District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
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Sustainability Story: Public Tree Ordinance


I am proud to be the co-sponsor of a Public Tree Ordinance, which was filed on Monday, December 5.  Councilwoman Cheri Bryant-Hamilton is the other co-sponsor.  Adoption of such an ordinance was the very first of 41 recommendations in the 2015 Louisville Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. It was also recommended by the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, after a lengthy review of ordinances in dozens of other cities, including several in Kentucky. 

We have seen a significant loss in tree canopy in Louisville Metro and this ordinance will help focus attention on the issue, protect the trees we have and reduce the possibility of more losses. It recognizes that trees are important to quality of life and to our health. 

The proposed ordinance covers “public trees”, which includes trees located on Metro Government owned or controlled land or in public right-of-way areas, except for parks and parkways under the jurisdiction of Louisville Metro Parks.  

It consolidates Louisville’s tree efforts into the Metro Division of Community Forestry, to provide oversight and comprehensive coordination for tree and forestation issues.  Among other things, the Division will create a management plan to outline goals and concerns regarding trees, tree canopy and forestation. 

A new Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Committee — appointed by the Mayor and approved by Metro Council — would assist in those efforts. 

The ordinance also establishes policies and standards for public trees, clarifying and replacing the provisions of several existing ordinances.  For example, the ordinance includes a common sense provision that new trees that grow to a height of more than 25 feet not be planted within 15 feet of an overheard utility line.  Currently required tree removal permits would be conditioned on replacement of the public tree, unless a waiver is granted. The ordinance would also create a Community Forestry Escrow Fund, which would establish and maintain a landowner assistance program, intended to help defray the cost of mandated tree removal or replanting on behalf of low income property owners.  The fund would receive all monetary penalties related to trees and could also accept donations from the public. 

Property owners could voluntarily protect historic and specimen trees on private property.  The only other provision which affects trees on private property deals with trees that are a public nuisance or a threat of the spread of disease or infestation to other trees, provisions which are also part of the current law.

The ordinance is just part of the effort to increase Louisville Metro’s tree canopy.  Metro Council has recently made changes in the Land Development Code which protect trees in proposed Conservation Subdivisions.  Other changes in the Land Development Code are under consideration, including as part of the adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan. 

The full ordinance is here. It will be assigned to a Metro Council committee and be considered early next year.  In the meantime, let us know what you think at Bill Hollander.

(Two Courier-Journal articles about the proposed ordinance are here and 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

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

Tax Preparation

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2016 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on Fridays (February 3, 17, March 10, 24, and April 7) between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 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 $62,000 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.

WFPK Winter Wednesday Free Concert – Dec. 14


WFPK Winter Wednesday free concert series next performance is on Wednesday, December 14th at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Guest performance by Muddy Magnolias and LOLO! This free concert series takes place once a month and runs November through February at the Clifton Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 

WFPK and Clifton Center members will receive preferred seating. Come early for the pre-concert reception to save yourself a seat, grab some eats from J. Gumbo’s and have a drink before the show!

WFPK continues its long-time partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation to raise awareness for the Dare to Care Food Bank. Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable item to be collected at the door! More info at WFPK.org.

Help Louisville Measure Compassion

Measure Compassion

Mayor Greg Fischer, representatives of the University of Louisville and local and international compassion organizations have announced a new Compassionate Cities Index and we need your help in taking a brief survey.

The Index, a project from U of L’s Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government, the University of Louisville School of Medicine, the International Center for Compassionate Cities, Compassionate Louisville and the International Charter for Compassion, is a comprehensive study designed to measure compassion at the city level within the context of individual communities.

Fischer and the Metro Council formally committed to the international Charter for Compassion in 2011, and this year, for the fifth year in a row, Louisville was named a Model City for Compassion by the Charter of Compassion.

The Compassionate Cities Index carries this work further by defining and measuring the components that make cities compassionate. University of Louisville Drs. Joe D’Ambrosio and Anna Faul, both with the Institute of Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging, plan a comprehensive study that looks beyond dollars donated and hours volunteered, to measure how people feel and act with compassion within the context of their specific community.

“There is a strong correlation between individual health and the quality of life for a community’s citizens as they grow older. Compassion is a key component of both quality of health and quality of life. This index will provide valuable guideposts for improving wellbeing for all of us at every stage of our lives," said Toni Ganzel, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the UofL School of Medicine.

In order to get a comprehensive picture of compassion across Louisville, 67 survey responses from each of the 37 standard ZIP codes in Jefferson County are needed and that’s where you come in. Help reach the goal and take the brief survey today!

Participants in the study must be over the age of 18 residing in Jefferson County. Participants can complete the survey online at here or contact the Institute at (502) 852-5228 to receive a paper survey to complete.

Study volunteers also are needed to participate in a 30-minute semi-structured interview. If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact Lauren Humpert, study coordinator, at (502)852-5228 or lauren.humpert@louisville.edu.

Holiday Events in D9


It was a big start to the holidays Saturday, with both Frankfort Avenue’s Olde Tyme Christmas in D9 and Light Up St. Matthews in Brown Park, where over 4,000 people were in attendance, just outside the District. Light Up St. Matthews is sponsored by the City of St. Matthews and the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce. 

I had the pleasure of presenting two Frankfort Avenue Business Association awards.  Eric WentworthTalmage Collins and The Hub Louisville were named Frankfort Avenue Business of the Year.  European Splendor was named Best Decorated Business on The Avenue, with the award accepted by Matt Straub.  Mark Gaff, President of the Crescent Hill Community Council, and co-owner of the Crescent Hill Trading Company received the Citizen of the Year award.

