District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Majority Caucus Chair and Committees

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I was honored to be elected 2017 Majority Caucus Chair and President Pro Tem of the Metro Council, for the second year in a row. One of the duties is assigning members of the Majority Caucus to Committees and I’ve been hard at work making those assignments. In addition to serving as Majority Leader, I am on four Metro Council Committees this year: Budget; Planning/Zoning, Land Design & Development; Government Accountability, Ethics and Intergovernmental Affairs; and the Committee on Committees.

To view upcoming Metro Council and Committee agendas, please click here. MetroTV airs all committee and council meetings live on Time Warner Cable channel 25, AT&T U-Verse channel 99, or online. Past meetings are also available online. 

Concrete Plant Informational Meeting – January 26

Tonight is 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 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.

1937 Flood 80th Anniversary Special – January 27


Twenty inches of rain in less than a month led to the most devastating flood in Louisville history.  Louisville Water faced what seemed like “insurmountable” obstacles to “keep the city of Louisville in water” in January of 1937.  Visit the WaterWorks Museum at Louisville Water Tower Park and take a guided tour of the facilities to learn more about the challenges.  On January 27, a special admission rate of just 80-cents on this 80th anniversary of the flood will be offered to visitors. The museum will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with tours at the top of each hour. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/events/1388055737913462/

Imagination Library Kickoff – January 28

Imagination Library

Early childhood education is vitally important to Louisville’s future and it’s great to hear about a new program that can help. On Saturday, January 28, three partners (WAVE3, the Junior League and the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation) are having a “kickoff” event for Imagination Library Louisville, a new project just being launched.  You can read more about it at this website: http://www.imaginationlibrarylouisville.com/

The program mails an age-appropriate book every month to children under 5, free of charge.   It’s a great way to get kids interested in learning, and has been shown to have a positive impact on kindergarten readiness.   It’s already in six surrounding counties (including Floyd Co. just over the river).  With grants from Delta Dental, Kosair Charities, and the Rotary Club of Louisville, the program has now launched in three inner-city ZIP codes (40202, 40203, and 40208) and already has 181 kids signed up, with a goal of 500 by the end of the year.   The sponsors hope to expand it even further soon.  

The January 28 event will be from 2-4 p.m. at the LFPL Main Library, 301 York Street.   The group will be signing up kids from the included zip codes, having story time, and recognizing sponsors with a brief program at 2:30 p.m.     

Imagination Library Louisville follows a national program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Click here for more information in a WAVE3 story.

Author of White Rage in D9 - February 2

White Rage book

Empower West Louisville, a collection of churches and religious organizations from throughout Louisville, is sponsoring Louisville's second citywide book read during Black History Month - and this year the author event is in D9 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church.  

Dr. Carol Anderson, author of the book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, will discuss the book and engage in conversation with Dr. Kevin Cosby on February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue. 

White Rage is the book EmpowerWest is encouraging people to read during Black History Month - February 2017. Last year, the organization invited people across Louisville to read a book by Ed Baptist entitled The Half Has Never Been Told.  White Rage was recently named a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award for 2016.

Last year's event filled Highland Baptist Church and, based on book sales, another large crowd is expected at Crescent Hill Baptist next week.  Spaces are limited and can be reserved here.  More information is at the Empower West Louisville web page: http://www.empowerwest.com/.  A Courier-Journal article by Rev. Joe Phelps about the book and the event is here.

Tax Preparation Appointments Begin February 3

Tax Prep

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 click here for more information.

AARP also offers free tax services at Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, in D9 on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., starting February 3. More information is available here or by calling 394-3433.

Sustainability Story: Lisa Dettlinger

Lisa Dettlinger

Every edition of our eNews features a “Sustainability Story”, someone or something doing a good thing for the environment.   This week we are happy to feature Lisa Dettlinger, the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District’s first woman Chair and urban supervisor! Lisa was elected to the board in November 2014, with her term officially beginning in January 2015. She is a resident of the Irish Hill neighborhood (Beargrass Creek watershed) in D9, and has served on the board of the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association since 2001. In 2014, Lisa received the Earth Day Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for developing the Green Institute. She also served on the Mayor's Tree Commission from 2012-2014. Currently, she is Community Development Resource Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.  

Lisa says her interest in conserving and preserving our urban waterways began by opposing a development in her neighborhood, adjacent to her home, that would have involved re-channeling a portion of Beargrass Creek directly behind her property. In order to assist in leading this effort, she had to learn about many aspects of water and soil from experts in the field.  

Lisa has always loved gardening, including planting flowers in the summer and eating tomatoes straight from the vine. Hiking and kayaking have become new passions.  A favorite is hiking to waterfalls because she says there is nothing like hearing the rewarding sound of water cascading over the top of a mountain to make a long strenuous trek worth the effort. Nature and being one with the environment is Lisa’s spirituality!

Thank to Lisa for her work with the conservation district, assisting Jefferson County landowners in creating and implementing practices to protect soil and water quality. 

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

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

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 above 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.


ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Attached please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink License being applied for, located at 1765 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Sunday, January 22, 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. 

Remember to Lock Your Vehicles


After reviewing last week’s LMPD 5th Division crime update and a recent Facebook posting by the St. Matthews Police Department, I want to take the opportunity to again remind District 9 residents to please LOCK your vehicles and NOT leave valuable items in them. There were 18 thefts from autos in the 5th Division last week, and items stolen included purses, iPads, phone and cash. Five vehicles were stolen, with two vehicles unlocked with the keys inside. Let’s not make it easy for criminals! Please lock your vehicles, take personal belongings indoors with you, leave purses at home when you go to the park and never leave a vehicle running while unattended.

Remember to report any suspicious behavior to LMPD’s non-emergency line at 574-7111. To speak to a call taker, press 5.

Register Your Rental Property by March 1, 2017


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 26: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on Punch Drunk Love at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, January 26: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Lydia Peelle and Ketch Secor at 7:00 p.m for a reading and musical act featuring a reading of The Midnight Cool. Questions, please contact 896-6950.

Friday, January 27: Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00pm to 10:30 p.m. The FAT Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries. The free trolleys run along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road and many businesses will host special sales, live music and refreshments. For more information, visit www.frankfortave.com/.

Wednesday, February 1:  St. Leonard Community School, 440 Zorn Ave, will be hosting an Open House.  There will be two sessions: 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.  St. Leonard Community School offers programs from 3-year old preschool through 8th grade.  Small class sizes lead to BIG futures for St. Leonard students.  Please contact the school office at 897-5265 or Laura Emly at lemly@stleonardlouisville.org for more information or a personal tour.

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