District 9 eNews - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bill Hollander

Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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“Meet with Bill” – May 22

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I am always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with me in person more convenient, I’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Tuesday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, in the museum conference room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me

Sustainability Story: Bike Together Day

Bike Together

Let's bike together tomorrow, Friday, May 18, to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Louisville’s Bike to Work Day.  The event includes Meet and Rides from local parks, including Seneca, Shawnee, Iroquois, George Rogers Clark, and the Big Four Bridge. Each ride has a Ride Captain and a set departure time, and attendees are encouraged to register. I’m registered to ride from the basketball courts at Seneca Park, leaving at about 7:15 am.

Those who register will receive a free Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse breakfast sandwich and Heine Bros coffee when they reach the destination at Fourth Street Live around 8am. Riders are encouraged to return midday for the public lunchtime celebration where one lucky winner will receive a brand new commuter bike from Parkside Bikes, and one youth will receive a brand new bike donated by GE. Vendors will promote health and wellness initiatives, charity bike rides, and more.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of summer weather and the many opportunities to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle in the city.  The event website is here.

You can also access Bike Louisville on Facebook here. The Bike Louisville website is here.

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

Village Manor Garden Launch – May 19


Join Village Manor Apartments in partnership with St. Matthews Area Ministries for the Village Manor Garden Launch on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. I’m attending the event with State Representative Attica Scott. Please come and celebrate this garden launch and learn garden tips from a Master Gardener, participate in potted plant activities for children and celebrate the addition of twelve new raised beds created by Eagle Scout candidate, Brent Abalos. In the event of rain, activities will move to the community room.

Midsummer Night’s Dream – May 19

Midsummer Night Dream

Kentucky Shakespeare will host its tour closing performance this Saturday, May 19, in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a six-actor, eighty-minute production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rain location is Crescent Hill Methodist Church, 201 S. Peterson Avenue.

Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare visit www.kyshakespeare.com.

Mighty Kindness Hoot – May 19

Mighty Kindness Hoot

It’s time for the Mighty Kindness Hoot, Saturday, May 19, from Noon to 7:00 pm, at Waterfront Park’s Brown Forman Amphitheater.     

Mighty Kindness is a community unity organization run by a small group of open-hearted visionaries. It all started back in 2008 with the desire of creating a strong circle of sustainability and connection in our community. The goal is to make it easier to find and support local farms, businesses, healers, artists,  and community groups who all really have the same vision at heart- kindness. Kindness to ourselves, to each other, to the Earth. Kindness in our leaders, in work, in creating.... Kindness in all things. 

The event features music, food, art and much more.  Check it out at www.mightykindness.org

10th Annual Buy Local Fair – May 20

Buy Local First

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 10th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 20 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $5 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.

The fair will include more than 200 booths from a variety of local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations, and farmers, as well as live music, Trend Appliances Cooking Competition, Wilson Muir Bank Cocktail Competition, libations, ValuMarket Craft Beer Tent, Cox’s Back Porch area for the grownups, and a children’s area.

For the first time this year, there will be a Kidpreneur Market (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.) for children under 12 running their own business.

Presented by the Louisville Water Company, the event also gets major support from Amish Hills Furniture and Louisville Metro Council.

For more information, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair.

LWV Dinner & Democracy Meeting – May 21

LWC Dinner & Democracy

The League of Women Voters invites you to attend the Dinner and Democracy meeting on Monday, May 21, to discuss "How would our students be affected by a State takeover of JCPS?" Invited panelists are Diane Porter, Chair of JCPS School Board, Official from the Kentucky State Department of Education, Brent McKim of JCTA (Jefferson County Teachers Association), Chris Harmer of AROS (Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools) and Rev. Milton C. Seymore, Chair of Kentucky Board of Education.  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.

Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget Hearing – May 21

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Metro Council Budget Hearings for the 2018-2019 budget are well underway. The final hearing in which we are seeking comments from the public is scheduled on Monday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. No External Agency Fund applicants will be permitted to speak  at this hearing and the committee hopes to hear from the public about more general aspects of the budget. Please join us and make your voice heard!

Sign-up sheets for the hearing will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m.

For a complete schedule of meetings, current as of today, click here!

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.

