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CITY OF BELLEMEADE

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

                    April 2017

Mayor’s Message

You may have read or heard on the news that the Commonwealth of Kentucky passed a new law affecting only Jefferson County. The law allows the 83 small cities of Jefferson County to overule the Metro Waste Management District’s restriction of using plastic bags for yard waste. The Metro Waste Management District responded by filing a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the 83 Home Rule class cities to stop enforcement of the new state law.

Bellemeade has to deal with court action. We spent most of our commission meeting discussing it with our city attorney, Steve Porter, and we are taking his advice. He will answer the suit and acknowledge it. We do not need to spend our funds fighting it as the state can do that if it wishes.

For the record, we do not believe that plastic bags should be allowed in the yard waste process as it messes up the compost being produced.

                                                                     Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

                         SAVE THE DATE!

The Bellemeade City-Wide Yard Sale will be held at the end of the summer this year. The date will be August 26, with a rain date of September 2. More details to follow in the next newsletter.

                                    

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

A new Public Safety Committee has been formed by Commissioner John Miller, who oversees public safety in Bellemeade. Many thanks to the following residents of Bellemeade who have volunteered to serve on this committee:

Sean Bingham

Lisa Phillips Brooks

Bob Elliott

Bob Fingerson

Nichola Garbett

Cynthia Matherly

Justin M. Merrick

Regina Meyers


Cindy Potts

 

 

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

                   January 2017

Mayor’s MessageMayor_Odom-Groh

The new year rings in some changes for the City of Bellemeade as Commissioners Brian Hill and Elizabeth Dieruf did not run for reelection. Andrew Miller and Jan Shaheen were elected to fill those seats. Elsewhere in this newsletter, the 2017-2018 City Commission is presented.

My thanks to Commissioner Brian Hill for over twelve years of faithful service to the city. He did a wonderful job in overseeing the maintenance and repair of streets and street lights–often installing and repairing lights himself to save the city money.

We also thank Ruby Sheridan for ten years of very conscientious work as our city treasurer. She leaves our city’s funds in very good standing.

Happy New Year, Bellemeade!

                                                                      Mayor Larry Odom-Groh                                                                  

Geri's Pic#2 Welcome, Geri Huff!

In addition to our newly elected commissioners, the City of Bellemeade has a newly hired treasurer, Geri Huff. Geri and her husband have been residents of Bellemeade since 2009. They both enjoy gardening and spending time with their two English springer spaniels.

Geri brings much experience to the treasurer position. She is a business process analyst for a paper company. She has worked in accounting, payroll, and procurement in the past. She also volunteers for Delta Gamma Alumnae as treasurer. She sees the Bellemeade position as an opportunity to serve in our community and says she looks forward to working with everyone in the future. Welcome, Geri!

NEW CITY COMMISSIONERS SWORN IN

The newly elected commissioners were sworn in by Mayor Larry Odom Groh at the December 12, 2016 Bellemeade City Commission meeting at Lyndon City Hall. The commissioners serve a two year term.

                                     MEET YOUR CITY COMMISSION

The following is a brief introduction to the 2017-2018 City Commission. Contact information for all of the city commission may be found in the box on the first page of every newsletter as well as in the Contact Us section of the Bellemeade web site:www.bellemeade-ky.gov. 

COMMISSIONER BOB ELLIOTT100_7755

Bob Elliott is a seven year resident of Bellemeade. He has been a Block Watch Captain since its inception, and he is also Chair of the Block Watch Citizens Committee. He set up and administers the City of Bellmeade web site. He attended the University of Louisville and Sullivan University.

Bob begins his second term as city commissioner. His main area of responsibility will be Public Lands.

  257                                  COMMISSIONER ANDREW MILLER

Andrew Miller is a 2 ½ year resident of Bellemeade and is serving his first term as commissioner. He graduated from St. Xavier High School, received his undergraduate degree in MIS from the University of Dayton, and earned an MBA from the University of Louisville. Andrew works as a Software Engineer for a local company, Igear Online, located in Lyndon.

A proud father of two daughters and a newborn son, Andrew spends most of his free time with his family or working on his home. Andrew will be overseeing the area of Streets and Street Lights.                                 

261                                        COMMISSIONER JOHN MILLER

John Miller is a retired United States Army veteran. He is also a retired middle school and high school teacher, football and baseball coach, and high school administrator.

John is also experienced in landscape management. He is currently a professional firearms trainer– certified by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training as a CCDW Trainer. He also tutors college students and business people in proper grammar usage.

John moved to Bellemeade in September 2000. He worked with Mayor Odom-Groh to start the Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch and served as Neighborhood and Area Watch Captain. During his third term as city commissioner, John’s main area of responsibility will be Public Safety.

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                                         COMMISSIONER JAN SHAHEEN

Jan Shaheen has lived in Bellemeade for 36 wonderful years and is beginning her first term as a commissioner. Jan retired from L’Oreal Cosmetics after 30 years of service and now loves the life of leisure. She has her “baby” (dog), Cupcake, to keep her busy.

Jan is looking forward to serving as a commissioner and hopes to meet all of her great neighbors. She thanks all of Bellemeade for their vote of confidence in her. Jan’s areas of responsibilty will be Beautification and Community Events.

The mayor serves a four year term and was not a part of this reelection. For those who are new to Bellemeade, an introduction to our mayor is provided below:

Mayor_Odom-Groh

                                        MAYOR LARRY ODOM-GROH

Dr. Larry Lea Odom-Groh originally became Bellemeade’s mayor in July 2008. He was chosen by the City Commission to complete the term of Mayor Richard Pontrich, who had resigned for health reasons. Dr. Odom-Groh then ran in the November elections to fill the unexpired term. He was reelected in 2010 and 2014.

Dr. Odom-Groh is a retired minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and also serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Lyndon Fire Department. He served in the US Navy and is a Viet Nam veteran. He is married to the Rev. Melanie Odom-Groh, who serves as chaplain for Christian Care Communities. Dr. Odom-Groh oversees administration of the commission, the budget, and the newsletter.

RUMPKE WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES

Waste is collected every Tuesday, and Recycling is collected every other Tuesday during trash collection. The Recycling Schedule is listed below. After some holidays, collection is postponed by one day. The collection dates affected are listed in the second box.

2017 RECYCLING SCHEDULE

January 10, 24

February 7, 21

March 7, 21

April 4, 18

May 2, 16, 31

June 13, 27

July 11, 25

August 8, 22

September 6, 19

October 3, 17, 31

November 14, 28

December 12, 26

You may contact Rumpke at 1-800-678-6753 or

www.rumpke.com

                                                      2017 HOLIDAY CHANGES TO SCHEDULE

Collection will be delayed by one day after the following holidays:

Memorial Day – Wed, May 31

Independence Day – Wed, July 5

Labor Day — Wed, September 6

Christmas Day – Wed, December 27

                The collection schedule does not change with the remainder of the holidays.

                                                                                   

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CITY OF BELLEMEADE
      NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

October 2016

            Mayor’s Message

Mayor_Odom-Groh

Our only item of business at the Bellemeade commission meeting on Monday was employing a new city treasurer. We chose Mrs. Geri M. Huff, who lives at 127 Dorchester Road. She will begin her work on November 1. Our current treasurer, Ruby Sheridan, will stay on until the end of December to train Geri in all aspects of the treasurer’s operations. We welcome Geri and give thanks to Ruby for a job very well done the past ten years.

Remember to vote on November 8 in the Bellemeade commissioners election. The four people running for city commissioner are Bob Elliott, Andrew Miller, John Miller, and Jan Shaheen.

                                                                    Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

ORDINANCE NO.2016-04

Amended August 8, 2016

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE JEFFERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AD VALOREM TAX ASSESSMENT FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMADE, KENTUCKY, AND THE LEVYING OF AN AD VALOREM TAX THEREON FOR CITY PURPOSES FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR JANUARY 1, 2017 TO DECEMBER 31, 2017.

Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the City of Bellemeade is authorized for city tax purposes to fix the tax levy and the due dates to levy and collect said taxes,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED BY THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE:

Section 1. January 1, 2017, is hereby set as the assessment date for all property subject to city taxation within the boundaries for the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky.

