District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Rally to Move Forward

Rally to Move Forward

Many D9 residents have joined forces with others throughout the community to organize a rally at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 21, at Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson Street, in downtown Louisville.  Called The Rally to Move Forward, the event aims to bring diverse individuals together to promote peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights, human dignity and respect for the environment. 

Speakers include Muhammad Babar, President of Muslim Americans for Compassion; Karina Barillas, Executive Director La Casita Center; Sadiqa Reynolds, first female president of the Louisville Urban League and first African-American woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court; D9 resident Carla Wallace, Founder of The Fairness Campaign and founding member of the national network Showing Up for Racial Justice and Barbara Sexton Smith, District 4 Councilwoman..

Musical acts include Ben Sollee, Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer, and Voices of Kentuckiana, a community chorus that celebrates diversity.

For updates, visit the event's Facebook page titled "The Rally to Move Forward."

Sustainability Story: Recycling in

Seneca Park


Lauryn Grady, a junior at Assumption High School, and Seneca Park neighbor, will place five recycling receptacles around the loop at Seneca Park and three receptacles at Cherokee Golf Clubhouse.

The plan, solely proposed by Grady, came about because her cross-country practice takes her to Seneca Park each day. During her practice, she noticed the large amount of recyclables in trash containers, and wanted to do something about it, so she reached out to Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Metro Parks & Recreation currently does not have the resources to manage recycling in the parks, so as part of the project, Grady will collect the contents of the recycling containers and take items to the recycling center.

Way to go, Lauryn!   We’ll be gathering at Seneca’s playground and restroom building this afternoon, Thursday, January 19, at 3:30 pm to recognize and thank Lauryn.  Stop by if you can. 

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.

LGBTQ Rights Discussion

Pride flag

For the last two years, Louisville has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's equality index, a scorecard which measures laws and services that promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.  In 2016, the Human Rights Campaign recognized Louisville as one of 37 cities that are fueling equality despite being in a state that lacks non-discrimination protections. Maintaining and enhancing our commitment to equality is important to Louisville’s future and is the right thing to do.

Crescent Hill Baptist Church in D9, at 2800 Frankfort Avenue,  is hosting a panel discussion on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. to explore how best to protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals in Kentucky and guard against recent threats to those rights.

Panelists will discuss current and emerging challenges to LGBTQ individual's rights at both the state and federal level and the impact on the greater community. The panelists will also share suggestions and strategies for preserving and advancing LGBTQ rights effectively. Panelists include:

  • Michael Aldridge, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
  • Reverend Bojangles Blanchard, Itinerant Baptist Minister
  • Catherine Chapman, Executive Director, Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
  • Shannon Evans, Brown-Forman Pride Co-Leader & Chair, Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition
  • Chris Hartman, Executive Director, Fairness Campaign
  • Reverend Jason Crosby, Co-Pastor, Crescent Hill Baptist Church (Moderator)

The discussion is free and open to the public.  If you would like more information, please contact Catherine Chapman at 386-5782 or email at katie@awab.org.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax appointments

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.

Coffee with a Cop – January 24


Join LMPD’s 5th Division on Tuesday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon for “Coffee with a Cop” at the Clifton McDonald’s, 2314 Brownsboro Road. Meet the officers that serve the 9th District, and talk with them about your suggestions and concerns in the community.

Please Report Potholes

Reporting Potholes

Metro Public Works (MPW) Roads and Operations Division works year round patching potholes whenever they are reported. MPW encourages anyone who spots a pothole in Louisville to report it to MetroCall as quickly as possible. There are several ways to do it:

Whichever method you choose, make sure to be as specific with location information as you can. Don't assume someone else has reported it.

External Agency Fund Now Accepting Applications

Metro seal

Louisville Metro Government is now accepting External Agency Fund applications for FY18 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018). These General Fund grants are awarded to non-governmental, or "external” agencies, that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality. 

All agencies wishing to submit an application are required to have at least one representative participate in a mandatory application orientation.  The mandatory orientation is available on the External Agency Fund (EAF) website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.  The orientation will provide information about the deadlines, how to access the application and general information about the application.

The grants are available for Social Services programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services (LMCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development. The External Agency Funds are awarded annually to non-profit organizations offering programs or services in Louisville/Jefferson County that align with the Mayor's and departments' strategic goals.

Applications will be reviewed by two External Agency Fund panels, which include Metro Council members and community members, and those recommendations will be included in Mayor Fischer’s Recommended FY18 Metro budget.

For the Social Services funding program, qualified non-profits committed to providing services that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following key areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Decreasing homelessness
  • Increasing household financial stability
  • Increasing youth, teen, and/or young adult engagement in quality programming; or
  • Increasing access to services and resources for a targeted population.

