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  • BBB Hot Topics: January 2015

     See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    BBB is calling the IRS scams an “epidemic.” A BBB employee received a call from someone representing themselves as the IRS, saying they have been trying to reach her, and that this is her final notice before a lawsuit is filed. The scammer wanted payment immediately. 

  • Your Community Bank merger with First Federal now effective

     NEW ALBANY, IND. - The signs outside of First Federal Savings Bank facilities in Bullitt and other counties have been changed.

    Community Bank Shares of Indiana, Inc., the holding company for Your Community Bank and Scott County State Bank, has announced that is had successfully completed the acquisition of First Financial Service Corp.

  • Southeast board takes accountability actions

     CLERMONT - David Blakeman said it was very important to make sure the taxpayers know where their money is being spent.

    As interim chairman of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Board of Trustees, Blakeman has that as his mission.

    At a special meeting Friday, the board took several steps to get control over something they didn’t have before -- the finances of the Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue Department.

  • LIGHTS, CAMERAS, NO ACTION...Court listens to fire concerns

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - For those who attended the Bullitt Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday looking for some answers, they probably left a little disappointed.

    While there were comments and concerns addressed about the status of the Southeast Bullitt Fire District, there were no decisions to be found.

    The meeting was the first since fire chief Julius Hatfield withdrew his Dec. 4 resignation from the Southeast Bullitt board of trustees.

  • CONFLICTING SIGNS: MW Council thinks twice; decides to keep sign laws

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Recent discussion about a new proposed sign ordinance has left many confused.

    The Mount Washington City Council had a second reading of a sign ordinance which would overhaul the current one and eliminate items such as signs being hung on utility poles and require people to obtain a permit for yard or garage sale signs. 

    Another element which would affect a lot of businesses is signs with moveable type or flashing arrow signs will only be allowed to be displayed 30 days a year.

  • Regional sewer proposal nears final stages

     LOUISVILLE - Coming up with a regional sewage treatment plan could be a very costly situation.

    But, on the other hand, it might be just as costly to do nothing.

    The second in a series of public meetings on the Salt River Watershed sewer work group was held recently in Louisville.

    The few who attended listened as engineers with Strand and Associates outlined some of the options…and the costs.

    Bullitt, Jefferson and Oldham counties have the only agencies who are part of the work group.

  • Warnings done, tickets to come for speeders

     HEBRON ESTATES - Unless you want a little post-Christmas present in the Bullitt County District Court, you better slow down when driving through one northern municipality.

    Pioneer Village police chief D.J. Reynolds said his officers had written speeding citations to those driving through the city of Hebron Estates.

    Most of the offenders were students from North Bullitt who were racing through the subdivision to get to school.

    Garden Court and Scenic Trail were some of the targeted streets.

  • City retains 1.5% occupational tax

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - In 2011, the city of Shepherdsville was searching for ways to pay its bills.

    At the time, the Shepherdsville City Council, which included two current members, was looking for ways to tackle a debt of over $5 million and the need to have another $1.5 million annually just to pay the debt service.

    Sewer rates were increased by 66 percent and the occupational tax went from 1 percent to 1.5 percent.

    But the increase in the occupational tax included a provision that on Dec. 31, 2014, it would revert back to its original amount.

  • Contract Board will seek contract where it retains control of tax dollars

     CLERMONT - The contract governing the relationship between the Southeast Bullitt Fire District board of trustees and the fire department corporation has been terminated.

    But, to ensure there is no gap in fire protection service to the residents, the board authorized negotiations to begin immediately on a 60-day emergency contract with Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue Department.

    However, the future of who will provide fire protection starting March 1 is still a major concern.

  • CONTRACT TERMINATED: Hatfield withdraws resignation; back on fire board

     CLERMONT - Legal or illegal, Julius Hatfield reassumed his position as a member of the Southeast Bullitt Fire District board of trustees.

    With Bullitt Fiscal Court preparing to hold a hearing to remain Hatfield from the board in December, the fire chief resigned on Dec. 4.

    However, when Bullitt Fiscal Court took no action on the resignation, Hatfield had second thoughts.