Section 2. The county assessment of the property situated within the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky, is hereby adopted as the City assessment for City and such ad valorem taxes as apply for the calendar year January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Section 3. The City Clerk is directed to obtain a true copy of the county assessment of property within the corporate limits of Bellemeade and make out tax bills therefrom and mail same by no later than January 1, 2017. Each bill shall show lot, total assessment of the real property and improvements, the name of the supposed owner, the ad valorem tax rate, and the total tax bill amount.

Section 4. Upon delivery of such bills, the City Treasurer of Bellemeade shall have the responsibility of supervising the collection of same. Collection of delinquent taxes shall be made in the manner prescribed by law.

Section 5. The proceeds of such taxes are to be used for the general operation purposes of the City.

Section 6. The ad valorem tax rate for the calendar year 2016 shall be and is hereby fixed at 7.5 cents per $100.00 valuation of the property as assessed for taxation. Said tax shall be due and payable as follows:

  • To January 31, 2017: Face amount of bill less discount of 5%
  • February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017: Face amount of bill
  • March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 5%
  • After March 31, 2017: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 10%, plus interest at the rate of 12% per annum from March 31, 2017, until paid

Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect from and after passage by the City Commissioners and publication as required by law.

First reading passed this 9th day of May 2016. Amended first reading August 8, 2016.

Second reading passed and approved this 13th day of June 2016. Amended September 12, 2016.


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CITY OF BELLEMEADE

    NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

             June 2016

                                 

                   Mayor’s Message      Mayor_Odom-Groh

In this newsletter are three major Bellemeade ordinances that have been recently passed and are available for your viewing.

In other news, 2016 is an election year for Bellemeade. The four city commissioner positions are open to any residents who are registered voters in Bellemeade. If more than four people run for office, the four with the highest number of votes will be elected to two year terms.

If you are interested in running, the filing deadline for this election is August 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The filing fee is $20. You must submit your application and fee in person to the following office through July 22:

Jefferson County Clerk’s Office,

810 Barrett Avenue, Room 103,

Louisville KY 40204.

From July 22-August 9, you may file at 701 West Ormsby, Louisville KY 40203.

A description of a commissioner’s job duties are as follows: A commissioner attends the monthly commission meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. He/she makes motions and seconds for city business and votes on motions. Each commissioner is assigned oversight for a certain area of city business by the mayor. These areas are assigned at the first meeting of the commissioners’ two year terms of office. Along with others on the commission, a commissioner is responsible for enforcement of city ordinances. A commissioner may also be required to serve as Mayor-Pro Tem in the absence of the mayor.

Serving as city commissioner can be a rewarding experience where you can learn more about your community, come to know the residents in your community better, and take pride in knowing you contributed to making the City of Bellemeade a great place to live. Please consider offering your services to our city.

                                                Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY
JEFFERSON COUNTY
, KENTUCKY

 ORDINANCE NO 2016-02

AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A COMMUNICATIONS FRANCHISE AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A UNIFORM FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

WHEREAS, the City desires to award a non-exclusive franchise to Google Fiber Kentucky, LLC; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Chapter 116.70 – 116.99 of the Metro Code of Ordinances, Sections 163 and 164 of the Kentucky Constitution, Louisville Metro solicited bid proposals from parties interested in obtaining franchises to erect, install, and maintain communications facilities or provide communication services by use of said communication facilities within the confines of Jefferson County; and

WHEREAS, Provider submitted a bid proposal to Metro for a communications services franchise pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 116.70 – 116.99 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The City hereby grants to Provider for a period of twenty (20) years, a non- exclusive franchise to erect, install, or maintain communications facilities or provide communication services by use of said communication facilities within the boundaries of the City in conformance with and subject to the terms and conditions of the Uniform Franchise Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by reference as if set forth in full.

Section 2. The Mayor is hereby authorized to execute Exhibit A hereto, and may accept minor changes to Exhibit A provided that such changes and/or modifications do not materially alter the substance of the Agreement or any term thereof.

Section 3. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall be effective upon passage.

INTRODUCED AND READ AT A MEETING OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, HELD ON THE 8TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2016.

READ, PASSED, AND APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, AT A MEETING HELD ON THE 13TH DAY OF JUNE, 2016.

CITY OF BELLEMEADE
ORDINANCE NO. 2016- 03
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE GENERAL OPERATING                   OF AND THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE FOR            THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 – 2017, FROM JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017

WHEREAS, the City of Bellemeade is authorized and empowered to expend money for the general operating purposes of and the capital expenditures for the City,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

1. City Revenues
The following budgeted revenues are hereby estimated for the fiscal year from July 1,       2016 through June 30, 2017:

General Fund
a. Property Taxes $56,000
b. Insurance Premium Taxes 60,000
c. Interest Income 2,850
d. Franchise Fees Telecommunication 4,800
Subtotal 123,650
e. Reserves of Cash and Investments $493,000
Total General Fund $616,650

Road Fund
f. Municipal Aid Road Fund 17,000
g. Interest Income 450
Subtotal 17,450
h. Reserves of Cash and Investments $191,900
Total Road Fund $209,350

2. City Expenditures
The following budget expenditures are hereby estimated for the City for the fiscal year from July 1, 2016 through
June 30, 2017:

General Fund
a. Sanitation $59,000
b. Lawn Service & Maintenance 6,750
c. Beautification 2,000
d. Utilities – Street Lights 14,800
e. Utilities – Water Entrances 900
f. Insurance 1,600
g. Attorney Fees 2,000
h. PVA and Audit Fees 6,000
i. Salary and Payroll 4,000
j. Snow Removal 2,000
k. Newsletters 1,600
l. Yard Sale Expenses 300
m. Miscellaneous 3,000
n. Police NSAP 7,000
o. Emergency Fund 12,700
Subtotal 123,650
p. Reserves Not Expended 493,000
Total General Fund $616,650
Road Fund
q. Road and Sign Repair 17,450
r. Reserves Not Expended 191,900
Total Road Fund $209,350

This budget reflects a real estate tax rate of .075 per $100 of property value and a 5% cash discount before January 31, 2017.

3. The City Treasurer is empowered to expend money within the above limitations upon the review and approval of the City Commission.

4. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor of the City of Bellemeade and publication as required by law.

First reading May 9, 2016.
Passed and approved this 13th day of June 2016.

                                                                  GOT REACH ALERT?

                                                                  Bob Elliott, Public Safety Commissioner

Hello, neighbors, I would like to remind you of our Reach Alert Messaging system. You can receive messages via texts, voice calls, or email. These are real time alerts sent by the City of Bellemeade to alert citizens of any emergency or suspicious activity. The system is paid for by the city, and you can sign up for free at www.reachalert.com.  Just click on the orange button marked “Login” in the top right corner and then click on “Create account”.  Fill in the requested information, and you are ready to go.  You can unsubscribe at any time by going back to the same page. We send monthly test alerts so you will know that everything is working as it should. We currently have over 100 subscribers, and you should be one of them.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 502-713- 5779.


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CITY OF BELLEMEADE

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

May 2016

                                                       Mayor’s Message                                                                                                                                           

A health issue for the Louisville area has been raised by the Zika virus. Mosquitos thattransmit that nasty virus live in Louisville and Bellemeade. Health officials advise us to eliminate standing or dirty water where they breed. Bird baths need to be constantly refreshed with clean water.

We also have several drainage ditches running through Bellemeade that need to be kept clear. Many times I have been told of neighbors throwing yard waste over their fences into the ditch. This creates pools of water for mosquitos to lay eggs in.  It is also illegal and causes backups during heavy rains. Please be good citizens and neighbors.

On a brighter note, Google fiber’s advanced team has talked with me several times and is soon sending asurvey team into Bellemeade to plan a route for their fiber optic lines. They may be going into backyards checking utility poles. Be aware this summer of outsiders coming into our city. Some are lookingfor work, and some are working on a con.  Anyone going door-to-door must have a solicitor’s permit from Metro government.

Each person soliciting needs to have one–not just a supervisor down the street somewhere. If you see this, call the police and your Neighborhood Watch. Use Bellemeade’s Facebook page or use our Reach Alert to get the word out. Give good descriptions and keep Bellemeade safe. We have a very low crime rate–so let’s keep it  that way.

                                              Mayor Larry Odom-Groh                                                                                                           


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

                 January 2016

Mayor’s MessageMayor_Odom-Groh

Sometimes it seems that sign pollution in Bellemeade will overwhelm us. Two particular areas of concern are signs on public lands at the two Shelbyville Road entrances and signs on citizens’ lawns.

