District 9 eNews - Thursday, September 16, 2021



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I-64 Weekend Closures Changing


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 is upgrading and installing LED lighting in the Cochran Hill Tunnels (mile point 8.4 of I-64). The first of five weekend closures of the tunnels was last week. The eastbound detour took vehicles down Lexington Road to Cannons Lane, and many trucks had a very difficult time making the turn from Lexington to Cannons, as the photo I took on Sunday shows. I’m happy to report that the detour is changing this week, with eastbound traffic routed to I-71 and I-264 before rejoining I-64.  The roadway closure is scheduled for the following weekends:

  • Friday, September 17 at 9 p.m. and continue through Monday, September 20 at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, September 24 at 9 p.m. and continue through Monday, September 27 at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, October 1 at 9 p.m. and continue through Monday, October 4 at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, October 8 at 9 p.m. and continue through Monday, October 11 at 5 a.m.

Motorists should follow signed detours:

  • I-64 West: take I-264 East to I-71 South, then reconnect with I-64 West downtown
  • I-64 East: take I-71 North to I-264 West, then reconnect with I-64 East
Cochran Hill Tunnel

This LED upgrade is a continuation of an existing project announced at the end of 2020, which also includes replacing thousands of lower-efficiency roadway fixtures across the commonwealth by early 2022. Altogether, KYTC plans to replace more than 18,000 lights with new LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which last longer and require less energy yet provide greater visibility. Also, as a part of this LED upgrade, KYTC crews will be cleaning the tunnel to ensure proper maintenance.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or unforeseen delays occur. Fewer weekends may also be needed for the work. More about the detour change is in this WDRB report.

Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.

Frankfort Avenue Work Continues

Frankfort Avenue Businesses Open

We’re continuing to work with residents and businesses affected by the three-block closure of westbound Frankfort Avenue between Reservoir and Stilz Avenues.   Eastbound Frankfort Avenue is open. All businesses on Frankfort Avenue remain open and local traffic can reach all of them.  Please visit those businesses! Signage has been added to make sure all motorists know that Frankfort Avenue businesses remain open and can be accessed with just a little planning.  


Local Traffic Only

Additional signage I’ve been advocating for is an attempt to keep all but local traffic from entering Hillcrest Avenue at Brownsboro Road, while Hillcrest dead ends at the railroad tracks before reaching Frankfort Avenue. Hopefully, that will also decrease traffic on English and Crescent Avenues.

Please drive carefully and slowly as you navigate neighborhood streets, many of which are not accustomed to the volume of traffic they are seeing. Be especially careful to look out for pedestrians. Blind and visually impaired residents have contacted me to make sure that request is especially stressed.  

More about the project is here.

One Park North Charrettes


The developer of “One Park” at Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive has scheduled “charrettes” on September 27, 28 and 29 for a proposed development across Lexington Road and just to the north of the initial development.  “One Park North” is a proposed Planned Development District consisting of mixed residential, office, retail and restaurant.

The in-person meetings are by invitation but there is also a virtual option on Wednesday, September 29. More information is in a letter from the developer here. Please note that the letters went to specific individuals who have previously expressed an interest in “One Park” and the in-person meetings are by invitation only.

To join the virtual meetings, from your computer, tablet or smartphone, click the following link, https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/308848557 or call (866) 899-4679 or (571) 317-3116. Whether accessing online or via phone, enter this Access Code: 308-848-557.

If you are new to GoToMeeting, get the app now and be ready when the meeting starts at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/308848557.

If you would prefer a connection link emailed to you, please email Anna Martinez at anna@bardlaw.net.

A Courier-Journal article about the charrettes and the project is here.

COVID-19 Cases Remain High

COVID category

New COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County last week remain extremely high at 2,933 but they dropped for the second straight week, according to data posted Saturday.  Some of that drop may have been due to Labor Day reporting delays. Hospitalizations remain very high.

