District 12 eNewsletter - July 11, 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 - July 14th


Join Councilman Blackwell on Saturday, July 14th 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, July 14th, 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: Chico and Cargo!



Little Chico is an approximately 3-year-old Chihuahua who’s shy but friendly. He prefers to be carried rather than use his legs so we know someone spoiled this guy. Chico came to the shelter after a kind woman found him in her yard, but wasn’t able to locate his owner. Chico can be fearful at times  and needs a laidback, calm home with a family that will give him time to adjust  to his surroundings. Chico appears to be housetrained. His adoption fee is waived for an approved applicant, thanks to the Pay It Forward program. To meet or adopt Chico, visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg Rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Questions? Email animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov, or call 473-PETS.



2-year-old Cargo enjoys being a ladies man, and the only male cat in a room with 3 feline sisters. Cargo enjoys lounging in small, dark spaces but he enjoys attention too! He’s lived with other cats before and is friendly once he’s given time to warm up to new people. Cargo’s adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. If you’re interested in adopting Cargo,  visit Animal House Adoption Center Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Email questions to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Iroquois Amphitheater Free Movies under the Stars

Free Summer Movies

Addiction Summit @ Beechland Baptist Church - July 21st

addiction summit

Amazing Childcare Learning Center's Let's Stress Poverty - July 28th

Feed the Homeless

Join Amazing Childcare Learning Center monthly on the last Saturday of the month to feed an additional 150 individuals without housing in Louisville! The effort, called ‘Let’s Stress Poverty,’ coordinated by Amazing Childcare, fed hundreds of homeless individuals and families last month on the corner of 1st and Broadway; this month they are adding the location at Jackson Street and Jefferson Street from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Along with other volunteers, Louisville’s very own Tyson Harbin, State Coordinator, Homeless Education, will be in attendance, assisting with preparing and serving food.

Amazing Childcare Learning Center Corporation’s (ACLC) mission is: To mobilize resources that empower human capital that positively impacts hard-to-reach individuals, families, and small businesses. Starting on June 30th, ACLC staff and leadership plan to feed more than 1000 individuals without housing and develop partnerships with at least ten community organizations. Monthly, we will add a new location serving more individuals.

They will provide community resource information along with food and bottled waters. ACLC provides a variety of programs and services with specific focus on Childcare & Child Development; Family, Individuals, & Small Businesses; Volunteerism; Adult Care & Safety Net (Emergency Services); and Housing, Energy Assistance, Winterization. They are collecting the following items for our B.A.G. Project: Backpacks, Hand Sanitizer, Wash Cloths, Flash Lights, Band-aids, Body Wash, Wipes, Toothbrush, and Toothpaste.

If anyone would like to support by way of donation or volunteering, please contact Victor Rice, victor.r@amazingchildcare.com, (502) 365 - 2518, Facebook page: Amazing Childcare Learning Center.

Notice of Public Meeting - 6780 Dixie Hwy & 4530 Kerrick Ln.

6780 Dixie Hwy

"Art in City Hall" Exhibition

Metro Council

Art in City Hall is a joint effort between the Metro Council and Metro Government. The artworks selected will be exhibited in the entrance lobby, hallways and public spaces within City Hall.  Primary audiences will include the Metro Council representatives, staff, visiting constituents, and members of the public attending Metro Council and committee meetings.

Art in City Hall is an opportunity open to all artists of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or disability working in Louisville/Jefferson County.

Artists should submit original, two-dimensional artwork meeting the specifications outlined below. There is no entry fee. Each artist selected to exhibit their work will receive a $500 honorarium. The Art in City Hall exhibition will take place over August 2018 through August 2019.


  • All artwork must be original and two-dimensional.
  • Outside dimensions of work (including frame) must not be smaller than 16 x 16 in. and must not exceed 60 x 60 in.
  • All artwork must be framed, stretched or mounted to durable material, and ready for hanging with D-ring hangers, wire, or equivalent.
  • Artists are responsible for transportation and delivery of selected artworks to City Hall by designated date and for pick up by a designated date at the conclusion of the exhibition.
  • Please review the complete Call for Artists here
  • Submission deadline is July 13.

Artwork will be selected by a committee consisting of Commission on Public Art, Metro Council, and Metro staff members. Up to five artists will be selected for the exhibition. Each artist will be asked to exhibit 1–5 pieces.

Nominate a Beautiful Business!


Great things are happening in Southwest Louisville! The New Dixie Highway Project is underway and we are getting the word out that southwest Louisville is a great place to do business. With all of this positive momentum, it’s important that residents and businesses alike embrace our community pride by doing our part to keep our sidewalks, streets, and landscaping looking fresh and litter-free.

Please help us recognize outstanding businesses located in District 12 that contribute to our Southwest Pride by keeping their properties neat, attractive and clean. We are looking for businesses dedicated to maintaining a positive image in the community and are committed to keeping their property free of trash and cigarette butts.  

If you see a beautiful business front that gives Southwest Louisville a good name, please take a picture and contact Liz McQuillen at (502) 574-1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov

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!

Jefferson Memorial Forest's Zipline Kingdom


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 southbound Dixie Highway in two locations between Heaton Road and Upper Hunters Trace and between Blanton Lane and Greenwood Road. 

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. 

6811 Sylvania Rd. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW3203 to close one driving lane in order to install and remove poles. Permit is valid from June 1st to June 29th.

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

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