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HILLVIEW – Two major pieces of legislation passed with very little discussion.
The Hillview City Council approved an ordinance allowing the sale of package liquor on Sundays.
The board also approved an ordinance allowing the city to take the entire 5 percent insurance premium tax. This doubles the current amount taken.
Neither brought any discussion from the public.
In terms of the Sunday alcohol sales, Hillview already had the liquor by the drink provisions.
Under the new ordinance, the council voted 5-1 to approve the Sunday sales but the liquor by the drink would remain with the provision that an establishment must have 70 percent of its sales in food items and it must seat 100 people.
Councilman Mickey Cheatham wanted to table the ordinance for more study. That died without a second.
Cheatham cast the lone vote in opposition.
Councilmember Karen Johnson brought up the revised ordinance a couple of months ago. Her concern was that existing package liquor dealers were being hurt by not having the ability to sell while a restaurant next door could.
Also, she was concerned about people going to Jefferson County to purchase liquor and then driving, possibly impaired, back home, potentially putting others in danger.
This ordinance goes into effect immediately.
In terms of generating additional funds through the insurance premium tax, it will be another year.
The council voted 5-1 to take the entire 5 percent tax collected by the county.
Last year, the council began accepting 2.5 percent of the tax. The revenue generated amounted to little more than the $100,000 being paid by the county to the city under an agreement from early 2000.
In return for not taking any of the insurance tax, the city was guaranteed a certain amount.
Last year, the council opted to begin taking half of the revenue generated within the city limits.
Councilmember JoAnn Wick cited the many needs for the money in Hillview when she brought up the proposal a couple of months ago.
The city will not begin seeing any of the additional money until next July, when the ordinance goes into effect. The first revenue under the new ordinance would not arrive until October 2014.
Cheatham was again the lone vote in opposition.
In other business:
*No rate was set for real and personal property for the coming year.
City attorney Mark Edison said the rate would be set at the September meeting. He did advise the council that gross assessments for the city property dropped by $3 million.
Of the cities he represents, Edison said it has been common to see a drop in assessments. Some could be attributed to homestead exemptions and some to the decrease in the number of home sales.
*Police chief Glen Caple commended officer Denton for stopping a man from committing suicide.
*The city public works dumpster will be open to Hillview residents from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
*Works foreman Jim Bohannon reminded residents that they should be maintaining the easements, especially after city workers make repairs.
Mayor Jim Eadens said a reminder is put on the tax bills but people forget their responsibility.
*Johnson said the Hillview Emergency Response Team would host its safety fair on Sept. 14 at the community center. Many first responder units would be on display.
*Bunco will be held on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. next to the community center. The HERT program will be the benefactor of this month’s event. Admission is $10 per person.
*Resident Betty Underhill said the police officers deserve a pay increase. She praised their work for the people of the community.
She feared that the officers would move on to surrounding departments which have better pay.
Eadens reminded her that police officers did get a pay increase last year but he agreed that all employees deserve a lot more money.
*Resident Shirley Stone wasn’t as happy with the mayor or the police.
She complained about the lack of any effort to do anything about neighborhood dogs which are dangerous. She said her neighbors have in excess of the two dog limit.
Eadens said the city has responded each time a complaint has been called in. He urged her to continue to call animal control or Central Dispatch.
*The city honored Sheriff’s Explorer Post 777 for its help in parking vehicles during the Hillview Fair.
*Overdale PTA thanked the city works department for its assistance in removing old mulch from the playground. The school received a Lowes grant to make improvements.
For that assistance, the Overdale PTA presented a $1,000 check to Operation Santa. Overdale was the first school to begin collecting toys each year for the program. Since that time, other schools in the Hillview area have joined in the collection of toys and canned goods.
*The next meeting of the Hillview Neighborhood Watch program will be on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the city hall. County attorney Monica Robinson’s office will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited.
The next meeting of the Hillview City Council will be on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the city hall. The public is invited.