HILLVIEW - Street ball may not be in the future for some ballers in northern Bullitt County.
A complaint, which first arose last summer, has resurfaced again for leaders of the city of Hillview.
A resident complained around portable basketball goals which were sitting along the streets of Hillview.
Last year, a goal was removed from a street following a complaint. The basketball goal is back.
Hillview police chief Glenn Caple met with the owner of the goal and tried to work out some arrangement. Proponents to allowing the goals to remain in the streets said it was a way to keep kids busy.
“We don’t have a huge problem in the whole city,” said Caple.
Mayor Jim Eadens said he was torn. He understands those who present the issue as providing recreational opportunities.
Opponents stated that the players do not respect the property owners, will swear and will keep streets tied up.
Caple likes the idea of keeping the youth busy.
However, city attorney Mark Edison said the state laws are very clear. Streets are for vehicles and not playgrounds.
If the city’s insurance carrier gave advice, Edison said it would be to get rid of all the basketball goals.
“The streets are made for vehicular traffic,” said Edison.
Edison said it is a great liability issue for the city to allow the basketball goals in the streets.
Caple said he couldn’t remember there being a problem.
The resident who complained last Monday said the people using the goal are loud and use bad language.
Councilmember JoAnn Wick said if there is a liability issue, the city had no choice but to remove them.
“I’m torn,” said mayor Jim Eadens.
If the council instructs the police to enforce the state law, officers will have to do it.
But, at the same time, Eadens said he remembers growing up and playing in the street. He would hate to take that away from the youngsters.
“A city street is not the place to play a concentrated game,” said Edison.
He pointed to Hillview Boulevard as a busy road which doesn’t have any portable goals set up.
Eadens said if the police force one goal to be taken down, it would have to do the same for all the goals.
Councilman David Conn recommended taking care of the complaint issues and have them move the goals back onto the driveways.
Caple said he just didn’t want his officers to be burdened with regulating the portable goals along city streets.
The only action taken was that Conn recommended that any complaint should be sent to the city hall and allow the matter to be dealt with.