District 9 eNews - Thursday, November 3, 2016

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The election is days away and you can vote in either of two ways.  Voters who will be outside Jefferson County on Election Day are among those who can vote by in-person absentee.  More information about voting absentee 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 today and tomorrow, November 3 and 4, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm., and on Monday, November 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Election Day voting is from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8. If you want to check your polling place or see a sample ballot, you can do that here: http://ags2.lojic.org/WhereDoIVote/. Exercise your right to vote this fall! 

Seneca Walking Path Improvements

Seneca walking path

Many Seneca Park walking path users have contacted me about uneven surfaces and potential  tripping hazards on the path.  We're happy to report that some of them have been eliminated in recent work. About one-third  of the path has been repaved in the last few months.   The work has taken place in two phases, both on the western end of the path.  Additional sections will be repaved as funds become available. 

Seneca tennis courts

The improvements to the heavily used 1.2 Mile walking path are the second major effort at Seneca Park this year.  The ten tennis courts there were renovated earlier this year.   Our parks have suffered from years of deferred maintenance.  The budget Metro Council passed this year substantially increased funds for work in our parks.  There is much more to do but we are glad to see these improvements to Seneca Park. 

Chenoweth Lane Study Released


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued a final report on its corridor study for Chenoweth Lane, from Shelbyville Road to Brownsboro Road. The report recommends sidewalk improvements throughout the area, which I support. Drainage improvements would also be made.

From the railroad tracks to Massie Avenue, curbs and gutters are proposed, with the northern section, from Massie to Brownsboro Road, retaining a more rural character. Three-lane widening, which was opposed by me, a citizens group, STOP The Widening of Chenoweth Lane, and the vast majority of others submitting comments, is NOT recommended and neither is the addition of left-turn lanes at any intersection. Bicycle lanes are also not recommended. The study is at this link: http://transportation.ky.gov/Planni…/…/Project-Details.aspx…

Thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for taking- and listening to- much public input in this process. The next step is Phase I Design work.

Water Company DRC Review Suggests Changes


Louisville Water Company’s (LWC) proposal for a stand-by electric generator and access road at its Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant on Frankfort Avenue went before the Planning Commission’s  Development Review Committee on Wednesday, November 2.  The committee concluded that LWC’s plan was in substantial compliance with the community’s Comprehensive Plan but suggested changes be made so as to minimize the project’s impact on pedestrians along Frankfort Avenue.  Among the suggested changes was reducing the width of the new access road across from Hillcrest Avenue and working to minimize any disruption to pedestrians while construction of the access road occurs.  A motion with the approval and those suggested changes passed unanimously. I spoke about the road and the pedestrian issues at the meeting.   

At a prior public meeting, Louisville Water announced that it had modified the design of the proposed building, adding stonework and other features to make it resemble a building on the property which dates to 1926.  In addition, the proposed building will now have a more environmentally-friendly white roof and a proposed fence has been pushed back from Frankfort Avenue to allow more accessible green space along the sidewalk.  Those changes were suggested by neighbors at an earlier public meeting and in follow-up communications.  In addition, an exit-only drive across from Hillcrest Avenue is now proposed to be constructed of historic concrete mix, rather than asphalt.  The changes are projected to add nearly $800,000 to the cost of the project. 

LWC hopes to begin construction of the project in 2017. 

Sustainability Story: Recycle that Pumpkin!


The Fall holiday season means many pumpkins must be disposed of in Louisville once their days as decoration are over. This year Metro Public Works (MPW) has a special request for residents: Don’t trash that pumpkin!

MPW’s Solid Waste Division wants citizens to put their real pumpkins out with their regular yard waste for collection instead of putting them in the garbage. That will allow crews to recycle the pumpkins, along with yard waste, into mulch to be reused in landscaping and gardening. It will help make Louisville look good and prevent the gourds from taking up landfill space.

Pumpkins must be free of decoration other than coloring. This program applies to residents of the Urban Services District (old City of Louisville boundaries). Customers of other Jefferson County municipalities and of private haulers should check with them regarding pumpkin disposal.

Yard waste is collected on the same day as recycling. To find the recycling date for a particular address, type the address into the MyLouisville tool at the bottom of the Louisvilleky.gov website or click here.

