District 9 eNews - Thursday, October 6, 2016

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LMPD on Crime & Safety Walk TONIGHT – October 6


LMPD’s 5th Division has organized a crime and safety walk for tonight, Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., beginning at Frankfort Avenue and Franck Avenue. Please plan to attend to get to know the officers who serve the community and help keep neighborhoods safe! They will reinforce the best message to prevent crime in our neighborhoods – always lock your vehicles, never leave a running vehicle unattended and never leave valuables in sight.

National Coffee with a Cop Day – October 7

Join the 5th Division Police for the next Coffee with a Cop and conversation on Friday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at VINT Coffee, 2309 Frankfort Avenue. There is no agenda or speeches just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the men and women who protect and serve you every day.

Halloween Carnival & Trunk or Treat – October 8

The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, will host a Halloween Carnival and Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 8, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Enjoy carnival games, trunk or treat, concessions, inflatables and more! Free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions, please contact 897-9949 or visit www.bestparksever.com

Trunk or Treat

Clifton Chili Cook-off – October 9

Clifton Chili

Clifton’s Chili Cook-off is this Sunday, October 9.  More than 40 contestants are expected.   It’s at Frankfort Avenue and Pope Street from 1:00 pm to 7:00pm.  There is no admission but $10 donations to Susan G. Komen Kentucky are encouraged.  The event features a variety of craft beers in addition to great chili. 

More information is here:  http://louisvillesgreatchilicookoff.com/   and a feature on WHAS’s Great Day Live on the event is here:   http://www.whas11.com/entertainment/television/great-day-live/clifton-chili-cookoff/328859719.

The Clifton Chili Cook-off is sponsored by the Clifton Community Council. 

Register and Vote!

Register to Vote

The deadline for registering to vote in Kentucky is rapidly approaching - and absentee voting is already underway.

October 11 is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 election. Kentuckians can now register to vote, and check and update their registrations online at this website: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky.  

Voters who will be outside Jefferson County on Election Day are among those who can vote absentee.  More information about voting absentee, both by mail and in-house, is here: http://www.elections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org/absentee_voting.shtml.

If you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, you can do that now at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Election Center, which has moved to 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 301.  In-house absentee voting is available for qualified individuals on Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, on Saturdays October 22 and 29 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

Exercise your right to register and vote this fall!  

Sustainability Story: Tour Solar this Saturday

Solar Tour

Louisville’s biggest solar energy event of the year is this weekend - and District 9 properties will be well represented.  The 2016 Louisville Solar Tour is Saturday, October 8.  It begins with an overview of solar basics, energy efficiency and the benefits of net metering from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Bellarmine University’s Pasteur Hall. 

Next is a self-guided vehicle or bicycle tour (click here for bicycle tour Eventbrite tickets or here for Facebook event page).  Nine D9 solar homes and properties – on North Bellaire Avenue, South Hite Avenue, Kennedy Avenue, Blackburn Avenue, St. Matthews Avenue, Cherrywood Road, Exchange Avenue, Wicksbury Place and Cannons Lane, will be featured on the tour.  You can download a free Solar Tour Map and 2016 Louisville Solar Tour Guidebook and create your own route of sites to visit from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Some sites will have a homeowner or installer present for you to ask questions.  From 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, you can also hear from homeowners, businesses and solar installers about the costs, processes and economic and environmental benefits of solar at a “meet-the-installers” event at D9’s Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, which is itself solar-powered.  The day ends with a Solar Kentucky Benefit Concert, beginning at 8:00 pm at Haymarket Whiskey Bar, 331 East Market Street. 

If you are curious about solar, this Saturday is your day to learn how Louisville families and businesses are harnessing free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool their homes, heat water, charge their electric cars, and slash monthly utility bills.

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

Crescent Hill Tennis Court Renovations Underway

tennis courts - Seneca

The Crescent Hill tennis courts on Reservoir Avenue are temporarily closed while renovations are underway. 

The renovation is similar to work on the ten tennis courts at Seneca Park, pictured here after the work was completed earlier this year.  It involves cleaning and filling cracks, applying a crack repair product and finishing with a new acrylic color material.  

