District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 15, 2015


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Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
601 West Jefferson Street
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Kyle Ethridge
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In this issue...

D9 Community Conversation – January 27

Bring your ideas, questions and concerns about issues affecting the community to a conversation with your new Metro Councilman and your neighbors.  Our first monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 South Peterson Avenue.  (Future meetings will be at different sites across D9 and everyone is invited to each meeting.)  We’ll begin with a brief update on D9 activities and programs.   Grace Akers, the Executive Director of St. Joseph Children’s Home, will talk about its plans and programs at the first meeting.  But most of the time and focus at the meeting will be on you.  We are hoping for unscripted, open conversations about your vision for D9 and the City. Please join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

Tax prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2015. The service is FREE if you earned $52,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2014 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 in February and March (Feb 6, 20 and Mar 6, 20) between 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street. Call the office at 574-1109. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday

Metro seal

There will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, January 19 within the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Collection will resume Tuesday, January 20 and will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. (Example: residents that have a Monday pickup will have collection on Tuesday.) Residents serviced by private companies for waste and recycling collection should check with those companies for the holiday schedule. St. Matthews will follow a normal schedule.

The following facilities will also be closed on Saturday, January 17:

  • All staffed recycling centers
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue
  • HAZ BIN, the hazardous waste drop-off facility, 7501 Grade Lane


For more information visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/trash-recycling or dial MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. 

Frankfort Avenue Parking Effort

Frankfort Ave meeting group photo

Thanks to Clifton Community Council President John Baker and Clifton resident and Center for Neighborhoods board member Mike O’Leary for their work on parking issues along Frankfort Avenue in Clifton.  John and Mike led a meeting on the subject with several Clifton residents in October.  Last week, Kyle Ethridge of the D9 office organized a session with John and Mike, Tiffany Smith, Director of PARC, Mike Tudor, PARC Assistant Director and Stuart Sparks, a Metro Traffic Engineer.    We will continue to work on ways to provide more parking options for those visiting Frankfort Avenue.  Thanks John and Mike for your volunteer efforts! 

Lexington Road Corridor Public Meeting

Lexington Road corridor

Louisville Metro and Qk4 invite you to participate in the Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan—focused between Baxter Avenue and Grinstead Drive—by attending the last of four public meetings on Tuesday, January 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Girl Scouts, 2115 Lexington Road.


These meetings are being held to understand concerns and issues on the corridor, and work with the public to identify possible options that improve safety and mobility for bicyclists, drivers, walkers, transit users, and other uses of this corridor. The plan’s goal is to develop a safe, accessible, and vibrant street for all. The purpose of this meeting is to present the recommended concept for redesigning Lexington Road. The recommendations are not final, and feedback from the public is encouraged and welcome.

LMPD Crime Mapping & General Information

Crime Mapping

By: Major Mark Fox, Fifth Division Commander

Several on-line data bases are available to help keep you informed about crime and quality of life issues in your community.  The best way to access these tools is through Louisville Metro’s official web site or by contacting the LMPD. Click here to visit LMPD’s Crime Maps.

One of our resource officers will be glad to assist you in getting the information you desire delivered to your computer or hand held device.  In the Fifth Division, simply call our administrative office at 574-7636 and ask to be connected with our resource office.

A few words of caution, first 574-7636 is our administrative office.  If you need a police officer to respond call 911 in an emergency or 574-7111 in a non-emergency situation.  MetroSafe (our dispatch center) will determine the response that best fits your needs.

The second word of caution involves the data that you will see when you start getting access to crime statistics.  We are fortunate to live in a very safe community (overall crime is down 5 ½% over the last two years) but unfortunately bad things do still occur.  We want you to be aware but not afraid to enjoy all of the great benefits this community offers.

Let’s take residential burglary for example.  When you get the data a residential burglary appears on the map as a red dot.  You will not get the rest of the story that we get in the reporting and investigative process.  Often these burglaries are by known offenders, like a roommate dispute where one moves out, returns and takes the television.

Stolen cars are the same way.  We have many each year where someone is enjoying one of our businesses and leaves to find their car missing.  Our officers respond to find the car parked on an adjacent street, discovering our victim was just confused and unfamiliar with the neighborhood.  Other scenarios involve cars reported stolen that were actually repossessed for nonpayment.


Use the data to protect yourself and your family and if you have any questions, just give us a call.  We will be glad to discuss the issues with you and tell you ways to make your world safer.

