I hope this finds all of you doing well. By the time you receive this, school will be out for the summer, pools will be open and summer fun will be in full swing. I hope all of you have a really fun, safe summer. Please make sure to pay extra attention as we will have more children riding bikes, walking, and playing since school is out.
As far as safety is concerned, I have been asked by Councilman Jeff Weis to remind everyone to wear reflective gear and use lighting while walking/riding in
the early morning hours or at night. He said that he has seen several people in the early morning hours without reflective gear or lighting and it was really difficult to see them. Also in relationship to walking, etc. a neighbor has asked that I remind everyone to pick up after their dogs. She has noticed several times where there is dog feces in her yard from someone not picking up after their pet. Please be courteous and do so.
Also in regards to safety, City Councilman Craig Theis is heading up an effort to partner with Ring (Ring.com) to provide discounts to citizens on security products. Please see the attached insert. With this program, Ring would give citizens $50 off and the City would give and additional $50 toward the purchase. Our hope would be that a lot of residents would get at a minimum, one Ring Doorbell. Anything in addition to that would be “icing on the cake” so to speak. We believe if at least 200 homes had these, word would spread quickly amongst thieves that SRP is not a place they want to be. The thieves wouldn’t know
who has them and who doesn’t, so in essence, the entire neighborhood would benefit. If you go to Ring.com, you will see that they also have smart lighting, security cameras and “The neighborhood watch” app. We would also try to negotiate with some electric companies to give a discount on installations. If you are interested in this potential program, please contact Councilman Theis so he can gauge everyone’s interest. His email is Craigtheis@gmail.com.
Councilman Louie Schweickhardt has asked if anyone would like to help him put flags out for the 4th of July. If you or your family are interested in helping, please contact Council Schweickhardt at 639-7731. Also, if you are planning on having summer picnics, gatherings, etc. we ask that you please use “no parking signs” on one side of the street for smooth traffic flow. In order to get these signs, again please contact Councilman Schweickhardt at 639-7731 and he will get them to you.
A major item discussed at the June meeting was that of issuing door-to-door permits. I wish we wouldn’t have to issue these types of permits, but legally, we can’t deny the permit if filed appropriately. However, we can LIMIT the permit, which is what we did. Instead of issuing a permit with an indefinite timeline, we limited it for the dates of 7/15/19 through 7/31/19. The permit was issued for only one company, Vivint. If this issue ever comes up again, we will also make sure we are clear on what hours are allowed within the permit. Since we are still in the city of Louisville, Vivint needs to make sure they honor the hours allowed by Louisville which are 9:00 a.m. to ½ hour before sundown as published in the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper daily or 8:00 p.m. which ever comes first. Also, no business shall be conducted on Sunday or on any local, State or National Holiday. If they come to your door outside of these hours, please remind them of the City of Louisville’s permit hours and ask them to leave. Also you are welcome to not answer your door. If you decide to answer, you may ask them to leave and politely close the door. Finally, the city attorney has said that if you have a no solicitation sign on your door, they should not be coming to your home.
Last, but not least, please mark your calendars for the SRP annual yard sale coming up. It will take place on September 7 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. We will also be putting out “no parking signs” for this on Thursday. Please make sure to park accordingly as the Police will be ticketing.
Remember, the City of St. Regis Park is a great place to live. Together, we will make it even better!
Brandt Davis, Mayor