District 12 eNewsletter - December 6, 2017

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
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In this edition...

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Buttercup, Leon, and Leia!


Buttercup, FEMALE DOG

Buttercup is a real sweetheart! This chipper girl loves to run, and her silly, playful personality will keep you smiling. An LMPD officer who found Buttercup gave her the name after getting to know her on the way to the shelter. The 3-year-old is also a staff favorite, and likes other dogs. Can you give Buttercup a forever home for the holidays? All adoptions at Animal House and our shelter are free the month of December with an approved application. To meet Buttercup, visit Animal House Adoption Center at 3516 Newburg Rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm, and Friday until 7pm. For more information about Buttercup, send questions to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Leon the cat

Leon and Leia, MALE and FEMALE CATs 

Leon and Leia have asked Santa for a forever home for the holidays. The one-year-old siblings are extremely close and couldn’t bear to be parted! Leon is the more outgoing one, who doesn’t mind posing for photos.  


Leia the cat

Leia is curious but prefers to hang in the background. You can adopt the adorable pair at Animal House! All adoptions for the month of December are free! Visit Animal House at 3516 Newburg Rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm, and Friday until 7pm. For more information about Leon and Leia, send questions to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Visit the LMAS website here for more information and a full list of all the adorable adoptable animals who need loving homes.

LIHEAP Subsidy Component Through December 15th


The LIHEAP Program that helps low income residents of Jefferson County with their utility bills begins on Nov. 6, 2017.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federally funded, income-based program that provides financial help to low-income households in meeting the costs of heating their home. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component is a one-time assistance benefit, which is paid directly to the heating vendor. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component begins Monday, Nov. 6 and will operate through Dec. 15, 2017, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

Residents wishing to apply must schedule an appointment utilizing the new, automated appointment system. The appointment system is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Applicants must be Louisville Metro/Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For the Subsidy Component of LIHEAP, residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills. Applicants must also provide the following documentation.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, etc. or proof of $0 income. Note: Zero Income forms are available at the Office of Resilience and Community Services office at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.)
  • Proof of Social Security number for each member of the household.
  • Most current heating bill; or statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent; or statement from your utility company if you participate in a pre-pay electric program. Please bring the account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric.

LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment at one of the six locations listed below. 

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W Market St., 40212
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
  • Southwest Government Center/Dixie Highway location. 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send a representative on their behalf with a note including the applicant’s signature and phone number. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.

Callers who require more information can contact MetroCall 311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000, email metro.call@louisvilleky.gov, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocall, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website.  Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

LIHEAP is made possible by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is a pass through grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state. Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) serves as the administering agency of the Louisville Metro Community Action Agency. For more information about RCS, visit our website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/community-services or call 574-1157 or Community Action Kentucky at (800) 456-3452.

Riverside Hosting Master Planning Meeting Dec. 7

Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will be hosting a meeting to update the public on a nearly completed master plan project conducted by Gresham, Smith and Partners with an eye on future development at the 19th century historic site, located on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Louisville.

The meeting will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7 at the Riverside visitors’ center, located at 7410 Moorman Road, 40272. The public can learn what is being discussed through the plan, including:

  • a new trail system
  • a new partnership with the Jefferson County Extension Service that will allow for more use of the historic farm on site
  • improvements to the visitors’ center
  • improvements to the property entrance
  • improvements to event spaces, including the dock
  • a plan for the future of the historic Aydelott-Rosenberger House

For more information, call 502/935-6809 or e-mail info@riverside-landing.org

Sun Valley Community Center Children's Holiday Party - December 8th

Sun Valley Children's Christmas Party

Jefferson Memorial Forest: Holiday Open House December 21st

Jefferson memorial forest holiday open house

Neighborhood Institute Spring 2018: Now Accepting Applications

Center For Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Institute Spring 2018!

Classes will be held at the Center for Neighborhoods (507 South Third Street) every Thursday from January 25th to April 12th from 6:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will be provided for all attendees. 

About Neighborhood Institute

The Neighborhood Institute is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the whole community. There is no charge to attend.

The Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhood groups.

Part of the Neighborhood Institute curriculum includes a self-directed project in the community. Through the class projects, people become engaged in the community as they branch out and apply the information and knowledge from the class to real life situations.

For more information, contact John Hawkins, 502-589-0343 or johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org.

The application deadline for Neighborhood Institute Spring 2018 is 12:00 PM on Friday, January 12th, 2018.

The New Dixie Highway Update

DH- Medians

Dixie Highway lane closures in Jefferson County to begin Dec. 4

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists of upcoming lane closures on US 31W (Dixie Highway). Contract crews will begin preparations next week for construction on the New Dixie Highway Project in 2018.

The New Dixie Highway Project is designed to improve safety and traffic efficiency along one of the city’s busiest corridors, and will include new fiber-linked traffic signals, new concrete and landscaped medians, and a bus rapid transit line from TARC.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, Dec. 4 with milling of some raised medians between Greenwood Road and Heaton Road (mile markers 11.7 to 14.5) to accommodate upcoming traffic shifts. Other items of work include locating underground utilities, bringing in equipment and materials, and shifting traffic.

Crews will be working on the northbound lanes of Dixie Highway between Greenwood Road and Blanton Lane and on the southbound lanes between Heaton Road and Upper Hunters Trace. 

Lane closures are possible in these two areas on weekdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. and on weekends from 7 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday. 

No lane closures will occur December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018.

While temperatures are still conducive for applying roadway paint, workers will also re-stripe these sections of Dixie Highway to prepare for new traffic patterns. Permanent lane closures will not begin until after the first of the year when traffic will be shifted and the roadway reduced to two lanes in each direction through the work zone.

Some TARC bus stops will be impacted during this work. Riders should visit ridetarc.org for more information or contact TARC’s customer service line at 502-585-1234.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Road Alerts & Updates


Below is a list of projects overseen by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet happening in Southwest Louisville.

US 31W (Dixie Highway): Lane closures and delays possible between Greenwood Road and Heaton Road (mile markers 11.7 to 14.5) due to median removal, roadway re-striping and traffic shifts for future construction. Crews will be working on the northbound lanes of Dixie Highway between Greenwood Road and Blanton Lane and on the southbound lanes between Heaton Road and Upper Hunters Trace. Lane closures are possible on weekdays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. and on weekends from 7 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.  

US 31W (Dixie Highway) Paving: Lane closures and traffic shifts in place between Bethany Lane and Stonestreet Road (mile markers 7.7 to 9.7) due to asphalt replacement. Additional lane closures are possible weeknights in the northbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. and in the southbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m.  Lane closures are also possible on weekends during daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional lane closures are possible from 9:00 p.m. on Friday until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 p.m. on Saturday until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

For questions or concerns about the paving work on South Dixie, please contact Will Nolan at william.nolan@ky.gov or Sherri Smith (502) 955-5436.

Log on to goky.ky.gov for the latest in statewide traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

District 12 Metro Public Works Updates


The following is a list of permits and notices from Louisville Metro public works for lane and sidewalk closures, utility cuts, street closures and oversize load notices in the Metro area. 

6657 Iroquois Park Rd. - Louisville Water Company has been issued Permit Number 17RW5936 to close the road in order to install a water line and relocate another between Palatka Rd. and 6657 Iroquois Park Rd. Permit is valid from November 20, 2017 to February 23, 2018.

For more details or to see additional permitted work throughout Metro Louisville, visit the map here.

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