Hillview asked to solve vacant home, speeding issues

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By Thomas Barr

 HILLVIEW -- For the past two years, a burned home on Skyline Drive has sat vacant.

Harry Cooper came to Hillview city officials looking for some remedy to the situation.

But a solution may not be simple.

Police chief Glenn Caple said a weekly citation is written for $250. The bank, which is now in possession of the property, paid the first citation.

Mayor Jim Eadens said the property is apparently involved in an arson investigation. Until that is settled, nothing can be done.

Eadens said he isn't concerned about getting the fine money. He wants the home demolished.

He advised Cooper that city code enforcement officer David Conn is keeping track of the property.

Another resident complained about speeding along Hillview Boulevard.

The resident said speed humps might be the solution.

Caple said he would have extra patrol watching the situation.

In other business:

*State Sen. Dan Seum, who would represent Bullitt County in the newly-designed legislative boundaries, spoke to Hillview officials.

In the past, Seum did represent the Hillview area in the state senate.

Over his 30 years in the state legislature, Seum said his integrity has never been questioned. And he laid claim to leading the march to successfully stop the vehicle emissions testing program in Jefferson County.

On Nov. 4, Seum is hosting a group of local officials from Bullitt County. The group will meet in Frankfort to discuss priorities for the county.

With the tight financial situation in the state, Seum said it would be important to prioritize the needs.

*Caple reported that for the past year with the federal Highway Safety Grant, 182 DUI arrests were made. This was well above the goal of 114.

Elliott Clark had 70 DUI arrests and will be recognized during the governor's annual program.

*Caple recognized the Hillview Emergency Response Team for its help in directing traffic for several hours off Ferguson Lane.

And the HERT officials thanked Jim Bohannon and the public works crew for its assistance on fixing on the trucks and for helping when flood waters hit.

*Winterfest will be held on Nov. 23 from 4-8 p.m. at the government center.

Food, booths and entertainment will be held at the festival.

*Applications for assistance through Operation Santa will begin on Nov. 4 at the old community center on Prairie Drive.

*Bunco will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Russ Building on Prairie Drive.

Admission is $10 with proceeds to Operation Santa.

Everyone is invited.

The next meeting of the Hillview City Council will be on Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. The public is invited.