District 9 eNews for Thursday, July 7, 2016

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Budget Includes Infrastructure, Parks and Housing Funds

Metro seal

The budget Metro Council approved for the fiscal year which started July 1 includes more money for repairing sidewalks, improving parks, paving streets and helping working families find safe, decent and affordable places to live.   

In addition to the amounts recommended by Mayor Greg Fischer, the Council approved more funding in the following areas:

  • $1,090,000 was added for sidewalks
  • $550,000 was added for Metro park improvements and an additional $500,000 was designated for work in Olmsted Parks, to be matched with $1,000,000 in funds from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  
  • $5,000,000 was added to $ 18.1 million proposed in the Mayor’s Budget for repaving, for a total of $23 million.  

More than 60% of the budget is designated in the area of public safety, including more police officers, firefighters and cameras.

I am particularly pleased that the budget includes $2,500,000 for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which will use the funds to rehab vacant and abandoned properties and develop other housing for working families. The ordinance creating the fund, which was passed by a 25-1 voted in 2008,  called for $10 Million every year,  an investment that would have a strong economic impact by creating jobs, increasing wages and business income, and generating more tax revenue.  At $2.5 Million, this year’s appropriation is 25 times the total of locally generated funds allocated to LAHTF for housing in the last eight years combined.  It’s a start on a huge need in the community.  As the Louisville economy improves, I will continue to do all I can to see that we don’t leave working families behind.

Lower Frankfort Avenue Sidewalk Study

Frankfort Avenue

We have a lot of sidewalk needs in District 9, including many major missing sections.  An important one is along Frankfort Avenue from River Road to Story Avenue, where pedestrians have to walk in the street.  The budget Metro Council approved last month includes $50,000 for sidewalk and streetscape design of Frankfort Avenue from River Road to Pope Street.   Actual construction has not been funded and we won't know the cost until the design work is completed. 

Fixing defective sidewalks has been and will remain a priority for me, with $100,000 in sidewalk repairs in District 9 since January  2015, including major work on Hillcrest and Pennsylvania Avenues and many smaller repairs.    At the same time,  we will continue to pursue new sidewalks where they are currently missing.  Sidewalks have been built along Drescher Bridge Avenue and Kenilworth Road.  We look forward to the planning process for lower Frankfort Avenue.  

Sustainability Story: Biking to Work

Bike to Work

Chasta Feller works in District 9 as the "Sales Coordinator – Fun Enthusiast" for Mint Julep Tours.  The company recently took over eyedia's former space on Mellwood Avenue  (http://mintjuleptours.com/).

Chasta lives in the Highlands and bicycles to work.  She rides to keep fit but also for environmental  reasons - "there is no Planet B", as she says.  Chasta has noticed a significant increase in bicycle riders since she moved to Louisville from California four years ago.  She supports bicycle infrastructure, including a planned bike share program which she believes will lead to even more bicycle riding. 

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

Mosquito and Coyote Information

Community Conversation

A few weeks ago I hosted a Community Conversation and invited Metro Public Health & Wellness to talk about mosquito safety and Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife to share information on how to interact with coyotes and other wildlife. Regarding coyotes, we were told they aren’t going away and the best advice when you encounter one is here: https://district9news.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/tips-for-avoiding-conflicts-with-coyotes.pdf. Below are some helpful flyers regarding mosquitoes that were provided for your information.

Zika Prevention Kit Flyer
Center for Disease and Control Response to Zika
Metro Public Health & Wellness Mosquito brochure

“Meet with Bill” – Tuesday, July 19

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, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Tuesday, July 19, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, we’ll be at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

The Manhattan Project Seeks 4:00 AM License

Manhattan Project

In the last edition of the eNews, we reported on a new restaurant planned for the space behind Nancy’s Bagel Grounds at 2101 Frankfort Avenue in Clifton and posted a notice about a liquor license application for the site.  Since that time, a new application has been filed, seeking a 4:00 am extended drink hours license.  More about the business is in this article from The Courier-Journal:  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/food/spirits/bourbon/2016/06/28/new-frankfort-ave-bar-add-bourbon-surge/86474488/.  

