District 26 eNews | Nov 8th

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Brent T. Ackerson

26th District Councilman
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Jeff T. Noble

Legislative Aide
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Michael Garton

District Liaison 
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Animal Control

Bon Air Library

County Clerk

Courts System

Drivers License
(Bowman Field)

Drivers License

Health and Wellness


Louisville Water Company

MetroCall - 311

Mosquito Control


Poison Control

Police - LMPD

Police - St. Matthews


St. Matthews  City Hall  895-9444 

State Highways


Veterans Affairs


Dear Neighbor,

Monday is Veterans Day. Please take a moment to thank someone you know who served. Countless servicemen and women have helped protect the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans both at home and abroad. Their service should inspire all of us to do our best each day and make them proud. If you are interested in learning more about the ways our community has helped support America in times of conflict, particularly during World War I, there is a great opportunity coming up on November 13th. Louisville Parks and Recreation is putting together a memorial to the role of Camp Zachary Taylor. They are asking for your input. The first public meeting to help design that memorial will take place at 6pm at the Allgeier Community Center. 

A month from now, we will have our next Town Hall meeting. This is an opportunity for you to share your concerns directly with those who make decisions in our District and our neighborhoods. We will have representatives, if not the directors, of various departments and city agencies including Public Works, LMPD, MSD and many others. Please make plans to attend if you have concerns to share or want to hear an update about what's going on in our community.

Our Fall Town Hall will take place Dec. 7th from 9:30am - 11:30am at St. John Paul II Church on Hikes Lane. We will send reminders about this event, but please share with your friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Have a safe weekend!


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman


In This Issue:

Nov 9 | Free Trees!


TreesLouisville is a nonprofit organization focused on restoring urban tree canopy in Louisville.  They are partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 1,500 free trees to Louisville residents. 

Louisville loses around 54,000 trees annually and this is one way we can help restore our depleted canopy. 

To participate go to arborday.org/treeslouisville, type in your address, and choose your tree! Trees will either be shipped to your home or you can pick up a larger tree at one of our two events. 

  • Pickup event is scheduled for November 9, 10am-2pm at Americana Community Center 4801 Southside Dr, Louisville, KY 40214.

This is the second of four seasonal Community Canopy programs.  Last winter 870 free trees were delivered to residents of Louisville and the goal is to provide more than 3,500 free trees over the next two years. 

The following species are available: American Sycamore, Black Tupelo, Serviceberry, Redbud, Kentucky Coffeetree, Overcup Oak, Shadblow Serviceberry, Swamp White Oak, Sweetbay Magnolia, and Tulip Poplar.

Nov 11 | Veterans Day


Please join us in Honoring our Veterans!  

Louisville Metro sponsors the Week of Valor. A week-long celebration of the service and sacrifice of the Veterans who live and work in our community. 

There are a variety of Week of Valor events through November 13, including the 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  The parade is on Jefferson Street between 4th and 7th Street. A full schedule is here, http://www.vcalouisville.org/week-of-valor.


  • Liberty Street from 3rd Street to 8th Street
  • Jefferson Street from 3rd Street to 7th Street (coned to hotel)
  • 4th Street from Market Street to Liberty Street
  • 5th Street from Market Street to Muhammad Ali Blvd (coned to parking garages)
  • Armory Place from Liberty Street to Muhammad Ali Blvd
  • 6th Street from Market Street to Cedar Street
  • 7th Street from Congress Alley to Cedar Street

Nov 13 | WWI Memorial Vision Plan

Louisville Parks and Recreation is in the process of developing a vision plan for a World War I memorial in Joe Creason Park honoring Camp Zachary Taylor’s contribution to the United States’ efforts in the Great War. The first public workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court. The public is invited to attend, offer input and ask questions.

About the Project
The current phase of the World War I Memorial project is to develop a vision plan. This plan will include a preferred concept for the memorial and other features, such as exhibit and gathering space. The plan will also identify stories to be shared in the memorials. The vision plan will assist Louisville Parks and Recreation in acquiring additional funding and support for final design and construction of the memorial.

