Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Water company warns customers of scam

The Louisville Water Company is alerting its customers of a potential threat after it says a person posing as an employee attempted to enter customers' homes twice in the last week.

Read the story on Courier.Journal.com

One incident occurred Saturday afternoon in the Hikes Point neighborhood. The scammer asked to enter the customer's home to inspect the hot water heater. A Louisville Water Company spokesperson said the water company, "neither maintains nor inspects hot water heaters."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Flood recovery centers

Disaster recovery centers operated by Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Okolona Fire Protection District
8501 Preston Highway

Beechmont Community Center
205 W. Wellington Ave.

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturday

Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions on the types of assistance available to victims of recent storms.

People and business owners who sustained losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides April 2 through April 17 should register for assistance before visiting a disaster recovery center.

Registration is available online www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

According to the Courier-Journal, 1,438 people have contacted FEMA for assistance or information and $2.2 million in grants have been approved for eligible applicants.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mission Control West Buechel

You'd never guess the influence of a tiny Kentucky city like West Buechel reaches from the right to the left coastlines. Starting with a dip of the toes in the Atlantic Ocean on a Delaware beach last month, our good friend Logan McCulloch (code name "Unitic") started his walk across the United States.

Many minds boggle at the idea of walking across America, but Logan is a mind boggling type of guy. His practice lap was to walk from Maine to North Carolina along the Appalachian Trail two years ago. That trek was merely one thousand eight hundred forty-seven miles, and half of it was downhill. Of course, the other half was uphill.

Logan is following the American Discovery Trail,  which is a trifling five thousand miles and mostly flat. Just think about walking across Kansas. Yawn.  Is Logan crazy?

For lack of a better word, yes. But he is on a mission and West Buechel's own Drew Allgeier is running Mission Control and Logistics from Marvin Avenue.

You can read about the mission on Trek for Truth.






Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16, 1960

On this day in the year 1960, thirteen members of the Miamin tribe in Papua New Guinea were convicted of murdering three members of the Suwana tribe, in order to steal their wives. The three murdered Suwana tribesmen were hacked to death with machete and their livers were cut out.

When the Miamin raiders returned to their village with the women, they feasted on roasted human liver and taro. Upon the appeal of their convictions, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea reviewed the prevailing morals and traditions before revising their death sentences.

“Apparently,” he wrote, “they have to rely upon raids of this kind to obtain wives for their young men. The killing, cutting up and eating of the women’s husbands appear to be accepted by the women as something inevitable and final, so that they simply accept their position and make no attempt to escape.”

Since the cannibalism was merely ritualistic but neither celebratory nor a matter of obtaining fresh meat, the Chief Justice commuted the death sentence to three years of imprisonment.

As the French proverb puts it, “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”

Adapted from Siu, R. G. H., The Master Manager

Friday, May 15, 2015

Silence in West Buechel

What happened to City Hall's clock bells? I haven't heard them since Monday or Tuesday. The hourly chimes have gone silent. Too bad. I kinda liked those bells. The Walnut Street Baptist Church in Old Louisville had clock bells that I enjoyed for several years. I hope West Buechel's can be fixed easily.

Maybe former Mayor Fowler's clock just needs cleaning.

The contrarian philosophy in a nutshell

Most people are mostly wrong most of the time.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The dog and the scorpion

A dog and a scorpion were standing by the side of a wide river, perplexed about how to get to the other side. The scorpion suggested that the dog could swim across and carry him, the scorpion, on his back.

The dog said, "But you will sting me and I will drown."

"If I did that, we would both drown." The scorpion reassured the dog. "I promise not to sting you."

The dog agreed, the scorpion jumped on the dog's back and the dog began to swim across the river. Halfway across, the scorpion stung the dog. As the poison took effect the dog became paralyzed and he began to sink beneath the water.

"You fool," the dog yelped. "Now we will both drown. Why did you do that? You promised!"

"I couldn't help it," the scorpion answered. "It's my nature to sting."

The moral: You can trust what people are, but not what they say. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Answer: Sharon

What do you call it when the City of West Buechel pays twelve different LG&E bills in one month?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Answer: 164 pork BBQ sandwich plates

Question: What can the City of West Buechel buy from Ole Hickory Pit BBQ for Christmas Dinner 2012 with $1,497.90, excluding tax and tip, but with an additional $420 for desert from Bake My Day!

