District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Kyle Ethridge
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Frankfort Avenue One-Block Closure

Road Closed
MSD - hatch

Frankfort Avenue — between Mellwood and Story Avenues — is currently closed to through traffic. Thankfully, it’s the last street closure as part of the Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Basin project, which will keep sewage out of Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River.  The entire street had to be closed by MSD due to the location of the hatch for the CSO, which is in the middle of the street. The CSO’s opening into Beargrass Creek, directly under the Frankfort Avenue bridge over the creek, is shown in this photo from a canoe trip I took with David Wicks. When the Clifton Heights Basin Project is completed, it will reduce the number of overflows at this and other spots in a typical year from 127 to 4 and the amount from 107 million to about 3.5 million gallons.

MSD - canoe

The Frankfort Avenue closure is estimated to continue through mid-February. A detour will take traffic around the site via Mellwood Avenue to Brownsboro Road to Story Avenue, although motorists are well advised to find alternate routes, especially during rush hours. Local access will be provided to residences in the 1600 block of Frankfort Avenue and Blue Horse Avenue. 

MSD - Grace

Story Avenue at the Frankfort Avenue intersection will be reduced to one lane of traffic for a small portion of the work. The north side of Story will always remain open to through traffic.

The entire project has been difficult for all involved and your patience is appreciated.  In an earlier phase of the project, Grace Immanuel United Church of Christ, located on Story Avenue, posted a sign: “Yes- road work is irritating but be thankful for clean water.” 

Historic Cobblestones Unearthed by MSD


The MSD construction project designed to reduce combined sewer overflows offered a surprising return as it unearthed a forgotten piece of Louisville history now to be used as a building block for a future project in the city.

Historic cobblestones were discovered by MSD during excavation for the force main required for the Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Basin Project. On Story Avenue — between Frankfort Avenue and Cabel Street — MSD contractor TSI Construction found trolley tracks that were not indicated on the maps, and three layers of cobblestone beneath the tracks, according to Meskerem Eshetu, the MSD engineer overseeing the project. The stones were used for paving roads, and then the trolley track was installed over the original cobblestone road.

Thanks in part to some quick work by Butchertown residents who contacted my office, many of the cobblestones were saved for use at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, which is under construction on Frankfort Avenue.

To read a MSD Streamline article published last month, click here (and go to page 2).

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax prep

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. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, in Clifton. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible.

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.

LMPD Coffee with a Cop – January 5

Coffee with Cop

Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation on Friday, January 5 at 9:00 a.m. at Heine Brothers’ Coffee, 119 Chenoweth Lane. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Questions, please call LMPD’s Fifth Division at 574-7636.

Pop-up Library at Apocalypse – January 6

Pop-up Library

Books&Brews502 is Louisville Free Public Library's (LFPL) new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to "read responsibly" this holiday season. From now to February, participants will earn points by reading books and attending programs - either at the Library or at Books&Brews502-specific programs with partners like Heine Brothers' CoffeeAgainst the Grain Brewery, and 502 Fit Pass. The more points you have the more chances you have to win!

As part of the program, LFPL is sponsoring a brewery pop-up Library at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, on Saturday, January 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Visit http://www.lfpl.org/booksandbrews/ for official rules, more information and to register.

Sustainability Story: Electronics Recycling Available

Electronics Recycling

Don’t throw away that old television, computer or other electronic device that you just replaced. Let Metro Public Works recycle those newly obsolete devices instead.

Free post-holiday electronics drop-off service is available at the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue. Drop-off will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on these three Saturdays: January 6, January 13 and January 20.

The special holiday promotion is in addition to our regular year round electronics recycling program. Details on the regular program are available on Metro’s website at https://louisvilleky.gov/recycling.

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

ABC Notifications – The Champagnery

ABC Notifications

Please click on below links for new location memo and Courier Journal legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and Sunday Liquor Drink license(s) being applied for, located at 1764 Frankfort Avenue, 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, December 23, 2017.

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.

1764 Frankfort

LIHEAP Crisis Program Starts Monday


The annual program that helps prevent low income residents of Louisville from being disconnected from utility services begins Monday, January 8, 2018.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is administered by Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. The Crisis Phase of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 8 - March 30, or until available funds have been expended, whichever comes first.

This year’s Crisis Program features expanded eligibility which allows residents receiving a current utility bill with a past due amount to apply, in addition to continuing to serve residents receiving a disconnect notice.

Residents wishing to apply must make an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system.  Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.  The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,665.00). 

Applicants must also have received and/or meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or
  • Current bill with a past due amount, or
  • Eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or
  • Bulk fuel is within four days of running out; or
  • Pre-paid electric services is within ten days of running out.

For more information on program eligibility and procedures, click here.

When You Smell That Smell - Call MSD

MSD Smell

AmeriCorps and VISTA Openings at Metro Parks

Metro Seal

Louisville Parks and Recreation is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps and VISTA positions.  Positions include service terms of 9-12 months starting now.  They currently have openings in natural areas, forestry and landscaping, environmental education, community centers, and volunteer programming.  Individuals selected will be eligible to receive a living allowance and educational award and may also be eligible for health insurance and child care.  For additional information/application, send an email of interest to Laura.Ryan@louisvilleky.gov and attach a copy of your resume.

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, January 4: Crescent Hill Community Council Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Learn about new opportunities to be of service in shaping the neighborhood's future! Meet new neighbors and get involved.

Friday, January 5: LMPD Coffee with a Cop at 9:00 a.m. at Heine Brothers' Coffee, 119 Chenoweth Lane. Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

Friday, January 5: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host English Conversation Club at 10:30 a.m. English Conversation Club allows non-native speakers to practice English in a relaxed, informal setting with others. If you are learning the English language, or would like to practice conversing in English, come join the Conversation Club. Participants should have some basic knowledge of the English language before joining. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Saturday, January 6: Bingham 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, January 6Pop-up Library at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, with the Louisville Free Public Library from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Books&Brews502 is LFPL's new winter reading program for adults, encouraging everyone to "read responsibly" this holiday season. From December to February, participants will earn points by reading books and attending programs (both at the library and with great community partners). The more points you have, the more chances you have to win! Visit http://www.lfpl.org/booksandbrews/ for more information and to register.

Monday, January 8: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Word 1 at 9:00 a.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft Word, a program used to create documents such as papers, letters, reports, resumes, and more. Topics include how to get started, edit, format, and save your work. Questions, please call 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 9: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Word 2 at 9:00 a.m. Microsoft Word is a program used to create documents such as papers, letters, reports, resumes, and more. This class builds upon skills covered in Microsoft Word 1. Topics include proofreading and revising, inserting images and tables, and formatting your page. Questions, please call 574-1771.

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