District 9 eNews - Thursday, June 27, 2019


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FY 19-20 Budget Approved

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Metro Council has approved a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.  While changes made by the Budget Committee, which I chair, will preserve some Metro services that had been on the chopping block, the budget still has reductions in nearly every Metro department and cuts in many services provided to Louisville residents.  

Our task was to appropriate available funds in a way which would best serve the public, and agree on a budget which would draw the most support on the Council and be signed by the Mayor.  The job was much more difficult this year because of our dramatically higher pension costs, which are one part of the budget we cannot reduce. 

Of note to D9 residents, weekly recycling and weekly seasonal yard waste collection will continue, saved from elimination by a decision to end a wet-dry recycling program in downtown Louisville.  Proposed changes in library hours, which many found confusing and unacceptable, were avoided, at least for this year.

The Mayor’s recommended budget included a projection that LMPD will have at least 40 fewer offices at the end of the year than the beginning, due to bringing on fewer recruits to replace officers leaving the force.  The Council approved an amendment which moved one recruit class up one month and includes a new recruit allowance, but those changes will not reverse the projected loss of officers.

Louisville Fire Department will lose 15 positions through attrition.  The department is still working on a plan to absorb that loss while maintaining response times for fire and medical calls as much as possible. 

One ambulance will be taken out of service.  Road crews will be reduced, resulting in longer periods to fill potholes and plow snow.

External agencies, including United Crescent Hill Ministries, will see their Metro appropriations cut by 28%.

Unfortunately, pension costs will rise again next year and for several years after that, so even deeper cuts will be coming unless we find new revenue.  I voted for that new revenue by increasing the insurance premium tax in March but the majority of the Council opposed the tax increase and we were forced to make the cuts. 

Next year’s budget process will begin immediately and some of the things we saved this year, including library hours and weekly recycling, will likely be proposed for cuts again next year.

Thank you for your comments, questions and suggestions as we moved through this difficult process.  We’ll need them even more next year.

Metro Council Break – No D9 eNews

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After two months of work on Metro’s budget and final approval on June 25, Metro Council is on a two week break. The eNews will also take a break. We’ll be back on July 18.

Sign up for email updates from the D9 Blog for any D9 news in the meantime.

No 4th of July Garbage Collection

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There will be no residential garbage, recycling or yard waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4. The usual Thursday collections will be made on Friday, and the rest of the week will follow the same pattern of a one day delay.

Garbage pickup in St. Matthews will be delayed one day for the rest of the week due to the holiday.

Other District 9 residents who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

The Waste Reduction Center, at 600 Meriwether Avenue, all staffed recycling centers and the Haz Bin hazardous materials facility at 7501 Grade Lane will also be closed on July 4. They will resume normal operations on Friday, July 5.

Volunteer and Attend the Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival

Crescent Hill Fourth of July

The 36th Annual Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival is scheduled for Thursday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Enjoy live music, art fair, kid zone, food, beer, pet contest, baking contest, inflatables and more. For more information about the festival, please click here.

Reminder, on Thursday, July 4, S. Peterson Avenue will be designated as one-way traffic southbound from George Rogers Clark Avenue to Grinstead Drive. There will also be no parking in the Barret Middle School parking lot.

Volunteers are still needed to make this event a success. Most shifts are three hours long. Youth ages 16-21 are welcome to volunteer without a parent. Volunteer positions include artist check-in, artist hospitality, cake wheel, fun zone, pet contest, information booth, field games, cake contest, silent auction, set up and break down, etc.

There are several ways to sign up to volunteer.

Bingham Park News

Bike In

Bingham Park, located just south of Brownsboro Road at Coral Avenue, is getting some attention!  The budget Metro Council approved Tuesday includes $65,000 for a Bingham Park Master Plan, to be matched dollar for dollar by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  The park has not had a significant upgrade in decades.  The conservancy is committed to fundraise for revitalization of the park once a master plan is created.  Watch this space for more information on the planning process. 

In the meantime, come visit the park!  Mark your calendar for 5:00 - 11:00 pm on Saturday, July 20 and head to Bingham Park for a neighborhood Bike-In! Like a drive-in movie but with bicycles, this FREE community event features live music, food, drinks and movies, thanks to support from Kentucky Select Properties and Kentucky Intentional Sounds.

