District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Frankfort Avenue One-Block Closure – January 2

road closed

Frankfort Avenue — between Mellwood and Story Avenues — will close to traffic beginning January 2, 2018. This construction is estimated to continue through February 2018. A detour will take traffic around the site via Mellwood Avenue to Brownsboro Road to Story Avenue.

The closure is part of MSD's Force Main Extension Project for the Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Basin.

Traffic in the area has been severely disrupted by the project, which thankfully will come to an end by March. In the meantime, here’s some good news. Work on Story Avenue is ahead of schedule. The section of Story Avenue from the I-64 exit ramp to Cabel Street is now open.


The Clifton Heights CSO Basin will capture 7 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.

Reservoir Park & Village Manor Access Road Complete

emergency access

Work on a new access road to allow Reservoir Park and Village Manor residents access to and from their homes when a stopped train is blocking Fenley and Blackburn Avenues is finally complete.  New fencing and locks were installed this week, following up on construction of a new road.  The project is designed to address a long-standing problem in the neighborhoods.   

access road

Emergency vehicles (police, fire and ambulances) have always been able to use a gate near the end of Claremont Avenue to access the neighborhoods when trains are blocking the tracks.  Now, any vehicles or pedestrians will be able to come and go when both roads are blocked by a stopped train. 

Reservoir Park and Village Manor residents have been informed about how to get the gate opened, using volunteers in the neighborhoods. 

7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness – TONIGHT

Give a Jam

The 7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held tonight, December 21, 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 efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.louhomeless.org. 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

APH Project Makes Airport Accessible

APH airport

The American Printing House for the Blind and Louisville International Airport announced a collaboration this week that makes our airport the most accessible to blind and visually impaired people in the nation and probably the world!

Wayfinding mobile technology that uses Bluetooth low energy beacons has been installed throughout the airport.  The same technology was recently installed at the Crescent Hill Library in District 9 and additional installations are in the works.  Funding has been provided by the James Graham Brown Foundation.

"Indoor Explorer' is essentially signage that can be heard, telling a traveler where they are each step of the way as they navigate independently. More information about it and the Louisville Airport project is in this Insider Louisville story:  https://insiderlouisville.com/business/technology-business/wayfinding-system-for-visually-impaired-installed-at-louisville-airport/.

A video showing how the system works is here.

Happy Holidays – No eNews Next Week

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to you and your family! Metro offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1.

The eNews will take a break next week too. We’ll be back on January 4.

No Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Pickup

Metro Seal

Solid waste collection services will be altered under the following schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks:

Garbage/yard waste/recycling:

There will be no residential garbage, yard waste or recycling collection on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 within in the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits). Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Monday will have service instead on Tuesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 2. The Tuesday-Friday schedule will also be delayed by one day.

Collections in St. Matthews will not occur on Monday, December 25 and service will be delayed one day for the rest of the week. There will be no delays in St. Matthews on January 1 and Rumpke will follow the regular schedule.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies for holiday collection schedules.

Staffed Recycling Centers:

These centers will be closed Saturday December 23, Monday December 25, Saturday December 30 and Monday January 1. 

  • East District Public Works Yard 595 N. Hubbards Lane 
  • Metro Parks Landscaping 9300 Whipps Mill Road 
  • Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway 
  • Central Government Center 7201 Outer Loop 

Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue

  • Closed Saturday December 23, Monday December 25, Saturday December 30, and Monday January 1. 

HAZ BIN Hazardous Waste Facility, 7501 Grade Lane

  • Closed Saturday, December 23 and Saturday December 30

Sustainability Story: Curbside and Drop-off Christmas Tree Disposal

recycling christmas tree

Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries) after the holiday. Beginning Tuesday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations and lights must be removed.

In St. Matthews, trees can be set out by the street on your regularly scheduled trash day.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations on the dates below. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees into mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.

Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. This mulch performs particularly well for acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are dropped off.


