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Villa Hills: Residents Urged to Place Visible House Numbers; Speed Limit May Be Painted on Road

Multiple department reports received by the Villa Hills City Council Wednesday night urged citizens to place visible address numbers on the houses for a variety of reasons.

Fire Chief Jeff Wendt urged citizens to place clear numbering to help increase response times by the department in case of emergency.

“We are having a small problem locating residences when it's dark out,” Wendt said. “Numbers on mailboxes are huge to us, numbers on houses help out, especially if they're reflective.”

He added that they will be receiving a new fire truck at the end of the month and that he doesn't foresee any major costs, other than the purchase of an ambulance, in the next 10 years.

David Whitaker, the city engineer, also reported to the council the need for numbering houses to help ease the planning of city projects.

Whitaker said that all plans are complete and bidding will begin soon for two Buttermilk Pike projects set to begin later this year, including the placement of new water lines along the road and the replacing of the road itself, which will be completed after water lines have been placed.

Councilman George Bruns reported to the council that the Safety Committee recommended that they considered painting the new 30 MPH speed limit directly on Amsterdam Road to help with speeding issues.

He said that while the speed limit changed two months ago, many cars still speed through the area and police are giving warnings for speeding.

If they were to paint the speed limit on the road, Police Chief Bryan Allen said they would start ticketing those who speed instead of just issuing warnings.

Other notes:

City Attorney Mary Ann Stewart presented two ordinances to the council, both of which were approved unanimously.

The first allows for new rules and regulations for police training and the second allows for Mayor Butch Callery to accept a bid from Eagle Sign to replace all street signs around Villa Hills over the next three years, not exceeding spending of $65,000 per year.

Allen said in his monthly report that the police department had a quiet month and completed 125 hours of training, mainly including training related to switching to 9mm guns.

Written by Carrie Crotzer, RCN contributor