JEFFERSON REPORTER, Wednesday, December 12.
BY DAN RITCHIE
The City of Forest Hills, in the midst
of sewer construction, has decided to
block off two sections of Malian Avenue
to through traffic so construction
equipment will have easier access to
Cherian Drive and Janlyn Road when
Skilton Construction Corp. begins work
on those streets.
Jim Wiseman, outgoing chairman of
Forest Hills' board of trustees, said in a
board meeting Monday that Skilton
Construction told him that sewers are
Proceeding on schedule. The dead end
jection of Mahan is presently being used
a "shake-ou- t
area" where pipe, sand,
nd gravel is stored. To transport that
Equipment to Cherian and Janlyn the
bompany will have to move it over
Mahan, and to avoid a safety hazard the
fcoard will let Skilton close two parts of
Mahan as long as the company docs not
Slock the driveways of people living on
ahan. Presently, Narwood Drive is
Closed to through traffic.
: Wiseman said that Skilton has set no
Completion date for the collector system,
f ut he expects that since the company
fill not be paid until completion, delays
! 11 be avoided.
Commanders To Meet
The annual meeting of the Past
Commanders Club of Highland Post 201
will be held Dec. 12 at the Holiday Inn
Southeast on Bardstown Road. Dinner
will be served at 7 p.m.
On Community Center
J 'town Still Awaits Grant
building and five feet of land bordering it.
However, the board voted down the
addendum at a meeting this past July.
About two weeks ago, Ches Wheeler,
community center president, received a
letter from Sue Duvall, development
specialist with the state Department of
Parks, saying that the present lease
agreement did not qualify the center for
federal funds and only 10 more days
would be allowed to work out a
Wheeler asked that the
deadline be extended until the new city
administration takes over and the request
Hoping For Reconsideration
At the community center's monthly
meeting last Thursday, the board passed a
resolution which maintains the the center
is an "agent of the city" operating for the
city's benefit. Under the resolution, the
center and grounds must be used for the
City of Jeffersontown,
violation (without the city's consent), the
lease agreement between the center and
the city would become null and void.
This provision was designed to assure the
department that the city doet have
adequate control and tenure.
The resolution also insures that the
city park "will be available for use by all
members of the general public on an
equal basis" and that charges for the use
of the building will go only toward
defraying the cost of normal upkeep and
BY MIMI LORD
Board members of the Jeffersontown
Community Center have asked the state
Parks Department to supply them with
additional information that will hopefully
clarify the requirements for receiving
federal recreational funds. The
department has held that the center is
ineligible for funds because of certain
legal technicalities involved in its lease
agreement with the city.
The U.S. Bureau of Outdoor
Recreation (BOR) granted $15,000, to be
matched by city funds, to Jeffersontown
several months ago. The city intended to
use the funds to help develop recreational
facilities for the community center park
on Taylorsville Road. However, the BOR
specifies that the money can only be used
for services or facilities which are publicly
controlled. The dispute which arose, and
still lingers, concerns the question of
control over the center.
In 1965, after tax difficulties, the
center's board of directors deeded the
land to the city and began leasing it for
99 years for one dollar per year. The least
was for the building on the nine acres,
'but also gave the board control of the
Lease Addition Rejected
In order to qualify the center for
federal funds, City Attorney Joseph Pike
wrote a lease addendum that would turn
control of the park land to the
Jeffersontown Park Commission, a city
agency. Under the lease addendum, the
center's board would retain control of the
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information to be supplied will clarify
themattcr. lie said the center board will
then attempt to make any necessary legal
alterations so that the center will be
technically eligible to receive the funds.'
and Assumption High.
Special events have been added to the
Christmas Music Festival this year on
opening night and the final day. Monday
at 7:30 p.m., Mayor Harvey Sloane
helped kickoff activities with the first
"Belvedere Tree Light Up." On Saturday
at 2 p.m., in the 600 block of the River
City Mall, Santa Claus will give away ice
cream from his giant "Santa's Super
Reporterland will be featured during the
second annual Louisville Christmas Music
Festival scheduled this week on the River
Participating groups include singers
from Bethany Baptist Church, Moore
High School, Buechel Methodist Church,
Thomas Jefferson High, Fern Creek High
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Saturday night will feature the first
free professional ice show on the new
Riverfront Plaza ice rink. The show will
be performed by the Louisville Figure
Skating Club starting at 7 p.m. Barry
Kamber, choreographer of the show, is a
U.S. Gold Medalist.
Christmas music by the Agape Singers
and the St. Therese Choir will bring the
festival to a close immediately following
the ice show on the plaza.
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committee that had been established to
study the BOR regulations. Committee
member Jack Orlandi said, "It appears to
me that we do comply with the
regulations." The resolution passed by
the center board had previously been
submitted to the Park Department, but
the legal weight of such a resolution is
It seems as though one of the principal
points of dispute is whether or not the
building itself is eligible for funds.
Orlandi says it is as long as it is available
to the public on a
basis while City Atty. Pike doesn't agree.
'The problem is one of legal title, in the
strictest sense, to the land," he said.
Nelson Worden said the letter received
two weeks ago from the Parks
Department did not specify the reasons
for denying the funds to the center but
Local Groups In Festival
Boneless Whitefish, French Fries,
Slaw and Hush Puppy
at a lot on Taylorsville Road gets close examination from John Hawley, Y. G. Yuodis and Mrs. G. M.
Buehler. They were buying the tree for use at Buechel United Methodist Church on Hikes Lane.
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Forest Hills' trustees also discussed the
recent public hearing held on "Sutton
hace," a proposed development of the
lames Graham Brown Foundation which
B comprised of four large tracts of land,
tome of which is contained in Forest
Hills. Wiseman said that a decision on the
ttzoning of those tracts is not expected
from Fiscal Court for some weeks, and
ight now what decision they will make is
Anybody's guess. "A lot depends on what
pie Highway Department will commit
Itself to," Wiseman said in regard to a
proposed new exit at Hurstbournc Lane
nd Interstate 64 which should in part
relieve the traffic problem there.
Street lights which Louisville Gas &
Electric promised Forest Hills months ago
will not be going in until after the sewers.
LG&E official Jack Evans told Forest
Hilsl that it would not be practical to put
in the lights with so much construction
around the sites.
Ililmcr Sundsliom, Forest Hills'
treasurer for four years, received a pen
and pencil set from the board in
Appreciation of his service to the city. "I
won't think you'll find a sixljt thiss city in
JeffeVson County with books that arc any
belter kept than the City ol" Forest Hills,"
Forest Hills hopes to use
money for drainage
improvements in the city after sewers are
in. According to the board, sewers will
Improve drainage in some areas but will
make it even worse in others.
The board also heard complaints about
loose dogs intimidating some residents.
Since the city's dog ordinance is basically
the same as Jefferson County's, residents
nn call the county pound, said Wiseman
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