Remember to keep shopping local throughout D9 this holiday season! 

Neighborhood Meeting on Payne Street – Dec. 19

You are invited to a neighborhood meeting on Monday, December 19, 2016, at 2338 Payne Street at 6:30 p.m., so the property owner can make you aware that they are currently renting the property at 2338 Payne Street as a short-term rental. If you have any questions, please contact the property owner Thaddeus Elms at 526-6310 or email thadelms@yahoo.com.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

Metro seal

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. 16ZONE1055
You are invited to attend a review of a proposal from a change in zoning from C-1 (Commercial) to C-2 (Commercial) with a general district development plan and waiver.
Subject Property: 124 Saint Matthews Avenue
Case Manager: Brian Mabry (brian.mabry@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Type: Land Development and Transportation Committee
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: Meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until all cases are heard
Location: 514 W. Liberty Street

Battery, Hazardous Materials and Paint Disposal

Battery Disposal

Battery Disposal
Looking to dispose of batteries? Metro Louisville provides two locations:

1)    Metro Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue

  • Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  •  Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2)    Haz Bin Hazardous Materials Disposal 7501 Grade Lane

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hazardous Materials Disposal -- Haz Bin
Household Hazardous Materials drop-off collection, or HAZ BIN, is available to all residents of Louisville/Jefferson County. It provides a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials which are not accepted by household garbage collection or recycling centers. (Waste from businesses is not accepted. See information below for more information on business disposal.)

Location: HAZ BIN, 7501 Grade Lane, Louisville, KY 40219

Wednesdays & Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
**Always check for closure announcements near holidays. If you cannot find information on closures or you are unsure call MetroCall 311.


  • Asbestos floor tiles
  • Automotive fluids  
  • Batteries (auto, household and rechargeables)
  • Cleaners (bathroom, rug, upholstery, all-purpose spot removers)
  • Driveway sealers
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Furniture polishes and waxes
  • Gasoline (including boat gas)
  • Hearing aid/watch batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Lawn/garden chemicals [Hazardous Chemicals]
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats 
  • Metal polishes and rust removers
  • Mildew removers
  • Mineral spirits/turpentine
  • Mothballs
  • Nail polish and removers
  • Oil based paint or lead paint
  • Oven and drain cleaners
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides
  • Propane tanks (1 lb and 20 lb grill tanks)
  • Solvents and degreasers
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Varnishes and stains
  • Wood preservatives


  • Items from businesses
  • Containers larger than 5 gallons or 40 pounds
  • Radioactive materials, including smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Freon®
  • Latex paint

While oil based paint or lead paint must be taken to HAZ BIN for disposal, water-based or latex paint is not a hazardous waste, and is not accepted at HAZ BIN. However, it cannot be included with household garbage in liquid form.

If there is only a small quantity of paint in the can, remove the lid and let stand in a well-ventilated area away from children or pets until dry. For larger quantities of paint, or to speed up the drying process, stir in an absorbent such as sand, kitty litter, sawdust, vermiculite, or shredded paper.

Containers with dried latex paint (without lids) can be placed in tightly sealed plastic bags and placed in garbage containers for pickup.

West Louisville Wal-Mart Petition

West Louisville Walmart petition

Please join Metro Councilmembers, all of West Louisville and our City as a whole by signing your name to the West Louisville Wal-Mart Petition. The petition asks Wal-Mart to reconsider its decision to cancel the planned supercenter development at 18th & Broadway. The petition was started by Reverend Kirk M. Bush of Harrods Creek Baptist Church.

Please sign the petition here.

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, December 8: St. 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 library at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 8: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the library at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 8: Crescent Hill Community Council to host a Holiday Open House from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, December 8: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie showing of Gremlins at 6:00 p.m. Never expose him to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight. Ring in the holidays with this comedy horror classic from the '80s. Rated PG Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Friday, December 9: 9th District Mammogram Screenings in partnership with U of L and Brown Cancer Center at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  Must have an appointment through the 9th District office.  Please call 574-3908 to make an appointment today!

Saturday, December 10: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Plan to discuss, The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell. Books available at branch circulation desk. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, December 14: WFPK Winter Wednesday at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Enjoy music from Muddy Magnolias and LOLO! This is a free concert series that takes place once a month and runs through February. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Come early for the pre-concert reception to save yourself a seat, grab some eats from J. Gumbo’s and have a drink before the show! WFPK continues its long-time partnership with Yum! Brands Foundation to raise awareness for Dare to Care Food Bank. Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable item to be collected at the door! More info at WFPK.org.

Friday, December 16: The Kentuckiana Regional Blinded Veteran's Group monthly meeting from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue. All blinded veterans are invited to attend the meetings. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Questions, please call 625-5282 or email secretary@krbva.org.

Tuesday, December 20: Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place, East Government Center Building, 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 200, at 10:30 a.m. Site tours and light refreshments will be served immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Tuesday, December 20: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on E.T. the Extra Terrestrial at 2:30 p.m.  Questions, please contact the library at 574-1771.

Wednesday, December 21: Senior Care Experts to present, Westport Road Area Seniors at Westport Road Church or Christ, 4500 Westport Road. This monthly senior gathering includes lunch, friends and entertainment from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program cost is $5.00 per month. For more information or to register, please call 896-2316.

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