District 9 eNews - Thursday, August 16, 2018


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D9 Community Conversation – August 21

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Our next Community Conversation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, beginning at 6:30 pm. 

Our guest will be Nick Hart, Environmental Health Manager of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. It’s your chance to learn more about the Hepatitis A outbreak, restaurant inspections, mosquitoes and much more. I’ll be available to talk about any issues you’d like to discuss.  Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Breslin Skate Spot Landscaping – August 18


Join the Louisville Parks Foundation, Hunger Skateparks, Home Skateshop and the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association in beautifying the new Breslin Park Skate Spot on Saturday, August 18 from 8:30 a.m. – Noon at Breslin Park, 1388 Lexington Road. 


Volunteers will be planting native grasses, flowers, mulching the new beds, and sprucing up the Park. All are welcome to volunteer.

Ordinance Passed to Move Vehicles Out of Impound Lot

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Metro Council revised an ordinance last week, in an effort to reduce overcrowding at the Vehicle Impoundment Lot.  The ordinance change allows Metro to sell vehicles that no one can drive anymore — for their scrap value. A previous ordinance designed to prevent the sale of parts from stolen vehicles prohibited selling cars for their junk value without a certificate of title.  The new law exempts Metro from that requirement when it is following state law giving notice to the owner of an impounded vehicle. 

I was one of the sponsors of the ordinance change. It's one of several steps Metro is taking to deal with issues at the Impound Lot and abandoned cars on our streets. 

Read more in this WFPL article, written before the ordinance change was approved: http://wfpl.org/city-considering-ways-to-move-some-vehicles-from-metro-impound-lot/.

Sidewalks Are Not for Bicycles - Unless You're 10 or Under

sidewalk and bicycles

I've received complaints recently about adults riding bicycles on the sidewalk, especially along Frankfort Avenue, and noticed a few myself in the last few days.  That's a dangerous habit - and it's against the law in Louisville. 

Riding on the sidewalk is a hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists.  The League of American Bicyclists notes that when you are riding on the sidewalk, you  have to deal with many hazards: pedestrians, street furniture, signs, newspaper boxes, etc. These items don’t just make riding inconvenient; they also can make bicyclists invisible to drivers.

Louisville ordinance provides that no person 11 years of age or older shall operate a bicycle on any sidewalk within the geographical boundary limits of Louisville Metro, and nobody of any age shall ride on the sidewalk downtown. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by fines of up to $50.

Share the Road!

Share the Road

Speaking of bicyclists, a new Kentucky law governs how vehicles may overtake bicycles proceeding in the same direction on streets and highways. That's important for everyone - most cyclists are also motorists.  The most important provision of the new law requires motorists to leave at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle. 

Full details of the new law are in this article by Douglas Brent, click here

Share the Road - and be careful out there! 

Sustainability Story: Exotic Pests

Exotic Pets

The Greater Louisville Sierra Club meets in D9 at United Crescent Hill Ministries and the topic next week is exotic pests, organisms that are not native to the area that threaten natural environments, agricultural production, structures, landscapes and gardens.

Jennie Condra from the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist will discuss exotic pests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, their threats, and possible impacts for our ecosystems. She will also discuss beneficial insects, including important native pollinators that are not honeybees, and some plants that will attract them.

Ms. Condra works as a nursery inspector for the Office of the State Entomologist, which is housed within the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky. She has worked there for the past 10 years. Her day to day work during the growing season is working through the 450 + nurseries in the state looking for exotic insects and diseases. Outside of nursery inspections, her office inspects and certifies lumber, farm equipment, houseplants, corn meal, veneer, tobacco, bourbon barrels, and reclaimed lumber. 

Sierra Club programs are always free and open to the public. The meeting is Tuesday, August 21 at 150 South State Street in Clifton. 

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

New Way to Report Illegal Dumpers

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We all know that illegal dumping--putting waste on property that is not licensed as a disposal facility--is an eyesore that is expensive to clean up, diminishes quality of life, discourages economic development and even sends plastic debris into our waterways.

That's why people caught dumping along our city's alleys, sidewalks, fields, roadsides, and recycling bins are subject to fines and impoundment of any vehicle used in the dumping. That's where citizens can help with the problem. If you witness illegal dumping while it's happening, report it.

Metro has developed a new online form you can use to tell us where it happened, describe the vehicle(s) involved, preferably with license plate number(s), and even upload pictures. Of course you can always call Metro Call 311 or 574-5000. For more information about illegal dumping, including a link to the reporting form, visit our illegal dumping webpage.

Volunteers Needed at SeniorCare Experts


SeniorCare Experts, 145 Thierman Lane, needs your help serving older adults. They are looking for volunteers to drive meals to seniors, transportation drivers, office help and more. For more information, please call SeniorCare Experts at 896-2316.

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. 

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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 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.

Taste of Frankfort Avenue – September 9

Taste of Frankfort Ave

Join the Frankfort Avenue Business Association on September 9 for the 26th Annual Taste of Frankfort Avenue at The Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center! 

This year's taste will coincide with the Mellwood Art Fair and the new location means that the Taste will be bigger and better than ever! In addition to tastings galore from over 20 of Louisville's best eateries, you'll also get to sample some of The Avenue's most unique shopping destinations. 

Tickets are on sale now! $45 for General Admission. $100 for the Sip and Swig VIP Room. Proceeds for this year's Taste of Frankfort Avenue will benefit United Crescent Hill Ministries.

Buy your tickets here.

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 16: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion of True Grit at 6:30 p.m. An alcoholic U.S. Marshal and a 14-year-old girl track down her father’s killer with the help of a Texas Ranger. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, August 16: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Keith O'Brien at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and discussion of his latest book, Fly Girls. Questions, please call the store at 895-6950.

Friday, August 17: 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 17th's movie is Wonder PG.

Saturday, August 18: Join the Louisville Parks Foundation, Hunger Skateparks, Home Skateshop and the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association in beautifying the new Breslin Park Skate Spot from 8:30 a.m. – Noon at Breslin Park, 1388 Lexington Road. Volunteers will be planting native grasses, flowers, mulching the new beds, and sprucing up the Park. All are welcome to volunteer.

Tuesday, August 21: District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. We’ll hear from the Environmental Health Manager of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. I’ll also be available to discuss anything on your mind. Please mark your calendar and join us - and bring along a friend or neighbor!

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