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The Crescent Hill work is expected to take 4-6 weeks and all six courts will be closed during the process.  Look for more information on the progress of the project in future editions of the eNews. 

MSD Basin Changes


Plans for three MSD Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Basins, including one in District 9, have been shelved, in favor of a project to combine the volume of the three individual basins into a single deep rock tunnel solution.  MSD’s Board approved moving forward with tunnel design work at a meeting last week. 

Among the proposed basins which have now been shelved is one at 1371 Lexington Road, known as the Lexington & Payne CSO Basin.  MSD has held numerous meetings about that basin and had discussed purchasing property from River Metals for the basin.  With the abandonment of the basin, it will not be acquiring the property or performing any construction activity on it.  Other basins shelved as part of the new plan are the Rowan CSO Basin at 13th & Rowan Streets, and the Story & Main CSO Basin at Franklin & Buchanan Streets.   Basins in D9 near the former Jim Porter site on Lexington Road and on Drescher Bridge Avenue are still being developed.  

More information about the new plan and the Ohio River Tunnel Project is in this WLKY story: http://www.wlky.com/article/msd-expanding-underground-sewage-tunnel-plan/4370522MSD is hosting information meetings October 11th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the American Printing House for the Blind at 1839 on Frankfort Avenue and on October 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana at 2115 Lexington Road. 

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

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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 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. 16VARIANCE1066
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review for a variance from the Development Code (April 2001) City of St. Matthews Section 6 Article 6.3.C.3 to allow a height variance of 16’ for the main structure parapet wall and a variance for the height of the hip roof of the clock tower to exceed the maximum 35’ height allowed for commercially (C-1) zoned property.
Subject Property: 3901 & 3919 Shelbyville Road
Case Manager: Ross Allen (ross.allen@louisvilleky.gov)
Date & Time: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street

Neighborhood Meeting Notice

Burdorf Properties, LLC, a Kentucky limited liability company plans to submit a Change in Zoning/Form District application for tax block 0019, lot 0259, with the site address of 124 Saint Matthews Avenue, to change portions of the property currently designated as C-1 to be rezoned to C-2 so that the entire parcel owned by Burdorf is brought into conformity in order to satisfy the request made by the City of St. Matthews. This is a meeting prior to the formal application with Planning & Design. This is an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed rezoning and discuss the change with the owner or its representatives. Meeting will be held on Monday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Burdorf Center, 3939 Shelbyville Road. 

Friends of the Library Membership Drive – Oct. 15 - 21

Friends of Library

Join the Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library – they are looking for a few good friends! Friends Membership Week kicks off with a book drive at the Main Library, 301 York Street, on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. Drop off your new and gently used books, CDs, and DVDs at the York Street entrance. PLUS, join or renew your membership for $15 during Membership Week and be entered for a chance to win a signed poster and copy of “The Book” by internationally renowned Louisville artist Julius Friedman. Visit www.friendsofthelfpl.org or call 574-1648.

D9 Fall Community Cleanup – October 22


Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 22nd for a cleanup of Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story Avenues in the Butchertown Neighborhood. Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Frankfort and Mellwood for coffee and breakfast sandwiches, and the cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m. We’ll supply bags, gloves, and t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ll work to remove overgrowth, mulch, and pick up litter along Frankfort Avenue. Please contact the office if you have any questions at 574-1109 or email kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov. Let’s have a big crowd making D9 a little cleaner!

If you would like to organize your own cleanup team, you can register through Brightside online

Junk Pick-up in District 9 & Metal Incentives

It’s time to clean house and get ready for another junk collection if you live in the 9th District Urban Services District (USD). You may begin setting out your junk Friday, October 21 in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, October 23 at 6:00 a.m. Some items (hazardous materials, construction debris, etc.) are not collected. For collection guidelines, please visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. Sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here! To see if you are in the collection area, go to http://mapit.louisvilleky.gov/, enter your address and check under “sanitation services.” 

RMR coupon

From Monday, October 24 through Saturday, October 29, 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 October 24-29. 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.

