District 12 eNewsletter - January 16, 2019

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 Rescheduled for THIS Saturday


Due to the high amount of predicted snowfall last Saturday, the Coffee with your Councilman event was rescheduled for this Saturday, January 19th. It will still be held at Panera Bread (6900 Dixie Hwy) from 10am - 12pm.

When: Saturday, January 19th; 10am - 12pm

Where: Panera Bread (6900 Dixie Hwy)

Anyone is welcome to come and have a cup of coffee on the Councilman. It is an informal event so there is no set programming or agenda. The discussion is open to any issue that you have noticed in the area and would like to discuss.

Save the Date - District Dialogue - February 19th

District Dialogue

Councilman Blackwell will host the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, February 19th.

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.

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

 When: Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00 PM

Where: Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway

Contact the District 12 Office at 502.574.1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov for more information.

Rescheduled Mary M. Miller Riverboat Cruise - April 14th

Mary M Miller

The rescheduled Mary M. Miller riverboat cruise is coming up soon!  Due to dangerous weather conditions, the original date was cancelled and moved to Sunday, April 14th in order to give enough time for water levels to return to normal. 

There will be two cruise departure times, 1:00pm and 4:30pm. Boarding will begin 30 minutes prior to each of these scheduled times. Limited seating will be available the day of the cruises. You can reserve a seat by visiting Southwest Community Ministries and giving a $5 suggested minimum donation.

When: Sunday, April 14th 1:30pm &4:00pm

Where: Riverview Park, 8202 Greenwood Rd.

All reserved seats on the previously cancelled cruise date will be honored April 14th. If you have any questions, please call the District 12 office (502) 574-1112 or Southwest Community Ministries (502) 935-0310.

MSD Open House Floodplain Meeting @ the Southwest Government Center - January 17th


MSD is holding a series of open house meetings to discuss changes to existing floodplain maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which may affect your property’s floodplain status.Changes to the maps may affect your property’s flood status.

To view the changes to the floodplain maps please go to https://bit.ly/2QcnErm or attend the Open House Meeting in the area:

Thursday, January 17 
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40258

Representatives from the Division of Water and Louisville MSD will be available to speak one-on-one with you. The Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors and insurance agents have been invited to answer questions related to elevation certificates and flood insurance.

Louisville Metro has a long history of flooding from the Ohio River and its many tributaries. Approximately 15 percent of Louisville Metro is in a floodplain and threatened by frequent flooding, which includes about 8,000 homes and businesses.

Employment Symposium @ Southwest Regional Library - January 29th

Hiring Symposium

Cafe LOUIE Meet Your Legislators @ The Louisville Free Public Library

Cafe Louie

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Cinder and Squad!

Cider the dog


Cider is one of the sweetest, happiest dogs you’ll ever meet! The 2-year-old Pit Bull mix has boundless energy and a laidback personality. Cider makes the cutest expressions whenever she’s in front of the camera. While she patiently waits to be adopted, she spends her days destroying squeaky toys which makes her room look like a tornado touched down. Passersby laugh when they spot Cider laying on her back, right in the middle of the mess she’s made. Cider’s a smart girl who loves to find toys you have hidden for her. She knows some commands and appears to be housetrained.  Cider’s adoption fee is waived. She’s already spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. Cider weighs approximately 40lbs. Her ideal home would have a back yard to play and run but no cats. Meet Cider at Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Rd.) Send questions to animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov or call 502-473-PETS.

Squad the cat


Squad spent some time in foster and now she’s ready for a forever home! The 2-year-old beauty enjoyed evenings pawing at the television screen while her foster parents tried not to laugh too hard or too loud. Squad is scared of loud noises and they didn’t like to scare the sweet cat. Squad needs some time to feel safe in new surroundings and warm up to new people. She loves playing with her toys and senjoys laying on her back for belly rubs. Squad’s adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. She’s already spayed, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.  To adopt Squad, visit Animal House Adoption Center  located at 3516 Newburg Rd., Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. Questions? Call 502-473-PETS.

LMAS Animal Foster Homes Needed!

Foster Animals

People who are interested in fostering will need to fill out the Foster Application(PDF) and either email, fax to 502-473-2634, or bring the completed application to the LMAS Animal Care Center, located at 3705 Manslick Rd.

