District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Brightsites Installed on Drescher Bridge Avenue

Drescher Bridge

The transformation of Drescher Bridge Avenue in Clifton Heights continued this week, with the installation of new Brightsites to beautify the area.   The Brightsites include viburnum, hydrangeas, boxwood, honey locust, dogwood trees and decorative boulders.   A new fence separating the area from the storage facility to the east will be installed soon, the Brightsite closer to Brownsboro Road will be expanded and at least one bench will be added.  

The Brightsites are funded through District 9 Community Infrastructure Funds and a grant from WLKY, which is located at the top of Drescher Bridge Avenue.  WLKY has also agreed to maintain the sites for at least three years.  Many thanks to WLKY Channel 32!

Installation of the Brightsites follows work earlier this year to install new curb, guttering and sidewalks along Drescher Bridge Avenue, between Brownsboro Road and Delmont Avenue. The project, which also included drainage improvements and repaving from Brownsboro Road to Thompson Avenue, was funded by District 9 Community Infrastructure Funds, along with funds from the Metropolitan Sewer District and Metro Public Works.   

Sidewalk Improvements on Brownsboro Road

Brownsboro Road Sidewalk

I recently walked Brownsboro Road with members of the Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee (a joint effort of  Clifton, Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill and Butchertown), and other volunteers,  to identify sidewalk issues, particularly as they affect blind and visually impaired residents and wheelchair users. 

As a result of the inspection and follow-up efforts,  volunteers have cleared a bus stop pad which had become overgrown, LG&E has added a concrete pad to allow access around a utility pole and, this week, Metro Public Works (shown here) made sidewalk repairs near Bingham Park to eliminate tripping hazards. 

There is always more work to do to make our sidewalks safer but I thank the Committee and volunteers for bringing these issues to my attention and everyone involved for completing these improvements. 

Sustainability Story: Concrete Repair

concrete repair

Sidewalk repair can be a sustainability issue - if you are cutting away sections to make sidewalks safer and then recycling the parts you remove. 

That’s happening already in parts of District 9 and you’ll be seeing more of it in 2016.  Both the City of St. Matthews and Metro Public Works have contracted with Precision Concrete Cutting to use its patented approach to eliminate tripping hazards.  Rather than pouring new sidewalk panels, the company cuts the existing concrete to create a smooth walkway.   An animated demo from the company is here: http://www.safesidewalks.com/animation/animation.html.

The City of St. Matthews recently used the process on Eline, Fairlawn and Iola from Lexington Road to Willis Avenue.  A total of 119 tripping hazards were eliminated in a day and a half, at the remarkably low cost of $6,506.25.  That is in keeping with the average 70% reduction in costs from the more traditional process of removing and replacing whole sections of concrete. 

Louisville Metro has used the process in a downtown pilot project and I was happy to hear at a Public Works Committee meeting this week that it will be available in Louisville Metro neighborhoods in 2016.  I’ve already made some suggestions for locations in District 9. 

Here’s the Sustainability Story- the company uses a vacuum cutting method that catches the minimal dust created by the process.  The dust and concrete waste is then taken to a facility and recycled.  It’s a real example of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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

Abandoned Bikes Will Be Removed after 14 Days


An increase in bicycle ridership in Louisville has brought with it an increase in abandoned bicycles, bikes left unattended in one spot for days or even months. Public Works will soon begin removing bikes that are abandoned on sidewalks or other public right of way areas.

Bikes reported as abandoned will first be tagged with a warning notice. If a bike has not been moved within 14 days from the notice date, Public Works will remove it and place it in storage for another period of 14 days under authority of Louisville Ordinance 97.074.

Any bike not claimed within 14 days of being placed in storage by Public Works will be donated to a nonprofit agency or otherwise disposed of. Bikes that appear to be abandoned in the right-of-way should be reported to MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Callers are asked to identify the bike with as much detail as possible, including the color of the bike frame, the type of bike and the location.

