District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 16, 2020


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Investigation Begins and Civilian Oversight Advances


Metro Council is moving forward with an investigation into recent LMPD activities, while a work group continues efforts to create a civilian oversight system for the department.

Earlier this week, the Government Oversight and Audit Committee, on which I serve, voted unanimously to begin an investigation of actions and inactions surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, and related protests in Louisville Metro.  I had called for an investigation into the use of tear gas on apparently peaceful protesters on May 31.  The following day, I called for an investigation into the decision to send vanloads of LMPD officers and the National Guard to a West End food mart, in an action which culminated in the death of Mr. McAtee. 

Once Attorney General Daniel Cameron completes his work and makes a decision regarding potential criminal charges in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, which I hope will be soon, I expect the Council committee to also look into all of the circumstances surrounding her death, and the involvement of the “Place Based Investigations Squad” in the investigations which led to the search warrant for her home.

Louisville deserves transparency and answers from LMPD and Mayor Greg Fischer's administration.

We also need systemic change at LMPD, and a comprehensive, sustainable and independent civilian oversight system for our police department. I believe it should include an independent, civilian inspector general as well as a civilian board. I am one of four Metro Council members serving on a broad-based community work group studying civilian review models from across the country.  We will be recommending changes for adoption in the near future. Anticipating prompt approval of such a system, Metro Council funded it in the budget we passed in June, appropriating over $750,000 to the effort. Work group materials and more information is here.  You can share your thoughts about civilian oversight here.

Face Coverings Required in Kentucky

face coverings

Like many states around the country, Kentucky has seen an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. Due to those increasing numbers, Governor Andy Beshear is requiring Kentuckians to wear face coverings in public. For more information, click here.

The Executive Order states that face coverings will be required:

  • “While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery store; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa; tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household”;
  • “While waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, or driving any of the above while customers are present”; or
  • “While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.”
  • There are several exemptions to the order, including children who are 5 or younger and any person with a disability, or a physical or mental impairment, that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering.

Please wear face coverings!

Louisville COVID-19 – Testing Sites

COVID-19 Testing

Through community partners, COVID-19 testing is expanding to help residents get the care they need and help our city better track and control the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. 

A critical step to transition from the current phase of social distancing and restart the economy will be an initiative to dramatically increase testing in order to understand when COVID-19 is making a comeback in our city, so we can take measures to quickly get it back under control. In conjunction, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness will work to trace every close contact people who test positive have had, and make sure every one of those people quarantines for two weeks to ensure they don’t further spread the disease. 

Who should get tested for COVID-19? 

  • Anyone who has symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Contact your healthcare provider about scheduling a test.
  • Testing for people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) including:
    • Persons without symptoms who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Consider getting tested during your 14-day quarantine if you do not develop symptoms. 
    • Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders without symptoms.
    • Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, without symptoms
    • People without symptoms who have been in large gatherings where social distancing was difficult, and you do not know if you were in close contact with a positive case.

For more information on the process and testing sites, please click here.

Help Us Improve Bingham Park

Bingham Park

The Olmstead Parks Conservancy is working to improve Bingham Park – and needs your help.  The Conservancy is working to create a new Master Plan for the park in the Clifton neighborhood, off Coral Avenue, which will inform future improvements to the park so that it better serves the community.

Since there are no meetings in person, the Conservancy team installed story boards in Bingham Park with a direct text line (502-513-6279) for folks to provide input.

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Stop by the park to check out these boards and use the number to tell us what you think!
  • If you prefer, you can review the materials at home, and help shape the future of Bingham Park by sharing how you use the park and suggestions for improvements in a quick survey at this website.

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-ZONE-0052Case No. 20-VARIANCE-0049Case No. 19-CUP-0274

Notices of Demolition for Historical Structures

Lexington & Payne

Demolition permit applications have been filled for two buildings – a residence in D9 and a 130-year-old rickhouse just outside of it.

The rickhouse is located at the corner of Lexington Road and Payne Street, Case No. BLD-WRE-20-00194. More information about the demolition permit application is available here.

The Office of Planning and Design has also received a demolition permit application for a residence at 3078 Beals Branch Road, Case No. BLD-WRE-20-00187. See below information.


ABC Notification – 3900 Shelbyville Road

ABC Notifications

An Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink and 4 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 3900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY. 40207, are at the links below.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license 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.

