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Hebron Estates looks to alleviate school traffic woes

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 HEBRON ESTATES - North Bullitt High School drivers will leave school and head home along E. Hebron Lane to Preston Highway, courtesy of the Pioneer Village Police Department.

PVPD chief D.J. Reynolds discussed traffic issues with the Hebron Estates City Commission at its September business meeting (PVPD is under contract with the city to patrol city streets).

Reynolds said North Bullitt students were leaving school via E. Hebron, heading eastbound and cutting through the back end of the city, accessing the intersection of Preston and Burkland Blvd.

“There are easily 100 cars daily going through the neighborhood,” Reynolds reported.

According to Reynolds, many of the students were speeding through the neighborhood and not stopping at stop signs.

Reynolds spoke with North Bullitt principal Jeff Marshall, with various traffic control options discussed. Among those ideas were placing a patrol car along E. Hebron, diverting all school traffic westbound toward Preston.

Mayor Jerry Clark said the traffic lights at Preston and Hebron were timed to assist with traffic back-ups before and after school, the reason students began cutting through Hebron Estates to avoid the traffic.

In other business:

- The council approved 2013 tax rate ordinances with a slight increase.

City attorney Mark Edison said last year’s rate on real property was set at 9.2 cents per $100 of property, with personal property and utilities rates set at 10 cents.

To collect the same amount this year on real property, Edison said the compensating rate would need to be increased to 9.328. However, the maximum rate increase allowed by law without a public hearing was 9.264.

The council unanimously approved the 9.264 rate, meaning an increase of about $6 per $100,000 of property. Personal property and utilities rates remained at 10 cents.

- Commissioner Kathy Merrifield made a motion for the city to cut grass in the ditch located near C.K.’s along Preston Highway.

According to Merrifield, the state would not cut the high grass because they will not “beautify” the property.

Merrifield believed the high grass caused a danger for drivers. She said that the cost for the city to cut the area in question would remain minimal.

“If the concern is money, it would be less than one dollar per taxpayer,” she said.

The motion failed to receive a second.