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PV dog owners may have new ‘duties’

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By Thomas Barr

 PIONEER VILLAGE - Work done to improve the city boundaries has reaped some initial benefits for Pioneer Village.

But there are hopes that even more insurance tax revenues might be coming the city’s way in the next quarter.

Having redone its surveyed city boundaries, Pioneer Village city clerk Recka Daniels said that an increase of about $8,000 was realized in the insurance tax premiums.

The complaint before was that without proper boundaries listed with the state’s department of insurance, companies were not able to properly credit Pioneer Village with the premiums due.

In looking at some of the checks sent from various insurance companies, Daniels noted that some saw increases while others sent in decreased amounts.

Daniels personally knows that her insurance carrier did not report any premiums within Pioneer Village.

Her task over the next quarter will be to contact Frankfort officials and see why the city isn’t receiving more money off the premiums.

Pioneer Village collects a 5 percent premium on insurance. The fee was set up to pay off a substantial debt incurred due to the tornado.

The clerk’s hope is that when the funds are sent in after the end of the current quarter, the revenue will continue to increase.

City officials were pleased that even at the current increase, that would add over $30,000 to the coffers in a year’s time.

In other city business:

*If you walk your dog and he or she decides to leave a deposit on someone else’s property, there might be a problem in the future.

After a resident complained, the council instructed city attorney Mark Edison to draft an ordinance.

The issue was tabled until the December meeting but there was still some lively discussion.

Under the ordinance, a dog owner is responsible for taking care of any waste.

The offended property owner would have to take out a complaint in the county attorney’s office.

Councilman Tony Thompson requested the first offense draw a warning only for the pet owner. He wasn’t interested in someone paying a big fine or going to jail.

But councilman Phillip Radford thought any penalty should be doubled. If an owner can’t take care of his pet, Radford said they shouldn’t have one.

Also, he said this is an issue that the police should not be involved with.

Councilmember Peggy Druin said she was ok with the ordinance, minus the 10 days in jail, which is part of the penalties.

Edison said he would revise the ordinance for the council’s consideration at its next meeting.

*An ordinance will also be considered in December that regulates signs placed in the right-of-way.

Councilman Gary Wilson brought the matter up after he received some complaints.

Edison said the proposed ordinance would prohibit signs in the right of way and it would place a limit on the number of signs on a particular property.

Individuals could place signs on their own property if it is not in the right of way, which normally runs several feet along the side of public streets.

This would not affect the current regulations on political signs, which does not allow  election advertising more than 30 days before the day at the voting booth. Signs must be taken down seven days after the election.

Police officers or citizens can seek to enforce the ordinance.

Wilson said he agreed that the first offense should be a warning.

The second offense would be a possible $25 per day fine.

*Mayor Gary Hatcher will attend a workshop in Lexington on Dec. 18 to learn more about the federal mandates on reflective street signs.

The city must have a plan in place to replace the signs to meet federal standards. The signs do not need to be replaced immediately but the city must have a plan in place by the first of 2014.

*The city is in the process of hiring a new police officer.

Neil Bowen left the department after eight years to become a member of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

*Pioneer Village unveiled its new Santa’s Helpers program.

According to police chief D.J. Reynolds, the city will  help six families from Maryville Elementary this Christmas.

A local business will take one family and donations of toys, food and clothing will be taken for the other five. A list of the needed items and sizes is at Becknell Hall.

Reynolds said that the program will start small in its first year but it is something that should be done in the community.

A bank account has been set up for any monetary donations.

Hatcher said the program will not be in competition with Hillview’s Operation Santa.

Operation Santa, which has been in existence over 25 years, has provided food baskets and toys for families throughout northern Bullitt County.

Thompson said that Pioneer Village’s program will take a family and provide toys and food, but also clothing.

Maryville Elementary students will continue to participate in bringing toys in for Operation Santa but they are also welcome to assist Pioneer Village’s program, if they wish.

*Pastor Rodney Alexander of Little Flock Baptist Church inquired about the city’s discussion over annexing property.

The property owned by the church was formerly the home of the late John and Mary Harper.

Alexander said the church didn’t ask to be annexed and would provide no tax dollars to Pioneer Village.

He said the church would prefer to not be annexed.

Hatcher said the church is currently in the city and does pay occupational taxes.

He said annexation would help square up the city’s boundaries. If annexed, the city would also have some control over things such as road improvements, rezonings or permits.

The annexation is expected to be discussed again in January.

*James Scrogham Jr. announced he would be a candidate for constable in the Third District. The elections are set for May.

Due to the Christmas holiday, the council will change its next meeting date.

The next meeting of the Pioneer Village City Council will be on Monday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. A holiday meal will be held at 6 p.m. The public is invited to both the meal and the meeting.