District 9 eNews - Thursday, January 23, 2020


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Councilman Bill Hollander
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1109
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Kyle Ethridge
Legislative Assistant
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“Meet with Bill” – January 29

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 the regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Wednesday, January 29, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

Contact Your State Legislators!

Contact Legislators

It’s no secret that Louisville Metro and other city and county governments across the state face dramatically rising pension costs. Unfortunately, the ability to raise revenue to meet them is severely limited by state law. What’s worse, some of the options the state allows for other communities, including a restaurant tax, are currently prohibited in Louisville. Why should cities like Elizabethtown be able to tax out-of-towners who eat at restaurants there, while Louisville is forbidden to do that?

Rising costs without new revenue have already led to reduced Metro services, including fewer police officers, firefighters, library services and many more.  Pension costs will continue to rise in the coming years and a bipartisan group of Louisville’s leaders – and local governments across the state - have been asking Frankfort for help. 

We need Louisville citizens to get involved in this effort! Please contact your state legislators and ask them to support efforts for additional local government revenue options.  Find your state senator and representative at this link, and contact them by phone or email to ask them to work with local officials to find a solution that will pay the bills without crippling cuts in Metro services.

Plastic Recycling at Kroger

Plastic Recycling

There are some things you can’t recycle in your curbside bin and they include plastic bags, But another option is available!

Join Kroger in making a difference with plastic recycling. Every day, Kroger recycles tons of plastic waste in stores but with your help, they can do more.

Now you can recycle plastic bags (grocery, retail, food storage, dry cleaning, newspaper bags), outer package wrapping, plastic cereal box liners and shipping materials. Check out the above graphic for more information (or view it here) and thanks for doing your part!

Yard Waste Collection – By Request Only

Yard Waste  

From now until March 27, yard waste will be collected in the Urban Service District on your normal day BY REQUEST ONLY. Call 311 or 574-5000 to request yard waste collection. Regular yard waste collection will resume the week of March 30. (Residents with private waste haulers should contact their company about yard waste collection.)

Christmas Trees & Loose Leaves Drop Off and Collection

christmas tree

There’s still time to drop off your live Christmas tree and loose leaves. Drop-off sites are available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at four locations. The Hubbards Lane site will also instantly recycle Christmas trees into 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.


Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Waste Reduction Center will close at 3 p.m. on Saturdays

Open now through January 31

  • East District Recycling Center, 595 N. Hubbards Lane
  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
  • ShawneePark, 4501 W. Broadway (by Little League baseball field in rear of park)
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue 

LWC Eastern Parkway Project & Generator Update


At a recent neighborhood meeting, I was asked about the status of two large Louisville Water Company projects. Here’s an update:

Lexington Road/Stilz Avenue Project

Louisville Water is in the midst of restoring a nearly 100-year-old 48-inch transmission, in an effort known as the Eastern Parkway Project. In D9, the project runs along Lexington Road from Grinstead to Stilz Avenue and Stilz Avenue between Lexington and Grinstead.  This is a major project that requires two critical steps cleaning the existing main and then “slip-lining” a new main into the old pipe.  The pipeline construction is complete on Stilz Avenue.  Crews are currently working on Lexington Road between Grinstead and Upland. 

LWC has completed roughly 40% of the project and, barring future complications, it hopes to complete construction and final restoration by May.  Paving restoration will be the final step. More on the entire project here.

Crescent Hill Generator Project

Louisville Water’s project to construct an emergency generator at the Crescent Hill Treatment Plant is roughly 85% complete.  The new traffic lights have been installed and they expect the construction to be complete around April 1.  Final restoration, including the planting of new trees, will follow final construction in early summer. More on this project here.

Louisville Water greatly appreciates your understanding as it works to complete these important projects. 

Verizon Fiber Work Continues


For more than six months now, contractors for Verizon have been installing fiber in sidewalks and streets in D9.   We first wrote about this in our August 1, 2019 eNews.  Since that time, we’ve dealt with multiple sidewalk closures, lane closures, sewer interruptions, and other issues. The work has moved to more and more streets and has now impacted Frankfort Avenue, Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue.

