District 26 eNews | March 16th

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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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Dear Neighbor,

A lot has happened in our community and our nation since Thursday when we last communicated about the now-present threat to public health and safety: this novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Restaurants and bars are going to be closed starting at 5pm today, several elected officials and those we know and care about have been exposed to the virus, and Kentucky is mourning the loss of one of our own from Bourbon County. None of this is pleasant to share, but we will do that as much as we can.

When new information, recommendations, and help for families in our district become available, we will share the news here. Unless it it urgent, we will not be providing updates on a particular schedule. We will, however, make extra efforts to respond to emails and phone calls on these issues within 24 business hours through at least April 5th. For the most up-to-date information, check out the City's website on COVID-19

Thank you,


Brent T. Ackerson
26th District Councilman

In This Issue:

To April 5 | City Events Cancelled

Until at least April 5th, Mayor Fischer has cancelled all City-permitted events or events held in Louisville Metro facilities.

This includes, but is not limited to: events at local libraries, Derby Festival events, the Give-A-Day Week of Service, 

To April 5 | Libraries and Community Centers CLOSED*


As a precaution to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that is making its way through our community, nation, and world, Mayor Fischer has prudently asked all Louisville Free Public Libraries to close. Here are some tips to know:

  • Please KEEP all checked out materials until the libraries re-open. 
  • The library will not assess any fines for overdue items through this period, and perhaps longer
  • The library continues to offer streaming movies, eBooks, learning opportunities, and other materials online. Visit LFPL.org for more information

All Louisville Metro Community Centers are also Closed until April 5th. This closure does NOT impact the city's plans to distribute 26,000 meals during the next three weeks. 

*Frozen meal pick-up at Louisville Metro Community Centers

Although closed for any regular activities or meetings, the following community centers will have 1,000 free frozen meals available for pickup for citizens over 60 every day:

  • Mondays – Shawnee Community Center (607 S. 37th St., 40212)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Avenue, 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272)
  • Wednesdays – East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Wilderness Road Senior Center (8111 Blue Lick Road, 40219)
  • Fridays – Arthur S Kling Center (219 W. Ormsby Ave., 40203)

Seniors may pickup 5 meals at a time and return the next week for another 5 meals. For more information, call (502) 574-5050

JCPS Food Distribution Sites

Jefferson County Public schools may be closed, but they are doing their part to help feed those in need. ANY young person under 18 can go to one of many sites in Jefferson County for BREAKFAST and LUNCH every day while schools are closed during the outbreak. Check their website for more information and an updated list of sites before going out. 


COVID-19 Informational Update





AARP Tax-Aide, has a mission to serve any person who comes through the door, with special attention to those 60 and older.

For a full AARP schedule and listing, including sites in Southern Indiana and mobile sites, visit http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org or call (502) 394-3443.

To help the tax professional accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring: 

  • Picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone listed on the return
  • Copy of 2019 tax return with all attachments and schedules
  • W-2s and 1099s from your employers
  • Other 1099s for interest, dividends, state tax refund or other income
  • 1095-A for health insurance
  • 1098 for education credit, plus a detailed financial statement from the school
  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit as well as savings account         number (if applicable)
  • Childcare information, including Provider ID and actual amounts paid
  • Summarized list of other income/expenses for those who itemize or are self-employed

Additional tax information that may be required

Seniors - Cut your Water bill 30%


If you'd like to apply for a 30% Senior Citizen Discount of the amount billed for sanitary sewer service and the EPA Consent Decree Surcharge, please print, complete and return the form.  You must be able to provide documentation verifying:

  • you are the legal title/leaseholder/renter of the property
  • you are 65 years of age or older
  • your household gross income is $35,000 or less per year.

Click HERE for the form.

Now Hiring! The Census Bureau


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!


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