District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Councilman Bill Hollander
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1109
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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Yard Waste Collection Delayed

Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) is still running behind on yard waste collection in the Urban Services District, due to equipment issues. Until the equipment issues are solved, some yard waste collection will be running an estimated 1-2 days behind schedule.

If you live in D9, please continue putting out your yard waste on Fridays for collection. If it hasn’t been collected by Monday, please call (574-1109) or email our office at kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov and we will report it on your behalf. Please include your name, address and where you set out yard waste (alley or street).

Thank you for your patience as this issue is resolved!

Bingham Park Neighborhood Bike In – July 20

Bingham Park Bike in

Head to Bingham Park this Saturday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. 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. Bingham Park is located off Coral Avenue just south of Brownsboro Road. The event runs from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m.

  • 🎥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. Bike or walk in, and join your neighbors at Bingham Park.

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

“Meet with Bill” – July 23

metro seal

I am always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with me in person more convenient, I hold office hours at various places around District 9, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Tuesday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at the St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

Dispose of Bulky Items


My office has received several calls from constituents regarding the recent junk collection in D9. SWMS has been strictly enforcing their collection guidelines and did not accept hazardous waste items, automotive parts, construction/demolition waste, appliances, or woody waste, unless it was trimmed and bundled. Click here to view the most recent collection guidelines.

If you have junk that still needs to be disposed of, below are several resources for you.

  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue – Jefferson County residents can dispose of tires, household bulky waste (metal, appliances, electronics, tree limbs/stumps (up to three feet in diameter), unbagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture. Up to three household bulky items may be dropped off at no charge – the other items might incur a fee. The Waste Reduction Center is open Tuesday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, please click here.
  • Haz Bin, 7501 Grade Lane – residents can drop off unwanted household hazardous materials. Haz Bin is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For a list of what items are collected, please click here.
  • River Metals Recycling, 2045 River Road - turn your metal into cash. Click here for a view of the process. Open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – Noon.

Sustainability Story: Recycling Tips

Recycling bin

Recycling has been in the news lately, with Metro Council’s decision to continue weekly recycling in the Urban Services District, at least for this year.  Given our dramatically increased pension invoice from Frankfort, there was a cost to this, of course, including elimination of a wet-dry recycling program downtown. 

You can help to make recycling successful in Louisville by following a few recycling tips:

Recycling cart

Here are some tips to help you get started being the best recycler you can be:

  • Reuse, or even refuse, items whenever possible!
  • Recyclables should be empty, but they don't have to be washed.  
  • Do not use plastic bags - leave recyclables loose in your bin or cart.
  • Keep lids attached to containers.
  • Flatten boxes to save space in your bin or cart or drop-off location dumpsters.
  • NO Styrofoam in curbside or drop-off locations. Foam Fabricators accepts non-food contaminated Styrofoam for recycling. MUST be clean; free of tape, stickers, or labels; may NOT have been used for food.
  • NO plastic grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at participating stores.

The Recycle Coach app will help -- download it now for information and alerts!

Still have questions? Contact Karen Maynard or call (502) 574-4620.

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


Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit https://aca-louisville.accela.com/LJCMG/Welcome.aspx?.  Click on the “Planning” tab.  Then select enter the 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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Citizens Responsible for Curb Edges and Alleys

Curbs & Edges

This week Metro Public Works is highlighting sections of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances that often come as a surprise to residents and businesses. They basically require property owners and residents to keep the area around properties clean and free of obstructions, from the center line of the street to the center line of any adjacent alley.


  (B)   Sanitary condition.

  • Every occupant of a structure or part thereof shall keep that part of the structure or premises which that occupant occupies, controls, or uses in a clean, safe and sanitary condition… the owner shall keep the premises free of all weeds...to the center line of such street, easement or alley as are adjacent to or abut the premises.   

That includes that patch of grass between the sidewalk and the curb known as a verge and any tree wells in the sidewalk.