An abandoned bicycle usually has missing or damaged parts, flat or missing tires, or is in unusable condition. If the bike has been locked to the same location for more than a month, it is likely abandoned and should be removed.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for below 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 listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Case No. 15DEVPLAN1176
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review of a Variance application to allow a proposed office building addition to exceed the maximum front setback.
Subject Property: 1509 Story Avenue
Case Manager: Laura Mattingly Humphrey (laura.mattingly-humphrey@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting: Board of Zoning Adjustment
Date: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:30 am until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street, 40202

1509 Story

ABC Notifications

ABC Notifications

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication. 

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink License being applied for, located at 3701 Lexington Road, #2, Louisville, KY. 40207.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, December 4, 2015.

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink and NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink License(s) being applied for, located at 3701 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY. 40207.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for an NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, & 2 a.m. Extended Hours License(s) being applied for, located at 225 S. Spring Street, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Recycle Your Old TV After You Get a New One


When the dust settles after this holiday season, don't let it pile up on your suddenly useless old electronics relegated to the garage or basement by the latest, greatest, digital, 4K, Smart gizmos. Instead, bring those old televisions to the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue for recycling. Special drop-off collections will be held during regular Waste Reduction Center hours on Saturday January 2 and Saturday January 9. Regular Saturday hours are 8 AM to 3 PM. Read more about year round electronics recycling.


TARC Announces 17th Annual Kids Design-A-Bus Contest


TARC and Louisville Metro’s Public Works and Assets are partnering this year for the 17th annual Design-a-Bus contest, featuring artwork by schoolchildren throughout the Louisville area. This year’s theme is “Look Alive Louisville,” based on the commitment by both organizations to help promote pedestrian and vehicle safety. 

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will be chosen to have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their adult guests will be invited to participate in the Pegasus parade celebrating their victory. Artwork becomes the property of TARC. 

Potential ideas for artwork could include illustrations of: how pedestrians can use attention, predictability and visibility to stay safe and avoid accidents while riding the bus, walking or biking; how drivers can use attention, right-of-way and traffic signs and symbols to avoid collisions; illustrating ways both agencies help improve safety conditions in the Louisville area.

For further inspiration, students are encouraged to visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/look-alive-louisville and ridetarc.org

Entries should be in marker, crayon or paint and submitted on 11-by-17 white paper, or digitally through a JPEG or PDF file. Entries will be judged on visual appeal, creativity, originality and message. All artwork is to be produced by the student only. This year's entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

Entry forms must be attached to hard or digital copies. For copies of entry forms, visit  www.ridetarc.org or e-mail Russell Goodwin at rgoodwin@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Digital copies of entries with forms attached can also be sent to Russell and Jessica. Paper entries should be sent to TARC, c/o Marketing Department, 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY. 40203

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.

Thursday, December 10: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m.  Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 10: Crescent Hill Community Council Holiday Open House from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. This is a FREE event. Festivities include food, drink, visit from Santa Claus, music and more!

Friday, December 11: 9th District Mammogram Screenings in partnership with U of L and Brown Cancer Center at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  All appointments have been filled.

Saturday, December 12: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Monday, December 14: St. Leonard School to stage a performance of "Yes, Virginia The Musical" at 7:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. The production is based on a true story of 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897, inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the Clifton Center door the night of the performance. Tickets are $5.00 each. Student admission is a canned good, which will be donated to Dare to Care.

Tuesday, December 15: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss The Big Lebowski. Questions please contact the library at 574-1771.

Wednesday, December 16Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Bring your sack lunch and sample “food for the mind” and discuss: Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hearth. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Thursday, December 17Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host what is Lynda.com? at 2:30 p.m. Come to this informative presentation on one of LFPL’s most exciting resources. With just your library card you have access to thousands of tutorials covering hundreds of tech related subjects. Questions please contact the library at 574-1793.

Thursday, December 17: The 5th annual "Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness" will be held at 6:00pm at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. The evening will include live music, food prepared by local chefs, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes 10 food and drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at cliftoncenter.org, at Carmichael's Book Store, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, or at the box office on the evening of the event.

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