For more information on our foster care program, please contact Stephanie Jackson at stephanie.jackson@louisvilleky.gov or (502) 574-6978.

Notice of Proposed Construction - Communications Facilities

Cady St

Capital Telecom Holdings II LLC and Cellco Partnership applied to the Louisville Metro Planning Commission for approval to construct a new communications facility at Cady St. on real property located within Metro Louisville. The proposed facility will include a 175 foot tower, with a 5 foot lightning arrestor attached to the top for a total structure height of 180 feet, plus related ground facilities. 

You have the right to submit testimony to the Commission, either in writing or by appearance at any Commission meeting scheduled for review of the application. You may contact the Commission for additional information concerning this matter at 444 S. 5th St., or by phone (502) 574-6230. Please reference docket number 19CELL1000 in reference to this matter.

Volunteer Opportunities - Southwest Community Ministries

SW Ministries Volunteers

Apply to be an EMT Recruit


Crisis Phase of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Begins Jan. 7


The annual program that helps prevent low income residents of Louisville from being disconnected from utility services begins Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is administered by Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services. The Crisis Component of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 7 - March 29, or until available funds have been expended, whichever comes first.

This year’s Crisis Program once again features expanded eligibility which allows residents receiving a current utility bill with a past due amount to apply, in addition to continuing to serve residents receiving a disconnect notice.

Residents wishing to apply must make an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,720.00).

Applicants must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or
  • Current bill with a past due amount, or
  • Eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or
  • Bulk fuel is within four days of running out; or
  • Pre-paid electric services is within ten days of running out.

Applicants must provide the following documents.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, or other proof of $0 income). Note: Zero Income forms are available at the LIHEAP offices or at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.
  • Social Security card(s) or (official documentation with Social Security Numbers) or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household; and
  •  Disconnect notice or a current bill with a past due amount; or
  •  Eviction notice if heating expenses are included in the rent. If heat is included in rent, clients must also provide a copy of the lease in addition to the eviction notice; or
  • Statement from utility company that shows 10 days or less of service if participating in pre-paid electric service.

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send an authorized representative on their behalf with a signed, written, note including the applicant’s name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, and the name of the designated representative. The authorized representative must provide a picture ID to verify they are the person designated in the note. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.

LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment at one of the six locations listed below.

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W Market St., 40212
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
  • Southwest Government Center/Dixie Highway location. 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258

Individuals who require more information can contact Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or 574-5000, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at www.louisvilleky.gov/metro311, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, or download the free Metro311 app from the website. Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

TARC Introduces New Fare System


TARC introduced a new fare system this week, making riding public transit in the region easier than ever.

Riders tap their MyTARC cards onto the fare box on board each bus. The proper fare will be deducted automatically, and the card balance will be displayed on a fare box screen.

Riders can also view transactions, ridership history and add value or purchase passes after registering their card at mytarc.ridetarc.org

More information about the new system is at TARC’s website: https://www.ridetarc.org/fares/mytarc-fare-structure-and-faqs/

City announces opportunity to apply for the External Agency Fund Competitive Grants


Louisville Metro Government announced the process to apply for the External Agency Fund for FY20 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). These grants funded through the city’s general fund are awarded to non-governmental, or "external” agencies, that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality.

A summary of the application process is as follows with more details listed below:

  • Applications are now posted online for review at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.
  • All applicants are required to attend a mandatory application orientation on Thurs., Jan. 10.
  • Applications may be submitted following the mandatory application orientation up until Fri, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

All agencies wishing to submit an application are required to have at least one representative participate in a mandatory application orientation. The orientation will be held on Thurs., Jan. 10 with two session options: one from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and one from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the South Central Regional Library located at 7300 Jefferson Blvd. It is only necessary for a representative to attend one of the sessions and no RSVP is required.

The orientation will provide information about the deadlines, how to access the application and general information about how to write a competitive application. Individuals who are not able to attend the mandatory orientation in person may view a recording of the session on the External Agency Fund (EAF) website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund by close of business on Mon., Jan. 14.

