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Fox Chase dumps humps before bumps installed

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Pioneer Village police will run radar in Fox Chase

By Thomas Barr

 FOX CHASE - Even before the first speed hump was installed to slow down drivers, Fox Chase city officials ran into a roadblock.

The residents didn’t want speed humps.

And, after a standing room only crowd appeared armed with a petition, city officials listened.

Just a month after moving forward, members of the Fox Chase City Council voted 5-1 to not install the previously approved speed humps.

Phillip Puckett voted against not doing the speed humps and Wayne Muscar said the topic would be revisited if motorists don’t slow down.

As an alternative, mayor Bill Broughton has worked out a deal where Pioneer Village police would run radar two hours a week.

Before voting to approve the amended contract for radar work, residents let the councilmembers hear their concerns about the speed humps.

Kathy Wheeler said the petition included over 150 signatures against the planned speed humps on Sussex and Fox Chase Drive.

Comments on the petition included stating that the speed humps were: waste of time (14), cause vehicle damage (23) and “no way” (33).

She said that the Bullitt County sheriff’s department would help if the residents got license numbers of constant speeders.

Resident David Selby, who has also organized the city’s block watch program, said most residents of Fox Chase are abiding by the speed limits. He felt it was the occasional visitors who caused most of the problems.

However, Broughton said there are residents who are also speeding.

Councilman Owen Taylor said one resident suggested installing more stop signs.

Before the meeting, Broughton said he met with Pioneer Village mayor Gary Hatcher. Fox Chase has a contract for patrol from Pioneer Village police but running radar is not part of the agreement.

Before approving the contract, chief D.J. Reynolds said Pioneer Village ran radar during five days and wrote one citation.

Under terms of the contract, the city would pay $20 per hour for two hours a week of radar patrol. The time and days will vary.

Besides the radar patrol, Broughton said that if anyone who is part of the Block Watch program sees problems, they are also invited to contact the police.

The Fox Chase council unanimously approved the radar contract with Pioneer Village police.

Muscar said he was surprised so many people were upset with the installation of speed humps. He said there are a lot of people driving above the speed limits when he is leaving each morning for work.

Several residents complained that they didn’t know what was going on and were upset that the council moved forward so quickly on the speed hump decision.

City attorney Mark Edison said the speed hump solution has been discussed by several cities for the past 2-3 years.

“This was not a rash decision,” said Edison.

(The Pioneer News reported over a year ago about the speed hump discussions. Hunters Hollow has installed the speed humps and Pioneer Village recently discussed the issue on Shepherds Way near Little Flock.)

Edison said the councilmembers are encouraged to talk with residents between meetings but they can’t gather as a group to make a decision. The council can only meet on the second Tuesday of each month for business decisions, unless a special meeting is called.

Councilman Sonny Winburn said the speed hump issue had been mentioned and voted down on a couple of prior occasions. He hoped more people would come out to the regular meetings to keep informed.

Broughton agreed.

However, Wheeler thought a suggestion to not vote on anything the first night it was proposed sounded good. She pointed to a couple of resolutions that were approved and no one in the audience knew anything about it.

The mayor said he would have no problem working on more communications with the citizens prior to the meetings. E-mailing an agenda through the Block Watch network was discussed, although Broughton said that is often not completed until the day prior to the meeting.

In other business:

*A flu clinic will be held in partnership with Rite Aid on Sept. 30. It will be held for residents of Fox Chase, Pioneer Village and Hunters Hollow from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Becknell Hall.

The cost will be $25.89 and no credit cards would be accepted. Those on Medicare or insurance should bring proper paperwork.

*The annual Stream Walk program will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers, including local Boy Scouts, will spend the morning cleaning trash along streams and creeks in northern Bullitt County.

Volunteers are invited to participate. More details will be announced in The Pioneer News prior to the event.

*Four metal grates were stolen from the drainage ditch at Sussex Drive and Hebron Lane. The city would chain the new ones to prevent future thefts. The cost will be $787.

*The city council voted to have grass cut on a vacant lot on Hickory Hollow.

*The council approved a resolution to recognize First Responders from Zoneton Fire Department and Pioneer Village police. A special recognition was given to Neil Bowen and Adam Wheeler for saving a women’s life at a fire. Hillview police officer Scott Creason was also recognized.

*A resolution was approved to allow Insight Cable to transfer its franchise to Time Warner Cable. The sale must receive federal approval before it become effective.

*The council approved a text amendment which changes the definition of “structure” to follow state statute.

The next meeting of the Fox Chase City Council will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Jewish Hospital Medical Cnter South’s meeting The public is encouraged to attend.