District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Crescent Hill Fourth of July

Plan to attend the Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. Enjoy free trolley service from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. on both days along a marked route and from free parking in Seminary Court off Grinstead Drive. It all starts at 10 am with opening ceremonies. Then you may enjoy dozens of artist booths for a unique and hand-crafted item, spin the wheel at the cake/prize booth from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day or enjoy a variety of food and treats, before settling in to enjoy great musical performances that begin at 1:00 p.m. each day and run until 10:00 p.m., with amazing FIREWORKS Saturday from 10 to 11 pm!

For a complete schedule and more information about the music, free trolley and parking, children’s fun and all of the family-friendly activities or to register to volunteer, go to www.crescenthill.us.

The Crescent Hill Community Council, which presents the celebration, needs donated cakes and prizes for their cake booth. You can donate money through PayPal @ Crescenthill.us, call or stop at Bussmann's to buy a cake or cookies, go to Kroger and buy a gift card or donate cash or make a cake! They will be happy to pick up the cakes, cards or money. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of any kind, please contact Joyce Cossavella at 502-216-1014.

Staffed Recycling Centers Closed July 4

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The Fourth of July Holiday falls on a Saturday this year. In observance of the holiday, the Waste Reduction Center on Meriwether Avenue, the four Staffed Recycling Centers and the Haz Bin hazardous materials drop off site will all be closed on Saturday July 4. Unstaffed Recycling Centers will not be affected by the holiday and will be available on their regular schedules. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will also occur on the regular schedule through the holiday week with no delays. A complete list of the recycling sites is at louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/recycling.

UPDATE: The Haz Bin hazardous materials disposal center is closed this week because of road repairs. The entrance road to the facility at 7501 Grade Lane is being repaved. The paving work should be completed by the end of this week, weather permitting, and Haz Bin should resume its regular operating hours of Wednesday and Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM on Wednesday July 8.

Sustainability Story: Compost


Many District 9 residents, including me, compost in our back yards. Composting is an easy way to turn yard waste and food scraps into make-it-yourself fertilizer for use in gardens, lawns and other landscaping. It also greatly reduces the need for haul-away disposal of these organic materials.

Composting is easy but Metro Louisville is offering two workshops to get you started. The Solid Waste Management Division will offer compost workshops on Saturday, July 25 at Limerick Garden and Saturday, August 1 at Miles Park. The three-hour sessions will further explain the benefits of composting, provide instructions on how to do it and offer hands on demonstrations. Participants will learn what supplies are needed, what items should and should not go into compost and how to tend, harvest and use it. Bring a pair of gardening gloves rain or shine to one of the workshops.

  • Saturday July 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Limerick Garden, 933 S 6th Street
  • Saturday August 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Miles Park, 15712 Shelbyville Road

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Metro Budget: Paving

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On June 25, Metro Council passed the 2015-2016 budget.  In recognition of the poor condition of many major thoroughfares and neighborhood streets, the Council added $5 Million to what was already far more than has been spent on repaving roads in recent years.  Mayor Greg Fischer had proposed $8.1 million toward roads but the approved budget will fund paving efforts at over $13 million this fiscal year.

Paving is starting immediately in District 9, with sections of Cleveland Boulevard, Country Club Road, North Hite Avenue, Lindsay Avenue and Pryor Avenue in Clifton Heights, and South Hite Avenue in Crescent Hill, on the early July paving list, weather permitting.  The additional funds will also allow paving of Garden Drive, Cherokee Gardens Road, portions of Payne Street and other streets this year.  

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There are, unfortunately, more paving needs than even the additional funds can meet this year.  Paving decisions are made based on a rating of each road section, with the worst and most heavily travelled roads paved first.  The budget Metro Council passed this year calls for re-rating major thoroughfares, with some of the appropriated money reserved for Spring repaving of the worst roads in those new ratings.  I am hopeful that Zorn Avenue can be paved in 2016 based on that rating.  Although we receive many calls about its condition, the road is not currently rated low enough to make the paving list. 

My Metro Council colleagues recognize that getting all of our roads into an acceptable condition will take time but I am glad that we accelerated the process with this year’s budget. 

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number.  For specific case information please call or email the above listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.


Walking Wednesday Tour Returns to the Reservoir

Walking Wednesdays

Curious what’s inside the Gothic-style structure at the Crescent Hill Reservoir?  Walking Wednesday tours have returned and the next one is this coming Wednesday, July 8. The tours provide information about the history of Louisville Water’s architecture and operations. Louisville Water staff offers guided tours on the second Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., from June through September. This is a FREE tour and Louisville Water staff will offer guided looks into the interior of the gatehouse.

