HEBRON ESTATES - While governmental agencies are facing a larger number of homes which are being left abandoned through the foreclosure process, some residents are wondering what will be done.
In the city of Hebron Estates, while officials did have the outdoor lawn mowed occasionally, neighbors are concerned about what it going on inside a particular home.
During its recent commission meeting, Hebron Estates officials were confronted with concerns over a home in the 3900 Block of Scenic Trail. Neighbors were concerned that the homeowners were occasionally seen on the property, carrying out items.
The neighbor said there are apparently warrants for someone in the home. Law enforcement asked the neighbors to call if they saw anyone at the property.
The neighbors said they would volunteer to keep the front yard mowed but said the city needed to handle the back yard.
Mayor Jerry Clark said the grass has been cut and a lien placed on the property.
City attorney Mark Edison said the local government has no right to go inside a private home to do anything unless it reaches a point of danger.
He said the home was scheduled to go into foreclosure in 2009 but the case was dismissed. He wasn't sure why the mortgage company has not yet forced foreclosure action again.
The city can mow the lawn and place liens on the property. But Edison said it could do nothing about anything inside.
The neighbor said there was human waste inside and part of the back deck had collapsed.
In other business:
*If the situation over open burning could get any muddier, Kevin Deshelli of the Zoneton Fire Department provided some information to members of the commission.
Deshelli advised anyone wishing to burn anything should contact the fire department in advance.
He said areas south of Hebron Lane has more ability to burn ideas, while north of Hebron Lane is in a non-attainment area.
Clark said there is a city ordinance banning open burning from May 1-Oct. 1 at any time.
The mayor added anyone seeing someone in violation of the city ordinance could call the Pioneer Village police department.
In a previous story involving state officials, it was said that open burning was not allowed in most of Bullitt County due to the non-attainment areas imposed by the federal EPA due to air quality issues.
*A resident was concerned with continued speeding, especially along Scenic Trail and Burkland Boulevard.
Clark said the Pioneer Village police will patrol and they know that school has started and speeding would increase.
A question over speed humps was raised but there must be proper striping and signage.
For the most part, Clark said people don't want speed humps.
Mayor Gary Hatcher said a couple had been placed in Pioneer Village and seemed to work so far.
But in the city of Fox Chase, the discussion, approval and then disapproval of speed humps sparked some major citizen outcry.
*The second reading will be held next month for the tax rates to be set for real and personal property. Rates could not be set until the state certified the PVA figures from the county.
The next meeting of the Hebron Estates City Commission will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at the community center. The public is invited.