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

10th Annual Derby City Cup - November 5-6

Derby City Cup

The sports spotlight will shine on D9’s Eva Bandman Park for international cycling this weekend, as the Derby City Cup returns for a 10th year. Both days of cyclo-cross events for elite athletes will include Category 1 and Category 2 races sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body for the sport of cycling. Derby City Cup is one of eight events in the country that offers C1 races for women and men on the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), the highest level of professional cyclo-cross racing in the United States.

Managed by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) and Cadence Sports, the Derby City Cup expects to attract more than 1,200 cyclists to compete in 60 categorized cyclo-cross races. Both days will feature the Mudfund UCI Elite Junior races for men, ages 17-18. Derby City Cup is one of four events in the country that offers UCI-sanctioned races for 17-18 year olds for both days of racing.

In 2009, Louisville Metro government made a significant investment in the 60-acre Eva Bandman Park to create a world class cyclo-cross course that includes a permanent fly-over and many sport-specific features. Designed by one of the top course designers in the business, Eva Bandman Park offers scenic views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. It hosted the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, and the 2012 and 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships. Its signature limestone stairs run-up area is located adjacent to the food truck area. Spectators will also enjoy commentary by race announcers and all-day music. Admission is free for spectators. Parking inside the park is $5 per car. There is no parking along River Road or along the entrance to the park.

For a detailed schedule of events, click here

FREE Leaf Drop-off Sites to Open November 8

leaf sites

Louisville Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection will have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites beginning November 8 through December 3. Drop-off will not be available on November 24 and 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane), Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works East District Operations Center, 595 Hubbards Lane, Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Book Launch Celebration for “We Can Hear You Just Fine” – November 10

We Can Hear You Just FIne

Join in celebrating the publication of "We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind" and get your book signed by the authors on Thursday, November 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will enjoy readings by the authors, remarks by Congressman John Yarmuth, Gary Mudd of the American Printing House for the Blind, and Louisville Story Program staff.

During the 2015-16 school year, the Louisville Story Program worked closely with seven students from the Kentucky School for the Blind in daily afterschool writing workshops to help them write about their lives and experiences. The students also developed oral histories based on interviews they conducted with others in their lives. Their hard work culminated in "We Can Hear You Just Fine: Clarifications from the Kentucky School for the Blind," the nation’s first professionally published nonfiction anthology written by blind and visually impaired teenagers. The essays in We Can Hear You Just Fine offer vivid, incisive and illuminating portraits of their lives. They cover a range of topics: the travails and triumphs of visual impairment, the difficulties of marginalization, the decision to leave home to attend the Kentucky School for the Blind, learning to live with schizoaffective disorder, the rapid life changes attending pregnancy and childbirth, pastoral recollections of rural communities, an autodidact’s path to producing his own internet radio show, and the relief of finding community and achieving independence. Their book highlights the particularities of their lives, but also serves as a poignant reminder that the desire for acceptance and dignity, and the drive to succeed and make meaning in the world, is common to all of us.

District 9 is happy to make this event possible at the Clifton Center. Please join us!

“Meet with Bill” – Tuesday, November 15

Metro seal

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, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, we’ll be at the Kentucky School for the Blind, 1867 Frankfort Avenue. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for the 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. 16VARIANCE1075
You are invited to attend a review of a VARIANCE for the size, placement and number of signs.
Subject Property: 1373 Lexington Road (Axis Apartments)
Case Manager: Beth Jones (beth.jones@louisvilleky.gov)
Date & Time: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street

Case No. 16VARIANCE1078
You are invited to attend a Board of Zoning Adjustment review for a variance from the Development Code (St. Matthews) Article 4 section 4.6.C.2.c to allow a proposed attached carport to encroach into the Street Side Yard setback by approximately 25 feet.
Subject Property: 500 Oxford Place (residential)
Case Manager: Ross Allen (ross.allen@louisvilleky.gov
Date & Time: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street 

