District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Kyle Ethridge
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“Meet with Bill” – TODAY!

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, January 21, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, we’ll be at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email bill.hollander@louisvilleky.gov

Clear Your Sidewalks!


The snow is back and more is coming.  It's a good time for a reminder that clearing sidewalks is the legal responsibility of a property owner or tenant - and it's the neighborly thing to do.  Here is Louisville Metro's ordinance: 

§ 97.113 SNOW REMOVAL ... It shall be the duty of all persons and corporations owning or occupying property abutting a public street in Louisville Metro to remove within 24 hours thereafter such snow as may fall on the sidewalks in front of their property. Where the property is unimproved or unoccupied this duty shall devolve on the owner or the agent for the property. Where property is occupied by others than owners thereof, this duty shall devolve on the owner or the tenants and either may be proceeded against for the violation.

The ordinance goes on to state that “Any responsible party failing to comply…shall be subject to the following fines: not less than $25, nor more than $100.”

More and more people are walking in D9.  Let's do all we can to keep our sidewalks walkable this winter!  

Yard waste collection suspended due to weather

metro seal

Due to forecasts of snow there will be no yard waste collection this week in the urban services district of Louisville Metro (the former City of Louisville boundaries). Yard waste collection will resume on January 25, weather permitting.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available


My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2016. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2015 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 (Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 18 and Apr. 1) between 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment. 

Sustainability Story: Bicycling for Louisville


Louisville's neighborhoods are becoming more sustainable and livable thanks to the growth of bicycling.  Last year, Louisville earned Silver status from The League of American Bicyclists.  More about the award is here: http://bikeleague.org/content/bfc-spotlight-louisville

Bicycling for Louisville, a group which works for a bicycle-friendly community, is celebrating the year, and kicking off another one, next Thursday, January 28 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm at St. John NuLu Theatre (629 E. Market Street) - and you are invited.  The event features open tabling time, a talk from Mayor Greg Fischer, brief presentations, music by Appalatin, great company and refreshments.  Read more about B4L here - http://bicyclingforlouisville.org/ - and join the party on January 28!

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

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  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 listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.

Case No. 15CUP1036 and 15VARIANCE1091
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review for a modification of a Conditional Use Permit (assisted living facility) and a variance from the Land Development Code to allow a proposed structure to exceed the maximum height.
Subject Property: 240 Masonic Home Drive
Case Manager: Jon Crumbie (jon.crumbie@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Board of Zoning Adjustment
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: Meeting will begin at 8:30 AM
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street

Case No. 15CUP1037 and 15VARIANCE1092
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review for a modification of a Conditional Use Permit (assisted living facility) and a variance from the Land Development Code to allow a proposed structure to exceed the maximum height.
Subject Property: 200 Masonic Home Drive
Case Manager: Jon Crumbie (jon.crumbie@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Board of Zoning Adjustment
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: Meeting will begin at 8:30 AM
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street 

McGarvey, Marzian at Crescent Hill Library Saturday

Sen. Marzian

It was good to be with a large group at the St. Matthews Eline Library Saturday morning, to hear from State Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, as the Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its second week.  This week, Café LOUIE, a Bingham Fellows project, brings Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Rep. Marzian to the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue.

Each of the Café LOUIE meetings features one or two members of Louisville’s 28-member legislative delegation at library branches within or near their districts. The meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9 - 10:00 a.m., January until early April. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to ask questions.

Here’s the complete Café LOUIE schedule.

Sen. McGarvey

Restaurants, Others Help D9 Fire Recovery


Early on the morning of January 10, two restaurants in District 9 - the popular SuperChefs and Maria’s Deli - were extensively damaged by fire.  More than 50 firefighters fought the blaze, in very difficult weather conditions.  They were successful in saving adjacent businesses in the Fairfax Avenue center but not much at SuperChefs or Maria’s was salvageable.

Now, other restaurants are helping the owners and their employees.  Steve Coomes of Insider Louisville reported on all of the efforts this week: http://insiderlouisville.com/lifestyle_culture/dining/restaurants-charity-rush-to-help-following-fires-at-superchefs.

You can help by participating in Dine Around for APRON on Feb. 3. That night, more than 50 participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the charity, which was created by the city’s independent restaurateurs to help in such crises.  Apron supporters include owners, servers, chefs and others concerned about our local independent food and beverage service workers. They realize that independent restaurant employees may be susceptible to financial distress in times of crisis.  Many D9 restaurants will be participating.  You can find the entire list here: http://www.aproninc.org/events/

LWC Cold Weather Tips


As the temperatures drop, it’s a busy time for Louisville Water Company (LWC) crews and customers.  LWC has seen a spike in the number of water main breaks, which happens in extremely cold weather. 

