District 9 eNews - Thursday, May 13, 2021


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Changes Coming to USD Recycling and Yard Waste

blue recycling cart

Major changes are coming soon to recycling and yard waste collection in Louisville’s Urban Services District (the old City of Louisville).

Households within the USD that currently recycle using an 18-gallon bin or their own container will receive a free 95-gallon recycling cart, after Louisville applied for and received grant support for advancing recycling in the community. A waste container audit was performed throughout the USD over a three-week period. Any household that participated in recycling during the audit but did not have a recycling cart will receive one. Cart delivery begins June 1. (The new carts have blue lids, as a first step to move Louisville to the blue color associated with recycling in most of the country.)

yard waste

Residents will be using bigger carts and hauling recycling to the curb less often. Carts allow for more items to be recycled and the extra space also allows Louisville to start every other week recycling/yard waste collection, a cost-saving measure that does not decrease the quality of services. Carts also help prevent litter because they have a lid. The expectation is that recycling will increase in the USD with the new carts and schedule.

Beginning the week of July 12, 2021, recycling and yard waste will be collected every other week. The week of July 12 (Friday, July 16 for most D9 addresses in the USD) will be a recycling day.  The week of July 19 (Friday, July 23 for most of D9 in the USD) will be a yard waste day.  View the entire 2021-2022 calendar and use the Recycle Coach app to view your personalized waste collection calendar and set reminders.

Regular yard waste collection will continue year round, a change from recent years.

Learn more about recycling in the USD at this link.

D9 Virtual Town Hall on the Budget – May 24

WebEx 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 at the Metro Council Budget Committee, which I chair.  As we hear from Metro departments, I would like to know what you think about the proposed budget, and how we should use your tax dollars and the $388.3 Million Louisville Metro will be receiving from the American Rescue Plan.

I’ll be available live through a WebEx virtual meeting on Monday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees may submit questions ahead of time to Kyle Ethridge, or you can ask questions live during the meeting.

To participate in the meeting, please click here to register to attend. If you need assistance registering for the event, please contact Kyle Ethridge or call (502) 574-3908.

As always, you can contact me anytime using this link.

Comment to the Budget Committee


The first four days of hearings on the FY22 budget proposal concluded on Monday and tonight the Metro Council Budget Committee will hear from members of the public in three-minute addresses.  Sign-ups for those speaking slots were made yesterday. 

There are more opportunities to make your voice heard by all Council members.   An online form for written comments is available on the Metro Council Clerk’s website. Comments will be taken through May 31.  Every comment is distributed to all Metro Council members.

The Committee schedule also includes one additional opportunity for three-minute public comments about the budget, via WebEx.

  • The second virtual public hearing is May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  (A link on the Metro Council Clerk website will be active on May 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to sign up to speak on May 27)

A complete schedule of Budget Committee meetings is here.

The public may watch all committee meetings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184, on UVERSE at Channel 99, or on Facebook. Proceedings may also be streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page.  

The proposed budget is here.

Property Assessment Appeal Deadline – May 17


The Jefferson County PVA has mailed out reassessment notices, and many property owners have seen an increase. In addition to the mailed post cards, individual property valuations and other information are also available at the PVA website, www.JeffersonPVA.ky.gov.

If you choose to appeal your property’s assessed valuation, you have until May 17 to begin the process. That is a strict deadline. Appeal conferences will take place virtually or over the phone, due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

If you appeal, you will be asked to provide documentation, including photos of your property or sales of similar properties supporting your appeal. Interior photos are particularly important if you are contending that your property valuation should be lower because of the condition of your property. The PVA has no way of viewing a property’s interior or knowing the condition of it, and successful appeals are often supported by evidence of interior conditions. 

You should also consider applying for exemptions if you are disabled or own a residential property and are over 65 years old. More information on those exemptions and how to qualify are on the PVA’s website.

If you need additional information, go to www.JeffersonPVA.ky.gov or call the office at 502-574-6380.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Expand


Vaccinations are now available for all Kentuckians ages 12 and older and there is virtually no wait. Getting every eligible person vaccinated is the best way to fully reopen the community and keep us all safe.

