District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 9, 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
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Litter is Lame. Let's Do Something About it.

Litter is Lame

Message from Metro Public Works

More than $11 billion is spent in the United States each year to clean up litter. That cost would go way down if every citizen made and followed a personal commitment not to litter. A look at the four main sources of litter reveals how easy it would be for each person to make a difference:

  • Cigarette butts and other tobacco products 38%
  • Fast food packaging and other paper 22%
  • Plastic, mainly bottles and grocery bags 19%
  • Improperly secured truck cargo 16.4%

In addition to clean up costs, litter increases traffic accidents, harms wildlife, contaminates water, decreases property values, increases fire rates, and is associated with increased crime. Individuals can make a difference if they:

  • Always dispose of trash in proper receptacles
  • Teach children to do the same
  • Keep litter bags in vehicles for on the go disposal
  • Never throw anything from vehicle windows
  • Clean up after picnics and other outdoor activities
  • Cover trash receptacles securely
  • Firmly secure truck cargo
  • Pick up litter in yards or on sidewalks near homes
  • Volunteer for community cleanups, including the one below!


Report littering to MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. If you include a vehicle license plate number and description, the offender will be sent a letter reminding them that littering is illegal, and that they could be subject to a fine. To start a community litter cleanup project call Brightside at 574-2613.

9th District Spring Clean-up – April 18


Please join me and my staff on Saturday, April 18, for the annual Spring clean-up along Frankfort Avenue. Plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Keats/Frankfort Avenue public parking lot. Enjoy coffee donated by Heine Brothers’ Coffee and breakfast sandwiches donated by McDonald’s in Clifton.  Gloves, tools and Louisville PureTap water will be provided to all volunteers.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle.  We’ll also pass out FREE t-shirts on a first-come, first-serve basis to volunteers.  The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m.  For more information please contact my office at 574-1109.

Free Flood Debris Drop-Off Sites


Mayor Greg Fischer continued the city’s action to seek federal disaster assistance in the wake of the recent record flooding by signing an order, declaring a local state of emergency. Fischer directed the city’s Emergency Management Agency to lead the process of gathering all damage and cost estimates citywide to be able to quickly apply for federal aid related to both individual and public losses stemming from the record rainfall last week.

Seven sites, spread throughout the community, are available for citizens to drop off flood debris at no charge.
The Metro Waste Reduction Center will accept drop-off of residential flood debris Monday – Saturday, now through April 25. Six additional drop-off locations will be available and will be open Thursday through Saturday each week through April 25.

The free service is available for residents of Louisville only and it does not include commercial haulers.

No construction debris or yard waste will be accepted. To qualify for the free drop-off residents must present the attendant with two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency. If a citizen hires an individual or business to remove debris, the citizen must accompany the hauler to the drop-off center or provide the hauler with the same two forms of identification to present at the facility.

Drop-off sites are as follows:

  • Waste Reduction Center
    636 Meriwether Avenue

          Open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sites below will operate Thursday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Bethany Lane, 10500 Lower River Road at Bethany Lane
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Ave 40218
  • Outer Loop Recycling Center, 7201 Outer Loop 40228
  • Dixie Recycling Center, 7219 Dixie Hwy 40258
  • Charlie Vettiner Park, 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd 40299
  • Hubbards Ln. Recycling Center, 595 Hubbards Ln. 40207


Residents who cannot drop off debris may request pickup service. Pickup requests must be sent by email no later than 5 p.m. on April 13 to swmd@louisvilleky.gov.

Calling All Volunteers for Responsible Recycling Event

Recycling event photo

The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 9th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road. This drive-thru event is FREE.  While sponsored by District 9, any citizen in Louisville may participate at this FREE event. Businesses may not drop off items at this event. We will be accepting a multitude of items to be reused or recycled. More information on what will be accepted will be included in an upcoming eNews.


We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and collect donations.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge

Sustainability Story: Rain Gardens

Martha Neal Cooke

It’s been an extraordinarily rainy week in Louisville and we’ve been thinking about how best to handle all that water.  Last week, our D9 Sustainability Story was about rain barrels.  This week, we focus on rain gardens, another way to reduce the stress on our combined storm water and sewer system.  In 2012, Martha Neal Cooke and Diane Stege, the owners of eyedia on Mellwood Avenue, created a rain garden, planted with over 14 varieties of native plants.   The rain garden reduces the amount of storm water run off that flows into Beargrass Creek.   New gutters were installed with the down spots connected directly to the garden.   Much of the water from eyedia’s rear parking lot also flows into the garden.

Eyedia is located on Mellwood Ave. and the banks of Beargrass Creek.   The rain garden was one of eyedia’s efforts to be good neighbors to the creek.   For every gallon of storm water that is soaked up by the garden, one less gallon has to be treated by our combined storm water and sewer system.  Reducing the amount of storm water flowing into the system also means fewer times that our sanitary sewers overflow in our creeks.  Information about the benefits of rain gardens and how to construct them can be found here:  http://www.msdlouky.org/aboutmsd/rainbarrels.htm

Stop by Eyedia (eyediashop.com) and visit the rain garden, along with the 7,000 square feet of unique consignment space.   Eyedia is located at 1631 North Mellwood Ave in the heart of the Butchertown-Clifton neighborhood.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send you story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge


Louisville Loop Focus Group Meetings – April 15

Louisville Loop

Join the discussion on Wednesday, April 15, regarding the Louisville Loop. If you are interested in providing additional input regarding the potential route for the Louisville Loop between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge join Metro Parks for the final round of Focus Group Meetings. There will be an afternoon session from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Prospect City Hall, 9200 US Highway 42 and an evening session from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.


