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Virtual Townhall on the Metro Budget – February 24

Town Hall Meeting on Budget

Louisville Metro operates on an annual budget for the period from July 1 – June 30.  Discussions about the FY 22 budget, which begins July 1, are underway.  Mayor Fischer will present his proposed budget on April 22 and Metro Council’s Budget Committee, which I am chairing for the fourth consecutive year, will hold dozens of hearings before modifying and passing a budget in late June.

District 8 Councilmember Cassie Chambers Armstrong and I will be hosting a virtual townhall discussion on the Metro Budget process, and priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. You can join the meeting via Zoom at http://bit.ly/LouBudget, or watch on Facebook Live at either of these two pages: facebook.com/councilmanbillhollander or facebook.com/CouncilmemberCassieChambersArmstrong.

Café LOUIE 2021 – February 20

Café LOUIE is back in 2021 to connect citizens to their elected representatives. I will be participating this Saturday, February 20, at 9:00 am, along with other members of the Metro Council, state legislators and St. Matthews Mayor Rick Tonini. You can watch this virtual version at https://www.facebook.com/CafeLOUIE/.

Café LOUIE happens every Saturday morning through March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Elected officials are given a brief time for prepared remarks and to answer a few pre-selected questions submitted by attendees.  The focus of these meetings is engagement through personal conversations. Every Café LOUIE is open (virtually, this year) to the public.

Join us on Saturday morning!


Snow: Streets and Sidewalks

snow removal

It’s been some time since we have had multiple snow events, and time for a few reminders about Louisville Metro’s streets and sidewalks.

Snow removal on Metro-maintained streets is done by a 300-member snow team which uses 160 pieces of equipment to clear 1,362 miles of road.  Snow routes include arterials, the major commuting paths through the city, streets that run between and feed traffic onto arterial roads and connections to major local employers, hospitals, schools, and emergency routes. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to clear all neighborhood streets. Adding a street to the snow routes means removing another street.  In six years in office, quite a few snows and several requests, Metro Public Works has not added a street in D9. To see a map and learn more about snow removal on Metro streets, click here


Regarding sidewalks, under Metro ordinance, businesses and persons owning or occupying property abutting a public street are required to clear the sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall ends. That’s particularly important on heavily traveled sidewalks like those along Frankfort Avenue. The snow is to be placed either on private property or in the public driveway at a distance not less than 12 inches from the curbing of the sidewalk. In no event shall the snow be so placed as to obstruct the free passage of water in the gutter or in the direction of any sewer or catch basin.  The ordinance is here.

Because some folks may need assistance with meeting their obligations, I encourage residents to be aware of neighbors who may need help with snow removal.  Reach out and provide a helping hand. You will benefit your neighbor, pedestrians who use the sidewalk, and yourself as you give service - and keep D9 walkable.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Covid Vaccinations

Not much has changed on the COVID-19 vaccination front since our last newsletter. The limited supplies of vaccines have been put to good use and Governor Beshear has added childcare workers to the current Phase 1B, which corrected a glaring inequity in the previous system. Louisville has also published data on the age, race and zip codes of people getting vaccines and taken much-needed steps for a more equitable distribution system. 

We are getting closer to moving to Phase 1C, but there is no announced date for that move, or how or when the hundreds of thousands of Louisvillians in Phase 1C will be prioritized. 

While we wait, non-medical first responders, K-12 educators, childcare workers, and individuals 70 and over are prioritized in Phase 1B.


If you are listed in Phase 1B, register for your appointment through one of Metro’s healthcare partners. Check especially on Fridays, when hospitals learn how much vaccine they will receive in the following week. When you register please remember the following:

  1. Do not sign up with multiple providers. Due to available supply, appointments are limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment.
  2. Individuals without internet access can have a family member or friend register them.
  3. If you have health insurance, including Medicare, you must bring your insurance card. There is no cost to you, regardless of your insurance status. All sites operate by appointment only and will require proof of age (such as a valid state identification) on arrival.

