Hillview looks to program to train servers in alcohol sales

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By Stephen Thomas

 HILLVIEW - In recent months the Hillview City Council and mayor Jim Eadens have made an effort to control drug and alcohol abuse within city limits.

Eadens promoted the city's Drug Trends seminar, hosted in conjunction with Bullitt County Partners in Prevention (PIP), an attempt to educate parents and grandparents on what warning signs to look for in their children's behavior.

On the legal side, attorney Mark Edison presented the first reading of an ordinance requiring city alcohol servers to complete the Kentucky Server Training in Alcohol Regulations program.

The ordinance requires any employees serving alcohol to complete the training within 60 days of their hire date. It also includes volunteer servers who dispense alcohol at civic functions or fundraising events.

Any organization receiving a license from the Hillview Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administrator would be required to maintain training certification for all employee or volunteer servers.

Eadens said the ordinance was created based on data supplied by PIP representatives from their group's Social Host and Shoulder Tap programs.

PIP members recruit underage persons to make an alcohol purchase attempt at county establishments, or to ask adult customers to purchase for them. Volunteer undercover police units accompany the group, writing citations or, if necessary, making arrests based on the situation outcome.

According to Eadens, Hillview-area businesses did not score as well as in the city of Mount Washington. He noted that the Mount Washington council adopted a similar ordinance prior to the PIP efforts.

"The last event showed 50 percent of our businesses sold (to minors) during the PIP event," Eadens said. "In Mount Washington that number was zero."

Eadens said the city could offer the government center as a makeshift classroom for local businesses to have their employees trained.

"I realize it's a little bit of an aggravation for the businesses, but our drug and alcohol problems are not getting any better," Eadens said.

Edison said the required training, consisting on a one-day course with a test at the end, resulted in a three-year certification period. He mentioned the cost for offsite training was about $35 per participant.

A second reading and vote will take place on the ordinance at the city's November council meeting.

In other business:

- Edison presented a resolution permitting Eadens and city clerk Karen Gathof to create an account with First Citizens Bank.

According to Edison, the bank required the city to create an account prior to borrowing money for city purposes.

Eadens said the city was borrowing funds for two new Dodge Chargers that would be implemented as police cruisers.

- The city Public Works department will begin accepting old tires at a nominal fee.

The department had ceased taking tires because of fees from other agencies where the tires were transported after collection. To make those fees applicable, public works officials will now charge for their discarded tires.

Residents must pay $2 for each car tire, $2.25 for a light truck tire, $4 for Bobcat or similar tires, and $6 for semi and tractor-trailer tires.

- The council approved two annexation ordinances.

One ordinance included a 1.3-acre land tract along East Blue Lick Rd. near McDonald's. The ordinance was primarily established to update boundary lines.

The other ordinance involved two acres of Jewish Hospital property along W. Hebron Lane that was not included in the original Jewish property annexation.

- City recreation director Terry Bohannon announced that Winterfest was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, 4-9 p.m., at the Government Center.

The holiday event will feature pony rides, magicians and a trailer from the Kentucky State Police, as well as a possible Santa Claus visit.

A chili supper will be provided, along with hot chocolate and cookies. Bohannon said donated desserts were needed. Vendor booth space is available for $25. For more information call Bohannon, 957-4444.

- The next meeting of the Hillview City Council takes place Monday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Government Center. The public is invited to attend.