Help Out with School Supplies

school supplies

Back to school expenses can become a burden for some parents. St. Matthews Area Ministries and United Crescent Hill Ministries are again stepping up to assist – and need your help.

St. MAM is hosting its annual “Back-To-School” supplies drive to assist children in need of these items.   

The following items are MOST needed by St. MAM:

Washable Markers, Composition Notebooks (various colors), College Ruled Loose Leaf Paper, Glue Sticks, and Pencils. 

St. MAM distributes school supplies year-round to families in need, and they still have a sufficient inventory of the other items.  If you are uncomfortable shopping, please feel free to use the Amazon wish list while logged into smile.amazon.com, select St. Matthews Area Ministries as your charity of choice.  Double the impact with a percentage of your gift and the tangible items. Click here for the St. MAM Amazon Wish List.  

Please drop off supplies at St. MAM, 201 Biltmore Road, no later than Tuesday, July 28. Questions, please call St. MAM at 893-0205.

UCHM (United Crescent Hill Ministries) is currently accepting monetary donations to provide school supplies to students in grades K-8 who reside in the 40206 zip code. A donation of $20 will provide fundamental school supplies to a child in our community and ensure that they are prepared for the coming 2020-21 school year. UCHM volunteers and staff will use these donations to purchase school supplies prior to its annual Back 2 School Giveaway, which will tentatively take place August 10-13, from 1-4pm. The final date will be determined following JCPS's decision on the official start date for 2020 classes. UCHM will provide school supplies to students regardless of JCPS' decision to return to Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) or in-person classes.

To make a donation for school supplies, please visit the UCHM  website at https://www.uchmlouky.org/ or send a check to 150 South State Street, Louisville, KY 40206.

Thank you for helping St. MAM and UCHM build a compassionate community!

Help Support St. Joseph Children’s Home

This year the St. Joseph Children’s Home celebrates it’s 171st St. Joe’s Picnic but, for the first time, it will be hosted virtually. You can support St. Joe’s kids this year by registering yourself or your group as a #SJPicnic fundraiser.

From mid-July leading up to Picnic weekend on August 7th & 8th, #SJPicnic fundraisers are encouraged to share funny or inspiring Picnic stories, spread the word to friends and family of why they support St. Joe’s, as well as invite people to make a gift via their personal fundraising page. To register click here.

You can also support St. Joe’s by trying your luck at the online raffle contest! From experiences like a private distillery tour to old favorites like handmade quilts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Raffle winners will be announced on August 8 at 9:00 p.m. via live stream on St. Joe’s Facebook page, and winners will be contacted directly by a St. Joe’s representative.

You can purchase raffle tickets in two ways:

  1. In-person on Picnic Day, August 8th, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 2823 Frankfort Avenue. Please enter through the Frankfort Avenue entrance. Drive through only. For your safety and the safety of volunteers, please wear your face mask upon entering the St. Joe’s campus!
  2. Online by clicking here.

For more information visit http://sjkids.org/

St. Joe's Picnic

Remodeling? Plan Ahead for Disposal


Renovating or remodeling? Don't start the demolition process until you make a plan for disposing of the resulting debris. Construction and demolition debris are prohibited by ordinance in Louisville garbage and large item (junk) collection. Collection crews will mark the material and leave a notice at the residence. Use the "What Goes Where" search tool on the Recycle Coach app to find out how to dispose of specific items. 

With Recycle Coach, residents with Metro waste collection services can view a collection calendar, set reminders for weekly collections, periodic "junk" collection, and changes due to holidays. All collection guidelines and accepted items are also found in the app. Users can also receive real-time notifications of waste collection delays or changes. 

So, what can you do with the construction and demolition debris? One option is to haul it to Louisville Metro’s Waste Reduction Center on Meriwether Avenue. Fees are variable depending on volume. More information and a fee schedule are available here.

A second option for large volumes of debris is to hire a hauling company. Often, a pickup truck can get the job done in a single trip. For even larger volumes, some companies will drop off a large dumpster at your home and then retrieve it after you're done filling it.

The next D9 large item set out weekend is October 16 – 18.

Assistance to Remove Lead Service Lines


The Louisville Water Company (Louisville Water) has removed all its known lead service lines that deliver drinking water, a milestone that only a few water utilities in the United States have achieved. In all, Louisville Water removed approximately 74,000 lead service lines that were installed between 1860 and 1936. 

