District 12 eNewsletter - May 16, 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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Coffee with your Councilman THIS Saturday - May 19th


Join Councilman Blackwell on Saturday, May 19th 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, May 19th, 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: Drusilla and Marvin!


Drusilla, FEMALE DOG

Sweet Drusilla is a shy, laidback German Shepherd mix who came to the shelter as a stray. This 2-year-old doesn’t like the shelter and is still adjusting to the loud sounds and smells. Drusillay may be shy, but she has no problem approaching you if you offer her treats.  She also seems to enjoy affection, knows basic commands and may be housetrained. Can you give this girl a forever home and put a smile on her face?  Drusilla’s adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. She’s spayed, microchipped and vaccinated!  To meet Drusilla, visit Animal House located at 3516 Newburg rd. Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6pm. Questions? Call 473-PETS!


Marvin, MALE CAT 

Marvin has been at the shelter for more than 100 days and really needs a home! Unfortunately, his owner  became ill and could no longer care for him. This 4-year-old loves to observe the activity around him, but is quite independent most of the time. He needs a home without any other cats or dogs so he’ll get all of the attention!  Marvin is currently enjoying a change of scenery and is hoping someone will see him at the Petco on Shelbyville rd. and adopt him. His adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. Marvin is already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.  To meet him, please stop by Petco. For more info about Marvin, email Louisville Metro Animal Services at animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov, or call 473-PETS.

Bike Together Day - Friday, May 18th

Bike Together Day

Jefferson Memorial Forest Presents Forest Fest - Saturday, May 19th


Buy Local Fair - Sunday, May 20th

Buy Local

Fiscal Year 2019 Metro Budget Pubic Hearing – Monday, May 21st”

The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hold its next public hearing on Monday, May 21st at 6:00 pm to discuss Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2018 -2019 Capital and Operating Budget.

No External Agency Fund applicants will be permitted to speak and the committee hopes to hear from the public about more general aspects of the budget. 

Sign-up sheets for the May 21st meeting will be available one hour prior to the public hearings.

Here are highlights of the 2019 Budget Hearing Schedule:

·      Metro Parks & Recreation - Wednesday, May 23 at 3:30 pm

·      Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods – Wednesday, May 30 at 3:30 pm

·      LMPD – Wednesday, May 30 at 4:30 pm

·      Louisville Fire & Emergency Services – Monday, June 4, beginning at 4:00 pm 

·      Public Health & Wellness – Wednesday, June 13 at 3:45 pm

All Metro Council Committee meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and UVERSE Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.

Iroquois Amphitheater Free Movies under the Stars

Free Summer Movies

Hosparus Health - Volunteers Needed

Hosparus Volunteer

Fresh Stop Markets

fresh veggies

Do you love your veggies? New Roots would love to hear from you!

The Fresh Stop Markets (FSM) are run by leaders in a grassroots food justice movement that operates from the belief that fresh food is a basic human right. FSMs are volunteer, community-driven farm-fresh food markets that pop up bi-weekly at local churches and community centers in neighborhoods that do not have grocery stores or farmers’ markets. Shareholders (“customers”) agree to cooperate and pay ahead of time, on an income-based sliding scale, for ten varieties of seasonal, local, organic produce that can then be picked up at a given time and day, at one of the 17 different Kentucky and southern Indiana Markets. This cooperation and financial commitment ensures that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as with traditional farmers’ markets. The sliding scale means food is affordable and everyone is included.

WIC participants pay $6, those at or below 185 percent federal poverty guidelines pay $12, others pay $25, and those who would like to invest in the community pay $40. SNAP IS ACCEPTED. Everyone gets the same food! At every Market a chef hosts a cooking demonstration, offering samples and recipes for the very same vegetables and fruits that shareholders bring home. There is a diverse, family reunion atmosphere. Food justice workshops and the Fresh Stop Training Institute (FSTI) organize Fresh Stop Market leaders to unite around the pursuit of a healthy, just food system for all.

The growing season kicks off the week of June 4th. The location and times of the New Roots Fresh Stop Markets for 2018 can be found on our website at https://newroots.org/fresh-stop-markets/ or by calling 502-509-6770, Ext. 0, or by emailing info@newroots.org. We look forward to hearing from everyone soon. Your veggies are waiting!

TreesLouisville Tree Rebate Program!

Tree Rebate

TreesLouisville is currently hosting a tree rebate. Those who purchase a shade tree can receive up to 40% off the purchase price. This is an initiative between TreesLouisville and Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry to grow our tree canopy. Trees are more beneficial than you realize. For example, a yard tree can boost property value up to $10,000. They can also help lower heating & cooling bills. Louisville is the fastest warming urban heat island in the country; trees and shade help keep our city cool, improve air quality, and make for beautiful, safer neighborhoods.

Eligibility requirements include:

·         Tree must be considered a shade tree

·         Tree must be planted in a residential yard

·         Program open to Jefferson County, KY residents only

·         Max 3 submissions per household

·         Tree must measure at least 1in in diameter at a point 6in above soil line

·         Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis while funds are available

·         Rebate is only eligible for purchase price of tree (i.e. excludes tax, planting or delivery fees, etc.)

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 Greenwood Road (mile markers 9.7 to 11.7) due to asphalt paving. Lane closures are possible weeknights in the northbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. and in the southbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Lane closures are possible weeknights in the northbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. and in the southbound lanes from 9:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Additional lane closures are possible from 9:00 p.m. on Friday until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 p.m. on Saturday until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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.

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