By Thomas J. Barr
The Pioneer News
HEBRON ESTATES – If you don’t have anything that applies, why pass a new law?
That was the consensus of the Hebron Estates City Commission during its October meeting.
The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission had recommended each of the legislative bodies consider a text amendment.
The purpose of the amendment was to impose landscaping requirements on light industrial and general industrial property.
The idea is to make those properties more compatible with the community.
Mayor Jerry Clark said that he didn’t believe the city would have any property with the affected zoning classifications.
While at first the commission considered tabling the text amendment until attorney Mark Edison could be present, it changed its mind.
Commissioner Robert Denner and James Tucker voted to take no action on the amendment. Russell Forshee opposed.
In other business:
*The dreaded topic of speed humps arose once again.
Clark said the matter was put to a vote to the residents. For those who responded, there was no interest in the humps.
Pioneer Village police chief D.J. Reynolds said the humps are rough on emergency vehicles.
The chief said his officers do run radar and normally cite several speeders. However, the better technique is to run regular patrol.
Clark said speeding is a problem everywhere and he would ask officers if they would also watch for people running stop signs.
*Another topic from the past was discussed – front yard parking.
Clark said the current ordinance is of no help for parking in front yards. It allows parking for a 48-hour period.
Denner said he tried for two years to get something done but that effort failed.
There was no action taken to revive the discussion on a new ordinance.
*The commission opted to once again donate $400 to the Zoneton Fire Department for its annual Halloween giveaway. The department rides through all the neighborhoods of its district to distribute Halloween candy.
In the past, the department hosted a trick or treat event at its main firehouse.
*The commission renewed its snow removal agreement with Crocker Tree Service.
The city purchases the salt and the company provides the equipment and labor.
*Thanks to an agreement with North Bullitt High School, the traffic that used to line up each morning and afternoon along East Hebron Lane has been eliminated.
The school opened up a gravel drive along the side of the school building to help get traffic off Hebron Lane, according to Clark.
Reynolds said that has solved the traffic issues on Hebron Lane.
For years, homeowners along the road could not get out of their driveways due to the traffic.
*Reynolds cautioned residents that when Halloween arrives, they should watch for youngsters in the streets while driving.
Also, he encouraged everyone to lock their cars, garages and homes at all times.
The next meeting of the Hebron Estates City Commission will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the community center.