District 26 eNews | February 13th

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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,

Again this year, I have been appointed by my colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Government Oversight and Audit Committee of the Louisville Metro Council. Our committee handles appointments made to various boards and commissions in Louisville Metro, audits of government departments, agencies, and quasi-governmental organizations, as well as other general oversight topics and concerns. It is an honor to serve in a role I believe is critical to a functioning democracy. Your representatives should work each day to shed light on various parts of our government and keep everything done with public dollars transparent and accountable to the taxpayer. 

Please feel free to communicate with our office anytime you have a concern about any of these or other topics. 

Have a great weekend,


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman

In This Issue:

Feb 17 Public Hearing

Address: 3600 Dutchmans Lane
Hearing Date: Feb 17, 2020
Hearing Address: Old Jail Auditorium 514 W Liberty St 40202


Feb 22 | African American Read-In


Feb 22 | Farmington Volunteers!


Do you enjoy history?  Might you enjoy volunteering with a fun group of people working together to maintain and improve a community treasure located right next door to the City of Wellington?  Farmington Historic Plantation is in need of additional volunteers to serve as Docents, Visitor Center Volunteers, Garden and Grounds Helpers and Event Volunteers.  A Volunteer Recruitment Fair is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 beginning at 11 AM at our Visitors Center located in the lower parking lot.  The event will include an overview of volunteering opportunities as well as a tour of the historic grounds and museum house.  Coffee and doughnuts will be served.  Volunteer shifts are flexible but typically consist of 3 - 4 hours on one day a week.  Please join us on the 22nd to learn more.  Or feel free to contact our staff at (502) 452-9920 to speak to Kathy or Devin for more details.  It's your community...join us to help make it better!

Feb 24 | BAENA Meeting

All Residents of Bon Air Estates are invited to the next Neighborhood Association meeting.

Place: Bon Air Library Community Room
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Agenda: There will be discussion with Officer McMillan on Neighborhood Watch programs, public safety in our neighborhoods; members of metro Government on hand to answer questions. Public safety will be the main focus of this meeting. 

Mar 6 | Free T-Ball League!

Free fun, exercise and teamwork is in the mix this spring as Louisville Parks and Recreation is offering a free tee-ball league for children ages six and under. 

 Sign-ups will continue through March 6, and again, participation is free. Parents can sign up at louisvillerbi.leagueapps.com or at the following community centers:   

  • Beechmont Community Center, 205 Wellington Avenue, 40214 
  • California Community Center, 1600 W. St. Catherine Street, 40210 
  • Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court, 40213 
  • Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Boulevard, 40205 
  • Molly Leonard Community Center, 640 N. 27th Street, 40212 
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218 
  • Parkhill Community Center, 1703 South 13th Street, 40210 
  • South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard, 40208 
  • Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue, 40211 
  • Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane, 40272  

Games begin April 11 and will be played at Wyandotte Park, 1104 Beecher Street, 40215. Louisville Parks and Recreation is also seeking coaches and volunteers to help run the league. For more information, call (502) 574-4515 or e-mail Brady Buckley at Brady.Buckley@louisvilleky.gov.  

Louisville Parks and Recreation is partnering with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities (RBI) program to increase interest and participation in the game of baseball and softball as well as to encourage academic participation and the value of teamwork. RBI operates in 200 cities worldwide.  

March 19 | Empower Breakfast


Many of us return our plastic shopping bags to groceries and other stores, but now Kroger is now accepting plastic overwrap, plastic cereal box liners, and shipping envelopes and bubble wrap. For more information, and a larger version of the above image, click here

Apr 4 | Free Trees!


New Kroger Recycling


Now Hiring! The Census Bureau


Apply for External Agency Grants


Louisville Metro Government (LMG) will begin accepting External Agency Fund applications on Jan. 17 for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). These grants funded through the city’s general fund are awarded to non-governmental or "external” agencies that contribute to the city's cultural, social and economic vitality.

A summary of the application process is as follows with more details listed below:

  • Starting Jan. 6, application questions may be viewed for reference at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund
  • All applicants are required to attend a mandatory application orientation on Friday, Jan. 17.
  • Following the mandatory orientation, the city will begin accepting applications. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.

The External Agency Funds are awarded annually to nonprofit organizations offering programs or services in Louisville/Jefferson County that align with the Mayor's and departments' strategic goals. The competitive grants are available for Social Services programs, administered by the Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), and for Arts and Creative Industries programs, administered by Louisville Forward.

For the Social Services funding program, qualified nonprofits committed to providing services that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following key areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Decreasing homelessness;
  • Increasing household financial stability;
  • Increasing youth, teen, and/or young adult engagement in quality programming; and/or
  • Increasing access to services and resources for a targeted population. 

For the Arts and Creative Industries funding program, qualified nonprofits committed to providing programs that achieve meaningful outcomes for Louisville citizens in the following focus areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Arts experiences for everyone;
  • Creative workforce; and/or
  • Creative community spaces and neighborhoods.

For more information and details about the External Agency Fu

Free Radon Test Kits

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while supplies last.  

You can request a kit by calling 574-6650 or visiting https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/radon.

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it.

For more information click here!



Free Junk Drop-Off

The Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center at (636 Meriwether Avenue) provides a means for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents to properly dispose of tires and household bulk waste including metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, unbagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture. *Up to three household junk items may be dropped off at no charge per day. If there are more than three items a fee will be charged according. For additional information call 574-3570.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5 :00p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m


Winter Water Tips


Cafe LOUIE Schedule


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