District 9 eNews - Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Speaking Out About Waterfront Park Parking Charge

Waterfront Parking

Next week, the Waterfront Development Corporation is scheduled to consider a proposal to impose a parking charge in all of its lots, five days per week.  There would be free parking only on Monday and Tuesday.  Governor Bevin's veto of $420,000 in annual state funds (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/28/bevin-vetoes-waterfront-botanical-funding/83658896/) has left a hole in the park’s funding stream but I think charging for general parking at Waterfront Park is a bad idea. It's one of the most diverse places in Louisville, and it’s important that it remain accessible to everyone, every day — and not just on Mondays and Tuesdays.  

Articles about opposition to the parking charge by me and Metro Council colleagues are here:



The decision on a parking charge will be made by the Waterfront board, not Metro Council, and the vote could come on August 23.  Please let that board know what you think today by calling (502) 574-3768 or by using this contact form: https://louisvillewaterfront.com/contact/.

Photo: Waterfront Development Corporation 

Happy First Day of School

Happy 1st Day of School

I hope families had a great first day of school this week. Please be mindful when driving that young kids are waiting for buses on corners and on streets, and that school buses are learning new routes and making frequent stops. Here’s hoping everyone has another great school year!

Consider volunteering to help students and others this year. Opportunities at United Crescent Hill Ministries and St. Joseph Children’s Home are in this eNews.

Solar Eclipse Party – August 21

solar eclipse

St. Leonard Community School, 440 Zorn Avenue, presents The Solar Eclipse Party from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Join the school and staff for a view of the partial solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses and snacks will be provided. Donations accepted. Questions, please contact the school at 897-5265.

“Meet with Bill” – August 22

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 Tuesday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., we’ll be at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, in the basement meeting room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me

Neighborhood Watch Workshop – August 23


Join me and my colleagues Councilmembers Coan and Sexton Smith next Wednesday, August 23, at 6:00 p.m. for another neighborhood watch workshop. Learn how to start and maintain a block watch in your neighborhood! The meeting will be held in District 8 at the Douglas Community Center, 2305 Douglas Blvd. 

Save the Date - Back to School Block Party – September 8


Please mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Park on Friday, September 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy FREE Mellow Mushroom pizza, swimming, door prizes and family fun!  Make a child ID with LMPD.

We need VOLUNTEERS to make this event successful. If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions please email Kyle Ethridge

Click here to view our flyer and see a list of sponsors for the event! Youth door prizes are still being accepted. If you are interested in making a donation please contact the office at 574-3908 or email Kyle Ethridge

Thank you to sponsors who have already committed door prizes: A Reader’s Corner, Blue Dog Bakery , Carmichael’s Bookstore, Comfy Cow, Crescent Hill Trading Company, Heine Brothers' Coffee, Just Creations, Margaret's Consignments, McDonalds, Metro Parks and Red Hog Butcher.

Sustainability Story: Farmers Market Celebration

Farmer's Market

D9 features three farmers markets (Crescent Hill, St. Matthews and Rainbow Blossom) and one of them, at Rainbow Blossom, 3738 Lexington Road, has a special event this Sunday, August 20.

The Farmers Market Celebration is an annual event that celebrates all things local to our area.  Featured vendors include local farmers and food artisans who bring the best in just-picked produce, pastured meats, fresh eggs, baked goods, preserves and ready to eat items. In addition to the regular weekly vendors, the Farmer’s Market Celebration will include food trucks, artisans, education, and live music. 

The Farmers Market Celebration runs from Noon – 4 pm.

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

N. Jane Street Sidewalk Moving Forward

n jane

Metro Public Works (MPW) is moving forward on the N. Jane Street sidewalk, which will be located on the eastern side of North Jane Street just north of Sycamore Avenue. A missing sidewalk section there forces many people making their way to and from Brownsboro Road, including the Kroger there, to walk in the street. The project will include a small retaining wall, curbs and will slightly expand the roadway. The tentative start date is early September. Construction is scheduled to take several weeks, and the road will be closed during that time.

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.

