Minutes September 12, 2016

CITY OF WINDY HILLS

Minutes of Regular Council Meeting
September 12, 2016

The Council and Officers of the City of Windy Hills met at the Sojourn Community Church, 2501 Rudy Lane, at 7:00 P.M. Mayor Ising called the meeting to order.

ROLL CALL: The following were present:

MAYOR                 COUNCIL MEMBERS                OTHER CITY OFFICIALS
E. James Ising      Helen Davis                                Sandy Moore
                             Kate Greer                                  James Hodge
                             Lou Phillips                                 Steve Teaford
                             Marianne Rademaker (absent)
                             Mike Skelton
                             Suzanne Spencer (absent)
MINUTES:

Councilman Skelton moved to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2016 regular council meeting; seconded by Councilwoman Greer and approved unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORTS, APPROVAL OF BILLS:

The financial reports for August, 2016 were moved for approval by Councilwoman Davis, seconded by Councilwoman Greer and approved unanimously.

Councilwoman Greer moved to approve the August bills, totaling $26,291.90 and was seconded by Councilman Skelton. The motion passed unanimously.

RESIDENTS' COMMENTS/CONCERNS:

Name

Address/Street

Concern/Complaint

Tom Franz

Wicklow

Is concerned about the street lighting and when they are turned on/off.  Sometime it is still dark when the street lights go off.

Lacy Little

Windhurst

House at 903 Ambridge - people in and out all hours of day and night.  Can someone look into to assure that it is not a drug house...there is a white SUV with government plates .  He also stated the sidewalks need evaluation as some are in need of repair.  He inquired about the weeds behind the houses that back up to along Westport Road.

Trish Moore

Kitty Hawk

She stated that she understands that the Council is limited to what information they can relay to the residents - no matter what the crime.

Nelson Dawson

Chesham Rd.

Furthering Fair Housing

Joyce Bridge

Former Windy Hills resident

She used to live in Wexford Place and in the light of all the discussion and anguish she would like to thank the Council for all they have done and continue to do to make Windy Hills a great community.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance/Ordinances: Councilwoman Davis read a report she had prepared and previously handed out to the Council. In summary, she stated that she is withdrawing her proposed rental ordinance due to the fact that it could adversely affect the businesses at Brownsboro Center and the Summit. The City's attorney is working with the language that would not impact those businesses. She also stated it will not address the Wexford Place concerns and 744 Wicklow is considered to be a "single residential use home and is not in violation of any codes. She continued, stating that the Council cannot create any kind of ordinance that would prevent homeowners from renting their homes to any organization such as Oxford House as it could hold the City as being discriminatory and could face extensive lawsuits that the City would ultimately lose.

Code Enforcement: No oral report. Written report had been previously handed out and there were no questions. Mr. Teaford stated that he is working with our Attorney on the procedure for handling an abandoned car and he has had more yard work done at the foreclosed house on Rudy Lane, saying that a lien will be filed.

Community Caring/Health & Fitness/Welcome to Windy Hills: No Report

Community Events/Newsletter/Tree Board: Councilwoman Greer reported that the newsletter deadline is November 22. She reported that the Tree Board will be meeting in Oct and will discuss the complaint received regarding an overgrown tree on Brookview (it has been trimmed somewhat). She stated that her and Adam Volgesang, the City's landscaper had trimmed trees on Ambridge. She also stated there will be more pruning done in December, when it is a more appropriate time of year for pruning. She asked everyone to remember the Picnic and Ice Cream Social on the following Sunday (September 18) and stated the Glow on the Green will be on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Public Works: Councilman Phillips reported the paving is finished. He also stated that the work orders with Eagle Sign are in progress. He also reported that the street/house numbers need to be visible (in accordance with Metro Ordinance) and asked Steve Teaford, our Code Enforcement Officer to assist in making sure each house is in compliance.

Safety/Real Estate Signs: No report.

Windy Hills Green/City Beautification: Councilman Skelton reported that the Ash Tree on the Green is coming down as well as Rudy the Bear. Rudy will eventually be placed on a new/more stable base. He also stated that the light on the Green has been out for some time and reported numerous times to LG&E and hopefully it is going to be fixed with the latest LG&E visit. He also said that the area on Westport Road behind the Windy Hills' houses is the State's responsibility, although Windy Hills does maintain an area that can be easily reached.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Wicklow Rental House: Nothing further to discuss.

Ice Cream, Shredding, and delayed Independence Day event: Covered under Committee Reports

Windy Hills Banner Signs: The work order has been submitted to move the banner signs (on Brownsboro Road) up on the poles so will be easier to see when pulling out onto Brownsboro Rd.

NEW BUSINESS:

Snow Removal: The statement received for the down payment for Snow Removal is okay to pay, as the 2 year contract was approved in the previous year.

ATTORNEY'S REPORT: Attorney Hodge had no report.

MAYOR' REPORT: No report.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL AS A WHOLE:
Weeds on Westport need to be cut. Councilman Phillips stated he would contact the State.

Councilwoman Greer made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 P.M., seconded by Councilwoman Davis and the motion passed unanimously.