Pioneer Village officials not as enthused with extra 'doody' law

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- While it appears additional regulations on signs may have a chance of passage, dog owners appear be on the verge of continuing any traits of irresponsibility.

Members of the Pioneer Village City Council listened to a pair of ordinances and followed those up with some differing opinions.

One would regulate signs placed in road right-of-ways.

Attorney Mark Edison presented the first reading of the ordinance which would prohibit signs on any city right-of-way.

Current signs would be grandfathered in and not subject to removal.

For real estate signs, each parcel of property could have one sign, with two being allowed on corner lots. None of the signs can be on right-of-ways.

The first violation would be a written warning. Subsequent offenses could result in fines of up to $250. A penalty range would be set at the second reading.

That second reading could be heard at the Jan. 28 meeting.

The concern over dog owners who allowed their pets to relieve themselves on their neighbor's property seemed to cool.

In the original discussion, the owner of the dog would be responsible for his pet's actions.

There is a county leash law but the city's ordinance would be more strict.

No amounts were set for the monetary fines and no jail time recommendation was discussed.

Councilmember Tony Thompson said he didn't want the police officers to need to deal with dog issues.

He said officers should be patrolling the streets of the city.

A second reading could be held at the Jan. 28 meeting.

In other business:

*Mayor Gary Hatcher attended a class in Lexington on reflective sign requirements passed on by the federal government.

The first step for the city is to devise a plan for replacing signs.

Hatcher said the city must look at the existing signs and determine the cost of replacements and a plan on when that work would be done.

He felt the existing poles could be used, with some alternations.

The next step would be to look at signs which are not designating a street. The "other" signs are the cautionary ones, such as Children at Play.

The signs must meet federal criteria but the goal is to limit those as much as possible.

If the speed limit is the same on all city streets, a single speed limit sign would be allowed at the entrance of the various subdivisions. That sign must warn motorists that all streets have the same speed limit.

Dorleen Garrett and Peggy Druin volunteered to be on a committee to look at the existing signs.

*Police chief D.J. Reynolds said the first Santa's Helper program went very well.

Five families were assisted through the police department, with the help of many in the community.

Reynolds said the goal is to make the program bigger every year. The families receiving assistance were very appreciative, said Reynolds.

There was about $175-$200 spent on each child this year.

The chief said a lot of donations were received and he was especially thankful to Wal-Mart for its contributions and support.

*Hatcher thanked Joe Laswell, Russell Wilson, Phil Radford, George Daniels and Thompson for their assistance with snow removal.

The men volunteer their time to perform the service for both Pioneer Village as well as Fox Chase.

*Sen. Dan Seum introduced himself to the council and audience.

He said the next session started on Jan. 7 and he wanted to hear from Bullitt Countians.

The next meeting of the Pioneer Village City Council will be on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Becknell Hall. The public is invited to attend.