Housing Needs Assessment Underway

Housing & Community

The Louisville Metro Office of Housing & Community Development and Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, in partnership with consultants Mullin & Lonergan Associates Incorporated, are leading an effort to develop a Housing Needs Assessment for Louisville.

The Housing Needs Assessment will look at the current housing stock and the community’s future needs, including both short and long-term projections for the next 20 years in five year increments. Once completed, the Assessment will serve as a guide for Louisville policy makers and housing partners, both private and non-profit. The Assessment is anticipated to be completed in fall 2018.

The Housing Needs Assessment will:

  • Examine demographic and housing market trends
  • Determine the supply and demand for housing types at various income levels across market areas
  • Identify areas of opportunity across Louisville’s neighborhoods, particularly in linking housing to job centers
  • Provide implementation strategies to enhance the quality of housing and neighborhoods; and
  • Provide a methodology that will allow Louisville Metro to update data on an annual basis using U.S. Census and other readily available sources.

Three public meetings will be held to discuss the Housing Needs Assessment:

  • May 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Edison Center (701 W. Ormsby)
  • May 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library (7300 Jefferson Boulevard)
  • May 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Middletown Firehouse (108 Urton Lane)

All Louisville residents are also asked to complete a housing survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LouisvilleResidentSurvey, whether they can attend a public meeting or not. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available until May 31.

For more information on the Housing Needs Assessment, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/housing-community-development.

TARC Need Drivers

TARC bus drivers

I was very disheartened to see that TARC (the Transit Authority of River City) has cut service, saying it doesn’t have enough drivers.  We have too little transit service when all buses are running and people are left standing at the bus stop even longer when service is reduced. The Courier-Journal story is here.

TARC is currently advertising for both full time and part time coach operators.  Here is information from the TARC website.  Please help share it with anyone who might be interested:

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) is the major public transportation provider to Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt Counties in Kentucky, Clark & Floyd Counties in Southern Indiana and is currently seeking FULL-TIME Coach Operators and PART-TIME Coach Operators (up to 25 hours per week).

TARC is a 24/7 operation. Interested applicants should be available to work all shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Minimum Requirements include; High School Diploma or GED and 21 years of age and no felonies or misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years. A valid driver’s license, excellent driving record for previous 3 years and ability to obtain Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Must perform successfully on test(s).

Selected applicants must successfully complete an eight-week (40 hr week) training program to become a Coach Operator. The hourly rate of pay during the training period is $12.00. 

Upon successful completion of the training program the hourly rate of pay increases to $16.56 with periodic increases in pay. Current top operator pay is $23.90 per hour.

TARC offers the following benefits for Full-Time Team Members:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Short-Term Disability Plan
  • Participation in County Employee Retirement System (CERS)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick and Vacation
  • Tuition Assistance

TARC offers the following benefits for Part-Time Team Members:

  • Participation in County Employee Retirement System (CERS)

Qualified applicants should apply in person at:
1000 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40203
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (M-F)
Email is careers@ridetarc.org
Telephone is (502) 585-1234

TARC Summer Youth Pass on Sale May 21

summer youth pass

Getting to jobs, the movies, learning activities and other fun events around Louisville is affordable for young people with the TARC Summer Youth Pass, which goes on sale Monday, May 21.

The pass costs $30 and is available to anyone 6 - 19 years old.  With the pass, youths can take unlimited TARC rides on all routes from June 1 - Aug. 31.

By taking public transportation, young people gain self-confidence and become more independent, important skills for lifelong success. All TARC buses are equipped with bicycle racks, free Wi-Fi and are ADA accessible.

The pass can be ordered from TARC’s website, www.ridetarc.org, or purchased at the following locations:

  • Union Station, 1000 W. Broadway
  • Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway
  • All Fifth Third Banks
  • Louisville Free Public Library, 3rd & York

To order by mail, send a check or money order for $30, with your name, address and phone number, to SUMMER YOUTH PASS; c/o TARC cashier; 1000 W. Broadway; Louisville, KY  40203.

Reminder: MSD Work Starts Monday

MSD work

MSD would like to alert neighbors of a road closure from May 21 – August 7, 2018. The intersections of Lexington Road and Baxter Avenue, as well as a portion of Lexington Road and Hamilton Avenue, will be closed for construction of a new sewer line. Local access and alternative routes will be available.

The above map shows the section in orange being closed, May 21 to August 7. The intersection of Lexington Road and Baxter Avenue, shown in red, will be closed from May 29 to August 7.

