District 9 eNews - Thursday, October 5, 2017

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MSD Mellwood Road Closures

MSD Mellwood

This past Monday, a section of Mellwood Avenue closed to traffic as MSD continues its work on the Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow Basin.

Drivers need to be aware of the change, which is expected to last until December 1. At the same time, we want to make sure that everyone knows that all shops along the construction area remain open and accessible.

The construction area is Mellwood Avenue, between Brownsboro Road and Muncie Avenue. All shops at the Mellwood Arts Center (www.mellwoodartcenter.com), Mellwood Antiques & Interiors (http://www.mellwoodantiques.com) and Mom’s Music (www.momsmusic.com) will remain OPEN throughout the closure. Bistro 1860 (www.bistro1860.com) and Mellwood Tavern (https://www.facebook.com/MellwoodTavern) are also open.

Mellwood signage

For those traveling from Brownsboro Road, new signs direct local traffic to the businesses via Drescher Bridge and Thompson Avenues. The businesses are also accessible from Zorn Avenue and from River Road via Edith Road. Muncie Avenue remains open.

The Clifton Heights CSO Basin will capture seven million gallons of combined sewer overflow, in an average rainfall year. This underground-covered basin will offer the public and Beargrass Creek protection from combined sewer overflows during periods of wet weather. When completed, the project will be largely invisible to the public.

Underground storage is part of MSD’s larger endeavor to prevent sewage from overflowing into Louisville’s waterways. These underground storage areas retain the mixture of rainwater and sewage until the rain subsides and capacity is available for treatment, then gradually release it back into the sewer system.

Butchertown Porktoberfest – October 6


The Butchertown Neighborhood Association (BNA) is proud to announce the annual Porktoberfest on Friday, October 6 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street. This culinary extravaganza will feature fabulous food, beverages and live entertainment. 

Porktoberfest is a BBQ and pork inspired culinary competition that benefits the BNA. Porktoberfet 2017 will feature some of Louisville's coolest restaurants, chefs, food artisans, and specialty purveyors, all showcasing the best of our city's amazing culinary landscape. Participating restaurants to date include: Lupo, Butchertown Social, Cellar Door Chocolates, Revolution Confections, Butchertown Grocery, Feast BBQ, Commonwealth Cure, and Butchertown Pizza Hall.

Admission to the event is free. Guests can sample bites from some of the featured restaurants by purchasing tasting tickets. $2 will equal one tasting or drink ticket. In addition to the delicious food, guests will enjoy craft beer, cocktails and great live music.

The BNA and a team of volunteers have organized Porktoberfest for the last 5 years, making it a staple of Louisville's event calendar. A portion of all ticket sales from Porktoberfest 2017 will go directly to fund efforts for the beautification of Butchertown and other BNA initiatives. 

Louisville Solar Tour – October 7

Louisville Solar Tour

The 2017 Louisville Solar Tour is Saturday, October 7.  It begins with an ‘Introduction to Solar Technology’ session at Copper & Kings Distillery at 9:30 am. Solar experts will describe the financial, social, and environmental benefits of using solar power and address how to obtain and finance solar power. Tour participants can then board a bus or join a group bike tour which will visit designated houses, churches, and business locations featuring unique solar installations. Owners or installers will be on site to present briefly at each location. After touring, the participants will gather at Apocalypse Brew Works to celebrate solar energy and socialize. Food trucks, tabling and refreshments will be at this solar powered brewery as the day ends. The Introduction Session and the Bike Tour are free and open to the public. There is a $15 fee for the bus tour, and seating is limited. Please register if you plan to attend any part of this exciting tour.

A complete list of presenters and more information about the event can be found here: 2017 Louisville Solar Tour Day

October Halloween Activities

Happy Halloween
  • Saturday, October 7: Free Halloween Carnival from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Enjoy trunk or treat and carnival games. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • October 12 – November 5: Louisville Jack O ’Lantern Spectacular – Iroquois Park, tickets range from $9-$16. For more information call 368-5865 or visit www.jackolanternlouisville.com.
  • Friday, October 27: Free Dive-in movie at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue. Movie is Monster House, rated PG.
  • Saturday, October 28: Halloween in Brown Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Sustainability Story: New Electric Charger Available


Electric vehicle drivers have another convenient location in town to charge up! LG&E has partnered with Crescent Hill Baptist Church to install a new electric vehicle charging station in the Crescent Hill Baptist/Crescent Hill Library parking lot (2762 Frankfort Avenue). Electric vehicle drivers who use the charging station pay an hourly fee. While exact fees and taxes may vary depending on location, the average rate is about $3 per hour. This is the fifth charging station LG&E has installed in Louisville. You can also find charging stations at these sites:

  • Butchertown – E. Washington St.
  • Highlands – Hepburn Ave.
  • Downtown – Main and Floyd
  • Downtown – 921 West Main St.
electric charger

There are many mobile apps available to make it easier for EV drivers to search for the nearest charging station while on the go.

