District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 20, 2017

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LG&E Rate Case Settlement


Earlier this year, when LG&E requested significant gas and electric rate increases – including an enormous increase in monthly basic service charges - Metro Council urged Louisville Metro to intervene in the case.   I introduced a resolution urging intervention, which noted that “increased fixed charges sought by LG&E have the potential to undermine energy efficiency and disproportionately impact low-income Louisville Metro residents”.  The resolution attracted multiple co-sponsors and was ultimately passed 20-0.  Louisville Metro intervened in the case.

Yesterday’s announcement of a proposed settlement in the case is a significant improvement from LG&E’s request. The overall increase is substantially reduced and the monthly basic service charge increases are slashed.  Under the proposed settlement agreement, LG&E agreed to a basic service charge increase of less than $4.00 per month next year, as opposed to the requested increase of almost $22.00 per month.  

Louisville Metro should be at the table whenever a utility seeks an increase in its charges to our residents.  That’s particularly important when a utility is proposing an increase in monthly basic service charges that disproportionately affects low income individuals and reduces incentives for energy conservation.

The agreement is subject to approval by the Public Service Commission. The PSC is scheduled to consider the case on May 9.

Earth Week

Earth Week

It’s Earth Week and there are many ways to celebrate in D9.  Volunteer opportunities at the Waterfront Botanical Garden and Barret Middle School are featured in our calendar. More ways to improve our tree canopy at a discount have been announced.  Louisville Earth Walk happens April 22 (see the calendar).  You can help Salt River Watershed Watch, drink a beer made from Beargrass Creek water and watch a film about the creek, all at D9’s Apocalypse Brew Works (or watch the film from home on KET).  Brightside is selling compost.  All that - and much more- in this Earth Week edition of the D9 eNews.  Thank you for subscribing! 

Sustainability Story: TreesLouisville Tree Rebate Program


TreesLouisville Rebate Program, in partnership with the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry, has just been launched. This is an incentive to get homeowners to plant trees on private property; this program will run through May 31, 2017 and will allow eligible participants to receive 40% back (max. $80) on the purchase price of a shade tree.

  • Participants must be residents of Jefferson County and trees must also be planted in Jefferson County.
  • Trees must be considered a shade/canopy tree (verified by submitting itemized receipt with form)
  • Trees must be planted in a residential yard
  • Trees must measure at least 1in. diameter

More information can be found online at: treeslouisville.org/rebate. Participants may submit their rebate through the form on this page and tri-fold brochures are available at local garden centers. Shade trees are generally medium to large sized trees that have spreading canopies (think oaks, maples, lindens and elms), though smaller species like redbuds, serviceberries or dogwoods would also fall under this category. Avoid dwarf ornamental varieties. If you have questions about whether your tree is eligible for a rebate, email info@treeslouisville.org.

Now is a great time to go out and purchase a new shade tree!

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

Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard – April 21 - 24

Beargrass Creek

If you haven’t seen Morgan Atkinson’s Documentary, Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard, there are several opportunities this week.

Friday, April 21 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.: Salt River Watershed Watch Earth Day Fund Raiser at Apocalypse Brew Works.  At the annual fundraiser, participants will be able to sample Beargrass Beer and the other Apocalypse Beers on Tap.  After dark, the Beargrass Documentary will be shown in an outdoor setting for the first time.

Saturday, April 22 – featured on KET for Earth Day. See below

  • KETKY: Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 PM ET
  • KET2: Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM ET
  • KET: Sunday, April 23 at 3:00 PM ET
  • KET: Monday, April 24 at 3:00 AM ET
  • KETKY: Thursday, April 27 at 11:30 PM ET
  • KETKY: Friday, April 28 at 9:30 PM ET

Monday, April 24 at Noon. Mayor’s Gallery in Metro Hall, 527 West Jefferson, followed by a panel discussion which I will join.

Meet Your Legislators at Café LOUIE - April 22


Café LOUIE is back by popular demand! Plan now to attend an informal meeting at the St. Matthews – Eline Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library to meet your local legislators on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00–10:00 a.m. Legislators will include State Representatives and Senators, along with Louisville Metro Council members. Café LOUIE is a partnership of the 2015 Bingham Fellows, Leadership Louisville Center, and Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library.

Payne & Charlton Streets Construction


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is doing some bridge deck repair on the I-64 overpass on Payne Street. Temporary signals are in place at eastbound and westbound Payne and at S. Charlton. The road work will involve both sides of the intersection.

Please use extreme caution when navigating through this intersection, which is usually heavily travelled on Thunder Over Louisville Day, this Saturday. The best advice may be to avoid the intersection if possible. If you do use it, pay special attention to the temporary signals and signage. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of April.