PUBLIC LANDS: Our city owns the two entrances on Shelbyville Road at Bellemeade Road and at North Chadwick Road. Our long standing policy has been to allow Bellemeade citizens to place small signs directing people to their homes for yard sales, birthday parties, and open houses, and to homes that are For Sale by Owner. This policy is a service to our citizens and should be only for a very short time of three days or less. Some signs have overstayed their welcome. From this point on, if you wish to place a sign, you will need to contact the Public Lands Commissioner with the request including when it will come down. Currently that is Commissioner John Miller. NO POLITICAL SIGNS will be allowed on the public lands.

PRIVATE PROPERTY: For signs on your private property, Bellemeade falls under the Metro Louisville regulations for residential areas. They specify that you may post For Sale by Owner or realtor For Sale signs, yard sale or garage sale signs, signs announcing a party at your house or “Its a boy/girl”. You may post political election signs eight weeks before an election, but they must be taken down the day after the election. You MAY NOT have a commercial sign. Many window, roofer, fence companies, and others will ask you to put their sign on your land for a month. They know that is not legal!

Special note: If you wish to place a sign of any kind on the lawn of another property owner, you must have the permission of that owner even if it is in the easement. Property owners may remove any sign on their lawn that they do not want.

By following the sign regulations, you will enhance the beauty of your homes and your city. Please help rid the City of Bellemeade of sign pollution.

Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

The following ordinance was approved by the Bellemeade City Commission on January 11, 2016:

CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY

ORDINANCE NO. 2016-01

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO CLOSING A PORTION OF CHARING
CROSS ROAD IN THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY

WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Bellemeade is desirous of
closing a portion of Charing Cross Road in Bellemeade, Kentucky,

WHEREAS, Kentucky Revised Statutes 82.405 gives the City of Bellemeade the
power to close public ways within its jurisdiction,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF
THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY:

  • The City Commision of Bellemeade has determined that a
    portion of Charing Cross Road is no longer necessary as a
    public way and should be closed.
  • The abutting property owners are as follows:
    University of Louisville
  1. ii. Andrew 1. Schmitt, and

iii. Brian D. and Geri M. Huff

  • Written notice of the proposed closing has been given to all the
    above abutting property owners
  • The above abutting property owners have given their written
    notarized consent (attached) to the closing, and, therefore, agree
    to the closing.
  • That portion of Charing Cross Road as shown on the attached
    plat, consisting of2,446 square feet, is hereby closed as a public
    way.
  • The portion of Charing Cross Road that is being closed by this
    ordinance is retained as the property of the City of Bellemeade,
    Kentucky, for use by the general public as restricted by any
    regulations passed by the Commission of the City of
    Bellemeade, Kentucky.

This ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and approval by the
Mayor of the City of Bellemeade and publication as required by law.

Passed and approved by the City of Bellemeade on the 11 th day of January, 2016

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Waste is picked up every Tuesday, and Recycling is picked up every other Tuesday. After some holidays, pick up is postponed by one day.

2016 RECYCLING COLLECTION

January 12, 26

February 9, 23

March 8, 22

April 5, 19

May 3, 17

June 14, 28

July 12, 26

August 9, 23

September 7, 20

October 4, 18

November 1, 15, 29

December 13, 27

TRASH DELAY DAYS

Memorial Day – Delay to Wed, June 1

Labor Day – Delay to Wed, Sept 7

You may contact Rumpke at 1-800-678-6753 or www.rumpke.com

Beautification Committee Update

                                                   Commissioner Elizabeth DierufOLDER MAN DIGGING AROUND TREE

Because of minimal interest in the Beautification Committee’s services in recent months, the Beautification Committee has elected to become dormant. The committee has appointed the Bellemeade Commissioners as substitute decision makers should residents request funds in the future for planting, removing, or pruning canopy trees near the street. The related ordinance will remain in effect, and the budget allowance will continue to be set aside for beautification per the ordinance. Please contact Elizabeth Dieruf with any questions (edieruf@hotmail.com).

Property Tax Bills

Property Tax Bills were mailed out in early December to tax-paying services and to residents who pay their own property taxes directly. If you pay your own property taxes directly and did not receive a bill in the mail, please call Treasurer Ruby Sheridan at 426-2468. The following specifies the deadlines, rewards, and penalties for early and late payment:

  • To January 31, 2016: Face amount of bill less discount of 5%

  • February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016: Face amount of bill

  • March 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 5%

  • After March 31, 2016: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 10%, plus interest at

      the rate of 12% per annum from March 31, 2015 until paid

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      NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS   

                                 July 2015

                                               

                                                Mayor’s MessageMayor_Odom-Groh

One of the requirements of any city government is to communicate with its citizenson its activities, especially when it passes an ordinance, as we did in the June meeting.

The city of Bellemeade meets this requirement in a variety of ways:

  1. All of our meetings are open to the public– except executive sessions for staff issues. City Commission meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Lyndon City Hall.

2. We publish this quarterly newsletter Neighborhood News as First Class Mail to each household in             Bellemeade. The newsletter is also posted on the Bellemeade city website.

3. We update the city website www.bellemeade-ky.gov at least once a month.

4. We send out Email Alerts, as necessary, to those who have requested to be on the alert list.

5. We have three Facebook pages: a Bellemeade city page, a Neighborhood Watch page, and a                   Forum page.

6. We are adding a text alert, phone call alert, or email alert for residents who want an instant                 notification of events in Bellemeade. Read about this REACH ALERT system and how to register         for it later in this issue.

Good communications is very important in this technical age, and our citizens have many choices for receiving important information. Some use only mail, some check the internet, and some use email or text. Tell us which way you prefer to be contacted by your city commission.

                                                                                    Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

ORDINANCE NO. 2015-01

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE GENERAL OPERATING PURPOSES OF AND THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016 FROM JULY 1, 2015 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2016.

WHEREAS, the City of Bellemeade is authorized and empowered to expend money for the general operating purposes of and the capital expenditures for the City.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

1. City Revenues

The following budgeted revenues are hereby estimated for the Fiscal Year from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016:

General Fund

a. Property Taxes $ 56,000

b. Insurance Premium Taxes 54,000

c. Interest Income 2,850

d. Franchise Fees Telecommunication 4,800

Subtotal $117,650

e. Reserves of Cash and Investments $470,000

Total General Fund $587,650

Road Fund

f. Municipal Aid Road Fund $ 17,000

g. Interest Income 450

Subtotal $ 17,450

h. Reserves of Cash and Investments $175,200

Total Road Fund $193,750

2. City Expenditures

The following budget expenditures are hereby estimated for the City for the Fiscal Year from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

General Fund

a. Sanitation $ 58,000

b. Lawn Service and Maintenance 6,750

c. Beautification 2,000

d. Utilities—Street Lights 13,800

e. Utilities—Water Entrances 900

f. Insurance 1,600

g. Attorney Fees 2,000

h. PVA and Audit Fees 6,000

I. Salary and Payroll 4,000

j. Snow Removal 2,000

k. Newletters 1,600

l. Yard Sale Expenses 300

m. Miscellaneous 2,000

n. Police NSAP 6,000

o. Emergency Fund 7,150

Subtotal $114,100

p. Reserves Not Expended $470,000

Total General Fund $584,100

Road Fund

q. Road and Sign Repair 17,450

r. Reserves Not Expended $175,200

Total Road Fund $193,750

This budget reflects a real estate tax rate of .075 per $100 of property value and a 5% cash discount before January 31, 2016.

3. The City Treasurer is empowered to expend money within the above limitations upon the review and approval of the City Commission.

4. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor of the City of Bellemeade and publication as required by law.

First Reading: May 12, 2015

Passed and approved this June 8, 2015.

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

ORDINANCE NO. 2015-02

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE JEFFERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AD VALOREM TAX ASSESSMENT FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, AND THE LEVYING OF AN AD VALOREM TAX THEREON FOR CITY PURPOSES FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR JANUARY 1, 2016 TO DECEMBER 31, 2016.

Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the City of Bellemeade is authorized for city tax purposes, to fix the tax levy and the due dates to levy and collect said taxes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED BY THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE:

Section 1. January 1, 2016, is hereby set as the assessment date for all property subject to city taxation within the boundaries for the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky.

