Pioneer Village getting ahead of federal curve on website

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By Thomas Barr

 PIONEER VILLAGE - Even before the federal hammer comes down, Pioneer Village officials are moving forward to meet the Americans with Disability Act provisions.

The Pioneer Village City Council voted unanimously to spend the funds needed to update its website.

George Daniels recently attended a workshop and reported back to several of the northern Bullitt County municipalities about upcoming changes in the federal ADA regulations.

The website must become accessible to both the visually and hearing impaired.

Mayor Gary Hatcher said the cost to make the necessary changes shouldn’t be more than $150.

There has been no specific deadline mentioned to meet the federal mandates but Hatcher said the city would have to do it sooner or later.

In other business:

*Hatcher informed the council that there would be no need to borrow any money to meet expenses prior to the influx of property tax revenue.

The council had approved a short-term loan of up to $20,000, if needed.

*The stream walk for northern Bullitt County will be on Saturday, Oct. 27. The rain date is Nov. 3.

Volunteers will assemble at the Hillview Community Center at 8 a.m. to begin cleaning area streams as part of the federal Clean Water Act.

*The city has 29 outflow locations which must be marked and identified. A post will be installed in concrete and a numbered cap would be placed to identify the place where surface waters flow.

The discharge locator requirement is another provision of the unfunded federal mandate.

*The city will participate in the annual Zoneton Fire Department Trick or Treat celebration on Oct. 31.

The next meeting of the Pioneer Village City Council will be on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Becknell Hall. The public is invited.