District 9 eNews - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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New Fencing Over Beargrass Creek on Frankfort Avenue

I’m pleased to announce the fence and sidewalk project along Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story Avenues is complete! THANK YOU to Metro Public Works for your tenacity in submitting several proposals to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) before receiving final approval for this project. I’ve been working on this project since I took office. I thought it would be a great way to cleanup one of the major corridors into the Butchertown Neighborhood. 

Before Photos

Before Frankfort Ave

If you are unfamiliar with the area, here is a little history. On Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story, there is a bridge over Beargrass Creek. It was almost impossible to see the creek from the roadway because there was an unsightly chain length fence along both sides of the bridge. The chain length fence was installed by KYTC over ten years ago after someone leaned on the wrought-iron fence and it gave way and they fell into the creek. Fortunately no one was injured, but nearby businesses were concerned about pedestrian safety.

This project also included sidewalk repair along the northwest side of the street. Please check out before and after photos of the street.

Join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. for a celebration walk of this corridor!

After Photos

AFTER Frankfort Ave

Sustainability Story: St. Matthews Farmers Market

Farmers Market

A great sustainability practice is shopping and eating locally and what better way to do that than to buy local food, direct from local suppliers.   It’s easy in District 9, which is home to the St. Matthews Farmers Market, voted “Best in Louisville” by Louisville Magazine in 2011 and designated “Number One Urban Market” in the state of Kentucky. 

The market is located at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road – at the corner of Browns Lane and Shelbyville Road – across from the “old Sears building.”  It opened for the season on May 13 and runs every Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon through October 14.  The market’s Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/SMFarmersMarket/.

The market boasts up to 70 vendors and is run to be a gathering for people in the community to come by and buy local produce but also to visit and be with friends and neighbors. 

We’ll feature others markets in D9 later in the summer but, for now, see you in St. Matthews on Saturday mornings.

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

Junk Pickup Continuing

Metro seal

Junk pickup in the Urban Services District of District 9 was this week. Due to the volume of junk that was set out, Metro Public Works may run a little behind on collection. Please keep your junk out for collection. Please DO NOT add junk to your pile. Junk is collected throughout the week by different trucks, depending on what was set out. IF your junk has not been collected by next Thursday, June 29, please contact our office to report it.

CSX Railroad Ties Update

CSX railroad ties

We have been contacted by several constituents regarding the lingering railroad ties along the Frankfort Avenue CSX railroad tracks. We were told by CSX this week that they are trying to get railroad cars to the area to pick them up. If that doesn’t work, CSX is going to truck them out of the area. They hope to have the work done within a month.

Apocalypse Brew Works Upcoming Events

Lil Sebastian

Three charity events are coming up at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue. Contact the brewery at 589-4843 for more information.

Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) Equine C.A.R.E: Fundraiser
Saturday, June 24, 2017
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Meet miniature horse Lil' Sebastian and some adoptable puppies! Learn about the KHS's newest rescue program that helps orphan foals and Kentucky's free-roaming horses. The Equine C.A.R.E. (connect • assist • rescue • educate) team helps horses in crisis and helps get them adopted into new homes.

Ranting Again! : Fundraiser for Upland Peak Animal Sanctuary
Saturday, June 24, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. 

Come up to the microphone and "Rant" on our soapbox to help fundraise for the Upland Peak Animal Sanctuary! Sing, read poetry, share stories, tell jokes or whatever moves you (as long as it is not racist or sexist). $1 per minute & cards are accepted. Outdoors, kid & dog friendly! 

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.

Payne Street

2120 Payne Street


Free Electric Fans for Seniors and Disabled Individuals

Fan Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for seniors and people with disabilities.  A "Fan Fair" giveaway and resource event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave.

Fans will be available for seniors 60 and older, as well as for individuals with documented disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fan Fair qualifications and guidelines are as follows:

  • Person 60 years or older
  • OR documentation verified by a physician of a disability
  • Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • One fan per household

A Resource Fair will coincide with the fan giveaway event to provide basic health checks and information from local resources. For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services  or visit www.KIPDA.org.

National HIV Testing Week

HIV Week

Next week is National HIV Testing Week.  Public Health and Wellness will be working with several partners to promote and offer free testing at several sites across the city.


