District 9 eNews - Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Water Main Break Closed Grinstead and Leads to Boil Water Advisory

LWC MapPeople all over Louisville woke to low water pressure on Thursday morning but some residents of District 9 were more immediately affected when a large water main broke on Grinstead Drive just west of Stilz.  The break buckled the street and led to significant damage to cars and some apartments at Southern Seminary on Grinstead. 

The damage to Grinstead Drive will take some time to repair and portions of the road will be closed.  Follow local media, @louisvillewater on Twitter or visit http://www.louisvillewater.com/newsroom/boil-water-advisory-issued-crescent-hill-area for updates. We'll have another update later today on our blog https://district9news.wordpress.com/.  You can sign up for an email subscription to our blog by visiting https://district9news.wordpress.com/.

Louisville Water has issued a boil water advisory as a follow-up to the break on a 60-inch water main on Grinstead Drive. The advisory impacts approximately 33,000 Louisville Water customers served by the Crescent Hill Treatment Plant. 

A boil water advisory is a pre-cautionary measure when the water pressure drops. Customers in the impacted area should bring water to a running boil for three minutes before using the water for cooking/drinking.  In addition, customers should empty the ice from their automatic ice dispensers and not use the ice that is produced. 

Louisville Water scientists will conduct experiments to validate the water quality. Louisville Water has added a map on their website at LouisvilleWater.com

Clifton Fest 2015 – June 20

Clifton Fest

The Clifton Community Council is presenting Clifton Fest 2015 this Saturday, June 20, from Noon to 10:00 p.m. between State and Williams streets. The fest will host nearly 35 booths of local, handmade goods, Louisville bands, food trucks and Clifton nonprofits. This neighborhood festival is designed to celebrate Clifton - and everyone involved has a Clifton connection. Volunteers are still needed for this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the primary organizer, Brad Curry, at 418-5362 or email brad@rededgelive.com

Volunteer at the Ohio River Sweep – June 20

Ohio River Sweep - Bill Hollander

Join me on Saturday, June 20, to clean up the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek in District 9. Louisville Water, MSD and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) are sponsoring the Ohio River Sweep from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Picking up trash along the shoreline is a little thing that makes a big difference. As I learned last year, there is no shortage of debris. MSD will equip all volunteers with gloves and bags at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Road. It’s one of many locations and part of an effort by more than 17,000 volunteers, which annually collects more than 500 tons of trash and debris, www.orsanco.org/sweep. See you at the river on Saturday.

Come Celebrate the New Kenilworth Sidewalk

Kenilworth sidewalk

The new sidewalk along the east side of Kenilworth Road between Brownsboro and the top of hill has been completed and we want to celebrate it! Please join us on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. to walk the new sidewalk. Former Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, who initiated this project, will be joining us onsite for this short walk! 

Upcoming Junk Pick Up and River Metals Incentives

junk collection

It’s time to clean house and get ready for another junk collection for 9th District residents who live in the Urban Services District (USD). You may begin setting out your junk Friday, June 19 in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, June 22 at 6:00 a.m. For collection guidelines please visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. To sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here!

From Monday, June 22 through Saturday, June 27, to correspond with Junk Pick Up dates, River Metals Recycling (RMR) is inviting 9th District Residents to receive higher rates for recycling scrap metal: an extra $10 per net ton for sheet metal/appliances and 5 cents per pound extra for aluminum cans and copperTo participate, print the coupon attached to this email and bring your scrap metal to RMR at 2045 River Road between June 22-27. RMR hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. – Noon.  Thanks to RMR for offering this incentive. Go green with RMR and get your green!  Keep metal out of the landfill by taking it to River Metals to be recycled instead of setting it out for Junk Pick Up. Click here to view a video on how to recycle your metals at RMR.

Sustainability Story: Solar

Solar panels

Travis and Virgie Willis were looking for a way to reduce their carbon footprint, with future generations in mind, when they installed solar panels on their house on Franck Avenue.  The sixteen panels have generated about one-half of their electrical needs since they were installed in December 2014.  They also earned a tax credit under a program which runs through 2016. 

The installation took about a day and a half.  The sixteen panels are tied together with a single connection to their electrical box.  The work was done by a Butchertown-based company, RegenEn Solar.  While many homeowners like the Willis family install solar for environmental reasons, RegenEn’s founder and President, Dan Hofmann, says sales are increasingly made to homes and businesses because they make good economic sense, with homeowners recouping  their solar investment in ten years, while companies typically break even after five years.    A recent Business First article about RegenEn is here: http://regenensolar.com/RegenEn_Solar_Business_First_Article.html

Travis says the panels on his house have led to interest from others, an example of one environmentally-friendly effort perhaps leading to more, which he also likes.   

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 your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

Frankfort Avenue Parking Ts

parking ts

One of the things I frequently hear about are parking problems on Frankfort Avenue, including the fact that many people park too near the intersection, reducing visibility and creating hazards.   Metro ordinances prohibit parking less than 30 feet from any intersection, whether a no parking sign exists or not, and tickets are issued to violators. Click here to read 72.035 Limitations of Stopping and Parking ordinances.  

To make places where parking is allowed more visible, Metro Public Works was out this week painting parking Ts on portions of Frankfort Avenue where they have not been located.  New signage has also been installed. 

Visit The Avenue – and park in the designated spots!


Upcoming NDF Training

Metro Seal

Various non-profit agencies approach Metro Council seeking Neighborhood Development Funds (NDF). This year the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is trying a new approach at NDF Training. There will be two different trainings this year.  The first training will be for applicants that have never applied for funding previously.  It will consist of going through a training presentation. The second training will be more of a “workshop” targeted to those groups that are familiar with the process.  During the “workshop” training, individuals will be going through the application with OMB so that they can fill them out correctly and ask questions.  There also is a new person heading up the training, Julie DeChurch, Grants Compliance Supervisor and her phone number is 574-3111.