Frankfort Avenue Area Lead Service Renewal Project


Over the next few weeks, Louisville Water Company will work on the water service lines on Payne Street and S. Jane Street. Specifically they are replacing Louisville Water’s lead service lines with newer materials, primarily copper. The project should be complete close to the end of the month, except for paving, which will be completed later. For more information on the project, please click here

TARC Service for Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville

TARC is increasing service into downtown Louisville and designating five post-event boarding areas for Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 22. The service plan mirrors TARC service for Thunder in recent years.

Post-event boarding in downtown Louisville will be restricted to five locations, all within blocks of the waterfront. Buses will operate until 11:00 p.m. at several locations, click here for a complete list. Due to traffic, buses have limited access on downtown streets after the event.  The boarding locations are designed to keep buses out of heavy traffic as much as possible and to get people home as quickly as possible.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., on the day of the fireworks, more buses will be added on routes serving downtown, improving the frequency of bus arrival times at stops and adding capacity. However, as the event draws closer, downtown routes may be delayed due to police barricades and heavy pedestrian traffic.

Regular TARC fares will apply.  A one-way fare is $1.75 or 80 cents for passengers over the age of 65, riders with disabilities and ages 6-17. TARC ID is required for reduced fare. Children under the age of 5 ride free.

Easy trip planning, maps and schedules are available at www.ridetarc.org, the ‘Transit App’ (free download) or Google Maps.  TARC customer service can be reached at 502-585-1234; TTY 502-213-3240.

Free Shredding & Electronics Recycle Event – April 27

Parker and Klein shredding

Parker and Klein Real Estate invite you to attend their free shredding and electronics recycling event on Thursday, April 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 112 S. Sherrin Avenue, 40207. Shred all paper including papers, magazines, folders, phone books, etc. No hard plastic is accepted. Recycle electronics including; computers, phones, printers, and keyboards. Computer hard drives will be destroyed. No tube TVs, lightbulbs or refrigerants. Questions, please contact Jacqueline W. Klein at 802-6752 or email jklein@parkerandklein.com

Great Balloon Races – April 27 – 29

Balloon race

The 2017 U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest will take place April 27 – 29 at Bowman Field in D9. Please mark your calendars for the below events. 

Great Balloon Charity Race Lift Off
Thursday, April 27 / 7:00 AM Launch

Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race Lift Off
Friday, April 28 / 7:00 AM Launch

Great Balloon Race Lift Off
Saturday, April 29 / 7:00 AM Launch

Great Balloon Race Contingency Windows
Due to inclement weather (high winds, rain, etc.)
Saturday, April 29 / 6:00PM (ONLY if NO Race has taken place)
Sunday, April 30 / 7:00AM (ONLY if NO Race has taken place)

Free Paper Shredding – April 29


The Chamber of St. Matthews, City of St. Matthews and community partner Eclipse Bank, will host a paper shredding event on Saturday, April 29 at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane. A+ Paper Shredding will be on hand with two trucks from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., or until the two trucks are full. Small businesses, nonprofits, churches and St. Matthews residents are welcome to participate. Participants may shred up to two boxes of documents per household or business. Boxes should be no larger than “banker boxes” or 24x12x10 inches. Additional boxes can be shredded for a $10 donation. This is a drive-through event.

Free Shakespeare in the Park – April 29

Shakespeare in Park

Kentucky Shakespeare is proud to announce the fourth annual Shakespeare in the Parks tour. Their 6-actor, 85-minute production of Julius Caesar will be in District 9 on two dates:

  • Saturday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m. at Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. The rain space will be inside the Water Tower.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue. The rain space will be Crescent Hill Methodist Church.

For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare visit www.kyshakespeare.com.

Brightside Premium Compost Sale – April 29


Get ready for spring with Brightside and Waste Management of Kentucky’s Premium Compost Sale on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop. Cost is $2.50 per bag or $40 per cubic meter scoop.

Compost helps in a variety of ways by keeping weeds down, keeping the soil cool, helping winter root development, top dressing for fertilizing lawns, providing an aesthetically pleasing landscape and improving soil texture and pH. 

Lexington Road Safety Project Meeting – May 18

Lexington Road

Metro Louisville will host a second public meeting regarding Lexington Road at 6:00 p.m. on 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
  • Average daily traffic (ADT) count is 10,800 but appears to be trending downwards due to Ohio River Bridges Project completion
  • Typical 4 to 2 roadway reconfigurations can accommodate up to 15,000 (ADT)
  • Improvements in safety and functionality are projected at the intersections of Payne of 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
  • There will be two public meetings from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana (2115 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40206) on April 19th (Wednesday) and May 18th (Thursday)
  • 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

Notice of Applications for 4156 Shelbyville

Tafel Motors

A street closure application for a portion of North and South Church Way was filed with the Department of Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services on April 10, 2017.

Main Address:          4156 Shelbyville Road (formerly Tafel Motors)
Case #:                  17Streets1006
Case Manager:         Julia Williams (Julia.williams@louisvilleky.gov)

A revised District Development Plan application for site improvements at 4156 Shelbyville Road, 4303 & 4315 S. Church Way; 4158 & 4170 Shelbyville Road was filed with the Department of Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services on April 10, 2017.

