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Neighbor's complaints spark rat patrol at swim club

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The closed pool at the Jeffersontown Swim Club. The closed pool at the Jeffersontown Swim Club.
Kay Thompson Kay Thompson
Nevil Hammonds Nevil Hammonds
Bill Fox Bill Fox
Mayor Bill Dieruf Mayor Bill Dieruf

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - When Kay Thompson and her husband moved to Charlane Heights twelve years ago the Jeffersontown Swim Club offered a great draw.

"They had pool parties and all kinds of things, "said Thompson. "They had swim parties that met here."

That all changed about five summers ago.

"I guess the owners just decided they didn't want to put any more money into it, and just let it decay," Thompson said. "When it rains, we have mosquitos."

Or worse.

"I haven't seen any rats," said Nevil Hammons, Thompson's neighbor. "But a lot of neighbors are hollerin' about rats."

So much so that the Jeffersontown Council's Code Enforcement Committee convened Thursday to address those claims, and several liens and citations that owner Robert Holloway faces for overgrown grass and debris.

"They did see a little (evidence of rodent burrowing)," said Bill Fox, the Jeffersontown clerk-treasurer to committee members, "but not enough to be what these individuals are talking about."

The code violations, however, have become an issue.

"One hundred dollars per day, for each offense, and we have four offenses," said Chris Racque, the code enforcement director.

"The guy who owns it shouldn't be runnin and hidin," Hammons said. "He should own up."

"This is the first I've heard of it," Holloway told WAVE 3 News via telephone.

Holloway referred all questions to his son, Robert Scott Holloway, whom he characterized the swim club's property manager. We were unable to reach the younger Holloway. The phone numbers his father furnished had been disconnected.

Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf told committee members Holloway apparently has arranged to meet with enforcement officers next week.

"They're also meeting with developers in Indianapolis, to discuss possible other uses for the property," Mayor Dieruf said.

The swim club's 5.72 acre site is zoned for commercial development, but council member Robert Powell said a creek may limit its use.

"This thing could drag out for years," said Powell.

"They say it's gonna cost too much money to fix it," Hammons said. "I understand it's pretty bad shape."

Powell has offered to go door-to-door in Charlane Heights after an Okolona exterminator offered to inspect residents' homes and set bait traps to determine whether claims of rat infestation are legitimate.

Thompson's backyard abuts the swim club. She's hopeful Thursday's meeting will yield more than promises.

"It's probably a process," she said. "I hate to say that, but it's probably just a process."

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