District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Grinstead Drive Additional Road Work


Louisville Water is making additional repairs to its 60-inch water main that broke on June 18 along Grinstead Drive.  Following the break, Louisville Water replaced a section of the main and then performed two robotic inspections of the pipe before putting it back into service.

The inspections use electromagnetic devices that move through the water main to check for leaks and pipe strength.  The inspection found two places where Louisville Water needs to make additional repairs.  One site is very close to the original break and the second is near Peterson Avenue. 

Louisville Water began the repair work on Tuesday (07/14) morning. It will take approximately 10 days to complete.  During the work, part of Grinstead Drive will be closed to through traffic and/or have detours between Kennedy Avenue and Springdale Road and a second location between South Peterson Avenue and South Galt Drive.

The repairs do not involve removing sections of pipe.   Instead, crews will install steel bands to strengthen the pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe. Water service will not be interrupted.

Curious on how the robotic inspections work?  Check out a video at LouisvilleWater.com

St. Matthews Area Ministries Food Pantry Closed Due to Sunday's Rain

St Mam flooding

The food pantry at St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM), located at Beechwood Baptist Church in Beechwood Village,  is closed due to a flooded basement from Sunday morning's storm.  Water, which was as high as three feet in portions of the building, destroyed both food supplies in the food pantry and some equipment.   The pantry will be closed at least the rest of the week and perhaps next week as well.  

St. Mam flooding 2

St. MAM serves the 40207 zip code, which includes much of District 9.  It brings together ten member churches to effectively meet emergency needs, to stabilize families in transitional situations and to provide a nurturing and healthy environment for children.

St. MAM is requesting financial donations so that it can reopen and serve families in need as quickly as possible.  Donations can be made here:  http://www.youcaring.com/st-matthews-area-ministries-392220 or by mail to Julie Abbott, Executive Director, 201 Biltmore Road, Louisville, KY 40207. 

Sustainability Story: No Dumping Please

sewer 1

Nick Campbell, a Trinity High School sophomore, chose a sustainability issue for his Eagle Scout project and enlisted the help of friends and other members of Boy Scout Troop 325 in the effort.  The group labeled 200 storm drains in the St. Matthews area with the "No Dumpling- Drains to Beargrass Creek" labels.  The label shown here is on Nanz Avenue in District 9. 

sewer 2

Nick learned of the difficulties of Louisville's combined sewer system and the pollution problems that exist with Beargrass Creek at a presentation by the Beargrass Creek Alliance (BCA). After deciding to tackle the labeling project, Nick, with help from BCA, identified and obtained storm drain maps for a several mile area in need of labeling.  Nick and a dozen or so volunteers then cleaned, labeled and recorded the drains. Both the volunteers and neighbors learned about the creek's pollution problems during the project. Good work, Nick! 

You can learn more about our combined sewer system and BCA here: http://kwalliance.org/what-we-do/watershed-planning/current-projects/beargrass-creek-alliance/

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

D9 Beautification Efforts

Rose Bushes

Last Saturday, July 11, nearly 500 volunteers from Northeast Christian Church – Clifton Campus (NECC) and the Louisville Master Gardeners Association worked along Frankfort Avenue to trim the rose bushes and do general maintenance at the bus stops. The event was a huge success and the corridor looks much better thanks to these volunteers!

Brownsboro cleanup

Another group from NECC worked along Brownsboro Road between Kenilworth and Lindsay to trim back the overgrowth along the sidewalk and do general maintenance. The area and sidewalk is clear of debris and is a vast improvement for those who walk along Brownsboro Road. Thanks again for the dedicated volunteers from NECC and thanks to Brightside for helping to coordinate the effort.

Public Works Paving in District 9

Paving before and after

Metro Public Works (MPW) completed the following paving projects in D9 in the last few days.

  • S Hite Ave. from Frankfort Ave. to S Bayly Ave
  • Cleveland Blvd from Pryor Ave. to Mt. Holly Ave.
  • Country Club Rd. from VA entrance to Cleveland Blvd

Preparations are beginning for additional paving on Payne Street and other District 9 roads.

Photos show before and after repaving.

