Following is the text from the Winter, 2005, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:

Happy Holidays (politically correct)!!! All of us on the Council Board of Indian Hills want to take this opportunity to wish each of you the very best for this happy season of the year.

Here we are at the end of the year once again, and there are a number of happenings in your City that we want to bring to your attention.


We have a change on our Board to report to you. A new Board member was sworn into office during the November City Meeting. He is completing the remaining term of Joyce St. Clair, who has resigned. Please join us in welcoming Joel F. Deming as your new Councilman. Joel is a retired CPA from the accounting firm that he helped found of Deming, Malone, Livesay and Ostroff, better known as DMILO. Joel is a graduate of UK and he and his wife Dee have lived at 2208 Merrick Road (in the Robinswood area of Indian Hills) for the last twelve years.

Joel has been active in the community and for many years has donated his time helping with the finances of DePaul School. He certainly brings lots of expertise to us and will be a valuable member of our Board.


It is only fitting that we revisit Octoberfest since this was undoubtedly the biggest and best in our history. We had a number of good things going for us on Octoberfest day, one of which was the beautiful weather. Second were the estimated 450 people who had the opportunity to visit old neighbors and to meet new ones. Third, many more activities were available for our young people, including the pony rides, and, fourth, not only did we have representatives from our St. Matthews and Harrods Creek fire districts with their outstanding equipment, but also we had the opportunity to enjoy the vintage fire trucks brought by their volunteer owners.

We extend our gratitude to the members of your Board who worked very hard to make this Octoberfest a memorable event. A special thanks to Public Works Chairman Jim Graven and his wife Jane, to our City Clerk Betty Guelich and to all of the Council members who worked on this festive occasion.


We are sure by now that you are aware that the yard waste collection ended on the last Tuesday on November and will resume on the first Tuesday in March, 2006. For those of you who have live Christmas trees, there will be a Rumpke pickup on January 10. That will be the last day for the trees to be collected. Be sure to mark that date on your calendar, and put trees at the curb.

The Rumpke Holiday Schedule for 2006 is attached to this letter in order to eliminate any confusion about collection.


Your City Council meeting dates for 2006 are also attached to this letter. The meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Louisville Boat Club. If for any reason any of these dates are changed, which is a rarity, they will be published in the Neighborhood Section of the Courier-Journal on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Obviously these are open meetings, and everyone is invited to attend.


The City tax bills were mailed in early October, and, in order to receive the discount on your tax bill, it needs to be paid be January I, 2006. Also, as we have mentioned in the past, the tax bills were mailed to the address on record of the PVA; if someone other than yourself pays the bill, it is your responsibility to forward it to that party.


At December's Council Board meeting, we will receive our annual audit reports from our accountants Cotton & Allen. The preview that we have received shows that we will once again receive an unqualified opinion and that we are definitely in good financial condition. Once the City Council approves the audit, it will be published in the Courier- Journal's Neighborhood Section, probably sometime in the last two weeks of December, 2005.

As we have said before, we want to repeat our appreciation to Councilman Lyle Spalding for the outstanding job he does in overseeing the business affairs of the City. Lyle is one of those unique people who crosses every T and dots every I, and we are fortunate to have him as one of our Council members.


While most of us do not like to think about snow removal, the probability is that we will need it before too long! For the newcomers to the City, it is important to be aware that basically the Police Officers (who are on our roads 24/7) have the responsibility to call out the snow removal crew when it is needed. As they travel through our city with our numerous hills (which incidentally have first priority), they know when the equipment is needed, whether it is 3:00 in the afternoon or 3:00 in the morning.

Please remember that cars parked on the street, which sometimes cannot be helped when snow is forecast, do hamper our snow removal process.


Following is the report of Chief Kelly Spratt, and we want to say a few words about our Police Department. We are very fortunate to have our police chief who is a real credit to our community, and who does a great job of fiscally managing the Department.

When you look at our audit report, which will be published shortly, you will see that our Police services cost us as taxpayers about 50% of what we pay the City of Indian Hills in taxes. We will strongly agree that this is money well spent and our crime record in the City certainly verifies this. Our special thanks to these officers who do such a great job for all of us; if you have the opportunity as you see them out there driving through the City, please thank them for the service that they are providing for us.

By Col. Kelly W. Spratt, Chief of Police

Crime Prevention Tips: With the Holidays already upon us, I want to remind everyone that this is also the season for which some thieves wait all year. Indian Hills has, in years past, experienced residential burglaries in which the burglar targeted obviously unoccupied homes during the early evening hours. Remember to use timers for interior and exterior lights for your home while you are out shopping or celebrating. Remember to lock all your doors and set your alarm system before leaving home. And last, remember to immediately report any suspicious activity to the Indian Hills Police Department.


Just to keep you posted on two items that we seem to discuss in every newsletter:

  • The Brownsboro Inn property at Rudy Lane and US42 - we still have not heard of any development at this location and the area on the other side of Brownsboro Road and Rudy Lane where the two houses have been razed - there has been no more development as of this date.
  • At our last Council Board meeting, we approved the plans for the remodeling and construction of the National City Bank that is within our City at Chenoweth Lane and Old Brownsboro Road. National City will upgrade their portion of the center and move the drive-thru facility from the south side of the building to the west side of the building. Hopefully, this action will encourage the owners of the center to do some additional upgrading as well.


Again this year, the Winding Falls Section of Indian Hills will sponsor a contest for those who decorate their homes for the holidays. Council members Marie Bukowski and Bob Murphy will drive throughout this area and view each home. The judging will be done during the evening of Thursday, December 15, between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. 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 each of you who choose to participate.


Attachment: Waste Collection Schedule


HOLIDAYS. Rumpke observes six holidays a year for residential customers. If one of your collection days falls on or after an observed holiday during that week, i. e., Monday through Friday, your collection day for that week will be postponed one day. If a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, it does not affect the collection schedule. The following are the holidays for 2006.

NEW YEAR'S DAY, SUNDAY JANUARY 1, 2006. Rumpke will provide scheduled collections during the week following New Year's Day. Since the holiday is on Sunday, your collection schedule will not change.

MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY MAY 29, 2006. There will be no collections on Memorial Day, May 29. Rumpke will begin service for the week on Tuesday, May 30 by servicing those routes regularly serviced on Monday: All service for this week will be postponed by one day.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, TUESDAY JULY 4, 2006. There will be no collections on Independence Day, July 4. Rumpke will have regularly scheduled service on Monday, July 3. On July 4 there will be no service, thus customers who are regularly scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will receive service one day later than usual.

LABOR DAY, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2006. There will be no collections on Labor Day, September 4. As above on Memorial Day and Independence Day, all services for this week will be postponed by one day.

THANKSGIVING DAY, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2006. Rumpke will provide regularly scheduled services on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 20, 21, and 22. There will be no collections on Thursday, November 23. Thursday routes will be serviced on Friday, November 24 and Friday routes will be serviced on Saturday, November 25.

CHRISTMAS DAY, MONDAY DECEMBER 25, 2006. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, December 25. As above on Memorial Day or Labor Day, all services for this week will be postponed by one day.

November 1, 2005

Attachment: Meeting Schedule

JANUARY 19, 2006
FEBRUARY 16, 2006
MARCH 16, 2006
APRIL 20, 2006
MAY 18, 2006
JUNE 15, 2006
JULY 20, 2006
AUGUST 17, 2006
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006
OCTOBER 19, 2006
NOVEMBER 16, 2006
DECEMBER 21, 2006