This week, I met with representatives of Verizon and its contractor to discuss the project and express concerns about its impacts on businesses and residents.   We will continue to monitor the work and do all we can to minimize the disruptions.  At the end of the project, all impacted sidewalks and streets are to be restored to their original condition.  That means, among other things, that all gravel and asphalt patches on sidewalks will be removed and replaced with concrete.

Work will accelerate soon, as fiber is pulled through conduit that has been installed. Please exercise caution on the sidewalks and streets as the work continues and let my office know if you see issues that need to be addressed.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available Now

tax appointments

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2020. The service is FREE if you earned $66,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2019 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the appointment line to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, will be available on Fridays beginning January 24 through April 10 between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the appointment line at 502-305-0005 to make an appointment and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible. Click here to view brochure. If you have any issues making appointments, please contact my assistant at 574-3908. Click here to view the flyer.                 

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Intuit Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “H&R Block My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $66,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit https://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-help/do-you-qualify, for more information.

AARP Tax-Aide Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

AARP Tax-Aide has a mission to serve any person who comes through the door, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. Assistance will be available at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Assistance will be available every Wednesday beginning on February 5 through April 15.

For more information and a full AARP schedule, please visit www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org or call 502-394-3443.

Improve Police-Community Relationships with the Synergy Project


Communities are stronger when people of many backgrounds have opportunities to dialogue with each other and with police. Those conversations can lead to better relationships, more equitable treatment by the police, greater police responsiveness and accountability, and greater willingness of residents to work with police. Communities can be safer for everyone.

In Louisville, we’re asking everyone to work to bridge police and community member relationships by taking part in the "Synergy Project."  The program’s public phase has just launched, after work by a steering group, composed of community members, officials and religious leaders. More about the project is in this Courier-Journal story, click here.

Please take part in these public meetings, to learn more about impediments to better relationships and to be part of the solution.  Future action sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Jan. 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Portland Library, 3305 Northwestern Parkway
  • Feb. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 911 S. Brook St.
  • Feb. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the House of Ruth, 607 E. St. Catherine St.
  • Feb. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m.  at the New Directions Housing Corporation, 1617 Maple St.

More will be scheduled and publicized on LMPD's Facebook page here. For more information, visit leanintolouisville.org/synergyproject.

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 enter either the case number in the “record number” box or the address.

You can also click on the notice below to go to the application page.

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.  

Case No. 19-CUP-0247Case No. 19-CUP-0268Case No. 19-CUP-0270

D9 ABC Notifications

ABC notifications

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal announcement for Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, Sunday Liquor Drink, and 4 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 1601 Story Avenue (Gold Bar), Louisville, KY.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Sustainability Story: Crescent Hill Tree Giveaway


Did you know Louisville is losing 54,000 trees each year from development, natural disasters, disease, invasive species and lack of tree care?

The Crescent Hill Garden Club wants to help restore the tree canopy by donating Appalachian Red Redbuds, a Kentucky native species, for planting in the neighborhood.

All Crescent Hill residents are eligible to receive free redbud trees to plant in the Crescent Hill area. Trees will be available for planting in early spring. Planting assistance will also be available if needed.

Help reverse the decline of tree cover and plan to plant a tree this spring! Trees not only beautify the neighborhood; they cool it down as well.

Those interested can contact Judy Gogan at 502.899.1899, goganonhill@aol.com or Todd Abell at 502.235.8006, t.abell64@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

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

Butchertown, Phoenix Hill & NuLu Plan

Butchertown, Phoenix Hill and Nulu

The Butchertown, Phoenix Hill and NuLu Neighborhood Plan process has kicked off. Please see below links to the project website, an online survey for residents, and more.

The first public meeting is set for Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue.

Project website: www.BPNplan.com

Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bpnplan

Presentation: http://bpnplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/19-0911-BPN-Plan-Neighborhood-Advisory-Group-Meeting-1-Web.pdf

Sign Up for The Works Week Email

The Works Week

Did you know Metro Public Works (MPW) sends out a weekly email? The email features upcoming events, operational activities and tips on being a better consumer of MPW services, including recycling. If you have an email address you can subscribe to it online by clicking here. Happy reading!