How to participate
The vision planning process will involve two public workshops. The next one has yet to be scheduled but is anticipated for winter or spring 2020. You may also submit comments and feedback by e-mailing Louisville Parks and Recreation at parks@louisvilleky.gov.



Joe Creason Park WWI Memorial Vision Plan

Public Workshop #1
November 13, 2019 - 6- 8 p.m.
Cyril Allgeier Community Center
4101 Cadillac Court
Louisville, KY 40213

Nov 13 | State of Downtown


You are invited to the 2019 State of the Downtown on Wednesday, November 13th at the Henry Clay Grand Ballroom, 604 S. 3rd St.

Wednesday, November 13th
7:30am : Networking
8:00am: State of the Downtown

Keynote: David Downey, President & CEO of the International Downtown Association

Tickets may be purchased individually for $50 or $500 for a table of 10, visit:

More information: https://louisvilledowntown.org/event/sotd2019

Nov 15-17 | Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the St. Matthews Library are hosting a book sale on Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17 at the St. Matthews branch, 3940 Grandview Avenue, in the small conference room. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Purchase newer hardback adult fiction and nonfiction books. Hardbacks will be selling for $2 each and exact change is appreciated.

Support your library by checking out the sale!


Nov 16 | More Free Trees!


Nov 17 | Climate Change Talk


Nov 18 | LWV Democracy Dinner

The League of Women Voters (LWV) will host a Dinner and Democracy forum on Monday, November 18 at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. The topic is Health Care: Who and What Determines the Cost of Medical Care? Special guests are John Jennings, Executive Director of Kentucky Association of Health Plans; Eva Stone, Kentucky Nursing Association; and Sheila Schuster, Advocacy Action Network. A light dinner will be available at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required and donations are accepted. The program will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 895-5218 or visit www.lwvlouisville.org.


Nov 26 | Networking Night


Dec 4 | Nutcracker at the St. Matthews-Eline Library!


St. Matthews Library
Tuesday, December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
3940 Grandview Ave. 

LIHEAP Applications Now Open!


The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that helps low income residents of Jefferson County with their utility bills begins on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

LIHEAP is a federally funded, income-based program that provides financial help to low-income households in meeting the costs of heating their home. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component is a one-time assistance benefit, which is paid directly to the heating vendor. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component begins Monday, Nov. 4, and will operate through Dec. 13, 2019.

Learn more by contacting 

Looking for Fall Foliage?


Apply for a Property Tax Homestead Exemption


Kentucky Law and the Jefferson County PVA offers a homestead exemption for property owners 65 years of age or older who own and occupy the property as their primary residence on January 1 of the year in which they apply for the exemption. The homestead exemption for 2019-2020 is $39,300. If you are eligible to receive the exemption, the year’s exemption amount is subtracted from your property’s assessed value, reducing your property tax liability.

Only one exemption (Homestead or Disability) is allowed per household. Once approved for the Homestead Exemption, you are not required to reapply annually.  You are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on residential or commercial property as long as you own and occupy the property as your primary residence and meet all other qualifying criteria. If you move, it is your responsibility to notify the PVA Office and reapply for the exemption on your new residence.

For more information, click here.

You've Got Mail: Property Taxes

It's not the best piece of mail you've ever received, but please keep an eye out for annual property tax letters. Law allows those unpaid bills to be sold next July. If you don't pay and the bill is sold, it not only gets to be much more expensive, but can be a major headache. There are resources for those who cannot pay. Please check those out and help family members make sure they don't get caught in a property tax nightmare themselves. 


Traffic Guard Job Openings


LMPD is currently hiring Traffic Guards. The starting pay is $13.20 hourly/part-time. Essential functions are escorting children across streets and highways before and after school hours; directing traffic at street intersections near school drive entrances to assist buses arriving and departing; and directing the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To apply online, please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/government/human-resources.

Careers in IT and Technology



Our new free training can help you start.

Tech Louisville is a new training by KentuckianaWorks that will prepare participants to start a career as an IT Support professional.

This program, which is offered at no cost to participants, includes classroom and online learning as well as mentorship with an experienced tech pro. Participants will earn their Google IT Support Professional Certificate - a valuable industry credential.