The competitive grants are available for Social Services programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by Louisville Forward. The External Agency Funds are awarded annually to non-profit organizations offering programs or services in Louisville/Jefferson County that align with the Mayor's and departments' strategic goals.

Applications will be reviewed by two External Agency Fund panels, which include Metro Council members and community members, and those recommendations will be included in Mayor Fischer’s Recommended FY20 Metro budget.

For the Social Services funding program, qualified non-profits committed to providing services that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following key areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Decreasing homelessness
  • Increasing household financial stability
  • Increasing youth, teen, and/or young adult engagement in quality programming; or
  • Increasing access to services and resources for a targeted population.

For the Arts and Creative Industries funding program, qualified non-profits committed to providing programs that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following focus areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts experiences for everyone
  • Creative workforce
  • Creative community spaces and neighborhoods

Focus areas for the Arts and Creative Industries funding program are based on the goals of Mayor Fischer’s Strategic Plan.

Louisville Metro Government employs a competitive granting strategy and strives to award funding to agencies that demonstrate measurable positive impact in the community and are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Successful grantees will be required to report on their success in meeting goals, outcomes and how the tax payer dollars are spent.

The deadline to submit an application is Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 by 5 p.m.

For more information about EAF, and to access the EAF applications and guidelines, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.

Jefferson Circuit Court Now Hiring Deputy Clerks

Deputy Clerk

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 Update - 2018 Progress Report

Dixie Year in Review
Dixie Year in Review

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 Blanton Lane and Crums Lane (mile markers 12.5 to 15.3) due to construction for access management and bus rapid transit lines. Roadway will be reduced to two lanes on southbound Dixie Highway between Blanton Lane and Upper Hunters Trace beginning Monday, Nov. 12. Roadway is reduced to one lane southbound and two lanes northbound between Herbert Avenue and Crums Lane.

Log on to goky.ky.gov for the latest in statewide traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

District 12 Metro Public Works Updates


The following is a list of permits and notices from Louisville Metro public works for lane and sidewalk closures, utility cuts, street closures and oversize load notices in the Metro area. 

205 Alreva Rd. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6660 to close driving lanes in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

2502 Bagby Way - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RE6657 to close both driving lanes (not at the same time) to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

5368 Dixie Hwy - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 19RW1057 to close a driving lane and sidewalk to install new electrical equipment. Permit is valid from January 11th and February 8th.

1918 Donald Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6618 to close curb and driving lane in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 2nd to January 30th.

2307 Lower Hunters Trace - AT&T has been issued Permit Number 19RW1105 to close a driving lane in order to install a new aerial cable on an existing line. Permit is valid from January 21st to February 8th.

5222 Mercury Dr. - AT&T has been issued Permit Number 19RW1101 to work in the dirt along the road in order to install a new cable. Permit is valid from January 21st to February 8th.

5228 Mercury Dr. - AT&T has been issued Permit Number 19RW1099 to close a driving lane in order to install a new aerial cable on an existing line. Permit is valid from January 21st to February 8th.

5301 Mercury Dr. - AT&T has been issued Permit Number 19RW1102 to close the road for no longer than 20 minutes using flaggers in order to place a cable on existing poles. Permit is valid from January 21st to February 8th.

5010 Mount Holyoke Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6641 to close curb and driving lane in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 2nd to January 30th.

5111 Mount Holyoke Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6663 to close a driving lane in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

5112 Mount Holyoke Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6662 to close a driving lane in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

5207 Mount Holyoke Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6670 to close both driving lanes (not at the same time) to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

5224 Mount Holyoke Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6671 to close both driving lanes (not at the same time) to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 9th to February 6th.

5308 Nall Ave. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6620 to close a driving and curb lane in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from January 2nd to January 30th.

6404 Sky Blue Ave - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6630 to close one driving lane in order to replace a pole and install new equipment. Permit is valid from January 2nd to January 30th.

7634 St. Andrews Church Rd. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW6629 to close one driving lane in order to replace a pole and hang new equipment. Permit is valid from January 2nd to January 30th.

6101 Upper Hunters Trace - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 19RW1120 to close a driving lane in order to restore gas service. Permit is valid from January 14th and February 11th.

For more details or to see additional permitted work throughout Metro Louisville, visit the map here.

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