321 S Peterson BOZA3826 Staebler BOZA2102 New Main ARC126 N Jane

UCHM Seeking Volunteers

UCHM seeking volunteers

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) is currently seeking volunteers and peer tutors to assist in providing homework help and enrichment activities to youth participants in grades K-8 during the UCHM United Learning after-school program. Peer tutors are exceptional students in grades 6-12 who have excelled in one or more subject areas who provide one-on-one tutoring to a student at least three grade levels below them. In addition, UCHM is also recruiting after-school program volunteers, who are 18 and up, to provide homework help to youth and assist with general program activities. To apply or for more information, contact Katie Litanga at klitanga@uchmlouky.org or 502-893-0346

St. Joseph Children’s Home Seeking Volunteers

St. Joes

St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, provides a loving home to Louisville’s most vulnerable children - those children removed from their homes due to neglect, abuse, domestic violence or substance abuse. St. Joe’s is in need of volunteers for the following events. To sign up, please email joannc@sjkids.org.

  • Friday August 18th:  Kickball at 4pm; Movie night at 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday August 23rd:  6:30-7:30pm Karate Class.  This is a 4 week class that ends in the kiddos getting their yellow belt.  
  • Friday August 25th:  6:30-8pm:  Movie night

Ride with Team Louisville

Team Louisville

Love to ride bicycles? Do you have a child that likes to ride? Come ride with Team Louisville. They have adult and junior squads as part of the Louisville Bicycle Club. They run several rides throughout the week, and support road, mountain bike, and cyclocross riding/racing. Looking for a place to start? They host a slow and easy Monday road ride through Seneca and Cherokee Parks. It meets at the St. Matthews Baptist Church parking lot, 3515 Grandview Avenue in D9, at 6:00 p.m. Any bike or clothing is fine, but helmets and water or sports drinks are required. It is around an hour of riding, with an average pace of about 15 mph. Any age of person is welcome, although young children should have a riding chaperone/parent. For more information, please call or text Kirsten at (502) 648-0550.

Still Need a RiverLink Transponder?


Drivers have another option for purchasing RiverLink transponders. RiverLink starter kits are now sold at all Thorntons locations in Louisville and Jeffersonville.

The starter kit includes a RiverLink prepaid transponder that can be used on the three tolled bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana, a reload card and a RiverLink customer agreement.

Drivers do not need to register their transponder or their car to use the prepaid transponder. They simply need to purchase the kit and activate it at the store register. The RiverLink starter kit can be found with other prepaid cards and gift cards in Thorntons.

Using a RiverLink Starter Kit
Purchasing and using a RiverLink starter kit is easy:

  1. Load $20 to $500 on the prepaid transponder at checkout. There is a one-time $3.00 activation fee.
  2. Place the RiverLink transponder on the inside of the car windshield, as instructed.
  3. The RiverLink prepaid transponder is ready to use on any of the three Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River tolled bridges.
  4. Keep the RiverLink reload card and use it to add funds to your RiverLink transponder at participating retailers. The minimum amount to reload a prepaid transponder is $20. There is a $1.50 reloading fee every time money is added to the transponder.

A positive account balance is required to pay the lowest toll rates. If the prepaid RiverLink transponder reaches a zero balance, drivers will pay higher toll rates, and receive an invoice in the mail.

Find more information on RiverLink tolling, including answers to frequently-asked questions, at www.RiverLink.com.  Find more details on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

John Nation Photography Exhibit and Tribute to Beargrass Creek

Beargrass Creek  

Plan to stop by the Louisville Free Public Library Downtown, 301 York Street, to view a photography exhibit by D9 resident John Nation. The exhibit is titled Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard and includes 40 photographs. A reception will be held on Thursday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. and will include a viewing of Morgan Atkinson’s documentary, Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard.

Click here to read the full Insider Louisville article by Kevin Gibson. 

Photo: John Nation

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.

Monday, August 21: Carmichael’s Bookstore to host author, actor and cult icon Bruce Campbell for his interactive game show Last Man Standing. This hilarious and quirky event will take place at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 and they include admission, a copy of Hail to the Chin and entrance to the book signing after the show. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.carmichaelsbookstore.com.

Tuesday, August 22: “Meet with Bill” from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort 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.

Thursday, August 24Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion on The Outsiders at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, August 24: Beargrass Creek Reception from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Louisville Free Public Library, 301 York Street. Includes showing of Morgan Atkinson's Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard. 

Friday, August 25: F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on the final Friday of the month from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. Park at one of the many convenient FREE and public parking areas and board the Frankfort Avenue Trolley at any designated stop. The trolley route runs from RiverPark Place on River Road to Cannons Lane. For more information about specific events please visit: http://www.frankfortave.com.

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