An overwhelming percentage of the most serious COVID-19 cases and deaths are in people who are not vaccinated. Vaccination rates continue to increase but we have a long way to go.  74.27% of 40207 residents had completed at least a first dose; 69.55% of 40206 residents were at least partially vaccinated. Those rates are higher than the 62.4% rate in Jefferson County as a whole. Some areas of the county have much lower vaccination rates, in some cases below 40%.

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.


Give for Good – September 17

Give for Good

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Give for Good Louisville is an unprecedented day of unity in the name of philanthropy. Communities from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana join forces to give vital support to 550+ participating organizations creating positive change for thousands of individuals in need. The Community Foundation invites everyone to unite for good when this year's giving day returns on Friday, September 17, 2021!

The organizations supported by Give for Good Louisville represent our community’s priorities – they see essential needs that aren’t otherwise being met, develop forward-thinking solutions and take the initiative to make positive change. Leading up to the giving day, we encourage you to support your favorite organizations and discover new ones doing important work in our community during this community-wide day of philanthropy.

Among the many worthy participating organizations are ministries serving those in need right here in D9.  You can contribute to United Crescent Hill Ministries at https://www.giveforgoodlouisville.org/organizations/united-crescent-hill-ministries and to St. Matthews Area Ministries at https://www.giveforgoodlouisville.org/organizations/st-matthews-area-ministries.

Get ready to #GiveForGoodLou on September 17 between midnight and 11:59 PM at www.giveforgoodlouisville.org. For questions or comments, please email info@giveforgoodlouisville.org.

Maria Price Recognized

Maria Price

It was my pleasure to recognize D9 resident Maria Price at Metro Council last week as she retires as Executive Director of the St. John Center for Homeless Men. 

Maria began volunteering at St. John in 1994 and became Executive Director in 2008, upon the retirement of St. John’s founding director, Sister Mary Kathleen Sheehan. St. John launched its permanent supportive housing program during Maria’s tenure, providing both housing and ongoing case management to vulnerable homeless men, with 98% of those served retaining their housing for more than 12 months in any given year. The Center has grown in both physical size and provided services during Maria’s tenure and now offers employment and housing counseling, helping hundreds of people move from houselessness to permanent housing.

Congratulations and well done, Maria.

Mary T. Meagher Reopens/Family Fun Sept. 24


Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, reopened Monday, September 13 at 5 am, with a new pool liner that will decrease maintenance needs and reduce or eliminate future closures. It was great to visit it last week as the work was wrapping up.

The complete fall schedule for the facility is here. It includes a family fun night on Friday, September 24, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., with free swimming! No registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Questions, please call 574-1498.

Louisville Parks and Recreation Vacancies

Metro Parks

Louisville Metro Parks has a wide variety of positions available from entry level to management, including part-time throughout the department. Please click here to view open jobs and to apply.

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event – September 25


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! 

Junk Pick-up in District 9 – October 15-17


It will soon be time to clean house and get ready for another junk collection if you live in the 9th District Urban Services District (USD). You may begin setting out your junk Friday, October 15 in the afternoon. All junk must be set out by Monday, October 18 at 6:00 a.m. Some items (hazardous materials, construction debris, etc.) are not collected and THESE RULES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. For collection guidelines, please visit http://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/junk-and-bulk-trash-disposal. Sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text, click here! To see if you are in the collection area, go to http://mapit.louisvilleky.gov/, enter your address and check under “sanitation services.”

Brightside Bash - September 29

Brightside Bash

The 2021 Brightside Bash presented by the Republic Bank Foundation will be held Wednesday, September 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $50 each.