The following are upcoming trainings:


June 23                 10 a.m. -12 p.m.       Memorial Auditorium

The following will be more in line with a workshop format that includes having individuals fill out the applications.


June 23                 2-4 p.m.                            Memorial Auditorium
June 24                 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.              Memorial Auditorium
June 25                 2-4 p.m.                            Memorial Auditorium

Planning & Design Fee Increase Notice

The Louisville Metro Planning & Design Department has released a new fee schedule for applications that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. Please click here to read the schedule.

Spay, Neuter and Vaccinate Community Cats

Spay, Neuter and Vaccinate

You've cat to be kitten me right meow! If you feed and care for unowned community cats, now is the time to get them fixed! Appointments are available now ... NO lines!  NO waiting! NO cost to caretakers!  Don't delay!  Call (502) 634-8777 to get started.

The definition of a “community cat” 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.

Dreamers & Doers on KET


"Dreamers & Doers: Voices of Kentucky Women" is an hour-long documentary showcasing the role women have played in the history, growth and development of Kentucky. It was produced by the Kentucky Commission on Women, chaired by District 9’s Madeline Abramson. View it soon on KET. Below is a list of future air dates, all times are EST.

  • Thursday, June 18, 4:00AM on KETKY
  • Friday, June 19, 9:00AM on KETKY
  • Tuesday, June23, 9:00PM on KET2
  • Wednesday, June 24, 3:00AM on KET
  • Wednesday, July 1, 11:00AM on KETKY

Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

Crescent Hill Fourth of July

Plan to attend the Crescent Hill Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. Enjoy free trolley service from 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. on both days along a marked route and from free parking in Seminary Court off Grinstead Drive. It all starts at 10 am with opening ceremonies. Then you may enjoy dozens of artist booths for a unique and hand-crafted item, spin the wheel at the cake/prize booth from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day or enjoy a variety of food and treats, before settling in to enjoy great musical performances that begin at 1:00 p.m. each day and run until 10:00 p.m., with amazing FIREWORKS Saturday from 10 to 11 pm!

For a complete schedule and more information about the music, free trolley and parking, children’s fun and all of the family-friendly activities or to register to volunteer, go to www.crescenthill.us.

The Council needs donated cakes and prizes for their cake booth. You can donate money through PayPal @ Crescenthill.us, you could call or stop at Bussman's to buy a cake or cookies, you could go to Krogers and buy a gift card or you could even donate cash or make a cake! They will be happy to pick up the cakes, cards or money. If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of any kind, please contact Joyce Cossavella at 502-216-1014.

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, June 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host eBooks for tablets & smartphones at 10:00 a.m. and eBooks for Kindle at 11:30 a.m. Get help checking out Library eBooks. The class is held in two separate sections. This section is for you if you are interested in getting eBooks on an iPad, iPhone, android device, and/or other tablets/smartphones. It is helpful to bring your Library card number and password to class. You may also need to have the apple ID or Google Play ID and password associated with your device. For more information please call 574-1771.

Friday, June 19: The Crescent Hill Community Council to host FREE outdoor movies on the Peterson-Dumesnil House lawn, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Concessions will be available. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs, bug spray, and/or picnic baskets. All movies will begin at dusk. In June, enjoy Ghostbusters.

Friday, June 19The Clifton Center, located at 2117 Payne Street, will host a concert and album release party for Maiden Radio’s Wolvering at 8:00pm. The album is the result of a collaboration started six years ago between Cheyenne Mize, Julia Purcell and Joan Shelley. Pulling from an ever-deepening exploration of traditional Kentucky and Appalachian music, the trio aims at shining a light on some of more dark and lovely early-American songs that have survived through the years, re-arranged and sung in three part harmony. The evening will also include a performance by special guest Catherine Irwin. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.cliftoncenter.org.

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21: Junk collection set-out weekend for the 9th District Urban Services District (USD).  You may begin setting out your junk Friday afternoon and must have it all out by Monday at 6:00 AM. For collection guidelines please visithttp://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. Sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here!

Saturday, June 20: Louisville Water, MSD and ORSANCO proudly sponsor the Ohio River Sweep, which is one of the nation’s largest and longest-running environmental cleanup events from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Volunteer to help pick up trash along the shoreline. MSD will equip volunteers with gloves and bags at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Road. Questions please call 587-0603.

Saturday, June 20: The Alexander Hamilton Historical Society of Kentucky will host its monthly book review at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Matthews branch library, 3940 Grandview Avenue. The speaker is Dr. Karl Kuhl and the book is A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America by Stacy Schiff. Questions please email ahhsky@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 20: Clifton Fest from Noon – 10:00 p.m. at Frankfort Avenue from State Street to William Street. Admission is Free – this event will be held rain or shine. Live local musicians will be playing from 3:00 – 9:30 p.m. For more information please contact Brad Curry at 418-5362 or email brad@rededgelive.com.

Sunday, June 21: Whitehall and the Jefferson County Master Gardener Association are pleased to welcome Richie Steffen, noted plant curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Steffen will present his lecture ‘Gardening with Ferns’ at historic Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road at 2:00 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of Whitehall’s woodland garden. Admission is $15 per person,
payable at the door on the day of the event. For more information, please visit http://www.HistoricWhitehall.org.

Monday, June 22: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:00 p.m. Schedule is subject to change – concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. June 22nd’s movie is The Birds, rated PG-13.


Wednesday, June 24: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Bring your sack lunch and sample “food for the mind” as they discuss: Day After Night by Anita Diamant. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. For more information please call 574-1793.

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