District 9 eNews - Thursday, July 22, 2021


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No USD Curbside Recycling This Week!


The new recycling schedule in Louisville's Urban Services District (USD) has started and this is the first week without curbside recycling.  Recycling resumes next week (Friday, July 30 for most of D9) and will occur every other week after that time.  (Garbage and yard waste collection remains on a weekly schedule and yard waste collection in D9 is back to Friday collections).  Keep up with the schedule with the Recycle Coach disposal calendar, alerts and more here.

We are gradually moving toward use of recycling carts, instead of the small 18-gallon orange bins, and residents who recycle have been receiving free 95-gallon blue-topped carts. Although the first round of recycling cart deliveries is complete, there are still many recyclers who have yet to receive one. If you’re still waiting, here’s what you need to know:

  1. If you have not already filled out the Recycling Cart Request Form, do that as soon as possible.
  2. If you HAVE filled out the form, please do not fill it out again.
  3. Metro Public Works (MPW) started delivering to addresses with Monday recycling collection and then moved to addresses with Tuesday recycling collection. Then Wednesday, and so on. (District 9 collects on Fridays, so it might be a few weeks).
  4. This second round of deliveries are being done by MPW crews (not contractors). Crews can only deliver about 85 carts per day and there are over 2,000 requests.
  5. While you wait for your new cart, you may continue to use your old 18-gallon recycling bin(s) as well as additional container(s) or cardboard boxes for recycling overflow. You may also utilize one of the recycling drop-off dumpsters. There are two in D9 – in the parking lot of the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center at 201 Reservoir Avenue and near the Bowman Field Driver’s License Branch at 3501 Roger E. Schupp Street.
  6. Learn more at Louisvilleky.gov/RecycleMore and thanks for your patience!

COVID-19 Cases Increasing


COVID-19 cases in Louisville doubled in the last week and the more contagious and possibly more deadly Delta variant is now the dominant strain, health officials announced this week.

Though the city remains in the yellow, or second-to-safest zone, health department director Dr. Sarah Moyer said the city will likely be in the orange, or second worst, zone by the end of the week.

Nearly all serious illnesses and deaths are among people who are not vaccinated.  As of July 17, 64.54% of 40206 residents had received at least one vaccine shot; 69.28% of 40207 residents were at least partially vaccinated.  Both rates are among the highest in Jefferson County, where vaccination rates in the western and southern sections of the county remain relatively low, in some cases less than half of those in eastern zip codes.  Maps with vaccination rates by zip code are here.  Higher rates are in darker green colors.    

Anyone 12 and older can easily get vaccinated virtually any day.  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.

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.

To stay informed on vaccine efforts in Louisville, including pop-up clinics all over town,  click here.

Utility Assistance Available

utility relief

Louisville is making additional funding available for its COVID-19 Utility Relief Program, starting with $2.5 million to help residents who have fallen behind on Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) bills as a result of COVID-19.

The funds are designed to assist residents with a past-due amount on an active LG&E account. The outstanding balance must have occurred since March 16, 2020, and customers will need to attest they have had a financial hardship during the pandemic.

Customers with outstanding balances could receive a one-time credit for up to $1,000 on LG&E bills.

An additional $2.5 million will be shared with Louisville Water Co. in the coming weeks; details on that spending are not yet finalized.

Funding for the Utility Relief Program comes from the first round of American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery funds (ARP), which have been approved to address the city’s most urgent needs. The LG&E funds will be distributed by the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) via the Neighborhood Place network.

Schedule a drop off appointment in advance at one of four Neighborhood Place Drop Boxes. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-977-6636 or online at LGEHelp.itfrontdesk.com.

The federally funded LIHEAP Summer Cooling is also currently operating, providing cooling assistance for qualified residents separated in two components, Subsidy and Crisis.  Eligible households can apply for one or both components. Households must meet eligibility requirements, with a household income at or below 150% of the Kentucky median income.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is also administered through the Office of Resilience and Community Services. Check here for eligibility and how to apply.

For more information, contact https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services, call Metro United Way’s help referral service at 211, or Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000 or email https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro311.

American Rescue Plan Public Input – July 26 and Online


Louisville and other cities and counties across the country can make meaningful and long-lasting change with funds from the American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds.  Louisville Metro is receiving $388 Million from the federal law, which was shepherded through Congress this year by Rep. John Yarmuth.