Main Address:          4156 Shelbyville Road
Case #:                    17DevPlan1053
Case Manager:         Julia Williams (Julia.williams@louisvilleky.gov)

To view documents related to this proposal, please visit: http://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design and click on Search Case Information

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.

Compassionate Message is Rock Solid

Ursuline Sisters

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has designated April 15 – 23 as “Give A Day” Week. Acts of service and compassion are crafted and carried out by individuals, businesses, religious, civic and neighborhood groups, as well as corporate employee teams. Projects vary but the overall theme is demonstrating love, hope and kindness through actions.

In the past, the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have done various projects spreading a word or deed of kindness. This year the sisters at the Motherhouse and Sacred Heart Home channeled their artistic energy and painted rocks with a special word or message.

Some of these colorful rocks will be shared with the Sacred Heart Schools on the Ursuline Campus, while others will show up wherever the sisters go… be it the grocery store, a neighbor’s lawn, their doctor’s office, to name a few spots. It is the Ursuline way of sharing a compassionate word with others and hopefully making a difference.

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 20: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Steven Skaggs at 7:00 p.m. for a reading from Firesigns: A Semiotic Theory for Graphic Design.

Friday, April 21: Botanica/Waterfront Botanical Gardens' site cleanup from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., part of the Mayor's Give A Day week of service. Volunteers should dress appropriately for outdoor work (sleeves and plants suggested) and bring any trimming, cutting, lopping, or digging tools that they may have, as we will be mostly cutting and trimming brush. Signup online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4dabaf22aaf85-site1.

Friday, April 21: Salt River Watershed Earth Day fundraiser from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Apocalypse Brew Works. Sample Beargrass Beer or other Apocalypse beers available on tap. Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard will be shown outdoors.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day!

Saturday, April 22: Louisville Earth Walk from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at Iroquois Park, 5216 New Cut Road. This is a family-friendly event designed to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about ways members of the community can take steps to create a more sustainable city. It will include a wide array of inspirational activities, including motivational speakers, music, and art that celebrate and promote sustainable and healthy lifestyles. The centerpiece will be a 5K walk. Register here! Download a flier and pledge form here!

Saturday, April 22: Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard airing on KET at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30  p.m. Tune in to watch Morgan Atkinson's documentary.

Saturday, April 22: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Cafe LOUIE at 9:00 a.m. Meet your local legislators including state representatives, senators, Metro Council and suburban city officials. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Saturday, April 22: Crescent Hill spring cleanup and beautification day at Barret Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping to remove the invasive Chinaberry at Barret Middle. Bring your gardening gloves and tools, if you have them.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day Tree Give-a-way from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue. Jefferson County Master Gardener Association members will be on hand to provide information on the tree varieties and to help with selection. There will be tree planting demonstrations. 1,100 bare-root trees will be given away, including: Roughleaf dogwood, gray dogwood, white dogwood, Kentucky coffee tree, redbud, river birch, pawpaw, loblolly pine, blue spruce, red maple and sugar maple. There is a limit of 3 trees per family. Questions, please email jcmgaevents@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 22: Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Clifton walking tour from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please make reservations by April 21. Starting at the historic 1883 building on the grounds of the American Printing House for the Blind. On the two-hour walking tour, you'll find evidence of the evolution of the area from sparsely populated rural community in 1830 to a densely settled urban Louisville neighborhood. Best for older children and adults. Questions and to register, please contact 899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org.

Saturday, April 22: Thunder Over Louisville, https://thunderoverlouisville.org/. Airshow at 3 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23: Whitehall House & Gardens to host a Wedding Show from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 3110 Lexington Road. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Louisville’s premier wedding vendors, featuring caterers, florists, DJs, planners, photographers and many more.  Guests will enjoy displays throughout the first floor of the historic mansion, as well as under a tent on the garden terrace.  Admission is $10/person; one complimentary ticket is offered per engaged couple.   No reservations are required, but brides and grooms may pre-register at www.ultimatebridalservices.com.  For a list of participating vendors, please visit www.historicwhitehall.org.  For more information, please contact Whitehall at (502) 897-2944 or whitehallcarol@historichomes.org.

Monday, April 24: Presbyterian Disaster Relief Project supply drop off from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church, corner of Bardstown Road and Hawthorne Avenue. Help pack 1,000 disaster relief hygiene kits for victims of tornadoes and hurricanes. Collect supplies -- hand towels, wash cloths, wide tooth combs, tooth brushes, nail clippers, band aids, bath size bar soap. Help assemble hygiene kits on Saturday, April 29, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church.

Monday, April 24St. 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 574-1771

Tuesday, April 25: 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 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Kentucky Author Forum Video Showing: Sebastian Junger in conversation with Joe Klein at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please call 574-1793.

Wednesday, April 26: 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: Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Questions, please call 574-1793.

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