Maybe your invitation got lost in the mail.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

City Council voting record

In December, 2013, Council member Toby Clark suggested lowering the Occupational Tax from 1.5% to 1.4%.

Council members Campbell, Clark and Crawford voted yes.
Council members Bierbaum, Moore and Mosley voted no.
Mayor Fowler broke the tie with her no vote. 

In June, 2014, Council member Toby Clark introduced an Ordinance to lower the Occupational Tax from 1.5% to 1%.

Council members Campbell, Clark, Crawford and Moore voted in favor of the tax reduction.
Council members Bierbaum and Mosley voted no.
Mayor Fowler vetoed the Ordinance.

Council members Campbell, Clark and Crawford seem to have been consistently in favor of lowering the Occupational Tax. Council member Moore was running for Mayor last year. Mayor Fowler was a safe bet to veto the decrease, so Moore's flip-flop was meaningless. It was an empty gesture in an election year and just for show.

All of West Buechel's taxes need to be examined in relation to the basic operational needs of the police, administrative and maintenance functions, and common sense. First you need to know the budget demands of the city. Clearly there has been more than enough income to cover basic government needs and countless of Fowler's frivolous or extravagant spending urges.

West Buechel is totally dependent upon the businesses located here, and there is a risk the politicians will kill the golden goose. More than one business has relocated or has shifted significant operations away from West Buechel in the past few years because of excessive taxation. I've seen it in the records. I've heard it from the businesses.


Tax and spend assholes

West Buechel is a pleasant little neighborhood. However, a majority of the local city politicians are total shitheads. Just last September former Mayor Fowler paid $500 to the Hikes Point News to advertise the West Buechel Police Department.

Shazam!

Everybody already knows about the West Buechel Police Department! They are the guys in the blue cars with "West Buechel Police" written all over. You don't need to spend any more taxpayer money to tell folks about the WBPD.

I predict the City Council will respond with their usual Sgt. Klink impersonation. "We know nothing!"

They are way too busy scheming how to raise taxes to bother with it.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Screwed by Gen-NON . . . again.

In 2013, the City of West Buechel paid $135,000 for 3706 Selma Ave. As part of the deal, the city also got 3910 Shepherdsville Rd. Combined, these are lots 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27, Section B Lincoln Terrace. Lincoln Terrace is a platted subdivision and a property description in platted subdivisions is dirt simple.

It is nearly impossible to screw up a property description in a platted subdivision.

Alas, by omitting lots 28 and 29 (3912 Shepherdsville Rd.), Gen-NON screwed the pooch.

This is what West Buechel did not get by the deed of June 25, 2013 (Deed Book 10157, Page 806) LINK to Jefferson County Online Land Records. (Reproduced below)


This map is adapted from the Jefferson County PVA (LINK)

What to do about it? What are the options?
  • Pretend there was no mistake and hope nobody notices. (TOO LATE FOR THAT)
  • Sweet talk Hilda into signing another deed.
  • Pay Hilda another $135,000.
  • Plant some trees, mow the grass and send Hilda the bills.
-oOo-



A Time-Warner cable tax?

I don't think so.

They tried. The Seven Dwarves in City Council session tried to do it.

From the West Buechel City Council meeting minutes of October 8, 2013:


Bastards.

In typical idiotic Gen-NON fashion, they got it wrong in at least two different fatally flawed ways that any half-way competent city attorney would know.

I can still hear Time-Warner laughing.

Gen-NON has no excuse. The Dwarves have no excuse either.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2012 West Buechel Clock Festival Parade

In case you missed it.

The Clock Festival Parade was followed by the Clock Festival Appreciation Dinner at Ryan's.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

West Beautiful

Mayor Richards has wisely spent a few bucks to clean up the rocks, tree stumps and jagged pieces of metal sticking out of the ground in the empty lots next to City Hall. Former Fowler left the place trashy and dangerous, like most everything else she got her claws into.

All we need now are Marigolds.

Friday, May 1, 2015

West Buechel morning kick-start

A Heitzman's chocolate covered donut and coffee. Healthy, nutritious and the best donuts in Louisville.

As always, every day after 2 PM, Heitzman's yeast donuts are half price.

It's not about saving money. It's about getting twice as many donuts.