We will have the second reading of our Tax and Budget Ordinances at our June meeting. The tax rate will remain the same as last year and we do have a balanced budget with adequate surplus to handle any surprises that might arise.
Once we have the final approval, the Budget will be posted on our website. Councilmen Lyle Spalding and Chip Hancock head this committee and of course thanks to them and the great input of our Treasure Robin Roberts in preparing the numbers.
The City Council agreed to extend our garbage contract for another year. We have been most pleased with the work of Eco-Tech and find them to be extremely responsive to our needs and quick to respond to any problems that appear, but these have been few in number. Thanks to Councilman Joe Deming who heads this Committee.
In a city of our size, there are always building projects in the works. Our Public Works Director, Jim Graven, is usually busy but especially at this time of year. There are a number of City projects happening, such as more paving and improving our entrances, also changes and remodeling of houses in our city. If you contemplate any changes to your property, remember that a permit is needed. This would include additions, pools, and fencing etc. so please call Jim.
- Metro/LG&E Franchise Fee
Much discussion about the new Metro Tax. For your information residents of our City and the other small cities are NOT subject to the tax.
- Deer Issue
As I'm sure you are aware the deer population in Jefferson County seems to have exploded. At a recent Council meeting we had several residents ask what could be done in our City. This is a very difficult issue and there is no quick fix. We as a Board formed a Committee of Councilmen Chip Hancock, David Kraft, and Mayor Eifler to look into this problem. The following is a report by Chip Hancock of our findings and some suggestions:
Indian Hills Committee to Review the Cities Increased Deer Population
Tuesday April 29, 2014
On Tuesday April 29th, Mayor Eifler, David Kraft and Chip Hancock met with Jason Nally who is the Private Lands Biologist with Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. We discussed our deer population with Jason and he is well aware of the overpopulation in our area as well as Anchorage, Glenview and Prospect. This has become a serious problem not just in our community, but with other states as well. Jason believes that the deer devastation to home owner's vegetation this past year was due to the long cold winter; deer were eating plants they normally won't eat such as taxis. We discussed several initiatives that might be possible to thin out the herd such as:
o Trapping and relocating
o Darting with a contraceptive
o Bow hunting in a controlled area
The first two options are not feasible because of cost, but a controlled bow hunt is possible if we have an area that we can contain the deer, and not expose residents for safety reasons.
Trapping and relocating requires heavy netting, baiting, and darting in order to catch and sedate the deer. Jason advised that this option could cost as high as $600 - $800 per deer, and relocating a deer creates stress to the animal because they don't know the area and can't find enough food and water to survive.
Darting with a contraceptive is also very expensive and requires the same deer to have at least two rounds of injections to be successful. This option really only works when deer are in contained area, such as an island.
Bow hunting is an option, but it would have to be in a specific area that is large enough to track the deer after it has been shot. This option would require an experienced bow hunter that would hunt a baited field at specific time of the day. We have residents that either hate the deer or who love them. Either way, any decision we make will be unpopular with one side. The worst scenario is to have a deer that's been shot, run and die in a resident's yard. This would require prior approval from the resident to get permission to enter the yard to remove the dead deer; this would be a very unpopular conversation if the resident has young children and happens to like the deer in the neighborhood.
In conclusion, Jason Nally had no conclusive answer for us, other than educating our residents to not feed the deer or set out salt blocks. Residents can purchase sprays such as "Deer Be Gone" that can be purchased at Lowes or any home store to spray around plants. Jason suggested that the City might propose a small hunt to experienced bow hunters, in a baited area that is far from resident's homes; Jason suggested the fall to be the best time to do it if approved. The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife would issue any required permits free of charge and that his agency would be happy to help supervise the hunt if needed. The City of Indian Hills will have to give this option some serious consideration in order to eliminate any risk to the City and its residents.
Thanks to Chip Hancock for this report.
- Rudy Lane Fountain
We have previously addressed the Rudy Lane Fountain. While it still looks fairly good, because of the plantings each year, it is worn out and the plumbing and electrical are shot. In the next few weeks this Fountain will be razed and a new entrance installed. We have been working with a resident architect who is designing our new look for this corner. I am sure that you will be pleased with the results.
- Cops Corner
Following is the report from our Police Chief Kelly Spratt.
By Chief Kelly W. Spratt
Crime Alert E-mail System
The Department's crime alert system continues to grow and be a success. This system allows us to share vital crime information with our subscribers and has led to several suspects being identified and charged. To date, we have 968 subscribers and I would like to see that number increase regularly. By participating in this program, you are not only helping to keep crime down in Indian Hills, but also county-wide. Offenders who target our city also target most of eastern Jefferson County. If you haven't subscribed, please do so by going to our website (www.ihpd.org) and clicking on the "Crime Alert" tab.
Brownsboro Rd & Old Brownsboro Rd
For the past couple of years, left hand turns have been prohibited at the above intersection, yet we continue to see residents and non-residents make unsafe left turns as they turn left off Old Brownsboro Road, near the Highland Cleaners. Please remember that left hand turns have been banned there to prevent serious traffic collision, which we did,have several (including one fatality), prior to these recent changes. We will continue to monitor this intersection and cite the violators. As a side note, the fines and penalties for making this left hand turn total $154.
Year-To-Date Crime Comparison
HAVE A GREAT SAFE SUMMER!