Section 2. The county assessment of the property situated within the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky, is hereby adopted as the City assessment for City and such ad valorem taxes as apply for the calendar year January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Section 3. The City Clerk is directed to obtain a true copy of the county assessment of property within the corporate limits of Bellemeade and make out tax bills therefrom and mail same by no later than January 1, 2016. Each bill shall show lot, total assessment of the real property and improvements, the name of the supposed owner, the ad valorem tax rate, and the total tax bill amount.

Section 4. Upon delivery of such bills, the City Treasurer of Bellemeade shall have the responsibility of supervising the collection of same. Collection of delinquent taxes shall be made in the manner prescribed by law.

Section 5. The proceeds of such taxes are to be used for the general operation purposes of the City.

Section 6. The ad valorem tax rate for the calendar year 2016 shall be and is hereby fixed at .075 cents per $100 valuation of the property as assessed for taxation. Said tax shall be due and payable as follows:

  • To January 31, 2016: Face amount of bill less discount of 5%

  • February 1, 2016 to February 28, 2016: Face amount of bill

  • March 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 5%

  • After March 31, 2016: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 10%, plus interest at the rate of 12% per annum from March 31, 2016, until paid

Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect from and after passage by the City Commissioners and publication as required by law.

First reading passed and approved this 11th day of May, 2015.

Second reading passed and approved this 8th day of June, 2015.

REGISTRATION FOR REACH ALERT SYSTEMBUSINESSMAN ON CELLULAR 13

Bob Elliott, Public Safety Commissioner

The Bellemeade city commissioners recently voted to set up an alert system for our residents. This alert system is called REACH ALERT and is free of charge to city residents. After you sign up for REACH ALERT, you will receive instant notifications of events or emergencies in our city. The alerts can come to you via email, text, or a phone call to your home or cell phone—or all three ways–however you choose. This will allow the city to instantly send important information to residents about suspicious activity, send reminders about holiday changes to waste pickup dates, announce water main breaks, and much more. You may register up to four phone numbers and email addresses per house.

If you are interested in this service, please register by going to www.reachalert.com and click on the blue text, “Create an Account.” When prompted, please use the following information to register for this network:

Network Name: City of Bellemeade

Role: Resident

If you request to receive alerts as text messages, REACH ALERT will immediately send a 4-digit validation code to your phone. Please type this 4-digit number on the registration screen, and click the word Validate. If you prefer phone calls, your phone will be validated automatically.

If you have difficulty registering, please contact REACH ALERT at (877) 307-9313 or info@reachalert.com. For more information from Commissioner Bob Elliott, please call (502) 713-5779 or email him at bob.elliott@twc.com.

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             April 2015              

                                                   Mayor’s MessageMayor_Odom-Groh

One of the privileges of being a mayor is the ability to make proclamations. Proclamations lift up for recognition special events or people. At the March Commission meeting, I presented a Proclamation declaring March 9, 2015 as “Margaret Wright Day in Bellemeade” to former Commissioner Margaret Wright.

Those who know Margaret are aware that she is a quiet, kind, and gentle lady who has lived her life in loving service to others. She has often put the needs of other people ahead of her own needs. For twelve years, she did the same for the City of Bellemeade. To her credit, she did that without fanfare.

She is an inspiration for the type of service to the community that makes our city, state, and country work. As Margaret retires, I hope that her example will be an inspiration to other citizens of Bellemeade to volunteer time and talent to make our world a better place to live.

                                                                   Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

WARM WEATHER ALERT

Commissioner Bob Elliott, Public Safety

The warm weather we have all waited for does bring some cautions for drivers. Lt. Cabrera of Louisville Metro Police stated that he had three stop sign violations in Bellemeade on Wednesday, March 11, which was a sharp jump from the current pattern. He said that sunny weather usually brings driver inattention. He also said that a child almost ran into the street while he was patrolling. So please keep alert for inattentive children and drivers, and help keep Bellemeade a safe neighborhood.

                                         FRIENDLY REMINDERS

                                                     Mayor Larry Odom-GrohBALL CAP GARDENING 06

These are some friendly reminders to inform new residents in our community of regulations they need to know and to remind some of us of things we may have forgotten.

Spring is here, and it is time to clean up our property from winter debris. Some of our neighbors are trying to sell their homes, and keeping our neighborhood clean and neat will help their property values—as well as ours.

Some contractors you hire will want to put advertising yard signs in your yard. That is NOT legal.

Please check your house numbers to ensure that emergency personnel can read them from the street at night. If not, they may need replacing.

If you have recently moved to Bellemeade, please make sure that your insurance company sends your Insurance Premium Tax to the City of Bellemeade and not to Louisville Metro government.

RV’s, boats, and trailers may not be visible from the street and must be on a hard surface.

Trash, recycling, and yard waste containers may be put out the night before the pick up day and need to be put out of sight after pick up.

Pets that are outside must be fenced or on a leash. When walking your dog, please pick up after him.

 Please note these changes to the Rumpke Holiday Changes to Schedule posted in the January 2015 newsletter: Memorial Day and Labor Day are the only remain in  Rumpke holiday delay days for 2015 in the City of Bellemeade.

 

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                                                           January 2015

                                                   Mayor’s Message

The new year rings in several changes for the City of Bellemeade.Mayor_Odom-Groh

The city’s classification has been changed from a Sixth Class City to a Home Rule Class City. In 2014, the Kentucky legislature simplified the classification of cities from six classes to two classes:  First Class and Home Rule. First Class designation is assigned to larger cities, such as Louisville and Lexington, and Home Rule Class is assigned to smaller cities such as ours. This will prevent the

constant shifting in classification as smaller cities grow or shrink in size.

Bellemeade also has a change in commissioners. Former Commissioners Margaret Wright and Paula Ferriell did not seek reelection. Our thanks for their service to the community. Two new commissioners, Elizabeth Dieruf and Bob Elliott, were sworn in with the rest of the City Commission at the December Commission Meeting.

Finally, Jefferson County has issued a new law banning use of plastic bags for yard waste. Rumpke will only pick up yard waste in paper bags, special compostable plastic bags, trash cans marked as Yard Waste, or small branches/twigs cut in four foot lengths, which are bundled with twine.

It should be an exciting year ahead. On behalf of the City Commission, I wish all of the residents of Bellemeade a happy and healthy new year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

Property Tax Bills

Property Tax Bills were mailed out at the beginning of December to tax-paying services and to residents who pay their own property taxes directly. If you pay your own property taxes directly and did not receive a bill in the mail, please call Treasurer Ruby Sheridan at 426-2468. The following specifies the deadlines, rewards, and penalties for early and late payment:

  • To January 31, 2015: Face amount of bill less discount of 5%

  • February 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015: Face amount of bill

  • March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 5%

  • After March 31, 2015: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 10%, plus interest at the rate of 12% per annum from March 31, 2015 until paid

                          NEW CITY COMMISSION SWORN IN                                                                                                Carol Howard

The Bellemeade City Commission was sworn in by City Attorney Stephen Porter at the December 8, 2014 Commission meeting at Lyndon City Hall. The Commissioners serve a two year term, and the Mayor serves a four year term. They are pictured from Left to Right: Commissioner Elizabeth Dieruf, Commissioner John Miller,  Mayor Larry Odom-Groh, Commissioner Brian Hill, and Commissioner Bob Elliott. 

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   MEET YOUR CITY COMMISSION

 The following is a brief introduction to the 2015-2016 City Commission. Contact information for all of the City Commission may be found in the box on the first page of every newsletter as well as in the Contact Us section of the Bellemeade web site:www.bellemeade-ky.gov.       

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 MAYOR LARRY ODOM-GROH

Dr. Larry Lea Odom-Groh originally became Bellemeade’s mayor in July 2008. He was chosen by the City Commission to complete the term of Mayor Richard Pontrich, who had resigned for health reasons. He then ran in the November elections to fill the unexpired term. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

Dr. Odom-Groh is a retired minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and also serves as volunteer chaplain for the Lyndon Fire Department. He served in the US Navy and is a Viet Nam veteran. He is married to the Rev. Melanie Odom-Groh who serves as chaplain for Christian Care Communities. Dr. Odom-Groh oversees administration of the commission, the budget, and the newsletter.