Case No. 16ZONE1062
You are invited to attend the public meeting and public hearing to review the proposed change in zoning from W-3, Waterfront District, to C-M, Commercial Manufacturing, with waivers and a revised detailed district development plan.
Subject Property: 2700 Buddeke Drive
Case Manager: Laura Mattingly (laura.mattingly@louisvilleky.gov)
Date & Time: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM until all cases are heard
Location: Old Jail Building, 514 W Liberty Street 

MSD Public Meeting on I-64 and Grinstead CSO Basin – November 15


MSD will host an Advanced Design Meeting concerning the I-64 & Grinstead CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) Basin on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Building, 2115 Lexington Road. At this meeting, MSD will provide information about the advanced design phase of the project and offer you an opportunity to provide input concerning the project. 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 – available a few days after the meeting – online at http://tinyurl.com/MSDI-64Grinstead3

Beargrass Creek Trail Meeting Documents Available

Beargrass Creek

Thanks to all who attended the public meeting at the Clifton Center on October 17 to discuss the Beargrass Creek Trail Conceptual Shared Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan. Please see links to the project documents here. To share your comments on this plan with Metro Parks and Recreation staff, please click here

The third and final public meeting will likely be held within the next few months. Metro Parks will be sure to update everyone as to when the meeting will take place. 

Volunteers Needed for the 2016 Tax Season

tax prep

For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a mobile tax preparation site at United Crescent Hill Ministries, offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! This year we’d like to offer additional tax preparation dates and hope you’ll consider joining our team! If you are interested in volunteering for the 2016 tax season (February-April 2017) please contact Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109. The first volunteer training will be offered in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 9


On Friday, December 9, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District office, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed. 

Trash Containers Regulations


This is intended to clarify the rules on when garbage is allowed to be set out for collection, and when the emptied carts must be removed from the curb. These rules apply to collection in the Urban Services District (old City of Louisville boundaries).

Collection Schedule

  • Residential garbage is collected once per week on a Monday-Friday schedule.
  • If you don't know your garbage day, click here to enter your address in the MyLouisville tool to find out. 
  • Garbage must be set at the curb or the alley no later than 6 AM on collection day, but no earlier than 4 PM the day before collection day.
  • All containers must be removed from the street or alley no later than 4 PM the day after collection.
  • Failure to observe these rules will result in a fine of at least $50.
  • There is no garbage collection on Metro Government holidays.
  • When a holiday falls on a weekday, all collections for that day (garbage, yard waste, and recyclables) will occur the following day. All collections for the remainder of the week are delayed for one day.

Click here for the full list of garbage guidelines

New Automated Appointment System for LIHEAP


A new automated telephone and online appointment system that will help clients schedule appointments to apply for home energy assistance was recently launched. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federally funded, income-based program that provides financial help to low-income households in meeting the costs of heating their home. LIHEAP assistance is a one-time benefit, paid to the heating vendor. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component operates through Dec. 9, 2016, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first. 

Residents are required to get an appointment to apply, and in the past, they had to stand in line for that part of the process and then return for the appointment itself. But this year, Community Services is launching a new automated service for LIHEAP appointment scheduling. Citizens will be able to make appointments by calling (502) 991-8391 or by going to http://www.louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Citizens seeking an appointment will be able to get needed information and to schedule an appointment. The system, which will operate 24-hours per day, seven days a week, provides a confirmation number indicating that an appointment was successfully scheduled.

Also new this year: Four Neighborhood Place sites will be open for LIHEAP application appointments, in addition to the Newburg Community Center/East (4810 Exeter Ave.) and the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Highway).

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W Market St.
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy.

Appointments will no longer be made at the Urban Government Center at 810 Barret Avenue, which is closing.

For the Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP, residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills. Applicants must be Louisville Metro/Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. They must also provide the following documentation at the time of their appointment.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, etc. or proof of $0 income. Note: Zero Income forms are available at the Community Services office at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.)
  • Proof of Social Security number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Most current heating bill; or statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent; or statement from your utility company if you participate in a pre-pay electric program. Please bring the account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric.

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 502-485-7230 ext. 2239.

Callers who require more information can contact MetroCall 311 by simply dialing 311 or 574-5000, email metro.call@louisvilleky.gov, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocall, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website.  Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

810 Neighborhood Place Relocates

A new Neighborhood Place will open next week in the East Government Center in Middletown, replacing the location in the soon-to-close Urban Government Center.

