Hebron Estates works with other cities to minimize cost of program

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 HEBRON ESTATES -- Cities in northern Bullitt County have worked together to save time and resources over the years.

And when it is time to pass ordinances to update their storm water management program, they will again work together.

The Hebron Estates City Commission listened to a pair of lengthy ordinances.

One dealt with erosion control and the other dealt with post-construction water runoff.

In both cases, Bullitt County's code enforcement office has been given the responsibility of overseeing the implementation and the control of the program.

This part of the storm water program deals with making sure construction sites are properly set up to limit the amount of erosion during a project and then making sure the runoff following the completion of the project is proper.

City attorney Mark Edison said the municipalities gave full authority to the county for enforcement and for any liability that may occur.

The cities of Hebron Estates, Pioneer Village, Hillview, Fox Chase and Hunters Hollow made up the first partnership to deal with the federal Clean Water Act issue of storm water management.

Those five cities will also jointly approve the same ordinance and then share the cost of publishing the ordinance in The Pioneer News, the legal newspaper of Bullitt County.

The proposed ordinance mirrors one passed last year by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

The goal is to have all five cities approve the joint ordinance and have all the documentation to Frankfort by March.

In another partnership, Pioneer Village mayor Gary Hatcher is working with Hebron Estates on the new street sign replacement project.

Hatcher learned at a state conference on new signage requirements that it might not be as bad as first thought.

With another unfunded mandate from the federal government, Hatcher said he felt the Hebron Estates street signs might be OK.

By the end of this year, the city must have a survey of all its signage and a plan on how to meet the reflective standards set by the federal government.

The city has until 2018 to come into compliance.

Hatcher said there would be a GPS location listed for each of the signs.

Mayor Jerry Clark said the project doesn't seem to be as costly as he originally thought.

He understood the desire to eliminate as many of the signs as possible to lessen the clutter. However, he was concerned when signs such as Children at Play might be removed.

Speed limit signs could be required only at the entrances, as long as it is noted that the regulations apply to all city streets.

Hatcher said there had been some discussion among the mayors of the five northern cities to have a common color scheme of green and white.

*Clark proclaimed January as School Board Member recognition month.

*Pioneer Village police chief D.J. Reynolds thanked those who participated in the first Santa's Helpers program. The program helped five families in Pioneer Village.

The hope is to double the assistance next Christmas and Reynolds said the fund-raising would begin sooner.

In terms of crime in the city, Reynolds said things had been calm with less activity than in December 2012.

The next meeting of the Hebron Estates City Commission will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the community center. The public is invited to attend.