Stream continues to be steady flow of discussion for city

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 HUNTERS HOLLOW - The ditch issues in Hunters Hollow continue to flow downhill.

Mayor Linda Parker reported to the city commission that a drainage ditch near Blue Lick International Airport was illegally dumping sewage into the stream that runs through the city limits.

“Now we’ve got sewage coming in from both ends,” Parker said.

According to Parker, the ditch in question emptied into the stream before, but was not supposed to and the situation was corrected.

However, new PVC pipe was added to the ditch, allowing more flow into the stream.

City attorney Mark Edison said photos of the ditch were distributed to Division of Water offices in both Louisville and Frankfort.

He said city officially asked if the ditch in question was a permanent discharge, and if so that it needed to be removed.

Hunters Hollow continues to squabble with the Bullitt County Sanitation District about overflow in the stream from one of its plants.

Parker said in the past four years stream water has turned black from BCSD discharge. She said fish and other wildlife in the stream area no longer exist.

The commission sent a letter to residents advising everyone to keep children and pets out of the stream for fear of raw sewage and possible bacterial issues.

Parker also urged homeowners to keep their stream easements cleaned and cut.

“Please use a little common sense,” she added.

In other business:

- The city’s new website is up and running, thanks to efforts by commissioner Phillip Price.

The city’s original website was hacked, along with sites for the cities of Fox Chase and Pioneer Village. The three sites were created simultaneously using similar templates.

Price, working with Stefan Tamburro of Designs Made SImple, upgraded each site with improved individual security on each.

All the sites will be more user-friendly and accessible via mobile apps, among the many upgrades.

Price said a cost for the work would be supplied once all three sites were up and running.

- Ditchwork repairs were completed in the Arbor Trace area.

Parker said two ditch areas on the right side of the roadway and three on the left were opened up to improve storm water flow near the end of the road.

Parker thanked Pioneer Village mayor Gary Hatcher for fixing the areas over the course of one weekend.

- At one point residents were not pleased with the commission’s decision to add speed humps to city streets.

Parker said residents are now asking for more of them, specifically along Arbor Trace and Cannon Court.

Unfortunately, Parker didn’t believe the city would be allowed to add humps in those locations due to state regulations based on proximity of the humps to intersections, driveways and mail boxes.

Edison said residents could take out complaints and go to court to request a hump in a specific location.

- Parker encouraged residents to pay trash bills on time to avoid extra costly penalty fees.

“If it’s delayed, you’ll go to court and then pay the cost of court fees too,” she warned.

- The next meeting of the Hunters Hollow City Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., in the Larry Belcher Meeting Room at Jewish Hospital Medical Center. The public is invited.