  • 🎥A screening of the movie A Bug’s Life
  • 🎵 LIVE music from Dr. Dundiff and Rayul
  • Food from local food trucks and 🍺 from West Sixth Brewing.
  • Activities and games for kids of all ages from sonaBLAST! Records, Falls City Community BikeWorks, Side by Side Studio Art Bus, Olmsted Parks Conservancy Free Play.
  • 🚴‍♀️Bike Racks are provided by Bicycling for Louisville‘s Every Commute Counts, and a Bike Giveaway sponsored by Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling – St. Matthews.

Hosted by Olmsted Parks Conservancy and curated by Louisville’s own Ben Sollee and Hal Riedling, this event is the second of five FREE Neighborhood Bike-Ins. Each event is designed to highlight each park’s unique local neighborhood, artists, organizations and businesses.

For more information, please visit https://www.olmstedparks.org/events/event/neighborhood-bike-in-bingham-park/.

Sustainability Story: Pick Up The Parks Event – July 5 & 6

Pick up Parks

Every year, Independence Day brings hundreds of visitors to the parks - and with that heavy traffic comes a lot of extra litter. On Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, Louisville Parks and Recreation will host the first-ever “Pick-up the Parks” Days. The event will function as a do-it yourself volunteer project for individuals, families, neighborhood groups and organizations. Louisville Parks and Recreation encourages anyone and everyone to stop by their neighborhood park or one of the suggested parks to check for litter. Any litter collected can be left in a tied off bag next to any trash can in the park. Need gloves or trash bags? Those cleaning up the parks can pick up supplies from any of these locations during operating hours starting June 24th:

  • Joe Creason Park, Main Park Office, 1297 Trevilian Way, 40213
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218
  • Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th Street, 40212
  • Berrytown Community Center,1300 Heafer Road, 40223

For large groups, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Flarsheim at (502) 574-7275 ahead of the clean-up to ensure there are enough supplies.

Recommended parks for clean-ups. Parks has identified high-traffic parks that might need a little bit of extra attention after the holiday. Those parks are listed below, but those wanting to chip in can clean up any park in the city.

Win prizes! Share your #LitterFreeLou photos! Be sure to post clean-up photos to social media using the hashtag #LitterFreeLou and tag @loukyparks. Those posting photos will be entered into the Park Prize Raffle. It’s that easy! Have Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Flarsheim. Email sarah.flarsheim@louisvilleky.gov or call/text (502) 574-7275.

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

Reminder – Please Lock Your Vehicles


Every Tuesday, LMPD’s 5th Division emails out a weekly crime report. The report highlights thefts from vehicles, vehicle thefts and burglaries for the previous week. Recently, we have seen an increase in thefts from vehicles, and a common factor is that vehicles are unlocked.

Please remember to always lock your vehicles and remove any valuable items.

You can sign up for the weekly crime reports here.

To contact the 5th Division, please email 5thdivlmpd@louisvilleky.gov. This is an email address that is monitored by the 5th Division Command Staff and District Resource Officers. If you would like to contact LMPD about issues in your neighborhood, this is a great way to let the officers know about it.

LMPD needs your help to catch people committing crimes. Many of these crimes occur in a short time. Your call can put officers in the right place at the right time. Please make sure you report any suspicious activity you observe.

How to Call. In an emergency always call 911. If you don't feel it is an emergency but you would like to report it to the police, you can always call the non-emergency line, 574-7111. You will hear a recorded message, you can press 5 and it will go straight to a call taker. It will be entered in as a run to be dispatched and the next available officer will be sent to the area.

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.  


New Louisville Metro Business Portal, 311 Online Portal and 311 Mobile App


Louisville Metro has launched the new system from Accela that features a whole new and improved Business Portal for permits, licenses and applications, and a new 311 Online Reporting Portal and mobile app.  For more information on the new portals and apps, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/information-technology-services/supported-systems/accela.

LWC Walking Wednesday – July 10

Walking Wednesday

Curious what’s inside the Gothic-style structure at the Crescent Hill Reservoir?

Louisville Water staff offer guided tours the second Wednesday of the month through September from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Walking Wednesday is held at the Gatehouse and the Crescent Hill Reservoir, located on Reservoir Avenue between Frankfort Avenue and Brownsboro Road.  The reservoir is located across from the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant at 3018 Frankfort Avenue.

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse opened in 1879 to supply a 10-day supply of water to the city. The gatehouse is still an integral part of operations, containing valves that control the flow of water in the reservoir. The volume of water in the reservoir, 110 million gallons, is almost the amount Louisville Water produces daily. Designed by Chief Engineer Charles Hermany, the reservoir and gatehouse provided Louisville a 10-day supply of water when it opened in 1879. The three-story Gothic structure was designed to resemble a castle Hermany saw along the Rhine River in Germany.

