District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 25, 2019


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Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget & Public Hearings

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Tonight at 4:00 p.m. Mayor Greg Fischer will speak to the Metro Council and lay out his proposals for the 2019-2020 Budget. The meeting is open to the public and will be in Council Chambers, 601 W. Jefferson Street, 3rd floor. You can also tune in on MetroTV at Spectrum channel 184, AT&T U-verse channel 99 or online by clicking here.

Increased pension costs make this an extraordinarily difficult budget, with reductions and significant changes likely throughout Metro Government.  

I chair the Budget Committee again this year and our committee meetings on the budget start on May 6, leading to final budget approval on June 25. We have scheduled public hearings where you can comment on the budget for May 7 at 6:15 p.m., May 16 at 6:00 p.m. and May 20 at 6:00 p.m. A complete current schedule of committee hearings, and other Metro Council meetings, is here.

We will also be hosting our own D9 conversation about the budget on Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Road in the Troop House.  Please mark your calendars and come with comments, questions and suggestions.  We want to hear from you!

Great Balloon Races – April 26 – 27


The 2019 U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest will take place April 26 – 27 at Bowman Field in D9. Please mark your calendars for the below events. 

Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race

  • Friday, April 26th / 7:00AM Launch

Great Balloon Race

  • Saturday, April 27th / 7:00AM Launch

Great Balloon Race Contingency Window (due to inclement weather (high winds, rain, etc.))

  • Saturday, April 27th / 6:00PM (ONLY if NO Race has taken place)
  • Sunday, April 28th / 7:00AM (ONLY if NO Race has taken place)

Sustainability Story: Brightside Premium Compost Sale – April 26 & 27


Get ready for spring with Brightside and Waste Management of Kentucky’s Premium Compost Sale on Friday, April 26 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at Joe Creason Park, 1297 Trevilian Way. Cost is $3.00 per bag or $40 per cubic meter scoop.

Compost helps in a variety of ways by keeping weeds down, keeping the soil cool, helping winter root development, top dressing for fertilizing lawns, providing an aesthetically pleasing landscape and improving soil texture and pH.

Municipal compost is a mixture of leaves, chipped tree limbs and yard waste composted into an earthy, well mixed organic soil amendment. 

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

St. Matthews Library Reopens on May 9

St. Matthews Library

A brand new St. Matthews Eline Library will open on May 9 and you are invited to the celebration!  

With 7,800 square feet of additional space, the now 19,000-square-foot library will house more than 70,000 books and feature a large meeting room with seating for 100, a small conference room, a space for teens, an outdoor children’s area, and new technology— including self-checkout stations. A new entrance with glass façade will fill the space with an abundance of natural light, and services will be on one level for easy access for all members of the community.

St. Matthews Library 2

Renovation of the St. Matthews Library was spearheaded by St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini and the St. Matthews City Council as part of a comprehensive $10 million project to remodel the St. Matthews City Hall and Police headquarters. Louisville Metro Government contributed $1 million towards the library portion of the project. “Four years ago we met with library officials about ‘freshening up’ the St. Matthews Eline Library,” said St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini. “Our discussions turned from new paint to a new building. Now we are about to cut the ribbon on a greatly expanded venue that will serve people of all ages. There are more books and materials checked out at this branch than any library in the LFPL system. We are excited to see the use grow for the entire community.”

The community is invited to come celebrate the grand opening with Mayor Tonini and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. There will be tours of the library, refreshments, and activities for the whole family. The grand opening event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Yard Waste Collection Start Time Has Changed

yard waste

The volume of yard waste set out for collection by residents of Louisville’s Urban Services District has been very heavy since the April 1 start of yard waste collection season. The high volume has led to delayed or missed collections in some cases.

To handle the high volume and get collection on schedule, Metro Public Works (MPW) has shifted the daily start time of yard waste collection. Crews are now starting out on their yard waste collection routes at Noon instead of the previous 6:00 a.m. start time. That creates a better match between the availability of yard waste collection workers and equipment.

