District 9 eNews - Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Metro Council Break – No eNews Next Week

After two months of work on Metro’s budget and final approval on June 22, Metro Council is on a two-week break. The eNews will take a break next week too. We’ll be back on July 13. 

No 4th of July Garbage Collection

Fourth of July

There will be no residential garbage, recycling or yard waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Independence Day, Tuesday July 4. The usual Tuesday collections will be made on Wednesday, and the rest of the week will follow the same pattern of a one day delay.

Garbage pickup in St. Matthews will also be delayed because of the holiday.

Other District 9 residents who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

The Waste Reduction Center, at 600 Meriwether Avenue, all staffed recycling centers and the Haz Bin hazardous materials facility at 7501 Grade Lane will also be closed on July 4. They will resume normal operations on Wednesday, July 5.

FY 17-18 Budget Approved


After two months of work following Mayor Fischer’s budget address in April, last week Metro Council approved operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, which begins on July 1.

The budget has a heavy emphasis on public safety and infrastructure improvements but also includes a historic $14.5 Million investment in affordable housing, a cause for which I have advocated since joining the Council in 2015.   Metro Council directed that two-thirds of that amount ($9.6 Million) be controlled by the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF).  The fund was created by Metro Council in 2008 but received almost no local funds for housing for the first seven years. Last year, I advocated for a $2.5 Million appropriation for LAHTF and was an advocate for the larger appropriation this year.  The photo is from a sign displayed by LAHTF supporters at our June 22 meeting.  Safe, decent and affordable places for more families to live and a reduction in vacant and abandoned properties will help our community in many ways, including public safety. 

I also supported funding for a high-speed, high-capacity fiber network that will serve many parts of the community,  including West Louisville, and successfully moved the budget committee, on which I serve,  to restore full funding for the program.  An Insider Louisville article about budget committee action on affordable housing and the fiber network, among other things, is here: https://insiderlouisville.com/metro/committee-approves-amended-2017-2018-budget-sends-to-metro-council-for-approval-on-thursday/


Other budget highlights were increased funding for sidewalk repair and continued funding of paving at a level which will help restore Metro streets.  Sidewalk funding is particularly important for District 9 and I hope we can build on the major efforts we made this year.  On paving, I advocated for more money for local roads and language was included that will mandate such an approach beginning in July 2018.  Council also added funding for several efforts to help address the community’s opioid epidemic, including an innovative program which we hope will divert non-violent individuals from jail to a treatment center, helping them and saving the much higher cost of jail.   

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There were some disappointments, including a cut in Mayor Fischer’s proposed funding for trees to restore our diminishing tree canopy.  I will continue to work for money and ordinances which will help us reverse the loss of trees in our community.

There was also one victory in the budget process.  When I proposed legislation to have the Mayor make his budget proposal a month earlier than in the past, for the first time since merger, I hoped it would give the public more time to weigh in on priorities and give Council members more time to review the budget and make changes.  In fact, there was more public engagement this year and more Council action.  The change has been nearly universally viewed as a success.  

Budgets require compromise – and the results aren’t exactly what anyone wants.  On balance, though, the approved budget builds on Louisville’s positive momentum while addressing critical needs.  Thanks to those of you who attended a meeting, called or sent me an email about your budget priorities.  

Buy Local Fair – July 2

Buy Local

The 9th Annual Buy Local Fair is this Sunday, July 2, at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road from Noon – 6:00 p.m. The fair features more than 200 booths from a variety of local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers, as well as live music, Trend Appliances cooking competition, craft cocktail competition, food and drink vendors, ValuMarket craft beer tent, Cox’s Back Porch area for the grownups and a children’s area as well. Presented by the Louisville Water Company, the event also gets major support from Amish Hills Furniture and Louisville Metro Council. Admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $5 per vehicle (or free for bicycle parking). Visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair for more info. #BuyLocalFair

Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival – July 3 & 4

Fourth of July

Plan to attend the annual Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival on Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4 at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Monday and 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Enjoy fireworks on Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. The festival includes juried artist booths, live entertainment, children’s fun zone, food court, cake booth, pet contest and more! Free trolley circuit from the PD House around Frankfort to Stilz down Grinstead during festival times. Entertainment Schedule 2017 is available online, or visit the Facebook page for more information: CHCC 4th of July on FaceBook

Volunteers are needed for this family-friendly event. To signup, please click here.

