District 12 eNewsletter - November 24, 2021

District 12
CM Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Heather Blazis
Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...


Our District 12 office sends you warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. 


Coffee With Your Councilman


Join me for the next Coffee With Your Councilman on Saturday, December 4th, from 10:00am to Noon. I welcome you to share your suggestions and concerns at The Biscuit Belly, 5207 New Cut Rd, Louisville, KY 40214.

This is an informal opportunity to talk about our district, and our city as a whole. