District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 12, 2015


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Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1109
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-3908
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Meet with Bill on Friday

We are always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with us in person more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9.  On Friday, February 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., we’ll be in the event room at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Stop by with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Junk Pick Up in February

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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”.

D9 Community Conversation – DATE CHANGE!

D9 Community Conversation

Our next Community Conversation is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State Street in Clifton. The date was changed due to a religious holiday. We’ll hear a short report from Kroger regarding the upcoming renovations at the Clifton Kroger on Brownsboro Road and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions to Kroger representatives. 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 mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

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My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE tax preparation services again. The service is FREE if you earned $58,000 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 – 574-1109! Appointments are available on three Fridays in February and March (Feb 20 and Mar 6, 20) between 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street. 

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

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

Case Number: 14WAIVER1034
You are invited to attend a Development Review Committee (DRC) review of Land Development Code WAIVERS to allow a free standing sign on property known as 1612 Story Avenue and being in Louisville Metro.
Subject Property: 1612 Story Avenue
Case Manager: Sherie’ Long (sherie.long@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Development Review Committee (DRC)
Date: Monday, February 18, 2015
Time: Meeting will begin at 1:00 P.M. and continue until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building Court Room, 514 West Liberty Street, Louisville, KY 40202

For basic details for above case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/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.


Clifton – a Strong Urban Core Neighborhood

State of Downtown event

I was pleased to see the Clifton neighborhood recognized at the annual State of the Downtown presented by the Louisville Downtown Partnership on Tuesday. A report presented there noted an increase in the percentage of residents aged 25-34 and the number of college degrees of urban core residents. Clifton was recognized as one of three “strong urban core neighborhoods” which contribute to Louisville’s central business district. Old Louisville and the Highlands were also mentioned.

About Those "Community Cats"

Several D9 residents called last week after the eNews mentioned that Metro Louisville ordinances require animals, “excluding ‘community cats’ ”,   to be under restraint. That’s the law but there may be some confusion about the definition of a “community cat”.  It is:

COMMUNITY CAT. Any cat or kitten that has no apparent owner or identification and is free-roaming

If you own a cat, it is not a “community cat” and it is an ordinance violation to allow it to roam free. 


Metro Louisville’s ordinance encourages trap/neuter/return for “community cats”, to decrease the population over time and make life better for cats and their neighbors. To learn more about trap/neuter/return, go to www.alleycatadvocates.org or call 634-8777.

Mayor Fischer Unveils New Historic Structure Recognition Program

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Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled a new historic structure recognition program that will promote and recognize the best of the best in historic preservation within Louisville’s seven local historic preservation districts and individual landmarks.

Through the new program, historic structures that meet the basic design guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior will qualify to purchase a plaque to be installed near the front location of the house or structure. The plaques will visually tie together the best historically preserved structures in Louisville.

Property owners in the seven historic preservation districts or owners of individual landmarks that have been historically preserved or maintained may qualify for the plaque and are encouraged to visit www.louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design to apply online.

The seven historic preservation districts are:  Butchertown, Cherokee Triangle, Clifton, Limerick, Old Louisville, Parkland, and West Main Street.


The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, located in Old Louisville, is the first structure to be recognized with the plaque.  The house was built between 1893 and 1895 and is a strong example of historic preservation.

Read the Clifton Heights News

Clifton Heights news

Read the February 1 Clifton Heights News by clicking here. Please note the calendar section of my listing is incorrect. The date was changed for the February D9 Community Conversation. The new date is Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at UCHM, 150 S. State Street.

Read the St. Joseph Children’s Home Newsletter

St. Joe's  

Read the December 2014 newsletter for St. Joseph Children’s Home by clicking here. Learn about construction of four new residential cottages, which will be completed late spring/early summer 2015; foster families; life at St. Joe’s; a recap of the picnic; and much more.

LAHTF makes home ownership a reality for 29 low-income households


The Louisville Metro Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) is allocating $963,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville (HfHML), River City Housing (RCH), and the Housing Partnership Inc. (HPI) for the purpose of providing 29 safe and affordable homes to first-time homeowners in Metro Council Districts 1-6, 9 and 15. The money, allocated to the Trust Fund by Louisville Metro government, is being dispersed from LAHTF’s HOMEbuyer Program, which makes homeownership affordable to low-income first-time homebuyers.

Approximately fifty percent of the $963,500 will be used by HfHML, RCH, and HPI to build and strengthen neighborhoods by converting vacant and abandoned properties into quality single-family affordable homes, one of LAHTF’s priorities. Additionally, LAHTF will continue its commitment to serving very-low income households by ensuring that over fifty percent of the funding will go to assist interested low-income first-time working families earning fifty percent below the area median income (AMI) in becoming homeowners.

