District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Homeless Protection Ordinance Approved


I am happy to report that the Homeless Protection Ordinance I sponsored in November was approved by Metro Council last week by a bipartisan 19-2 vote, with one member voting “present” and four members not voting. 

The ordinance requires a 21 day notice before Louisville Metro displaces homeless persons from public property.  The notice is designed to give social service providers an opportunity to work with the homeless and offer whatever support is available, including shelter beds, or transitional or permanent housing.  Homeless people would also have the opportunity during the notice period to remove their belongings so they don’t end up in the landfill without warning. If notice is not provided due to a health or safety emergency, Metro would store personal items for 30 days so the owners could retrieve them.  

Homeless vote

The day after its passage, the ordinance was recognized by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a group dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness (https://www.nlchp.org), as fulfilling the principles and practices outlined in its recent “Tent City USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding” Report.  

These new protections are NOT the ultimate solution to homelessness in Louisville. I’ll continue to work for more shelter beds, transitional housing, supportive services and affordable housing for all Louisvillians. 

Medical Cannabis Town Hall Meetings

Metro seal

Because there is growing evidence that medical cannabis can help people suffering from chronic pain, post-tramatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions, I am sponsoring a resolution urging the Kentucky General Assembly to join 29 states and the District of Columbia to allow its use on recommendation of a medical practitioner. Nine other Councilmembers have joined me.

The community is invited to attend one of three town hall meetings on the topic of legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Each town hall meeting will be held in a different part of the community, with the first town hall starting Monday, February 19 at 6:00pm. Each town hall will start with presentations by panelists both in support and opposition to the resolution.

Persons attending the town hall meeting will have the opportunity to ask questions of panelists following opening remarks. Each town hall is expected to last 60-90 minutes and comments received during each event will be given to all members of the Louisville Metro Council.

Town Hall Meeting Dates: 
Monday, February 19, 6:00PM – Lyndon City Hall (515 Wood Road)
Monday, February 26, 6:00PM – Louisville Fire Fighters Hall (400 Bakers Lane)
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00PM – Southwick Community Center (3621 Southern Avenue)  

A copy of the proposed resolution is available by clicking HERE

Tina Ward-Pugh Joins Office for Women

Tina Ward-Pugh

Congratulations to former Metro Councilwoman and Alderwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, who has joined the Louisville Metro Office for Women (OFW).   

OFW uses advocacy, research and policy to improve the status of women in the Louisville Metro area. OFW is an Advocacy & Empowerment office within the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. It works to ensure women have access to the resources and information necessary for self-determination. Therefore, OFW focuses on issues related to violence against women, women’s physical and mental health, social and economic well-being, and community engagement. 

OFW was founded in 1991. The Office's efforts have been instrumental in the implementation of policies, collaborations, and tools to improve the safety and well-being of women and their families. Among the successful outcomes of such collaborations are: The creation of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) which is now available in all but three states and the Louisville Metro Visitation and Exchange Center where parents can safely exchange children or have supervised visitation.

Tina started in the new position this week.  Congratulations, Tina! 

Dinner and Democracy Meeting – February 19


The League of Women Voters invites you to attend the Dinner and Democracy meeting on Monday, February 19 to discuss Racial Realities: White Like Me. The program includes the film, followed by a group discussion. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. (no reservations are required and donations are accepted) and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. Questions, please call 895-5218 or email info@lwvlouisville.org.

Proposed Cannons Lane Sidewalks

Cannons Lane sidewalk

Don’t worry if you missed the Metro Public Works Proposed Cannons Lane sidewalks meeting last week. You can still fill out the comment form. The proposal is for sidewalks on Cannons Lane from Pee Wee Reese Road to I-64. The area is slightly less than one mile long and will connect Seneca Park to the shared use path around Bowman Field. Comments are due by March 31, 2018. The filled out comment form can be emailed to Mojgan.taghizadeh@louisvilleky.gov, Attention: Cannons Lane Sidewalk Project, or mailed to Louisville Metro Public Works, Attention: Mojgan Taghizadeh Cannons Lane Sidewalk Project, 444 South Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

Seneca Park Signage

Seneca Park

Metro Parks is proceeding with plans to improve signage at entrances to Seneca Park on Taylorsville Road, Cannons Lane and Seneca Park Road.  The proposed signage, which will be paid for largely through a private donation, was discussed at a public meeting earlier this week.  A presentation with options is at this link.

