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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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Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Tax Preparation Appointments Now Available

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My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE VITA tax preparation services again on four Fridays in February/March 2014.  Call our office today to sign up for a FREE tax preparation appointment.  This service is for individuals/families who earned $52,000 less in adjusted gross income in 2013.  If you received income from the sale of your home, own rental property OR received $10,000 in cash in self-employment and $5,000 in expenses you are not eligible for this FREE tax service.   FREE tax preparation will be offered on Friday February 14, 28, March 14 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.  Call 574-1109 today to make an appointment!

Do you like to self-file your taxes? 

  • Did you make $31,000 or less in AGI in 2013?  Then click here to use Turbo Tax Freedom Edition. 
  • Did you make $58,000 or less in AGI in 2013?  Then click here to use My Free Taxes to self-file.


If you are interested in volunteering to help prepare taxes please call or email Kyle Ethridge for a list of training dates and information.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

Information provided by Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, 444 S. 5th Street – Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202-4313, (502)574-6230

Case Number: 13DEVPLAN1105
The proposal is for a Revised Detailed District Development Plan with landscape waivers for Miralea Phase II on the Masonic Homes of Kentucky Campus.
Subject Property: 320 Joe Conway Circle
Date: WEDNESDAY, February 5, 2014
Time: Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until all cases are heard|
Location: Conference Room 101 (First Floor), Metro Development Center, 444 S. 5th St. Louisville, KY 40202 

To view documents related to this proposal, please visit: Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services (Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 444 S. 5th Street, 3rd Floor.


For basic details for above case/s please visit  Click on “Case Information – eCustomer Services” link.  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.

Residential Traffic Circles Planned on Nanz

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As a pilot implementation project, Council District 9 cooperatively with the City of St. Matthews, are constructing two residential traffic circles at the intersections of Nanz Avenue with Iola Avenue and Macon Avenue.

Traffic circles are raised islands, placed in intersections, around which traffic circulates. They are good for calming intersections, especially within neighborhoods, where large vehicle traffic is not a major concern but speeds, volumes, and safety are problems.


  • Traffic Circles are very effective in moderating speeds and improving safety
  • If designed well, they can have positive aesthetic value
  • Placed at an intersection, they can calm two streets at once


  • Average of 11% decrease in the 85th percentile travel speeds, or from an average of 34.1 to 30.2 miles per hour (from a sample of 45 sites)
  • Including a large sample from Seattle, an average of 73% decrease in accidents, or from an average of 2.2 to 0.6 accidents per year (from a sample of 130 sites)
  • Excluding the large sample from Seattle, an average of 29% decrease in accidents, or from an average of 5.9 to 4.2 accidents per year (from a sample of 17 sites)


Seattle is perhaps the US city most famous for these traffic calming devices, having installed more than a thousand of them, while documenting a crash reduction of more than 70 percent!  Residential traffic circles require approaching traffic to enter at a slow speed and yield to any vehicle (including bicyclists) already in the circle. The intent is to keep traffic flowing in a counter-clockwise direction. Unlike a larger roundabout, the raised circle in the middle is relatively small, typically no more than 16’ – 24’ in diameter for residential roads 25’ – 36’ in width. The residential traffic circle is designed to be just large enough to force the motorist to travel beyond the adjacent curb line, which ensures a lower appropriate speed for navigating the intersection, but not necessarily a full stop. 

TARC Design-A-Bus Contest


TARC and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 55,000 Degrees initiative are partnering this year for the 15th annual Design-a-Bus contest, featuring artwork by schoolchildren throughout the Louisville area. This year’s theme is “Destination Degree – The Path To Success,” which is based on the commitment by both organizations 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 

Secrets of Louisville Chefs to Feature John Varanese

John Varanese

After 10 successful years, Secrets of Louisville Chefs has partnered with Bourbon Barrel Foods to give the show a new home. The show will now be taped in Bourbon Barrel Foods' new Kitchen Studio, 1201 Story Avenue, which is equipped with new, stainless steel GE Monogram appliances, bourbon barrel accents, and furniture from local wood artisan Jason Cohen. The first episode in the new studio will feature Chef John Varanese, who will highlight locally sourced ingredients and share the recipes for an Ahi Tuna dish and a Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Dried Cherry and Bourbon Chutney. The episode will air on Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00am on WAVE-3. For the first time, a live audience will be invited to experience the taping in this intimate bistro setting. Those in attendance will get to taste the chefs' creations. Tickets to be part of the studio audience at the Saturday, February 8th taping, which will include Chef John Varanese at 11:00am and Chef Patrick Roney of The Oakroom at the Seelbach at 12:00pm, are sold through auctions to raise money for local charities. A very limited amount of seats are available to the general public and are priced at $50 per person. Ticket information is available on the Secrets website at 

Matt Anthony’s Record Shop opens on Frankfort Avenue

Matt Anthony record

Article from Insider Louisville
By: Eli Keel


When Tim Faulkner announced his gallery/performance space/hipster mall was moving to Portland, beloved WFPK DJ and record store owner Matt Anthony had to make some decisions about the future of his shop.  Opting against a move to Portland, Anthony and his Faulkner Gallery store mate Paul Wheeldon — owner of 2nd Hand Books — checked out Bardstown Road, Market Street, Butchertown, and the so called “SoFo,” short for South Fourth.  The duo ultimately picked a space on Frankfort Avenue in the former home of Nita’s Package Liquors. Their grand opening was last Friday, and Insider Louisville stopped by to check out the new digs.  To read the entire article click here. 