The construction is to install a new sanitary sewer line that will connect to the Waterway Protection Tunnel. The new line will capture nine sewer overflow points that currently discharge to Beargrass Creek. The Waterway Protection Tunnel will prevent millions of gallons of sewage from entering Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River. During excessive rainfall, the tunnel will store sewage and storm water for treatment until system capacity is available.

Sign up to receive regular updates on the project by clicking here or calling 502-587-0603. The MSD project manager is Jacob Mathis, jacob.mathis@louisvillemsd.org or 540-6500.

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. 

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

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. 

138 Wiltshire109-115 Charlton

Neighborhood Meetings

Mellwood Avenue neighborhood meeting for rezoning of property located at 1805 Mellwood Avenue from residential to commercial. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at 1805 Mellwood Avenue.

Alexa Properties, LLC, has applied to rezone .067 of an acre of property located at 1749 Frankfort Avenue from R-5B (Residential Two Family District) to C-1 (Commercial District) for development of proposed retail/office space. Nearby property owners and neighborhood group representatives are invited to discuss the proposal at an informal meeting on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Third Lutheran Church, 1864 Frankfort Avenue. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Clifford Ashburner at 540-2382 or Clifford.ashburner@dinsmore.com.

Ally Properties, LLC, has applied to rezone .5639 of an acre of property located at 1860-1864 Frankfort Avenue from R-7 (Residential Multi-Family District) to C-2 (Commercial District) for development of proposed retail/office space. Nearby property owners and neighborhood group representatives are invited to discuss the proposal at an informal meeting on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Third Lutheran Church, 1864 Frankfort Avenue. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Clifford Ashburner at 540-2382 or Clifford.ashburner@dinsmore.com.

McGillian Carriage House Proposal/Notice of Meeting to discuss a proposal to convert an existing 2-story 2 car detached garage into a one car garage and accessory apartment at 306 S. Hite Avenue. The existing garage has a footprint of 626 square feet and a second-floor storage area of 300 square feet. The proposal will consist of a 250 square foot studio with kitchen on the first floor and 300 square feet of storage and bathroom on the second floor. This is a neighborhood meeting to review the proposed plan and discuss the plan with architect, Mike Pluta. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at 306 S. Hite Avenue. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Tricia McGillian at 301-526-8446 or email pmmcgillan@gmail.com

Garbage Guidelines

garbage cart

Metro Public Works shares a few reminders about your trash in the Urban Services District.
Following a few simple rules will help keep Louisville clean.

  • Garbage must be set at the curb or the alley no later than 6 AM on collection day, but no earlier than 4 PM the day before collection day.
  • Carts must be placed at the edge of the curb or alley at least three feet from other carts, buildings or objects.
  • All garbage carts must be removed from the street or alley no later than 4 PM the day after collection.
  • Maximum cart weight load is 200 pounds.
  • Lid of cart must be kept closed.

A full list of garbage guidelines is located at this link.


Louisville Bats Nights

Louisville Bats

The Louisville Bats are once again hosting Louisville Metro Government Nights. Community Involvement Vouchers are available for groups and organizations doing good works in the community. Tickets are available on the following Monday nights: May 28, June 11, July 2 and September 3.  

To request tickets please contact Jessica Adell at jadell@batsbaseball.com. Please include your Metro Council District, contact name, mailing address, daytime phone and number of tickets requested. 

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.

Saturday, May 19: FREE Shakespeare in the Parks - enjoy a Midsummer Night Dream in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs (and picnic foods, if you wish). Rain space: Crescent Hill United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peterson Avenue.

Sunday, May 20:  10th Annual Buy Local First Fair at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road, from Noon - 6:00 p.m. The fair will host a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, chefs, community organizers and farmers. All locally-owned independent businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate as vendors. Admission is free, $5 per car to park. Bicycles are free to park. Sorry, pets are not allowed on the Louisville Water Tower Park property.

Tuesday, May 22: "Meet with Bill" at American Printing House for the Blind Museum, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Not everyone has the time to come downtown to meet, so we wanted to make this easy and informal with no appointment necessary to let me know if you have any concerns or questions about anything going on in the district or Metro Louisville.

Wednesday, May 23: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie screening of Saving Private Ryan at 5:30 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

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