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse opened in 1879 to supply a 10-day supply of water to the city. The gatehouse is still an integral part of operations, containing valves that control the flow of water in the reservoir.   The volume of water in the reservoir, 110 million gallons, is almost the amount Louisville Water produces daily.  Designed by Chief Engineer Charles Hermany, the reservoir and gatehouse provided Louisville a 10-day supply of water when it opened in 1879.  The three-story Gothic structure was designed to resemble a castle Hermany saw along the Rhine River in Germany.

When it opened in 1879, the reservoir quickly became a popular walking destination which continues today. Louisville Water just completed restoring the Gatehouse which sits in between the reservoir basins.  The project included cleaning and repairing over 2,500 terra cotta ceiling tiles, installing a new slate roof and cleaning and repairing the limestone steps leading up the reservoir.  The Gatehouse is believed to be one of the only buildings in this part of the United States with a slate roof on the exterior and terra cotta on the interior. The terra cotta is light-weight and in the late 1800s was a good material due to its fire resistance. 

Check it all out this Wednesday, July 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer with Northeast Christian Church

NEC Church

Northeast Christian Church’s Clifton Campus is hosting two upcoming volunteer opportunities. The first is another Clifton Blitz and is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. They are going to focus on helping the Clifton community do landscaping, trash clean-up, minor home repair, window washing, etc. Volunteers will meet at the church, 125 Vernon Avenue. Any questions or individuals interested in receiving help during the event should contact Joey Keck at joey.keck@necchurch.org.

The second event is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will be helping Breckinridge Franklin Elementary prepare for school. They will be doing various projects around the school. Any questions about either event, please call Joey at 618-0641 or email joey.keck@necchurch.org

Shredding Event Benefits Crusade for Children

Your old paper could mean new money for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The owners of Greenway Shredding and Recycling have come up with a unique way to raise money for the Crusade. Drop your documents by the company’s Watterson Trail location and get them shredded for a donation to help children with special needs.  You can drop off documents to be shredded Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Greenway Shredding & Recycling, 2318 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: (502) 749-0390
Email: info@greenwayshreddingky.com

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WAC is Seeking Host Volunteers


The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana (WAC) is seeking volunteers to host student delegates from Mexico from July 20 - August 1. 

The "Jóvenes En Acción" Program, a summer exchange program focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development for Mexican high school students, is coordinating the visit of 14 students to Louisville! The program includes sub-themes that focus on how local communities can develop "a culture of lawfulness by addressing problems related to gangs, violence, substance abuse, bullying, human rights, or social disintegration." Additionally, the program provides Mexican high school students the opportunity to spend one month in the United States to build leadership, communication, English language, and community engagement skills. Participants engage in workshops, community service activities, meetings with community leaders, and on-site visits. 

If interested in hosting, or if you have additional questions, please contact Christy Rhodes, Visiting programs Manager at christy.rhodes@worldkentucky.org or 561-5422.

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Friday, July 3: Independence Day – Metro Offices are closed. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will also occur on the regular schedule through the holiday week with no delays.

Friday, July 3 – Saturday, July 4: 2015 Crescent hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue. Two days of celebration and good old-fashioned fun in the neighborhood! Once again, there will be live music from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days, a juried art fair from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., food/event booths, children’s fun zone, cake/prize booth, pet show, military vehicle display, antique car display and fireworks on Saturday at 10 p.m. For more information and a detailed list of events please visit www.crescenthill.us.

Monday, July 6: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to change – concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. July 6th’s movie is Muppets Most Wanted, rated PG.

Monday, July 6: The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will kick off "Independent's Month" with a special event from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Iroquois Amphitheater. LIBA's Independent's Month Celebration is a free, family-friendly event and will include: Live Music by Nick Peay Band, Khalil's, POLLO - a gourmet chicken joint, V-Grits Food Truck, Kentucky Science Center, Bluegrass Indoor Karting, Bohemian Monkey (face painting and henna), Jefferson Memorial Forest/Go Ape, White Raven Spa, Good Garbage, LLC, and Body Center Healing. 

Thursday, July 9: The St. Joseph Board of Directors and the SJ Kids Foundation Board invite you to A “Home-warming” celebration of the new residential cottages at St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue at 10:00 a.m. Ja Hillebrand, S.J. Kids Foundation Board Chair, will lead the ceremony as St. Joe’s kids cut the ribbon and enter their new home for the first time. Following the ceremony, cake and coffee will be served and tours of the new cottages will be available until noon. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 1 to Sally Walko 502.893.0241, sallyw@sjkids.org

Thursday, July 9: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a visit with Martha Driscoll at 2:00 p.m. Explore the history of steamboats and their importance to Louisville’s culture and history. The program includes a reading of the author’s book, Nosey’s Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville. Ages 7-12. For more information please call 574-1793.

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