District 26 eNews | Nov 15th

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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,

You may have heard by now that our City is in receipt of around $4 million in surplus funds from the previous fiscal year. Essentially these are monies that were not expended by June 30, 2019. To put that in the perspective of a roughly $620 million budget, we're talking about less than 1% difference from what was budgeted to be spent. 

It is still good news since we can certainly use any savings to address some of the cuts in public safety, public works, parks, our libraries, and other services in Louisville Metro. 

As I have mentioned before, the first stop for any surpluses should be making our public safety services whole again. We should replace money for a new recruiting class, Louisville Fire, and EMS to make sure the basic services of our government are provided. 

As my colleagues and I work together to determine the appropriate use of these additional funds, I will keep you updated on that progress. Please feel free to let my office know your thoughts on this matter. 

Thanks, and have a safe weekend!


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman

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. 


In This Issue:

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 | 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


Nov 28 | Waste Collection Delayed on Thanksgiving Day

There will be no residential garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. 

This holiday incurs a one day delay schedule. Residents who normally have garbage/recycling/yard waste collection on Thursday will have service on Friday, November 29. The regular Friday collection will be delayed until Saturday, November 30. 

To view your collection schedule and stay informed about changes, download the Recycle Coach app or use the app on our website. Residents outside the Urban Services District who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about their holiday collection schedule. 

Staffed recycling centers, the Waste Reduction Center, and the household hazardous waste facility, Haz Bin, will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Leaf drop-off will also not be available those days. All four services will resume on Saturday, November 30. 

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


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

Dec 6 | Buechel Park Planting

The Forestry and Landscape Division of Louisville Parks and Recreation will be at Buechel Park on Friday, December 6, to plant several new trees in the park: 

  • 8:30 to 9 a.m.                   Volunteer check-in
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m.                   Planting demonstration
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    Tree planting in teams
  • 12:30 to 1 p.m.                 Clean-up and wrap-up

More information is here, and on Facebook. We hope to see you there for this worthwhile improvement to Buechel Park. 

Buechel Park

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 

From MSD | Keep Out the FOG!


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