For customers, the cold weather can lead to problems with their internal plumbing.  LWC receives lots of calls from customers with frozen water lines or burst lines.  Unfortunately, LWC only maintains the lines that connect to the property. Preventative maintenance can minimize the risk of frozen water pipes. 

Please click here to view an infographic that highlights the steps customers can take.  In addition, a video on the LWC website explains how to find and tag the water shut-off valve inside the home.  Knowing the location of this valve is important regardless of the weather, since the valve controls the flow of water into the home.

Cold weather tips and video link: http://www.louisvillewater.com/newsroom/cold-weather-tips

National Mentoring Month - You're Needed at UCHM!

UCHM mentoring

It's National Mentoring Month and here's a need and opportunity right in D9.  

United Crescent Hill Ministries operates an After-School Youth Program Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., serving 1st - 9th grade children/youth.

At this time it needs some adult volunteers who could help with:

  1. Reading challenges - reading one-on-one with elementary aged children
  2. Math skills - helping elementary & middle school children/youth with math homework 
  3. Arts & Crafts - UCHM has lots of materials and media but needs a volunteer
  4. Social Activities - play a game of ping-pong or pool and help a youth develop social skills.  

UCHM is also gearing up for an expanded summer program with weekly themes: Art, Drama, & Music; Cooking & Nutrition; Gardening; Math, Science, & Engineering; Tools & Trades; and more. Many volunteers will be needed during the Camp dates of June 13- July 29.  

More about all of this is here. UCHM is located at 150 South State Street in Clifton.  Contact it at 893-0346 or click here: http://www.uchmlouky.org/contactus.php

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, January 21: "Meet with Bill" from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street. 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. Questions, please call 574-1109.

Saturday, January 23: The 2015 Bingham Fellows project, Cafe LOUIE, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center, the LFPL, and the Friends of the Library to host the inaugural series of Cafe LOUIE meetings with Jefferson County Legislators during the 2016 Legislative Sessions. The meetings will take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend and is encouraged to ask questions. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue with Senator Morgan McGarvey and Representative Mary Lou Marzian.

Saturday, January 23: Children's Open Gym at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. It's cold and snowy outside and your kids are cooped up inside, join for some winter open gym free play. Children 10 years old and younger, accompanied by a parent or other caregiver (18 years or older), are invited to play with balls, hula-hoops, and other gym equipment. Questions please email, Andrea at andrea@chbcky.org.

Saturday, January 23: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host Helen Keller, This is Your Life from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please make your reservations by Noon on January 22. Meet the woman who forever changed the world for people with disabilities. Helen Keller played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the twentieth century. She was a socialist, a pacifist, a suffragist, a unionist, and a passionate defender of human rights. Through interviews with visitors from Helen’s past, you will learn the story of her life beyond the famous incident at the well.  Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.com to register.  Best for ages 10 and up.

Monday, January 25: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners Part 3 at 3:00 p.m. Pick up some final know how for your iPad and review what has been discussed in previous classes. Call to register. Questions please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 26: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host getting to know your tablet or smartphone at 1:00 p.m. Got a new smart phone or tablet for Christmas that you’re using for a paperweight? Make a 20 minute appointment with a library staff member to get a crash course in basic usage for your new device. Must make an appointment to attend. Questions please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 26: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host a community book club discussion at 7:00 p.m. Plan to discuss Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. The book club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Wednesday, January 27: 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 we discuss: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Questions please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, January 27: St. Leonard School, 440 Zorn Avenue, to host an Open House from 9:00 a.m. - Noon and again at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. St. Leonard offers classes from 3-year old preschool through 8th grade. Registration for the 2016-17 school year will begin on January 27th. For additional information or to schedule a tour, please contact Laura Emly at 897-5265.

Thursday, January 28: Bicycling for Louisville (B4L) to host a kick-off party from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at St. John NuLu Theatre, 629 E. Market Street. The event will include open tabling time, a pep talk from Mayor Fischer, brief presentations, music by Appalatin, and more. For more information visit: Bicycling for Louisville website link.

Thursday, January 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 6:30 p.m. Come to share your opinion on the newest Star Wars film: The Force Awakens. Questions please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, January 28: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Ryan Clark and Joe Cox, authors of The Kentucky Wildcat Fans' Bucket List at 7:00 p.m. for a free book signing and discussion. Questions please contact the store at 896-6950.

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