Community Garden Looking for Space

Zoom Garden

The Zoom Community Garden located on the Sacred Heart/Ursuline Campus at 126 Sacred Heart Lane is losing its space at the end of this year and is looking for a new location. The garden has been managed by the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension. It’s one of eleven managed by the agency around the county and has been fully rented, with a multi-year waiting list.  More about community gardens is here: https://jefferson.ca.uky.edu/content/community-gardens.

If you know of a suitable location for the garden, which would be public or private land, including church property, with access to water, at no charge, contact Bethany Pratt at the extension office.  Her email is Bethany.pratt@uky.edu and telephone number is (502) 569-2344.  

Comments on Expanding the Smoke Free Ordinance

smoke free

Over 500 communities across the country have passed laws that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, “vaping” or the use of hookahs in indoor public places. Metro Health and Wellness has proposed expanding the current smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes and hookahs. The public is encouraged to share comments online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DB832NT or via mail: Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, Attn: Expanding the Smoking Ordinance, 400 E Gray Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Deadline is 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2016.

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, October 6: Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation's 18th Annual Golf Scramble at 1:00 p.m. at Fuzzy Zoeller's Covered Bridge Golf Club, 12510 Covered Bridge Road. Help fulfill KSBCF's mission to make a difference in the education, independence, and quality of life for blind and visually impaired students in Kentucky. Register online at www.ksbcf.org.

Thursday, October 6: QSR Automations to host neighborhood meeting regarding rezoning of property at 2700 Buddeke Drive from W-3 Waterfront District to C-M Commercial Manufacturing District for construction of its headquarters and production facility. Meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Spring Street Firehouse, 300 N. Spring Street. Any comments and questions may be sent to Mr. Clifford Ashburner, 540-2382 or clifford.ashburner@dinsmore.com.

Thursday, October 6: Beargrass Creek Alliance Trash Mob from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Plan to meet at Louis' the Ton in Butchertown. 

Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9: Fly on the Ford and experience the golden age of aviation at Bowman Field Airport. Thursday from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To learn more information or reserve your seat today call 877-952-5395 or visit flytheford.org.

Saturday, October 8: Brightside & Waste Management Compost Sale from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at Waste Management of KY, 2673 Outer Loop. This is a premium product and does wonders for your flower and vegetable gardens! Compost is $2.50 per bag, or $40 per 1 cubic meter scoop. More information and a coupon are available online: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/brightside/brightside-waste-management-kentuckys-premium-compost-sale 

Saturday, October 8: The Green Committee of the Crescent Hill Community Council is partnering with the Crescent Hill Garden Club to help control erosion at the sidewalks of the Peterson-Dumesnil House on S. Peterson Ave and S. Galt Ave. Volunteers will be planting sustainable grasses on the banks to help control the soil during heavy rains. There will be tasks for all levels of gardeners, so no “green thumb” required. All are welcome! Plan to meet at the Peterson-Dumesnil House at 301 S. Peterson at 9:00 am.

Saturday, October 82016 Louisville Solar Tour from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See the future of clean solar energy at work in your neighborhood. Self-guided car tours and free bike tours. For more information, please visit: www.kyses.org

Saturday, October 8: Halloween Carnival and Trunk or Treat at the Mary T. Meagher Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Enjoy carnival games, trunk or treat, concessions, inflatables and more! FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions, please call 897-9949.

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9FleaTiques 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.

Sunday, October 9: Clifton Community Council to host Great Chili Cook-off from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Frankfort & Pope Street. The tastings will begin at 1:00 p.m. To become a competitor, contact Brad at brad@rededgelive.com.

Monday, October 10Join Whitehall and Trees Louisville from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for a gentle vinyasa (yoga) class held in the beautiful gardens of Whitehall at 3110 Lexington Road. There is no cost, but donations are welcome.  Whitehall will supply bottled water, but yogis should bring their own mat.  In case of rain, class will be held under a tent or inside the mansion.  For more information, please contact Whitehall at (502) 897-2944 or whitehall@historichomes.org.  

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