District 12 eNewsletter - March 7, 2018

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...

Coffee with your Councilman NEXT SATURDAY - March 17th

Join Councilman Blackwell on Saturday, March 17th for an informal discussion on the topics, issues, concerns and suggestions you have for District 12 and Southwest Louisville. Stop by Panera Bread, anytime between 10:00 am - noon to speak directly with Councilman Blackwell and have a cup of coffee on him!

WHEN: Saturday, March 17th, 10 am - Noon

WHERE: Panera Bread, 6900 Dixie Hwy

For more information, contact the District 12 office at 502.574.1112 or danielle.tackett@louisvilleky.gov


Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Joker and Ragnar!

Mark Wahlbark

Mark Wahlbark, MALE DOG

Mark Wahlbark has model good looks and an adorable smile! The one-year old Australian Shepherd mix can be shy, but warms up quickly.  Characteristic of the herding breed, Mark Wahlbark is active, agile and intelligent.  He knows basic commands.  Mark Wahlbark would love a home with plenty of room to run and explore. His ideal forever family would be familiar with herding breeds with older, dog savvy kids. Mark Wahlbark’s adoption fee is waived with an approved application thanks to the Pay It Forward Program.  He's neutered, microchip and up-to-date on vaccinations. To adopt Mark Wahlbark, visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. 473-PETS.


Marvin, MALE CAT 

Marvin came to the shelter after his owner became sick unexpectedly and could no longer care for him. The spoiled Tabby loves to lounge near windows. He’s also great at going unnoticed thanks to his shy, quiet personality.  Marvin likes to rule the roost though, and prefers to be the only cat in his home. He’s neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Marvin’s adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. Visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. For more info about Marvin, call 473-PETS. 

To meet Ragnar, visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg Rd.  Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm.  For more info, call 473-PETS.

Pothole Reporting

Reporting potholes is easier than ever! Keeping our roads and community pristine is an important issue to everyone in the area. Follow any of the three simple methods listed below when you see a pothole and Public Works will respond as soon as they can in order to fill them.


  • Click here to use our easy online form.
  • Use Twitter by including the hashtag #502pothole and the location of the hole in any tweet.
  • Call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 to report potholes or any other issues. You may also email them at metro.call@louisvilleky.gov

    Flood Debris Drop Off Sites

    Jefferson County residents may drop-off residential flood debris at any of seven sites Thursday March 1 through Saturday March 24.  Six of the drop-off locations will be open Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Waste Reduction Center will be open for debris drop-off Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The free service is available for residents of Jefferson County only and it does not include commercial haulers. No yard waste or construction debris other than flood-damaged drywall and insulation will be accepted. Electronics must be separated from other items. To qualify for the free drop-off residents must present the attendant with two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency.

    If a citizen hires an individual or business to remove debris, the citizen must accompany the hauler to the drop-off center or provide the hauler with the same two forms of identification to present at the facility.

    Drop-off sites Thursday March 1 thru Saturday March 24 as follows:

    Thursday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Bethany Lane

    10500 Lower River Road at Bethany Lane

    Newburg Community Center

    4810 Exeter Ave 40218

    Outer Loop Recycling Center

    7201 Outer Loop 40228

    (Highveiw parking lot in rear)

    Dixie Recycling Center

    7219 Dixie Hwy 40258

    Charlie Vettiner Park

    5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd 40299

    Hubbards Lane Recycling Center

    595 Hubbards Ln. 40207

    Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Waste Reduction Center

    636 Meriwether Avenue 

    Southwest Regional Library's Entrepreneur Fair - March 10th


    Sun Valley Senior Health Fair - Wednesday, March 14th

    Health fair

    New Development Public Meeting - 1600 Kurz Way

    You are invited to attend a neighbor meeting regarding the proposal for a 129 lot, R4, single family, Conservation Subdivision, at 1600 Kurz Way. The site is comprised of 36.52+/- acres located in Jefferson County, on the other side of the railroad tracks at the end of Kurz and Hasty Way and with primary access from Dawn Drive.

    This meeting is required before formal filing of this request to Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services. This will be an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to review the proposed plan, discuss the proposal, and identify any concerns you may have. This meeting will be held in addition to the established public meeting procedures of the Planning Commision.

    The meeting to discuss this proposal will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 PM in the multi-purpose room at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane, Louisville, KY 40272.

    If you cannot attend this meeting, but have questions or would like more information, please call        (502) 485-1508.

    Easter Egg Hunt at Farnsley-Moremen Landing - March 24th

    After a successful inaugural event last year that saw more than 1,000 children attend, Louisville Parks and Recreation is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on Saturday, March 24. The event will begin at 10 a.m., and five age groups will participate in this year’s hunt:

    • Ages 10-12: 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Ages 8-10: 11-11:30 a.m.
    • Ages 7-9: 11:30 a.m. – noon
    • Ages 4-6: Noon-12:30 p.m.
    • Ages 1-3: 1:30 – 2 p.m.

    The cost to participate in the event is $2 per child. Music, crafts and food trucks will all be on site at Riverside on March 24 for additional entertainment options. 

    Grow With Google - March 29th

    Join us in person for free training, demos, coaching with Googlers and more.



    March 29 | 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Drop in for 5 minutes or stay the whole day.


    Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center
    1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206


    Learn more about building presentations, search engine optimization, coding basics, and more in an engaging classroom setting. Register for one or more workshop sessions.

    One-on-One Coaching

    Want help getting started? Have questions about more advanced topics? Come chat with Googlers, who will be on hand to give personalized help.

    Hands-On Demos

    We’ll show you how to get the most out of our tools and programs. Browse our interactive stations, talk to Googlers, and learn something new.


    Drop in throughout the day to check out hands-on demos, grab a snack, meet some special guests, and expand your network.

    Palatka Road Closure Extended Due to Extreme Weather Conditions


    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Road Alerts & Updates


    Below is a list of projects overseen by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet happening in Southwest Louisville.

    US 31W (Dixie Highway): Lane closures and sidewalk closures in place between Greenwood Road and Heaton Road (mile markers 11.7 to 14.5) due to construction for access management and bus rapid transit lines. Roadway is reduced to two lanes on northbound Dixie Highway between Greenwood Road and Blanton Lane and two lanes on southbound Dixie Highway between Heaton Road and Upper Hunters Trace.

    US 31W (Dixie Highway): Lane closures and delays possible between Stonestreet Road and Pages Lane (mile markers 9.7 to 10.5) due to sidewalk work. 

    For questions or concerns about the paving work on South Dixie, please contact Will Nolan at william.nolan@ky.gov or Sherri Smith (502) 955-5436.

    Log on to goky.ky.gov for the latest in statewide traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    District 12 Metro Public Works Updates


      The following is a list of permits and notices from Louisville Metro public works for lane and sidewalk closures, utility cuts, street closures and oversize load notices in the Metro area. 

    6657 Iroquois Park Rd. - Louisville Water Company has been issued Permit Number 17RW5936 to close the road in order to install a water line and relocate another between Palatka Rd. and 6657 Iroquois Park Rd. Permit is valid from November 20, 2017 to February 23, 2018.

    For more details or to see additional permitted work throughout Metro Louisville, visit the map here.

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