District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Tree Ordinance Approved

tree ordinance

For more than a year, I’ve led the effort to enact an ordinance to preserve and increase the tree canopy in Louisville Metro’s public spaces, including the rights-of-way along Metro streets.  Louisville has been one of few cities without such an ordinance and its adoption was the very first of 41 recommendations in the 2015 Louisville Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. It was also recommended by the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, after a lengthy review of ordinances in dozens of other cities, including several in Kentucky.  As Cindi Sullivan of Trees Louisville has noted, adoption of a tree ordinance has been recommended for Louisville for decades. 

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and I introduced the ordinance last December and I have had dozens of meetings with neighborhood groups, residents and other interested parties since that time. Many provisions were explained and many concerns and questions were addressed.  

I am very happy to report that the ordinance was approved by Metro Council in a bipartisan 20-3 vote on November 30!  

For many years, property owners have been responsible for trees in the right of way abutting their property.  That responsibility has included removing the trees if they are dead or dying and a permit or order has been issued for their removal. The new ordinance clarifies those rules and allows some activity (like routine pruning) without a permit, which had been prohibited.   It also includes a new requirement that any permit to remove a tree will be conditioned on planting a new one.   The ordinance lowers the size of trees that the City has required to be planted, so that they can be obtained from a home and garden store and planted by the property owner, and it establishes a new fund to help low income property owners with their tree responsibilities.  

Louisville’s new tree ordinance effectively creates a no-net-loss policy for public trees. It will help focus attention on the loss of tree canopy in Louisville, protect the trees we have, and reduce the possibility of more losses.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the ordinance!  You can read more about it in this news release: https://louisvilleky.gov/news/council-members-hollander-and-hamilton-applaud-approval-public-tree-ordinance

Impoundment Lot Relocation

Impoundment Lot

Louisville Metro announced this week that it is starting the process of looking for alternative locations for the vehicle impoundment lot off lower Frankfort Avenue in Butchertown.  The lot is operated by the Louisville Metro Police Department. It’s where vehicles are stored after they’re towed. Many remain there for a considerable time when they are needed as evidence.

A hillside that adjoins and drains into Beargrass Creek, partially in the flood plain,  is not the best location for a lot that stores vehicles leaking fluids.  It is also inadequate for Louisville Metro’s current needs, as capacity constraints at the site are preventing Metro from towing abandoned cars from streets and other properties.  Some time ago, I sought and received a commitment from LMPD to remove cars from the flood plain and I was pleased early last year when Metro formally announced that the lot should be relocated.  This week’s announcement of a process to seek an alternative site is very welcome. 

Metro will begin a two-pronged process of soliciting ideas for alternative locations for the impound lot in January 2018, starting with issuing a request for information seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location and other physical and operational requirements. The second prong of this process will include public meetings where city officials can share information about its needs for the impound lot, and gather community feedback on potential locations and innovative ideas that could lead to alternative designs or management practices for the impound lot.

People will be invited to share that feedback online, as well as in person. Louisville Metro Government will then evaluate all ideas provided through spring 2018, with a goal of identifying a new location for the impound lot by mid-2018.

More information about the relocation process is in this news release: https://louisvilleky.gov/news/city-explore-new-site-lmpd-impound-lot-0 and in this WFPL story:  http://wfpl.org/louisville-to-seek-alternative-sites-for-impound-lot/.  

Holiday Open House, TONIGHT – Dec. 7

Crescent Hill

Come visit with your friends and neighbors from Crescent Hill at the Crescent Hill Community Council sponsored annual Holiday Open House. The event is TONIGHT, December 7, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House at 301 S. Peterson Avenue.

Santa will be stopping by to see all the good little boys and girls and loves selfies with the grown-ups! The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra will be performing beautiful holiday music in the living room.  In the dining room, there will be refreshments and desserts for everyone to enjoy. If you have a desire to bake your favorite dessert, the Council will make room for your treat. Please join your Crescent Hill neighbors for this festive gathering. 