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 COMMISSIONER BOB ELLIOTT

Bob Elliott is a five year resident of Bellemeade. He has been a Block Watch Captain since its inception, and he is also Chair of the Block Watch Citizens Committee. He set up and administers the City of Bellmeade web site. He attended the University of Louisville and Sullivan University. Bob begins his first term as city commissioner. His main area of responsibility will be Public Safety.   100_7752

COMMISSIONER ELIZABETH DIERUF

Elizabeth Dieruf has lived in Bellemeade for a little over a year. She is a

CPA for Harding Shymanski in downtown Louisville. Elizabeth is Louisville born and raised. She attended Sacred Heart High School. She then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Later, she earned her CPA from the University of Louisville. Elizabeth volunteers and fosters dogs for animal groups—the Humane Society and Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs (GRRAND). Elizabeth has just started her first term as city commissioner. Her main areas of responsibility will be Beautification and Community Events.

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COMMISSIONER BRIAN HILL

Brian Hill has been a commissioner for eight years and is beginning his fifth term. He oversees street repair and pavement, street lights, and the entrance signs. To save the city money, Brian usually does repair and replacement of lights himself. Brian has lived in Bellemeade most of his life. He succeeds his dad in the area of city service. His father was Treasurer for the Moorgate neighborhood association and stepped down when Moorgate and Bellemeade merged into the City of Bellemeade. Brian has worked as a handling specialist for BAE Systems for 24 years. His area of responsibility will remain Streets and Street Lights. John Miller

 COMMISSIONER JOHN MILLER

John Miller is a retired United States Army veteran. He is also a retired middle school and high school teacher, football and baseball coach, and high school administrator. John is also experienced in landscape management. He is currently a professional firearms trainer– certified by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training as a CCDW Trainer. He also tutors college students and business people in proper grammar usage. John moved to Bellemeade in September 2000. He worked with Mayor Odom-Groh to start the Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch and served as Neighborhood and Area Watch Captain. During his first term, John was responsible for Public Safety. During his second term, his main area of responsibility will be Public Lands.

 RUMPKE

Waste is picked up every Tuesday, and Recycling is picked up every other Tuesday. After some holidays, pick up is postponed by one day. The Regular Recycling Schedule is listed below. For Holiday Changes to waste pickup and recycling, see the second list.

 2015 REGULAR RECYCLING SCHEDULE

January 13, 27

February 10, 24

March 10, 24

April 7, 21

May 5, 19

June 2, 16, 30

July 14, 28

August 11, 25

September 8, 22

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1, 15, 29

You may contact Rumpke at 1-800-678-6753 or

www.rumpke.com

 2015 HOLIDAY CHANGES TO SCHEDULE

On the week of

Martin Luther King Jr Birthday, Mon 1/19- No delay on Tues, 1/20

President’s Day, Mon 2/16—No delay on Tues, 2/17

Memorial Day, Mon 5/25—Tues service will move to Wed.5/27

Independence Day, Fri 7/4—No delay on Tues 6/30

Labor Day, Mon 9/7—Tues service will move to Wed, 9/9

Columbus Day, Mon 10/12— No delay on Tues, 10/13

Veteran’s Day, Tues 11/11—No delay on Tues 11/10

Thanksgiving Day, Thurs 11/26—No delay on Tues 11/24

Christmas Day, Thurs 12/25—No delay on Tues 12/22

New Year’s Day, Thurs 1/1—No delay on Tues 12/29

  Note: If you are not currently receiving the quarterly City of Bellemeade newsletter by mail, please contact Carol Howard 899-7031. The paper copy is a more complete edition.           

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                                                   NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS                                                                                                                        

                                                                              October 2014

                                                            Mayor’s Message

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                                                    On Being Good Neighbors

We all enjoy lovely yards and gardens but let us be careful with our plantings as some plants are invasive and get out of control. Plants like Kudzu and Bamboo can spread to other properties and cause problems.

A few residents have mowed their yards scattering the grass clipping into the street leaving them there. Please keep the streets clean.

Once again a reminder that pets out side must be on a leash or inside a fence. If your dog leaves a deposit in a neighbor’s yard you are responsible for removing it.

Noise at night can be a problem for your neighbors. If you are going to have a party that you expect to create loud noise, talk to your neighbors within ear shot and end the noise at a decent hour.

Fireworks in the City Limits of Bellemeade are not legal.         

                                                               Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

                                                                                         

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I highly commend the following citizens for volunteering to serve as the government of the City of Bellemeade. As we are all unopposed and the time to apply has expired, we will be elected to the 2015-2016 City of Bellemeade Commission.

Mayor–Four Year Term

  • Larry Lea Odom-Groh

Commissioners–Two Year Terms

  • Elizabeth Dieruf

  • Robert Elliott

  • Brian Hill

  • John Miller

The 2015-2016 Commissioners and Mayor will be sworn in at the end of the December Commission Meeting.

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 WITH THANKS,       

                                  COMMISSIONER MARGARET WRIGHT

Carol Howard


When the new Bellemeade Commission is sworn in in December, for the first time in twelve years, Margaret Wright will not be among them. Margaret has served under the past three mayors. She has served on the Beautification Committee for the past four years, where she oversaw the maintenance of the subdivision entrances and public lands, ensured their irrigation systems were turned on and off each year, and scheduled with Country Squire Florist to decorate the entrances for the Christmas season. She has also coordinated the City Wide Yard Sale several times.

As a long standing resident of Bellemeade, Margaret was asked what changes she has seen in the city over the past 43 years. She said when she moved here in 1971, she was one of the youngest members of the community, and now she is a senior member. She misses many of her former neighbors who are gone and have been replaced by many young people and children, which she recognizes as the cycle of life.

Margaret said she feels that Bellemeade is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Jefferson County. It is close to everything but quiet. It has one of the lowest tax rates of any sixth class city in Jefferson County. She feels the tree program is a real plus. She said that the City of Hurstbourne has recently been calling to learn how to start one like ours.

The one appeal that Margaret leaves with us is for more interest in the city commission from the young people in the community. As they live and raise their children here, she hopes they will step up to the plate and serve on the city commission.

So, thank you, Margaret for your service. We also thank Paula Ferriell who has served the past two years as Commissioner and has coordinated the City Wide Yard Sale and the quarterly newsletter.

                               BELLEMEADE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH              LAPTOP 01                                                  Commissioner John Miller

Residents may now get Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch information via emails at http://bellemeade-ky.gov/?page_id=102and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1486337558272422/. This is a closed group open only to Bellemeade residents who are Facebook users. This is a free service. If you are not receiving Neighborhood Watch information via email and would like to do so, please send your name, street address, and email address to Commissioner John Miller at pajown@twc.com. Several residents have suggested real time alerts via SMS (text messaging) as a means of more rapidly and more efficiently alerting residents in the event of serious threats to our safety. Such alerts would be limited to incidents serious enough to call the police. Since there would be a cost for this service (approximately $1200 annually), the City Commission would need to know how many residents would use the service before appropriating money to operate it. If approved, any resident shall be allowed to participate, but residents under the age of eighteen must have parental permission. If you are interested in registering your cell number with Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch to receive and/or send instant alerts, please indicate that in an email to Commissioner John Miller at pajowm@twc.com. Residents who oppose establishing such a system should make that known via email to the same email address.

                                   YOUR BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE                                     FATHER & SON GARDENING 01                                                                Judi Sikes

Believe it or not, it’s planting season again! Yes, fall is the best time to plant trees. It’s also a wonderful time to stroll around the city and see the great old canopies that have survived these many years and the many new ones residents have planted in their front or side (corner lot) easements.

Your Beautification Committee anxiously awaits your call to apply for a $150 reimbursement for the planting, pruning, or (sadly) removing of a canopy in your front or side (corner lot) easement. If your easement falls under power lines (Shelbyville Road and Wood Road), your planting choices are low growing trees–rather than canopy trees. The committee has a list of trees from which to choose and the names of reliable companies to complete the work. Call Peggy Campbell (426-4675), and she will give you all the needed details.

The Beautification Committee held elections in June, and the following lists the new officers:

  • Elizabeth Dieruf—Chairperson
  • Peggy Campbell—Tree Recorder
  • Sherry Spanyer—Secretary
  • Eric Morrell—Bookkeeper
  • Steve Longhurst
  • John Miller
  • Judi Sikes

PLEASE CONTINUE KEEPING BELLEMEADE BEAUTIFUL AND SHADY!    