We appropriated a relatively small portion of the funds in June, focusing on health-related needs, eviction prevention, utility assistance and additional “ambassadors” like the ones you see downtown.

The bulk of the funds remain to be distributed and we are happy to have received many public comments about ways to spend it at two hearings and through a public comment form. A final in-person public comment session is on Monday, July 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at West Broadway Church of Christ, 3921 West Broadway.

Learn more about the funds and comment on your priorities for funding at this page. The comment period will close on July 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


Plus One Emergency Response

Plus One

I was very happy to see the formal execution of an agreement between Louisville Fire Department and suburban fire departments, including St. Matthews Fire and Rescue, which will allow local departments to automatically provide mutual aid when responding to a fire or other emergency.

A half-mile buffer zone will be set up around each department's district. When there's a call within the buffer zone, units from both the home department and bordering department will respond.

Two serious fires in D9, near the Louisville Fire and St. Matthews jurisdictional border, accelerated calls for a change in policy, which I joined.  

More about the Plus One agreement is in this WDRB report.

Leash Law Reminders

pets on leash

Recently I’ve received several calls and emails regarding reminders for the animal leash law in Louisville. I thought it might be helpful to share some information from the current Metro Ordinance.

All animals, excluding community cats, shall be kept under restraint at all times. 

Restraint shall mean on the premises of the owner or on premises which the animals’ presence has been explicitly allowed, and confined in a secure enclosure, or accompanied by the owner and under his/her direct control. If off the premises of the owner where permission has not been granted, the animal must be restrained by a lead or leash and under the control of a responsible person physically able to control the dog, or except for dangerous dogs, and potentially dangerous dogs, accompanied by a responsible person into an enclosed “off-leash” area designated by the Kentucky Department of Parks or the Metro Department of Parks and in conformance with all regulations and/or requirements imposed as a condition of utilizing such “off-leash” area by such Departments of Parks, or their designees.

There are eight Louisville Dog Run Association Parks, including the fenced-in area at Champions Park in D9. But, contrary to what some people apparently believe, it is illegal to allow dogs to run off-leash in the rest of Champions Park or elsewhere in Louisville.

Sanitary disposal of animal feces is required. Owners must have in their possession a suitable device for the picking up, collection and proper sanitary disposal of animal feces or manure. Owners are required to immediately remove all feces deposited by such animal(s) and dispose of same in a sanitary manner.

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event – July 24

Pop Up Event

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 July event is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Metro Fleet Services, 3515 Newburg 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! 

National Night Out Events – Tuesday, August 3


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

LMPD’s 5th Division will host a National Night Out celebration at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free food & drinks, door prizes, music, child ID cards, and more.

St. Matthews Police Department will host a National Night Out Celebration at 3940 Grandview Avenue. To visit their Facebook page for more information, click here.

School Supply Donations

school supply

JCPS students return to the classroom in less than three weeks, on August 11. Two ministries in D9 are collecting school supplies for families in need.

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) is gathering monetary and backpack donations to support the families in our community so that everyone is ready for the upcoming school year. They are asking community members to sponsor a child/children with a $20 donation per child and a donation of a new backpack. All financial or backpack donations are appreciated. The Emergency Assistance Committee Members will purchase the needed school supplies based on donations received and distribute them to families.

To make a donation for the UCHM school supply drive, sponsors can visit UCHM’s website, or send checks to 150 South State Street, Louisville, KY 40206 with the memo line “school supplies”. Donate online at https://www.uchmlouky.org/get-involved/give/. Individuals can drop off backpack donations to 150 South State Street. 

If you or anyone you know would like to sign up for the School Supplies Giveaway, please contact Emily Purdy at epurdy@uchmlouky.org for information on how to apply. 

St Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) collects school supplies year round and distributes them to families in need along with food pantry items. St. MAM is located at 201 Biltmore Road.  For more information, contact Executive Director Julie Abbott at julieabbott@stmam.com.

Learn more about St. MAM or donate online here.

Louisville Rowing Club – Rowing Camp

Louisville Rowing Club

The Louisville Rowing Club will host a rowing camp for rising 9th-12th grade boys and girls to learn the sport of rowing this summer!

Spend time with experienced coaching staff on the water and on land learning boat handling, rowing technique, general conditioning on the ergometer (rowing machine), and land-based workouts.  No experience is necessary!  The final session is being offered the week of August 2nd - 6th (MON-FRI) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Cost is $150.