Sustainability Story: Recycle Latex Paint at Habitat Restore

Recycling Paint

Paint you no longer need can be remixed for sale in Habitat ReStore locations in Louisville and the money raised can be reinvested in our community to create affordable home ownership opportunities.

Drop off latex paint during business hours at the following locations:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Locations (year round)

  • 2777 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40209
    Tues - Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • 4044 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40220
    Mon - Sat: 9 AM - 7 PM, Sun: 12 PM – 6 PM
  • 1631 Rowan St, Louisville, KY 40203
    Wed - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 9 AM – 4 PM

Louisville Metro Staffed Recycling Centers (March 15 -November 15 only)

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

  • 595 Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
  • 7219 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40258
  • 7201 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228


  • Latex paint only
  • Cannot accept: leaking containers, containers without labels, empty containers or containers with excessive rust
  • Must pass the shake test; paint should move inside the container when shaken
  • Paint that is oil based or requires thinners or solvents for cleanup must be taken to HAZ BIN for disposal at 7501 Grade Lane, Louisville, KY 40219 

The Latex Paint Recycling Program is funded through a grant from the Kentucky Pride Fund.

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

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.


2017 Health Equity Report

Health Equity

In Louisville, health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy and reach their full potential. A person’s identifies, whatever they may be, should not predict how long or how well one will live.


While that’s the goal, it isn’t the rule. Louisville’s Center for Health Equity released a report on the subject last week.

The 2017 Health Equity Report is designed as a tool for policy makers and residents to better understand how they can create more equitable policies and practices, and it examines the history of Louisville and how our past has influenced our present. The report shows the demographics and diversity of the city's residents, noting, for example that Louisville's population is growing and becoming more diverse. It reviews 21 health outcomes such as infant mortality, homicide and heart disease, and examines 11 root causes for those outcomes, ranging from food systems to neighborhood development. These health outcomes are arranged in the order of the life course, from infancy through old age, to demonstrate how root causes have different impacts at every life stage and can have cumulative effects over time. Click here to view the report.

Metro Public Works Sidewalk Survey

MPW Sidewalk

Metro Public Works (MPW) has purchased a PathMeT, a state of the art device that measures sidewalks and pathways for accessibility characteristics such as tripping hazards, roughness, slope, images, and location. And it's the new approach to repairing the 1,800 miles of sidewalks under Louisville Metro Government control.

Today, those sidewalks are repaired based on complaints that come in from citizens. The PathMeT will be used to give us a picture of the condition of all of the sidewalks. That information will be used by the Sidewalk Repair Project Manager, to prepare a three-year repair plan that will be presented to Metro Council in the spring. The $400,000 survey, funded by the council, will be conducted by the firms Qk4 and pathVu.

In the meantime, let us know if your sidewalk needs repairs so it can be inspected. 

Winter Fire Safety Reminders

Louisville Metro Fire Dept.

A Message from Louisville Fire

Most of us look forward to winter and hot cocoa, fuzzy clothes and warm houses. It's also the peak season for the second leading cause of home fires in the US - heating equipment. Over 70% of these fires are due to improper use of space heaters, fireplaces and chimneys. The Louisville Division of Fire would like to remind you to keep 3 feet of clearance around space heaters and make sure they plug directly into a wall (not an extension cord or power strip). Ensure that they are turned off when you leave the room or go to sleep. FEMA and the US Fire Administration recommend all chimneys and vents should be cleaned and inspected yearly. 

In addition to this seasonal information, please make sure that you have working smoke alarms in your home. If you are unable to test yours or have none and live in the Urban Services District, please call 311 and request that the Louisville Division of Fire come out to test or replace your smoke alarms free of charge. Louisville Fire can also provide a home safety check to ensure you are as safe as possible. 

Register for the Kilowatt Crackdown


The Louisville Energy Alliance is happy to announce the Kilowatt Crackdown is open for registration. Last year, ten Louisville building owners and managers received hand-blown glass awards from Mayor Fischer to recognize their energy savings achievements.