The relocation will allow Neighborhood Place to expand its footprint to a part of the city underserved by this agency. About 18,000 families in the zip codes served at the new location qualify for the school free or reduced lunch program.

The new location at 200 Juneau Drive will be named for Jane Charmoli, one of Neighborhood Place’s founding champions.

The Charmoli Center will house staff from multiple agencies — Louisville Metro Community Services, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Seven Counties Services, Inc. —in one accessible locationCore services provided include: 

  • Financial and housing assistance with case management services
  • Juvenile and school-related services
  • Child abuse intervention and prevention
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • Medicaid Assistance
  • Substance abuse assessment
  • A Dare to Care emergency food pantry
  • Self-sufficiency programs

All agency email addresses and phone numbers, including the main front desk line of 574-6638, will remain the same. The Charmoli Center will have ample, free parking at the new facility which is also accessible by a couple TARC bus routes.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

A total of eight Neighborhood Places, along with two satellite sites, serve residents across Jefferson County.  The decision to relocate 810 Barret Neighborhood Place was prompted by the closure of the Urban Government Center. The 810 Barret location was previously the most eastern Neighborhood Place.

Residents are free to seek services from any of the eight Neighborhood Places.

To find a Neighborhood Place in their area, residents may call 311 or 574-5000, or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/neighborhood-place.

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, November 3: Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, to host an opening reception from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on "Our Living Past: A Platinum Portrait of Music Maker The photography of Tim Duffy." This event is free and will run at the Clifton Center until December 10. For more information visit www.cliftoncenter.org or call 644-2784.

Thursday, November 3: Crescent Hill Community Council Neighborhood meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, November 3: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host #FerranteFever Night at 7:00 p.m. It's a bookstore soirée. It's a celebration of Elena Ferrante and her work. Help pay tribute to Ferrante and her newest book with snacks, buttons, and maybe even a lively debate about whether or not you like the covers of her Neapolitan series.

Friday, November 4: Brightside is planting trees in Butchertown from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brightside’s goal is to plant 30 trees along East Washington Street and Buchanan Street. Volunteers are needed to help with this planting! Registered volunteers will receive a free hand-held pie and Butchertown soda for lunch, compliments of Butchertown Pie Co. For more information and to register, please call 574-2613 or visit brightsideinc.org.

Friday, November 4: Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The annual walk is a perfect way to get in the spirit of the season. Stroll the Square, enjoy refreshments and listen to Scared Heart Academy Madrigal singing carols on the sidewalks. Select shops will be offering specials during the Holiday Walk.

Saturday, November 5: Public Meeting for the Comprehensive Plan Work Groups from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 970 South 4th Street. Information about the Comprehensive Plan and the work groups can be found online: www.louisvilleky.gov/comprehensive-plan.

Saturday, November 5Bingham 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, November 5 - Sunday, November 6: 10th Annual Derby City Cup (DCC) Cyclocross event at Eva Bandman Park. Riders can register at www.thederbycitycup.com.

Monday, November 7: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners at 2:30 p.m. Learn the basics of iPad usage including adding/removing apps, taking pictures, using facetime and basic care taking tips. Call to register. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Monday, November 7: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a free movie screening of Big Hero 6 at 3:00 p.m. Rated PG. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Tuesday, November 8: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host getting back to biking at 2:30 p.m. Join Louisville Bicycle Tours for this one-hour workshop where they will discuss what it takes to ride a bike well into your golden years. They will examine how to choose the proper bike for your needs, how to plan a safe route, using proper equipment, health concerns, and attendees can chat with a few guest speakers who consider cycling a lifelong endeavor. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, November 8: Clifton Community Council Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9: 2016 Energy Conservation Conversation Trade Show from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Science Center, 727 W Main Street. Cost is $11.50 in advance or $17 at the door. Lunch and free drink ticket are included. For more information, please visit: http://www.louisvilleenergyalliance.org/2016-energy-conservation-conversation.html

Wednesday, November 9St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners part 2 at 2:30 p.m. There are thousands of apps available to iPad users. Come learn how to use a few of the most important apps everyone has. Call to register. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

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