District 9 eNews - Thursday, May 9, 2019


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St. Matthews Library Reopens Today, May 9

St. Matthews Library

A brand new St. Matthews Eline Library opens today, 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 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.”

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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.

Current St. Matthews Library hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Metro Council Budget Hearing Schedule for FY20


The Budget Committee hearings began this week. The Committee schedule includes three opportunities for the public to speak about the budget.  One public hearing was held earlier this week and two more are scheduled for May 16 at 6:00 pm and May 20 at 6:00 p.m. 

Sign-up sheets for the May 16 and May 20 meetings will be available one hour prior to the public hearings in the First Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street.

For a complete schedule of meetings, current as of today, click here!

All Metro Council Committee meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and UVERSE Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.

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!

New Ordinance Passed Regarding Short Term Rentals

Metro seal

Short term rentals offer opportunities for Louisville visitors to enjoy our neighborhoods in home-like settings, and for residents to benefit by occasionally renting space in their dwellings. But non-owner occupied short term rentals (effectively small hotels), particularly in significant concentrations, can destabilize residential neighborhoods and make housing less affordable for Louisville residents.

On April 25, Metro Council passed an ordinance adding some new regulations to non-owner occupied short term rental Conditional Use Permit (CUP) applicants, including a rule providing a minimum distance of 600 feet between short term rentals approved by Conditional Use Permits (this change would not impact anyone's ability to occasionally rent out the property in which they live and rentals with non-residential zoning).

I supported the ordinance and believe the changes are especially important for our walkable D9 neighborhoods. Details on the ordinance are here.

Sustainability Story: Louisville Grows Seeds and Starts Sale

Louisville Grows Seeds and Starts

Louisville Grows invites you to their annual Seeds and Starts Sale on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the People’s Garden greenhouse, 536 N. 44th Streets. All the plants and herbs are started by volunteers in the greenhouse and sold for less than most commercial retailers.

This is a fundraiser to provide support to community gardens throughout Louisville. Proceeds from the sale go directly to the Community Garden Grant Program. For more information, please visit www.seedsandstarts.org.

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 Farmers Market Opens Saturday

Farmers Market

Saturday, May 11 is opening day for one of Louisville's biggest and best farmers markets.  The St. Matthews Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at 4100 Shelbyville Road. 

The market features fresh veggies, local meats, and hot breakfast! This Saturday, all your favorites will be on hand - Garey Farms Breakfast, Burritos, BBQ and more.  Edible Louisville will be giving out magazines and Tim Laird will sample bourbon chocolate fudge and sign his popular Bourbon Country Cookbook recently launched with Chef David Danielson of Churchill Downs and Old Stone Inn, and famed photographer Dan Dry.

The market runs every Saturday through September 28.  More information is at this website: http://smfarmersmarket.com/

Bowman Area Neighborhoods Plan Meetings

Community Workshop
Bowman Area Neighborhood Plan

Share your voice and provide input on the future of the Bowman Field area. Plan to attend an upcoming community workshop at the Bowman Field Administration Building, 2817 Taylorsville Road. For more information, please visit www.bowmanareaplan.com.

  • Tuesday, May 14 – Open House from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16 – Public Presentation from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer in Crescent Hill Park – May 16


Spring is here and that means weeds are thriving! Help Metro Parks keep the parks looking tidy by pulling weeds around young trees. Volunteers should meet at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center parking lot. Volunteers will work together to weed Crescent Hill Park and move to Irish Hill Park if time permits.

Sign up to volunteer here: http://bttr.im/j39e9

Bike Together Day – May 17

Bike Together

Let’s bike together on Friday, May 17, to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Louisville’s Bike to Work Day.  The event includes Meet and Rides from local parks, including Seneca, Shawnee, Iroquois, George Rogers Clark, and the Big Four Bridge. Each ride has a Ride Captain and a set departure time, and attendees are encouraged to register. I’m registered to ride from the basketball courts at Seneca Park, leaving at about 7:15 am.

Those who register to ride will be entered to win a new commuter bicycle from Parkside Bikes. Fourth Street Live has arranged for free donuts, and Heine Brothers’ Coffee will supply free coffee in the morning for those that ride in.

Bike Together

New this year, the YMCA has offered access to their branches on May 17 to anyone registered for Bike Together Day. You will be able to go to the Y without a membership and take a shower before work! All eleven YMCA locations are participating

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of summer weather and the many opportunities to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle in the city.  The event website is here.