Winter Preparedness – Build a Disaster Kit


Basic Supplies

  • Water — one gallon per person, per day(3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food — non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio(NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents(medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/ lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Manual can opener
  • Whistle

Add the following to your emergency kit during winter weather:

  • Rock Salt
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm

Winterize your vehicle:

  • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
  • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
  • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
  • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
  • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
  •  Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
  • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
  • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
  • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.


To read more tips on winterization please click here.

Green Living Neighborhood Certification Program

One Bright City

To encourage citizens and neighborhoods to go greener and more sustainable, Brightside has launched the Green Living Neighborhood Certification program. The tiered certification program is designed to educate and encourage neighborhoods to adopt green practices and then recognize them for their achievements.

The Green Living program, a partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability, has four recognition levels: Green, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Recognition levels are awarded based on achievements a neighborhood can demonstrate.  Neighborhoods will receive points for activities as simple as taking the Energy Star Pledge, using rain barrels, purchasing local food or planting and maintaining a tree.

For example, a neighborhood that reaches 150 points will receive a Gold Green Living Certification.  Certified neighborhoods will receive a Green Living certification logo that can be placed on their neighborhood association website and they will be recognized on the One Bright City interactive online map.


Neighborhoods that are interested in signing up to participate in the Green Living Certification Program are encouraged to visit www.Brightsideinc.org. We hope many D9 neighborhoods sign up and help keep us the green leader in the City.

Clifton Kroger set for $4.8 million upgrade

Article from Courier-Journal, Martha Elson, melson@courier-journal.com

Customers at the Clifton Kroger store on Brownsboro Road can expect to be perusing a "sushi island" and picking up hot foods "made to order" next fall, once a planned $4.8 million upgrade and expansion project is completed at the store. Other new features will include a polished concrete floor instead of tile, an expanded meat and seafood section, a more upscale and modern look to the perishables department, including the bakery and deli, a Murray international cheeses section, olive bar, expanded frozen food section, a beverage bar with coffee and milkshakes and a "brighter and prettier" expanded "Nature's Market" section, featuring healthy foods.

"That's what people are asking for these day," said Danny Lethco, Kroger's real estate manager at its administration office, 1600 Ormsby Station Court, in Lyndon.

The store, 2200 Brownsboro, will be expanded by 6,800 square feet, going from about 39,000 to nearly 46,000 square feet. The chain's largest stores in Breckenridge Plaza, Prospect and Middletown are about 100,000 square feet. While the Clifton store won't be as big as those, "it's still going to be a really nice, neighborhood store," Lethco said.

The main work should start in the spring and be finished in late fall, he said. The last time the store underwent a major upgrade was in 2000, when it was gutted and the equipment was replaced, Lethco said. About $3 million was spent on that project.


Two businesses have moved out at the eastern end of the shopping center anchored by the store, and Kroger will expand into the vacant spaces, becoming the only tenant, said Jim Dahlem with Dahlem Realty, which leases the center space. Leases were up at the two businesses, which have moved to nearby sites. The Great Wall Chinese restaurant is now at 1977 Brownsboro, next to Subway, in Brownsboro Plaza, and Dixie Dry Cleaners is at 2017 Brownsboro, next to Rally's. The store will remain open during the construction, and parking for the expanded store will remain the same, he said. Read entire storyby clicking here.

Congratulations to Natalie Harris

Natalie Harris

D9 resident Natalie Harris has been named a “Compassion Laureate” for her work in advocating for the homeless in Louisville.  Compassionate Louisville’s Compassion Laureate program honors individuals who embody the practice of compassion and have a commitment to leading a compassionate life in some area of study or endeavor.  Natalie is the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, the voice of the homeless in Louisville for over 25 years. The Coalition works closely with homeless service providers in the community, civic groups, concerned citizens, faith-based groups, and local, state, and federal governments.  More information about the Coalition and its latest program, a drive to end homelessness among Louisville veterans is here:  http://louhomeless.org/ .  Natalie’s Compassion Laureate page is here:  http://compassionatelouisville.org/constellations-2/compassion-practice/compassion-laureates/compassion-laureate-natalie-harris. Congratulations, Natalie!

