Hillview public hearing on quarry rezoning set for Tuesday, July 31

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By Stephen Thomas

 HILLIVIEW - Residents wanting to know more about the proposed rezoning of property next to Rogers Group are now on alert.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 31, at 6 p.m.

Hillview mayor Jim Eadens said he wanted to devote a special evening to let the rezoning issue to be discussed.

Rogers Group is looking to rezone property known as the Bates Farm from Agricultural and Stream Reserve to EP Earth Products.

The request for 301 acres off Pecan Lane near Castlerock Road received an unfavorable recommendation from the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission at its July 12 meeting.

Attorney David Pike gave limited testimony during the hearing but promised to provide a full evening of evidence for the city council hearing. Residents were frustrated as few questions were answered.

Pike did say that mining into the newly-acquired property may not happen overnight. He said the mining could be underground or open pit. He promised to give more details at the July 31 hearing.

No vote would be held that evening. The council would have to hold a second reading at another meeting before any zoning change would become final.

The July 31 meeting will be held in the Hillview Government Center, formerly known as St. Mary Catholic Church. The public is invited.

In other business:

- Summer months mean children are outside more frequently, many of them on their bicycles.

Eadens mentioned that a number of missing bicycles reports have come in, while Hillview police units have retrieved abandoned bikes throughout the city.

“If you’re missing a bike, contact the HPD,” said Eadens. “Check here first to see if it’s here.”

Eadens also urged citizens to keep their car doors locked at all times, even in their own driveways, to avoid potential break-ins.

- Responding to complaints of excessive trash piles at various city residences, Eadens reminded that individuals could make a formal complaint with the city’s code enforcement officer.

Once an official complaint is filed, the city’s police department could handle the situation further.

HPD Chief Glenn Caple reminded that without a formal complaint, an officer must be able to view the trash nuisance from the public right-of-way to act upon it.

- Caple said the police department was approved for $11,500 from the Highway Safety Grant, allowing funds for overtime pay and additional police patrols.

Caple also mentioned that new HPD Ofc. Elliott Clark was now participating in police academy training in Richmond.

- The Hillview Emergency Response Team will host a chainsaw awareness class that is free and open to the public.

The event will take place Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center.

HERT will also feature a power line safety class, joined by representatives from Salt River Electric, on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

- Youth sports sign-ups for Hillview’s recreation department continue.

Director Terry Bohannon said soccer league sign-ups would take place through July 27.

Upcoming volleyball league sign-ups will take place Aug. 13-24.

Anyone wishing to sign up or receive further information should call 957-4444.

- Public Works director Jim Bohannon announced that the city garage would be open Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

- Free music continues during Bluegrass Thursdays at the community center beginning at 6 p.m.

Eadens mentioned fish dinners available for purchase during the events, with proceeds going to the recreation department.

- The next regular meeting of the Hillview City Council takes place Monday, Aug. 20. 6:30 p.m., at the Hillview Government Center. The public is invited to attend.