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Image 3 of The Voice-Jeffersonian (St. Matthews, Ky.), April 13, 1972

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toed as aecdV2 nsiv. Tin - .ail LiU Jul III reports Lu coiiiinSiiGO J IUwujO. iuul Staff Writer 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. 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 lf that month's water bill, the plant manager one-ha- 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. said. 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 Council split may go up to about $9 after the That would 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 a hike. Several councilmen at the March 20 meeting expressed concern over Mils situation, noting the ordinance was written in 1940and is likely obsolete. The ordinance 3, Witherspoon water bill bill raised dated April expanded on the commission's original request, outlining the need for a rate increase. "Our sewer operation lost $23,703 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1972." letter said. Wither-spoo- n's "Undoubt- 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 council. 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 Park." According to Mrs. Chris Sharpe, in charge of publicicty for the players, the production is called "A Louisville Little Theater 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- - Festival Committee. Performances are scheduled for at the 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 30 i:itsoi i i ment firsJ-fjrac:- plant and the Woodcroft 1 J Seventy-nin- new e first-ye- ar leacher-Associatlo- tract on 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- year-stude- mission, however. The commission agreed to tak'e no action at this time on a review request pertaining to the Woodcroft line, received from J Council of Metropolitan the and regarding Governments 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 us." 75 at.lef-fer'fonto- The Woodcroft extension, which will take city sewer service to a on tionc. rr.v.: school students for the 1972-7- 3 year registered last week Elementary School. Mrs. Jonell Hester, president n, of the school's Parent- and Mrs, Esther Hawthorne, president-ele- ct for 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. l ifth and sixth 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," Is anticipated, , Woodcroft plan snaked proposed-for-annexati- s: register 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. . . ft in.ioy nts ar " ' 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 county." In support of that assertion, he presented a list of rates in other districts, metropolitan-are- a 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 m 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. .v three-bedroo- 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 Noicr.-jr.- 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 existing facilities. 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). 6th-grad- - (o) itage and Carriage House Players, as well as the Mansfield group. 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 acted 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 V, calling Jeffersonian Photos by Janet Biller 0PIES (2) 011LY& h MtltED Of 267-599- 0. Last-da- y permits add to total for last month Several 'last minute' building permits at the end of March swelled the month's planned construction total, reports Building Inspector Ralph Gibson. 7 V Six permits issued on the last day of March added $28,405 to the $505,790 preliminary total reported in last week's Jeffer- sonian. ' '1 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 f i J PRINTED. NOT ZEROGRAPHED LOW COST FOR LONG RUNS 20 BOND PAPER Watterson Lea area. r"l I i Thus, the final building permit value for the month was $534,195, highest thus far in 1972. 'S Other items included three fences one of which will be located at the Comnunity Center Little League field and one private garage. :. ( Jeffersonian Photo by Robin Garr III Easter LIKE ALL GOOD THINGS, the Road Mall cama to an end, as shslbyvilla et ret' 3 ice-- 1 group gathered lest week to pull down theSel-tLarry s' t cf V- -ir ert. According to up." "It comes down a lot eesier then it went Jaycee-erectc- d juy vice-preside- y 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 April. rr r r r -- ir "i k n ii rT (:::rjTOT:;s st. matthivs - COLORS oon t it v tost crnzi) & WHITE pioo : wn

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