District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
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Mid-Year Budget Adjustment


Many constituents have contacted me to express support for a Louisville Metro appropriation to assist in the expansion of the St. Matthews Eline Library.  The library has the highest circulation in the Louisville Free Public Library system, in a very small space.  Constituents have told me the library is “sorely in need of expansion and improvement”, is “overcrowded all the time” and is “out of book space, parking and everything needed to help make this a functional… part of our community.”

Fortunately, the City of St. Matthews, which supplies the space for the library without charge to the library system, has proposed a substantial expansion, at an expense of at least $3 Million in City of St. Matthews funds, contingent on an appropriation of $1 Million by Louisville Metro.  I fully support that request as part of the mid-year budget adjustment.  I also support providing money to The Healing Place and Volunteers of America to help deal with the heroin epidemic in our community, as well as other items.  While a very substantial part of the mid-year adjustment should be reserved for repaving roads, we cannot ignore other critical needs and opportunities.

We always appreciate hearing from constituents and thank you for your many comments over the last few weeks as Metro Council considers the mid-year adjustment.  

Chenoweth Lane Public Meeting


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 also be accepted at the District Five Office, Attn: Judi Hickerson, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 8310 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242. 

Sustainability Story: Trees

tree planting

Butchertown volunteers were out in force last Saturday, planting fourteen trees on Story Avenue in D9.  I was happy to join them on planting day and to earlier appropriate $1,000 in District 9 Neighborhood Development Funds for the effort. That money was matched by the neighborhood with proceeds from the Butchertown Art Fair.

In the last year, we have also used your tax dollars to plant trees on Beals Branch Road and along Drescher Bridge Avenue, and we are working on several other tree-planting projects.  Trees are an important tool in addressing Louisville’s urban heat island effect.  They also improve personal health by reducing air pollution, add beauty and increase property values, among many other benefits.  

Butchertown group

Trees Louisville is a 501c(3) organization dedicated to a more livable and healthy community for future generations through a robust tree canopy throughout Louisville. The organization is raising the public awareness of our tree canopy deficit and planting trees today in places of greatest need. You can read much more about Trees Louisville and our community’s tree issues and needs at the Trees Louisville website:  http://treeslouisville.org/.

Congratulations and thanks to Butchertown and the volunteers who came out on Saturday!  

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

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Cultivators Kick Off


Join the Cult! The Cultivators are a group of young earth-lovers helping to build the Waterfront Botanical Gardens for Louisville and Southern Indiana, and joining together on the principles of environmental education, sustainability and strengthening cultural life in our hometown.

The Cultivators’ Kick Off will be held on Monday, February 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Louis’s The Ton, 1601 Story Avenue. This is a FREE networking event and a portion of food and drink sales will support the Waterfront Botanical Gardens Cultivators. Music provided by the Tristen Brooke band. 

Tax Preparation Appointments Available


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 Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 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.

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.


External Agency Fund Applications Now Accepted

metro seal

Louisville Metro Government began accepting External Agency Fund applications today for FY17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). These General Fund 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. The session is approximately 90 minutes and will cover eligibility, the application process, and provide instructions for the on-line application. The webinar is available online.

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 Mayor's and departments' strategic goals.

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

For more information about EAF, visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.  Please submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov.  

Please Report Crime to LMPD


LMPD would like to remind citizens to report any unusual activity to LMPD by calling the non-emergency line at 574-7111. Follow your “gut” instinct and if you think something does not seem right, please call it in. That piece of information could potentially help LMPD solve crimes. If you would like to report information to LMPD’s tip line you may call 574-5673, text tips to “CRIMES” (274637), or enter a tip online at: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/574-lmpd. If you feel like you are in danger, please call 911 directly.

Donate to “Doing Our Part from the Heart”

Doing Our Part

Over the next eight weeks, Councilwoman Madonna Flood and the community will collect toiletries, snacks and other items to send to our military overseas.  Simple items such as soap, eye drops, bug repellent, candy, and other personal items make a huge impact for troops serving in remote locations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you cannot donate items and wish to make a cash contribution to help cover the cost of shipping, Republic Bank continues its partnership by setting up an account to accept all monetary donations to cover postage for the items going overseas.  Every package costs $16.75 to send.  Make sure to note on the check “From the Heart” account.

Here is a list of items needed that can be dropped off at a “Doing Our Part” location:

Chewing Gum/Mints/Lifesavers                          Deodorant
Lotion                                                               Foot Powder
Razors                                                             Body Wash
Band-Aids                                                         Q-Tips
Bug Repellant with DEET                                   Eye Drops
Hand Sanitizer                                                  Wet Ones
Kool-aide or Gatorade individual packs                Peanut Butter
Individual snacks, chips, nuts, pretzels               Neosporin
Candy that will not melt                                      Sun Block                                                        
After Sun lotion                                                  Nasal Spray                                            
Tylenol/Pain Relievers

Here are the drop-off locations for the 2016 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign:
Republic Bank
“From the Heart Account” at all Republic Banks 

Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling
8323 Preston Highway, Louisville
11520 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
1000 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville 

Jackson-Hewitt Tax Preparers
All Locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana  

City Hall
601 West Jefferson, Louisville (enter from Jefferson entrance)

For more information about the 2016 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign, contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124.  You can visit “Doing our Part from the Heart” on Facebook.

Best of Leadership Summit - March 3

Best of Leadership Summit

A globally recognized authority on innovation leadership, Luke Williams, and best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson, are the headline speakers for the Leadership Louisville Center’s third annual Best of Leadership Summit to be held March 3, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at The Kentucky Center.  PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Summit offering leadership development focused on three tracks: Develop Yourself, Build Your Team and Lead Your Community, followed by a closing networking and cocktail reception.

In all, over 20 speakers will be on the agenda, providing performance-boosting learning alongside leaders from the Louisville region and surrounding metropolitan areas.  Attendees will leave with new skills, new contacts and new ways to lead with influence. See current confirmed speakers at https://www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/best-of-leadership-summit/2016-speakers/.

Registration is now open at www.leadershiplouisville.org, and members of the Leadership Louisville Center receive an additional discount.  Registration is $300 and only $250 for members.  

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 25: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview 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 call 574-1771.

Thursday, February 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 6:30 p.m. Which film will win Best Picture? This month discuss predictions for this year's Academy Award winners. Questions please call 574-1793.

Thursday, February 25: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Bill Goodman for a free book signing and presentation of, Beans, Biscuits, Family and Friends: Life Stories at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Friday, February 26: Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00pm to 10:30 p.m. The FAT Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries. The free trolleys run along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road and many businesses will host special sales, live music and refreshments. For more information, visit www.fatfridayhop.org.

Friday, February 26: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, to host a family fun night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Taco bar will be provided, and the gym will be open for the kids the play. Reservations are helpful for planning purposes, please call 896-4425.

Monday, February 29: Botanica and the Waterfront Botanical Gardens to host the Cultivators' Kick Off at 6:00 p.m. at Louis's the Ton on Story Avenue. The event is free; a portion of food and drink sales will go to the Botanica Cultivators. Music will be provided by the Tristen Brooke band, Botanica promotional videos by 750Four Productions, and Botanica Cultivator memberships will be for sale. This is a networking event. More information can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264282653585736/.

Tuesday, March 1: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a non-fiction book discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss Black Swan by Nassim Taleb. Questions please call 574-1771.

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