District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 31, 2019


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Kyle Ethridge
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Work Progressing at St. Matthews Library

St. Matthews Library 1

A brand new St. Matthews Library is coming soon, as work progresses at the site at 3940 Grandview Avenue.  I was happy to tour the facility last week with St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini. It’s going to be well worth the wait!

The expanded library is part of the renovation of St. Matthews City Hall. It is being funded largely by the City of St. Matthews, with a $1 Million contribution by Louisville Metro.

St. Matthews Library 2

As work continues on the renovation and expansion, the St. Matthews Library remains closed. The Middletown Library is offering Sunday hours (1-5 p.m.) until St. Matthews re-opens. The very popular weekly St. Matthews storytimes are being held at the St. Matthews Community Center (310 Ten Pin Lane) throughout the closure. Please check the online calendar for the current schedule here.

No date has yet been set for the opening of the St. Matthews Library, although it is likely to be in around three months.  Patrons are encouraged to visit the Crescent Hill or Middletown branches—or any other LFPL location - during construction at St. Matthews.

Reminder to Clear Sidewalks of Snow and Ice

remember to clear snow

Metro Public Works (MPW) wants to remind you to focus on pedestrian safety. With snow season well underway in Louisville, residents and business owners are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalks along their properties. Under Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances 97.113:

  • Owners or occupants must after each snowfall remove within 24 hours thereafter such snow as may fall on the sidewalks in front of their property.
  • Any responsible party failing to comply…shall be subject to the following fines: not less than $25, nor more than $100.

MPW also urges that snow removed from the sidewalk be placed on private property such as lawns, and not in the street where it would slow or reverse progress of plowing crews.

Garbage Cart Guidelines

garbage carts

Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) wants to share the basic rules on when, where and how garbage containers should be set out in Louisville.

  • Place cart at the edge of curb or alley at least three feet from other carts, buildings or objects with the arrow pointing toward the street.
  • Do not block sidewalks.
  • Garbage must be set at the curb or the alley no later than 6 AM on collection day, but no earlier than 4 PM the day before collection day.
  • All containers must be removed from the street or alley no later than 4 PM the day after collection.

For more information, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/garbage-collection.

Welcome to Louisville, Stephen Black!

Stephen Black

Last week at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, I was happy to welcome to Louisville Stephen D. Black, the new Medical Center Director.  

Director Black has served as the St. Cloud VA Health Care System Director and the Director of the Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services Line for Veterans Integrated Services Network 23 since April 2017. Prior to his appointment at St. Cloud, Mr. Black served as Associate Director of the Durham VA Medical Center and as the Acting Director of the Hampton VA Medical Center. He also spent five years working at Indianapolis VA Medical Center in several capacities including: Coordinator of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chief of Prosthetics, Ethics Consultation Coordinator and System Redesign Coordinator. He worked several years in the private sector as a Physical Therapist and Healthcare Administrator before joining the Veterans Health Administration in 2008.

Mr. Black received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with an Athletic Training Certification from Franklin College, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a VA certified mentor.

Welcome to Louisville and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center!

Sustainability Story: Plant a Tree Today


Last week, we reported on a TreesLouisville program to provide rebates to residents planting trees on their property. Here’s another deal!

TreesLouisville is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 870 FREE canopy trees to Louisville residents. Louisville loses around 54,000 trees yearly and this is one way we can help replenish our depleted canopy.

Residents of Louisville can go to arborday.org/treeslouisville to participate. The program will have them provide an address, outline their home, and choose a tree from a selection of bald cypress, sugar maple, sycamore, tuliptree, blackgum, or swamp white oak. The program will recommend a location to plant the tree to maximize energy savings.

After making their selection, participants will either have their tree shipped directly to their home or can pick up their selection Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fresh Start Growers Supply, 1007 E. Jefferson Street.

This is the first of four seasonal Community Canopy programs. The goal is to provide Louisville residents with over 3,500 free trees over the next two years.

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.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available

tax preparation

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2019. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2018 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the appointment line today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday beginning February 1 through the end of tax season between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, in Clifton. Please call the appointment line at 502-305-0005 to make an appointment or visit https://louisvillekyvita.cascheduler.com and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible. You may also call the D9 office at 574-3908. Click here to view brochure.