You can also access Bike Louisville on Facebook here. The Bike Louisville website is here.

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. Hazardous waste will also not be accepted this year.

11th Annual Buy Local Fair – May 19

Buy Local Fair

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 11th Annual Buy Local Fair on Sunday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. Presented by Louisville Water Company, admission to the Buy Local Fair is free and parking is $7 per vehicle, or free for bicycle parking.

The fair will host a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, chefs, community organizers and farmers. All locally-owned independent businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate as vendors.

For more information, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair.

Free Performances of Macbeth – May 11 & 19

Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare announces the 2019 Shakespeare in the Parks tour.  Their 6-actor, 90-minute production of Macbeth will perform on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue. In the event of rain, the production will move to The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington Street.­­­­­­­­­­­ I partnered with White Clay some time ago to offer this free performance through a Neighborhood Development Fund appropriation. 

Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

Another performance, sponsored by the City of St. Matthews, is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. See the calendar listing for more details.

For more information and future dates, please visit kyshakespeare.com.

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.  

701 Homestead122 S Peterson

Historic Structure Demolition Permits


The Office of Planning and Design has received demolition permit applications for the below properties. For additional information regarding these applications, visit the website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review or contact Construction Review at 574-3321 or Cynthia Johnson Elmore at 574-2868.

  • Case Number: WR1093972, Subject Property: 1514 Payne Street
  • Case Number: WR1094813, Subject Property: 435 Lightfoot Lane
  • Case Number: WR1095676, Subject Property: 220 Thompson Avenue

Thank You to Cleanup Volunteers


A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who showed up on Saturday, April 13, 2019, to help beautify D9 and Frankfort Avenue in preparation for the Easter Parade. Check out the event photos online by clicking here.

Take the Metro Parks Summer Swimming Survey

Parks Survey

Louisville Parks and Recreation is seeking information from current and future pool users in an effort to provide alternative swimming options during the 2019 summer swim season.

Metro’s four outdoor pools (Algonquin, Fairdale, Norton and Sun Valley) will not be opening due to budgetary challenges caused by an increase in the state pension bill. Metro Parks’ goal is to use your feedback to create the most useful alternatives possible.

Please take the online survey through Survey Monkey at the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/summerswimsurvey.

Louisville Bats Nights


The Louisville Bats are once again hosting Louisville Metro Government Nights. Community Involvement Vouchers are available for groups and organizations doing good works in the community. Tickets are available on the following Monday nights: May 27, June 3, July 1, August 26 and September 2. 

Each voucher will allow two (2) people into the Preferred Seating Area.

To request vouchers, please contact Makinsey at Mthrasher@BatsBaseball.com. Please include your Metro Council District, contact name, mailing address, daytime phone and number of vouchers requested.

Tickets on Sale for Bourbon and Band Aids

Bourbon and Band Aids

Tickets are now available for the 3rd Annual Bourbon and Band Aids event scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Muhammad Ali Center. This event is presented by Brown-Forman and benefits Supplies Over Seas (a D9 non-profit). This year’s event will feature a Mad Men theme and 60’s lounge ambiance along with bourbon tasting from your favorite bourbon brands. Come dressed as your favorite sophisticated or psychedelic 60’s icon. Enjoy chef-inspired appetizers, musical entertainment and cash bar.  For early bird pricing, please click here.

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical healthcare needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.

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, May 9: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, to host its 16th Annual Peony Festival. There is no charge to visit the gardens. A limited selection of herbaceous peonies will be available for sale in 1 gallon pots at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Whitehall at (502) 897-2944 or whitehall@historichomes.org.

Thursday, May 9: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie screening of From Here to Eternity at 6:00 p.m. In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second-in-command are falling in love. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, May 9: Crescent Hill Community Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.

Thursday, May 9: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Lara Prior-Palmer at 7:00 p.m. Lara Prior Palmer was born in London in 1994. She studied conceptual history and Persian at Stanford University. In 2013, she competed in the 1,000-kilometer Mongol Derby in Mongolia, sometimes described as the world’s toughest and longest horse race, and became the first woman to win the race, and the youngest person ever to finish. Rough Magic is her first book. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Saturday, May 11: Louisville Free Public Library to host the 8th Annual How-To Festival from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street. Learn more than 50 things in 5 hours at the Festival. Questions, please visit LFPL.org/How-To.

