District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 19, 2018


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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Kyle Ethridge
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Back to School!

Back to School

My mother used to say that July 4 marked the halfway part of summer and we should start preparing to return to school. That always seemed extreme to me but, with school starting earlier, August 15 for JCPS, now is definitely time to start preparing.

The two community ministries servicing District 9 are doing that – and you can help! Check out the two articles below and let’s help everyone be ready for school.

St. Matthews Area Ministries School Supply Drive

school supplies

As we approach the upcoming school year, back-to-school expenses can become a burden for parents. St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) is hosting its annual Back to School supply drive to assist children in need of school supplies. These items will be distributed throughout the school year to students in need of extra resources. In previous weeks, St. MAM collected pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, markers, crayons, yellow highlighters, colored pencils, red pens, spiral notebooks, solid color pocket folders and loose leaf paper (college and wide rule).

  • Week of July 15 – St. MAM is collecting glue sticks, Fiskars blunt tip scissors, small pencil sharpeners, soft and hard pencil cases.
  • Week of July 22 – composition notebooks, steno pads, backpacks and lunchboxes.

For pickup or to drop off donations, contact Sarah Banks at 893-0205. Schools supplies will be distributed at St. MAM on Wednesday, August 8. For more information, please visit www.stmam.com.

UCHM Back to School Bash – July 28

Back to School

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) has also been collecting school supplies and still needs them – especially wide-ruled notebooks and scissors. UCHM’s Back to School Bash will be on Saturday, July 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 150 S. State Street. Participants will enjoy free school supplies, free bike giveaway, face painting, free hair cuts, free family portraits, back-to-school resources, food and fun! This event is for families in the 40206 zip code. Proof of residence is required for school supplies and bike giveaway. Please bring ID and proof of residence (40206) on the day of the event. Questions, please call UCHM at 893-0346.

“Meet with Bill” – July 24

I am always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with me in person more convenient, I hold office hours at various places around District 9, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Tuesday, July 24, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, in the basement conference room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic – July 24


Your dog, cat or ferret must be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. The vaccination tags must be worn on the pet’s collar along with the required license tag. Contact Metro Animal Services at 361-1318 for details on licensing requirements.

Louisville Metro Animal Services Care Center, 3705 Manslick Road, will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier. Costs range from $5 - $60 based on the service.

Breslin Park Fundraiser – July 26

Breslin Park

Work is underway at Breslin Park (located at Lexington Road and Payne Street) for a new shade structure and skatespot. District 9 has committed $5,000 towards the shade structure; the remaining funds are being raised privately by the Louisville Parks Foundation, which needs your help.

skatespot fundraiser

Louisville Parks Foundation and Home Skateshop are staging a Breslin Park Fundraiser on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Tickets are $10 each and the event is for all ages. 

Plan to attend the event and show your support for the shade structure and skatespot. All artists are donating their time and the Louisville Parks Foundation will have raffle and silent auction items. Come out and support Breslin Park, Louisville Parks Foundation and the Irish Hill Neighborhood! Click the link for tickets. 

Public Comment on LG&E Smart Meter Proposal

LG&E comment

LG&E is proposing to deploy “smart meters” to its customers over the next five years, at an estimated cost of $350 Million.  LG&E asserts that smart meter investments will pay for themselves and not be paid for by future rate hikes to customers. But consumer advocates, including the Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC) and Kentucky’s Attorney General, dispute that and argue that ratepayers will bear the expense.

MHC is urging ratepayers to oppose the proposal because there is no evidence that they will result in savings to rate payers and because of privacy concerns.  More about the issue is in this article from Insider Louisville- https://insiderlouisville.com/government/psc-will-take-public-comments-in-lge-smart-meters-case/.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission held a hearing about the proposal in Louisville on July 9 and is taking public comment on it through July 23.  You can make your voice heard by writing the PSC, referencing Case# 2018-00005, and sending your comment via email to psc.info@ky.gov or by mail to:

Kentucky Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 615
Frankfort, KY 40602

Sustainability Story: Recycle Coach

Recycle Coach

Tired of forgetting when your next bulky items/junk pickup is coming or wondering where to dispose of something that's not safe to put in the garbage? Then go to Google Play or the App Store to download Louisville Metro’s Recycle Coach app. It will give you a personalized calendar of waste and recycling collection, answer your questions about what goes where, and even remind you when to put your stuff out.

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

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. 


ABC Notifications

ABC Notifications

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of ABC licenses by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of the legal publication.

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Caterer's license being applied for, The Champagnery, located at 1764 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

How to Replace a Damaged Garbage or Recycling Cart

garbage and recycling cart

A damaged garbage or recycling cart is bad for multiple reasons. The damaged cart won't hold the garbage or recycling as well as it should, which can lead to litter and attract animals. Broken handles or wheels also make it difficult and potentially dangerous for Metro Solid Waste Tippers to lift and empty carts.

Let Metro Solid Waste know if you have a damaged cart. They will repair or replace it for free once a year if damage is shown. Call MetroCall at 574-5000 and provide them with your name, address and daytime phone number along with the serial number from the cart and a description of the damage, or complete this online form.

Citizens Responsible for Alleys and Curb Edges

Metro seal

This week Metro Public Works is highlighting sections of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances that often come as a surprise to residents. They basically require property owners and residents to keep the area around homes clean and free of obstructions, from the center line of the street to the center line of any adjacent alley.


  (B)   Sanitary condition.