MAYOR’S E-MAIL ALERTS

If you are not receiving the Mayor”s Email Alerts and wish to receive them, please send your email address to mayor.bellemeade@gmail.com,and you will be added. NOTE: AOL is blocking all mail for this account so if you have AOL, please list it as approved.             

 RUMPKE SCHEDULE

Waste is picked up every Tuesday, but Recycling is picked up every other Tuesday. After some holidays, pick up is postponed by one day. There will not be any post holiday delays for the rest of this calendar year.

The days for combined trash and recycling are listed below for the remainder of 2014:

October 7, 21

November 4, 18

December 2, 16, 30

You may contact Rumpke at 1-800-678-6753 or at www.rumpke.com.

                                            COMPOST OR LANDFILL?

Check your knowledge of the following Recycling Policies:

  1. Lids may be left on bottles and jars when they are recycled. Yes  No

  2. Yard waste put in plastic bags will be sent to the landfill instead of being recycled. Yes  No

  3. According to Metro Ordinance, beginning January 1,2015, yard waste disposed in plastic bags may be subject to a fine. Yes  No

Answers at bottom of page.

                                 REMINDER: Insurance Premium Tax

The City of Bellemeade is entitled to collect the 5% Insurance Premium Tax we all pay on our risk insurance policies (home, auto, boat, etc.). Health insurance policies are not affected.

Unless you advise your insurance company that you are a resident of Bellemeade, this tax money is sent to Louisville Metro Government. For ease in doing this, we have attached a copy of a form to enclose with your insurance payments.

Please note: There is NO INCREASED COST TO YOU. This is a tax you are already paying.

ATTENTION INSURANCE CARRIER: As I am a resident of Bellemeade, please send my 5% Insurance Premium Tax to:

                                       Treasurer, City of Bellemeade

                                         8505 Charing Cross Rd

                                          Louisville, KY 40222

Name _________________________Premium No. _____________ 

Address_______________________________________________

Answers to Compost or Landfill? 1. No. If jars and lids are left on bottles and jars, they will be not be recycled and will be sent to the landfill. 2. Yes. 3. Yes.

 

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

July 2014

Mayor’s Message

Included in this newsletter are two major ordinances. The 2014-2015 City Budget Ordinance passed with one dissenting vote, and the 2015 Tax Ordinance passed unanimously. After many years of needing to draw from our reserve funds to cover expenses, this is the second year that we have been able to rebuild the reserve funds. We have also been able to keep Bellemeade property tax at the same level for the sixth year in a row. I am committed to excellent fiscal stewardship of our dollars.

This is an election year for Bellemeade, and all five positions on the city commission are open to any resident who is also a registered voter in Bellemeade. There are four commissioner positions, and if there are more than four running, the four people with the highest number of votes will be elected to a two year term. The position of mayor is a four year term, and the person with the highest number of votes will become the mayor. Any one who would like to run for a Bellemeade office may contact me at mayor.bellemeade@gmail.com or call me at 295-5800 for information on how to get your name on the ballot.

The Metro government has issued a new regulation regarding plastic bags for yard waste disposal. After January 1, 2015, plastic bags for yard waste will no longer be picked up in Jefferson County. You may use trash cans marked “Yard Waste” or use paper yard waste bags. Small limbs and twigs cut to four feet or less may be bundled with twine and set by the side of the road.

It has been noted the some people are placing their trash cans on the road creating traffic problems. Please place your trash cans NEXT to the road and not on it. Pets outside of a fence must be on a leash at all times.

Enjoy your summer and be safe. Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

ORDINANCE NO. 2014-1

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE GENERAL OEPERATING PURPOSES OF AND THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 FROM JULY 1, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2015. 

WHEREAS, the City of Bellemeade is authorized and empowered to expend money for the general operating purposes of and the capital expenditures for the City. 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

1. City Revenues The following budgeted revenues are hereby estimated for the Fiscal Year from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015: General Fund

a. Property Tax                                             $ 56,000

b. Insurance Premium Taxes                           50,000

c. Interest Income                                              1,500

d. Franchise Fees Telecommunication              4,800

Subtotal                                                                    $112,300

e. Reserves of Cash and Investments            $442,500

Total General Fund                              $554,800

Road Fund

f. Municipal Aid Road Fund                         $ 21,000

g. Interest Income                                               500

Subtotal                                                     $ 21,500

h. Reserves of Cash and Investment                $155,300

Total Road Fund                                      $176,800

2. City Expenditures The following budget expenditures are hereby estimated for the City for the Fiscal Year from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

General Fund

a. Sanitation                                         $     58,000

b. Lawn Service and Maintenance                6,750

c. Beautification                                            2,000

d. Utilities—Street Lights                            13,800

e. Utilities—Water Entrances                          900

f. Insurance                                                   1,600

g. Attorney Fees                                            2,000

h. PVA and Audit Fees                                  6,000

I. Salary and Payroll                                      4,000

j. Snow Removal                                            2,000

k. Newletters                                                  1,600

l. Yard Sale Expenses                                      300

m. Miscellaneous                                           2,000

n. Police NSAP                                               4,200

o. To Reserves                                               7,150

Subtotal                                                 $112,300

p. Reserves Not Expended                               $442,500

Total General Fund                            $544,800 Road Fund

q. Road and Sign Repair                                      

0 r. Reserves Not Expended                               $176,800

Total Road Fund                                  $176,800

This budget reflects a real estate tax rate of .075 per $100 of property value and a 5% cash discount before January 31, 2015. 3. The City Treasurer is empowered to expend money within the above limitations upon the review and approval of the City Commission. 4. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor of the City of Bellemeade and publication as required by law. First Reading: 12th day of May, 2014 Passed and approved this 9th day of June, 2014.

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

ORDINANCE NO. 2014-02

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE JEFFERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AD VALOREM TAX ASSESSMENT FOR THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE, KENTUCKY, AND THE LEVYING OF AN AD VALOREM TAX THEREON FOR CITY PURPOSES FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR JANUARY 1, 2015 TO DECEMBER 31, 2015.

Whereas, pursuant to the provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the City of Bellemeade is authorized for city tax purposes, to fix the tax levy and the due dates to levy and collect said taxes.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED BY THE CITY OF BELLEMEADE:

Section 1. January 1, 2015, is hereby set as the assessment date for all property subject to city taxation within the boundaries for the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky.

Section 2. The county assessment of the property situated within the City of Bellemeade, Kentucky, is hereby adopted as the City assessment for City and such ad valorem taxes as apply for the calendar year January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Section 3. The City Clerk is directed to obtain a true copy of the county assessment of property within the corporate limits of Bellemeade and make out tax bills there from and mail same by no later than January 1, 2015. Each bill shall show lot, total assessment of the real property and improvements, the name of the supposed owner, the ad valorem tax rate, and the total tax bill amount.

Section 4. Upon delivery of such bills, the City Treasurer of Bellemeade shall have the responsibility of supervising the collection of same. Collection of delinquent taxes shall be made in the manner prescribed by law.

Section 5. The proceeds of such taxes are to be used for the general operation purposes of the City.

Section 6. The ad valorem tax rate for the calendar year 2015 shall be and is hereby fixed at .075 cents per $100.00 valuation of the property as assessed for taxation. Said tax shall be due and payable as follows:

  • To January 31, 2015: Face amount of bill less discount of 5%

  • February 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015: Face amount of bill

  • March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 5%

  • After March 31, 2015: Face amount of bill plus penalty of 10%, plus interest at the rate of 12% per annum from March 31, 2015, until paid 

Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect from and after passage by the City Commissioners and publication as required by law.

First reading passed and approved this 12th day of May, 2014.

Second reading passed and approved this 9th day of June, 2014.

YOUR BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE

Judi Sikes, Beautification Committee

Before the real heat of summer arrives, you may want to plant a tree in your front or side (corner lot) easement, which will provide some beauty and shade for your home. Your Beautification Committee is here to assist you with tree selection, plus, $130 in financial assistance. Of course, if it’s pruning or removal of tree canopy in the easement that you need, the $130 is available for that also. Contact Peggy Campbell (426-4675) for detailed information. This spring, the Beautification Committee received funding from our District 18 Metro Council person, Marilyn Parker, to assist two residents on Shelbyville Road with their tree problems. After removing seven damaged trees, this NDF grant provided the money to grind the stumps and plant six low growing trees. Have a beautiful summer!  