Take the Annual Louisville Parks Foundation Survey

Louisville Parks Foundation  

Louisville Parks Foundation is conducting its annual survey.  The information is critical as the foundation works to meet the needs of the community. The survey will close on Sunday, January 26 at midnight. Click here to take the survey.

Café LOUIE 2020 Schedule


Café LOUIE is back in 2020 to connect citizens to their elected representatives. From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each Saturday morning through March 21, participants are offered refreshments and conversation.  Elected officials will be given a brief time for prepared remarks and to answer a few pre-selected questions submitted by attendees.  The focus of these meetings is engagement through personal conversations. Every Café LOUIE is open to the public. I will be participating at D9 events on February 15 at the Crescent Hill Library and February 29 at the St. Matthews Library. Learn more about each week’s schedule at https://www.facebook.com/CafeLOUIE/.

U.S. Census Bureau Employment Opportunities

US Census Bureau  

The Louisville Area Census Office has full-time and part-time positions available, including recruiting assistant, census field supervisor, office operations supervisor, enumerator and clerk. Hourly pay rates between $19.50 - $23.50. Apply online now at 2020Census.gov/jobs. For more information about available jobs or assistance with applying online, call 888-480-1639.

Consider Volunteering with The Miracle League

Miracle League

The Miracle League of Louisville is a baseball league and complex located in Fern Creek Park which serves all children and adults with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in Kentuckiana. The league is now seeking volunteers for the upcoming 2020 spring baseball season.  Volunteer opportunities include being a Buddy (each player in the league has their own Buddy who assists them on the field and in the dugout for each game), coach, assistant coach, umpire, team mom, or general game day help.  The spring baseball season games will be played on Saturdays from April 11, 2020 through June 13, 2020 with the exception of Derby Day and Memorial Day. The volunteer commitment will require a minimum of one hour, or longer if interested each week.  If interested in volunteer opportunities, or you have any questions, please visit www.miracleleaguelouisville.org.  

Register for Saint Matthews Baseball Little League

St Matthews Baseball  

Register for the Saint Matthews Baseball Little League online or in person on Sunday, January 26 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane. Team Divisions from 4 years old through 12 years old. For more information, please visit https://www.stmatthewsbaseballandsoftball.com/stmatthewsbaseball.

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, January 23St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host iPads for beginners at 2:30 p.m. Need help with your ipad? Learn the basics in this class! Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, January 23: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, will host Cassie Chambers at 7:00 p.m. Discussion will be on her book, Hill Women: Finding Family and a Way Forward in the Appalachian Mountains. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Friday, January 24: Did you earn $66,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2019?  If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation!  The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $66,000 or less.  To make an appointment or for more information, please call 305-0005 or the D9 office at 574-3908.  Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Sunday, January 26: On the last Sunday of the month, Cherokee Park visitors can enjoy the Scenic Loop car-free between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information, please click here.

Sunday, January 26: Jewish Family & Career Center (JFCS) Food Pantry Grand Re-Opening from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at 2821 Klempner Way. Help JFCS celebrate the expansion of the Sonny & Janet Meyer Food Pantry at this community-wide event. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, January 27: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host free hearing screenings at 11:00 a.m. Acute Hearing will be providing free hearing screenings for individuals. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 574-1771 to make an appointment.

Tuesday, January 28St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host Microsoft Word 1 at 2:30 p.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft Word, a program used to create documents such as papers, letters, reports, resumes, and more. Topics include how to get started, edit, format, and save your work. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, January 28Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Community Book Club at 7:00 p.m. Join us when the Carmichael's Community Book Club reconvenes on January 28th for a double header: The Handmaid's Tale and its sequel The Testaments, both by Margaret Atwood. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Wednesday, January 29"Meet with Bill" from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), 150 S. State Street. 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, January 29: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz. New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, January 29: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host Microsoft Word 2 on your laptop at 2:30 p.m. Microsoft Word is a program used to create documents such as papers, letters, reports, resumes, and more. This class builds upon skills covered in Microsoft Word 1. Topics include proofreading and revising, inserting images and tables, and formatting your page. Must bring your own laptop or have a library card in good standing to check out a branch laptop. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, January 29: Butchertown, Phoenix Hill and Nulu Neighborhood Plan public meeting from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue. This will be an opportunity to begin some initial discussion and idea generation with the community.

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