District 12 eNewsletter - August 8, 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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In this edition...

Coffee with your Councilman THIS Saturday - August 11th


Join Councilman Blackwell on Saturday, August 11th for an informal discussion on the topics, issues, concerns and suggestions you have for District 12 and Southwest Louisville. Stop by Sister Bean's Coffee House anytime between 10:00 am - noon to speak directly with Councilman Blackwell and have a cup of coffee on him!

WHEN: Saturday, August 11th, 10 am - Noon

WHERE: Sister Bean's Coffee House, 5225 New Cut Rd

For more information, contact the District 12 office at 502.574.1112 or danielle.tackett@louisvilleky.gov

District 12 Dialogue - August 21st

District Dialogue

Councilman Blackwell will host the next monthly District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, August 21st.

He hosts the quarterly District 12 Dialogue forums as a way to make Metro Government more convenient and accessible for the constituents of District 12.

Councilman Blackwell will provide an update on Southwest projects. Representatives from LMPD, MSD, Code Enforcement, and a member of the New Dixie project will be in attendance to address specific concerns.

Chief Doug Recktenwald will also be on the agenda to discuss a potential ambulance service provided by PRP Fire.

We hope to see you there so you can stay updated on the positive momentum in Southwest Louisville.

 When: Tuesday, August 21st at 6:00 PM

Where: Southwest Library, 9725 Dixie Highway.

Iroquois Amphitheater Free Movies under the Stars

Free Summer Movies

Center for Neighborhoods' Neighborhood Institute Application Deadline - August 15th

Neighborhood Institute

Center for Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Institute Fall 2018!

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.

Part of the Neighborhood Institute curriculum includes a self-directed project in the community. Through the class projects, people become engaged in the community as they branch out and apply the information and knowledge from the class to real life situations.

Classes will meet at:

Center For Neighborhoods

507 South Third Street

August 28th - November 13th, 2018

Every Tuesday, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Dinner provided

The application deadline for Neighborhood Institute Fall 2018 is 12:00 PM on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.

The Neighborhood Institute is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the whole community. There is no charge to attend.

For more information, contact John Hawkins, 502-589-0343 or johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org.

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

6780 Dixie

Sickle Cell Unity Walk - September 8th

Sickle Cell unity walk

2018 Light Up Riverport Golf Scramble is open for sign-ups!


It’s that time of year again! The 18th annual RBA Light-up Riverport Golf Scramble will be held at the Iroquois Golf Course, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Proceeds from the Light-up Riverport Golf Scramble will be used to pay the annual costs of Riverport street lighting. This annual event helps keep their employees safe and their facilities secure! Breakfast will be served beginning at 6:30am followed by a shotgun start at 7:00am. When the last team returns from play we’ll enjoy lunch and a presentation of trophies and door prizes. 


Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; and the “Most Teams” entered by one company! Additionally, prizes will be awarded for: Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole. Please register your players and teams as soon as possible! Player names, teams and payment status will appear on our website until the event.


The cost to participate is the same as last year…

·         $80.00 per player - (click here, then register button at bottom of page)

·         $200.00 Hole sponsor- includes: 1 free player, company name listed in the program and a tee box sign. Click here to become a sponsor.

·         $320.00 Foursome without sponsorship (click here, then register button at bottom of page, select quantity of 4)

·         $440.00 Foursome with a hole sponsorship click here.

·         Looking to upgrade your pre-paid foursome to add-on a sponsorship? click here.

Henkel Career Opportunities


Henkel is a worldwide leader in bonding, sealing, and surface treatments, and has operated a distribution center in Riverport for over 18 years. Henkel has career opportunities for new employees starting at $15 per hour. Click on the link below for more information.


Cool Roof Rebate Program

Cool Roof Rebate

Will you soon be replacing your roof? The Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability has funds available in its Cool Roof Rebate Program available for residents or commercial property owners in Metro Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15. 

The program offers up to $2,000 for residents and up to $5,000 or $10,000 (depending on the slope of the roof) for commercial property owners to replace their roofs with cool roofs. Cool roofs are made with reflective materials and lighter colored roofs that reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and utilities costs. These cool roofs, on both residential and commercial buildings, absorb less heat and stay up to 50–60°F cooler than conventional materials during peak summer weather. Stay cool and save money today with a cool roof with help from our rebate program! For more information and to find the program application, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/sustainability/incentives#1 or call the Office of Sustainability at 502-574-1976.

Metro Animal Services' Super Summer Adoption Event

Adoption event

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Philly, Marv, Deluka, and Delilah!

Philly the dog


Philly just wants someone to play with – and lots of treats! The approximately 11-month-old Jack Russell terrier is very friendly and likes to be around other dogs. Philly would be a good candidate for a home with a fur sibling. You can bring your dog to Animal House Adoption Center for a meet and greet with Philly, as long as your pet has had both Canine Influenza vaccinations. Philly’s adoption fee is waived during our Super Summer adoption event! Adopt any shelter pet for free with an application. To meet Philly, visit Animal House located at 3516 Newburg Rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Questions? Send an email to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov


Marv, Deluka, and Delilah; KITTENS

These adorable kittens are waiting to be adopted from Animal House! Marv, Deluka and Delilah are just 2 months old. This sweet trio was found without their mother and have been nursed back to health during their stay at the shelter. You can adopt one or all of them for free with an approved application during our Super Summer Adoption Event! Our adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg Rd. Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Questions? Email LMAS at animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov.

Call-Before-You-Dig New Provisions


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

The New Dixie Highway Update

Rockford Lane

Lane closure on Rockford Lane as part of New Dixie Highway project 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists of a lane closure beginning today on Rockford Lane at the T-intersection with US 31W (Dixie Highway) in Jefferson County. Contract crews will be widening Rockford Lane as part of The New Dixie Highway Project.

The right lane of the eastbound Rockford Lane will be closed today, Monday, August 6 and will remain closed for approximately two weeks. This lane had allowed traffic to turn left or right onto Dixie Highway or to go straight across into the Rite Aid parking lot. Motorists must now use the left lane of eastbound Rockford Lane to make these movements (see map below).

Once the entire New Dixie Highway Project is complete at the end of 2019, Rockford Lane will have four lanes at the intersection with Dixie Highway, one westbound lane and three eastbound lanes. There will be two dedicated left turn lanes from eastbound Rockford Lane to northbound Dixie Highway and one lane to either turn right onto southbound Dixie Highway or proceed straight to Rite Aid.

The New Dixie Highway Project is designed to improve safety and traffic efficiency along one of the city’s busiest corridors, and will include new fiber-linked traffic signals, new concrete and landscaped medians, and a bus rapid transit line from TARC.

Construction on Dixie Highway began in early January with crews working in two different locations - between Greenwood Road and Blanton Lane and between Heaton Road and Upper Hunters Trace. Crews have been installing new drainage structures, replacing curb and gutters, constructing new sidewalks and upgrading traffic signals.

More information is available through the project website (www.TheNewDixieHighway.com) and social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

    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.

    US 31W (Dixie Highway) North: Lane closures and delays possible at Nobel Place (mile marker 15.7) due to installation of a micro-trench for conduit and fiber optic cables. Right lane will be closed daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 6 at Nobel Place. This process will take several weeks to complete as crews progress north to West Broadway. 

    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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