HIV is a preventable disease.  HIV prevention is a goal in our community health improvement plan, Healthy Louisville 2020.  HIV is too often discovered at an advanced stage.  Identifying persons early in infection and providing them with appropriate counseling, education, and linkage to care are necessary steps to controlling HIV.

Volunteers Needed for Buy Local Fair – July 2

Buy Local Fair

The 9th Annual Buy Local Fair was rescheduled to Sunday, July 2, at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road from Noon – 6:00 p.m. The event is FREE with car parking for $5. Bicycles are Free.

They are still in need of volunteers to help make the event a success. TRASH TALKER AND PARKING volunteers at the Buy Local Fair will get first priority for Forecastle Festival volunteer spots.

Please visit the following link to sign up, Buy Local Fair Volunteer Opportunities.

Volunteers Needed for 4th of July Festival

Fourth of July

Mark your calendars for the Annual Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. The Festival hours are: Monday 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – after fireworks. Fireworks at dusk.  Enjoy an art fair, fun and games, children’s fun zone, face painting, putt putt golf, food, beer, ice cream and more!

Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. To signup, please click 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, June 22: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on Guardians of the Galaxy at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, June 22: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Sinister Wisdom at 7:00 p.m. Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal and everyone is invited to come and celebrate their newest publications. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, June 23: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, to host a free movie night on the lawn. All movies begin at 9:00 p.m., or once it is dark enough to show the movie. On June 23, enjoy Sing. 

Saturday, June 24: Fan Fair from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at The Edison Center, 701 W Ormsby Avenue. Event includes fan giveaway, health checks, resource fair and prescription drug collection. Call 574-5092 to learn more about this event.

Saturday, June 24: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, is pleased to announce a Woodland Garden Tour at 10:00 a.m. Carolyn Waters, M.Ed. will guide a tour of Whitehall's woodland garden, using resident plant and animal examples to illustrate Louisville's current conservation challenges. Tickets for the tour are $10 each. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 897-2944 or emailing whitehall@historichomes.org.

Saturday, June 24: Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E: Fundraiser from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue. Meet miniature horse Lil' Sebastian and some adoptable puppies! Learn about the KHS's newest rescue program that helps orphan foals and Kentucky's free-roaming horses. The Equine C.A.R.E. (connect • assist • rescue • educate) team helps horses in crisis and helps get them adopted into new homes.

Saturday, June 24: Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, to host "Ranting Again! : fundraiser for Upland Peak Animal Sanctuary" from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Come up to the microphone and "Rant" on the soapbox to help fundraise for the Upland Peak Animal Sanctuary! Sing, read poetry, share stories, tell jokes or whatever moves you (as long as it is not racist or sexist). $1 per minute & cards are accepted. Outdoors, kid & dog friendly! Be the voice for the voiceless!

Sunday, June 25: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Kids Summer Book Club First Meeting. This is a drop off event and parents will need to sign their children in and out. The meeting for 1st - 3rd graders is from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and My Father's Dragon will be discussed. For 4th - 6th graders the meeting is from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. and Saving Wonder will be discussed. 

Monday, June 26: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Excel 1 at 9:00 a.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft Excel, a program used to create spreadsheets. Topics include entering data, simple formatting, and basic formulas. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Monday, June 26: The Woman’s Club of St. Matthews is hosting an Open House on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.  Light refreshments will be served. The club is inviting all women who are interested in knowing more about the Woman’s Club of St. Matthews or investigating membership to the Woman’s Club. Membership is open to all women of Kentucky and Indiana. For more information, please contact Woman’s Club President, Mary Jo Nay at 425-0903 or Membership Chairman Janie Hill at 363-3684

Tuesday, June 27The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robley Rex VA Medical Center, will host a town hall meeting for Veterans and their families to improve communication with, and hear directly from Veterans about their VA healthcare and benefits.  Resource tables and staff members will also be available to provide valuable information on a variety of VA programs and services. Meeting set for 5:00 p.m. at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue, Room E005, West Entrance. For more information on the services provided by the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, visit:  www.louisville.va.gov

Wednesday, June 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Booked for Lunch? at 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss, Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walters. Books available at Branch Circulation Desk. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

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