Registration for the Kilowatt Crackdown ends January 19, 2018. The application only takes five minutes to complete. Then you’ll need to update your electricity and natural gas consumption using Portfolio Manager, an easy-to-use website, by February 7th. 

Louisville’s Kilowatt Crackdown recognizes non-residential building owners and operators that use less energy than their peers. This year’s competition will recognize the best performer in 2017 and the most improved from 2016 to 2017.  Awards will be granted by building type.

Have you made energy efficiency upgrades to your building this year? Want recognition? Register for the Kilowatt Crackdown today! If you have questions, please call 502-574-1976. 

Holiday Fundraising Event for Waterfront Park – Dec. 13

Louisville Landsharks

On Wednesday, December 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Louisville Landsharks will be holding their second annual holiday social at The Silver Dollar, 1761 Frankfort Avenue.  For the second year in a row, charitable donation is the goal.  This year's charity will be Waterfront Park - specifically raising funds to keep parking at the park free of charge for all.  The club will be accepting cash donations.

Additionally, The Silver Dollar will graciously be donating proceeds from the club's social in support of this initiative. 

The Louisville Landsharks Multisport Club is a social club for triathlon enthusiasts.  They have triathlon spectators and participants of all skill and experience levels.  Please visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/louisville.landsharks/, for membership information.  All are welcome.  

Volunteers Needed for the 2017 Tax Season


For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a mobile tax preparation site at United Crescent Hill Ministries, offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! This year we are planning to offer additional tax preparation dates and hope you’ll consider joining our team! If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 tax season (January 26-April 2018) please contact Kyle Ethridge or call 574-3908. The first volunteer training will be offered in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients. Click here to view a list of available positions. Click here to fill out a volunteer form.

The VITA tax volunteer training schedule has been announced. Basic training sessions are either 4 or 7 hours. Click here for the full schedule.

Comment on the Chenoweth Lane Improvement Project

Chenoweth Lane

Last Thursday the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hosted an open house to view proposals for the Chenoweth Lane Improvement Project. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please click here to view information provided at the meeting and to complete a survey. The survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChenowethLane, will close on December 14, 2017.

Louisville Parks and Recreation Winter Leagues

basketball leagues

Louisville Parks and Recreation is accepting team registrations for its adult men’s winter basketball leagues. Games will be played Sunday afternoons at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court, beginning January 21, with game times of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.

The fee is $450 per team, and participants must be 18 or older. Deadline to register is January 12, or until leagues are filled.

For more information on how to register, please click here. Payments can be made by credit card over the phone at (502) 574-4515. You may also pay by cash or check at the Parks and Recreation athletics office located at the Cyril Allgeier Center, 4101 Cadillac Ct., 40213. 

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration in order to reserve your place for the season. Registrations received after deadline will be subject to $35 processing late fee.

All information concerning league offerings, rules, and team roster sheets can be found here. For more information, please contact Michael Wade at Michael.Wade@louisvilleky.gov or call 502/574-4515.

Neighborhood Institute Spring 2018

Center for Neighborhoods

The Center for Neighborhoods is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Neighborhood Institute. It is a leadership education program designed to equip neighborhood leaders with skills and resources needed to initiate positive change in the community through their neighborhood, homeowner, and condo associations. Classes meet every Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30PM at the Center for Neighborhoods Offices, 507 South Third Street, for 12 consecutive weeks (January 25th, 2017 – April 12th, 2018), including a Graduation Celebration. Dinner is provided each week. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Applications will be accepted through January 12th, 2018.

The Neighborhood Institute Spring 2018 is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts, and the whole community.

To apply for the 12-week program, visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org, or contact John Hawkins at 502-589-0343 or johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org.

Avoid a Clogged Pipe This Holiday Season

clogged pipes

While cooking your holiday meal, please remember to can the grease!

Never pour fats, oils and grease down a sink, drain or toilet. Pour used grease into an empty, heat-safe container, such as a soup can, and store it in the freezer. Once the grease has become solid, toss the can into the garbage.

