Can you believe that 2009 is almost over? What a fast year it was for
the City of Indian Hills with our major storm and massive cleanup.
We think we are happy that `09 is reaching its end, and look forward
to a less stressful 2010. Your Mayor and City Council wish all of you
a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous and Health-filled New
Our 25th Octoberfest was undoubtedly the most successful that
we have ever had! The weather cooperated, the attendance was
at record, the food was great and camaraderie does not get any
better. For those of you who did not attend and for those who
DID attend, please put the 2010 Octoberfest on your calendar
for Sunday, October 3, the first Sunday of October. This is a
primary reminder; naturally much more will be sent to you
nearer the event.
Our Public Works Director Jim Graven did an outstanding job
of making this festivity a diversified place to be on the first
Sunday of October. Our only disappointment was that the hot
air balloon did not make it.
Also we extend thanks to our City Clerk Betty Guelich for
arranging the food with our neighbor Doll's Market.
And while we are thanking workers, our gratitude is extended
to the many City Board members who helped to make this
gathering so successful.
Wilson & Muir Bank on St. Matthews Avenue sponsored this
Citywide paper shredding and it was held on the first Saturday
of October. Our residents really like being able to destroy
important papers with a great degree of security. We thank
Wilson & Muir for this opportunity, and hope we will be able
to do this again next year.
- Tax Bills
Tax bills were mailed in mid-October, and in order to receive
the discount, are due by December 31, 2009. As a matter of
interest, our City has only one delinquent bill from past years,
and we have filed a lien and are working to collect it.
Financially we are in great shape. Our Financial Birddog,
Councilman Lyle Spalding, keeps his thumb on expenditures.
We have Rainy Day Funds for those unexpected happenings,
i.e., the recent storm, which, incidentally, we were very
fortunate to have totally covered by FEMA and the
Commonwealth of Kentucky.
One item that always is uncertain each year and for which it is
difficult to budget is snow removal. So, if we have a bad
winter, we will have to dip into the Rainy Day Funds, but that
is their purpose.
- Garbage Collection
We now have about six months under our belts with our new
Eco-Tech Environmental Services. We have been most
pleased with this transition, not just from the standpoint of
budget, but also from the responsiveness to the few complaints
that we have had. As you know, we have once a week garbage
pickup in the rear of your property and once a week recycling.
We pay extra to have the refuse containers pickup up at the
back of your house, Some of our residents contract for yard
waste pickup. All of these services take place on Wednesday
of each week unless there is a holiday. RESIDENTS ARE
REMINDED TO BE CONSIDERATE OF NEIGHIBORS
AND OF TIlE CITY'S APPEARANCE BY NOT
PLACING TRASH ITEMS OR YARD WASTE FOR
PICKUP BEFORE TUESDAY EVENING.
By the way, the yard waste contract runs from March 1 to
December 31, so it will terminate at the end of December and
begin again next March.
A copy of Eco-Tech's Holiday Schedule is attached to this
As you are probably aware, 2010 is the year of our National
Census. We are well prepared for the census in our City, and
our Councilman Joel (Count the Houses) Deming is in charge.
There are 1,172 residences in Indian Hills. Both Joel and the
Census Bureau agree on this. It is important that we have an
accurate count on the census, because it does affect some of the
tax dollars that we receive.
- Fresh Market
As we are sure you are aware, the Fresh Market construction
has made much progress since our last newsletter. The site is
really taking shape and we think it will be a great addition to
the corner of Rudy Lane and Brownsboro Rd. Rudy Lane has
been reconfigured to handle the increased traffic, which is one
of our major concerns. As the Market grows and the other
stores open, we will continue to monitor this situation,
- Azalea Property
At this point we know nothing new about this project. It is our
understanding that Rite-Aid still wants to move into this
LG&E continues to do the tree trimming within our City. While we do
not like losing trees, we agree that in some cases it is a vast improve-
ment. Hopefully this process will go a long way to improve our
electric utility service.
Also, LG&E is in the City replacing some gas meters at various
homes. They can do this only if the resident is at home. They will
properly identify themselves when they ask to come into the house to
check your furnace and water heater after the meter replacement.
MSD has been doing some much-needed very small drainage projects
in our City. One of the jobs on which they will be working shortly is
the removal of the sewer treatment plant at the end of Canoe Lane and
which is on property owned by Indian Hills; this will continue on
down and across Arrowhead Road. This work may cause some traffic
inconvenience for some of the lower Arrowhead and Calumet
residents, but should not take a great deal of time.
Below our Police Chief Kelly Spratt provides some very useful
information for all of us, young and old, especially to those with
children and grandchildren. Please pay particular attention to his
By Chief Kelly Spratt
The Indian Hills Police Department patrols the city 24 hours a day,
365 days a year. These patrols have a significant impact on reducing
crimes such as burglaries and car break-ins. Despite our efforts, no
amount of patrols can reduce other crimes that can involve the
perpetrator being hundreds or thousands of miles away from Indian
Hills. These crimes include identity theft, credit card fraud, and cyber
crimes committed by child sexual predators. This "Cops Corner" will
address the topic of online safety for your family.
Not only do most homes have computers, but most people have cell
phones ... several that have internet capabilities. These conveniences
for you can also be conveniences for thieves and predators. Below are
some tips to keep your family safe in this technologically fast-paced
- Place computer in common area of your home
- Keep screen names anonymous
- Regularly access your child's e-mail
- Control your child's access to chat rooms
- Tel! your children never to send a photo of themselves without your permission
- Encourage your child to tell you of activity or behavior that seems weird to them
- Check the following websites for more information
- National Crime Prevention Council
- Kentucky Attorney General
- Kentucky Sex Offender Registry
- Wired Safety
Emergency Contact Form & Crime Alert E-Mails
Remember, you can always update and/or submit your emergency
contact information by visiting our website at http://www.ihpd.org and
clicking on the "Forms" tab. You can also enroll in our crime alert e-
mail program by clicking on the "Crime Alert" tab.
INDIAN HILLS OFFICIALS & CITY COUNCIL BOARD
Attached to this newsletter is your Council Board meeting schedule for
2010 arid the list of your City officials with their phone numbers and
their Board responsibilities.
However, the main contact for most of the items in which you would
be interested is our Public Works Director Jim Graven, who will then
address any issue with the proper Councilperson.
MAY 2010 BE A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR YOU ! ! ! !