What is a Right-of-Way Obstruction?

Any structure that may prevent or impede the full and free use by the public of the entire sidewalk, street, alley, or public way (right of way).  Some examples of right-of-way obstructions:  basketball goals left on the curb line, concrete pyramids, piles of brush, items being sold, political/advertising signs, retaining walls, cars parked in the right of way, and any obstructions to cross visibility. 

St. Matthews Area Ministries School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

Back to school expenses can become a burden for some parents. St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) is hosting a “Back-To-School” supplies drive to assist children in need of school supplies. Specific items are designated for collection during each week in July but all supplies may be donated by July 31.

Previous weeks have included pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, washable markers, crayons, yellow highlighters, colored pencils, red pens, spiral notebooks, solid colored pocket folders and loose leaf paper. Items may be dropped off at St. MAM, 201 Biltmore Road (under the carport next to playground), Monday – Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. no later than July 31.

During this week and next, St. MAM is seeking these supplies:

  • Week of July 14 – glue sticks, Fiskars blunt tip scissors, small pencil sharpeners, soft & hard pencil cases.
  • Week of July 21 – composition notebooks, steno pads, 2” binders, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.

St. MAM is also seeking volunteers for fundraising/special events, office volunteer on Tuesdays, food pantry, home delivery drivers, and unloading deliveries. If you are interested, please contact Suzanne De Gregorio at 893-0205.

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic – July 30

Louisville Metro Services Animal Care Center, 3705 Manslick Road, will host a low cost rabies vaccination clinic on Tuesday, July 30 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Services offered are licenses, rabies vaccination and microchipping. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a carrier.

Rabies Clinic

Free Tax Preparation for Filing Past Due Returns

tax preparation

Although the 2018 tax filing season has ended, there is still free help available in preparing past due and amended tax returns.  Now through October, the Louisville Asset Building Coalition’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, will provide federal and state income tax assistance to income eligible residents who need help filing prior returns. It is also still possible to receive a refund for returns from the years 2016 to 2018 for those who qualify. Taxpayers earning $66,000 or less can make an appointment with a VITA team member by calling 574-5687.

Summer/early fall VITA tax preparation sites are located at the following:

  • The Edison Center, 701 W Ormsby, Suite 201, 40203 - Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Louisville Urban League 1535 W Broadway, 40203 - Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday hours are also available on the following dates at the Edison Center:  Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information on LABC services, please visit www.labcservices.org.

Art Works at the Waterworks

Art Works

On one side of the fence millions of gallons of water are cleaned and delivered every day. On the other side, a playground full of children rule the schoolyard.  The fence that normally divides Louisville Water Company’s Crescent Hill Treatment Plant and Field Elementary School, has been transformed to celebrate the neighborhood and a very special partnership.

Fourth and fifth grade members of Field’s Technology Team sponsored a schoolwide contest producing art to decorate the fence separating the two neighbors.  The team designed a computer-generated grid and students colored tiny squares on the template to create their unique designs. 

The winning designs: a caterpillar, falcon (the school’s mascot), star and a puzzle piece, depicting the universal symbol for autism. A giant “W”, the water company logo, was placed in the middle.

Unofficially called “cup art”, the hard, plastic pieces look like the bottom of a disposable plastic cup.  The multicolored Lego-like discs, snap onto the fence, creating the winning patterns.

St. Matthews Street Festival – August 3

St. Matthews Street Festival

On Saturday, August 3 from 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m., Frankfort Avenue between Lexington Road and Bauer Avenue will be transformed into one of the best street festivals in Louisville! You’ll find bands, food, vendors, and activities for both adults and children. Showcased will be area retailers, restaurants, and live entertainment. Family fun and activities include the free Kids Zone, Fun Zone and Wellness Fair. For more information, please visit http://stmatthewsstreetfestival.com/.

