District 9 eNews - Thursday, September 2, 2021


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COVID-19 Cases Increasing


New confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County have reached the second highest weekly level since the pandemic began. There were 25 newly reported deaths, and the total death count in the county is now more than 1,400.  

With the latest Delta variant surge, hospitalizations and deaths are also increasing across the entire state. The high incidence of new cases has led some school systems to cancel classes or move back to on-line instruction. Many sporting events have been canceled, as teams and coaches suffer from infections and exposure to the virus. 

An overwhelming percentage of the most serious COVID-19 cases and deaths are in people who are not vaccinated. Vaccination rates are slowly increasing. As of August 28, 73.02% of 40207 residents had received at least one shot; 68.35% of 40206 residents were partially vaccinated. Those rates are higher than the 60.9% rate in Jefferson County as a whole. Some areas of the county have much lower vaccination rates, in some cases just half of the 40207 rate.

Moderna and Pfizer booster doses have been recommended by the FDA and CDC for people ages 12 and older with moderately and severely compromised immune systems. To see what conditions are included and additional information, click here.

Anyone 12 and older can easily get vaccinated 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.

Frankfort Avenue Work Continues

LWC Work

We’re continuing to work with residents and businesses affected by the three-block closure of westbound Frankfort Avenue between Reservoir and Stilz Avenues.  All businesses on Frankfort Avenue remain open and local traffic can reach all of them.  Please visit those businesses!

Underground work this week involved draining, cutting up and removing a pipe installed in 1877. New 60” pipe, each section of which weighs more than 12 tons, is ready to be installed once the old pipe is gone.

Frankfort - road closed

Please drive carefully and slowly as you navigate neighborhood streets, many of which are not accustomed to the volume of traffic they are seeing.  Signage continues to be adjusted to do all we can to keep people off neighborhood streets unless they are headed to a local residence or business. 

More about the project is here.

New TARC Detour for Frankfort Avenue

Due to the Louisville Water Company construction, a detour is in effect for TARC Routes #19 and #31, westbound, along Frankfort Avenue, and a change has been made since the last newsletter. The westbound routes are now going south on Bauer Avenue, west on Lexington Road and north on Stilz Avenue, before rejoining Frankfort Avenue.

For ease of travel, please see below.


  • Coach stops missed: On Frankfort from Bauer to Stilz
  • Nearest stops: Frankfort & Bauer, Frankfort & Crescent


  • No missed stops

For the most up-to-date information, click here.

TARC Detours

Labor Day Holiday – September 6

Labor Day

There will be no residential garbage, recycling, yard waste or bulky waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Monday, September 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Collection through the week will be delayed by one day because of the holiday.

The week of September 6 is a recycling collection week in the USD under the new every other week schedule, which means that recycling (and yard waste) in most of the D9 portion of the USD will be collected on Saturday, September 11.

To receive automatic reminders of changes due to holidays, download the Recycle Coach app at the App Store or on Google Play

Waste and recycling pickup in St. Matthews will also be delayed because of the holiday.

Other District 9 residents who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules. 

Also, Metro’s three staffed recycling drop-off locations, the Waste Reduction Center, and the Haz Bin hazardous waste disposal site, will be closed on Saturday, September 4 in recognition of the holiday and closed on Monday as usual. A map and complete list of the drop-off sites and regular operating hours can be found on the SWMS website.

SWMS Collection Delays and Changes

Recycling carts

Recently, SWMS collection schedules have changed a few days before collection. This has been due to confirmed COVID cases, contact tracing and quarantines, and weather related issues. The best way to be notified of any last minute schedule changes is to sign up for the District 9 Blog, here. You can sign up for new blog post alerts by providing your email address on the homepage, or you can just check the blog for updates in between the bi-weekly District 9 eNews.

Recycling carts continue to be delivered to people missed in the first round of deliveries. Thanks for your patience. It might take a few weeks to get through all of the district, but they are on their way. This is the second round of deliveries that were requested prior to July 8.

This is not a recycling collection week in Louisville’s Urban Services District (USD), under the new every other week schedule. As noted above, because of the Labor Day holiday, recycling will be collected next Saturday, September 11. Yard waste and garbage collections remain on weekly schedules.

If you have any missed services, please contact Metro311 at 574-5000 or Metro.311@louisvilleky.gov to report the missed collection, with your address, where you set out for collection and when it was missed. You can then follow-up with my office, referencing your service request (SR) number.

Keep up with the schedule by downloading the Recycle Coach app. Learn more about this recycling cart project at Louisvilleky.gov/RecycleMore. Set reminders and allow notifications to hear from us if there are issues or delays in waste collections.

Lexington Road Rightsizing Meeting - September 14

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Louisville Metro Government are partnering to complete the rightsizing of Lexington Road, from Stilz Ave/Garden Dr to Frankfort Ave/Shelbyville Rd, during the scheduled paving in Fall 2021. This project will restripe the street from 4 lanes to 3 lanes with a center turn lane and dedicated left turn lanes at key intersections, matching the previously completed segments from Grinstead Dr to Stilz Ave/Garden Dr.