There’s still Time to Recycle Remaining Christmas Trees

Any Jefferson County resident may drop off a Christmas tree for recycling through the end of January at the Metro Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue. Drop-off service ended at two other sites on January 3. More than 600 trees were dropped off through that date. Curbside collection of Christmas trees is still available in the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries). Residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags and all ornaments and lights must be removed before the tree is set out for collection.

Unemployment Bridge Program Helps Struggling Homeowners Make Mortgage Payments

The Kentucky Unemployment Bridge Program (UBP) is a forgivable loan option for eligible applicants to assist them in making their mortgage payments.  To be eligible, the applicant must have experienced a loss of income due to unemployment or a reduction in income due to substantial underemployment or a qualifying disability within the previous three-year window. 

The UBP is not for job or income loss due to divorce, death, or short-term disability. The qualifying event must have occurred within the three-year period prior to date of application.

The maximum amount of assistance is $30,000 or 18 months, whichever occurs first.  Beginning with closings on or after Monday, October 13, 2014, up to the maximum $30,000 may be used for reinstatement, all related fees, and payments to bring loan(s) current, if needed.  Any remaining assistance may be used for monthly mortgage payments up to 18 months or until the maximum assistance amount is reached. 


Full details are available at http://protectmykyhome.org/Pages/Unemployment-Bridge-Program.aspx. Website: www.ProtectMyKYHome.org

Botanical Gardens Master Plan Book Available

During 2014, Botanica and the Perkins+Will team created the conceptual design of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. The team studied the site in detail, worked to understand how the site relates to adjacent neighborhoods and listened to Botanica members and community stakeholders to understand what we hope the gardens will be – all to ensure the best possible Master Plan. The full Waterfront Botanical Gardens Master Plan book is now available for download on the Botanica website.


Become an Olmsted Park Steward!

Olmsted Parks

District 9 includes two Olmsted Parks - Seneca and Bingham.  An Olmsted Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff in order to help with park projects, community outreach and/or volunteer events. The training program covers plant identification, best practices for invasive plant removal, proper planting techniques, the history of the Olmsted Parks and more! January 20, 2015 is the start of the next Park Steward training series. To reserve your spot, visit www.olmstedparks.org/events. Contact Sarah Wolff (502) 456-1623 or sarah.wolff@olmstedparks.org for more information

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.

Saturday, January 17: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a reading of Where the Wild Things Are with activities, crafts and games for ages 2-12 at 3:00 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Saturday, January 17: Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Gail Nall at 4:00 p.m. In Gail Nall’s debut novel, Breaking the Ice Kaitlin has always dreamed of being a champion figure skater, and she’s given up a lot to pursue her passion. But after she has a totally uncharacteristic tantrum at a major competition, she’s dropped by her coach and her prestigious skating club. The story rallies at the end to pull off a touching finish. Questions please call 896-6950.

Monday, January 19: 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 Tuesday and will be delayed by one day. (Example: Those with Tuesday pick up will have collection on Wednesday.)

Monday, January 19: Cardinal Planning & Design is hosting an informal meeting with the neighborhood to discuss a proposed plan to apply for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for offsite parking for the Linden Bed & Breakfast, 1617 Frankfort Avenue. The C.U.P. is to allow a 10 space parking area on a 6237 square foot residentially zoned lot. (The lot is zoned R7 which allows apartments.) Blue Horse Avenue is a one block street which dead ends off of the 1600 block of Frankfort Avenue. The Bed and Breakfast, an existing historic structure, is across the street and fronts on Frankfort Avenue. This lot will serve as the primary parking area for the Bed & Breakfast. The Site Plan includes new landscaping consisting of approximately six trees and two rows of bushes for buffering. A C.U.P. or Conditional Use Permit is not a zoning change but rather a “USE” permitted for a specific purpose which in this case is parking. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Pigment Gallery of the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Kathy Matheny at 419-4648.

Tuesday, January 20Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host China: People, Places, Things & Ideas at 2:00 p.m. Learn about the Chinese culture. Questions please call 574-1793.

Tuesday, January 20: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 20: Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan Public Meeting from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Girl Scouts, 2115 Lexington Road. Agenda is to review recommended redesign options on Lexington Road, from Baxter Avenue to Grinstead. Questions please call Steve Sizemore at 574-8272 or email steven.sizemore@louisvilleky.gov.

Wednesday, January 21: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host Modern Houses of Louisville at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.


Thursday, January 22: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host 2014 in Film: A Review at 6:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1793.

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