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tnm a 0 mm Iitncd as tzecd5c I n nnnn n r 0d7xi. KENTUCKY'S WEEKLY CEST KEYSPARER Kentucky Pratt Association 1065, 1967, 1969 17TIIYR.N0. 48 LOUISVILLE. KENTUCKY 40218. Serving roufhecsf cm u!;t"r6cn Louhvilh end JzUcrtcn County THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 1970 2 n F3 n u u s -- V) 7 I 3R0S0 nn Loan 23S is available to families whose income is roughly between $4,500 and $7,900 per year. The size of the family and its assets are also taken into consideration. The 30 new homes are to be built on lots that were not utilized by the original developer of Watterson Lea. Three of the six building permits necessary to use the land have already been secured by Craycroft Enterprises. The other three permits are being held up because of the controversy. But according to Mrs. Lena Hubbuch, clerk of the Jeffersontown City BY GREG SP AID Residents of Waterson Lea subdivision in t FCIt WATTERSON LEA RESIDENTS, Robert Cowan, listeni to the remarki of representatives of Craycrof t Enterprises during the meeting of the Jeffersontown City Council last V Monday night In the background is the assembled group of Watterson Lea residents. Jeffersontown crowded into the meeting of the Jeffersontown city council in the court room at city hall last Monday night to protest the construction of 30 new homes to be built in the subdivision under a government subsidy loan, Federal Housing Authority 235 . Craycroft Enterprises has been given the option from FH.A. to build 30 homes in Waterson Lea which will sell for from $17,200 to $20,000. - council, there is no way the city can refuse to give the other three when Craycroft requests them. R. L. Cowan, Sr., spokesman for the group at city hall, rose when recognized by the Council and pesented the case of the Watterson Lea residents. "We think," said Cowan, "in our own mind that these (the new homes) should be built on the same level to maintain the status quo." In an attempt to prevent construction of the (Continued on Page 10) AND IbfiQGiiWS T Privati 7 1W: I v.- - r n Bosd Li v n Ioq !170Otoirsia f Kb 1 "Elbow allegedly sell-ou- (Continued on Page 8) VULCAN QUArjY, photographed above, offered a proposal for future improvements and the abatement of its nuisance status to Okolona residents and county attorney Bruce Miller. Residents at a Thursday night meeting where Miller presented the proposal rejected it and one group of While some seem agreeable to working out a residents offered their own counter-proposa- l. and including safeguards "to be sure the compromise with Vulcan based on the counter-proposcompany stays within the regulations," others still insist they want the quarry "shut down, period." Residents have objected to the quarry since 1 957 as a source of dust pollution and blasting damage. - - AND - - 7d 0? UGiIH! J Stfops, For FgosI bvjburo Group Soys 7 IN v. Protesting the treatment they received from Public Assistance, a group of food stamp applicants from the Newburg area last Friday trooped downtown to the Public Assistance Office on 6th and Cedar to demand that their applications for food stamps be processed. The group from Newburg, consisting of five applicants (Continued on Pifs 10) INSIDE THE REPORTER OnStage Now that Reporter-land'- s newest community theatre group, have their To Decor 0 Per? 02 TIjq tefl the Players, feiincd first Mansfield finished production they're on their way to a second play to be presented in late May. The first, "Our Town" played to a full house every night but one. See story and pictures on page 3. BY SARAH TURNER Once upon a time a man trudged from door to door through the rain, ice, sleet and snow, or fighting the beaming rays of the hot summer sun to find out how much money the homeowner owed the water company. He was the meter reader. However, now that automation has taken over everything else, it is reportedly changing the meter reader's job. The traditional meter reader's days are numbered, according to Albert J. Malley, Jr., Neptune Meters local sales manager. Neptune's local office and manufacturing warehouse facility is located in Bluegrass Research and Industrial Park in Jeffersontown. With the increased use of Neptune's new revolutionary device, the Automatic ReadingBilling system (referred to as ARB) the meter reader's job will become easier, said Area Girls VJin Aucrd For VJorEi is. .7:4:. Trf-r- " named Kvyv r;s74. V Two Reporterland youths were honored this week for their talent, work and interest in the community with two separate awards. Carolyn Halsell, 17 year old editor of Seneca High School's newspaper the "Sentinel," was "Outstanding conjunction V 1 ' fi V. - Malley. No longer will he have to ring doorbells or carry pencil, f book and flashlight. 7 i High School Journalist" last week. The contest was sponsored by a local radio station in " ' THAT STEEPLED HOUSE TRAILER, is the temporary home of the Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church. A more permanent structure is under construction nearby. with Youth Recognition Week. "Well, I'm going to enter this just for the heck of it," said Carolyn. She did; and she is now considered by the judges to be the student who shows the "greatest degree of professional promise." But despite her "promise" Carolyn does not plan to become a professional journalist. Next year she plans to enter the University of Louisville's Black Affairs Program. She will probably major in sociology. One of the reasons Carolyn (Continued on Page 10) room" was why Kentucky's famed Daniel Boone kept pushing on through the state's wilderness for a century or two go. It's also what Fess Parker, television's version of the great outdoorsman, is betting Kentuckians are once again seeking and willing to pay for. Parker is a major investor in Lesiure Industries, Inc., dsvelopers of a new concept in