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Welcome: Free Lunch!

The insurance premium tax isn’t the only revenue measure that failed since we last reported:

After more than two years of research, planning and an exhaustive public outreach effort, our petition requesting the formation of a Highlands management district has come up short.  Several factors contributed to this result but, in summary: it proved extremely difficult to establish contact with the real property owners; more than a dozen pledged their support only not to keep their commitments; and multiple rescinded after the Mayor’s tax proposal, which is not to be blamed but ultimately sounded the death knell for the initiative.  Indeed, we called off the dogs in the throes of the budget battle, two weeks before deadline, upon finally delivering personalized notification to the last of 256 individual and corporate owners.  We used the remaining time to work on our Plan B.

You didn’t think I was just going to give up, did you?  All the many goals of the business improvement district may no longer be immediately attainable but at least one of them – my favorite – still is: cleanliness.

Introducing the Baxter-Bardstown Anti-Litter Leadership (BBALL) program.  Beginning April 1st, four-person litter teams identified by fluorescent safety vests and a company marked vehicle will remove litter from the rights of way along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road from Broadway to Harvard Drive, Wednesdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Sundays from 6:00am to 10:00am.  Additionally, the same curb lines will be swept using a power vacuum sweeper with dual brooms to enable the gutter to be cleaned with the flow of traffic going in both the south and north bound lanes, every other early Friday morning between the hours of 3:00am and 6:00am.  This 11-week pilot project continues through June 15th, at which point it will be evaluated for expansion through November in the new fiscal year (beginning July 1).  The total cost of the pilot is $16,652.20, which will replace $17,500 currently allocated for (six months of) the Highlands Management District in our present fiscal year (FY 2019) Neighborhood Development Funding (NDF) budget.  If adopted in full, the annualized program cost would be $54,498.11 and likely require one or more sponsorships from business or philanthropic partners to supplement NDF.

Please keep an eye out for how our BBALL team performs and, if you would like to support our work, contact me to learn more.  In the meantime, that’s 80 hours of paid labor and two extra street sweepings (April 12th and 26th) before Kentucky Derby Week to get the Highlands looking good for our guests – otherwise, the city wouldn’t have swept the heart of District 8 again until the second week of July.    

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Correction Corner: We’ll announce the winning Our Money, Our Voice participatory budgeting project(s) in the April 10th edition of eNews.  I previously stated that we would announce them last week.


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