Each day there will be approximately two hours of activity plus fun dry-land activities with your new crew. Once a camp is successfully completed, athletes interested in continuing will be provided with information regarding membership at LRC in the Junior Novice Program slated to begin in the fall.

Register for a camp for August 2-6 - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/268087.

WFPK Free Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series

WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesdays is back at Waterfront Park, featuring two concerts a month from July – September. All shows are held on the Big Four Lawn with the lawn opening at 5:00 p.m. for food and drinks and music at 6:00 p.m.

  • July 28: The Mavericks, Magnolia Blvd, McKinley James
  • August 11:Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, Villa Mure, CJ Sparks
  • August 25:Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Brooks Ritter, Genevva
  • September 8: Dawn Richard, Bendigo Fletcher, Kiana and the Sun Kings
  • September 22: Low Cut Connie, Wombo and one additional band to be announced.

LFPL Summer Reading Program

LFPL Summer Reading Program

There's still plenty of time to read and win this summer! Everyone who completes Summer Reading will receive a Camp LFPL fanny pack; passes to area attractions including a Racing Louisville soccer game, the Kentucky Science Center, Squire Boone Caverns, Frazier History Museum, Historic Locust Grove, and Hwang's Martial Arts; and coupons for sweet treats from Ehrler’s Ice Cream, participating McDonald’s, and Fazoli’s. 

As an added incentive this year, all youth who complete Summer Reading by August 7 will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of these Grand Prizes:

  • Kids: $100 gift card to Cabela's (one winner per branch)
  • Teens: Apple AirPods (one winner per branch)
  • Kids & Teens: a $600 Kentucky State Park Gift Card good for a family adventure at any of our fabulous state parks!

Learn more at www.LFPL.org/SummerReading or call (502) 574-1620.

Neighborhood Institute Fall Registration Open

Center for Neighborhoods

The Lucille Leggett Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhood groups.

Classes will meet at the Center For Neighborhoods, 1126 Berry Blvd, every Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. beginning on August 17, with dinner provided.

The Neighborhood Institute Fall 2021 is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts and the whole community. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited. Applications will be accepted through August 2. Visit http://www.centerforneighborhoods.org/neighborhood-institute or call 589-0343.

D9 Blog and Social Media Sites Provide Updates


We publish this newsletter every other week, with the next edition scheduled for August 5. For up to date announcements between newsletters, we update our blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed.  You can access the blog here, and, if you wish, sign up for blog updates by email at that site (they are relatively rare, so we don’t overload mailboxes). You can also like the “Councilman Bill Hollander” Facebook page and follow “Bill Hollander” on Twitter.

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 22: Waterfront Botanical Gardens (WBG) will host a basics of water gardening at 7:00 p.m. at The Avish Estate. Cost is $20 or $15 for members. For more information and to register, please click here.

Friday, July 23 & Saturday, July 24: Friends of the Library will host a drive-thru "Holiday in July" grab bag book sale at the Main Library Branch, 301 York Street, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CHOOSE YOUR GENRE: Books- 8 for $10 • Children’s Books- 10 for $10. Plus, all purchases get a free book! Learn more at FriendsoftheLFPL.org or call (502) 574-1654.

Saturday, July 24: Free Pop-Up Drop-Off hosted by Metro Public Works from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Metro Fleet Services, 3515 Newburg Road. For more information on what will be collected, please click here.

Wednesday, July 28: WFPK Waterfront Wednesday at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. Lawn opens at 5:00 p.m. Music features The Mavericks, Magnolia Boulevard and McKinley James. More information online here.

Friday, July 30: Waterfront Botanical Gardens (WBG), 1435 Frankfort Avenue, will host Yoga at the Gardens at 8:00 a.m. Bring your own mat. For more information and to register, please click here.

Friday, July 30: Kentucky Shakespeare presents a two-actor version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at LFPL's St. Matthew's Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue at 11:00 a.m. This is a free one-hour performance for young audiences.

Sunday, August 1: Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market on Sundays from Noon - 4:00 p.m. at 3738 Lexington Road. The market will run through October 31. For more information, visit https://www.rainbowblossom.com/farmers-market/.

Tuesday, August 3: Butchertown Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. More information available on the Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 3: LMPD's 5th Division National Night Out Celebration at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3: St. Matthews Police Department National Night Out Celebration at 3940 Grandview Avenue. Visit their Facebook page for more information, click here.


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