Tech Louisville is for any Louisville resident age 18 or older who wants to start a career in IT Support, regardless of previous tech experience

Apply HERE

UPS Seasonal Job Openings

UPS is hiring 2,600 workers in Louisville for holiday season (November-January) Full-time and part-time seasonal positions are available including package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers Interested applicants can apply at:  https://www.upsjobs.com

Leaf Drop-Off Sites Open


Louisville Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection will have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites beginning November 5.

Metro Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service November 5 through November 30. Drop-off will not be available on November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard
10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
Tuesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works East District Operations Center
595 Hubbards Lane
Tuesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Public Works Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue
Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Olmsted Parks Survey


Are you the kind of park visitor who enjoys taking the path less traveled? Olmsted Parks Conservancy is in the middle of a trail study to learn how we can better control soil erosion and improve our natural trails in Cherokee, Iroquois and Seneca – making the escape into nature better for both the park and the visitor. We want to know, how do you use the natural trails? Whether you run, hike, bike, or walk your dog on the trails in our Olmsted Parks, you can help us with our study by filling out this 15 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OlmstedParksTrails.

Help restore Seneca Park!

Olmsted Parks Conservancy hosts park restoration volunteer opportunities in Seneca Park on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tasks may include invasive plant removal, mulching, painting or general park beautification. Gloves, tools and guidance provided. Dress for the weather and working outdoors. Limited space is available. Please register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-event-seneca-park-tickets-56123409629 


See a street light out? Report it using this link


If you see a street light out in your neighborhood (or anywhere in Louisville), LG&E has provided a link you can use to report the issue. Click here to let them know! 

Metro Emergency Repair Program

For low-income families in Louisville, the City may provide home repairs in dire emergency situations. If you or someone you know has need for this assistance, please contact their office directly. Learn more from the program's website here


  • Must be owner occupied for at least one year.
  • Not available on rental property.
  • Must meet income guidelines (See Intake staff)
  • May receive assistance once in a five year period.
  • Louisville-Jefferson County residents only


  • Furnace Repair or replacement (October-April only)   
  • A/C Unit- Repair or replacement (Requires medical statement, Available May-Sept. only)   
  • Electrical repairs/upgrades.    
  • Water Line repairs/replacement.   
  • Sewer Line repairs/replacement.   
  • Water Heater repair/replacement, Gas or Electric.   
  • Gas Line leaks.

For further information contact Jackie Wilson-Rudy at 502-574-5850 or Jacqueline.Wilson-rudy@louisvilleky.gov

Vacancies on Louisville Metro Boards and Commissions

Get involved in Louisville Metro government and governance by joining one of the 80+ boards and commissions that oversee and advise public officials on how to best move our city forward. Here are just a few of the boards that are looking for additional members. Click here or on their name to learn more

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

Board of Zoning Adjustment

Brightside, Inc.

Code Enforcement Board

Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Commission on Public Art

Community Action Partnership Administering Board

County Law Library

Criminal Justice Commission Board

Deputy Sheriff Merit Board

Downtown Development Review Overlay Board

East Urban Core Neighborhood Advisory Group

Ethics Commission

Extension Board

Human Relations Commission Advocacy Board

KentuckianaWorks Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board

Landmarks Commission

Library Advisory Commission

Louisville Arena Authority, Inc.

Medical Center Commission of Jefferson County

NuLu Review Overlay District Committee (Advisory)

PARC (Parking Authority of River City, Inc.)

Parks Advisory Commission, Louisville and Jefferson County

Planning Commission

Revenue Commission

Science Center Board of Directors

Suburban Fire Protection District Board of Trustees: Buechel

TARC Board of Directors

Tree Advisory Committee

Urban Renewal Commission

Zoo Foundation Board

Learning at Your Local Library

The Louisville Free Public Library has much more to offer than just books you can check out. They offer free internet access, books on tape, CDs, DVDs, and many classes and events for kids, teens, and adults. Click the photo or name to see what programs are available:


Bon Air Public Library

2816 Del Rio Place 40220
(502) 574-1795


St. Matthews-Eline Library

3940 Grandview Ave. 40207
(502) 574-1771


Newburg Public Library

4800 Exeter Ave. 40218
(502) 479-6160