District 9 eNews - Thursday, March 10, 2016

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MSD Public Meeting Notice – TONIGHT - March 10


MSD will hold a Conceptual Design Meeting concerning the I-64 & Grinstead CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Basin Project—a covered-underground basin - on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Building, 2115 Lexington Road.

At this meeting, MSD will provide information about the conceptual design phase of the project, and offer you an opportunity for input and comments. This basin will greatly lessen the occurrence of combined sewer overflows—untreated sewage—entering Beargrass Creek during rain events.

If you are unable to attend, you may take the meeting survey online at tinyurl.com/MSDI-64Grinstead2, beginning a few days after the meeting.   Questions, please contact MSD Project Manager, Brandon Flaherty at 540.6632.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, March 12

St. Patricks Day Parade

The following streets will be closed on Saturday, March 12 for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Baxter Avenue.

Noon - 4 pm

  • Broadway from Barret Avenue to Baxter Avenue
  • Rubel Avenue from Benton Avenue to Rogers Street
  • St. Anthony Place from Mercy Way to Broadway

Noon - 5 pm

  • Bardstown Road from Highland Avenue to Windsor Place

Noon - 8 pm

  • Baxter Avenue from Broadway to Highland Avenue

Rodes City Run - Saturday, March 12

Rodes City Run

The following streets, including some in D9, will be closed on Saturday, March 12 for the Rodes City Run.
6:30 am - 11 am

  • Broadway from Brook Street to Second Street

7 am - 11 am

  • Broadway from Fifth Street to Second Street (Fifth Street will remain open northbound)
  • Third Street (one block north and south of Broadway) will remain open to cross traffic until 7:30 am

7:45 am - 11 am

  • Broadway from Brook Street to Baxter Avenue

8 am - 11 am

  • Baxter Avenue from Jefferson Street to Breckinridge Street
  • Cherokee Road from Baxter Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • Grinstead Drive from Cherokee Road to Lexington Road
  • Lexington Road from Grinstead Drive to Liberty Street/Chestnut Street
  • Liberty Street from Lexington Road to Chestnut Street

No Parking Areas

4:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Broadway from Fifth Street to Baxter Avenue
  • Cherokee Road from Baxter Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • Grinstead Drive from Cherokee Road to Lexington Road
  • Chestnut Street from Liberty Street to Broadway

Solar press conference

Sustainability Story: Solar


It’s been a big week for solar energy in Louisville, with the kickoff of the “Solar Over Louisville” campaign to educate, promote and act to increase solar usage in Louisville.  I was honored to speak at the kickoff, after sponsoring a Metro Council resolution supporting solar usage and an ordinance appropriating neighborhood development funds for the campaign. You can read more about Solar Over Louisville in this story from Insider Louisville: http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/sustainability/sol-shine-new-campaign-aim-to-up-louisvilles-solar-power-usage/

Solar 2

One of the goals of Solar Over Louisville is to encourage more solar usage by publicizing ongoing efforts.  One of the recent installations is on Cherrywood Road in D9, where Jack and Marilyn Monohan installed sixty panels (shown here) in October.  The panels are supplying most of the energy used at the home and supplying electricity to the grid through a hookup with LG&E lines.  The Monohans found an installer after reading about solar in Louisville in this Courier-Journal article in August:  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/08/28/solar-campaign-fuels-interest-louisville/32417531/.  They were interested in an alternative source of energy, saving money and improving their property - and have been pleased with the results!   

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

Chenoweth Lane Update


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s planning study for Chenoweth Lane is continuing, following a second public meeting on February 29.  The second meeting provided the public an opportunity to comment on potential options, including sidewalks, a turn lane at Massie Avenue, and addition of curb and gutter, along with other drainage improvements.   

You can read much more about the study here:  http://transportation.ky.gov/District-5/Pages/KY-1932-(Chenoweth-Lane)-Planning-Study.aspx. The survey from the second public meeting can be found at the right of that page and downloaded and mailed to KYTC District 5.  Another option for commenting is by taking the same survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KY1932SURVEY2. Comments will be accepted through Monday, March 14. 

9th District Black History Honoree

Black History Month

Congratulations Dawn Wilson, D9’s honoree at the 14th Annual Metro Council Black History Month program last month.   Dawn is a native Kentuckian and a Crescent Hill resident.

Dawn’s community and governmental service includes long-time volunteer work with the Fairness Campaign and serving as a Commissioner on the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission since 2010.  Dawn is also a two-time saber national fencing champion and currently serves as the chair of the Kentucky Division of U.S. Fencing, promoting fencing throughout the state.  She is the first African American to hold that position.