The best way to access vaccines is at the website https://www.vaccines.gov/. Enter your zip code and vaccine sites near you will appear. You’ll find links to click and numbers to call. You can also search for vaccine type, which is important for children ages 12-15, who are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Below are links to other websites for information and appointments. 

Baptist Health
CVS Pharmacy
Norton Healthcare (call 502-861-4499 for assistance)
St. Matthews Pharmacy
U of L Health (includes Cardinal Stadium and Brook Street)



For residents who don’t have access to technology or have difficulty using an online process, the staff at Louisville Metro’s COVID-19 Helpline, (502) 912-8598, can assist with scheduling an appointment.

Need a ride to get a COVID-19 Vaccine? Please call (888) 848-0989 to schedule a free ride to your appointment.  Rides must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance of your appointment.

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

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.

Vaccinations Available at Sacred Heart Model School

SHA Vaccine

If you still need your COVID-19 vaccination, you can make an appointment for this Saturday, May 15 between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Model School, 3117 Lexington Road, in the gym, building 6. 

To schedule an appointment, call (502) 861-4499 or visit nortonhealthcare.com/covidvaxsha18 (for 18+) or nortonhealthcare.com/covidvaxsha (for younger ages).

Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last.

  • Those under 18 years of age must have a guardian present.
  • Bring photo ID and if you have insurance, your insurance card (not required). Patients will not be charged.
  • Only individuals receiving the vaccine will be permitted in the vaccination area.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others to maintain social distancing.
  • Wear a mask at all times. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided.
  • Wear a shirt that allows easy access to the upper arms.
  • You must stay on site 15 to 30 minutes after you get the vaccine for observation.

LIHEAP Enrollment Now Open

Crescent Hill Garden Tour

Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services is now taking applications for an added Spring Subsidy program for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through June 30, 2021, or until designated funds are depleted.

Residents wishing to apply must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment scheduler at 502/991-8391 or visit www.louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Applicants must be residents of Jefferson County with a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The benefit amount awarded is based on a household’s income and primary fuel type. Benefits are paid directly to the utility vendor, LG&E.

For the Subsidy Component, residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills; it is not necessary to have a past-due amount.

Currently, all LIHEAP offices remain closed to walk-in clients in accordance with CDC guidelines, therefore applicants will be requested to drop off all required documentation in a secured drop box at the LIHEAP office selected using the appointment system.

Note:  Residents who were served during the recent LIHEAP Crisis Phase may still apply during LIHEAP Subsidy if they meet program eligibility requirements.

For more information including an income guideline chart, visit here.  For a downloadable flyer, click here.

Virtual Walkabout at the P-D House – May 20

P-D House

The Peterson-Dumesnil House and the Crescent Hill Garden Club are partnering up to host a virtual Walkabout at the PD House on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. During the free, 30-minute event, Sarah Clement with the Garden Club and Melissa Mershon with the PD House will walk the grounds and educate viewers on the various species of flowers, plants and trees located throughout the property. The event will be streamed live on the Peterson-Dumesnil House Facebook page and include a live Q&A with viewers. Participants can also win giveaways including tickets to the 2021 Crescent Hill Garden Tour and a set of PD House notecards featuring John Nation photos.

During the presentation, Sarah will visit different parts of the grounds to showcase some of the more interesting plantings on the property. The program will highlight things like the historic Ginkgo tree, which is one of the largest of its kind in Louisville, and give viewers a preview of what they can experience on the Crescent Hill Garden Tour on June 5, 2021.

Annual Shakespeare in the Parks Spring Tour

Shakespeare in the Parks

Kentucky Shakespeare has announced the return of the FREE Shakespeare in the Parks tour, which has already kicked off. The spring tour includes a 7-actor, 90-minute production of Romeo and Juliet and will tour to multiple parks in May.

Audience members are required to adhere to current facemask mandates and are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets for this free, socially-distanced, family-friendly community event.

Performances are still being added. Click here for dates and more information.

Please plan to join your neighbors at the D9 location in Story Avenue Park on May 23 at 6:30 pm. You must RSVP for this event, beginning on May 22, at this link.

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event – May 22

Pop-Up Drop-Offs are free recycling and large item disposal events for residents of Jefferson County. Through a partnership between the Department of Public Works, the Waste Management District, and Metro Council, these events are held monthly, March through November, at various locations.

