District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 22, 2015


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Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
601 West Jefferson Street
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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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. 

Upcoming Junk Pick Up in February

metro seal

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 http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/residential-recycling. You may now sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text under “MyLouisville”.

New Yard Waste Collection Procedure

yard waste

The rules for yard waste have changed and plastic bags containing waste are no longer being picked up.   Effective January 1, yard waste set out for collection must be in one of the following containers: reusable bin, paper yard waste bag or compostable plastic bag meeting ASTM D6400 standards.

So what is the best way to handle your yard waste? Louisville’s Waste Management District recommends citizens use the following methods for handling yard waste, in order of preference:

  • Most Recommended: For a healthier, greener lawn utilize leaf mulch, grass clippings and trimmings by returning them to the turf system.
  • Second Best: Place the yard waste in 20-40 gallon reusable containers with handles (old style trash cans) to reduce the need for continual purchase of single-use bags
  • Next Best: Place yard waste in paper bags designed for yard waste collection
  • Still Works: Place yard waste in compostable plastic bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards
  • For large amounts: Reduce the volume by using a lawn mower or leaf shredder before putting them in a container or utilize seasonal drop-off centers for yard waste materials.

 Photo By: James Bruggers

              Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan

The final meeting for the Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan (LRCTP) was on Tuesday, January 20. The LRCTP is a planning study for the corridor from Baxter Avenue/Jefferson Street to Grinstead Drive, through Irish Hill neighborhood, the Breslin Park area, and along the north/back side of Cave Hill Cemetary, south of I-64.  The purpose of the LRCTP is to assess the current safety and access issues experienced by residents and businesses.  The study will consider the potential impact of a series of development proposals and initiatives that will require multi-modal considerations to protect the quality of life, mobility options, and economic development of the corridor.   

To read more about the plan and to submit comments please click here

Louisville Loop: Prospect to the Big Four

Louisville Loop

You’re invited to attend a public meeting focusing on the Louisville Loop’s Ohio River Valley Northeast Segment connecting the City of Prospect to the Big Four Bridge on Tuesday, January 27. Open house from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with presentation at 6:00 p.m. at Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Learn about the Louisville Loop, the Ohio Valley Northeast Loop Project ad why this section is so important. Click here to view frequently asked questions and to learn more about the project. If you have questions about the project, please contact 456-8100 or visit linkingtheloop.wordpress.com. 

Bike Louisville Needs Your Input!


Last month Bike Louisville hosted a Bikesharing public meeting. During the meeting, the public helped prioritize the proposed Bikesharing station locations and suggested other locations. A Suggest-a-Station website was launched to continue to this effort. Click here for more information and to participate. http://louisvilleky.gov/government/bike-louisville/bikeshare

Metro Government Wants Your Input for a Mobile App

Mobile App  

What do you want in a mobile app? If Metro Government could develop a mobile app to help you interact with City government, what would the app do? Click here to share your thoughts.

Congratulations to Breckinridge-Franklin's Allyson Vitato!

Breckinridge Franklin

Congratulations to Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary principal Allyson Vitato, winner of a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.  Ms. Vitato is the only Kentucky educator and one of no more than 40 educators in the country to win the award this year. Only 10 Jefferson County Public School educators have ever won the award. 

Breckinridge-Franklin is located on Payne Street in Irish Hill (just outside District 9) and many District 9 elementary students attend there.  In accepting the award and the $25,000 prize, Ms. Vitato said the entire staff is key to the school’s success.  Congratulations, Allyson Vitato!

Photo By: Milken Education Awards

All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches Downtown


ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles. The vehicles, with free wi-fi onboard, arrive at stops frequently - from every 10-18 minutes depending on the time of day - and offer a quiet ride. With expansive windows, an oval shape and a colorful blue and green design, they’re a distinctive addition to downtown. The all-electric system - 10 buses and two charging stations - is an $11 million investment, with the bulk of funding from federal and state grants.  Louisville Metro contributed $500,000. 

The ZeroBus recharges in just a few minutes along the route while passengers load and unload at a charging stop. Each time a ZeroBus pulls up to a charging stop, it automatically connects to an overhead, high-capacity charger. Charging stops are on the south side of Market Street, between Eighth and Ninth streets, and on the west side of South Third Street, between York and Breckinridge streets. Main-Market ZeroBuses circle between 10th and Campbell streets. On Fourth Street, the buses travel between Breckinridge Street and the Galt House, circling around Fourth Street Live! by taking Fifth Street northbound and Third Street southbound. South of Broadway the buses travel south on Third Street and north on Fourth Street.

ZeroBuses operate on Fourth Street from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and on Main-Market from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on weekdays. Buses run on both routes from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The Main-Market route features red ZeroBus stop signs. Green bus stop signs are on the Fourth Street route.

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.

Friday, January 23: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host eBooks for tablets & smartphones at 10:00 a.m. and eBooks for Kindles at 11:30 a.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Saturday, January 24: Mayor Greg Fischer invites you to attend “Be the One” Mentoring Fair from Noon – 1:30 p.m. at Metro Hall Gallery, 527 W Jefferson Street. Mentoring is an opportunity to become a positive role model for a young person in our community, a chance to help someone make a right turn in life. At this fair, you will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with some amazing mentoring organizations, hear from long-term mentors and select the mentoring program that works best for you. If you have any questions, please call Anthony Smith (502-574-2029) or Althea Jackson (502-574-1050). If you are unable to attend click  HERE  for details.

Tuesday, January 27: Fund for the Arts Showcase and Campaign kickoff at W.L. Lyons Brown Theater, 315 W. Broadway. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled from Noon – 1:00 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@fundforthearts.com. Complimentary lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and Springhurst St. Matthews Kroger. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 27: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host iPad for beginners at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 27: Public Meeting to plan final section of Louisville Loop from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Louisville Metro has initiated a planning study for the future route of the Louisville Loop between the City of Prospect and the Big Four Bridge – the Ohio River Northeast (ORVNE) master plan. This section of the Loop is the last remaining section without an adopted master plan. Louisville Metro Parks will be hosting a series of public meetings and workshops to give residents an opportunity to provide direction and input on the plan. The meeting will be an open-house format with a brief overview presentation about the project beginning at 6:00 pm. Residents are invited to view exhibits about the project area and provide input about the Loop, the project area, and other topics related to the project. The Louisville Loop is a planned 100-mile shared-use path corridor to encircle the city of Louisville and connect its many neighborhoods, communities, historic and cultural sites. For more information, you can view the project website at www.linkingtheloop.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, January 27District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. (Future meetings will be at different sites across D9 and everyone is invited to each meeting.)  Bring your ideas, questions and concerns about issues affecting the community to a conversation with your new Metro Councilman and your neighbors.  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!

Wednesday, January 28: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host iPad for beginners Part 2: Apps everyone should have and how to use them at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Wednesday, January 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host Booked for Lunch at 1:00 p.m. & Forgotten Math for Parents at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 574-1793.

Thursday, January 29: The Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, will host a concert by the Mike Tracy Brazilian Ensemble at 7:30pm. The five piece band celebrates the music of Brazilian masters, as well as contemporary artists. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, or online at cliftoncenter.org. The Mike Tracy Brazilian specializes in performing the many varied styles and rhythms that are unique to Brazil. For more information, please visit www.CliftonCenter.org or call (502) 896-8480.

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