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Ditch, delinquent garbage bills part of city talks of city discussion

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By Stephen Thomas

 HUNTERS HOLLOW - The members of the Hunters Hollow City Commission generally keep their politics clean. It’s the city itself that is of concern.

Mayor Linda Parker and city commissioners discussed delinquent garbage bills and ongoing sewage concerns during their April business meeting.

Commissioners continued to worry about ditches within city limits receiving runoff from Bullitt County Sanitation’s sewage treatment plants. Parker addressed concerns about the “summer smell” that sometimes wafts through the city.

Parker hoped to address continued concerns with Bullitt County Sanitation; However, she said she could never find out when the district held meetings.

The mayor was concerned about rocks being placed along the streamline in the city of Hillview that also flowed through Hunters Hollow. She feared the rocks could collect debris that could form a dam, backing up water in the city.

Commissioners also discussed removing large limbs from the waterway, keeping local children from playing on them.

On the topic of garbage collection, city clerk Ricki Daniels said about one in six city residences earned delinquent bills.

“There’s a two dollar per day fine (for late payment),” said Parker. “And if two payments are missed, you’ll receive a letter and you’ll go to court.”

Daniels said the city contracts with Rumpke, noting that mandated garbage collection was cheaper, cleaner and meant less trucks on city roadways.

“The bad part is when you can’t get a person to pay their bill,” she said. “It just goes on and on and on.”

Commissioner Bonnie Israel suggested incorporating garbage bills into city taxes. City attorney Mark Edison said taxes were not dischargeable but garbage bills were.

Some of the concern pertained to delinquent payments from rental properties. Edison suggested that the city could make homeowners pay tax on the rental properties for licensing fees based on a percentage of what is rented.

Parker expressed concerns that the problem would get worse and implored all citizens to maintain bill payments for continued collections.

“If you live in Hunters Hollow please pay your bill to Rumpke,” she said.

The next meeting of the Hunters Hollow City Commission takes place Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., at the Jewish Hospital Medical Center South meeting room. The public is invited to attend.