Help make the 4th of July Festival complete by donating cakes or goodies for the cake wheel. Please complete the following form, http://www.crescenthill.us/fourth-of-july/cake-wheel, to indicate your willingness to donate a cake or baked good (purchased or home-made). Just drop item off at the cake wheel or indicate if you need to arrange a pickup, and then come out and enjoy the fun at the Peterson-Dumesnil House! 

Join us to walk Frankfort Avenue – July 12


Last week we reported an update on the new fence over Beargrass Creek on Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story Avenue. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Frankfort Avenue and Story Avenue to celebrate the corridor improvements. 

Sustainability Story: Waste Reduction Center

waste reduction center

Do you have any leftover junk that wasn’t accepted during junk collection week? Those items can be dropped off for free at the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. Residents can properly dispose of tires and household bulk waste including metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, unbagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture.

You can drop off up to three household junk items per day at no charge. Bulk loads or drop-offs exceeding three items will be charged according to this fee schedule.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday 8 AM to 3 PM

Additional information available online: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/waste-reduction-center.

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 Development Application Filed with PDS

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

If this application requires a public meeting, another notice will be sent notifying of the date, time and location of the meeting.  If you have questions about a proposal, or would like to view the case file, please contact the case manager listed or call Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services (PDS) at 574-6230.

A revised Detailed District Development plan application to construct an outlot for a coffee ship was filed with the Department of Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services on June 12, 2017.

Address:       2303 River Road
Case #:        17DEVPLAN1111
PDS Case Manager: Joel Dock (joel.dock@louisvilleky.gov

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 29: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Fred Minnick at 7:00 p.m. for a reading book signing of Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey.  Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, June 30:  Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor. For more information, visit  http://www.frankfortave.com/.

Saturday, July 1: Free computer tune-up and repair at St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bring your computer and all cables, charges, etc. Questions, please contact Rae Taylor at taylor_rae@hotmail.com.

Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2Poet, scholar and activist, Dr. Estella Conwill Majozo will premiere The Freedom Clothes Project at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  Events begin at 6:00 p.m. both days with an inaugural VIP Exclusive Reception and Artifacts Exhibition - cost is $60; $20; $15; $10.  The artifacts exhibit will be open to the public July 5-August 5, cost is $5.00; $3.00. For more information, contact the project consultants: Mary E. Jefferson 502-873-6545 or Jamie Y. Keith, 502.821-6840

Tuesday, July 4: Independence Day - Metro Offices are closed. Garbage, recycling and yard waste collections will be delayed by one day all week.

Monday, July 3 - Tuesday, July 4: 2017 Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue. Two days of celebration and good old-fashioned fun in the neighborhood! Enjoy live music both days, a juried art fair, food/event booths, children's fun zone, cake/prize booth, pet show and fireworks on Tuesday at 10 p.m. For more information and a detailed list of events please visit www.crescenthill.us.

Saturday, July 8Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events

Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9: FleaTiques at Mellwood Antiques, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. The event is held the 2nd weekend of the month beginning in April on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This is an outdoor market and the event is rain or shine. Each month will benefit a local charity, www.mellwoodantiques.com.

Monday, July 10: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Schedule is subject to change - concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit www.iroquoisamphitheater.com. July 10th's movie is School of Rock, rated PG-13.

Wednesday, July 12: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Meeting of the Minds at 7:00 p.m. Join members of the community as they think about and discuss current topics. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

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