District 26 eNews | Jan 3rd

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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,

As we ring in the New Year, my colleagues and I are preparing for another daunting budget season where pension obligations among other stressors will likely create another budget shortfall. 

As I've relayed in earlier eNews updates, we are working with Frankfort to find relief, most specifically in our hope for a restaurant tax or other discretionary spending revenue source. 

In my view, many consumption taxes are far more fair to the public at large than any flat income tax or the insurance premium tax, which increases the cost of mandatory insurances like auto insurance, and of discretionary but prudent insurances like homeowners insurance, business insurance, and other ways families can protect themselves and their property. As a community, we should want folks to be insured, both to protect those buying the insurance and other people. 

As an alternative that could raise $30-40 million and cover the pension obligations without causing any more cuts to public safety, public works, the parks, libraries, or other parts of our government, the restaurant tax would shift the burden to those who choose to dine out, and estimated 25% of the revenue would come from out-of-town visitors. We should, of course, be a welcoming and hospitable city, but this is a widely used tax in many other cities in the United States and helps raise revenue without taxing our citizens. 


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman

In This Issue:

Jan 6 | LIHEAP Begins

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins Jan. 6 and runs through March 31, or until available funds have been expended.

To apply, residents must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system. Beginning Dec. 30, 2019, appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Individuals who require more information can contact Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, visit the website’s On-line Customer Service at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro311, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website. Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

Jan 11 | Showings of ALI: The Greatest! at Village 8


Jan 20 | Deadline for feedback on ABC license

Krazy Dave's has applied for a new location and/or change of ownership related to their alcoholic beverage license at 2817 Del Rio Place. You can submit feedback to:

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
500 E Mero St, 2 NE 33
Frankfort, KY 40601

They must receive feedback within 30 days of the publication of their advertisement in the Courier Journal relaying their intent to apply for the license. 


Jan 21 | Yard Waste Hiatus

As a budget cutting move, and to reduce the number of trucks operating in low-demand months, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will be suspending the curbside collection of yard waste in the Urban Service District (USD) beginning on January 21 through mid-March 2020. While individuals may request collection as needed during this time through MetroCall at 574-5000, please plan to set out your yard waste – including Christmas trees – BEFORE January 21. The last day for regular D26 yard waste collection is Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Jan 31 | Tree + Leaves Recycling

Xmas Tree

Christmas tree drop-off will also include leaves this year. Drop-off sites will be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at four locations. The Hubbards Lane site will also instantly recycle Christmas trees in to mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use. Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off. Residents may also drop off loose leaves. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waste Reduction Center will close at 3 p.m. on Saturdays December 26 - January 31, all locations will be closed on Wednesday, January 1. 

East District Recycling Center 595 N. Hubbards Lane

Public Works Yard 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)

Shawnee Park 4501 W. Broadway (by Little League baseball field in rear of park)

Waste Reduction Center 636 Meriwether Avenue 

Metro Public Works will also provide curbside pickup of Christmas trees within the Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville boundaries) after the holiday. Beginning Wednesday, December 26, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be removed. Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.

Winter Water Tips


Cafe LOUIE Schedule


VITA Tax Assistance - Volunteers Needed

VITA Tax Assistance program has been offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket in our community for years. This organization depends on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients. We hope you’ll consider joining the team!

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 tax season (January-April 2020) please email volunteer@labcservices.org. Make sure you indicate you would like to volunteer at the UCHM site. Volunteer trainings will start in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients. If interested in volunteering, please sign up by completing this Volunteer Application.


AT&T Job Openings

  • AT&T downtown call center is located at 534 Armory Place. 
  • These are full-time, entry level sales representative positions with benefits.
  • Must be 18 or older to apply. Must be proficient with computers and have basic typing skills.

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

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

MAS Pet Licensing Amnesty

Metro Animal Services will waive penalties for Jefferson County pet owners who purchase or renew Pet Licensing by Jan. 31. The Louisville Metro Animal Ordinance requires owners of cats, dogs and ferrets to purchase a one-year license for every pet.

“It’s the start of a New Year, and everyone is preparing for tax time, but it’s also a good time to make sure your pet’s affairs are in order,” said Ozzy Gibson, MAS Director. “Right now, we’re encouraging pet owners to purchase or renew pet licensing during the month-long grace period. It’s just $10 for a one-year license – no fines attached.”

Pet owners residing in Jefferson County are required by law to purchase a yearly pet license for each cat, dog or ferret they own and must provide proof the pet’s Rabies vaccination is current. A one-year Pet License for an altered (spayed or neutered) pet is $10; for a three-year altered Pet License, the fee is $27. MAS offers a discounted rate for Senior Citizens: pets must be altered to qualify, and the discount is limited to two pets per household. Pet owners with current violations or fines unrelated to animal licensing will not be eligible for amnesty.

Jefferson Country pet owners can avoid potential fines associated with the failure to purchase or renew a pet license during the amnesty period from Jan. 1 - 31. Fines and fees can quickly add up once a pet enters the shelter. The boarding fee for an unlicensed pet is double the cost for a licensed pet at $30, plus an additional $10 per day. That doesn’t include an impoundment fee of $25 and other fees related to a pet’s stay in the shelter.

Pricing for a Pet Licensing is as follows:

  • 1 Year Altered (spayed/neutered): $10.00
  • 1 Year Altered – Senior Citizen Discount: $5
  • 3 Year Altered: $27.00
  • 3 YR Altered – Senior Citizen Discount: $13.50
  • 1 Year Unaltered: $60.00

Purchasing or renewing pet licensing can be done four convenient ways: in person at Animal House Adoption Center, online, at a participating Veterinarian office or by mail. To purchase or renew Pet Licensing in-person, visit Animal House Adoption Center daily from 12-6pm.

Visit the MAS website to purchase or renew Pet Licensing online or find a participating vet at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services/services/license-your-pet.

To purchase or renew by mail, visit the website to download and fill out a pet licensing application. Checks should be made payable to Louisville Metro Animal Services and include an additional 50 cents for postage. Mail the pet licensing application and check to Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road, 40218. Pet owners with questions about the Pet licensing process can contact the LMAS business office at animals@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