Here are the healthcare partner sites:  

Norton Healthcare (which is creating a waitlist; call 502-861-4499 for assistance)
UofL Health
Baptist Health

PHASES 1C, 2-4

Kentuckians ages 60-69 are in Phase 1C, along with many other people.   At Louisville’s current rate of vaccine supply, vaccinating Phase 1B may take through April, although there are some indications that Phase 1C will open before then as vaccine supplies increase.

To stay informed on vaccine efforts in Louisville, please sign up now for weekly Covid-19 updates.

Until vaccinations are generally available – which is months away – the virus, and new, more infectious variants, will continue to spread and there will be more illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. 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.

Covid Vaccination Schedule

Junk Pick-up in District 9

SWMS Junk Collection

It’s time to clean house and get ready for another large item collection if you live in the 9th District Louisville Metro Urban Services District (USD). You may begin setting out your junk on Friday, February 26, in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, March 1 at 6:00 a.m. Some items (hazardous materials, construction debris, etc.) are not collected and these guidelines are being strictly followed. For collection guidelines, please click here.

To sign up for large item set out reminders by email and text, or to find out if you are in the collection area,  click here and enter your address. After selecting your address from the list of suggested addresses, you can view collection dates by month, or sign up for reminders.

Yard Waste Collection by Request Only

yard waste collection

Every winter, yard waste collection in the Urban Services District is done BY REQUEST ONLY. The service is still available, but since the amount of yard waste generated is far less in the winter, it is more efficient to only collect when needed. 

How to Make a Request 

  1. Call Metro311 at 311 or 574-5000 or email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov
  2. Be prepared with the following information or include in your email: ​First and last name, address, phone number, set out location (front, rear, side, alley, etc.), and approximate number of containers, bags, or bundles.
  3. Your appointment will be scheduled on your regular collection day THE FOLLOWING WEEK. (Example: If your regular yard waste collection day is Friday, and your request is made on Monday, February 22, your yard waste will not be collected until Friday, March 5.) 
  4. Set out yard waste no earlier than 4 p.m. the day before your appointment and no later than 6 a.m. the day of your appointment. Be sure to follow the collection guidelines.

Regular weekly yard waste collection without requests will resume the week of April 5. 

Property Reassessment Coming


Reassessments are coming this year to properties located in District 9. Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) Colleen Younger, an elected officeholder and state official, whose office is independent of city government, is responsible for assessing real property in the county. Properties are reassessed on a rolling four-year basis. After a one-year delay because of the pandemic, this is the year for D9 properties.

Property assessment notices will be mailed on April 23, 2021.  Under state law, property owners who wish to appeal their assessment must first hold a conference with the PVA Office during the annual Open Inspection Period (OIP).  This year the OIP will open at Noon on April 23 and continue through close of business at 4:00 pm EDT on May 17, 2021.

Property owners who disagree with their assessment must provide documentation to support their opinion of value. Reassessments are based on sale prices of comparable properties.  But PVA staff does not have access to the interior of your property to assess its value. If you believe the condition of your property supports a different assessment, it is important that you hold a conference and present evidence, particularly photographs, supporting your opinion. Because of the May 17 deadline, it is very important that residents act quickly if they believe their assessment is incorrect.

2021 PVA Conferencing will be done through an online tool on the PVA website www.jeffersonpva.ky.gov. Appointments for teleconferences can be made by calling the PVA office at 502-574-6224.

Property values have increased considerably in recent years. Periodic reassessments are important to maintain fairness in the property tax system, as buyer’s preferences and needs cause different properties and property types to change in market values at different rates over time. But PVA Younger is the first to say that the initial reassessment is not always correct and encourages you to ask for a conference if you think it is wrong.

Be on the lookout for reassessment notices around April 23 and act fast if you do not agree with the assessment! 

Connecting Kentuckiana 2050 Survey

KIPDA Connecting KY

KIPDA needs your input on the specific issues and needs you face on a daily basis when you travel to work, school, recreational activities, or making deliveries. The desired outcome of this outreach effort is to better understand what transportation improvements are needed throughout the region. 

KIPDA is currently updating the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Connecting Kentuckiana 2050 will replace the current MTP as the long-term vision for transportation in the region. To learn more about Connecting Kentuckiana 2050, click here.  