Saturday, May 11: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion on The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy at 10:30 a.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, May 11: The Butchertown Neighborhood Association and Franklin Street Church will host the Fifth Annual Plants & People event from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Greenspace near the corner of Franklin and Wenzel Streets in Butchertown. Create a hanging basket to beautify Butchertown. Free plant to the first 50 people. Everyone is welcome! Bring a plant and leave with a plant. Enjoy hot dogs and soft drinks.

Saturday, May 11: Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center will host a preview cocktail night from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mellwood will sell soft drinks, beer, wine, and a signature Mellwood cocktail. Inside Danny Mac's restaurant pizza, pasta, salad, and sandwiches will be on sale. The Mellwood Antiques & Interiors will extend their hours so you can explore the antique wonderland after perusing the cocktail preview show.

Saturday, May 11Shakespeare in the Parks Tour at 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Enjoy a free performance of Macbeth. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking available in the rear Library lot, while the performance will be given in the front city administration parking area. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane.

Sunday, May 12: Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 12: Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center (MAEC) Mother’s Day Art Show from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Over 40 artists will be selling their work. You can make your own flower arrangement using MAEC's tenant Belmar Flower Shop Inc. beautiful stems. They will also have plants and large arrangements for sale in their storefront. Danny Mac's Pizza will sell drinks and food. While the Picasso room will be filled with Kentuckiana artisans, MAEC permanent artists will have items for sale in the MAEC courtyard.

Tuesday, May 14: Clifton Community Council Board of Directors Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Clifton Campus of Northeast Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, meeting hall. All meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, May 14: Bowman Area Neighborhood Plan Community Workshop open house from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Bowman Field Administration Building, 2817 Taylorsville Road. Share your voice and provide input on the future of the Bowman Field area. For more information, please visit www.bowmanareaplan.com

Wednesday, May 15: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host an informative presentation on the rich history of the Louisville Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, May 15Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street.

Thursday, May 16: St. Joseph Children's Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, invites you to tour the campus and learn more about its important mission. This includes lunch and the opportunity to meet some St. Joe children. The Eat & Greets are from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP at info@sjkids.org or call 893-0241 x 273.

Thursday, May 16: Bowman Area Neighborhood Plan Community Workshop public presentation from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Bowman Field Administration Building, 2817 Taylorsville Road. Share your voice and provide input on the future of the Bowman Field area. For more information, please visit www.bowmanareaplan.com

Thursday, May 16: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie discussion on From Here to Eternity at 6:30 p.m. In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit’s team, while his captain’s wife and second-in-command are falling in love. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, May 16: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, to honor Sandy Gulick at its 9th Annual Summer Celebration. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction in the garden. Individual tickets are $200 or reserved tables of eight (8) are $1,600. Tickets may be purchased by calling Whitehall at 897-2944 or online at www.historicwhitehall.org.

Thursday, May 16: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Louisville Story Project at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, May 17: Bike Together Day! For more information and to register to ride to work, please click here.

Saturday, May 18: The 9th District Office will host their annual Responsible Recycling Event at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18: American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Cave Hill Cemetery walking tour from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Limited transportation from APH to Cave Hill is included. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 899-2213 or email kcarpener@aph.org to register.

Sunday, May 19:  11th Annual Buy Local First Fair at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road, from Noon - 6:00 p.m. The fair will host a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, chefs, community organizers and farmers. All locally-owned independent businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate as vendors. Admission is free, $7 per car to park. Bicycles are free to park. Sorry, pets are not allowed on the Louisville Water Tower Park property.

Sunday, May 19: FREE Shakespeare in the Parks - enjoy a performance of Macbeth in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs (and picnic foods, if you wish). Rain space: TBD.

Tuesday, May 21: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a movie discussion group on a new movie at 2:30 p.m. Movie discussion TBD. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, May 21District 9 Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. at Girl Scouts Troop House, 2115 Lexington Road. Most of the time and focus will be on you. We are hoping for an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us - and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Wednesday, May 22: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host The Secret History of Rock N' Roll at 6:30 p.m. In his book Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubilee, Michael L. Jones examines the development of American popular music through the prism of jug band music, a pre-World War II jazz style that combined river songs, old time music, and early ragtime music. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

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