The new schedule means the regular yard waste collection schedule will extend into the evening. However, residents should continue to set yard waste out by the morning of collection day. If yard waste has not been collected by 8:00 p.m. on the assigned day, residents should contact Metro311 the following morning at 311 or 574-5000.

How to reduce yard waste

The best way to reduce the need for collection and improve your yard is to follow the Love 'Em and Leave 'Em (LELE) practice of using your yard waste as fertilizer.

LELE Tips & Tricks:

  • Set your mower to maximum height. Follow the one-third rule: never cut more than one-third of the total height of the grass when you mow.
  • Don't bag those clippings! Leaves and grass break down rapidly, releasing nutrients back into your soil. 
  • Mulch leaves and landscape trimmings into your lawn. Mow over landscape trimmings and leaves without a grass catcher. To avoid hazards while mowing, make sure trimmings are no larger than a pencil.
  • Start composting! With your own compost bin or pile you can recycle food scraps and yard waste into usable compost for your flower beds, gardens, potted plants, or other landscaping.

Learn more about yard waste at www.louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/yard-waste.

Yard Waste Guidelines

Accepted yard waste  

If you don't leave your clippings on your lawn or maintain a home composting system, follow these guidelines for curbside collection.

Accepted yard waste collection items

  • Leaves, twigs, straw, pine needles
  • Shrubbery trimmings
  • Wood ash
  • Branches (less than 2 inch diameter, cut into 4 foot lengths, tied into bundles with twine)
  • Contained in reusable containers, paper yard waste bags, or compostable bags (must meet ASTM D6400 Standards)
  • Christmas trees (seasonally)

Pick up yard waste stickers for labeling your reusable containers at 600 Meriwether Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Not accepted

Items NOT collected with yard waste

  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Gravel
  • Plastic debris
  • Plastic bags
  • Large limbs and tree stumps 

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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Notice of Neighborhood Meeting for Zoning Change

2130 New Main Street

This is a rescheduled meeting concerning a zoning change for 2130 New Main Street. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Clifton Campus of Northeast Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, meeting hall.

The proposal is to change the zoning from residential to commercial in order to lease the shotgun house and garden to the commercial tenants in 2132 New Main St..

At this meeting, Jackie Green will explain the proposal and then discuss any concerns you have. We encourage you to attend this meeting and to share your thoughts. If you have questions or concerns or cannot attend, please contact Jackie at bikecourierbikeshops@gmail.com.

Seneca Park Walking Path Repairs

Seneca walking path

You called and we listened! Since taking office in 2015, Kyle and I have heard about tripping hazards on the very popular Seneca Park walking path. We’ve requested that Metro Parks repair the path and that’s been completed in stages. Now it’s done!

The last stage of the repair was made with funds paid to Metro Parks by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority in connection with tree trimming in the park.

Seneca walking path 2

I included language in the Metro budget requiring Metro Council approval of the use of those funds. The final resolution was to use the funds for a variety of repairs, including the path, remote lighting upgrades, new trees, drinking fountain upgrade and tennis lighting improvements.

Check out the refurbished walking path in this beautiful Spring weather!

Louisville Water Company Work on Stilz Avenue


The Louisville Water Company (LWC) began work on Stilz Avenue this week. Workers are inspecting the condition of the large water main that runs on Stilz Avenue into the LWC treatment plan. The work will last several weeks. The contractor will work between the curb and just beyond the existing fence line on LWC property.

The initial work may involve some overnight hours. Traffic on Stilz will not be impacted, but neighbors may notice some noise. If you have any questions, please contact mjmeyer@lwcky.com or call 569-3600 x 2246 during normal business hours.

Annual Responsible Recycling – May 18

Responsible Recycling

The D9 Annual FREE Responsible Recycling event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Rain or shine!

We need volunteers to make this event a success! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 574-3908.

This is a FREE drive-through event open to residents in Louisville Metro. Please review the following flyer for accepted items and plan to participate on May 18!

