Following is the text from the Winter, 2013, City of Indian Hills Newsletter:
GOODBYE TO 2013!!!|
A good year for our City financially, but not a good year from a social aspect. Both our Fourth of July Parade and our ever-popular Octoberfest were cancelled because of the weather. We have been fortunate over the years to have good weather for these two events. The Octoberfest has grown so large that it is impossible to plan an alternate site for the festivity. Once, many years ago, our alternate rain spot was Second Presbyterian Church. They were kind to permit us to use their facility, but after the building smelled of hamburgers for a month, we were not sure we would be welcome for another session.
Hopefully this winter will be kind to us and we won't have a great deal of snow, but as we write this newsletter, we have snow on the ground in Indian Hills.
Financially the City continues to be in excellent shape, and we operate within our approved budget. The big question for the City is, of course, weather. In the past few years we have not had to spend much money on snow removal or wind damage, and we hope this will continue in 2013-2014.
As we mentioned in our October newsletter, the tax bills were mailed in mid-October and qualify for the discount until January 1, 2014. Generally speaking, we received the majority of our tax bill payments between October 15, 2013 and January 1, 2014 to receive the discount of 12 1/2%.
As we discuss taxes, we should also mention that we spent nearly $400,000 of our reserve funds on paving this fall. We had three bidders on the projects, and Louisville Paving Company was the successful low bidder. We have worked with them before, and believe that they did an excellent job for us once again. It was decided that the pavers would "mill" the roads...in other words, to take off the old asphalt and thus not create potential drainage problems by raising the road surface. Next spring, as we do each year, we will revisit the road issue to see what our paving needs may be for the next fiscal year.
We have set the date for the very popular Indian Hills shredding event for our residents. In the past this was done on the first Saturday in October, which was the day before our annual Octoberfest. So now it has been moved to a new date and a new location. This event will take place on March 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and will be held by A+ Shred at the Republic Bank, 3726 Lexington Road across the street from the old Vogue Theater.
Also, Republic Bank will bring in Bluegrass E-Cycle to accept old small electrical equipment that you no longer want, including the following:
Republic Bank stepped forward through our Councilman Chip Hancock and offered to undertake this task when the previous sponsor decided not to participate this year. We are very grateful for their generosity.
Below you will find COPS CORNER which we include in every newsletter. We also want you to know that in a recent compliance audit by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet our Policy Department was found "in compliance." The purpose of this audit was to ensure that requirements to participate and receive funds from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund (KLEFPF) were being met and that the department was in compliance with Peace Officers Professional Standards (POPS) and Telecommunicator Professional Standards (TPS). We are proud of Chief Kelly Spratt and his officers.
CRIME ALERT SYSTEM
The Indian Hills Police Department currently has 844 subscribers to its email crime alert system. Since starting this program, we have had great success in sharing relevant crime information in a timely manner, thus resulting in offender apprehensions. The most recent case involved a residential burglary on Mockingbird Valley Road on November 15h. A vehicle was stolen during the burglary and a description of the vehicle was included in an email alert that was sent within hours of the burglary. Less than two hours after the alert, a subscriber called our department describing his observation of the vehicle in the area off Brownsboro Road and Chenoweth Lane, where the driver entered the Rite-Aid Pharmacy. Our investigating officers quickly obtained still photos of the suspect. Those photos were distributed through our email alert system, as well as with neighboring law enforcement agencies. After being identified through those emails, the suspect was interviewed and admitted to several burglaries, including the Mockingbird Valley Road and Poplar Hill Road burglaries in November. To date, two suspects have been charged and several thousands of dollars of property has been recovered.
Without the partnership between our department and the community we serve, these cases may still be open and the offenders would still be burglarizing other homes. I would like to thank all of our members and invite anyone who is not currently subscribed to visit our website at www.ihpd.org to enroll.