District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Mark Your Calendars for Easter Activities – April 15


It’s Easter weekend and there is a plenty to do in D9!

Clifton Easter Egg Hunt
The 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bingham Park, sponsored by the Clifton Community Council and Clifton Baptist Church. There will be 1,500 eggs hidden in designated areas. Children will be divided into two groups by age. After the hunt, Clifton Baptist, 1947 Frankfort Avenue, will host fun activities including face-painting, bouncy houses, balloon art, hot dogs, music and more!

Crescent Hill Easter Egg Hunt
Join Crescent Hill residents at 10:00 a.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, for Easter egg hunting fun, sponsored by the Crescent Hill Community Council. Children will be divided by age for simultaneous hunts on the property.

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade
The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA), the Clifton Community Council and the Crescent Hill Community Council invite you to attend the 25th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Saturday, April 15. Enjoy the Shriners, antique cars, homemade family floats, Hwang’s Martial Arts, Talking Police Car and Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. Plus, plenty of FREE candy! The parade will travel along Frankfort Avenue from Stilz to Pope Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Easter parade

Easter Parade Road Closures

The 2017 Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade is this Saturday, April 15th. Both lanes of Frankfort Avenue will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from Stilz Avenue to Pope Street for the safety of the participants involved. There will be no parking on the street at that time and the side streets will be closed to Frankfort Avenue as well. POLICE WILL TOW!  

Kennedy Avenue from Grinstead to Frankfort, Crescent Court around the court and Crescent Avenue from English to Frankfort will be closed to through traffic during line-up from approximately 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. “NO PARKING, SPECIAL EVENTS” signs will be posted the Friday before. 

D9 Spring Community Cleanup a Success!


Thanks for joining us last Saturday to clean up The Avenue in preparation for the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade, which is this Saturday, April 15. We had a big team to help remove litter, and clean up tree wells and storm drains. Click here for photos from the event.

“Meet with Bill” – April 19

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 Wednesday, April 19, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, in the meeting room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me

Sustainability Story: Free Tree Giveaways

Free Tree Giveaway

Thinking about planting a tree in your yard this Spring? Plan to attend an upcoming free tree giveaway, to receive a tree and to learn how to take care of it. A few things to remember before planting a tree: 1) Call Before You Dig at 811 to have utility lines in your yard clearly marked so you don’t damage any underground pipes; 2) if planting in the right-of-way, contact MetroCall at 574-5000 to obtain a free permit; 3) make sure you are planting the right type of tree for the space you have available.

Community Forestry Tree Giveaway on Saturday, April 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at U of L, Ernst Hall, 216 Eastern Parkway. Trees provided on a first come basis, must be a Jefferson County resident with ID, must be planted on private property, limit of three trees per residence. Questions, please contact Community Forestry at 574-3927 or email CommunityForestry@louisvilleky.gov. Species available in 3-gallon containers: serviceberry, redbud, witchhazel, spicebush, persimmon, eastern red cedar, American hophornbeam, shumard oak, sugar maple, yellow buckeye, shagbark hickory, Kentucky coffee tree, white oak, chestnut oak and hemlock.

Earth Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue. Master Gardeners will distribute 1100 bare-root trees. They will also be available to provide information about the trees and help select the right tree for the right location. Varieties of trees available include: roughleaf dogwood, gray dogwood, white dogwood, Kentucky coffee tree, redbud, river birch, pawpaw, loblolly pine, blue spruce, red maple and sugar maple. Limit of three trees per family. Come early for the best selection! Questions, please contact JCGMAEvents@gmail.com.

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

Lexington Road Safety Project Meetings

Lexington Road

Metro Louisville has scheduled two public meetings regarding Lexington Road at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, May 18 at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road.

Information on the project is available online at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/lexington-road-safety-project

  • The Lexington Road project is to improve safety along the corridor while maintaining functionality. It is an implementation of the Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan which involved community engagement and was completed in 2015
  • The scope of the project is Lexington Rd through the intersections of Payne St and Grinstead Dr
  • It is in coordination with a repaving of the roadway slated for later this year
  • Travel lanes will be reduced from 4 to 2 in order to calm traffic (speed reductions, lane changing, passing, etc.)
  • Left turn bay on eastbound Lexington Rd to northbound Grinstead Dr (to I-64) will be extended to accommodate rush hour congestion
  • Dedicated left turn lanes will be introduced at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and The Woods at Lexington Road
  • New dedicated left turn lanes from Lexington Rd to Payne St
  • Remaining right of way will be dedicated to painted medians and bike facilities
  • Creates a safer environment for all users
  • Improvements in safety and functionality are projected at the intersections of Payne and Grinstead
  • Lexington Rd is very similar in design to Grinstead Dr which underwent a similar treatment (2012) and has shown a 67% reduction in collisions
  • The April 19 and May 18 meetings will be an opportunity to see and discuss the design
  • Metro has funding to study Lexington Rd from Payne St to Baxter Ave for additional improvements in the future

