District 9 eNews - Thursday, August 2, 2018


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Coffee with a Cop – August 3

LMPD patch

Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation on Friday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. at the Payne Street Bakehouse/Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, Payne Street and Spring Street. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Questions, please contact LMPD’s 5th Division at 574-7636.

St. Matthews Street Festival – August 4

St. Matthews Street Festival

On August 4th from 11am -10pm, Frankfort Avenue between Lexington Road and Bauer Avenue will be transformed into one of the best street festivals in Louisville! You’ll find bands, food, vendors, and activities for both adults and children.

Showcased will be area retailers, restaurants, and live entertainment. Family fun and activities include the free Kids Zone, Fun Zone and Wellness Fair. You will find vendors who have something special, unique or delicious to share with everyone! For more information, please visit www.stmatthewsstreetfestival.com.

Road Closure Information

The section of Frankfort Avenue affected by this closure are the 3700-3800 Blocks, running from Gerstle’s Place at the intersection of Lexington and Frankfort, to Walgreen’s at the intersection of Frankfort and Bauer. All surrounding roads will be open and the rest of Frankfort Avenue will be unaffected by this event.

Parking & Transportation

Parking will also be available at St. Matthews Baptist Church at 3515 Grandview Avenue, and a shuttle will be provided to run from the church to the corner of Bauer and Frankfort continuously from 10:30 AM to 10:30 PM. 

Sustainability Story: St. Matthews Farmers Market

St. Matthews Farmers Market

Sustainability is the overarching theme for farmers markets. Farmers engage in sustainable farming practices to produce healthy food to sustain the local community, and community members provide the money to sustain the farmers.

There are several farmers markets in D9, including one of the best in the area, the St. Matthews Farmers Market, which is open every Saturday through September 29 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road.

The market’s Tomato Tasting is scheduled for this Saturday, August 4.  Many of the farmers are beginning to have a variety of delicious heirlooms for purchase.  Most everyone knows tomatoes, which are actually a fruit, are very good for you. They are high in nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and lycopene (one of the most powerful antioxidants), provide a great source of fiber, and are naturally low in calories.  There are certainly many good reasons to pass down heirloom tomato seeds. They reliably produce tomatoes that have a pronounced tomato flavor, tend to be juicier and have delightful (not mealy) texture.  

Some of the varieties you may have heard of are Brandywine, Black Cherry, and Green Zebra.  Heirloom tomatoes grow in a rainbow of colors such as dark red, persimmon, lime green, yellow, purple and even black. They come in large, cherry, round, oval, squatty, pointy and everything in between.  Try some this weekend!  

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

Champions Park Upgrades Underway

Champions Park

Work is underway at Champions Park, at the corner of River Road and Zorn Avenue, and several areas will be closed temporarily while the improvements are made.

The work includes:

  • Construction of a new shared use path along the I-71 side of the property, replacing damaged and deteriorating golf cart paths in that area (see photo below). The construction starts August 6.  The path will be closed while the work progresses.   
  • A drainage project with pumps and catch basins and additional lateral lines has started.  This should improve standing water areas, help reduce insects, especially mosquitos, and allow for more frequent mowing of the park to improve the quality of turf and appearance of the park.
Champions Park path

In an effort to make repair work and construction projects safe for park users and construction crews, Metro Parks is placing snow fencing to keep park users away from the construction.  During the construction, access to the park will be through Zorn Avenue and a gate with signage directing park users to the parking lot off Zorn will be installed at the western entrance to the park.

National Night Out – August 7


LMPD will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. There is fun for all ages, including food, music, door prizes, and child ID cards. There will also be a way to safely dispose of expired drugs. National Night Out is a great way to interact with the LMPD officers who keep us safe every day.

The St. Matthews Police Department will also be celebrating this year's National Night Out. This community event will be held at the St. Matthews Community Park, Ten Pin Lane, on August 7 at 6:30 p.m. The department will have several displays and activities for the whole family as well as prizes and giveaways from SMPD and area businesses. 

St. Matthews Police

Water Quality Standards Threatened

water quality

An interstate commission tasked with overseeing the health of the Ohio River is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, and a variety of environmental groups are urging citizens to speak up to oppose the move.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) oversees an agreement between the eight states with watersheds draining into the Ohio, with commission members appointed by each state and the federal government. In June, a majority of the commission voted to advance the idea of dropping its pollution control standards, opening the proposal to public comments as part of the commission's regular review process.