Congratulations, Dawn, and thank you for your service to the community!   

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) 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! Limited appointments are available on Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1 between 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment. 

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $31,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $60,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program


The LIHEAP Crisis Program is administered by Louisville Metro Community Services to provide utility assistance for income-eligible residents who are in danger of disconnection from their utilities or who have received an eviction notice if utilities are included in the resident's rent.

Funding still remains to serve residents of Jefferson County who are in need of this assistance.  Please  click here to share this flyer and help spread the word to friends, neighbors, clients and other community members who are eligible.

Appointments can be scheduled, in person only, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at all three LIHEAP locations below (excludes Fridays at the East Office). To schedule an appointment, visit one of the LIHEAP locations and bring 1) your most recent LG&E bill (must be a brown, disconnect notice); or an eviction notice from your landlord if your utilities are included in your rent, and 2) a photo ID (if available). 

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,628).

  • Central Office -- Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Ave., Room 127, 40204; 502-574-1157
  • East Office -- Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Ave., 40218; 502-574-127 (Note:  The East Office is closed on Fridays for LIHEAP)
  • South Office -- Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway; 502-574-1272

Benefits provided by this program are paid directly to the applicant’s heating vendor.

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send a representative on their behalf with a note including the applicant’s signature and phone number. Call 574-1157 for more details on how this process works. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 574-1274.

“Meet with Bill” – Wednesday, March 23

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 Wednesday, March 23, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., we’ll be the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email bill.hollander@louisvilleky.gov

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade – Saturday, March 26

Easter parade

Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Easter Parade on the Avenue at 11:30 a.m. The parade route will go from Stilz to Pope.  This year’s Grand Marshal is the Louisville City FC Soccer Team and of course the Easter Bunny! Plan to attend and see the Shriners, antique cars, homemade family floats, Hwang's Martial Artists, the Talking Police Car, Mounted Sheriff's Posse and plenty of free candy! There will be "GOOD EARS" awards for the most creative floats and participants. New this year is an Easter Bonnet contest following the parade.

To participate, register at St. Mark's parking lot at 2822 Frankfort Avenue by 11:00 a.m. The parade will travel from Stilz to Pope Street leaving at approximately 11:30-11:45 a.m. Make a float, borrow Uncle Fred's convertible, dress up your dog, blow a kazoo, but don't forget your Easter bonnet! If you plan to participate or have any questions, call

Michaelle Warner at 419-6159 or email michaelle.warner1@gmail.com.

New this year is the Easter Hat contest. After the Easter Parade, The Hub will throw open its doors at 2235 Frankfort Avenue at 1:00 to host the first annual Easter Hat Contest from 1:30 – 3:30. The judges are The Avenue’s Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire, Margaret’s Consignment & Collectibles and Sister Dragonfly.  There are two age groups: Adults and Kids (through pre-teen). There are three categories in both age groups: Traditional, Creative and Upcycled.

To help children in the Upcycled category, "Good Garbage" at 2216 Frankfort Avenue is holding a kid's "Easter Hat Make & Take" on Saturday, March 19th from 11 am to 2 pm using all the fun materials in their crazy, cool workshop for a suggested donation of $5 but all kids will be welcome! Call Lynn Quire to reserve a spot - 654-7705.

Easter Parade Street Closings

Both lanes of Frankfort Avenue will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. from Stilz Avenue to Pope Street for the safety of the participants involved.  There will be no parking on the street at that time and the side streets will be closed to Frankfort Avenue as well.  Police will TOW! Also Kennedy Avenue from Grinstead to Frankfort Avenue, Crescent Court around the court and Crescent Ave. from English to Frankfort will be closed to thru traffic during line -up from approx. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.   “No parking, special events” signs will be posted the day before the parade.

Free Naloxone Kits and Training Sessions to Be Offered in D9


The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will offer free Naloxone (also referred to by its brand name as Narcan®) kits and a training session on how to administer it to reverse the effects of overdose from heroin and other opioid drugs and prevent death. The free training is open to the general public including first responders and to the family and friends of those who use heroin or other opioid drugs. The training will be held on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Barret Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive.

Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose.  Naloxone is used in heroin and other opioid drug overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.

Fresh Produce Coming to UCHM!