(1)         Cleanliness.  Every occupant of a structure or part thereof shall keep that part of the structure or premises which that occupant occupies, controls, or uses in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, and in the case of a single-family structure, the owner shall keep the premises free of all weeds...to the center line of such street, easement or alley as are adjacent to or abut the premises.   

That includes that patch of grass between the sidewalk and the curb known as a verge.

What is a Right-of-Way Obstruction?

Any structure that may prevent or impede the full and free use by the public of the entire sidewalk, street, alley, or public way (right of way).  Some examples of right-of-way obstructions:  basketball goals left on the curb line, concrete pyramids, piles of brush, items being sold, political/advertising signs, trees, shrubs, retaining walls, cars parked in the right of way, and any obstructions to cross visibility. 

Ninth Street Redesign

Ninth District redesign

In June the city released a draft plan for a reimagined Ninth Street. It's an exciting vision for a corridor with huge potential. There's a lot to like about the plan, including:

  • Safer, inviting walking environment
  • Grade-separated bike lanes
  • Green space and trees
  • Road design that discourages speeding
  • Spaces designed for recreation, neighborhood gathering, and fun

Please take a few minutes to review the plan and comment by submitting feedback online

Call Before You Dig – 811

Before You Dig

Beginning July 14, 2018, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (“PSC”) will investigate and impose fines on anyone who comes into contact with an underground natural gas line while digging without having contacted 811 to have the lines located before digging.

Contact 811 (call 8-1-1 or submit an online locate request at 811.com) before you dig and make sure that anyone doing excavation on your behalf contacts 811 two working days before they start.

For more information, please visit lge-ku.com/safety/digging 

Protecting Louisville from Ohio River Flooding


Following the rainiest February in Louisville in 134 years, Louisville MSD will receive $3 million from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to identify risks to the city’s flood protection system and develop a repair plan.

The recent flooding in February and March ranks among the 10 worst floods in Louisville as approximately 40 billion gallons of rain fell across the city in five days. Inspections have revealed that MSD lost 17 percent of its flood protection capacity from damages suffered during that recent flood.

The flood protection study will look at the potential failures in the flood protection system, the impact to homes and businesses and options for repair. MSD had already started to identify improvements as part of its Critical Repair & Reinvestment Plan, a 20-year outline of projects for flood protection, wastewater and drainage. However, up to this point, funding the projects has been a challenge. The study will take 18 months for the USACE and MSD to complete, and a list of recommended improvements will be developed.

HUD Grants $3.45 Million to End Youth Homelessness

Coalition for the Homeless

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last week that the Coalition for the Homeless will receive $3.45 million to support local efforts to reduce, and eventually eliminate, youth and young adult homelessness in Louisville. The Homeless Youth Demonstration Grant is awarded to select communities in order to create comprehensive and innovative plans to address homelessness for unaccompanied youth age 24 and under. Louisville’s Homeless Youth Committee has been working for two years to understand the numbers and needs of homeless youth in the community, develop an extensive plan to address this need, create a by-name list of youth who need assistance with housing and services, and begin accessing resources to implement the plan.

News of the major grant comes almost exactly one year after the Coalition for the Homeless and a team of local service providers launched the 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness on August 1, 2017. The project had an ambitious goal to end homelessness for at least 100 young adults in our community by November 8, 2017. The team achieved and even surpassed that goal, housing 115 young adults, a 560% increase in the rate at which our community had been housing this population. When the 100-Day Challenge launched, there were 220 identified homeless young adults. Today, that number is down to 106, marking a more than 50% reduction in youth homelessness since last summer.

Through the 100-Day Challenge, the Coalition and its many partners have made great strides in improving our system to better serve homeless youth. Local police rescued several victims of sex trafficking, homeless youth received special vouchers to help them with mental health needs for the first time, new employment resources were identified, and JCPS began identifying vulnerable students sleeping in cars who needed to get to a place of stability. The Coalition also raised private dollars to address barriers that prevent young adults from getting housed quickly, like the need to pay for deposits, furniture, and moving expenses.

The Coalition recognizes that it will take the entire Louisville community to achieve the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020 and calls on compassionate neighbors to help. Individuals can help by donating to Rx: Housing to fund deposits and furniture, hiring or mentoring a homeless or disconnected young person, participating in the Host Homes program, and advocating for continued funding for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In addition, landlords can rent housing to a homeless person with a voucher and supportive services (contact John Miles at Metro Louisville at john.miles@louisvilleky.gov).

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, July 19: St. Joseph Children's Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, to host an unveiling of St. Joe's new railroad crossing at 1:00 p.m. in the front lawn. Siemens and CSX partnered together with St. Joseph Children’s Home for a community safety project. The project entailed a railroad crossing upgrade which included new bells, gates and lights.

Thursday, July 19: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion of Forrest Gump at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, July 19: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host John Gilderbloom at 7:00 p.m. to discuss his book Chromatic Homes. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21: Four Roses Bourbon Louisville Blues, Brews and BBQ festival at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Get lost in the soul satisfying haze of New Orleans and Memphis style blues and pit barbecue smoke. Enjoy exclusive brew tasting areas. For more information, please visit www.louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com.

Saturday, July 21: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host Dog Day from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family, even the canine. All well-behaved dogs welcome. Events include dog photo contest, block print bandanna for your dog, face painting and homemade fair trade dog biscuits.

Monday, July 23: Enjoy FREE movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road, at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Schedule is subject to change - concessions will be available. Questions please call 368-5865 or visit www.iroquoisamphitheater.com/. July 23rd's movie is Tomorrowland PG.

Tuesday, July 24: "Meet with Bill" at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 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, July 25: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss, My Life in France, by Julia Child. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

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