The May event is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road.

Residents can have documents shredded, recycle electronics, tires, and scrap metal, dispose of prescription medication and bulky items, and compost yard debris. Items must be separated into those various categories for easy off-loading at each area. Limitations and guidelines are found at Louisvilleky.gov/PopUps

The goal is to give all Jefferson County residents opportunities to dispose of unwanted items properly and to keep as much material out of the landfill as possible. 

Future events will be announced and are posted on the Recycle Coach app calendar.

You can also recycle up to three electronic devices, up to four tires, and dispose of up to three large household items for free, year-round at the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Pop-Up Drop-Off events! 

SWMS Drop Off

Whitehall Summer Sunday Concert Series – May 30

Whitehall Sunday Music

Celebrate the start of summer with Whitehall House & Garden’s exciting new live music series on Sunday, May 30 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The first concert features "Gypsy Jazz" band Swing '39, performing on the Whitehall terrace, 3110 Lexington Road. Seating will be available under the tent, and guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. A cash bar will be available, and guests may bring their own food. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children (5-12) and free for kids under 5. Click here to purchase tickets.

Upcoming Sunday concerts are June 27, featuring The Decades, and July 25, featuring the Derby City Dandies.

Crescent Hill Garden Tour – June 5

Garden tour

The Crescent Hill Garden Club will host the Annual Crescent Hill Garden Tour on Saturday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The tour will feature private gardens in the Crescent Hill neighborhood, showcasing creative gardening in smaller spaces and providing inspiration for the new or experienced gardener. For the past 27 years, this popular event has attracted garden enthusiasts from all over Kentucky and neighboring states, who come to view Crescent Hill’s unique display of urban gardens.

Tickets are $15 each. To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at the Peterson-Dumesnil House at 301 S. Peterson Avenue, where the tour begins.

There will also be an herb sale during the tour at the Peterson-Dumesnil House. A three-herb pot of basil, thyme and Italian parsley will be available to purchase for $10. Click here to purchase in advance and pick up the day of the tour. 

‘Garden Angels’ will be located at each garden to help direct and manage traffic. Masks are optional and will be available at each garden location. Please note: Restrooms will not be available.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s tour will benefit United Crescent Hill Ministries. To learn more about UCHM’s compassionate mission and life-saving community programs that provide vital social services to those in need, click here

Sign Up for Development Notifications


Interested in development in your neighborhood? You can now subscribe for email notifications from Planning & Design for all development in D9. Step by step instructions are below:

  1. Click here and enter your email
  2. Scroll down until you get to “Metro Council”
  3. Find District 9, then click on the “+” sign
  4. Select notification of Development Proposal
  5. Click on submit

If you experience any issues signing up, please contact Kyle Ethridge for assistance.

Spay-Neuter Vouchers Available

spay neuter

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) has received a $20,000 grant awarded by the non-profit Petco Love to continue its life-saving efforts by offering medical vouchers for spay-neuter services.

Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, but it also has health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and a calmer pet, while dogs will be less likely to roam. LMAS spayed and neutered 2,910 animals in 2020 but is not able to offer spay-neuter services to the public. Many local animal welfare organizations were forced to limit or stop offering affordable spay-neuter service, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jefferson County residents are eligible to receive a free spay/neuter voucher from Louisville Metro Animal Services. The $100 voucher can be redeemed at local veterinary offices and hospitals. To get a voucher, visit the LMAS Shelter located at 3528 Newburg Road from 12-6pm, Monday – Saturday. Spay/neuter vouchers are limited to one per household. You will need to present a valid photo ID, proof of residency, and provide contact information. To request a voucher by email or for further assistance, contact animals@louisvilleky.gov.

For more information about LMAS, visit www. https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services.

Registration Open for JCPS Summer Learning Programs


Registration is now open for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Summer Learning opportunities. The options include nearly 100 interactive, student-centered activities that will keep learning happening throughout the summer months. Families can visit the JCPS website to view available programs and register.

Summer learning options will include three main areas:

  • Backpack League, offering students in first through 12th grade an in-person experience.
  • Summer League, where students learn virtually and earn points to make it onto a leaderboard.
  • Specialized Camps, such as the district’s popular “Lit &” camps, which fit the unique interests and needs of students. Some camps are aimed at students who are learning English while others will help students prepare for college, careers, and gifted and talented programs.