Scrape food waste into the trash.

Wipe all pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils with a paper towel to soak up grease before washing them.

7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness – Dec. 21

Give A Jam

The 7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held on Thursday, December 21st from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. The evening will feature performances by local musicians and artists, soups from Louisville’s best chefs, a silent auction and a cash bar. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and includes $10 worth of food/drink tickets. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’s efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. Tickets may be available at the door, but the event has sold out in years’ past so advanced tickets are encouraged.

The all-star lineup of local musicians who are donating their time and talents to participate in the event include Ben Sollee, John and Geoff Gage, Daniel Martin Moore, The Tyrone Cotton Band, Johnny Berry and The Outliers, Aaron Bibelhauser and Grammy-nominated Michael Cleveland, Steve Cooley and Brigid Kaelin, Hound of the Buskervilles, Britton Patrick Morgan, Hot Brown Smackdown, Small Time Napoleon, The Eleventh Hour, and Appalatin.

Local restaurants including Fork & Barrel, The Exchange Pub & Kitchen, Crave Cafe and Catering, Against the Grain, The Irish Rover, Harvest, Chili’s, Jack Fry's, Shady Lane Café, Uptown Café, and Volare will provide an array of soups and stews.

Each of the musicians and restaurant chefs are donating their time and talents, and the event will be staffed entirely by volunteers to ensure that all proceeds go to support the Coalition for the Homeless’ efforts to end homelessness in our community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.louhomeless.org

Leaf Drop-off Extended to December 9


While leaf drop-off service ended last Saturday at two locations, it has been extended an additional week to December 9 at a third location. Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection have the option through December 9 to dispose of them at:

Public Works Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue

  • Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

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, December 7: Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) to host a holiday party from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Mom's Music, 1900 Mellwood Avenue. The party starts at 5:30 pm with mingling, munching and drinking. At 6:00 pm there will be a performance from one of the Rock School Bands! The Air Guitar Contest will begin at 6:30 pm. (Appetizers are being provided by the Bristol Bar & Grille and America's Best Bartenders & Servers will be pouring and mixing libations at the bar.)

Thursday, December 7Crescent Hill Community Council to host a Holiday Open House from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, December 7: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host A Larkspur Press Celebration of authors at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call the store at 896-6950.

Friday, December 89th District Mammogram Screenings in partnership with U of L and Brown Cancer Center at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  Must have an appointment through the 9th District office.  Please call 574-3908 to make an appointment today!

Saturday, December 9Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion of Candide by Voltaire at 10:30 a.m.  Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, December 9: Imagine Blind Players performances of Neil Simon's California Suite at Lettersong Studio, 1501 Story Avenue. Performances are December 9, 11, 16, and 18 at 7 PM, with matinees on December 10 and 17 at 2 PM. General admission tickets are $15 each. (These blind performers are experienced in performing at the American Printing House and other locales in Louisville.)

Sunday, December 10: Dine Out for Waterfront Botanical Gardens at Le Moo between 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. During the dinner service (dine-in and takeout), a portion of sales on each meal goes toward Waterfront Botanical Gardens. No additional cost to participate, simply tell your server that you're supporting the Gardens.

Wednesday, December 13: League of Women Voters to host a dinner and democracy meeting with guest Dr. Mark Pollio, the interim JCPS Superintendent. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. (no reservations are required and donations are accepted), program begins at 6:00 p.m. at The Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue.

Wednesday, December 13: Louisville Landsharks will be holding their second annual holiday social at The Silver Dollar on Frankfort Avenue at 6:00 p.m.  For the second year in a row, a charitable donation is the goal.  This year's charity will be Waterfront Park - specifically raising funds to keep parking at the park free of charge for all.  The club will be accepting cash donations. Additionally, The Silver Dollar will graciously be donating proceeds from the club's social in support of this initiative. The Louisville Landsharks Multisport Club is a social club for triathlon enthusiasts. It includes triathlon spectators and participants of all skill and experience levels.  

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