District 9 eNews - Thursday, June 25, 2020


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Kyle Ethridge
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Louisville’s Budget

Tonight, Metro Council will vote on a budget that invests tens of millions in disadvantaged and disinvested neighborhoods, redirects some law enforcement funding not used for police salaries to proven models for addressing mental health, drug abuse, and homelessness, and funds strong civilian oversight of LMPD.  The plan, possible in part because of an improving but still not strong revenue picture, was unanimously approved by the Budget Committee, which I chair, on Monday. These are steps, and not the last ones, toward building a stronger, safer city for everyone.

Investment in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods


Take a look at these photos. I took them last Saturday in one small section of a West Louisville neighborhood. Collectively, those neighborhoods have over 5,000 vacant or abandoned structures or lots. 

Housing. The recently released “Path Forward for Louisville” (you can read it here)  makes clear that reinvesting and recycling abandoned properties and creating a pathway to Black ownership is critical. The amended budget adds more than $9 million to tackle this issue head on, with:

  • $5 million in additional funding for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) and its partners to address vacant and abandoned properties through the creation of direct purchase or lease-to-purchase opportunities. The budget ordinance includes incentives for contractors who offer new employment, training, and sub-contracting opportunities to low- and very low-income residents of the areas where the projects are located, and businesses that substantially employ these persons. This funding is in addition to the $5 million LAHTF allocation in the recommended budget, for a total of $10 million for affordable housing.
  • $2.5 million for programs that support home repair, address vacant and abandoned properties, and increase home ownership. The programs provide grant funds to homeowners unable to obtain financing for repairs; build and rehab properties controlled by the Landbank Authority; and fund foreclosure, demolition, clear-boarding, and other activities.
  • $1 million is allocated for a new Homeowner and Rental Repair Loan Fund to support improvement of residences. Low property values caused by decades of redlining and disinvestment mean many Louisvillians, especially those in West Louisville, cannot get financing to improve their residences. Leveraging private investments from banks, this funding is designed to create a $10 million fund.
  • $413,400 will put a Metro Public Works crew into neighborhoods, and particularly alleys, to clean areas which have a high level of illegal dumping.
  • $170,000 to hire two additional Code Enforcement Officers working with Develop Louisville to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Eviction Prevention. The amended budget approves a fund of up to $21.2 million, supported by the federal CARES Act, for rent assistance needed to prevent evictions as a result of coronavirus-related financial issues. The program is designed to assist low-income Louisvillians, at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

Small Business Assistance. The amended budget approves a fund of up to $21.2 million, supported by the federal CARES Act, for small business assistance needed as a result of coronavirus-related financial issues. At least 50 percent of this money, up to $10.6 million, is reserved for use in low- and moderate-income census tracts – which includes West Louisville neighborhoods. 

Health and Food Security. As grocery stores have closed, far too many Louisvillians live in food deserts. After years of talk, the amended budget takes action with $3.5 million to help build and support the operation of a grocery in an area underserved by existing operations, to promote job creation and community health. The Department of Health and Wellness and its Center for Health Equity, to which the $3.5 million is directed, will also produce a new health equity report, using $100,000 in the amended budget.

Disconnected Youth and Young Adults.  $1 million is appropriated for youth and young adult programs, to be approved by Metro Council. 


Law Enforcement Reform

Civilian Oversight. As the community shapes a civilian oversight system for the Louisville Metro Police Department, which the Metro Council will likely consider in August, the amended budget provides $763,500 in funding for a civilian oversight system.

Depending on the final structure approved by the Metro Council, this funding could support both a civilian board and a civilian Office of Inspector General, which would lead independent investigations of LMPD cases, as well as patterns and practices. To ensure independence from LMPD, funding for this system is appropriated to the Criminal Justice Commission.

