Following is the text from the Winter, 2004, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:
Happy Holidays! It is difficult to believe that we are once again approaching the holidays and the end of a year.|
It has been a very busy year for your City Council members, especially with all of the storm damage and power failures that we experienced. All of us on the Board certainly want to take this time to wish you the best for this festive season of the year.
On October 10 we had the largest ever Octoberfest in our city. It was extremely well attended with over 400 of your friends and neighbors enjoying the food, the activities and the beautiful fall day. Thanks to all of you who made reservations for this event; as the attendance grows, it becomes more important to have an accurate account of residents attending so that we be properly prepared. A special thanks for the hard work done by your Board and the outstanding preparation done by City Clerk Betty Guelich and our Public Works Chairman Jim Graven and his wife Jane.
The unsightly yard signs are now gone and your City Council has been re-elected and looks forward to serving the needs of the city for another two-year term. All of the dedicated and talented incumbents have been returned to office, and their names and phone numbers are listed on the left side of this page of the newsletter. Our Board has a great deal of experience and history which are extremely helpful when dealing with issues that arise within our city.
As we are sure you know, the yard waste collection has ended for the current year and will resume the first Tuesday of March, 2005 and continue every Tuesday until the last Tuesday of November, 2005. The recycling of Christmas trees this season will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2005, which will be the only date they will be picked up. The trees must be carried to the curb for pickup.
Rumpke's holiday collection schedule for 2005 is attached to this newsletter so that there should be no confusion about dates of pickup. This is something that you may want to save and post in a convenience location so as to eliminate any uncertainty about pickup dates. You will notice that in some cases we are affected by the holidays and in others, we are not.
CITY TAX BILLS
Tax bills were mailed in early October. In order to receive the discount on your tax bill, it needs to be paid by January 1, 2005. After January 1, the gross amount of the taxes are due and after February 1, they are considered delinquent and will incur a 10% penalty plus 1-1/2% interest per month.
Please remember that all tax bills are mailed to the address on record at the PVA's office and YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE to forward them to any insurance or mortgage company that may make your payments for you.
Speaking of finances, we are enclosing a copy of the Mayor's letter, which was included in our annual audit report from Cotton and Allen. This covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. The city received an unqualified opinion, which is the best we can get, and we are definitely in good financial condition. A copy of the audit is available upon request. It is a lengthy document and the summation of the audit will be published in the Courier-Journal's Neighborhood Section probably the second or third week of December 2004.
A special thanks is due to Councilman Lyle Spalding, who is ever vigilant about the business affairs of the city so that we operate within our approved budget. Lyle is currently gathering information for next fiscal year's city budget, which will begin July 1, 2005.
The meeting dates for the year 2005 are attached to this newsletter. We always meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Louisville Boat Club. These are open meetings, and everyone is invited.
WINDING FALLS ANNUAL HOLIDAY DECORATION
Again this year, the Winding Falls Section of Indian Hills will sponsor a contest for those who decorate their homes for the holidays. Last year's winners have moved and will not be able to judge this year as is customary; therefore, Councilwoman Marie Bukowski and Councilman Bob Murphy will drive throughout the section and view each home carefully. The judging will be done during the evening of Thursday, December 16, between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Please be sure to have your lights on at that time. We are looking forward to seeing your ingenuity and creativity. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Good luck to those of you who choose to participate.
INDIAN HILLS POLICE
Just after we published our fall newsletter, our former Police Chief Rick Burkhardt died after a long bout with diabetes and other complications. Most of us who have lived in Indian Hills for a long time remember Rick, who served us for more than 25 years, as a very kind and gentle man, but a firm and forceful one when he needed to be. There are many Rick Burkhardt stories in our city that residents share from time to time. Some of these concern young people who have now grown to adulthood and who had the advantage of Rick's gentle discipline as young drivers. Your City Council, many of whom attended Rick's wake, has decided to do two things in his honor. First, there will be a lighted flagpole erected at the Indian Hills Police Station on River Road, and, second, the Police Station will be named after him.
I would like to announce that two experienced police officers have joined the Indian Hills Police Department since July. Donna Lowhorn began her law enforcement career in 1982. During her career, Donna has served with the Jefferson County Corrections and the Jefferson County and Louisville Police Departments. John Stivers began his law enforcement career in 1991. During his career, John has served with the Shelbyville and St. Matthews Police Departments. Both officers possess the dedication and professionalism shared by all officers of the Department. Please feel flee to welcome them if you see them during their patrols.