Louisville’s drinking water does not contain lead when it leaves the treatment plants. The risk for lead to get in the drinking water happens as the water travels through pipes and plumbing that contain lead. Louisville Water’s scientists balance the water chemistry to minimize the risk but eliminating the lead service line is important. There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, and lead can be especially harmful to children. 

Now, Louisville Water wants to help customers remove a lead service line on their property. Customers are responsible for the water lines on their property and a small percentage have a lead line that goes into their home. Louisville Water encourages the full replacement of lead service lines so it’s offering to help customers cover the costs. Louisville Water will pay up to 50 percent of the cost for a licensed plumber to replace a private outdoor lead service line, up to $1,500. For customers who need assistance with the remaining costs, the Louisville Water Foundation has funding for those who meet certain criteria.

Louisville Water has begun to contact approximately 800 customers who have a private lead service line, according to the company’s records, to offer help. Louisville Water understands customers may have questions about determining if they have a lead service line on their property. While a licensed plumber can verify, homes built after 1950 should not have an outdoor lead service line. Louisville Water also offers free water quality analysis for lead, and customers can request a free kit through the company’s website. 

To view a video press release click here, and to read the full press release click here.

Enrollment Open for LIHEAP Summer Cooling


Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services joins with Community Action Agencies across the state to begin accepting applications for the new Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling Program. Designed to help offset the cost of higher electric bills due to rising temperatures, the program is the network’s latest resource to help families during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications will be accepted now through October 31, 2020, or until funds are depleted.

The LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program is separated into two components, Subsidy and Crisis, to assist with electric cost. Eligible households can apply for one or both components and participation in prior LIHEAP programs will not affect a household’s eligibility. Households must meet eligibility requirements, with a household income at or below 60% of the Kentucky median income.

The Subsidy component provides households one-time benefit ranging from $50 to $200 depending on income levels and housing category. The Crisis component is available to eligible households who demonstrate a home energy crisis situation. Crisis benefits will cover the minimum needed to alleviate the crisis not to exceed $600. Households can reapply each time they experience a crisis situation until they reached their maximum benefit.

For more information and how to qualify, please visit their website at https://louisvilleky.gov/LIHEAP.

Free Electric Fans for Older Adults and Disabled Individuals

summer fans

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, and residents, hundreds of electric fans have been collected to provide heat relief for older adults and people with disabilities. 

The Fan Fair giveaway qualifications and guidelines are as follows:

  • Person 60 years of age or older
  • Or documentation verified by a physician of a disability
  • Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • ​One fan per household
  • Household must not have functional central air conditioning

Qualified individuals may call one of the sites below for more information and instruction on how to apply to receive a fan.  Appointments are required in advance due to most sites remaining temporarily closed for walk-in clients in accordance with the CDC and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness guidelines. The locations include:

  • First Neighborhood Place (40219); 502-313-4700
  • Cane Run Neighborhood Place (40216); 502-485-6810
  • South Central Neighborhood Place (40215); 502-485-7130
  • Ujima Neighborhood Place (40211); 502-485-6710
  • Northwest Neighborhood Place (40212); 502-574-5434
  • South Jefferson Neighborhood Place (40258); 502-363-1424 (Fairdale); 485-7310 (Valley site)
  • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place (40210); 502-634-6050
  • KIPDA (40299); 502-266-5571
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency (Henry County 502-845-7808; Oldham County 502-222-1349; and Trimble County 502- 255-7514)
  • Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency (Shelby County 502-633-2218; Spencer County 502-477-8296; Bullitt County 502-543-3455)

Monetary donations are still accepted and appreciated to purchase fans.  Checks can be made payable to KIPDA, Attn:  Fan Fair, mailed to 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 and postmarked by July 30.

Fan supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/office-aging-disabled-citizens or https://www.kipda.org/.

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, July 16: Crescent Hill Farmers Market at Frankfort Avenue and S. Peterson Avenue. Find fresh produce, local items, coffee booth, dessert booth, soap vendor, food trucks and entertainment. Stop by and support local farmers and businesses. The farmers market is open from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. every Thursday through November 12. Questions, please contact Francis Tucker at 333-5839.

Saturday, July 18: St. Matthews Farmers Market, 4100 Shelbyville Road. The market is open every Saturday from 8AM to Noon. More information, including new social distancing rules, is here.

Wednesday, July 22 - Sunday, July 26: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, Fair Trade Rug Event. Read more here on the Virtual Rug Rollout, Virtual Design Consultation, or How to Request a Rug. Questions, please call 897-7319.

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