District 9 eNews - Thursday, March 22, 2018

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March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives is a student-led movement demanding action to stop gun violence and the nation's all-to-familiar school shootings. On Saturday, March 24, Louisville will join cities across the country as students lead a march through downtown, culminating in a rally in front of Metro Hall. Everyone is welcome to march. Students will lead the march and adults can join behind them.

Marchers will gather between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in Waterfront Park at the corner of N. Brook and E. Witherspoon Streets, and will step off to start the March promptly at 1:30 p.m. The March will proceed south on Brook Street to Main Street, proceed west on Main to Sixth Street, then south on Sixth Street, ending in front of Metro Hall at 527 West Jefferson Street, where a rally will be held. (ASL Interpreters will be at the rally.)

Kentucky law prohibits cities in the state, including Louisville, from enacting any gun safety ordinances.  Bills which would allow some local control, which I support, have not received hearings in the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort. 

Make Your Voice Heard in Frankfort

Frankfort, KY

The Kentucky General Assembly is wrapping up in Frankfort and decisions made in the next few days will have a dramatic effect on Louisville. 

Changes in assumptions on rates of return and the number of new employees entering CERS, the retirement system for local government employees, have led to demands for dramatically higher Louisville Metro contributions to the system, rising from $77 Million to $115 Million in one year.  To avoid dramatic impacts on the budgets of local governments and cuts in services, Frankfort leaders announced support for Senate Bill 66, which limited pension increases to 12 percent per year.  That took the increased Louisville Metro contribution in the year starting July 1 from $38 Million to $9 Million.

Unfortunately, in the last few days, those same leaders have claimed that there will be no relief for cities, including Louisville, unless their bill making unrelated changes to the pension system passes.  Threatening cities, counties and school systems in order to gain political leverage is wrong and SB 66 should be approved.  Call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and leave message for Senators and Representatives to support SB 66. 

Roads Reopened

Thierman Lane

There was some good news on D9 roads last week. 

Thierman Lane between Westport Road and Lyndon Way reopened after Louisville Water Company completed installation of a 36-inch transmission water main under the railroad tracks there.  

Brownsboro Road

All lanes of Brownsboro Road between Mellwood and Story Avenues also reopened,  as all roads associated with the Clifton Heights Force Main Extension project are now back in use. All of this work, on Brownsboro, Mellwood, Story, Frankfort Avenue and Cabel Street, will keep sewage out of Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River.  More repaving is coming in the area!

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade – March 31

Frankfort Ave Easter Parade

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) and the Clifton and Crescent Hill Community Councils would like to invite you, your family and friends to participate in the 26th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade. Enjoy the Shriners, antique cars, homemade family floats, Hwang’s Martial Arts, talking police car, mounted sheriff’s posse, candy and much more!

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 on Frankfort Avenue from Stilz to Pope Street. To participate, register at St. Mark’s parking lot, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, by 11:00 a.m. The parade will leave at approximately 11:30-11:45 a.m. If you have any questions, please call Michaelle Warner at 419-6159 or email michaelle.warner1@gmail.com.

The “Good Ears” awards will be presented to the most creative floats. The Judges’ station is located in front of the Irish Rover, 2319 Frankfort Avenue. Also, get a photo of your pet with the Easter Bunny at Pet Wants, 1718 Frankfort Avenue, from Noon – 3:00 p.m.

New this year, “Top It Off” is an Easter Bonnet contest for adults and kids. Check in at the St. Mark’s parking lot by 11:00 a.m. and wear your hat during the parade. Hat categories include: best handcrafted hat by kids (ages 12 and under), most Derby ready hat, best traditional Easter Bonnet and over the top hat. Winners will receive gift card prizes. Adults 21 and over, Top It Off at the end of the parade with a glass of sparkling champagne for $5 per taste at the corner of Pope and Frankfort Avenue.  If you have questions, please contact Dee Allen at deeallen2018@gmail.com or call 377-1614.

Money for the Bunny Fundraiser – TONIGHT!

Money for the Bunny

Help raise funds for the 26th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade at the Third Annual Karaoke “Money for the Bunny” fundraiser tonight, Thursday, March 22, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Hub, 2235 Frankfort Avenue. The cost is $25 to sing or to nominate someone to sing. Entrance to The Hub is free. Attend the event and spend $2.00 to vote for the best performance. 

Crescent Hill Cleanup – March 24

cleaning up

The Crescent Hill Green Committee is hosting a neighborhood cleanup.  Please join them on Saturday, March 24th, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., to help get Frankfort Ave looking great for the Easter Parade. Volunteers will meet at the corner of Ewing and Frankfort Avenues, and work toward Stilz Avenue.  They will have trash grabbers, shovels, gloves, and bags, but feel free to bring your own as well. Join the fun and help beautify the neighborhood!

Rodes City Run – March 24

Rodes Run Map

Please see the below street closures and no parking areas for Saturday, March 24, between 4:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For more information on the race visit: http://www.rodescityrun.com/. To view the course, click here.

The following streets will be closed during the following times:

6:30 am to 11:00 am

  •          Broadway from Brook to Second Street

7:00 am to 11:00 am

  •          Broadway from Fifth Street to Second Street (Fifth will remain open (N/B)
  •          Third Street will remain open to cross traffic until 0630

7:30 am to 11:00 am

  •          Broadway from Brook Street to Baxter Avenue·
  •          Baxter Avenue from Jefferson Street to Breckinridge Street
  •          Cherokee Road from Baxter Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  •          Grinstead from Cherokee Road to Lexington Road
  •          Lexington Road from Grinstead to Liberty Street/E. Chestnut
  •          Liberty Street from Lexington Road to E. Chestnut

The following streets will have no parking during the following times:

4:30 am to 11:30 am

  •          Broadway from 5th Street to Baxter Avenue
  •          Cherokee Road from Baxter Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  •          Grinstead Drive from Cherokee Road to Lexington Road
  •          E. Chestnut from Liberty to Broadway 


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 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 (March 23 and 30 and April 6) 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.