camping. They will rent campsites to campers willing to pay for a private wilderness in which to park their camping vehicle. The local company recently was granted a conditional use y permit from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to develop a 30 acre site south of Fern Creek into a 197 unit private camping ground. The recreational campsite will be built on land that straddles the Jefferson-Bulli- tt county lines and already boasts a golf club. It is part of an 180-acr- e wooded tract off Bardstown Road. Already existing on the site are tennis courts, swimming pools, a snack bar, dining room, banquet facilities and a pro shop. James W. Browitt, who was executive director of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center until he resigned last year to head Leisure, said he hopes to open the private campsite by July 1 . He will add nature trails, picnic sites, and wildlife hikes. Two small man made lakes will be built for fishing. The area is already surrounded on three sides. by Floyds Fork. Browitt said the campsite would be a combination of both natural wilderness and resort type atmosphere. Showers, rest rooms and other facilities will be provided. Cost of renting an individual camping spot has not yet been determined, but will probably be about $3.50, Browitt said. All sorts of recreational camping vehicles will be permitted and a few tents will also be rentable for those who want to camp but don't own a camping vehicle. This privately operated recreational campsite will be "as far as I know the only one in this part of Kentucky," Browitt said. He called it "part of a national pattern, but much broader than any other built so far." - . Told Their Opinions But the residents did get "a chance to tell the county what you feel and what you think should be done" on the matter Thursday night during a meeting at the Okolona Women's Club building on Blue Lick Road. Miller asked residents to meet with him so he could "toss it open fpr discussion" and try to arrive at some sort of "collective Campsite Js Planned c agreement" with the people before taking action. Okolona citizens who have opposed the quarry since it began operations in 1957 (under an earlier company's name) asked Miller to do something about the situation, the latest of several county attorneys to be faced with the controversy. Last week the county gave Vulcan seven days to come up with an acceptable proposal for abating the nuisance or, Miller said, he would file suit against them. The proposal was submitted to Miller by Vulcan's attorney last Tuesday. Miller told Thursday night's gathering of some 75 residents that he "had not yet accepted nor rejected the proposal" and that giving the quarry's officials an opportunity to work out an agreement was "not a t, but a matter of professional courtesy. To file suit against them without informing them isn't ethical." Therefore he had given them seven days to abate the nuisance and avoid a law suit. The county attorney's coming out to hear them, the residents reiterated serveal times during the two and a half To compromise and accept a proposal wherein Vulcan quarry agrees to meet certain regulations to lessen dust and blasting damage to the neighborhood or to settle for nothing less than a lawsuit attempting to shut down the quarry altogether; that's the question in Okolona. Essential to the question are two factors: 1.) Okolona resident don't trust quarry officials to abide by its agreement and 2.) Chances of winning a lawsuit are doubtful, they've been warned, and could take as much as four years of litigation. The decision isn't really theirs to make. It's up to county attorney Bruce Miller and his dnp?rtment to make the final decision on which of the two roads to take . L SIX I i C 5 TI3 IIAREIST THING in the world to have to do just may be giving up your pet kitten. The tough job brought tears to the eyes of five year old Michelle Barker this week as she tried to smile and clutched her kitten closely. Michelle and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Barker, will still have the mother cat in their Hies Lane home but the kitten will be living with a new family in Fern Creek. Tape Recorder Instead in Louisville and Jefferson County, as in many other states already, the meter reader will speed along his way with only a small specially designed tape recorder in tow. Malley said the automatic reading and billing will benefit all water company employees as well as the homeowner. Even though no ARB systems are presently being used in Jefferson County, several hundred have been installed in nearby Bullitt County, and the system is being used extensively throughout northern states, said Malley. The Bullitt County system is operated by the Louisville Water Company. It is possibly only a matter of time before homes in the metropolitan Louisville area will also be using ARB. The ARB system is used basically where meters are located inside the building, Malley said. It became necessary to develop such a device, he continued, becuase of the meter reader's difficulty in entering homes where both the husband and wife work. When the meter reader cannot enter the home, an estimated bill must be sent out, said Malley, and this sometimes causes the homeowners to become upset. Several months later the meter reader finally catches someone home and the company is able to send out a correct bill for a change. It is usually a shock to the homeowner when he received his suddenly increased bill, said Malley. The Automatic Reading and Billing system will eliminate (Continued on Page 6) city-count- Browitt believes the relatively new idea of a "pay campsite" will pay off for him because of the way recreation vehicle sales has boomed in the past three or four years. Private campsites first appeared about (Continued on Page 10)

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