Help Report Graffiti in D9

graffiti abatement

The D9 office has appropriated funding for graffiti abatement for the past several years. Those funds are used to remove or cover graffiti in the right-of-way on signs, electrical boxes, bus shelters, dumpsters, walls, etc. If you see graffiti, please take a moment and contact our office via email at kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov or call the office at 574-1109. Please have the exact location and description of what the graffiti is on.

Photo: Courier-Journal

ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink License being applied for, located at 2206 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, July 10, 2015.

D9 Community Conversation – Monday, July 27

D9 Community Conversation

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27 at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. The program will include a discussion of crime and Neighborhood Watch programs in District 9. 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!

Volunteers Needed for the Back to School Block Party

B2SBP volunteers

Please join us for the 16th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Park on Friday, September 11th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy FREE pizza, swimming, door prizes and family fun!  We need VOLUNTEERS to make this event successful.  If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions please contact our office at 574-1109 or email kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov.

St. Joseph Children’s Home Moves Into New Buildings

ribbon cutting

It was a big week at St. Joseph Children’s Home (SJHC) on Frankfort Avenue in District 9. Last Thursday, there was a celebration of four new residential cottages for 48 of Kentucky’s most abused children.  Some of the new residents cut the ribbon, while Kosair Charities presented a $1 Million donation for the project.  Move-in day was this Monday, celebrated with balloons.  

Kosair check  

The mission of SJCH is “Giving Children a Home.” Since 1849, SJCH has provided a loving home to Louisville’s most vulnerable children – first orphans, and in later years those children removed from their homes due to neglect, abuse, domestic violence or substance abuse. Throughout its history, SJCH has served over 70,000 children.  


It has adapted to meet the needs of children and families. What started as an orphanage has evolved into three core services:  a Residential Treatment Program for abused and neglected children; a Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program for children birth to 21; and a Child Development Center for children six weeks through pre-K.  

The 166th Picnic is coming soon – August 7 and 8.  Visit http://sjkids.org/picnic/ for more information! 

Hubbards Lane Recycling Center Temporarily Closed

Metro seal

The staffed recycling center at the East District Public Works Yard, 595 Hubbards Lane, is closed until further notice due to flood damage. A complete list of other recycling centers that remain open can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/recycling.

Sign up for Louisville Youth Choir Summer Camp

Lou Youth Choir

It’s not too late to sign up for the Louisville Youth Choir Summer Camps. They are open to grades 4th -12th and don’t require an audition or previous singing experience to join in on the fun. The camp runs July 27th – 31st at Sacred Heart School for the Arts, 3105 Lexington Road, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day, lunch provided. Closing camp concert on Friday, July 31st at 4:00 PM (This FREE Concert is a part of the Cultural Pass!). Camp fees are $225 and include camp experience, t-shirt, lunch, snacks and one outing to an area attraction mid-week.  For more information, please visit http://louyouthchoir.org/summercamps/

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, July 18: 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 Mark Webster, J.D. and the book is Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by John Meacham. Questions please email ahhsky@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19: Coca-Cola Brightside Volleyball Classic at Seneca Park and Baxter Jack’s. Register online at http://www.baxterjacks.com.

Monday, July 20: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft PowerPoint 1 at 9:00 a.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, a program used to create slideshows and presentations. Topics include getting started, adding graphics, and presenting your slideshow. Call to register. Call to register. For more information please call 574-1771.

Monday, July 20: 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. July 20th’s movie is Arsenic and Old Lace.

Tuesday, July 21: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Discuss Paths of Glory. For more information please call 574-1771.

Thursday, July 23: The Chamber of St. Matthews Business Expo at the University of Louisville Event and Conference Center, Founder’s Union, 312 N. Whittington Parkway, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. Enjoy over 60 business booths, silent auction, free entry with a business card, cash raffle, light refreshments, networking and much more. For more information please visit stmatthewschamber.com/business-expo3.

Thursday, July 23: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Pet Emergency 101 at 2:30 p.m. Sara Beavin will cover basic pet first aid, preparing pet first aid kits, taking your pet’s vitals and much more in this informative presentation. For more information please call 574-1771.


Thursday, July 23: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion at 6:30 p.m. Discuss, Boom! Bam! Kapow! It’s Marvel month! For more information please call 574-1793.

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