Hopefully we won't need snow removal this year (As children, we would NEVER have said this). The probability, of course, is that we WILL need snow removal, and this is a reminder that the hills in our city, which are numerous, will have first priority. The determination for plowing begins with our Police Department, who are on our roads 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are responsible for calling out the road crews when necessary and help establish the priorities that benefits residents best. We know that because of the number of hills in our city, cars are sometimes parked on the street. This does hamper our snow removal. When possible please park automobiles off the streets to facilitate snow removal efforts.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
MetroCall is the customer service line of the Mayor of Metro Louisville, which is set up to answer the citizens' questions or complaints. It is a general information line (e.g. You are a new resident and want to know - where do I get my new driver's license?)
MetroCall is available 24 hours-7 days per week. Metro Government personnel answers the phones daily 9-5 and MSD's call center takes the phone calls evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays as a service to Metro Louisville. (e.g. Do you know whom to call when traffic lights aren't working, a STOP sign is down or a vehicle is abandoned - MetroCall).
311 (MetroCall) is not programmed for cell phones and some residential phones, so a second number (574-5000) is available. The Greater Louisville Area phone book blue pages lists MetroCall for a number of services. Please take a few moments to become familiar with this list - it will save time when the need arises.
Attachment: Rumke's Collection Schedule
RESIDENTIAL HOLIDAYS 2005
NEW YEAR'S DAY, SATURDAY JANUARY 1, 2005. Rumpke will provide scheduled collections during the week proceeding New Year's Day. Since the holiday is on Saturday, your collection schedule will not change.
MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY MAY 30, 2005. There will be no collections on Memorial Day, May 30. Rumpke win begin service for the week on Tuesday, May 31 by servicing those routes regularly serviced on Monday: All service for this week win be postponed by one day.
INDEPENDENCE DAY, MONDAY JULY 4, 2005. There will be no collections on Independence Day, July 4. Rumpke will begin service for the week on Tuesday, July 5 by servicing those routes regularly serviced on Monday. All services for this week will be postponed by one day.
LABOR DAY, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2005. There will be no collections on Labor Day, September 5. As above on Memorial Day and Independence Day, all services for this week will be postponed by one day.
THANKSGIVING DAY, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2005. Rumpke will provide regularly scheduled services on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 21, 22, and 23. There will be no collections on Thursday, November 24. Thursday routes will be serviced on Friday, November 25 and Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, November 26.
CHRISTMAS DAY, SUNDAY DECEMBER 25, 2005. Since Christmas is on Sunday, the holiday does not affect our collection schedule for this week. Rumpke will provide regularly scheduled services Monday through Friday.
October 1, 2004
Attachment: Mayor's Letter from Annual Audit
City of Indian Hills, Kentucky
The managementís discussion and analysis is an element of the new reporting model adopted by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in their Statement No. 34. As this is the first year the City has implemented this model, certain comparative information with the previous year which is by design not included in this reporting model, will not be included in the analysis as permitted by OASB Statement No. 34 with respect to first year reporting.
Our auditors, Cotton and Allen, P.S.C. have once again issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements of our City.
The financial statements included in this report provides insight into the financial operations for the year ended June 30, 2004. Based upon the results of operations through June 30, 2004, the City's net assets had an increase of $55,299 and resulted in net assets of $1,010,275 at June 30, 2004. The City has no long term debt except capital leases on cars utilized by our police department. The largest expense for the City continued to be the police department which represented approximately 50% of our total expenses for the year ended June 30, 2004, as presented in the statement of activities.
In this time of ever increasing expenses, we are pleased that we have been able to hold the tax rate at .20 per $100 of assessed value for the last four years. We are also pleased to report that the City has operated within our approved budget.
As your elected representatives, we continue to closely monitor both the sources and uses of funds by the City. We are very proud of this City in which we live and take our jobs as your representatives seriously.
This report is designed to provide a general overview of the City's general financial accountability and status. Requests for further information can be directed to:
Mayor Thomas O. Eifler, Sr.
Attachment: Meeting Schedule