Another car charger is available in the Irish Rover parking lot, 2319 Frankfort Avenue (www.evolveky.org).

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 Planning & Design Public Meetings

Rezoning of several properties along Lexington Road (not including property near Grinstead Drive) has been recommended in the Irish Hill Neighborhood Plan, and the notice below has been sent to affected or adjacent property owners.

For basic details for all of 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.


Louisville Water Bill Has a New Look

LWC bill

Beginning this week, customers will notice a new look to their Louisville Water bill.  It’s a cleaner and much clearer statement. 

Louisville Water worked with customers for the new design.  Specifically, the new look makes it easy to locate the amount due and the due date.  The charges for water, wastewater, and other services are clearly separated and there’s a graph that highlights water usage over the past year.  An insert will be included with a future bill that highlights the changes, or visit the following link for information on the new format: http://www.louisvillewater.com/mybill

Louisville Water Work at Crescent Hill Plant

crescent hill treatment plant

The Louisville Water Company (LWC) started work yesterday, October 4, at the Crescent Hill plant. LWC will be performing work for 48 hours on a transmission main on the plant property. The work is several hundred feet away from the nearest homes on Stilz Avenue. LWC doesn’t believe any construction activity will be noticed, but if you experience any issues, please let my office know at 574-1109.

Learn How to Protect Your Identity – October 12

Catch Me If You Can

Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book… spoiler alert… he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonard DiCaprio.

For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Now he’s joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you learn how to spot and avoid scams so you can protect yourself and your family.

Abagnale will make a presentation Thursday, October 12, from 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in the Bomhard Theatre, 501 W. Main Street.  This is a free event, but registration is required. Please call 877-926-8300 or click here.

Clifton Chili Cook Off – October 15

Chili cookoff

Save the date for the annual Chili Cook off, hosted by the Clifton Community Council, benefiting Susan G. Komen. Gather up your beans, hot peppers and chili spices and join in the competition for the best tasting chili in Louisville. To be a competitor, please contact Brad Curry, brad@rededgelive.com, for official rules and entry.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 15 from Noon – 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and Pope Street. Tastings begin at Noon. The event is rain or shine.

D9 Fall Community Cleanup – October 21

fall cleanup

If you’ve been complaining about litter, here’s a chance to do something about it.

Please plan to join your neighbors on Saturday, October 21, for the D9 Fall Community Cleanup. In partnership with Brightside, volunteers will be cleaning up Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road. Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Bingham Park, 160 Coral Avenue, for breakfast sandwiches, provided by the Clifton McDonald’s, and hot coffee, provided by Heine Brothers’ Coffee. The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will be able to walk to Brownsboro or Frankfort Avenue to beautify the area. The District 9 office will provide bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to register your own neighborhood team through Brightside, please click here.

2017 Neighborhood Summit - Early Bird Registration

center for neighborhoods

The Center for Neighborhoods is hosting the 2017 Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Experience and learn from the community development success stories happening in the historic Portland and Russell neighborhoods.

If you are interested in building healthy, sustainable, safe, and attractive neighborhoods in Metro Louisville, this is the event for you.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.centerforneighborhoods.org/neighborhood-summit. Discounted early bird registrations are available through October 7.

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, October 5: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host English Conversation Club at 2:30 p.m. English Conversation Club allows non-native speakers to practice English in a relaxed, informal setting with others. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8: St. James Court Art Show.  Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at St. James Court and surrounding streets.  For more information visit www.stjamescourtartshow.com.

Saturday, October 7Bingham 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, October 7: 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, October 7: Halloween Carnival and Trunk or Treat at the Mary T. Meagher Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Enjoy carnival games, trunk or treat, concessions, inflatables and more! FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions, please call 897-9949.

Sunday, October 8: Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s Big Rock Jazz & Blues Festival from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Big Rock area of Cherokee Park, Park Boundary Road and Valetta Lane. Event features Tyrone Wheeler & 502 Vintage Keys, Queen Delphine & the Crown Jewels and Mike Tracy & Hora Cetra.

Tuesday, October 10Legal Aid Society to host a free foreclosure clinic at Noon at the Legal Aid office, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Attorneys will be on hand to provide advice on loan modifications and alternatives to foreclosure. Reservations are not required. Questions, please call 614-3110.

Wednesday, October 11: Legal Aid Society to host a free Tenant’s Rights Clinic at Noon at the Legal Aid office, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Attorneys will be on hand to answer questions about the eviction process, landlord obligations and tenants’ rights. Reservations are not required. Questions, please call 614-3110.

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