District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 17, 2020


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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to you and your family! Metro offices will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1. The eNews is also taking a break. The next eNews edition will be published on Thursday, January 7.

For more frequent updates, remember to follow the D9 blog"Councilman Bill Hollander" Facebook page and the @BillHollander Twitter feed.

Garbage, Recycling & Yard Waste Schedule


Solid waste collection services will be altered under the following schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks.

Garbage/yard waste/recycling:

There will be no residential garbage, yard waste or recycling collection on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1 in the Urban Service District (former Louisville city limits). Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Friday will have service instead on Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2. Regular Saturday collections will still take place on Saturday.

Collections in St. Matthews will not occur on Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1 and service will be delayed one day.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies for holiday collection schedules.

Staffed Recycling Centers:

The full-service recycling locations, along with the Waste Reduction Center and Haz Bin, will have special holiday hours. On Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31, the centers will be closing early at 1:00 p.m. On Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1, the centers will be closed.

  • East District Public Works Yard, 595 N. Hubbards Lane 
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway 
  • Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop 
  • Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue
  • Haz Bin Hazardous Waste Facility, 7501 Grade Lane

Yard Waste Suspended January 17 – April 4

yard waste

Regular yard waste collection in D9 has moved to Saturdays but it will be suspended for the winter after January 16.

As a budget cutting move, and to reduce the number of trucks operating in low-demand months, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will be suspending the curbside collection of yard waste in the Urban Service District after Saturday, January 16.  Yard waste collection resumes during the week of Monday, April 5. While individuals may request collection as needed during this time through MetroCall at 574-5000, please plan to set out your yard waste – INCLUDING CHRISTMAS TREES – by January 16.

Know Waste: Packaging from Online Shopping

Know Waste

Online shopping means we have a lot of extra waste at home. From bubble wrap to cardboard to padded envelopes and air pillows, the list goes on. The best thing to do is reuse the items - refill the boxes, pack fragile items with bubble wrap or air pillows, mail something else in the envelopes, or use items for craft projects. (Or you can always donate to someone else to reuse.) But if you find yourself needing to dispose of them, here's some useful information:

Cardboard Boxes

Please recycle your cardboard! Flatten the boxes to conserve space in your own recycling bin or in recycling dumpsters around town. Don't put them out for Large Item Collection ("junk") because they won't get recycled. 

Bubble Wrap, Air Pillows

These can be recycled with plastic bags at participating retail stores. Keep them out of your home recycling containers and drop-off recycling dumpsters. 

Padded Envelopes

To know what to do with these, you have to know what they're made of. Some envelopes have paper surrounding bubble wrap. These cannot be recycled since they are made of a mix of materials. Some are all plastic and can go with the bubble wrap (see above). If the padding is made of all paper, the envelope can go in your home recycling containers or drop-off recycling dumpsters. 


Large blocks of Styrofoam can be recycled at Foam Fabricators, 950 Progress Blvd, New Albany, IN. They must be clean and free of tape and stickers. They do not accept any other form of Styrofoam. Styrofoam is NOT accepted in curbside recycling or drop-off recycling dumpsters. 

And if you do any in-person shopping, be sure to BYOB - bring your own bag!


Vaccines Arrive but Pandemic Continues

This week brought vaccines, first to the UPS WorldPort at Louisville’s airport and then into the arms of healthcare workers around the City. Residents of long-term care facilities will be vaccinated soon, and more vaccinations will be coming. There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel. 

But we are still deep in the tunnel. Until vaccinations are generally available – which is months away – the virus will continue to spread and there will be more illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Holiday gatherings and travel need to be curtailed. Please continue doing your part and maintain a six-foot space between you and others, wear your mask when out in public, avoid large groups and stay home as much as possible.    

To see Louisville’s COVID-19 data dashboard, including total number of cases, deaths, testing locations and more, click here

The latest news about COVID-19 in Kentucky is here.


I-64 Corridor Study - Story Ave. to I-264 Update

I-64 Corridor Study

Please see below links for an update on the I-64 Corridor Study. The StoryMap provides a review of the project. There is also a survey in the StoryMap. Please share your comments about the project.  

Several of you have asked my views. Since the summer, I have advocated for Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) strategies, which consist of operational improvements that can maintain and even restore the performance of an existing transportation system without adding additional lanes. Particularly important are improvements at the Grinstead Drive interchange, especially from westbound I-64, which can become very congested in the evening rush hour.   