Deflection, Diversity Recruitment and Training. The revised budget redirects $1.2 million in state LMPD funds for exploration and implementation in deflection, a practice that moves individuals away from the criminal justice system in a behavioral health guided model, along with co-responder approaches which place behavioral health specialists with police to offer case management connections to treatment, housing, and services. Additionally, funds will be directed to recruitment efforts for a police force which more closely looks like and lives in the community; and training, including use of force, de-escalation, and implicit bias. It encourages Mayor Fischer and LMPD to redirect $1.6 million in federal funds for the same purposes, for a total of $2.8 million, and requires a public, detailed list of all those expenditures. These funds have been used for equipment and contractors, not police salaries, in the past.

Other Budget Changes

Infrastructure. To continue the 10-year paving plan for all Louisville Metro-maintained roads, the amended budget increases the paving budget by $14.3 million, and includes $700,000 for a study of all Louisville Metro road conditions. The sidewalk repair budget is increased by $500,000 and additional funds are appropriated for facilities, parks and library maintenance and repairs.

Belle of Louisville. The amended budget provides $700,000 for a required dry-dock inspection and repair and $500,000 in operating funds for the Belle of Louisville.

Middletown Library. The amendment provides $500,000 to outfit the Middletown Library, at a location provided at no cost to Louisville Metro by the City of Middletown.

Next Steps

Many of you have told me we have much more to do – and I agree.  We recognize the need for additional investments in our community. Metro Council committees, including a newly formed Committee on Equity and Inclusion, will work to identify additional best practices for policing, community building, and workforce development.  We hope to make additional investments by mid-year, as the economy continues to recover from the recession caused by the pandemic.  

Keep letting me know what you think – and keep pushing for systemic change.  Louisville needs you!

Metro Council Break and Operations

metro seal

After two months of work on Metro’s budget and final approval tonight (including thirty hearings which I chaired virtually), Metro Council is on a two-week break. The bi-weekly eNews will also take a break. It will resume on July 16.

You can get news between now and our next eNews publication by following the D9 blog"Councilman Bill Hollander" Facebook page and the @BillHollander Twitter feed.     

I know that some of you have found it hard to get through to my office in the last few weeks. We are getting thousands of voice mail messages and emails from throughout the country regarding the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, police reform, and most recently, allegations that the June 23 Primary Election resulted in voter suppression.  Our voice mail system has filled up every few hours for weeks and we sort through hundreds of emails every day. 

Many constituents have also contacted the office and we are trying to find and be responsive to all of those messages.  I am truly sorry that this has been difficult for you and taken longer than I would like.  

I’ll keep trying.  The best way to reach Kyle and me is at this contact page.

Volunteer at the Crescent Hill July 4 Clean up

Crescent Hill

The Crescent Hill Community Council had to cancel the annual Fourth of July Festival, but there is still a way to make it a day to celebrate. Please consider volunteering your time for a Crescent Hill July 4th Cleanup on Saturday, July 4, while maintaining proper physical distancing.

Volunteers should plan to meet at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, at 8:30 a.m. for Heine Brothers’ Coffee and other breakfast treats. The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m. and will run until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers will be weeding, removing trash, etc., focusing on several locations, including Frankfort Avenue, Grinstead Drive (by the I-64 interchange), Barret Middle School and Kennedy Park.

You can sign up in advance to work at a specific location, or just register to volunteer and go where the need is that day. Sign up online here, and don’t forget your mask!

Organize Your Own Neighborhood Clean Up


The Annual Spring District 9 Clean Up was cancelled due to COVID-19, but you can still get involved! You can organize your own neighborhood clean up through Brightside or our office. If you want to host a larger clean up event, please visit Brightside’s website. Brightside will provide supplies for your clean up and work to schedule collection of all the bags. If you are hosting a smaller event, the D9 office can help. Please contact Kyle Ethridge or call 574-3908 to make arrangements.

A shout-out to the Forsting family, who contacted the D9 office in mid-April to obtain supplies so they could cleanup along Frankfort Avenue!