Repair Affair through New Directions Housing

Repair Affair

Repair Affair mobilizes resources and volunteers to make repairs on homes owned by elderly or disabled homeowners of low income.  Repairs include: wheelchair ramps, handrails & grab bars, flooring, steps, locks, door & window repair, minor electrical, minor plumbing, roof repair, interior & exterior painting, and yard work.  Repair Affair recipients must: own and reside in the home, be at least 60 years old or certified as disabled, be of low income (50% of area median income or less) and live in Louisville, KY, Floyd or Clark County, IN.  Volunteers are needed for this yearly initiative.  To volunteer please call 719-7310 or email Should you have any questions please contact Harry Furlong - AmeriCorps VISTA, 719-7159,  

9th District Winter Newsletter

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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. 

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.

Friday, January 31: Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) will host an earned income tax credit press conference to kick off the 2014 tax season at 10:00 a.m. at Louisville Urban League, 1535 W Broadway.

Friday, January 31: Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the January F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00pm to 10:30pm. 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

  • Bourbons Bistro and Clodhoppers, invite you to an event Bourbon & Fashion at 7:00 p.m. at 2255 Frankfort Avenue.  Proceeds to benefit the APRON Foundation. This event is $20 per person-includes passed appetizers and one cocktail per person.  For more information call 472-3994.
  • Eyedia, located at 1631 N. Mellwood Avenue, will be accepting donations for the Crook family and hosting their monthly FAT Friday sale featuring 50% off already marked down items.
  • South Bayly Boutique, located at 107 S. Bayly Avenue, will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the Crook family and will accept donations as well.
  • Margaret’s Consignment, located at 2700 Frankfort Avenue, will be accept donations for the Crook family and match donations up to $100 total.
  • The Irish Rover, 2319 Frankfort Avenue, will host traditional Irish music seisuin (informal live Irish music session) starting 8:00pm in the bar area.
  • Bourbon Barrel Foods, located at 1201 Story Avenue in the Butchertown Market Suite 175, will stay open late and serve freshly popped Bourbon Smoked Paprika Popcorn in their new Theatre Kitchen.
  •  A Reader’s Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Avenue, will donate 25% of the evening’s proceeds to the Crook family and serve refreshments.
  • Spot5 Art gallery, located at 2005 Frankfort Avenue, will showcase a new exhibit – “In the Garden with the Beast: An Exploration in Clay” by the artist: Molly Uravitch. Exhibition consists of functional ceramic pieces with a sculptural flair.
  • The Wine Rack, 2632 Frankfort Avenue, will host a wine and cheese sampling from 6pm-8pm and donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Crook family.
  • Lexie’s Trading Post, 2224 Frankfort Avenue, will sell ALS support bracelets and serve homemade brownies.  
  • BAZ and BEA Boutique, located in the Mellwood Arts Center #175, will offer 25% off all statement jewelry.
  • Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Avenue, will donate $2 to the Crook family for each entrée special ordered and host live jazz music and drink specials.
  • PML Real Estate Group, located at 1815 Frankfort Avenue, will host exhibits from local artists (glass, wood, and canvas), food, drinks, and live entertainment.

Saturday, February 1: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. – Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit

Saturday, February 1: Carmichael’s, 2720 Frankfort Ave, welcomes beloved author, storyteller, and educator, Judith C. Owens-Lalude for a reading from and signing of her newest novel for young people, Miss Lucy : Slave and Civil War Nurse at 4:00 p.m. For more information call 896-6950 or visit

Monday, February 3: Crescent Hill Library hosts Kentucky Author Forum Videoshowing at 7:00 p.m.  A recording of the Kentucky Author Forum featuring John Lewis in conversation with Rachel Maddow.

Wednesday, February 5: Crescent Hill Library hosts Great Decisions 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - a group discussion on many of today’s most urgent foreign policy issues that is intended to engage citizens in learning about the world.  Participants should make a commitment to attend all 8 sessions.  Space is limited.  Call 574-1793 to register. 

Thursday, February 6: Kentucky HomeFront and MedWater presents Charlie King and  Karen Brandow with Darrell Adams at 7:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  Cost is $20 - all seats are general admission.  Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers and political   satirists. Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents. They perform with the sweet and precise harmonies of life partners. They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.   All proceeds benefit MedWater, a global health organization collaborating with established medical programs to bring safe water management, basic sanitation and hygiene practices to the communities they serve. This year MedWater will work in six communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon in collaboration with Timmy Global Health.  Concert is sponsored by Kentucky HomeFront, and the Social Justice Team at CHBC post on Timmy Global Health website: concert info on Clifton Center website:

Thursday, February 6: Crescent Hill Library hosts Talking Book Discussion Group – If You Hear Her by Shiloh Walker at 7:00 p.m.  Talking books available from NLS upon request. Open to the public.  Books available at branch circulation desk.

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