More information about the issue is in this report by D9 resident James Bruggers: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07062018/ohio-river-pollution-control-standards-orsanco-vote-clean-water-act-coal-fired-power-plants-epa and in this article from the Evansville Courier & Press:  https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2018/07/19/ohio-river-pollution-standards-commission/792678002/.

D9 stretches for about two miles along the Ohio River.  I have written ORSANCO to oppose the elimination of the standards: “I am the Metro Councilman for Louisville’s District 9, which borders the Ohio River and includes Louisville Water’s Zorn Pump Station. I am writing to express my opposition to the proposal by ORSANCO to amend its Pollution Control Standards (PCS) by eliminating water quality standards and criteria, as well as mixing zone and wastewater discharge requirements, from the rules, and by making changes to other sections of the PCS.

My reading of the minority report indicates that there are nearly two hundred parameters among the six signatory states and EPA, for which ORSANCO has a criteria but the state or EPA does not.  If that is true, how can anyone conclude that the ORSANCO standards are redundant?  I also agree with the minority report that we need an independent body that ‘is able to research, develop, propose, and adopt standards tailored to the specific needs of the river in an atmosphere that stresses sound science and data-driven policy.’  In Louisville, we rely on water from the Ohio River and we count on ORSANCO and its PCS to help keep it clean.“ 

You can comment too, but time is running out.  All comments must be received by August 20 (extended by 10 days recently).

How to comment:

The public can comment on ORSANCO's proposal through Aug. 20. Emailed comments can be sent to PCS@orsanco.org.

Written comments may also be mailed to: ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230. Be sure to label comments Attn: PCS Comments.

Tree Removals and Plantings on Frankfort Avenue

Frankfort trees

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office is partnering with Louisville Metro government for roadside maintenance along Frankfort Avenue. The plan involves removal of several dead and dying trees in state right-of-way between Story Avenue and Stilz Avenue. New trees will be planted to replace the removed trees.

KYTC will oversee removal of twenty-five trees along Frankfort Avenue that are dead or in steep decline. This work will eliminate potential hazards of dead limbs falling on the roadway and improve the appearance of this area.

Louisville Metro Council District 9 is providing $12,000 in funds to purchase new trees for this section of Frankfort Avenue. Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry will be responsible for planting and maintenance of the vegetation.

Tree removal began August 1 and should be complete by Friday, August 3. Lane closures on Frankfort Avenue have been necessary during this work and will be limited from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. until the completion of the project.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5 .

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. 


St. Joe’s Picnic – Save the Date and Donate a Cake!

St. Joe's

St. Joseph Children’s Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, will host the 169th Annual St. Joe’s Picnic on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11. All proceeds from the Picnic support children who have suffered abuse and neglect as well as help continue St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home”.

The Pre-Party on Friday, August 10 begins at 5:00 p.m. and will feature a new casino tent, new carnival rides, new booths, food vendors, live music and a cornhole tournament. The event will end at 10:00 p.m. The official picnic on Saturday, August 11 runs from Noon – midnight.

St. Joe's gambling

Tickets are required this year for all food, beverages, rides and activities at St. Joe’s Picnic. Avoid the ticket lines and purchase tickets in advance online until August 3, https://sjkids.ejoinme.org/picnictickets. Tickets will be mailed or picked up at will call.

Sign up to volunteer during the event. This is a great opportunity for youth to gain service hours. Click here to sign up online.

Consider making a donation or purchasing a cake for the cake booth. The Cake Booth is one of the largest grossing gaming booths at St. Joe’s Picnic. Click here to make a donation and St. Joe’s will pick it up for you.

LMPD Impound Lot Community Meeting – August 13

impound lot

Earlier this year, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) announced plans to seek a new location for the Impound Lot, citing space issues, and the impound lot’s negative impact on nearby Beargrass Creek and the Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail. The site, a former landfill, is also located in a floodplain and is partially impacted by a high-tension power line. At that time, the city issued a public Request for Information (RFI), seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location and other physical and operational requirements. The city received seven responses to that RFI but none met the search criteria.

LMG is hosting another meeting on Monday, August 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the California Community Center, 1600 St. Catherine Street.

What will be discussed at this meeting? LMG received a suggestion to relocate vehicles held at the impound lot as evidence in a criminal or civil lawsuit or investigation to a separate, secured location. This would decrease the number of vehicles at the impound lot by approximately 350, allowing towing operations to resume as space was made available through vehicle relocation. A warehouse located on 9th Street has been identified as a proposed alternative storage location for impounded vehicles being held as evidence. The warehouse will provide an indoor, secure location for these vehicles, and is located in an industrial area of the California neighborhood. Impacts to the neighborhood are expected to be minimal because access to the warehouse will not be through a residential area, the warehouse is surrounded by commercial and industrial uses, the vehicles will be secured indoors and the relatively small number of trips associated with adding or removing vehicles from the space will not significantly affect traffic on 9th Street.