But the point of the survey is to find out what you think.  Over 400 people completed the last survey.  After reviewing the Interactive Story Map, we hope you will comment again.   

  • Interactive StoryMap - provides the study background, schedule, existing conditions, and a variety of improvement strategies that have been further developed and evaluated since a first meeting in July. 
  • Survey - The survey is included in the StoryMap and will be open for comments through Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Landmarks Hearing - TODAY

Landmarks - rickhouse

On July 16, we reported on a demolition permit for a rickhouse 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 building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association circulated a petition “requesting that the Louisville Metro Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission conduct a study and hold a public hearing to determine if Nelson Distillery Warehouse (NDW), 100 Distillery Commons Dr. should be established as an Individual Local Landmark.”  That designation would require that the demolition of the building be additionally reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Commission in a public hearing. This review, as well as the Designation hearing, would include a review of potential economic hardship.  

Today, Thursday, December 17, 2020, the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission will hold a public hearing to review the petition proposing designation of the building as an Individual Landmark. 

The Commission will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. This meeting will be held online via Cisco Webex Video Teleconferencing. You may join the online meeting using a computer, laptop, or mobile device by following the link below:

  • Event number: 180 823 2197
  • Event password: Landmarks121720
  • To join this online event: 1) Click here; 2) Enter the event password: Landmarks121720; 3) Click "Join Now"; and 4) Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.

If you cannot participate online via Cisco Webex, you may also participate by phone by calling (415)655-0001 (use the above Event Number as your access code) or by viewing the meeting at 444 S 5th Street. Social distancing requirements must be observed by anyone who opts to view the online meeting from 444 S 5th Street.

Free Radon Test Kits Available

radon test kit

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit by visiting this link or by calling 502-574-6650. The test kits come with an instruction sheet and postage to send back to the lab for it to be analyzed free of charge.  The only way to know a building has radon and if you are being exposed is to test.

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless chemical radioactive gas. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. Radon attaches to dust or tobacco smoke and gets carried into the lungs. Prolonged exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 20,000 cases of lung cancer occur each year from radon exposure, making it the second leading cause of the disease in the United States behind smoking and leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

The lung cancer risk factors of tobacco smoke and radon are related. More radon-related lung cancers occur in individuals with a history of exposure to tobacco smoke. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Here are a few tips to help prevent radon in your home:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home.
  • Smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
  • Second hand smoking in the home is also a leading cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Increase air flow in your house by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
  • Seal cracks in floors and walls with plaster, caulk, or other mate­rials designed for this purpose.
  • Seek a qualified contractor to help remove the radon from your home.

Mitigation costs generally range from $1,200 to $2,500 depending on the size and foundation of the home.  Consult the Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals.

UCHM’s Annual Santa Sprint and Stroll

Santa Sprint

Due to Social Distancing guidelines, the Santa Sprint and Stroll fundraiser will be totally virtual. This means that you can complete your run or walk from anywhere! You can choose to register for a 5k or a 1-mile run/walk. The Santa Sprint and Stroll will take place this Saturday, December 19, 2020, but you can run and submit your time any day between December 18 and December 20.

Everyone who registers will receive a custom tech running neck gaiter/buff, a race bib, sponsor coupons and a 25th Anniversary commemorative Finisher Medal.

Proceeds will help UCHM continue to serve the community through financial and food assistance, youth programming, senior citizen nutrition program and activities, and more!

Click here for more information and to sign up. Cost is $30 for each participant.

St. MAM – Holiday Needs


Adopt a Child Program

Help a family purchase presents for their children by donating a $25 Target/Walmart gift card(s) to St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM). This year, St. MAM donors won’t be shopping for kids due to the pandemic, but families are still in need. Drop off hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Learn more about St. MAM here.

UCHM – Holiday Needs


Christmas Connection Program This year’s program will look a little different. UCHM is asking sponsors for donations in the form of cash or check. These donations will be used by UCHM staff and volunteers to purchase gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Amazon and Kroger gift cards, one for each child in a family. These gift cards will allow families to prioritize their needs, as well as give them the dignity of providing for their family in the best way that they see fit. Sponsoring a family for this program helps tremendously in taking the stress out of the Christmas season, and focusing on the joy.

If you are interested in donating or sponsoring a family, please click here or call 502-893-0346. If you have any additional questions, please contact Emily Purdy at epurdy@uchmlouky.org.