There will be a virtual meeting to discuss the project on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm. You can access the meeting with the information below, or stream it live on Facebook. More information about rightsizing, this project, and the virtual meeting can be found online at www.louisvilleky.gov/rightsizing.

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting Number: 2319 123 6703
Password: lexrightsizing21

Lexington Road

Payne Street & Clifton Avenue Improvements

Clifton & Payne

For many years, the office has received calls and emails expressing concern regarding the Payne Street and South Clifton Avenue intersection. The concerns were mostly with pedestrian safety and speeding along Payne Street.

The District 9 office has appropriated $37,000, to improve this intersection. Included in the work will be a new sidewalk, pavers, curb & gutter, pavement markings and two marked crosswalks across Clifton Avenue and Payne Street. Once the roadway is complete, Metro Public Works will be installing a four-way stop at this intersection. Metro Public Works plans to have the work completed by the end of October.

Metro Public Works believes these changes will improve pedestrian safety while crossing Payne and South Clifton, as well as calming traffic on the Payne Street corridor.  

COVID-19 Utility Relief Program Adds Funding

COVID utility relief funds

Louisville Metro is adding $2.5 million to its COVID-19 Utility Relief program to help residents who have fallen behind on Louisville Water and Louisville MSD bills as a result of COVID-19.     

The funds will go toward the Louisville Water Company/MSD’s Drops of Kindness program to assist residents with a past-due amount on an active Louisville Water/MSD account. The outstanding balance must have occurred between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2021, and customers will need to attest they have had a financial hardship during the pandemic.

Qualifying customers can receive a one-time credit of up to $1,000 on their Louisville Water/MSD bill.  

Funding for this assistance comes from Louisville’s first round of spending of its federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars, which were targeted at urgent needs.

For eligibility and to schedule an appointment for help with an LG&E bill, call 502-977-6636 or visit online at LGEHelp.itfrontdesk.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on both programs, residents can visit http://www.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 metro.311@louisvilleky.gov.

Vehicles On Scenic Loop on September 6

Cherokee Park Scenic Loop

Following a vote by Metro Council last week, the Cherokee Scenic Loop reopens fully to vehicles on Labor Day, September 6.

The Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park is about 2.4 miles long and has several entry and exit points for vehicles along the one-way road. It was closed to cars for much of the pandemic to accommodate more park usage by pedestrians and bicycles. A modified plan was then developed which allowed vehicles to reach the park’s amenities (playgrounds, picnic areas, etc.) while eliminating traffic on some roads. 

Cherokee Loop

In keeping with the views of most people who contacted me, I voted to continue with that modified plan.  I’ve long been concerned about cut through traffic in the park, which I think we should discourage.

The majority of the Council voted against an ordinance to continue with the modified plan and, as a result, the loop will open to traffic, with a 25 mile per hour speed limit, starting Monday.  

Please be careful using the park, as a walker, runner, biker or motorist, as people adjust to traffic on sections of the park reserved for pedestrians and bicycles for more than a year.

Hike, Bike but no Paddle – September 6

Hike, Bike and Paddle

Louisville cyclists and walkers will be on the move again at the Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle Monday, September 6, as it returns for another Labor Day at a new location at the Community Boat House at 1325 River Road. All portions of the event have been reworked to ensure participants will be socially distanced.

T-shirts will be available for the first 2,500 participants while supplies last. The Bike Injury Association will also be fitting bike helmets for cyclists who don’t have one.

For hikers, this year features three routes, including one option that goes over the Big Four Bridge to Jeffersonville and back to the Great Lawn, another route to the Big Four Bridge, and a 5k hike to the Belle of Louisville and back.

For cyclists, a new 15-mile route will leave from the Community Boat House under the Louisville Sports Commission arch at 9:00 a.m. going on a scenic out and back route along the Ohio River on River Road to the new east end bridge.

The paddling portion has been canceled due to unsafe river conditions resulting from high water levels.

Starting at 8 a.m., the event will showcase demonstrations and group participation in Yoga and Zumba, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, as there will be no refill station this year.

To learn more about the event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/mayors-hike-bike-and-paddle.  

WorldFest - September 3-6


The 19th annual WorldFest kicks off at the Belvedere on Friday, September 3, and runs through Monday, September 6. This year’s WorldFest will showcase three stages and a Global Village, representing more than 20 countries, including Louisville’s Sister Cities.

The four-day festival will feature more than 40 food vendors and nearly 100 booths offering global cuisine and culture.

The Global Village Overlook Plaza will host one of four Stella Artois Biergartens where those 21 years and older can responsibly sample a selection of international and domestic beers.

To help guard against COVID-19, the city and event organizers have put a variety of safety precautions in place, including encouraging all attendees to wear a mask while in common areas. Youth and adult masks will be provided by the city’s Special Events Office, courtesy of Ford Motor Company and UAW.

