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Hunters Hollow considers speed bumps

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By Stephen Thomas

HUNTERS HOLLOW - For years, communities have talked about the need of having ways to slow down motorists - such as speed bumps.

City attorneys have already said that it would not be legal to install such speed control devices.

But things are changing.

Following months of discussion and tested patience, the Hunters Hollow City Commission has finally had enough of the unsafe speeders along their city's streets.

After much consideration, the commission agreed to begin the process of installing speed bumps.

"I am afraid that a child is going to get run over," said Mayor Linda Parker. She acknowledged during the September city council meeting that the city has contacted the Kentucky Department of Transportation and is waiting for a reply on specifics and regulations.

Parker and city commissioners have long been aware of drivers reaching speeds as high as 50 miles per hour in a 25 MPH zone.

Despite other attempts to control the speeding traffic, such as additional stop signs and beefed-up Bullitt County Deputy Sheriff patrols, the problems persist.

"Some (drivers) don't even slow down at the stop signs," Parker said.

As many as three speed bumps could be placed along Angelina Drive, Parker estimated, one near each court's entrance. She added that a speed bump might also be installed along Arbor Trace.

Parker said the council wants to control the speeding problem before a potential tragic event takes place on a Hunters Hollow street.

"I would feel terrible if a little child got hurt," she said. "I would feel really bad if something happened and I didn't do something."

The issue will be discussed further at the council's November meeting.

- The commission recently approved new ad valorem tax rates.

City residents will pay both real and personal property ad valorem tax rates of 10.2 cents per $100. Public service tax rates were also set at 10.2 cents per $100.

Last year's real and personal property tax rates were set at 10.96. City attorney Mark Edison noted that the taxable property increased by almost $1 million, resulting in the lower rate.

Edison mentioned that a rate set higher than 10.2 cents would need a public hearing by the city council prior to approval.

- The commission welcomed long-time Hunters Hollow resident Henry Tindle as its newest member.

Tindle is a retired General Electric employee and has served as a pastor for 23 years. He has lived in the city since 1977.

"I was asked by the Mayor if I was interested, so I decided to do it," Tindle said.

The commission helps with setting the city's budget and with ordinances.

Parker referred to Tindle as a good neighbor and an honest man who would do well at his new position.

The next meeting of the Hunters Hollow City Council takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Hospital Medical Center South meeting room. The public is invited to attend.