District 12 eNewsletter - October 3rd, 2019

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...

Canoemobile @ Riverview Park – THIS Saturday

Canoemobile Event

The Canoemobile is coming back to Shawnee and Riverview Parks on Oct. 4-5 for its eighth year on the banks of the Ohio River. The Canoemobile allows residents ages three and older to take guided trips in 24-foot canoes on the Ohio River. Canoe trips are free.

Participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. No advance sign-ups are required, wavers can be signed on-site or brought with the participants.

This free event is designed for individuals and families who are new to canoeing to experience the water in safe and stable voyageur canoes which hold 10 to 15 people. All safety equipment and trained staff are provided. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing that can get wet; no flip flops please. 

All safety equipment and trained staff are provided by Wilderness Inquiry. Complimentary t-shirts will be given to those who participate, while supplies last. For more information, call (502) 368-6856.


Friday, October 4, 2019
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Shawnee Park 4501 West Broadway

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Riverview Park 8202 Greenwood Road

Both of these link provide the waivers you need to participate in the event.

Here is the link to the Canoemobile Wilderness Inquiry Form

Here is the link to the Metro Parks Release Waiver

Coffee with your Councilman @ Southwest Festival - Saturday, October 12th


This month we are not hosting a regular coffee meeting. We will be holding a modified version of our regularly scheduled community events at the Southwest Festival. Join Councilman Blackwell on Saturday, October 12th for an informal discussion on the topics, issues, concerns and suggestions you have for District 12 and Southwest Louisville. Stop by the Metro Council booth at the festival anytime between 12:00 pm - 2 pm to speak directly with Councilman Blackwell and have a cup of lemonade or tea on him!

WHEN: Saturday, October 12th, 12 pm - 2 pm

WHERE: Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Ln

For more information, contact the District 12 office at 502.574.1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov.

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Manny and Onyx

Manny the cat


Manny is ready to meet his purr-son! The 7-month-old kitty’s adoption fee is waived for an approved adopter, thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. The friendly, little guy weighs just 3lbs but he’s still a growing boy! Manny’s adoption includes neuter, vaccinations & a microchip. Meet Manny at Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, Tuesday through Sunday from 2-6pm. For questions about Manny, call 502-473-PETS.

Onyx the dog


It’s DOGtober! Why not adopt a shelter pet like Onyx? The talk, dark, handsome – and mellow senior is looking for a permanent home. Onyx is a well-behaved, friendly dog that enjoys exploring with his nose. His adoption fee is waived for an approved adopter, thanks to the to Pay It Forward Program. Onyx is approximately 10-year-old and weighs 56lbs. He is already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated! Meet Onyx at Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Rd.) Tuesday through Sunday from 12-6pm. For more info about Onyx, email animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov, or call 502-473-PETS.

Jack O' Lantern Spectacular - October 8th Through November 3rd

Jack O Latern Spectacular

Southwest Community Festival - October 12th

SW Fest

Epworth United Methodist Church 2019 Fall Bazaar - October 12th

United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar 2019

Owl Prowl @ the Louisville Nature Center - October 26th

Owl Prowl

Ridgewood Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat - October 26th

Trunk or Treat

Dare to Care Food Bank

Dare to Care

Dare to Care is an organization that aims to lead our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs, efficient operations and by partnering with over 300 food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens.

Today, Dare to Care partners with over 300 local, social service agencies, including 10 Parks and Recreation Community Centers, to offer free evening meals to children in our community through the Kids Café program.  This program allows children 18 and under to receive a warm, nutritious meal in a safe environment.  In addition to receiving a meal, each child has the opportunity to participate in academic and extracurricular activities.

Check your Voter Registration Information

Last day to register to vote or to change your voting information is 4 PM on Monday, October 7.  If you will be 18 years old ON or before Nov. 5 (Election Day 2019), you must register now.


Jefferson County Clerk will send an acknowledgement card verifying your registration or informing you of a problem with your registration.  Contact the county clerk's office (502.574.6100) if you do not receive notification within 2-3 weeks or, if it is close to the registration deadline, to check the status of your registration.

Early In-House Absentee Voting starts Monday Sept. 23

Sept. 23 - Nov. 4     Monday-Friday  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2          Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM:

Registered voters in Jefferson County who will be absent from Jefferson County on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 can vote their ballot early at Election Center, 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Room 301 (near 7th and Oak Streets).

Other people who can vote early include: a woman in her last trimester of pregnancy, a person or their spouse who is scheduled to have surgery on Election Day and those people because of age, illness or disability are not able to go to the polls.



It is Time to Drain Your Pool!

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Even with Labor Day behind us, warm weather is continuing, and those who haven’t drained their pool can help maintain #safecleanwaterways with just a few simple tips.

Please follow these guidelines when draining a swimming pool

•Do not drain your pool during or up to 48 hours after a rain event.

• Dechlorinate your swimming pool water before draining it. The pool should sit at least 10 days after chemical treatment before draining any water.

• Test the pool water to ensure that it is essentially chlorine-free before draining (about 0.1 parts per million total chlorine). Bubbling, cascading, or other forms of aeration will help to remove chlorine from water.

• The pool’s pH should be in a normal range of 6 to 8 before draining.

• Drain to a grassy area of the yard if it is large enough to absorb the water, or into a sanitary sewer cleanout, if one is available on the property.

• Discharge water slowly, at no more than 30 gallons per minute, to prevent soil erosion, flooding, or damage to adjacent properties, including backups into homes and businesses.

For sewer-related issues, contact our Customer Relations Department 24/7/265 @ 502.540.6000 CustomerRelations@LouisvilleMSD.org

Jefferson County Office of the Circuit Court Clerk STILL Hiring

County Clerk

Off-Season Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance

2019 VITA

The New Dixie Update

new dixie

The $35 million New Dixie Highway project is on schedule and construction will be complete by the end of this year. That means that the medians, sidewalks, and crosswalks will be in place, the bus stations will be installed, and all the lanes will be open.
December is not usually the best time for final surfacing, final striping and landscaping, so that work is currently slated for Spring 2020. That kind of work will not be as disruptive to drivers, however. The New Dixie Highway Project broke ground in December of 2017.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to make The New Dixie Highway – a safer, more attractive and efficient roadway,” said John Callihan, project manager. “We are nearing the finish line and soon we will be able to enjoy the new roadway.”

Use this link to read about the progress of The New Dixie Highway project in the newsletter.

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