Read more about Worldfest here.

Mary T. Meagher Reopens Soon


The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center is currently closed for maintenance and cleaning, including replacement of the Olympic pool’s liner. The pool was scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, but we were told yesterday that this date might change.  Check this website before heading over to the newly refurbished center: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/parks/aquatics.

UCHM Call for Volunteers


United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) is currently recruiting volunteers and peer tutors to assist in providing homework help and enrichment activities to youth participants in grades K-8 during the United Learning After-school Program at United Crescent Hill Ministries. Volunteers provide homework help and tutoring to youth and assist with general program activities.  Volunteers must commit to 2 hours per week for the academic semester. The overarching goal of the UCHM After-school program is to empower students to achieve academic success, build life skills, and development social and emotional aptitude.  Click here to get involved today!

St. MAM Call for Volunteers


St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) is also recruiting volunteers. Volunteers are needed to stock shelves, sort donations, pack food boxes, run errands, organize the pantry, administrative support, food distribution and home-bound delivery. If interested, please contact Suzanne, Volunteer and Food Pantry Coordinator, for opportunities, at 502-893-0205 or email suzannedegregorio@stmam.com

reGeneration Fair September 11

Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue, will host the Annual reGeneration Fair from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free admission ($10 suggested donation).

Come out and enjoy the free environmental fair featuring lots of family outdoor fun. For more information, please visit https://waterfrontgardens.org/event/regeneration-fair-2021/.

reGeneration Fair

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event – September 25

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 September event is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sun Valley Ball Field Complex, 10401 Lower River 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! 

Corrections Offers Recruitment Incentive


Louisville Metro has many job openings, in various departments. Learn more about them here.

To fill positions in one under-staffed area, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections is offering a $2,000 recruitment incentive.

Do you have what it takes to pick up the badge, put on the uniform and make a difference? Corrections is seeking individuals wanting a career in public safety. Along with the recruitment incentive, the job offers paid vacation, compensated sick time, hazardous duty retirement, job security, free collection for FOP members and immediate family, and full time sworn peace offer status.

For more information, please call 574-2168 or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/corrections.

D9 Blog and Social Media Sites Provide Updates


We publish this newsletter every other week, with the next edition scheduled for September 16. 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.

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, September 2: Crescent Hill Community Council will host the Spirit of Crescent Hill event at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson Dumesnil House. The Annual Dessert with the Mayor is the same evening, with Councilman Hollander substituting for the Mayor. Visit crescenthill.us for more information.

Saturday, September 4: Free computer tune up and repair at the St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue. This service will be offered the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Help will be limited to the first FIVE people to make a reservation by email to taylor_rae@hotmail.com. Participants must bring any additional devices that they may need such as a keyboard, monitor, and mouse for desktops. If participants are bringing a laptop, please bring your battery charger. For details visit www.computertuneupandrepair.weebly.com.

Monday, September 6: Labor Day Holiday - Metro Offices Closed. Collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste delayed by one day.

Tuesday, September 7: Butchertown Neighborhood Association Meeting at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the Butchertown Neighborhood Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 8: WFPK Waterfront Wednesday at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. Lawn opens at 5:00 p.m. Music features Dawn Richard, Bendigo Fletcher, Kiana & the Sun Kings. More information online here.

Thursday, September 9The Chamber of St. Matthews Business Expo from Noon - 5:00 p.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue. Enjoy networking, silent auction, prizes, vendors and more. For more information, click here.

Friday, September 10: The Chamber of St. Matthews will host free movies at St. Matthews Community Park, 310 Ten Pin Lane in Trinity Stadium. All movies will begin at sundown. Bring a blanket or your favorite stadium seat cushion as all seating will be on bleachers at Trinity Stadium. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. Concessions will be sold (cash) on site. The movie is Zootopia. More information is available here.

Saturday, September 11: Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue, will host the reGeneration Fair from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Free admission ($10 suggested donation). Come out and enjoy our free environmental fair featuring lots of family outdoor fun. Events will be held rain or shine!

Saturday, September 11: Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Bug Ball from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Free admission for kids 12 and under. Join in for an evening of dance, activities, costumes and bugs! $10 per adult, $10 per family (pay at the door). For more information, visit https://waterfrontgardens.org/event/bug-ball/.

Saturday, September 11: Recycling collection in the D9 portion of the USD. Recycling is collected on Saturday due to the Labor Day Holiday.

Monday, September 13: St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) Golf Classic Fundraiser at Wildwood Country Club, 5000 Bardstown Road. Registration at 11:00 a.m. and shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $130 per golfer and includes 18-holes, riding cart, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction, awards, raffle and more! To register or for more information visit www.stmam.com or call 893-0205.

Wednesday, September 15: The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host Lunch in the Garden from Noon - 1:30 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Avenue. Unwind and dine (in-person*) amongst the beauty of Mother Nature! Box lunches are available for $12 per person or you can bring your own. To register and for more information, please click here.

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