District 9 eNews - Wednesday, March 18, 2020


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Kyle Ethridge
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D9 eNews in the Age of COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This is a very different eNews. 

We won’t post the latest news about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the disease it causes, because that information changes daily and sometimes hourly. 

We won’t post what’s open or closed in the City, because that information is changing too.

We don’t have an event section because nearly everything we would list there has been postponed or canceled.  Call ahead before going to anything, including events we have publicized in the past.

What we will do is share some websites you can access regularly for the latest information, pass along some advice that won’t change no matter what happens next, and let you know how you can keep up with D9 news as it develops.

COVID-19 Kentucky Information


By far the best way to keep up with the latest news about the novel coronavirus in Kentucky is at the state website: kycovid19.ky.gov.  Guidance is being added to the website as it becomes available. So many people are accessing the website that it occasionally crashes but, if that happens, keep trying.

There is also a hotline you can call: (800) 722-5725

The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the Kentucky Poison Control Center, who can provide advice and answer questions. Please be patient as those professionals are handling a high volume of calls and want to give everyone the time they deserve. For general information, please review the website prior to calling the hotline. 

COVID-19 Louisville Information

Louisville Metro has a website with updated information about COVID-19, including information from Mayor Greg Fischer’s briefings about City services.  You can access it here.

D9 Blog and Social Media Sites Providing Updates


As there are new developments specific to D9, we’ll be updating our blog, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.  You can access the blog here: https://district9news.wordpress.com, and, if you wish, sign up for blog updates by email at that site.  You can also like the “Councilman Bill Hollander” Facebook page and follow “Bill Hollander” on Twitter.

Louisville Metro has asked all employees to telecommute if possible.  The best way to contact me or Kyle is through the online contact form.

Some Timeless Advice

For the foreseeable future, we are all practicing social distancing.  (See the chart below if you have any doubts about the importance of those actions.)  But social distancing does not mean a complete lack of social interaction. Stay in touch with the people close to you, especially those who are not getting out at all. For those of you who are not in high risk groups (people over 60 or with underlying health conditions are considered high risk), why not make it a point to check in by phone with your older or health challenged friends, relatives and neighbors - and offer to help them? That kind of thoughtfulness is always greatly appreciated. Even a potentially deadly virus should not force us to be alone. Now, more than ever, people need to find smart ways to stay connected.

More and more people will need emergency assistance to help them through this period.  You can help by volunteering and contributing to the community ministries in our city.  They provide food and emergency assistance to people needing help.  United Crescent Hill Ministries can be reached at (502) 893-0346 or https://www.uchmlouky.org/.  St. Mathews Area Ministries is at  (502)-893-0205 or http://stmam.com/.  Both sites have information about ways to volunteer or donate.

Metro United Way connects people in need to resources every day. Call the 2-1-1 hotline to be connected to outreach and services that could help you. It operates 24/7/365 and is available to anyone in the community. The website is https://metrounitedway.org/get-help-now/.

Finally, support local businesses if you can.  Many restaurants are providing takeout or delivery options.  Call ahead or see their Facebook pages.

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has developed an online resource and is sharing recommendations to help the community keep our local businesses in mind as we stay safe. 

  • Visit  www.KeepLouisvilleWeird.com for a listing of local, independent businesses. Special space on each listing is dedicated to information useful during COVID-19 precautions. Keep checking back as LIBA members update their information regularly. The directory is also searchable by businesses that offer delivery, curbside pickup, online ordering, etc. 
  • Give the Gift of Business - Buy a gift card (on the phone or online) that would cover your usual spend over the coming weeks. Then spend the gift cards later or give them as gifts to others.
  • Buy Now, Pick Up Later - If you had planned on purchasing an item, give the business a call. Pay for it now and have them set it aside for later pickup.
  • Keep Up Your Memberships - If you have a membership to a gym, class, studio, etc. keep it going. Many small businesses count on that constant support to keep their doors open so they can be there when you come back.
  • Curbside Pickup/Delivery - For restaurants and for retail! Many of our local independents are offering this service.

Why Does Social Distancing Matter?

If you have any doubts about the usefulness of closures and social distancing, take a look at this chart. It’s from the Washington Post and it compares the responses in Philadelphia and St. Louis in the 1918 Flu.  St. Louis took early and stringent social distancing actions.  Philadelphia did not.  Let’s be St. Louis, not Philadelphia.

