District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Councilman Bill Hollander
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D9 Community Conversation – February 28

Joshua Poe

Join us for our D9 Community Conversation on Wednesday, February 28, when we will close out Black History Month with a presentation by Clifton resident Joshua Poe on redlining in Louisville and a nationally acclaimed project to explore it.   Redlining is the denial of services or the refusal to grant loans or insurance to certain neighborhoods based on racial and socioeconomic discrimination. It was an explicit government policy which led to the racial segregation of our major cities, including Louisville. Poe’s work can be found here.  An article about it is here.


Poe is an urban planner and independent researcher using GIS and planning principles to facilitate social justice and revitalization. He developed an interactive map that was the impetus for the Redlining Louisville project.  Poe’s map, “Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate,” was selected as the first winner of Harvard University’s Map of the Month contest, which recognizes best-in-class data visualizations created by all levels of government and nonprofits. “Redlining Louisville” was selected for its outstanding use of data combined from multiple sources, including historical data, its creativity and effective communication to the public, and the policy implications it is likely to have moving forward.  More about the award is here.

The D9 Community Conversation is Wednesday, February 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 South State Street. 

As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any subject is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns.

Please join us for this important meeting! 

Impound Lot Final Public Meeting – TONIGHT

Metro Impound Lot

Louisville Metro Government has officially started the search for a new Louisville Metro Police vehicle impound lot.

Located for decades at 1478 Frankfort Avenue in Butchertown, the impound lot is the main temporary storage area for motor vehicles that have been impounded by LMPD and other agencies, and is a longer-term storage area for motor vehicles being held as evidence in a legal proceeding. Although technical capacity is 1,800 vehicles, the lot frequently stores in excess of 2,000 vehicles.

Space issues, as well as the impound lot’s negative impact on nearby Beargrass Creek and the Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail, are among the reasons Louisville Metro Government is seeking a new location. The site, a former landfill, is also located in a flood plain and is partially impacted by a high-tension power line crossing it.

The first step in the process to move the lot is a Request for Information, seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location, and other physical and operational requirements. The Request for Information is here.

The public is encouraged to provide suggestions on potential locations for the impound lot, as well as offer innovative solutions for the management of the facility. Public input can be made in-person at a public meeting or through an on-line comment portal.

Louisville Metro Government will close the Request for Information on March 15, 2018. Proposed locations will be evaluated based on their ability to meet operational and locational needs for the impound lot, as well as on their potential cost. If a suitable location is identified, funding for the relocation of the impound lot will be sought in upcoming fiscal years. 

The final public meeting is set for tonight, Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Butchertown Pizza Hall, 1301 Story Avenue, Second Floor.

Sustainability Story: Composting


Earlier this month, we reported on a new study of recycling in Louisville and the massive amount of waste that could be recycled but is instead sent to the landfill.  We’ve received some good comments and suggestions since, including some things people are already doing.

Composting is one way to reduce food waste going to the landfill and D9 resident Michael DeLeon reports that a few years ago he and Greg Bourke stopped putting plant based kitchen waste in the trash.

“We have two large plastic urns that hold our kitchen waste. The urns were populated with compost red wrigglers and they seem to survive every winter. A lot of the food we eat is non-processed so removing kitchen waste from the garbage is significant for us. My urns have a back door where I can remove the broken down materials and use it in my garden. In our kitchen I have a piece of pottery for banana peels, egg shells etc. If I'm doing cooking that's going to generate a lot of peels, etc.,  I'll use a larger bowl.”

The result – less waste going to the landfill and rich compost for the garden.  Thank you for sharing the story, Michael!

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

6th Annual Gravy Cup for Boys & Girls Haven

The Gravy Cup

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Gravy Cup benefitting Boys & Girls Haven on Saturday, February 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue! The Gravy Cup is the #1 Biscuit and Gravy competition in the United States. A panel of local celebrity judges will choose the winners in three categories: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Vegan.

Attendees will enjoy:
-Gravy samples from over 30 local restaurants
-Live music
-Cash bar
-Mingling with celebrity judges
-Free, easily accessible parking

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $25 for premium, which includes a t-shirt, and $5 for kid’s tickets. Want to buy a ticket, please visit: TheGravyCup2018.brownpapertickets.com

Want to enter a gravy? Please visit: www.TheGravyCup.com/#chef-signup


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.

106 Stevenson146 Coral Court115 Fairfax

Medical Cannabis Town Hall Meetings

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Because there is growing evidence that medical cannabis can help people suffering from chronic pain, post-traumatic 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 two 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 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 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. If you cannot attend a meeting and would like to let me and other Councilmembers know your views, click here.

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.

Junk Pick-up in District 9 in March

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It’s time to clean house and get ready for another junk collection if you live in the 9th District Louisville Metro Urban Services District (USD). You may begin setting out your junk NEXT weekend, Friday, March 2 in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, March 5 at 6:00 a.m. Some items (hazardous materials, construction debris, etc.) are not collected. For collection guidelines, please visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. Sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here! To see if you are in the collection area, go to http://mapit.louisvilleky.gov/, enter your address and check under “sanitation services.” 