When it opened in 1879, the reservoir quickly became a popular walking destination, which continues today. The Gatehouse, which sits in between the reservoir basins, was restored in 2015.  The project included cleaning and repairing over 2,500 terra cotta ceiling tiles, installing a new slate roof and cleaning and repairing the limestone steps leading upto the reservoir. The gatehouse is believed to be one of the only buildings in this part of the United States with a slate roof on the exterior and terra cotta on the interior. The terra cotta is light-weight and in the late 1800s was a good material due to its fire resistance.

Walking Wednesday is free and open to the public.

Smell Something? Say Something?

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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, June 27: The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, in partnership with Louisville Grows, is holding a free Lead Poisoning Prevention Class focusing on which foods can help to prevent lead from being absorbed into the body. The class is geared to the parents of children under age 6 and to pregnant women. The class will be held at Louisville Grows’ Healthy House, 1841 Portland Ave from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The class is free, but registration is required. Register at http://bit.ly/fightlead or at 574-6599.

Thursday, June 27: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, will discuss The Peach Truck Cookbook at 7:00 p.m. The Peach Truck Cookbook captures the Southern cooking renaissance with fresh, delectable, orchard-to-table recipes that feature peaches in every form. Stephen and Jessica Rose are the co-founders of The Peach Truck. Questions, please call 896-6950.

Friday, June 28: Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the “Think Local, Drink Local” F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop sponsored by West Sixth Brewing from 6 - 10 pm. The Hop will feature drink specials at participating shops and restaurants along The Avenue and provides FREE parking and transportation to your favorite businesses from Fairlawn Road to Story Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.frankfortave.com.

Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day - Metro Offices are closed. Check out eNews for more information on the collection schedule of garbage, recycling and yard waste.

Thursday, July 4: 2019 Crescent Hill 4th of July Festival at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Enjoy live music, a juried art fair, food/event booths, children's fun zone, cake/prize booth, pet show, and fireworks at 10:00 p.m. For more information and a detailed list of events please visit www.crescenthill.us.

Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7: Poorcastle Festival from 2:00 - 11:00 p.m. in Breslin Park, 1388 Lexington Road. $15 for three days. Poorcastle is a cheaper alternative to Forecastle Festival and offers a showcase of local music in Louisville. For more information, please visit www.poorcastle.com.

Monday, July 8: The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, in partnership with Louisville Grows, is holding a free Lead Poisoning Prevention Class focusing on which foods can help to prevent lead from being absorbed into the body. The class is geared to the parents of children under age 6 and to pregnant women. The class will be held at Louisville Grows’ Healthy House, 1841 Portland Ave from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The class is free, but registration is required. Register at http://bit.ly/fightlead or at 574-6599.

Tuesday, July 9: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Ross Gay and Richard Taylor at 7:00 p.m. to discuss their book, The Book of Delights: Essays. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Wednesday, July 10: Curious about what’s inside the large Gothic structure sitting in the middle of the Crescent Hill Reservoir? Now is your chance to take a peek inside with the return of the Walking Wednesdays. Join Louisville Water Company staff from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month through September for an insider tour and learn about the history. Questions, please call 583-6610.

Thursday, July 11: The Chamber of St. Matthews will host a Business Expo from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue. Booths and sponsorships are now available. To register, please visit stmatthewschamber.com.

Thursday, July 11: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host John James at 7:00 p.m. to discuss The Milk Hours: Poems. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, July 12: Free summer movies at Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Road. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. In July enjoy Green Book PG-13.

Saturday, July 13: American Printing House for the Blind (APH), 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host Braille for the Sighted from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. So, you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

Tuesday, July 16:  St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m.  Every month the St. Matthews Movie Discussion Group gets together to discuss a new movie. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, July 16: Clifton Heights Community Council Quarterly meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue.

Wednesday, July 17: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a visit from the Water Company at 2:00 p.m. The monsters we deal with at Louisville Water don’t live under your bed, or in your closet. They are the kind that can make you sick. Visit with us and learn how we deal with these “monsters”, and how using water can help keep these villains away. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, July 17:  St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Computer basics on your laptop at 2:30 p.m.  Get to know the basics of computer usage. Bring your own laptop and learn the fundamentals for easy computer use. Mac/Apple products will not be discussed. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, July 17: Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. at UCHM, 150 S. State Street.

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