SWMS 4th of July Collection Schedule

Fourth of July

The District 9 offices and other Metro Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day Holiday.

There will be no delays and regular collection of yard waste and recycling on Friday, July 3. There will also be no delays in service in St. Matthews.

Other District 9 residents who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

Peterson-Dumesnil House On-Line Auction & Raffle

Peterson-Dumesnil House

For the first time in its 37-year history, the Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.  Covid-19 is forcing the Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation to shift from the traditional Silent Auction held during this event to a 100% online format.  

The 2020 Peterson-Dumesnil House on-line Auction & Raffle is now open and will run until Saturday, July 4 at 6:00 p.m. Auction winners will be notified immediately. Raffle winners will be pulled at 7:00 p.m. in a Facebook Live event. Click here to see Auction & Raffle Items.

If you already have an account, you can start looking at items and place a bid or buy a chance.  If you do not have an account, go to top right of the page and click on "Login/Register" and then click the "Register" button.  It's that easy!

There are good odds on the Raffle Packages!  Only 100 tickets sold! Take a chance on Pappy Van Winkle - Bourbon Tastings - Photo Shoot - House Rental with Catering - Champagne & Flowers - Beer & Lou City FC - Happy Meal a week for a year - and more!

In the Split-the-Pot raffle, for just a $10 ticket, you could take home half the proceeds.

Traffic Calming Near Seneca Park

Seneca park

In partnership with Metro Parks, Louisville Metro Public Works’ Transportation & Engineering Division has added traffic calming measures to the two crosswalks on Pee Wee Reese, at Seneca Golf Course and Trevilian Way.  

Seneca Park  

Advanced yield bars were added 30 feet in advance of the crosswalks and posts were added at the yield bar and crosswalk to create a gateway. The gateway configuration significantly improves driver yielding rates and reduces traffic speeds at the crossing.  Slow down as you drive through the area!

Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods – June 27

So many people have recently told me they wish they had been more involved over the years in making Louisville more equitable and safer.  Here’s a chance!

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods has adapted its bi-monthly violence prevention training to offer a VIRTUAL Ambassador Institute on Saturday, June 27. The training will be condensed into a three-hour virtual WebEx meeting from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. This format will still allow for questions and interactions with the presenters. Plan to hear from experts as they cover a range of topics including Mental Health 101, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing, Conflict Resolution, and the Public Health Approach to Violence. 

Click here to sign up for the free event. After registration, participants will receive a WebEx invite via email. 

Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods

Healthy Openings

Biscuit Belly

Many Kentucky businesses and government facilities have reopened as Kentucky, like other states, gradually loosen restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.  The state website kycovid19.ky.gov has information about allowed reopenings and the latest guidance.


As businesses reopen, the number of customers they can serve at one time remains limited.  Continuing to order carryout remains extremely important to keep local businesses in operation.  Please continue to support them however you can.   

Wearing a cloth face covering when you are around people is still recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and required to ride TARC and by some private businesses. Social distancing is still very important!

Please be safe as businesses and government facilities reopen.

Tax Help Online

tax assistance

The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) that normally prepares taxes in-person has switched to a virtual tax preparation model. The service is free if you earned $66,000 Adjusted Gross Income or less in 2019, or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Clients can make appointments by visiting https://labcservices.org/. You may also click here to view a flyer that fully describes the process. The tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.

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.  

0076Case No. 20-VARIANCE-0054Case No. 19-ZONE-0052

Virtual Crescent Hill Garden Tour

Garden Tour  

The Annual Crescent Hill Garden Tour was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The enormously talented and generous John Nation has created a beautiful virtual tour for all of us to enjoy. Many thanks to the host gardeners who shared an intimate view of their gardens. Mark your calendars for the tour next year, Saturday, June 5, 2021. Click here and turn on the sound to relax for a few minutes and enjoy the virtual tour.

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