Notification of the liquor license application is below.  

ABC Notification


Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.

Attached please find an Addition to Application memo and Courier Journal Legal advertisement for a 4 a.m. NQ2 Extended Drink Hours License being applied for, located at 2101 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, June 24, 2016.

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package License(s) being applied for, located at 1904 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

“A Taste of Independents” Helps Restaurant Workers


Louisville has a thriving independent restaurant scene.  Recognizing that the workers who support it sometimes need help in times of financial distress, a group of individuals with ties to the local restaurant community formed APRON, Inc. in 2011. 

APRON’s mission is to provide temporary, limited financial relief to professional food and beverage industry workers in the Louisville area who work at locally owned establishments and who are experiencing financial distress due to illness, injury or other issues. Food service professionals who have suffered an accident, family emergency, criminal act committed against them or other catastrophic event are eligible for assistance.

You can help this Sunday, July 10, when APRON stages “A Taste of Independents” at The Olmsted in D9.  The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and features tastings from over 30 of Louisville’s finest chefs along with libations from our top bartenders and purveyors, and entertainment from the Robbie Bartlett Duo.  Tickets are $40 in advance and
$45 at the door. You can get more information and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-taste-of-independents-tickets-25896664621. An article from Insider Louisville is here.  

Please take the 2016 Metro Parks Nature Survey

Metro Parks

How connected to nature are we in Louisville? Share your thoughts with Metro Parks. Take the 2016 Metro Parks nature survey at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/metronature

TARC rolls out 12 new buses


TARC has begun rolling out a dozen new buses equipped with the latest fuel savings and clean diesel technology, resulting in cleaner air. The new vehicles, which replace buses that are 16 years old and have traveled more than 600,000 miles, will also bring significant maintenance cost savings.

The new buses will travel on local routes throughout TARC’s system. Each bus features a bike rack for up to three bikes and onboard electric outlets for charging phones and mobile devices. TARC has a fleet of 225 buses.

Compared to the buses they will replace, the 12 new buses will result in a savings of 21,800 gallons of diesel fuel a year, and will reduce harmful emissions into the air by more than 11,000 pounds per year. 

The new buses represent a total investment of $5.1 million, primarily from federal grant funding.   An additional 13 clean-diesel buses will begin arriving at the end of the year for a total of 25 new buses. The buses are largely funded under an $8.7 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative. State and local funding will cover the remaining costs.

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, July 7: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a talking book discussion group at 7:00 p.m. Plan to discuss The Martian: a Novel by Andy Weir. For more information please call 574-1793.

Saturday, July 9: Butchertown neighborhood-wide yard sale from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Free to participate. Event is being promoted with fliers, Craigslist and Facebook on the Butchertown Neighborhood page. Questions, please contact: Greg Fickle at gsfickle@aol.com or Wade Lemke at wadeivan77@aol.com

Saturday, July 9: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host a local authors book signing event from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Talk with Sue Kelly Ballard, John Beechem, Rashida Lemmons-Weber, Pat Owen, and Lydia Sherrer and purchase copies of their books. Questions, please call 896-6950.

Saturday, July 9: * Second Saturday * Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  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, July 9: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Plan to discuss American Creation by Joseph Ellis. For more information please call 574-1793.

Saturday, July 9: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host cinema Saturdays. All movies are audio described for the blind and will feature an important character who is blind or visually-impaired. July's move is Daredevil (2003) rated PG-13. Please call 899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register.

Saturday, July 9: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Chuck Palahniuk at 3:00 p.m. for a signing of Fight Club 2, a graphic novel. Tickets are $30 each and include a copy of Fight Club 2. Questions, please call 896-6950.

Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10: FleaTiques at Mellwood Antiques, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. The event is held the 2nd weekend of the month beginning in April on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This is an outdoor market and the event is rain or shine. Each month will benefit a local charity, www.mellwoodantiques.com.

Monday, July 11: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Schedule is subject to change - concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit iroquoisamphitheater.org. July 11th's movie is San Andreas, rated PG-13.

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