The majority of the 29 homes will be completed and occupied with first-time homeowners within 12 months and the rest will be completed for new homeowners to move into by June 2016.


If you are interested in a home ownership opportunity, contact Habitat for Humanity (502-637-6265), River City Housing (502-587-6763/info@rivercityhousing.org) or the Housing Partnership (502-708-1898/info@WeAreHPI.org).  

Community Services' 2015 Needs Assessment

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Below is the link for Community Services’ 2015 Needs Assessment, a tool which helps Metro Louisville make the best use of available federal, state, and local resources by targeting funds and strategies based on the areas identified as having the greatest needs in our community. This survey will help Community Services prioritize funding and create innovative strategies to meet the needs of low and moderate income individuals in our city. 


Please take a moment to complete the 2015 Community Needs Assessment.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommunityNeeds2015

TARC Receiving Grant to Expand ZeroBus Fleet


TARC will add five more all-electric ZeroBus vehicles to the fleet thanks to a $3.3 million grant announced recently in Louisville by Federal Transportation Administration officials.

Louisville’s 10 ZeroBus vehicles began operating on downtown circulator routes on Jan. 12 in place of diesel-fueled trolleys, providing free rides and Wi-Fi onboard.  The service operates Monday-Saturday, arriving at stops every 10-18 minutes along Main, Market and Fourth street corridors.

“The ZeroBus has operated only 22 days and that’s already resulted in a reduction of nearly 2,000 pounds of harmful emissions into the air downtown, compared to emissions we would have had with the trolleys that were replaced,” TARC Director Barry Barker said.

TARC requested the $3.3 million grant from the FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicles Deployment Program (LoNo), as part of a $5.9 million expansion of ZeroBus service and related upgrades.  TARC will use $1.6 million from its annual federal funding and $917,750 in local funding to complete the project.

Demand for the grant program funding far exceeded the $55 million available, with 50 project proposals requesting a total of $200 million.

In addition to the five ZeroBus vehicles, the grant includes funding for a third on-route charging station and initial development of a solar-paneled roof on TARC’s 200,000 square foot bus storage building behind Union Station.

ZeroBuses operate on the Fourth Street circulator route 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. They will also be in service on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop, beginning with the Hop on Friday, Feb. 6, from 5-11 p.m.

For more information on ZeroBus, visit www.ridetarc.org.

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 12: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Thursday, February 12: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host a community shopping event from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for CEDAW. This group from the Presbyterian Seminary brings a feminist faith perspective to the work of human rights for girls and women, with particular emphasis on the local implementation of the UN Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The group is raising funds to travel to New York City for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015 in order to deepen their understanding of how women faith leaders are called to the task of advocating for girls and women.

Saturday, February 14: Mayor's Youth Opportunity Showcase from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th Street, exhibit hall 1A/B. For more information call 574-4657 or visit www.kentuckianaworks.org.

Saturday, February 14: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host adult book discussion s at 10:30 a.m. Questions please call 574-1793.

Saturday, February 14: Hands on History Preservation Maintenance Workshop series from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at The Brennan House, 631 S. Fifth Street. The topic for February is Planning a Project in a Historic District. Admission is $20 for Preservation Louisville members and $30 for non-members. This is a hands-on, active learning workshop and class size is limited. Advanced registration is required. Register by clicking here.

Saturday, February 14: Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, to host a Valentine's Day dinner at 7:00 p.m. Served by candlelight inside the beautifully appointed Whitehall mansion, dinner will feature a delicious 4-course feast prepared by Chef Gregoire Guiot of Mirabelle Gourmet Catering.  Tickets are $75/person for 4-course dinner or $100/person for 4-course dinner with wine. Reservations are required and are available for parties of two or for groups of up to ten guests. Entree selection must be made at the time of ticket purchase. $45/ticket is tax-deductible. Includes valet parking.  Their delicious Valentine's menu is listed here.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact whitehall@historichomes.org or (502) 897-2944.

Sunday, February 15Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, 3105 Lexington Road, invites you to attend a Behind-the-Scenes Motherhouse Tour from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Questions please call 893-0125 or visit www.ursulinesisterslouisville.org.

Tuesday, February 17: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Wednesday, February 18: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Great Decisions 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 574-1793 to register.

Thursday, February 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host adult book discussion at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.


Thursday, February 19: District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street. We’ll hear a short report from Kroger regarding the upcoming renovations at the Clifton Kroger on Brownsboro Road and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions to Kroger representatives. 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 mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

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