National Night Out – August 6


LMPD will host the 26th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. There is fun for all ages, including food, music, and exhibits for guests and children to explore. National Night Out is a great way to interact with the LMPD officers who keep us safe every day.

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, July 18St. 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, July 18: 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, July 18: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host John Larison at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Whiskey When We're Dry: A Novel. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, July 19: Ntaba Coffee Haus Ribbon Cutting from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at 2407 Brownsboro Road. There will be free coffee and pastries.

Friday, July 19: The Huntington's Disease Society of America Kentucky Chapter is hosting a free family movie night at the Holy Trinity Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, at 6:30 p.m. The movie that will be shown is Pandas (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7860270/). The event is free but there will be snacks available to purchase. All proceeds go to HDSA KY.  For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Saturday, July 20: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue will host a textiles of the world event from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Try your hand at a variety of art forms, including "batik," block printing, and upcycling.

Saturday, July 20: Olmsted Parks to host a Neighborhood Bike-In at Bingham Park, off Coral Avenue from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m.  This is like a drive-in, but with bicycles and a celebration of community. This is a free family-friendly event. Click here for more information. Questions, please contact 456-8125.

Monday, July 22:  St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host get going with Google at 2:30 p.m.  Got a Gmail Account? Did you know about the scores of other features that Google offers you? Docs, Calendar, Photos, Maps, Sheets and more. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, July 23: "Meet with Bill" at the St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Not everyone has the time to come downtown to meet, so we wanted to make this easy and informal with no appointment necessary to let me know if you have any concerns or questions about anything going on in the district or Metro Louisville.

Wednesday, July 24: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Andrew Shaffer at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Thursday, July 25: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Mike Bramer at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, July 26: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host an Artist Showcase featuring the art of Cory Lockhart from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cory Lockhart is a teacher, artist, Reiki master, and peacemaker. She facilitates classes and workshops for teens and adults on nonviolence and nonviolent communication, speaks on her experiences working in areas of conflict, and practices Reiki. To learn more, visit her website: heartcommunication.net.

Friday, July 26:  Historic Frankfort Avenue will host the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop, sponsored by Louisville Water Company, from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor. For more information, visit  http://www.frankfortave.com/.

Saturday, July 27American Printing House for the Blind (APH), 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host Bards & Storytellers: Musical Treasures from The Migel from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The holdings of APH’s Migel Library include many rare and historic recordings by musicians who were blind or visually impaired, spanning the decades of the early 1900s to the present day. Guest presenter, Justin Gardner, has curated the collection and takes participants on a musical tour, stopping for stories about and songs by such standouts as Blind Tom, Moondog, Doc Watson, and Stevie Wonder. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Best for adults and older children.

Sunday, July 28: The Louisville Academy of Music 65th Birthday Celebration from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at 2740 Frankfort Avenue. The event will include music by faculty and students, history, crafts, snacks and special guests. It will be fun for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 28: RESCHEDULED 5th Annual Juneteenth Jubilee at Waterfront Park at 7:30 p.m. at 2nd and Main on the KFC Yum! Center Plaza with a community gathering in remembrance of the thousands of enslaved Africans sold at this site in the 1800s. At 8:00 p.m., Grand Marshal Ed Hamilton and the River City Drum Corp will lead participants through Downtown Louisville in a march for freedom to Waterfront Park. This event is free and open to the public. If you are planning to attend, please check in on the Facebook event page, www.facebook.com/events/984702818407045/.

Monday, July 29Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host Second Chances Wildlife presenting Kentucky Animals at 2:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Tuesday, July 30:  St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host retro gaming for parents at 2:00 p.m.  Hey Mom and Dad, want your kids to see what video games were like when moving right was all you could do? Come play some old school NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and maybe some other surprises. Show your kids what life was like before PS4, XBOX and Fortnite. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start! Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, July 30: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Community Book Club at 7:00 p.m. Plan to discuss, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

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