Learn more about UCHM here: https://www.uchmlouky.org/.

Shop Local this Holiday Season!

Shop Local

The Holiday shopping season is underway.  It’s a very important time for local retailers. Stores along Frankfort Avenue, Chenoweth Lane, Shelbyville Road, Mellwood Avenue and everywhere else in Louisville are all counting on a big season in this most difficult year – and they need your help to ensure our local economy stays strong and vibrant. Please help support local businesses!

Many local stores have either online or curbside service, or both, so you can shop locally while keeping you and your family safe. The Louisville Independent Business Alliance has created an online, multi-vendor eCommerce site at www.ShopLocalLou.com.

Please check out our local businesses and help them out when you can. 

MSD Completes Crescent Hill Project


(Photo and information from WFPL’s Ryan Van Velzer)

MSD has completed a restoration project along about 500 feet of a stream that runs through a small conservation easement that feeds Louisville’s longest urban waterway — Beargrass Creek.  The stream runs along Grinstead Drive near South Peterson Avenue.

MSD partnered with the Louisville Jefferson County Environmental Trust to restore the stream and wetland corridor to improve water quality and provide a healthy habitat for bugs, frogs and other native fauna. The project began as part of a sewer separation project to help offload stormwater that can overwhelm the city’s combined sewers and force the city to release untreated sewage into Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River. 

Crews removed invasive honeysuckle and porcelain berry that had overgrown the area. They recently completed the construction portion of the work and planted more than 80 native trees and shrubs as well as a native seed-plant mix.

Thanks to MSD and the Environmental Trust for their work on the project! Click here to read the complete story by WFPL’s Ryan Van Velzer. 

St. Joseph Children’s Home Renovations Underway

St. Joseph Renovation

Last week, St. Joseph Children’s Home announced the start of a renovation project, Building Forever Families.

The first phase of the renovation began last month and is expected to be completed in Fall 2022. Renovation is currently focused on the west and central parts of the iconic landmark building including:

  • Renovated Child Development Center classrooms
  • New West Wing Entrance for the Child Development Center
  • New Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption offices
  • Renovated Cafeteria & Chapel
  • New St. Joe's Mission Center
  • New Front Entryway

To learn more about the project, please visit St. Joe’s website at sjkids.org/building-forever-families/. You can also watch a video about the campaign by clicking here.

Apply for the Spring Neighborhood Institute

Center for Neighborhoods

Applications the Center for Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Institute Spring 2021 are now being accepted. The Institute will run virtually every Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. beginning January 28 – April 15, 2021.

The Neighborhood Institute is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the whole community. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, and applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Part of the Neighborhood Institute curriculum includes a self-directed project in the community.  Through the class projects, people become engaged in the community as they branch out and apply the information and knowledge from the class to real-life situations.

For more information about Neighborhood Institute, please visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org/neighborhood-institute, call 502-589-0343, or email education@centerforneighborhoods.org 

Click here to apply.

Comment on PlayWorks

Waterfront Park and the Kentucky Science Center have been working on plans for PlayWorks at Waterfront Park, the first component of the Phase IV park expansion. PlayWorks is designed to be a vibrant destination for families and children with world-class amenities, bringing together the best of what both Waterfront Park and Kentucky Science Center have to offer.  

To keep the community updated on the latest designs for PlayWorks and solicit feedback, a new website has been launched, www.playworksatourwaterfront.org/, which includes an informational video, details on the schematic designs for PlayWorks, information on the overall Master Plan for Phase IV, and an online questionnaire.  The questionnaire will remain open until January 29, 2021.


Free Memberships to the Kentucky Science Center for SNAP/WIC Recipients

Kentucky Science Center

The Kentucky Science Center is offering free memberships to families that participate in SNAP/WIC benefits. To activate a membership in person, please visit the Science Center and present a current SNAP/WIC card and photo ID.

A SNAP/WIC recipient must be named one of the adults on the membership. The program is for Family Level membership, and is not valid for previously purchased or for gift memberships.

Contact Josh Poole, Membership Manager with any questions at kscmembership@louisvilleky.gov or 502-560-7158.

D9 ABC Notifications

ABC Notifications

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink and Sunday Liquor Drink license(s) being applied for, located at 1999 A-C Brownsboro Road (Joely’s Bar & Grill).  The ad ran in the Courier Journal Friday, December 4, 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.  

Case No. 20-CUP-0146Case No. 20-CUP-0140

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