For more information please visit the project website at www.LinkingtheLoop.wordpress.com  or contact Louisville Metro Parks Project Manager Milana Boz at Milana.Boz@louisvilleky.gov

“Meet with Bill” – April 16

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 Thursday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, we’ll be at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Stop by with any questions or concerns. * Please note time change.

CycLOUvia on Frankfort Ave – April 19


Cyclouvia will transform the street into a paved park where people of all ages and backgrounds can walk, bike, dance, skate, or participate in any other physical activity on public spaces that are always there but are normally reserved for automobiles. The street will be closed to motorized traffic from Stilz Avenue to Pope Street with cross traffic allowed at Ewing Avenue under traffic control officer supervision between 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th. Cyclouvia will promote healthy lifestyles and alternative modes of transportation. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

D9 Community Conversation – April 21

D9 community conversation

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in St. Matthews Council Chambers, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Dustin Strong, Branch Manager of the St. Matthews Eline Library, will be present to report on library activities and to hear your comments and suggestions. Dirk Gowin, Louisville Metro Public Works and Assets, will report on landscaped traffic circles to be installed soon on Nanz Avenue at Iola Road and Macon Avenue.


We also want to hear from you on any topics, an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Help SeniorCare Experts fill a U-Haul with Food

SeniorCare Experts

SeniorCare Experts (SCE), 145 Thierman Lane, will be collecting nonperishable food for older adults that are homebound or in need of food at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Every item you bring as well as your participation counts as a Give A Day activity. This event also helps SeniorCare Experts help individuals stay at home living independently and safely as long as possible. Dollars raised from this event allows SCE to offer financial assistance when there is a true financial hardship. Questions please call SCE at 896-2316.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

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.

Planning & Zoning Case 1Planning & Zoning Case 2

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, April 9: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Paul Selig for a reading of The Book of Knowing and Worth at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Thursday, April 9: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Thursday, April 94th Annual Hats Off for Hosparus at Margaret's Consignment, 2700 Frankfort Avenue, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The free event will include wine and hors d'oeuvres, music by a local harpist, as well as a silent auction of new and gently used Derby hats, fascinators, jewelry and accessories - many of them have been donated or made by local celebrities, such as Madeline Abramson, Susan Sweeney Crum, Janelle MacDonald, Patti Swope, Katie Bauer, Connie Leonard, Tabnie Dozier, Kelsey Starks, Kelly K, and Kristin Walls. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Hosparus of Louisville, an organization that provides comfort and support for patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Call (502) 896-4706 for more information.

Saturday, April 11: 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 www.olmstedparks.org/events

Saturday, April 11: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Questions please call 574-1793.

Saturday, April 11: A Reader's Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Avenue, to host Heartland Music at 11:00 a.m. Join in for fun activities and songs. Refreshments will be served and each child will take a free book home. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Questions please call 897-5578.

Sunday, April 12: Billy Goat Hill Community Garden and Magnificent Mushrooms presents The Benefits of Growing Mushrooms from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Each class will focus on a special aspect of growing your own mushrooms. Join them at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Eric Osborne, instructor and owner of Magnificent Mushrooms, has a Masters in Education and is Indiana’s first state recognized wild mushroom expert. Classes are $10 each. To sign up please email nataliehharris@gmail.com. Additional classes on April 26, May 3 and 17.

Tuesday, April 14: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host eBay for sellers at 2:00 p.m. Questions please call 574-1793.

Tuesday, April 14: The World Affairs Council hosts The World @ Home - Success in Education: Is Stem the Answer, featuring Aprille Ericsson, NASA Aerospace Engineer at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club & Alumni Center, 200 E. Brandeis Avenue. Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:15 p.m. To register please click here.

Wednesday, April 15: A Readers Corner Bookstore, 2044 Frankfort Avenue, will host Jose Lucio for a storytime reading of his book, Heave Ho at 2:00 p.m. It's a picture book about a little worm and encourages teamwork. Ages 3-6. Younger siblings are welcome. Questions please call 897-5578.

Thursday, April 16:“Meet with Bill” from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Not everyone has the time to come downtown to meet, so we wanted to make this easy and informal with no appointment necessary to let me know if you have any concerns or questions about anything going on in the district or Metro Louisville.

Thursday, April 16: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host The History of Louisville Beer at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Thursday, April 16: The Clifton Center, located at 2117 Payne Street, is partnering with the Louisville Chamber Music Society to host a concert by the highly praised string quarter Brooklyn Rider at 7:30 pm. This game-changing quartet has been hailed as "the future of chamber music" and will thrill the audience with an adventurous performance featuring an eclectic repertoire. Tickets are $25 and are available at Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, or online at cliftoncenter.org.

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