A key component in the planning process is better understanding the wants, needs, and frustrations you experience when traveling to work, school, the store, or around town. KIPDA aims to identify your needs through a survey and interactive public comment map. The interactive map allows you to pinpoint specific locations throughout the region that disrupt your travel. This could include traffic, crash related delays, lack of adequate bicycle paths or sidewalks, long waits at stoplights, or lack of transit stops or routes.  

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide feedback on the interactive map found here. The survey will be available until mid-March.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Greg Burress by email at greg.burress@kipda.org or by phone at 502.266.6144, extension 123.

More information about the KIPDA MPO can be found here

Financial Navigator Assistance

Financial Navigator

Free financial assistance is available through the Louisville Financial Navigator. It can help with the following:

  • Prioritizing payments (credit card, student loan, utilities) and when to make them
  • Considering options for unemployment and/or short-term disability
  • Ensuring receipt of potential future stimulus payments such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Providing guidance on enrolling in unemployment insurance, food benefits, and other available resources
  • Connecting to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites to file taxes and receive tax refunds


Schedule your over the phone session by visiting, https://finnav.org/lou, emailing navigator@lhomeky.org or calling (502) 657-6624.

Evolve502 Scholarships Available

Evolve 502

JCPS seniors can go to college for free through a new scholarship offered by Evolve502.

The scholarship, which launched Oct. 1, allows eligible students in the Class of 2021 to begin postsecondary studies tuition-free at any Kentucky Community and Technical College school, including Jefferson Community and Technical College, or Simmons College of Kentucky to pursue an associate degree or career credential, or take 60 hours of credit. The Evolve502 scholarship is a last dollar scholarship, meaning Evolve502 will fund the difference between federal and state financial aid and college tuition.

The application takes about five minutes to complete online at evolve502.org/scholarship. Once applications are submitted and reviewed, applicants will receive a follow-up email with next steps including completing the federal financial aid form and applying to eligible colleges.

In addition to the scholarship, Evolve502 is offering opportunity grants to support students whose families earn less than $40,000 annually. The opportunity grants are $1,000 per semester ($2,000 maximum per year) and can be used to assist in costs outside of tuition including healthcare, transportation, books and more. The grants will automatically be given to Evolve502 Scholarship recipients who meet qualifications. 

The deadline to apply is June 30.

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. 21-COA-0005Case No. 21-COA-0022

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, February 18: Waste Management District Know Waste Webinar Series at 3:00 p.m. featuring Household Hazardous Waste. Learn about Household Hazardous Waste and why it's important to dispose of it properly. To register click here.

Monday, February 22: Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) will host a virtual African American Read-In at 6:30 p.m. Click here on February 22 for dramatic readings and performances of works by African American artists and historical figures, presented by members of Louisville’s creative community.

Monday, February 22 - Sunday, February 28: Louisville Restaurant Week, where participating restaurants offer discounted three-course meals. For more information, please visit https://louisvillerestaurantweek.com/.

Thursday, February 25: Waste Management District Know Waste Webinar Series at 3:00 p.m. featuring backyard composting. To register click here.

Thursday, February 25Kentucky Stitch f/t Blind, virtual crochet circle to knit hats for all KSB students as a welcome back to school surprise. The first meeting is at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook Group Chats. All skill levels are welcome. The Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation is also providing cute tote bags with the "KY Stitch f/t Blind" logo filled with yarn for the project and pattern (value $10). For those new to crochet, KSBCF can also include a starter kit in the totes with hooks, measuring tape, tapestry needles, stitch markers, and case (value $20). Donations are welcome and go to support the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation. Follow KSBCH on Facebook for details and to reserve your tote, or contact Nicole Roth at nroth@ksbcf.org.

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28: Most of the 9th District Urban Services District (USD) will have junk collection set-out on a select weekend in March, depending on your address.  You may begin setting out your junk Friday afternoon prior to your junk pick-up week and must have it all out by Monday at 6:00 AM.  For your specific junk set-out weekend please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council-district-9 and scroll to the bottom of the page to “MyLouisville” and enter your address, call the office at 574-1109, or email Kyle Ethridge.  For collection guidelines please click here. You may now sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text under “MyLouisville”.

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