Brightside has assembled some incredible Wheel of Chance raffle packages and will only be selling 20 tickets for EACH of those items giving you fantastic odds! With items ranging from a week-long visit to a lakeside cabin in Nolin Lake, Ky, to four Lexus Diamond Club tickets to a 2022 Cincinnati Reds home game, a Bourbon Basket full of amazing bourbon selections, and even tickets to a LouCity or Racing Louisville soccer game - there is something for everyone! Keep an eye out on their Facebook Page as they will be featuring items each day leading up to the event. But don't wait, with only 20 chances to win each package you don't want to miss your chance to purchase a ticket! Drawings for the Brightside Bash Virtual Fundraiser presented by the Republic Bank Foundation will be held at the live event on Wednesday, September 29th. You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase your tickets to the 2021 Brightside Bash presented by the Republic Bank Foundation here!

Bluegrass Music in the Garden – October 1


Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, will host Bluegrass Music in the Garden from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1.  Join in for an evening of live bluegrass music by the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and there is plenty of space under the tent and on the lawn. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Space is limited, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

D9 Fall Community Cleanup – October 23

Community Cleanup

If you’ve been complaining about litter, please mark your calendar and plan to join your neighbors on Saturday, October 23, to do something about it at the D9 Fall Community Cleanup.

In partnership with Brightside, volunteers will be working along the Frankfort Avenue corridor, picking up litter, working on tree wells and generally making things brighter and cleaner. Volunteers should plan to meet at 9:00 a.m. at the public parking lot at Frankfort and Keats Avenues. The District 9 office will provide bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to register your own neighborhood team through Brightside, please click here.

SWMS Recycling Tips – Flatten Cardboard


This is NOT a curbside recycling week in Louisville’s Urban Services District under the new, every other week schedule.  Recycling weeks are shown in blue on the calendar below.

Use your recycling cart's capacity wisely! Overflowing waste containers can lead to more litter on our streets and may damage your cart's lid and hinge. Residents and businesses recycle a lot of cardboard boxes and those boxes are often the cause of overflowing recycling carts. Be sure to flatten all cardboard and, if necessary, place a box full of flattened cardboard on top of the recycling cart. (See photo) 

Other recycling tips for conserving space:

  • Only recycle what is accepted. 
  • Do not bag recyclables. 
  • Crush containers.

GLI’s Career Acceleration Network Connects Job Seekers with Careers Paths


Greater Louisville, Inc. (GLI) has created an innovative partnership with employers, workforce partners, and training institutions to help place people into a career path that will provide a livable wage and mobility. If you are interested in a job and growing your career, the Career Accelerator Network (CAN) is for you.

GLI has brought together entry-level and secondary employers (from $11/hour to $31+/hour) to create pathways for you to access jobs while also pursuing upskilling or reskilling to get you ready for the next phase. Intentional connections have been made between 15 employers in five different career tracts:

  • Business services
  • Health care
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology

Participants in the CAN are connected to training programs and support services to overcome workforce barriers and help move from low wage, low skilled positions to higher wage, higher skilled positions.

If you are interested in participating in CAN and growing your skills and wages, get connected here.

D9 Blog and Social Media Sites Provide Updates


We publish this newsletter every other week, with the next edition scheduled for September 30. 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.

Friday, September 17: 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 Mary Poppins Returns. More information is available here.

Saturday, September 18: Louisville Grows' PLANT 5K Run and Walk. This event benefits Louisville Grows' goal of planting 5,000 trees by 2025. The cost is $30 for early registration and will start at 9:00 a.m. at Jeffersonville Overlook, 100 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN. For more information and to register, please click here.

Tuesday, September 21Know Waste Webinar on Compost Bins and Rain Barrels at 3:00 p.m. Register online at KnowWasteLouisville.org/Webinars.

Tuesday, September 21: CANCELLED - Quarterly Clifton Community Council Public Meeting.

Thursday, September 23Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, will host a summer celebration to honor Mike Hayman at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehall. Summer Celebration is Whitehall's opportunity to recognize special people who have made significant philanthropic contributions to our community.  For more information or to purchase tickets online, please click here.  You may also contact Whitehall at (502) 897-2944 or email  whitehall@historichomes.org.  All proceeds from the event go to the preservation of Whitehall House & Gardens.

Friday, September 24: Recycling collection in the D9 portion of the USD.

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