LiU Jul III
The Jeffersontown Water and
Sewerage Commission's proposed 30 percent sewer rate Increase now has the support of a
clear majority of the City Council, reports Councilman Owen
Potts, who is chairman of the
council's water and sewerage
committee, revealed last week
that information received from
Thomas A. Witherspoon, water
and sewer plant manager, has
served to convince at least "some
Sewer is half water bill
of the doubters."
When the council was asked at its
March 20 meeting, to express its
support of the proposed hike, ap-
The billing system at present
is based on a monthly sewer
fee equal to
water bill, the plant manager
proval was granted.
The narrow parliamentary majority
three in favor, two opposed and one abstaining, indicated however that the body was
seriously split on the question.
Under the planned inc 'ase, the
sewer fee will rise to 60 percent
of the water bill.
An average monthly bill at present is around $7.50 per month,
Witherspoon estimated; and this
may go up to about $9 after the
increase is included.
represent a typical
of $5, and a sewer
from $2.50 to $4.
In a letter to Potts
Votina in favor at that time were
Potts, Harry Gleeson and Sherman Kline; opposed were Emil
Fougnie and II. Collis Reid; who
spoke out strongly against the increase; and abstaining was Kath-ry- n
Wiehe, who said "I'm ignorant of the reasons for the increase, and can't decide."
Despite the council split, the
legislative body's vote was little
more than a courtesy. City ordinances governing the commission do not require council approval for rate changes, nor give
the council veto power over such
Several councilmen at the March
20 meeting expressed concern
over Mils situation, noting the
ordinance was written in 1940and
is likely obsolete. The ordinance
expanded on the
commission's original request,
outlining the need for a rate
$23,703 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1972."
edly the audit made for the year
ending March 31, 1972 will show
a comparable loss."
Also, "the two systems earned
only 3.4 percent of the allowable rate base compared with
usual rate of at least 6 percent.
Return for the (current) fiscal
year will be less due to an increase of 25 percent in water
rates charged by the Louisville
Water Company," the letter added.
was referred to City Atty. Joe
Pike for study and possible recommended changes, and to date
has not been brought back before
The rate increase, which will
amount to 30 percent added to
the consumer's sewer rate, takes
Finally, "due to the proposed
expenditure of $260,000 of Commission funds in 1972 for improvement at the sewage treat
Ramey, who previously directed
for "Shakespeare in Central
According to Mrs. Chris Sharpe,
in charge of publicicty for the
players, the production is called
Festival for Derby" and will Involve actors from virtually every
community theater in Louisville.
Mrs. Fran Levy will play
"Joan." She has had acting experience in the Clarksville, Her- -
Performances are scheduled for
April 21, 23 and 28-Presbyterian Church theater in
Jeffersontown. The time is 8 pm
for performances on each date,
and there will be no matinee.
Directing the play, which is the
story of Joan of Arc, is C. Doug
plant and the Woodcroft
the north side of Interstate 64,
across from the Bluegrass Industrial Park, hit a temporary
snag at last week's public hearing of the County planning Com-
The commission agreed to tak'e
no action at this time on a review request pertaining to the
Woodcroft line, received from
Federal funding for a .portion
of the project.
According to planning commissioner Scott Gregory, "the
council of governments should
give us time to consider these
requests. I recommend no action until they come and talk to
The Woodcroft extension, which
will take city sewer service to a
students for the 1972-7- 3
year registered last week
Mrs. Jonell Hester, president
of the school's Parent- and Mrs, Esther
Hawthorne, president-ele- ct
the 1972 school year, signed up
youngsters from 9 am until 2 pm
at the school last Tuesday, April
4, designated as registration day
for county students.
served as welcoming committees
to the prospective students. The
newcomers were given pencils
and treated to milk and cookies.
Those interested were also invited, to tour the school while
their mothers signed them up.
School officials noted that registrations will continue to be accepted right up through the beginning of the fall term. A total of
about 150 first-yestudents,
"about the same as this year,"
Woodcroft plan snaked
outfall line it is essential that
the sewerage system start carrying its part of the load, and thus
prevent weakening the system's
financial condition," Witherspoon reported.
Rates remain low
In addition to his letter of explanation, Witherspoon assured
councilmen that "even with this
increase our sewer rates will be
as low or lower than those on
other systems throughout the
In support of that assertion, he
presented a list of rates in other
showing that most require payment of a flat rate ranging generally between $9 and $15 per
month for sewers alone.
In St. Matthews, for example,
residents pay a flat sewer rate
of $3.50 per bedroom, or $10.50
a month for a
house. Residents of nearby Hill
Ridge subdivision pay a flat rate
of $9.45 monthly for sewers,
while homeowners in neighboring
Spring Lake Farm pay $11.55 a
month for their sewer service.
f.hnsUold Phyors fo add low! fouth.
to annual ilontuthy Derby Festival
The Mansfield players' produc- -'
tion of "The Lark" has been announced as one of the events
sponsored by the Kentucky Derby
ciiciniicn Owen .Potts
effect June 1, The original commission proposal said the increase is necessary because of
increased rates from the Louisville Water Company (from which
Jeffersontown buys its water);
construction of new water and
sewer lines, and maintenance of
Interviewed shortly after the
March 20 council session, Witherspoon explained the increase
would likely amount to about
$1.50 a month for the average local residential consumer.
Ey Robin Garr III
vrini. i:t. loTi'.nii:
ON REGISTRATION DAY last week at Jeffersontown Elementary School,
Debbie Burks serves milk and cookies to Tina Brown, whose big brother
Danny Joe was registering for first grade (at top); and Mrs. Esther Hawthorne,
signs in Billy Saylor, 6, and his mother, Mrs. Eddie Say- right, PTA president-elect- ,
lor of 002 Old Heady Road (above).
itage and Carriage House Players, as well as the Mansfield
Also in the production are Cy
Weber, director in residence for
eight years at Clarksville Theater; John Shaw, husband of Julie
Shaw of WAVE-Twho has had
experience in the acting field In
various cities throughout the
country; Jack Eisert, who has
in community theater
groups; Kay Edsel, whose most
recent performance was with Actors Theater; Nancy smith,
dramatics Instructor at Jeffersontown High School, and three
Jeffersontown High School students, David Drane, Obie Elbert
and Rick Pierce.
Tickets are $2.50 and $2 each.
They may be ordered through
Derby Festival brochures or by
Jeffersonian Photos by Janet Biller
add to total for
Several 'last minute' building
permits at the end of March
construction total, reports Building Inspector Ralph Gibson.
Six permits issued on the last
day of March added $28,405 to
the $505,790 preliminary total
reported in last week's Jeffer-
COLD TYPE SETTING
Major items in the six new permits were two new houses to
be built under the FHA 235 program, both on Ember Circle in
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LOW COST FOR LONG RUNS
20 BOND PAPER
Watterson Lea area.
Thus, the final building permit
value for the month was $534,195,
highest thus far in 1972.
Other items included three
fences one of which will be located at the Comnunity Center
Little League field and one
Jeffersonian Photo by Robin Garr III
LIKE ALL GOOD THINGS, the
Road Mall cama to an end, as
ret' 3 ice-- 1 group gathered lest week to pull down theSel-tLarry
s' t cf V- -ir ert. According to
"It comes down a lot eesier then it went
Gibson stated the 1972 "building season" remains in full
swing, with permits valued well'
In excess cf $200,000 already
issued during the first week of
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