District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 20, 2018


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Happy Holidays – No eNews Next Week

happy holidays

Happy Holidays to you and your family! Metro offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.

The eNews will take a break next week too. We’ll be back on January 3.

Homeless Funding Approved and Community Challenged To Do More


Last Thursday night, Metro Council unanimously approved a special appropriation of almost $550,000 to provide services for people experiencing homelessness in Louisville.  The ordinance, which I sponsored, sent the bulk of the surplus funds from the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year to Louisville’s Office of Resilience and Community Services, to provide emergency sheltering and storage. The funding is intended to be a bridge to more permanent solutions, which we have asked to be presented to Metro Council by April 25.

A Courier-Journal story about the vote is here.

Metro Government cannot do this alone. I was very pleased to see the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels step up with a $25,000 emergency grant to the Coalition for the Homeless and even happier to see the Colonels say that the intention was to “get the ball rolling and encourage other non-profit organizations and the Louisville community to join us and partner with the Coalition.”

Please consider helping our neighbors experiencing homelessness with a contribution of any size to the Coalition for the Homeless. You can do that here: http://louhomeless.org/.

8th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness – TONIGHT

Give a Jam

The 8th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held tonight, Thursday, December 20th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. The evening will feature performances by local musicians and artists including: Ben Sollee, John Gage, Tyrone Cotton, Relic with Michael Cleveland and many more. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless and its efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.louhomeless.org. Tickets may be available at the door, but the event has sold out in previous years so advanced tickets are encouraged. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.louhomeless.org.

No Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Pickup


Solid waste collection services will be altered under the following schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks:

Garbage/yard waste/recycling:

There will be no residential garbage, yard waste or recycling collection on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1 in the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits). Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Tuesday will have service instead on Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2. The Wednesday-Friday schedule will also be delayed by one day.

Collections in St. Matthews will not occur on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1 and service will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies for holiday collection schedules.

Staffed Recycling Centers:

The staffed recycling centers, along with the Waste Reduction Center and Haz Bin will be closed Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1.

  • East District Public Works Yard 595 N. Hubbards Lane 
  • Metro Parks Landscaping 9300 Whipps Mill Road 
  • Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway 
  • Central Government Center 7201 Outer Loop 
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue
  • Haz Bin Hazardous Waste Facility, 7501 Grade Lane

Sustainability Story: Curbside and Drop-off Christmas Tree Disposal

Christmas tree

Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries) after the holiday. Beginning Wednesday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations and lights must be removed.

In St. Matthews, trees can be set out by the street on your regularly scheduled trash day.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations on the dates below. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees into mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.

Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off.

Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Wednesday, December 26 only, and only at the Hubbards Lane site.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane
    December 26 – 29, January 2
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
    December 26 – 29, January 2
  • Waste Reduction Center - 636 Meriwether Avenue (Drop-off only. Mulch is not available).
    Through January 31

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.

Yard Waste Suspended January – March

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If you keep your Christmas tree up into January, be aware that it won’t be picked up curbside unless it is set out by January 18.

Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will be suspending the collection of yard waste in the Urban Services District (USD) beginning on January 21 through March 9, 2019. While individuals may request collection as needed during this time through MetroCall at 574-5000, please plan to set out your yard waste – including Christmas trees – BEFORE January 21.

Helen Keller’s Desk on Display

Helen Keller

The remarkable collection at the American Printing House for the Blind, located in D9 at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, has grown with the addition of Helen Keller’s desk. The desk is on loan from the American Foundation for the Blind.

At an event last month, Gary Mudd, an employee at APH who also is blind, shared his respect for Keller and how she inspired him.

“Today, as we unveil Helen Keller’s desk, we are celebrating more than history — we’re celebrating Helen Keller’s spirit,” he said. “It continues to give a lot of people, with disabilities or without, the hope to have a future as big and as bold as Helen Keller’s.”

For more information about Helen Keller and the desk in an Insider Louisville article, click here.

The museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the fascinating educational history of people who are blind and the historic contributions of the American Printing House for the Blind for the benefit of people who are visually impaired, educators of people who are visually impaired, and the broader community. It’s open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed Sundays, Derby Day, and most major holidays as observed by government offices. It is open New Year’s Eve.

Information about the museum and tours of APH is here.

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.

Massie Ave

Leaf Drop-off Period Extended through December 22

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Louisville Metro leaf drop-off service, originally scheduled to end December 1, has been extended by three weeks. Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites through December 22. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents. Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard
10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
Thursday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works East District Operations Center
595 Hubbards Lane
Thursday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Donate Slightly Used or New Blankets


The Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana (SCAK) and the Youth In Action Network (YIAN) are collecting blankets for the homeless, veterans, and the needy in our community. This event is in celebration of the Martin Luther King Day of Service 2019, and is a collaboration with Blanket Louisville and the Louisville Metro Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Donors are encouraged to put a blanket on their holiday shopping list to donate to this worthy cause.

Slightly used or new blankets can be dropped off daily at:

  • Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, 701 W. Ormsby Ave, Ste 201

On January 5, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at:

  • Bon Air Library, 2816 Del Rio Pl.

For further pickup or drop off information, please contact Jo Ann Orr at 767-2260.

Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Tax Season


For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a tax preparation site offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 tax season (January-April 2019) please contact www.labcservices.org or call 574-5687. The first volunteer training will be offered soon. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients. Click here to view a list of available positions. Click here to fill out a volunteer form.

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, December 20: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, December 20: 8th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, if they are still available (the event often sells out). For more information, please click here.

Friday, December 21: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, will host a free dive-in movie. Plan to watch The Star. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please call the pool at 897-9949.

Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Holiday - Metro Offices are closed and collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste is delayed by one day.

Tuesday, January 1: Metro Government Holiday - There will be no residential collection of garbage, recycling, or yard waste within the Urban Service District (former Louisville city limits). Collection will be delayed by one day.

Wednesday, January 2: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Meeting of the Minds at 7:00 p.m. Join members of the community as they think about and discuss current topics. Contact the branch for full details. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

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