UCHM fresh produce

UCHM will be receiving fresh produce every Tuesday to share with the neighbors. This is a Dare to Care program in which individuals or families can pick up produce each week on Tuesdays 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  They are expecting around 1,000 lbs. each week. UCHM is excited for the benefit this will bring to those in need in our community!

Supplies Over Seas Job Opening - March 14 Deadline


Do you know someone who loves nonprofit work? Cares about international issues, humanitarian aid, global health access and/or environmental stewardship?  Please share this job opening with them.

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) meets critical healthcare needs in developing countries around the world by recovering and redistributing surplus medical supplies and equipment. SOS promotes environmental stewardship, partnering with hospitals and others to recover and send what would otherwise go to the landfill.

SOS PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Click here for Job Description

Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample, (4) minimum of 3 references and (5) salary expectations, with “Program Coordinator Job Post” in subject line to: Admin@SuppliesOverSeas.org

DEADLINE - The deadline to apply is Monday, March 14, 2016.

ABOUT SUPPLIES OVER SEAS - To learn more about Supplies Over Seas, visit:
Website                      www.suppliesoverseas.org
Facebook Page           https://www.facebook.com/SuppliesOverSeas

Free Soil Testing Kits Available

soil testing

Although fertilizer, lime, and other amendments can be very helpful in establishing happy, healthy plants and lawns, they pose a risk if not used properly. Excess fertilizer and chemicals wash away with rainwater and pollute our local streams and waterways. The first guideline of responsible fertilizer application is to take a soil sample and have it analyzed to determine fertilizer needs. The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering a soils test incentive program to offset the cost for Louisville Metro residents. The SWCD will provide up to 2 vouchers per household to cover the processing fee for a standard soils test. People wishing to participate in this incentive program must request the soils test voucher(s) from the Conservation District office. Email your voucher request to: joy.edwards@ky.nacdnet.net. The email should include your name, physical address, phone number and if you want one or two vouchers. The soil vouchers along with your soil sample should be taken to the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service at 810 Barret Avenue for testing. Questions—call 502.499.1900

Alley Cat Advocates Needs Your Help!

alley cat

Let's get ahead of kitten season! Now is the time to get ahead of another sad kitten season. Are you, or is someone you know, feeding a stray cat?

Alley Cat Advocates can help!   They will spay or neuter, vaccinate and give kitty a good veterinary check-up ... all at no cost to you.

Help prevent another sad kitten season and make Louisville the best place in the country for community cats!  Please tell all the cats you know!  Call 502-634-8777 to get your kitty fixed!

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, March 10: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions please call 574-1771.

Thursday, March 10: MSD public meeting regarding the I-64 and Grinstead CSO Basin at 6:30 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road. MSD will hold a conceptual design meeting to discuss the covered underground basin. If you are unable to attend take the online survey after the meeting at tinyurl.com/MSDI-64Grinstead2. Questions please contact Brandon Flaherty at 540-6632.

Thursday, March 10: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Crystal Wilkinson to discuss her new novel, The Birds of Opulence at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

Thursday, March 10: Kentuckianas for the Commonwealth to host its 3rd annual We Are Kentuckians  event honoring black women in Kentucky through spoken word, dance and storytelling. Event to be held at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Eifler Theater. To purchase tickets please click here.

Saturday, March 12: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Plan to discuss The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve. Questions please call 574-1793.

Sunday, March 13: The Beargrass-St. Matthews Historical Society and The Louisville Historical League are presenting a program at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Ave., 2nd floor. John Findling and Tom Morton, authors of the newly published book, Images of America: St. Matthews (Arcadia Press,) will speak and show a PowerPoint, take questions and of course, have books to sell and autograph.

Monday, March 14: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners part 2 at 3:00 p.m. There are thousands of apps available to iPad users. Come learn how to use a few of the most important apps everyone should have. Call to register. Questions please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, March 15: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a device drop in cafe from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Not sure how to load eBooks or access other online tools with your device? Smartphone, tablet and laptop users can visit this informal device help café for one-on-one help with eBooks and LFPL’s other online resources. Questions please call 574-1793.

Tuesday, March 15: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Plan to discuss Good Will Hunting. Questions please call 574-1771.

Wednesday, March 16: UCHM, 150 S. State Street, to host Listen and Learn from Noon - 1:00 p.m. UCHM's Executive Director, Rev. Mark Howell, will be speaking about UCHM. Come learn about several new initiatives and UCHM's vision for the future.

Wednesday, March 16: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Fenton Johnson to discuss new novel, The Man Who Loved Birds at 7:00 p.m. Questions please call 896-6950.

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