District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
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Upcoming Junk Pick Up in February


The 9th District Urban Services District (USD) will have junk collection set-out on a select weekend in February, depending on your address.  You may begin setting out your junk Friday afternoon prior to your junk pick-up week and must have it all out by Monday at 6:00 AM.  For your specific junk set-out weekend please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council-district-9 and scroll to the bottom of the page to “MyLouisville” and enter your address, call the office at 574-1109, or email Kyle Ethridge.  For collection guidelines please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. You may now sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text under “MyLouisville”.

Sustainability Story: Solar Over Louisville


In the last year, Metro Council has taken several steps to promote the use of solar energy in Louisville.  In August, the Council approved a resolution which I sponsored, urging all Metro Agencies and Departments to support the vigorous growth of solar energy in Louisville and to aggressively pursue strategies designed to meet this goal.   The resolution lists some specific strategies that should be considered, including a city-wide education program, streamlining permitting, integrating solar into public infrastructure and streetlights, and others.  It also notes the economic and environmental benefits of solar installation.  You can read it by clicking here.  Later in the year, eight Council members, including me, made appropriations from Neighborhood Development Funds, to help start the education program, now called “Solar Over Louisville” (SOL), which is a program of the Louisville Sustainability Council.


Solar Over Louisville’s goal is to make Louisville a leading city in solar energy, educate the community about its benefits and cost savings potential and advocate for solar policy in Louisville.  Last night, SOL kicked off the campaign at an event at Crescent Hill Craft House in D9.  A more formal news conference will be held soon.  It will feature announcements on progress toward an ambitious solar wattage goal for 2016, solar projects coming to Louisville and the introduction of the newly appointed SOL Program Manager, Paul Brooks.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with local solar installers.  We'll let you know when a date and location is confirmed.   

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

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

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My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2016. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2015 or if you quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on four Fridays (Feb. 19, Mar. 18 and Apr. 1) between 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment. 

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $31,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $60,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

The AARP also has a tax-aide program; AARP Foundation Tax-Aide helps low-and moderate income taxpayers (moderate income is generally considered to be an adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $55,000), with special attention to those 60 and older. One of their sites is located in D9 at Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue. They offer tax preparation on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please note they will be closed on February 24. These sites are first-come, first-serve and early arrival is suggested. If you have any questions please call 394-3443 or visit http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org/Sites/sites.html.

You may qualify to file your federal and Kentucky Individual income tax returns for free through KentuckyFreeFile, http://revenue.ky.gov/FFAOffers.htm. You can review the offers from the vendors. To ensure you can file both your federal and state returns for free please access these Free File products from the link above.

Help Report Potholes


With the last snow melting, we are left with many new potholes throughout the City. Please help by reporting these potholes so they can be filled promptly.

Citizens are urged to report potholes to MetroCall by dialing 311 or 574-5000. Reports may also be made through an online service request at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metrocall-311 . You can now download a smartphone application to report issues.  For more information click here. Potholes on interstate highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).

Potholes result from a combination of water that seeps through cracks caused by normal wear and tear in asphalt, repeated freezing and thawing temperatures, and the weight of traffic. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement. The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more traffic goes over it.

Please help us make driving better and safer by reporting potholes to MetroCall. 

LMPD’s Crime Mapping Tool

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This week I hosted a D9 Community Conversation, where the topic of discussion was crime. Major Shara Parks and several officers attended the meeting to share information on crime prevention and to address specific neighborhood concerns. Click here to read some crime prevention tips.

The 5th Division is encouraging residents to sign up for crime notifications through GovDelivery. All you need is a valid email address. Please click here for instructions.

If you are concerned with crime in your neighborhood and would like to look up a history of reports, check out LMPD’s Crime Mapping tool online: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/services/crime-maps. From this site you can report a crime anonymously and view or download data from a crime map. Reports are made available to the public after the process of internal review. To map crime around a specific address, please follow below instructions.

  • Click on link, “Map Crime Now”.
  • Type in your address and select search. You can then set a radius.
  • Click on specific icons to find date, location and description of the incident.
  • You may change the search dates from the top tab.

Sign up for WAZE for Road and Street Closures


Louisville Metro has recently partnered with Waze through the Connected Citizens Program, making it easier to keep up with traffic and street closings around town. Please visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/road-and-street-closures for more information. The Waze application is available through Googleplay, AppStore and Windows Phone Store.


For a listing of upcoming event closures please visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/road-and-street-closures.

Take the Metro Parks Survey


Metro Parks wants to hear from you! Your feedback is very important and will be used to help determine priorities for developing services for the community. Take the survey by clicking below:

Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation 2016 Needs Assessment

Marzian, McGarvey at Crescent Hill Library – Feb. 20


After a postponement due to snow, Café LOUIE, a Bingham Fellows project, is bringing Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian to the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue on Saturday, February 20, at 9:00 a.m., to meet the public and learn about the on-going session of the Kentucky General Assembly. It’s one of a series of meetings with legislators being held around Jefferson County. 


Each of the Café LOUIE meetings features one or two members of Louisville’s 28-member legislative delegation at library branches within or near their districts. The meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10:00 a.m., January until early April. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to ask questions.

Here’s the complete Café LOUIE schedule

Coffee with a Cop – February 24


Join Your Neighbors and Police Officers from the 5th Division for Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Vint Coffee Shop, 2309 Frankfort Avenue. There will be no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the men and women who protect and serve you every day.