Thank you to our recycling vendors for participating in this year's event.

All Shred
Friends of the Library
Genie Recycling
Louisville Metro Police Department
Supplies Over Seas

Please click on the flyer link for a list of items that will be accepted: 2019 Responsible Recycling Flyer. Attached to the initial flyer is a complete listing of all accepted items. Please note: TVs will not be accepted this year onsite, but may be recycled at the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue, https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/electronics-recycling.

Update from FABA on Trolley Hops


Louisville Metro’s budget situation is leading to difficult decisions, including elimination of Metro funding for the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop (and cancellation of the CycLOUvia event, which normally would have been held on Frankfort Avenue on June 23).

As a result, the Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) has made the difficult decision to cancel non-sponsored trolley hops beginning with the April 26th hop.  FABA’s sponsored hops will continue as planned for June, July and October.  FABA welcomes your ideas on new ways to attract visitors to the area! Please like the Facebook page, https://business.facebook.com/FrankfortAvenue/ for more information on upcoming hops and other ways to support our local businesses.

Take the Jefferson County Soil and Water Survey


The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District is working on a long-range plan and needs the feedback of Louisville's citizens. The district has created a survey to find out what the top environmental resource concerns are for residents in our county. Please take a few minutes and take the survey, http://jeffcd.org/home/resource-concern-survey/.

Volunteers Needed at SeniorCare Experts

Senior Care Experts  

SeniorCare Experts, 145 Thierman Lane, is looking for volunteers to drive meals to seniors, transportation drivers, office help and more. Please call SeniorCare Experts at 896-2316 for more information.

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.

Friday, April 26:  U.S. Bank Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race at Bowman Field. Balloons launch at 7:00 a.m. $8 parking fee. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. More information online at https://discover.kdf.org/great-balloonfest-great-balloon-rush-hour-race/.

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27: Brightside Premium Compost Sale at Joe Creason Park, 1297 Trevilian Way. Hours on Friday are Noon - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - Noon. $3.00 per bag or $40 per cubic meter scoop. Compost can help control weeds, keep the soil cool, top dressing for fertilizing lawns, provides an aesthetically pleasing landscape and improves soil texture and pH. Questions, please call Brightside at 574-2613.

Friday, April 26: The Historic Frankfort Avenue F.A.T. Trolley Hop has been CANCELLED. The next Hop will be in June 2019. For more information, visit http://www.frankfortave.com/.

Saturday, April 27: U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race at Bowman Field. Balloons launch at 7:00 a.m. $8 parking fee. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. More information online at https://discover.kdf.org/great-balloon-race/.

Saturday, April 27: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host the Old Ball Game from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Can athletes who are blind play baseball? Of course they can, in the adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime called “Beepball.” Whether in the batter’s box or in the field, athletes rely on their auditory sense to focus on the beeping ball and the buzzing bases. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 899-2213 or email kcarpener@aph.org to register.

Saturday, April 27: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Michael Croley at 6:00 p.m. Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his stories and essays have appeared in Narrative, Catapult, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.

Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28: Cherokee Triangle Art Fair on Cherokee Parkway between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road. Activities begin on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with a children's parade at Cherokee Road and Longest Avenue. Hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. For more information click here.

Monday, April 29: Operation Parent will host a free webinar titled “Understanding and Preventing Youth Suicide” from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents can register at www.operationparent.org for the exclusive, live webinar featuring Dr. Steve Katsikas, PhD, Chair of Spalding University School of Professional Psychology. The presentation will cover the latest information about the risk factors and protective factors for suicide, and the discussion will explore strategies that can be used to address youth suicide at both the individual and community level. For more details on how parents can help a depressed or suicidal teen, please visit www.operationparent.org or call Operation Parent at (502) 265-904.

Wednesday, May 1: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to 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.

Friday, May 3: 145th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Saturday, May 4: 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Tuesday, May 7: Butchertown Neighborhood Association meeting at 6:00 p.m., location to be determined. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/butchertownneighborhood/.

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