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Smith at Allison.smith@louisvilleky.gov or call 574-1569.

Save the Date - Back to School Block Party – September 7


Please mark your calendars for the 19th Annual Back to School Block Party at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Park on Friday, September 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Enjoy FREE Mellow Mushroom pizza, swimming, door prizes and family fun!  Make a child ID with LMPD. Click here to view the flyer.

We need VOLUNTEERS to make this event successful. If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please email Kyle Ethridge

Youth door prizes are still being accepted. If you are interested in donating a new children’s item or gift card, please contact the office at 574-3908 or email Kyle Ethridge

Thank you to sponsors who have already committed door prizes: 5-0-Lou, Blue Dog Bakery, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Crescent Hill Trading Company, Graeter’s Ice Cream (St. Matthews), Heine Brothers' Coffee, Just Creations, Margaret's Consignments, McDonalds (Clifton), Red Hog Butcher, and Roar-Shack Bookstore.

MSD Asks You to Help Reduce Yard Runoff

MSD reduce runoff

Help make a difference in our streams by reducing yard runoff. Please compost grass clippings and decrease the use of fertilizer and pesticides in your yard. When it rains, these chemicals make their way to our streams.

For sewer-related issues, contact MSD’s Customer Relations Department 24/7/265 @ 502.540.6000 or email CustomerRelations@LouisvilleMSD.org.

Neighborhood Institute Fall Registration Open

Center for Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhood groups.

Classes will meet at the Center For Neighborhoods, 507 South Third Street on August 28th - November 13th, 2018. Classes meet every Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. with dinner provided for registered attendees.

The Neighborhood Institute Fall 2018 is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the whole community. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th. 

Click the link or contact us at 502-589-0343 or email johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org for more information.

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, August 2: Hadley Pottery, 1570 Story Avenue, will host a sale on all pet dishes for the month of August. They will also be donating 5% of all sales on pet items to the Kentucky Humane Society. Questions, please contact the store at 584-2171.

Thursday, August 2Crescent Hill Community Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, August 2: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Andrew Shaffer at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery.  Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Thursday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5: Annual Chenoweth Square Tent Sale. Select stores will have items up to 75 percent off. Hours Thursday – Saturday are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and select stores will open on Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m. Cash or checks appreciated and all sales are final. Follow Chenoweth Square on Facebook @chenowethsquarewcw to stay up-to-date on hours, promotions and more.

Friday, August 3: LMPD to host Coffee with a Cop at 9:00 a.m. at Nancy's Bagel's Grounds, Payne Street and Spring Street. Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation. Questions, please contact the 5th Division at 574-7636.

Saturday, August 4: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events.

Saturday, August 4: St. Matthews Street Festival at Frankfort and Lexington Road to Bauer Avenue from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. This annual event highlights the community's business, history, cuisine, and style while showcasing the area's retailers and restaurants. It will also feature live entertainment and a Kids Zone. Enjoy retail booths, live music, kidz zone, fun zone, local food, wellness fair and a beer garden.

Saturday, August 4: Apocalypse Brew Works to host The "Mane" Event! Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E. Fundraiser from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 1612 Mellwood Avenue. Meet miniature horse Lil' Sebastian and some adoptable puppies. Learn about the KHS's newest rescue program that helps orphan foals and Kentucky's free-roaming horses. Questions, please call 589-4843.

Saturday, August 4: Chocolate Fest from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at the Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. Enjoy chocolate, entertainment, lite bites, spirits and more. All proceeds benefit the Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance. General admission tickets are $45 each. For more information and to register, please visit www.chocolatefestlouisville.com

Monday, August 6: 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/. August 6th's movie is Freedom Writers PG-13.

Tuesday, August 7: LMPD's National Night Out Celebration for the 5th Division from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Fun for all ages, enjoy music, food, door prizes, and make a child ID card.

Tuesday, August 7: The St. Matthews Police Department will be celebrating at St. Matthews Community Park, Ten Pin Lane at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7: Butchertown Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m., at Main & Clay Apartments (pedestrians enter Main Street door, those driving can park in the garage before 6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 8: Curious about what’s inside the large Gothic structure sitting in the middle of the Crescent Hill Reservoir? Now is your chance to take a peek inside with the return of the Walking Wednesdays. Join Louisville Water Company staff from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month (June-September) for an insider tour and learn about the history.

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