Social Distancing Chart


Lexington Road Closure Update

Lexington Closure

The Louisville Water Company (LWC) is continuing work along Lexington Road to repair a 1930 water main.  This final phase of the Eastern Parkway Project has proven to be the most complex.  Attached is a new detour map for work the contractor is now performing.   

Lexington Road is completely closed at the intersection of Stilz Avenue.  Westbound motorists will be allowed to take a right-hand turn onto Stilz and follow the detour to Grinstead Drive.  The location of the 1930 water main will not allow LWC to safely complete this work without closing the intersection.   

Local residents will be provided local access from Lexington and Grinstead but for safety purposes will not be allowed to enter or exit Lexington Road at Stilz Avenue.  LWC will post updates at LouisvilleWater.com/EasternPkwyProject, on Twitter account @Louisville Water or search using #EasternPkwyProject. 

Lexington Road Reconfiguration

Lexington Road Closure

One of the complaints I frequently receive is the speed of vehicles on Lexington Road, east of Grinstead Drive, and safety issues for all users on that stretch of road.  To make conditions safer, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Metro Public Works is proposing a reconfiguration of Lexington Road from Grinstead Drive to Alta Vista Road.  The proposal would create a center turning lane and bike/pedestrian lanes on either side of the road, similar to what has been done on Lexington Road from Payne Street to Grinstead Drive. That project has made the road safer for all users, including motorists.

The proposal is to restripe the road with the new lanes when Louisville Water Company’s work in the area wraps up and the road is repaved.   The Open House previously scheduled for March 25 will not be held in person but we hope will be conducted online. You can sign up for blog posts for more information on that.  In the meantime, for more information and to provide comment, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/lexingtonroad.

Census 2020

Census 2020

Census forms are arriving in the mail.  Census data is used to determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress, how many districts each state has, and how much federal funding states and counties receive, in addition to other things. 

You can go online and complete the census. You can also call 1-844-330-2020 to complete the survey over the phone as soon as you receive the invitation. The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.  We urge you to do so by April 1, to limit person-to-person contact as the coronavirus continues to spread. The census website is here: https://my2020census.gov/.

Here’s the schedule, subject to change (like everything else these days).

  • March 12-20        Invitations mailed
  • March 16-24        Reminder letters sent
  • March 26-April 3  Reminder postcards
  • April 1                  Census Day
  • April 8-16             Hardcopy Census mailed
  • April 20-27           Final postcards mailed
  • May 1                   Non-response follow-ups begin

Verizon Wireless 5G Notifications

Verizon 5G

Verizon Wireless has begun contacting D9 residents regarding proposed placement of 5G small cell nodes in the District. Please pay special attention to their proposed location, and make your comments known using the email address provided in the letter. You are also welcome to contact my office with your comments. At a recent Public Works Committee meeting, Verizon Wireless and AT&T made public presentations about the technology. Please click here to view the video.

ABC Notifications


Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink license being applied for, located at 2230 Frankfort Avenue (Jake & Elwood's).  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink license being applied for, located at 2295 Lexington Road (Game Restaurant).  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink license being applied for, located at 3110 Brownsboro Road (Crescent Hill Golf Course).  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the licenses by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.

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-0274

Tax Preparation POSTPONED


The tax preparation appointments through the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) at United Crescent Hill Ministries on Fridays have been postponed until the week of April 6. You are encouraged to use the appointment hotline to call to make an appointment after that time. If you had an existing appointment, LABC should have contacted you already to reschedule. Self-file options below are still active.

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 if new appointments are still available. The appointment line is 502-305-0005.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services, including the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church site, are suspended until further notice. As coronavirus (COVID-19) developments change hour by hour, AARP Foundation is doing its part to flatten the curve of transmission. A top priority is ensuring they are protecting those most at risk, including volunteers and taxpayers. Therefore, they are suspending AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services until further notice. AARP will continue to assess whether they can open again in some or all sites for the remainder of the tax season and if the tax season is extended. Please visit http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org/Sites/sites.html or call 502-394-3443 for updated info.

Options to file your own taxes are still available. 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.

Waste Reduction Center Closed for Maintenance

Meriwether Closed

Metro Public Works (MPW) has announced that beginning on Monday, February 24, 2020, the Waste Reduction Center will be closed for maintenance until further notice.

Yard Waste Collection – By Request Only – Until Further Notice

yard waste

From now until further notice, 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. This is a change from previous guidance regarding the resumption of regular yard waste pickups. (Residents with private waste haulers should contact their company about yard waste collection.)

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