownsboro Roads to Brownsboro Road would be by right turns only. As a Council, we think this is a very reasonable proposal to prevent the recurrence of a number of very serious injuries and deaths that have been sustained at this particular intersection. This would necessitate the construction of an island on both the Indian Hills side and the Chippewa side to restrict traffic flow

    At the Chenoweth Lane intersection, it was suggested that turn lanes with delayed lighting installed on the Chenoweth Lane side would be of some help in moving traffic at this corner. There will be more discussion about this intersection.

    The intersection of Pennington and Brownsboro Road also will change somewhat. There were several ideas presented, but no final decision has been made.

    We will keep you updated on these possible changes.

  • In the Spring Newsletter we mentioned the redevelopment of the Brownsboro Inn property and the 10 acres for sale just west of the Louisville Boat Club. We have not received any new information about either of these projects.
  • Our congratulations to the Indian Hills-Cherokee Neighborhood Connection celebrating its 50th anniversary.

    Below are some of the comments by Debbe Dedman concerning this Neighborhood Connection.

    "The Indian Hills-Cherokee Neighborhood Connection celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a luncheon at Austin's restaurant on Thursday, May 10th. The NC was formerly known as The Perennial Garden Club and was founded on March 18, 1957. The first formal meeting was held a week later at the home of Mrs. Charles Wheeler, 4410 Comanche Trail. Thus began a long history of friendship, laughter, meetings and parties. An attendee at the luncheon who was one of the early members, explained the reason for the name "Perennial Garden Club" this way: `Perennial means ever blooming and re-blooming which meant to us that it required no care and no work. That's what we wanted,' she said with a laugh. The photo albums and scrapbooks prove that there has been lots of fun and fellowship amongst this group - imaginative picnics with themes such as Bavarian Beer Fest, Indian Hills Cherokee Olympics, a Plantation Party, Hawaiian Feast, La Dolce Vita, Gay Paree, etc. The group also had monthly meetings until about 2000. The name was changed in 1998 to The Neighborhood Connection so that residents would know the group was about friendship and not gardening. Each new resident who moves into this section on Indian Hills (Locust Hill is included) receives a welcome visit, an introduction to the Neighborhood Connection and a Directory of the Cherokee Section residents.

    The NC currently has social times for members which includes picnics, Ladies Night Out, cocktail parties, Halloween Festivals, Easter Egg Hunts, Friday Family Happy Hours. Annual dues are $10.00."

    HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!!!