Tax assistance is also available through AARP at Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This site opens on Wednesday, February 6 and will run through April 10. This location helps low and moderate income taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of $60,000 or less, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. Please note that sites will shut off their sign-in list when the expected maximum number of clients have been registered for that day. Early arrival is suggested. Also note that new returns cannot be started during the last hour scheduled for the site. Call 502-394-3443 to confirm site hours and find out if the registration list is filled for the day in question.                                                  

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

Park Steward Training – February 5

Park Steward

Get a jump start on spring by becoming a certified Park Steward with Olmsted Parks Conservancy! The training program (Tuesday evening lecture series) will explore ecological restoration, open spaces management, horticultural skills, volunteer leadership, Olmstedian design and Olmsted Park history. The fee is $50 but scholarships are available! Click here to learn more and register for a free informational session on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Conservancy’s office, 1299 Trevilian Way, 40213. Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being.

2019 Empower West City-Wide Book Read – Feb. 7

Empower West

Dr. Erica Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, will be in Louisville on February 7. There are two events in D9.

Session 1 is a “Chat With the Author” from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on February 7 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 North Hubbards Lane. The lunchtime event will be a conversation with the author as well as with Speed Stodghill and the Rev. Whit Stodghill about what it is like for white people to become conscious of their family’s historical connections to slavery. Tickets for this lecture are free. However, you can purchase lunch in advance for $15. Lunch will be provided by Taziki’s Mediterranean, buffet-style with beef, chicken and vegetarian options.

Session 2 is a “Conversation with the Author” from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue.

Both events are free and open to the public but registrations are required. You can register for the luncheon by clicking here and for the evening conversation by clicking here.

Road Safety Survey for Clifton & Crescent Hill

The Clifton and Crescent Hill Community Councils are seeking information about potential problems and specific trouble spots from neighbors in the Clifton and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. They want to make the community safer for you and your families.

A joint committee from both neighborhoods will analyze the results of the survey and then work with neighbors, the district, and the city on possible changes and actions.

Your input is very valuable so please take a few minutes to participate in this brief, anonymous survey.

Please click here to begin the survey.

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.


Take the Parks Foundation Survey

Parks Foundation Survey

The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, LLC, was formed as a 501(c) non-profit in December 2005, to support the parks and community programs not funded by other local non-profits. The initial concentration of the Foundation was as the fiscal agent for land acquisitions for Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Loop. In 2012, the Foundation completed its first major signature project, the Breslin Park Walking Path. In 2018, it improved Breslin Park, with the installation of a Skate Spot, to be followed soon with a shade structure in the park. It has also worked in other parks throughout Louisville.

The Foundation is conducting an annual survey to gather information from residents about how they use our public parks and what amenities they value. Please click here to take the survey. The survey will close on February 5.

Driver’s License Changes this Spring

Driver's License

Kentucky is making significant improvements to increase the security of the identity credential you rely on most through the Confident Kentucky initiative. Following a statewide rollout starting in March 2019 and ending in May, all driver’s licenses, permits and personal IDs will have new security features, arrive in the mail 5-10 business days after residents apply at their local Circuit Court Clerk’s office, will be moving to an eight-year lifespan and have new pricing.

Once available in your county of residence, the next time you renew your current credential or if you are a first-time cardholder, you'll choose a credential in one of two new versions: standard or Voluntary Travel ID credential. Voluntary Travel ID versions have all the benefits of a standard credential plus they are federally accepted to board U.S. domestic flights and access restricted federal facilities once REAL ID enforcement begins nationwide on October 1, 2020. Documentation is required when applying for a Voluntary Travel ID, if you are a first-time cardholder or if you want a standard credential and your personal information has changed. For more information, please visit https://drive.ky.gov/ConfidentKY/Pages/default.aspx.

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, January 31: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Jim Higdon at 7:00 p.m. Higdon is the author of The Nearly Forgotten History of Portland Kentucky. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, February 1: Did you earn $64,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2018? If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation! The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $64,000 or less. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 305-0005 or the D9 office at 574-3908. Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Saturday, February 2: The Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a free ACT Pre Program for ACT Basics at 10:00 a.m. This is an introduction to the ACT and what will be covered on the test, strategies for studying and how to approach test day. This is for grades 7-12. To register, please call 574-1793.

Monday, February 4: RESCHEDULED United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) to host Lunch & Learn from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at UCHM, 150 S. State Street. Learn the history of UCHM, programs that are offered and how to get involved. Lunch will be served during the presentation. Please RSVP to Regan Kincaid at rkincaid@uchmlouky.org or call 893-0346.

Monday, February 4: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a discussion with Joshua Poe on Redlining Louisville at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the library at 574-1793.

Tuesday, February 5: Butchertown Neighborhood Association meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Family Community Clinic, 1420 E. Washington Street, enter via St. Joseph's courtyard. Questions, please contact butchertownpres@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 6: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host meeting of the minds at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please contact the library at 574-1793.

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