Shelbyville Road Sidewalks and Paving

Shelbyville Road

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are currently working on sidewalk ramp repairs along Shelbyville Road between Breckenridge Lane and Thierman Lane in St. Matthews. The ramps are being brought into ADA compliance. Lane closures and delays are possible in this area weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weeknights 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Paving on Shelbyville Road is scheduled to begin in mid-April with lane closures taking place in the evenings and on weekends. No lane closures will be permitted during the weekends of Thunder Over Louisville and the Kentucky Derby. Louisville Paving was awarded this contract in the amount of $3 million. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2017. The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. 

Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.

New Development Planned in St. Matthews

4156 Shelbyville Road

Plans are in the works to move Tafel Motors from 4156 Shelbyville Road in D9 and St. Matthews to a location further east in Jefferson County and build an eight-story apartment complex in its place.

Floors two through eight would be apartments with underground parking. Parking would also be added in front for retail space, which may include a restaurant on the first floor.

Ultimately, the project must have final approval from the St. Matthews City Council.

More on the project is in this WAVE3 News report: http://www.wave3.com/story/35125550/apartments-retail-space-planned-for-tafel-motors-property

Community Meeting About Commercial Property Reassessments – April 18


Jefferson County PVA, Tony Lindauer, in conjunction with City of St. Matthews Mayor, Rick Tonini, and the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce will host a special community meeting on April 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pen Lane. Lindauer and the PVA staff will discuss the upcoming 2017 PVA Commercial Property Reassessment.

The 2017 commercial reassessment included a total of 7,634 parcels. The reassessment area is best defined as the commercial parcels located east of Interstate 65 inside the Watterson Expressway and north of Interstate 64 to the Ohio River and Oldham/Shelby county lines.

The area includes parts of Bardstown Road, Shelbyville Road, Frankfort Avenue, Westport Road, Hurstbourne Parkway, and Brownsboro Road. These areas have been some of the strongest commercial growth corridors in all of Jefferson County.

Attend the meeting to learn more about the reassessment process, including potential appeals.

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.


Street Sweeping in District 9

metro seal

Click the map for a detailed view of Area 8 where street sweeping is underway or scheduled soon. Click here to receive alerts when street sweeping is headed to your area. Just enter your address in the MyLouisville box.

Street cleaning signs are posted prior to 5:00 p.m. on the business day before sweeping occurs. The signs alert residents that there is No Parking between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on sweeping day.  Vehicles parked in “No Parking” areas are subject to citation and/or towing. Residents should not park in affected areas until after 5:00 p.m. even if it appears an area has been swept, as sweepers may return before that time. The No Parking zone covers both sides of the street, though signs may only be posted on one side.


Clifton's Revised Architectural Design Guidelines

After a five-year review process spearheaded by Clifton volunteers, rewritten and freshly-illustrated Architectural Design Guidelines for Clifton's Historic Preservation District are published on Louisville Metro's Landmarks web site.  An all-volunteer Task Force commenced the review-and-rewrite project in November, 2011, and conducted over thirty-five public meetings before delivering its completed work product for publication last Fall.  Task-Force-member Phil Samuel performed the Task Force's final act by presenting the illustrated revised Guidelines to the Louisville Landmarks Commission at its February 2017 public meeting (read Phil's remarks here).  

All Clifton property owners need to know that any planned exterior change to any Clifton building or property -- including demolition or new construction -- must be reviewed and approved through Metro's Landmarks Office (502-574-6230before the planned change is started. Clifton's Design Guidelines are essential because they stipulate the rules and standards that help Landmarks officials determine whether a proposed change is appropriate for the Historic District, and thus whether the proposed change should be approved, altered, or -- in rare cases -- disallowed.  Clifton's newly-illustrated Guidelines go a step further by educating property owners through Clifton-specific introductions, explanations, examples, graphics, and photographs.  

SAVE THE DATE – Responsible Recycling – May 13

Responsible Recycling

The D9 Annual FREE Responsible Recycling event is Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road.

