City of Hunters Hollow secures police patrol for city

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By Stephen Thomas

 HUNTERS HOLLOW - The long arm of the law will finally flex its muscles again in the city of Hunters Hollow.

The city commission worked out a contract with the city of Pioneer Village, hiring officer Adam Wheeler to patrol Hunters Hollow streets.

Mayor Linda Parker has worked on the situation a long time. The city has been without the extra patrol since the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office announced that their police could no longer use department cars for the extra duty.

At that point the city lost Deputy Carl Trent, who aided the city for over a decade.

Parker informed the council at previous meetings that Sheriff David Greenwell told her the ruling on patrol cars had since been reversed, though Trent was no longer available due to a job change.

In recent months Parker has not received further word from Greenwell on a potential replacement. She next went to the Hillview Police Department.

According to Parker, HPD chief Glenn Caple said there were multiple officers interested in the additional work. A problem resulted in being fair to all of them, meaning Hunters Hollow would have to technically agree to a contract with all of them and offer equal time to each.

In the past month Parker approached Pioneer Village mayor Gary Hatcher of the situation. A deal with Wheeler was reached.

Hunters Hollow will pay Wheeler $20 per hour, along with $30 per month for gas. Both Wheeler and the city would have to receive a 30-day notice for either to discontinue the agreement.

Parker said she was relieved, citing a need to control city speeders for the safety of all residents, especially small children.

“I’d feel guilty if something happened and I didn’t do what I could to prevent it,” Parker said. “It’s like a racetrack. They don’t even slow down now at the stop sign. This is getting to the ridiculous point. Let’s just hope this works.”

In other business:

-The commission approved new city ad valorem tax rate ordinances without any increase.

City attorney Mark Edison said last year’s real property tax rate was established at 10.57 cents per $100 of property. Due to a decrease in assessments, a compensating rate to collect a similar tax amount would be raised to 10.59.

However, the maximum real property rate the city would be allowed to implement was 10.57. The council agreed to leave that number the same.

Personal property and public service tax rates were required by law to be set at the same level. Last year’s rates were set at 10.5 cents per $100.

The council agreed to leave those rates at the same level for this year as well.

- The council is currently looking into bringing the city into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as required by 2015.

Parker said city phones would need to be upgraded to assist the hearing impaired. She contacted a phone company, who informed her that a TTD hearing service notification appeared in the front of phone books.

The city planned to change their message service, including a TTD reminder at the beginning of their messages.

Commissioner Philip Price said he spoke with a computer tech who could upgrade the city’s website for vision-impaired visitors.

The update would come at a cost of about $100 to the city, Price said.

- Commissioners discussed concerns about recent fireworks use within the city limits.

Edison said the city could create an ordinance to regulate fireworks use as long as there was no conflict with a state ordinance.

*The annual north end storm water stream walk was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at the Hillview Community Center. A rain date was scheduled for the following Saturday.

- The next meeting of the Hunters Hollow City Commission takes place Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Jewish Hospital Medical Center South meeting room. 

The public is invited to attend.