BELLEMEADE YARD SALE RESULTS

Commissioner Paula Ferriell 

Thanks to all for a successful City-wide Yard Sale on May 17! There were 31 houses that participated, one Estate sale, and one family that sold coffee/doughnuts. Participation by street is as follows: 0 Sellers–Wood Road,

Holston Road, Blaine Road, Woodcleft Road; 1 Seller–Shelbyville Road, Whipps Bend Road,Tristan Road; 2 Sellers–Holliswood Road, Whipps Mill Road, Southampton Road; 4 Sellers–North Chadwick Road; 5 Sellers–Dorchester Road; 6 Sellers–Charing Cross Road; and 7 Sellers– Bellemeade Road.

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

April 2014

Mayor’s Message

We welcome warming weather after that bitter winter with lots of snow and ice. Now we can open our houses and garages and begin to renew our landscapes. It feels so good to be outside in shirt sleeves making everything look better around our homes. With the warmth, also come some unwanted pests prowling our city streets.

Like many others, I sometimes open my garage door, take down my yard tools, and head for the back yard. I have a tendency to leave the garage door open while I work in the back yard. It makes it easier to get out more tools and to replace tools when I am done. The practice can have an unfortunate side effect when thieves pass by and notice the untended open garage. It only takes them a moment to steal power tools or even enter our houses and steal valuables while we are distracted with yard work. A good practice is to close that door anytime the space is unprotected and not make it easy for thieves.

Another harbinger of spring is that people come knocking on our doors trying to sell us something. They sometimes enter Bellemeade by the car load and fan out. Many of them work for legitimate companies, but some are either trying to rip us off or are casing our homes for later thieves.

What can we do about this? Jefferson County/Louisville Metro has a law for solicitors that requires them to have a permit from Louisville Metro, which applies to Bellemeade. You may ask to see the permit. A legitimate solicitor will be happy to show it to you, and any solicitor without one is breaking the law. Contact the police and report them and be ready to give a description.

Note: Company agents may contact existing customers without a permit.

Enjoy your warm weather and keep Bellemeade safe by staying alert and closing doors.

REMINDER: Please use paper yard waste bags and NOT plastic bags. Our yard waste goes to a compost and plastic does not compost.

WELCOME, SWEET SPRINGTIME

Judi Sikes, Beautification Committee

The time has finally arrived to pack away the cold, slushy winter weather and breathe in the warm, sunny weather of spring. So get outside and enjoy! Take a walk around our lovely city and watch the trees sprout their greenery.

As you begin to enjoy your yard again, the City of Bellemeade Beautification Committee is ready and willing to financially assist you with your front yard or side yard easement (corner lots only) canopy trees. Whether pruning, removing, or planting a new tree, contact the Beautification Committee to see if you qualify for a $130 reimbursement toward these large tree expenses.

Shelbyville Road and Wood Road residents are asked to select low-growing trees because of the power lines in their front easements.

Please call Peggy Campbell, Beautification Committee Chair, at 426-4675, and she will give you all the needed information to apply for a tree reimbursement.

Bellemeade City Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Rain Date: May 24, 2014

 

                                               

CITY OF BELLEMEADE

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

January 2014

Mayor’s Message

The City of Bellemeade is a wonderful place to live, and I like being able to keep it that way. It really takes all of us being involved in one way or another in the life of our community. The most important part of that effort is being good neighbors who are courteous and kind to each other. I like to encourage community involvement and awareness at all levels.

 For Bellemeade, 2014 is an election year in which all five City Commission positions–Mayor and four Commissioners–are up for election in November. That seems like a long way off, but it is not really. All five of us serve without pay to provide the basic governance we need to keep the city wonderful. Perhaps this is the year you will consider running for office, and now is the time to think about it. I provided more information in this newsletter, and you can call me if you want to discuss it in more detail. Another way to be a good neighbor is to be involved in our Neighborhood Watch, which is also volunteer. It just involves watching out for the neighbors around you. Sadly, there are evil- minded people who come into our neighborhood seeking an easy way to make money by stealing. Alert neighbors make that a lot more difficult for them to get away with it. If you have a pet, you should know that we come under Louisville Metro’s leash laws. Dogs and cats outside are required to be on a leash or in a fence. That can include an electric fence for pets. Pet owners who take pets on walks are also required to pick up their pet’s droppings and properly dispose of them. Please be a good neighbor and follow these guidelines. Being a good neighbor also involves keeping your property looking good and being safe. In areas with street mailboxes, keep yours repaired. House numbers need to be readable from the street by emergency personnel. Trees overhanging the street need to be trimmed so that they do not scrape cars going by your home. Please be a good neighbor in 2014, and keep Bellemeade a wonderful community for all of us to live in and share. Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

             ELECTION INFORMATION

 Mayor Larry Odom-Groh

2014 is an election year for the City of Bellemeade. All five of the elected positions for City Commission will expire December 31. The Mayor serves a 4 year term. The Commissioners serve 2 year terms. Anyone who wishes to run for office must be a registered voter and a resident of the City of Bellemeade. To apply for candidacy, pick up a Nomination Form at the Election Center in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office, 810 Barret Avenue, Room 103. After filling out the form, get at least two Bellemeade registered voters to sign it. Then file the Nomination Form at the Election Center. The filing deadline for small city races is August 12, 2014, and the filing feefor sixth class city candidates is $20.  The person running for Mayor with the highest vote count will be elected. The four people running for Commissioner with the highest vote count will be elected. The job descriptions of the candidates are listed below: 

Mayor Job Description 

Attend and chair the monthly Commission meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Represent the city in public meetings and events. Sign legal papers and oversee the city’s operations. The Mayor may make motions and vote.

Commissioner Job Description

Attend the monthly Commission meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Commissioners make motions and seconds for city business and vote. Each Commissioner has areas of city business for oversight assigned by the Mayor. These are assigned at the first meeting of each two year term of office. The Commissioners, along with others on the Commission, are responsible for enforcement of city ordinances. A Commissioner may be required to serve as Mayor-pro tem in the absence of the Mayor.

                                        THE BELLEMEADE ANNUAL YARD SALE

Commissioner Paula Farriell

As we rapidly approach the middle of this year’s deep freeze season, it is time to start thinking of the annual Bellemeade Yard Sale. After cleaning and airing out our homes this spring, this can be an excellent time to simplify, organize, eliminate any clutter, and dispose of useless items. Plus, you can make some extra money at the same time. The yard sale is also an opportunity to meet and greet our neighbors and get in a relaxing and healthy walk. So mark your calendars!

Bellemeade City Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Rain Date: May 24, 2014

 

                                                   CRIME REPORTS

Commissioner John Miller

There have been two recent crime alerts in the City of Bellemeade. A recent unsuccessful attempt was made to enter a home in the 100 block of Southampton Road. Police were called, but, unfortunately, the incident did not get reported through Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch. ALERT:A convicted felon and addict who was criminally active in this general area in years past has been released. The person’s MO is to break into cars parked outside of residences between 12 midnight and 4:00 a.m. A silver Dodge pickup similar to the one being driven by this person was seen loitering in Bellemeade on Friday, January 11, 2014. Recent activity on Westport Road mirrors his MO. Lt. Alejandro Cabrera of LMPD, who is our additional duty NSAP (Neighborhood Security and Asset Protection) Officer, has coordinated with LMPD 8th Division to have increased patrols in Bellemeade between 12 midnight and 4:00 a.m. If you see a silver Dodge pickup loitering in Bellemeade, please get the plate information, call the police, alert your neighbors, and notify your Block Watch Captain or Alternate Captain. If you can, use your cell phone to take a picture of the vehicle.This person has also been reported driving a red pickup.                                                                                                                                                                              

HELP! BELLEMEADE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Help!!! Yes, HELP!!! Neighborhood Watch needs an update and facelift. First, we need a Neighborhood Watch Captain and two Alternate Captains. If you are willing to serve in either of those capacities, please send your name, address, phone number, and email address that you regularly use to Commissioner John Miller at pajowm99@gmail.com. Second, if you are presently serving, or wish to serve, as a Block Captain or Alternate Block Captain, please send the same information in an email to Commissioner Miller. Your help is needed, and we appreciate your service. The City of Bellemeade is a Neighborhood Watch community. Most of our city blocks are organized to look out for one another and report to the police any suspicious activity. Neighborhood Watch is nothing but “neighbors helping neighbors keep each other safe by being the eyes and ears for the police and each other.” Neighborhood Watch is not a police force, not an auxiliary police force, and certainly not a vigilante group. In its short existence, Bellemeade Neighborhood Watch has been extremely successful in collecting information that has enabled LMPD to apprehend criminals and in alerting residents about suspicious activity. But with the recent decline of criminal activity in our city, Neighborhood Watch has become a bit lax, and, therefore, left us somewhat more vulnerable. Let’s correct that post haste. You can find Neighborhood Watch information on our city website: www.bellemeadeky.gov. What to Watch For…

  • Unknown vehicles driving slowly                                                                      
  • Sales person at your door with no permit or name tag                                            
  • Van or truck backing up to a house                                                          
  • Unfamiliar people going from yard to yard                                                              
  • An attempted break in

What to Do… Call 911 Immediately: If an emergency or witness illegal activity. Call Metro Safe Police Dispatch: For suspicious activity 502-574-2111 Note:

  • Personal Description                                                                                                  
  • Vehicle Description   
  • License Plate Number
  • Take a picture with cell phone if possible.