  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway (Bring containers to take home fresh mulch.)
  • Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue (Tree drop-off only. Mulch is not available at this location.)


December 26, 27, 28, 29 and January 2, 2018 (As in the past, Public Works will continue to accept trees at the Waste Reduction Center until the end of January during normal business hours).

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Tuesday, December 26 ONLY, and only at the Hubbards Lane site.


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

1701 Payne Street1764 Frankfort Avenue

Task Force to Review Policies in Dealing with Homeless Encampments

Metro Seal

Mayor Fischer announced that he is creating a task force to review city policies and procedures in dealing with homeless encampments.

The new Homeless Encampment Task Force will be led by Eric Friedlander, the city’s Chief Resilience Officer, and will include representatives from the Coalition for the Homeless, St. John’s Center, LMPD, Metro Corrections and Metro’s Office for Resilience and Community Services.

Mayor Fischer also announced his support for the Homeless Protection Ordinance I introduced this month, which, among other procedures, would mandate 21-day notices before clearing out homeless encampments. The Mayor also said he is suspending all operations clearing out homeless encampments until after the ordinance passes and/or updated procedures are in place.

The goal, he said, “is to build on the success we’ve had in reducing homelessness in our city.”

Citing Metro government budgetary pressures and reductions in state and federal funding for such work, the Mayor also urged all citizens and private organizations to step up and help out, by volunteering time and donating funds to help the homeless.

To find out more, visit the Coalition for the Homeless website, at Louhomeless.org.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax preparation

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2017 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday beginning January 26 through the end of tax season between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment.                                             

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

Resilience and Community Services Launches New Online Screening Tool

Community Services

Louisville Metro’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) launched "Am I Eligible", a new online screening tool for Louisville residents.  “Am I Eligible” invites individuals to complete a brief online survey to determine which RCS programs and services are available to them. 

This tool is featured on the RCS homepage at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services or can be accessed at https://amieligible.louisvilleky.gov/.  Survey participants are asked to answer questions related to household size and monthly income; whether or not there are children present in the household; is there a disability; as well as what programs are of interest.

Based on the answers to the questions, participants receive a customized list of programs and services for which they may be eligible including educational scholarships, housing and financial assistance, help starting a microbusiness, assistance with budgeting or opening a bank account, and more.

 “Am I Eligible” can be completed anonymously or participants have the option of submitting their name, contact information as well as selecting a Neighborhood Place most convenient for them.  An RCS staff member assigned to the designated Neighborhood Place will then contact the participant by phone or email for further follow-up.

There are eight Neighborhood Place sites at the following locations:

  • Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Charmoli, 200 Juneau Dr., 40243
  • First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd.,, 40216
  • Greater Cane Run Area, 3410 Lees Lane, 40210
  • NorthWest, 4018 W. Market St., 40212
  • South Central, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • South Jefferson Fairdale, 1000 Neighborhood Pl., Fairdale, KY 40118
  • Ujima, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211

The Office of Resilience and Community Services is the social services provider for Louisville Metro Government focusing on homeless prevention, building self-sufficiency and household financial stability, community engagement, financial empowerment, and building Louisville's Resilience Strategy.  RCS is a partner agency in Neighborhood Place and also serves as the community action agency for Jefferson County.  To learn more, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services.

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 21: 7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness at 6:00 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. The evening will include live music, food prepared by local chefs, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and includes 10 food and drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at www.louhomeless.org.

Thursday, December 21: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion group on White Christmas at 6:30 p.m.  Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Monday, December 25: Christmas Holiday - Metro Offices are closed and collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste is delayed by one day. 

Wednesday, December 27: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch on Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson at 1:00 p.m.  Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Monday, January 1: Metro Government Holiday - There will be no residential collection of garbage, recycling, or yard waste within the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits). Collection will be delayed by one day.

Tuesday, January 2: Butchertown Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Location to be determined. For more information and a location visit www.facebook.com/butchertownneighborhood

Wednesday, January 3: 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. Contact the branch for full details at 574-1793.

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