Meals on Wheels in Louisville

Meals on Wheels

As part of the national “March for Meals” movement, I had the pleasure of delivering meals from United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) with volunteer Walter Baker.  Walter is shown on the left here with Joy Fron, Senior Center Manager at UCHM, and Kenny Miller, another Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Louisville Metro’s Senior Nutrition Program works year-round to help seniors stay healthy by providing hot, nutritious meals. Through the Meals on Wheels program, hundreds of volunteers helped deliver over 100,000 hot noontime meals last year to qualified individuals. Another 90,000 meals were served to active seniors at more than 20 congregate meal sites, which offer seniors an opportunity for a nutritious lunch, socialization and activities. UCHM is one of those sites.

The Senior Nutrition Program seeks volunteers all year long to help in a variety of capacities, including packaging and serving meals at one of the congregate sites, and delivering meals to homebound clients.  For more information about volunteering at UCHM, call Joy at (502) 893-0346. To make a financial donation to Meals on Wheels, click here for Louisville Metro’s secure on-line donation form.

Meals on Wheels is available to qualified seniors in Jefferson County, 60 years or older, who are homebound with no one available to help prepare meals.  Seniors who would like to receive Meals on Wheels can call (502) 574-6325 to begin the qualification process.  The senior congregate sites for more active seniors, 60 and older, can be found by calling the same number above or by clicking here. Sites require a one-day advanced reservation.

Sustainability Story: Garden in Clifton

Billy Goat Hill Garden

It was great to see a gardener working the dirt in the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden in the 2100 block of Payne Street the other day. 

The garden has several beds available for 2018. The raised beds are about 4’ by 8’ and the fee for this year is $10.  The garden, which is on the Nazareth Home-Clifton Campus, has a diverse group of gardeners who use environmentally conscious methods to grow vegetables and flowers. 

Clifton garden  

Interested folks may contact cindyadelberg@gmail.com or mike.oleary@twc.com to sign up.

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

Comment on Louisville’s Comprehensive Plan

Metro logo

A comprehensive plan serves as a guideline for the physical development and economical and social well-being of the area. Louisville’s new plan will serve as the community’s official statement about how it hopes to change over the next 20 years.

A draft document includes the goals, objectives and policies for an update to Louisville's plan. The current draft is representative of the work of hundreds, including Metro staff, an advisory committee and citizen volunteers. The Advisory Committee, made up of diverse representatives from neighborhood and community organizations as well as development and business interests finalized its recommended goals, objectives and policies on February 21, 2018. 

The Comprehensive Plan will go before the Planning Commission on April 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street. When the Planning Commission completes its review of the updated plan, the document will be presented to Metro Council as well as 12 local municipalities with zoning authority for formal adoption. Those 12 local municipalities are: Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews and St. Regis Park.

To view the recommended Comprehensive Plan goals, objectives and policies, please click here

Public comment on the document will be open until the Planning Commission meeting on April 16. To provide your comment, please use the form here or submit via mail to 444 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, Louisville, KY, 40202, RE: Comprehensive Plan.

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.

This modification would allow for temporary activities outdoors at Sullivan’s Tap House, including entertainment and consumption of alcoholic beverages. 

3929 Shelbyville Road

Notice of Development Application Filed with PDS

Tafel motors

A revised Detailed District Plan application has been filed with the Department of Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services revising for public review the pre-“Plan Certain” portions of the Tafel Motors’ Mercedes Benz and Mini Cooper dealerships to add and reconfigure parking.

ADDRESS: 4315 N. Church Way, 4156 & 4170 Shelbyville Road
PDS CASE MANAGER: Jay Luckett (jay.luckett@louisvilleky.gov)

To view documents related to this proposal, please visit: http://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design and click on Search Case Information.

This application requires a public meeting, and more information on that meeting date/time will be posted at a future date.

If you have questions about this proposal, or would like to view the case file, please contact Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services at 574-6230.

Metro Parks Needs Assessment Survey

Metro Parks

Please take a few minutes to take the Louisville Parks and Recreation's 2018 Needs Assessment Survey. Your feedback is very important and will be used to help determine priorities for developing services for the community. If you need more information about Louisville Parks and Recreation, please visit bestparksever.com or contact Parks at parks@louisvillleky.gov.

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete and asks questions about our parks, community centers, natural areas, historic properties, golf courses, and respondent demographics (optional).

Click here to begin the survey. 

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, March 22: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host an event featuring One Blue Wall at 7:00 p.m. One Blue Wall is an innovative publication
that produces and encourages creative media within the Louisville student population. They strive to foster an artistic community and provide opportunities to showcase the local youth while developing their own individual talents as a staff. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 23Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host David Daley at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Rat F**cked.  Daley is the author of the national best-seller Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count and is one of the country's leading authorities on gerrymandering. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Saturday, March 24: Please join the Crescent Hill Garden Committee for a neighborhood cleanup from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., to help get Frankfort Avenue looking great for the Easter Parade. Plan to meet at the corner of Ewing and Frankfort Ave, and work toward Stilz.  They will have trash grabbers, shovels, gloves, and bags provided, but feel free to bring your own as well. Join the fun and help beautify the neighborhood!

Wednesday, March 28: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch to discuss Dream Lover at 1:00 p.m.  Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

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