Desserts First – February 24

Desserts First

Mark your calendars and join the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Desserts First on Wednesday, February 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. To purchase tickets please visit: https://dessertsfirst.eventbrite.com.

Submit an Application for City's External Agency Funds

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Louisville Metro Government will begin accepting External Agency Fund applications on Thursday, February 25, 2016 for FY17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). These General Funded grants are awarded to non-governmental, or "external” agencies, that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality. 

All agencies wishing to submit an application are required to have at least one representative participate in a mandatory orientation webinar.  There will be a live webinar held on Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. The session is approximately 90 minutes and will cover eligibility, the application process, and provide instructions for the on-line application. Interested applicants who are unable to participate at this time should contact the EAF team to make alternative arrangements. To register for the webinar, please contact the External Agency Fund (EAF) staff at EAF@louisvilleky.gov and include your name, email address, and agency name.

The grants are available for Social Services programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services (LMCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development. The External Agency Funds are awarded annually to non-profit organizations offering programs or services in Louisville/Jefferson County that align with the departments’ missions and strategic goals.

Applications will be reviewed by two External Agency Fund panels, which include Metro Council members and community members, and those recommendations will be included in Mayor Fischer’s recommended FY17 Metro budget.

Louisville Metro Government employs a competitive granting strategy and strives to award funding to agencies that demonstrate measurable positive impact in the community and are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.  Successful grantees will be required to report on their success in meeting goals and outcomes.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 18, 2016 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, as well as a listing of previous recipients, visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fundPlease submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov.  

Chenoweth Lane Public Meeting - Feb. 29


Plan to attend the second Chenoweth Lane Public Meeting on Monday, February 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road, 40207. This meeting is to get input from the public on potential changes to Chenoweth Lane between Shelbyville Road and Brownsboro Road. Representatives from the KY Transportation Cabinet and their consultants will be available to answer questions. 

State officials have announced the proposed 3-lane widening of Chenoweth Lane will no longer be considered, a decision I supported. Other alternatives are still being considered and will be presented at this public meeting. Some changes suggested include drainage, pedestrian and bicycle facilities. 

Written and oral comments will be accepted during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted at the District Five Office, Attn: Judi Hickerson, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 8310 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242. 

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, February 18: 2016 Kentucky Regional Braille Challenge at the American Printing House for the Blind. Volunteers are needed. For more information visit, http://www.ksb.k12.ky.us/News/braillechallenge#sthash.pzcNPToi.dpbs.

Thursday, February 18: The Coalition for the Homeless, its partner agencies, and hundreds of compassionate volunteers of all ages will participate in the second public awareness campaign called "Take A Stand" at 4:30pm. Participants will stand outside and hold up signs at locations around the city with the goal of increasing awareness and encouraging citizens to take a stand to end homelessness in Louisville, and to share their messages on social media. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org.

Thursday, February 18: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Nana Lampton for a book signing of new book, Wash the Dust from My Eyes at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Friday, February 19: Did you earn $55,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2015?  If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation!  The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $55,000 or less.  To make an appointment or for more information please call the 9th District office at 574-1109.  Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Saturday, February 20: Cafe LOUIE with Senator Morgan McGarvey and Representative Mary Lou Marzian at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to ask questions.

Saturday, February 20: The Alexander Hamilton Historical Society of Kentucky will host its annual symposium at Bellarmine University’s  Cralle Theatre (Wyatt Center for the Arts) at 10:30 a.m.. The topic is "Judicial review: The will of the People, the will of the People's Agents, or the will of the Judges.” The Speaker is William E. Thro (General Counsel & Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Kentucky). 

Saturday, February 20: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host Helen Keller: This is Your Life from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please make reservations by Noon on February 19. Best for older children and adults. Helen Keller: This is Your Life  will explore little-known areas of this most famous person’s life. The event is free, but space is limited.  Make reservations by sending email to kcarpenter@aph.org or by phone 502-899-2213.

Monday. February 22: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners part 3 at 3:00 p.m. Pick up some final know how for your iPad and review what has been discussed in previous classes. Call to register. Questions please call 574-1771.

Monday, February 22 - March 28: Tai Chi classes at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Payment for all Monday sessions is $75.00. Questions please contact Rita Higgins-Myers at msritah@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 23: February is the point in the year when many families are beginning to think of the upcoming school year.  Moving into middle school can be an exciting time for rising 6th grade students. The transition into 6th grade can also bring many questions and some apprehension for both students and parents. St. Leonard School, 440 Zorn Avenue, will host "Transitioning to Middle School in the 6th Grade," at 6:30 pm in the school library.  This is a free event for current 5th grade families.  Students may be enrolled at any school, and families throughout the area are invited to attend. The meeting will cover such topics as class schedules and curriculum, use of Chromebooks and Google Classroom, social changes, organizational needs, common challenges etc. Attend to explore this important time period in students' lives. Please contact the St. Leonard School office at 897-5265 for additional information.

Wednesday, February 24: LMPD 5th Division invites you to attend a coffee and conversation from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Vint Coffee Shop, 2309 Frankfort Avenue. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the men and women who protect and serve you every day.

Wednesday, February 24: Crescent 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: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. Questions please call 574-1793.

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