Then Call: Neighborhood Block Captains or Alternates Or John Miller, Public Safety Commissioner 439-1519

 RUMPKE WASTE/RECYCLING SCHEDULE

Waste is picked up every Tuesday, and Recycling is picked up every other Tuesday unless there is a holiday. The 2014 Regular Recycling Schedule is listed below. For holiday changes to waste pickup and recycling, see the second list.

2014  REGULAR RECYCLING SCHEDULE

January 14, 28

February 11, 25

March 11, 25                                                                                                                        

April 8, 22

May 16, 20                                                                                                                            

June 3, 17, 31                                                                                                                      

July 1,15, 29

August 12, 26

September 9, 23                                                                                                          

October 7, 21  

November 4, 18

December 2, 16, 30

2014 HOLIDAY CHANGES TO SCHEDULE

New Year’s Day, Wed 1/1—No Delays

Martin Luther King Jr Birthday, Mon 1/20- No Delays

President’s Day, Mon 2/17—No Delays

Memorial Day, Mon 5/26—Service will be delayed one day. Tues service will move to Wed.    

Independence Day, Fri 7/4—No delays on Tues of that week

Labor Day, Mon 9/1—Service will be delayed one day. Tues service will move to Wed.

Columbus Day, Mon 10/13—No Delays

Veteran’s Day, Tues 11/11—No Delays

Thanksgiving Day, Thurs 11/27—No Delays on Tues

Christmas Day, Thurs 12/25—No Delays on Tues

New Year’s Day, Thurs 1/1—No Delays on Tues

You may contact Rumpke at 1-800-678-6753 or www.rumpke.com

                                                                             

City of Bellemeade

                      Neighborhood News                       www.bellemeade-ky.gov

April 2013

 Mayor’s Message Spring has arrived with warmer weather and a chance to clean up and clean out. This is also a time for us to clean up our yards after a winter’s bluster spread debris around. Several citizens have asked me questions about limbs that fall in the street. Property owners are responsible for debris clearing to the center of the street. It is the responsibility of each property owner to keep his/her property clean of debris. I encourage all of us to be good citizens and do our share for a healthy and lovely Bellemeade. Plant flowers and paint the out side of our homes to make everything look great. Spring is also a time when people buy and sell houses and we have a few for sale in Bellemeade. Most home here sell fast. The city web site has a page that list the address of “Homes Available” If you have friends or family that you would like to have live here tell your friends and family about the list. If you have a house for sale or rent send me the address and we will add it to the list. Then let me know when it sells please. Mayor Larry Lea Odom-Groh  Bellemeade City Commission Contacts                                                                       Larry Odom-Groh – Mayor! 206 Dorchester Road 295-5800 mayor.bellemeade@gmail.com John W. Miller   Commissioner 107 North Chadwick Road   502-439-1519 pajowm99@gmail.com Brian Hill – Commissioner 123 Dorchester Rd 327-6606  brian.hill@insightbb.com Paula Ferriell – Commissioner 122 Dorchester Rd 333-0593 paulaferriel@yahoo.com Margaret Wright Commissioner 110 Southampton Road 426-3862 Ruby Sheridan – Treasurer  8505 Charing Cross Rd  426-2468 rubysheridan@bellsouth.net Sharon Voelker – City Clerk 8502 Charing Cross Rd  425-9225 sharon.voelker@insightbb.com Steve Porter – City Attorney  2468 Tucker Station Rd 297-9991  stpinlou@aol.com 905-9991   REMINDER Insurance Premium Tax The City ofBellemeadeis entitled to collect the 5% Insurance Premium Tax we all pay on our risk insurance policies (home, auto, boat, etc.). Health insurance policies are not affected. Unless you advise your insurance company that you are a resident of Bellemeade, this tax money is sent to Louisville Metro Government. For ease in doing this, we have attached two copies of a form to enclose with your insurance payments. Please note: There is NO INCREASED COST TO YOU; this is a tax you are already paying. ATTENTION INSURANCE CARRIER: As a resident of Bellemeade, please send the 5 percent Insurance Premium Tax to: Treasurer, City ofBellemeade 8505 Charing Cross Rd Louisiville,KY40222 Thank you for your attention in this matter Name ______________________________ Premium No. ________ Address ________________________________________________ ATTENTION INSURANCE CARRIER: As a resident of Bellemeade, please send the 5 percent Insurance Premium Tax to: Treasurer, City ofBellemeade 8505 Charing Cross Rd Louisiville,KY40222 Thank you for your attention in this matter Name ______________________________ Premium No. ________ Address ________________________________________________   City of Bellemeade commission meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road. All are welcome to attend!   Recycling will be collected bi-weekly and new containers will be provided. Rumpke will be mailing a calendar to all Bellemeade residents showing the weeks that recycling will be collected  May  21 June 4 & 18 July 2, 16 & 30 August 13 & 27 September 10 & 24 October 8 & 22 November 5 & 19 December 2, 17 & 31 CONSIDERATE NEIGHBORS As we spend more time outdoors enjoying our beautiful neighborhood, remember to respect your neighbors property as you would your own. When walking your dog please clean up after them. “There is no Poop Fairy. Dog waste doesn’t biodegrade like wild animal waste. It sticks around for a long time. Meanwhile it contains harmful bacteria, pollutes ground water, and smells disgusting on the bottom of a shoe. Please help keep parks, trails and neighborhoods free of poop piles by packing out your dog’s waste.” Jefferson County Colorado Animal Control From Commissioner Paula Ferriell Ladies and Gentlemen, Some residents have asked for years for increased police presence in Bellemeade.  A couple of  years ago, our City Commission explored a possibility but it proved to be way too expensive (actually unaffordable).  However, we may have found an affordable source depending on what additional service the people of Bellemeade want. I have already heard from more than a dozen residents who want (1) more presence during the middle of the day when people are at work and not at home, (2) during the 7:00 to 9:00 am and 5:00 to 6:30 pm when drivers run through the stop signs and speed on our streets even when children and pets are on the streets as well as random other times, (3)  unattended vehicles left illegally parked with wheels on the grass or boats and RVs illegally parked on  residential property, (4) at the times that we are experiencing those outbreaks of 1:00 am to 4:00 am car break-ins, (5) during weekend when the drinking drivers litter yards with beer & liquor bottles and fast food cups and    wrappers, and (6) dogs running loose (off-leash) illegally in our city. The above concerns have each been voiced by more than one resident some repeatedly for years. As City Commissioner responsible for Public Safety, I have already met personally with Lt. Cabrera, LMPD beat commander for the area including Bellemeade, to partially handle the 4th, 5th, and 6th concerns with no additional cost to Bellemeade and to explore the potential for increased protection. At the May 13th City Commission meeting, I plan to present a written proposal to the City Commission for an affordable, effective increase in police presence in Bellemeade.   If you or your neighbors have concerns in addition to the six already mentioned, please tell me prior to my writing the proposal.  We do NOT want to embark on what we think is a good plan only to have residents later constructively complain about it. YOUR INPUT AND THE INPUT FROM YOUR NEIGHBORS IS NEEDED  PRIOR TO THE TIME I WRITE THE PROPOSAL AND AT THE MEETING WHEN IT IS HOPEFULLY ADOPTED, JOHN W. MILLER Bellmeade City Commissioner 502-439-1519