Junk Collection Do's and Don'ts

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What to set out when, where and how:

  • Near but clearly separated from usual trash collection point
  • Before 6 AM on Monday of collection week but no earlier than 4 PM on the Friday before collection week. Civil penalties from $100 to $1000 per day apply to each violation, as well as criminal prosecution and cost of cleanup.
  • Bundle small items or put them in plastic bags loaded weight below 60 pounds. Do not use garbage cans or cardboard boxes.
  • Tree branches and brush limited to 4 inches in diameter. They must be no more than four foot long and must be separated from other items
  • Doors must be removed from large appliances such as refrigerators and freezers.
  • No more than four tires per residence.

What not to set out:

  • Items gathered from other locations or households
  • No dirt, gravel or construction or demolition debris.
  • No auto parts.
  • No computer equipment.  (See Electronics Recycling for environmentally friendly disposal.)
  • No hazardous materials such as motor oil, batteries, paint, gasoline, antifreeze, pool chemicals or lawn chemicals. (Those may be disposed of through Haz-Bin).

Looking for Volunteers to Plant Trees

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Please join the Forestry and Landscaping division of Louisville Parks and Recreation to assist in the planting of over 1000 new trees in the Louisville area. Guidance and support will be provided by our arborists and landscaping team.  Please dress for the weather, wear boots or other sturdy shoes, and bring your own pair of gloves.  Additional tools will be provided. Register to volunteer by clicking the links below and signing up!

March 2nd – Story Avenue Park – 8:30am-12:30pm http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4FACAE2EA4FE3-story

Proposed Cannons Lane Sidewalks

Cannons Lane Sidewalk

Don’t worry if you missed the Metro Public Works Proposed Cannons Lane sidewalks meeting earlier this month. 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.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

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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.

Street Sweeping Returns in March. Get Text Alerts

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Louisville street sweeping season resumes in March. Don't get caught by surprise and get ticketed or towed when the sweepers come to your street. Instead signup to get text or email alerts when the sweepers are coming.

Visit the City’s website, Louisvilleky.gov, and scroll down until you see the “MyLouisville” section, type in your address, and follow the prompts. While you're there you can also find the date of your next junk collection and sign up to be reminded. Click here for more about street sweeping.

Free Food Entrepreneurship Series

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Louisville Forward’s Small Business Development team is launching a Food Entrepreneurship series designed to foster the development of new restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs. The interactive 9-class series will run from March 3rd to June 30th and will be taught by local industry-leading professionals. All classes will meet on Saturdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Registration is open, but space is limited. To participate, individuals must be over 18 years of age, attend 8 of the 9 classes and be a Louisville resident. There is no fee to participate in the series. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive continued assistance and connections to resources from Louisville Forward’s Small Business Development team.

To apply for the Food Entrepreneurship workshop series, click here.  

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 22: LMPD Impound Lot public meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Butchertown Pizza Hall, 1301 Story Avenue, Second Floor.

Thursday, February 22: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion on Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, February 22: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Katie Walker at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and book launch and signing. For more information, please call the store at 896-6950.

Friday, February 23: 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 23: 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 23: St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Lenten fish fries are scheduled for every Friday through March 23. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Drop in at 1406 E. Washington St. or call ahead to order at (502) 583-0892.

Friday, February 23Friday 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.

Friday, February 23Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The FAT Friday Trolley Hop, held year-round on the final Friday of every month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries. The free trolleys run along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road and many businesses will host special sales, live music and refreshments. For more information, visit http://www.frankfortave.com/.

Friday, February 23: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host a new artist showcase from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. featuring Suzy Hatcher, a ceramic artist. Plan to attend to meet Suzy and enjoy Fair Trade refreshments. Questions, please call 897-7319.

Saturday, February 24: Butchertown monthly neighborhood cleanup at 9:00 a.m. Plan to meet at Story Avenue Park and focus on Story heading toward downtown. These monthly cleanups are organized by Adam Horton and will occur the last Saturday of each month.

Saturday, February 24: Masonic Homes of Kentucky is hosting The Frenzy, a trivia night event, from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Kosair Shrine Center, 4120 Bardstown Road. Proceeds go to support Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool, an exceptional place for both medically fragile and typical children to learn. Tickets are $150 for a four person team, and $250 for an eight person team. For more information, please visit https://louisvilletickets.com/events/TheFrenzy.

Monday, February 26St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host eBay for sellers at 2:30 p.m. An introduction to the world of selling on eBay. Average or better computer skills highly recommended.  For more information, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, February 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch to discuss Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi at 1:00 p.m. This reimagining of the Snow White story, set in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, is recast as a story about secrets and lies, mothers and daughters, lost sisters and the impossibility of seeing oneself or being seen in a brutally racist world. For more information, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, February 28: 12th Annual Desserts First at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join to celebrate Girl Scout cookies by enjoying the best desserts and specialty drinks made with the cookies as the key ingredient! Louisville's finest chefs will compete for bragging rights during this down-right delicious event! Tickets are $65 each. Reserve tickets by calling 716-7233 or clicking here.

Wednesday, February 28: District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, featuring Clifton resident Joshua Poe and a discussion of redlining. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

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