Comments about the plan and options can be sent to Seve Ghose, the Director of Louisville Parks and Recreation, at Seve.Ghose@louisvilleky.gov, by Friday, February 23.

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.

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Sustainability Story: Haz Bin Expansion Delayed


The plan to expand Haz Bin, our household hazardous materials drop-off service, from a two-days-a-week operation to five days a week has been delayed by an unexpected personnel shortage.

Haz Bin, now open only Wednesdays and Saturdays, will switch beginning April 3, 2018 to a Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. The new hours were previously set to go into effect on February 13. Haz Bin, located at 7501 Grade Lane, is available to all residents of Louisville/Jefferson County. It provides a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials which are not accepted in household garbage collection or recycling centers. Learn more

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

Submit Public Art Ideas by February 26

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Save the Date for Desserts First – February 28

Desserts First

On Wednesday, February 28, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will host its 12th Annual Desserts First event at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue. The area’s finest local restaurant chefs will create original desserts and signature drinks using the well-known Girl Scout Cookie varieties as the key ingredient. The chefs will gather and present their creations for tasting.

Desserts First is a fundraiser where adult guests sample exclusive culinary creations and enjoy an evening with friends. The evening will also include music, by the Mike Tracy Jazz Trio, a silent auction and a judging ceremony, crowning the best desserts, and specialty drink of the event. Guests will vote and participate in the "People's Choice" awards. Back by popular demand will be the Wine and Bourbon Pull.

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Louisville Resilience Seeks Public Input

Louisville Resilience

The Louisville Resilience team is asking citizens to complete a short web-based survey to help craft the city’s strategy for withstanding “shocks and stresses,” such as economic downturns and natural disasters.

Louisville Resilience will use the residents’ feedback to help craft policies and implementation strategies. 

Take the 10 minute survey by clicking here

12th Annual Raisin’ the Rent – March 3

St. John Center

St. John Center is changing the lives of homeless men for good. Last year, 182 men moved from homelessness into housing. Help St. John do more by attending the 12th Annual Raisin’ the Rent fundraiser on Saturday, March 3 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Van Gogh Room. Click here to purchase tickets today.

UCHM Launches New Website


This week United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) launched a new and improved website. The new website is one of the many changes taking place at UCHM. Be sure to check it out for the most up-to-date information on volunteer opportunities, events and services. Click here to visit the website.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available


My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2018. 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 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. Click here to view brochure.

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.

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, February 15Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Kimmery Martin at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and book signing of her first novel, The Queen of Hearts. For more information, please call the store at 896-6950.

Friday, February 16: Did you earn $64,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2017?  If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation!  The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $64,000 or less.  To make an appointment or for more information, please call the 9th District office at 574-1109.  Appointments are available between 9:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Friday, February 16: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host an English Conversation Club at 10:30 a.m. The 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, please join them. Participants should have some basic knowledge of the English language before joining. For more information, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Friday, February 16Friday Lenten Fish Fry from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue. Dinner is available dine-in or carry-out. Questions, please call 895-2429.

Saturday, February 17St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host an African-American History month movie screening of Do The Right Thing (R) at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Monday, February 19: League of Women Voters to host a Dinner and Democracy Meeting, topic is Racial Realities: White Like Me Film and Group Discussion. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (no reservations required, and donations accepted). Program will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. Questions, please call 895-5218.

Tuesday, February 20: Help restore Seneca Park on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Tasks may include invasive plant removal, mulching, painting, or general park beautification. Gloves, tools and guidance provided. Dress for the weather and working outdoors. Limited space available. To register, click here or visit www.olmstedparks.org for more information.

Tuesday, February 20: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group of Do The Right Thing (R) at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, February 20Plant your own terrarium with friends during Plant Nite at 6:30 p.m. at The Hub, 2235 Frankfort Avenue. For more information, please visit www.plantnite.com.

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