Summer options are also open to the district’s youngest learners. New this year is Camp Jumpstart, which will focus on social-emotional development and adaptive skills for 3-year-old students who are currently in the district’s early childhood program.

And JCPS will bring back the successful Camp Ready for K to help prepare up to 1,600 students who are scheduled to start kindergarten in the fall.

Check it all out at https://sites.google.com/jefferson.kyschools.us/summer-learning/home!

Libraries Are Open!

A reminder that Louisville Free Public Library locations are open.

St. Matthews, 3940 Grandview Ave., hours:

  • Mon. - Thu. 10am - 6:30pm
  • Fri., Sat. - 10am - 4:30pm
  • Sun. Closed

Crescent Hill, 2762 Frankfort Ave., hours:

  • Mon. - Tue. 10am - 6:30pm
  • Wed. - Sat. 10am - 4:30pm
  • Sun. Closed

Check out all services here.


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.  


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, May 13: Mellwood Arts Center will host Nature vs Man Made, a father and son collaboration featuring photography by Anil and Aravind Vinayakan. The exhibit will be in the pigment gallery, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, and will be open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mellwood at (502) 895-3650.

Saturday, May 15: Sacred Heart School will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Model School, 3117 Lexington Road, Model School Gym, Building 6. To schedule an appointment, call (502) 861-4499 or visit nortonhealthcare.com/covidvaxsha18 (for 18+) or nortonhealthcare.com/covidvaxsha (for younger ages) . Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last. 

Sunday, May 16: Headliners Music Hall will host socially-distanced parking lot concerts featuring Back2Mac at 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The concerts will be held in Headliners and Distillery Commons Parking lot in assigned pods. Customers can purchase a four-capacity pod. Tickets range from $20-30. For more information, please click here

Sunday, May 16Mellwood Music in May featuring Louisville Gypsy Jazz at 5:30 p.m. in the Mellwood Arts Center outdoor courtyard, 1860 Mellwood Avenue. This event is free to the public. Nearby shops and restaurants will be open for shopping and food. In the event of rain, the concert will move indoors to the Pigment Gallery.

Tuesday, May 18Virtual coffee with Dawne Gee at Waterfront Botanical Gardens (WBG) at 9:00 a.m. Join in for a Zoom behind the scenes tour of WBG. For more information and to register, please click here.

Tuesday, May 18: Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) will host a virtual mystery book discussion on Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie at 3:00 p.m. Space is limited. Please email Carissa.Miller@lfpl.org to reserve your spot.

Thursday, May 20: Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) will host a virtual silent reading hour at 6:00 p.m. Grab a book and get cozy, all from the comfort of your own home. Participants are encouraged to use their webcam, but no talking allowed! Click here to register.

Thursday, May 20The Peterson-Dumesnil House and the Crescent Hill Garden Club are partnering up to host a virtual Walkabout at the PD House at 6:00pm. During the free, 30-minute event, Sarah Clement with the Garden Club and Melissa Mershon with the PD House will walk the grounds and educate viewers on the various species of flowers, plants and trees located throughout the property. The event will be streamed live on the Peterson-Dumesnil House Facebook page and include a live Q&A with viewers. Participants can also win giveaways including tickets to the 2021 Crescent Hill Garden Tour and a set of PD House notecards featuring John Nation photos.

Thursday, May 20: Just Creations will host a Fair Trade Explorer Program on Agents of Change at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Listen to Fair Trade Ambassador presentations about different aspects of Fair Trade. Register online by clicking here.

Friday, May 21Kentucky Council of the Blind will host an auction at 7:00 p.m. To learn more and to register to bid at the auction, call the Kentucky Council of the Blind at 502-895-4598.

Saturday, May 22: Free Pop-Up Drop-Off hosted by Metro Public Works from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road. For more information on what will be collected, please click here.

Sunday, May 23: Kentucky Shakespeare will host a free performance of Romeo and Juliet at 6:30 p.m. in Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue. RSVP to attend on May 22, by clicking here

Tuesday, May 25: Carmichael's Bookstore will host a virtual community book club on Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please click here to join.

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