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Tina Ward-Pugh
9th District Councilwoman
601 W Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202
Phone: 574-1109
Fax: 574-7844
Email: Tina Ward-Pugh  
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
Phone: 574-3908
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Katie Holmes
Special Projects Coordinator
Phone: 574-1109
Email: Katie Holmes


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Happy Holidays from the 9th District


Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!  This will be the last eNews of the year.  For upcoming events and District news please visit the blog at  

Celebrate Increased Safety on Lower Brownsboro Road

Brownsboro Road Diet

At this festive time of year, join us in celebrating the increased safety that the Brownsboro Road Diet has brought to Lower Brownsboro Road.  The Road Diet was completed in August 2012 between Drescher Bridge Avenue and Ewing Avenue.  It added a sidewalk for pedestrians and reduced the four-lane stretch to two wide lanes with a continuous middle turning lane.  This project has helped worked towards a more sustainable, walkable community, along with improving safety.  From 2010 through 2012, Lower Brownsboro Road saw an average of 27.3 collisions per year.  In 2013 there have been 15 collisions in this area, which is a decrease of 45%.  So let’s give thanks and celebrate that on Lower Brownsboro Road it is safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and even motorists, as these statistics confirm.  A 45% reduction in accidents seems like something we should all celebrate! 

Santa Sprint and Stroll Update

Santa Sprint and Stroll

From 2013 Santa Sprint Committee


Reindeer, we tried.  The 2013 Santa Sprint & Stroll will not be run this year.  As you are all now aware, we unfortunately had to cancel the 18th Annual Santa Sprint and Stroll on Saturday, Dec 7th. Although our dedicated volunteers were ready to go, JCPS’ decision Friday night to cancel all weekend events left us with no place to conduct the race. FABA and UCHM have diligently looked for alternative dates and sites since then, but have been unable to come up with a workable option. We humbly thank all of our registrants and generous sponsors, and hope this decision does not keep you from joining us in future years.
We would like to distribute the festive T-shirts to all those who pre-registered for the event. Please come to pick up your shirt at UCHM, 150 S State Street, from Dec. 16-20 for pick up during business hours 9-5pm. Beginning Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, all T-shirts can be picked up during regular business hours at Ken Combs Running Store at 4137 Shelbyville Road. Then beginning Jan. 3, they will be back at UCHM for pick up or purchase.  Again, thank you so much for your support, and peace to you and yours this Holiday Season!
The 2013 Santa Sprint Committee

TARC Announces 15th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest


This year’s theme is “Destination Degree – The Path To Success,” which is based on the commitment to help improve the quality of life in Louisville and southern Indiana by increasing the number of college-educated residents in the region by the year 2020.  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 guardians will be invited to attend a party celebrating their victory at a later date. Artwork becomes the property of TARC. Some potential ideas for artwork might include students reading, dreaming about the career they will pursue, working on a science project, receiving a diploma or achieving other milestones along the way to a college degree.   For further inspiration, students are encouraged to visit or

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. 28, 2014. Entry forms must be attached to hard or digital copies. For copies of entry forms, visit or e-mail Jon Reiter at, or Jessica Holman at Digital copies of entries with forms attached can also be sent to Jon and Jessica. Paper entries should be sent to TARC, c/o Marketing Department., 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40203

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9th District Winter Newsletter

No. 9 eNews

Check out the electronic version and read updates on: setting up an account with MetroCall to report and track issues, VITA tax preparation, LMPD winter safety tips, changes to the Green Triangle, Reservoir Park Non-911 Emergency Access update, NDF/CIF fund snapshot, crime mapping, City mapping, eMail notifications, CodeRed alerts and winter/spring calendar.  The newsletter is available online by clicking here.  Residents that don’t have access to a computer or internet may contact our office at 574-1109 to request a paper copy be mailed to them. 

Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed

Tax prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE VITA tax preparation services again in 2014.  We are recruiting volunteers to help prepare taxes on four Fridays in February and March 2014.  Full training is provided by the LABC on select dates in December or January.  To volunteer or to obtain more information please contact our office directly at 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge for a list of training dates and information.


More information on tax preparation dates will be posted soon.  The service is FREE if you earned $52,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2013 or if you quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  

Pace Car Program Available in the 9th District!

Pace Car Sticker

The Pace Car Program is a citizen-based traffic calming initiative that encourages residents to take responsibility for their own driving while setting the "pace" for safer streets and neighborhoods.  Residents will be able to sign an official Pace Car registration form and pledge the following:


“Drive the speed limit on city streets, especially in residential areas, setting the pace for vehicles behind me; stop completely at STOP signs and don’t run red lights; be courteous to all bicyclists; pedestrians and other motorists; give myself enough travel time so that I am not sacrificing safety or courtesy; devote my full attention to driving by avoiding distractions, i.e.: cell phones; not be pressured by the impatience of other drivers to exceed the speed limit; keep my sense of humor, life’s too short to let driving stress my out!; and display the Metro Pace Car Program decals or bumper stickers.”


By signing this pledge you will receive an official Pace Car bumper sticker or car window sticker to display on your vehicle.  The sticker will alert other drivers that they are taking part in the citizen-based effort to address the problems of traffic speed and safety.


To sign up for this program please click here to download the Official Pledge Form.  Read, sign and date the form and return it to our office.  Please indicate if you would prefer a bumper or window sticker for the program. 

District 9 Calendar Events & Happenings!


Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the Ninth District Blog at

If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge.

Thursday, December 19: The 3rd annual "Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness" will be held at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, at 6:00 p.m. The evening will include performances from Louisville's finest artists and musicians including The Bibelhauser Brothers, Steve Cooley, Tyrone Cotton, Dick Sisto, John Gage, Hound of the Buskervilles, Will King, Justin Paul Lewis, Marta Miranda, the Clif-Tones, Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg, and several unannounced guests. The event will also feature a cash bar, a silent auction and an array of soups and stews from local restaurants Amici, Bistro 1860, Buck's, Eiderdown, Harvest, Relish and Wiltshire Pantry. Each of the musicians, artists and restaurant chefs are donating their time and talent. The sound and lighting equipment, and the services of those who operate the equipment, is also being provided by the vendors at no charge. In addition, the event will be staffed entirely by volunteers to ensure that all proceeds are used to support the Coalition for the Homeless' efforts to end homelessness in our community. Tickets are $10 for event admission, or guests can pay $20 for admission (which includes $12 in food and drink vouchers), and can be purchased at the door, at, or at Carmichael's Book Store, 2720 Frankfort Avenue.

Friday, December 27: Historic Frankfort Avenue will host F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor.  For more information visit

Wednesday, December 25: Metro Government Holiday - There will be no residential collection of garbage, recycling, or yard waste within the Urban Service District (former Louisville city limits). Collection will resume on Wednesday and will be delayed by one day. (Example: Those with Tuesday pick up will have collection on Wednesday.)


Wednesday, January 1: Metro Government Holiday - There will be no residential collection of garbage, recycling, or yard waste within the Urban Service District (former Louisville city limits). Collection will resume on Wednesday and will be delayed by one day. (Example: Those with Tuesday pick up will have collection on Wednesday.)

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