For the Arts and Creative Industries funding program, non-profits committed to providing arts and cultural attractions and opportunities to the Louisville community are encouraged to apply. Eligible arts and creative industries organizations should demonstrate how a program supports the following primary focus areas of Mayor Fischer's Strategic Plan:

  • Economic development initiatives related to arts and creative industries
  • Creative place making and arts-based programs in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment
  • Opportunities for citizens to access and engage with visual, performing and other arts experiences 

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, and to access the application orientation, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.  Please submit all questions to EAF@louisvilleky.gov.  

ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Attached please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package, NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, and Sampling License(s) being applied for, located at 1403 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 

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.

Concrete Plant Informational Meeting – January 26

Plan to attend a neighborhood meeting for a proposed change in zoning from W-2 to M-3 to allow an enclosed central mixing concrete plant on approximately 14.72 acres on property located west of the Louisville Water Tower, north side of River Road, at 2800 Buddeke Drive. This is a pre-application meeting held by the developer to show the plan and explain it to neighbors. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Downtown North, 1041 Zorn Avenue.

If you cannot attend the meeting but have questions or concerns, please call Bill Bardenwerper at 426-6688, or the land planning and engineering firm representative, Kevin Young at 426-9374.

Alley and Sidewalk Maintenance Requirements Reminders

snow removal

Metro Public Works (MPW) would like to remind residents of alley and sidewalk maintenance requirements.

Residents/property owners in Louisville are required by ordinance to maintain the alleys adjacent to their properties and keep the sidewalks clear. That includes clearing overgrowth and shoveling snow as outlined below.

The Property Maintenance Code contained in the Louisville Code of Ordinances states in part, "in the case of a single family structure, the owner shall keep the premises free of all weeds and prohibited plant growth...to the center line of such street, easement or alley as are adjacent to or abut the premises."

"Every owner of a dwelling containing two or more dwelling units shall maintain, in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, and free of all weeds and prohibited plant growth...the shared or public areas of the dwelling and premises thereof to the center line of such street, easement or alley as are adjacent to or abut the premises."


Chapter 97 on Streets and Sidewalks says in part, "It shall be the duty of all persons and corporations owning or occupying property abutting a public street in Louisville Metro to remove within 24 hours thereafter such snow as may fall on the sidewalks in front of their property.  Where the property is unimproved or unoccupied this duty shall devolve on the owner or the agent for the property.  Where property is occupied by others than owners thereof, this duty shall devolve on the owner or the tenants and either may be proceeded against for the violation.

   (B)   Snow when removed from the sidewalk shall be placed either on private property or in the public driveway at a distance not less than 12 inches from the curbing of the sidewalk. However, in no event shall the snow be so placed as to obstruct the free passage of water in the gutter or in the direction of any sewer or catch basin.

Register Your Rental Property by March 1, 2017

rental property registration

Effective March 1, 2017, all property located in Louisville Metro and occupied or offered for occupancy in exchange for money or any other consideration must be registered with Louisville Metro Government. Failure to register is subject to a fine up to $100 per day per housing unit.

Registration must include the rental unit street address along with current contact information of the owner and managing operator.

New owners must register within thirty days of any ownership transfer. Any change in contact information must be updated on the registry within thirty days of said change.

Registration requires an account with Develop Louisville. Visit, https://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/codes-regulations, to establish an account and access the registry, or to get detailed information and instructions on registry requirements.

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, January 19: Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) to host the 2nd Annual Louisville Local Business Expo from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center, in the Picasso Room, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. The expo will showcase over 50 local and independent "Business to Business" companies. Admission is free with a business card, and the first 150 people to register online with receive a "Local Love" gift bag. For more information, please visit: www.keeplouisvilleweird.com

Friday, January 20: Local Music Showcase: The Library After Dark at the Main Branch Library, 301 York Street, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by 91.9 WFPK. This is a free concert and will feature six bands on two stages for three hours of live music. Plus, food trucks, selfie station and music making station for kids and families.

Saturday, January 21: The Rally to Move Forward from 10:00 a.m. - Noon in front of Metro Hall at 6th and Jefferson Streets. Find out what actions you can take to support economic, social and environmental justice for all. Speakers include: Muhammad Babar, Karina Barillas, Edgardo Mansilla, Barbara Sexton Smith, Sadiqa Reynolds, Carla Wallace, Tom Williams, and Errol Wint. For more information, please visit: facebook.com/rallytomoveforward.

Saturday, January 21: Rally to Keep Kroger at 924 S. 2nd Street. Join Councilman David James and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith at a rally to urge Kroger to reverse a plan to close this store, which serves many low-income and mobility-challenged individuals. 

Monday, January 23: 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, January 23: Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, to host a panel discussion at 7:00 p.m. to explore how best to protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals in Kentucky. For more information, please call Catherine Chapman at 386-5782, or visit: http://chbcky.org/news/.

Tuesday, January 24: LMPD hosts Coffee with a Cop from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Clifton McDonalds, 2314 Brownsboro Road.

Tuesday, January 24St. 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.

Wednesday, January 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Booked for Lunch? at 1:00 p.m. Bring your sack lunch and sample "food for the mind" and discuss: Euphoria by Lily King. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

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