This is a FREE drive-through event open to residents in Louisville Metro. Most of the same partners have joined us again this year. Please review the following flyer for accepted donations and plan to donate items on May 13!

Thank you to our recycling vendors for participating in this year's event.

All Shred
Commonwealth e-Waste
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Louisville Metro Department of Public Works
Supplies Over Seas

Please click on the flyer link for a list of items that will be accepted: 2017 Responsible Recycling Flyer

For additional details on accepted items please click on a link below.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Guidelines
Commonwealth e-Waste Accepted Items
Supplies Over Seas (SOS) Donation Flyer

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 574-1109.

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, April 13: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host scrabble club at 2:30 p.m. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Thursday, April 13: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie screening of Singin' in the Rain at 6:00 p.m. Questions, please call 574-1793.

Thursday, April 13: Crescent Hill Community Council is showing the Beargrass Creek: The Creek in Our Backyard documentary with David Wicks from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. After the showing of the documentary, Morgan Atkinson and/or David Wicks will lead a short discussion about the film and ongoing community activities to restore and reclaim Beargrass. For information on the film, check out http://dwlouisville.wixsite.com/beargrassdocumentary

Friday, April 14: Did you earn $55,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2016?  If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation!  The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $55,000 or less.  To make an appointment or for more information, please call the 9th District office at 574-1109.  Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Friday, April 14: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Book Club Night at 7:00 p.m. Share ideas for successful book clubs, and enjoy awesome publisher giveaways.

Saturday, April 15: Crescent Hill Easter Egg hunt  at 10:00 a.m. at Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue. Three simultaneous hunts will take place by age group.  This ensures all kids are successful in finding eggs and that the smaller kids are not overwhelmed by the older kids.

Saturday, April 15: Clifton Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 a.m. in Bingham Park, off Coral Avenue. Children will be separated by age groups for hunts.

Saturday, April 15The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) and The Clifton and Crescent Hill Community Councils invite you to participate in the 25th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the Shriners, antique cars, homemade family floats, Hwang's Martial Artists, Talking Police Car, Mounted Sheriff's Posse and much more. Plus lots of FREE candy!

Saturday, April 15 - 23: Volunteer as part of the Mayor's Give A Day of Service online at http://www.mygiveaday.com/. You can also report your volunteer service or add a project that needs volunteers.

Saturday, April 15Louisville Grows' Seeds and Starts sale from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the People's Garden, 536 N. 44th Street. All plants start at $1.50 so more people all across Louisville can grow in their own backyards or community gardens. Plants include tomatoes, peppers, leafy greens, herbs, kale, beets and more! 

Saturday, April 15: Butchertown Neighborhood cleanup at 10:00 a.m. at Story Avenue Park. Plan to meet at the park to distribute bags, t-shirts, and other items. Bring your favorite cleaning tools (brooms, rakes, etc.). Questions, please contact Adam Horton at adamhortonart@gmail.com

Monday, April 17: League of Women Voters dinner and democracy meeting with panel discussion on Jefferson County Public Schools Talent Development Academics with Christy Rodgers. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. (no reservation required, donations accepted) and program begins at 6:00 p.m. at The Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. For more information, please call 895-5218 or email info@lwvlouisville.org.

Tuesday, April 18: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on Much Ado About Nothing at 2:30 p.m. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 18: Irish Hill Neighborhood to host a Councilperson Meet & Greet and trivia night at 6:30 p.m. in the back room at Spring Street Bar & Grill, 300 S. Spring Street. At 7:30 p.m. the trivia night will begin.

Tuesday, April 18: Jefferson County PVA, Tony Lindauer, in conjunction with the City of St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini and the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce to host a special community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center. Lindauer and PVA staff will discuss the upcoming 2017 PVA Commercial Property Reassessment. The 2017 commercial reassessment included a total of 7,634 parcels. 

Tuesday, April 18: Clifton Heights Community Council Quarterly Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Lobby, 1860 Mellwood Avenue.  Guest speaker is Kentucky Representative Attica Scott, and representatives from Div. 5 Metro Police.

Tuesday, April 18: Heather Hills POA Annual Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Clifton Heights Christian Church basement.

Wednesday, April 19: "Meet with Bill" from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Not everyone has the time to come downtown to meet, so we wanted to make this easy and informal with no appointment necessary to let me know if you have any concerns or questions about anything going on in the district or Metro Louisville.

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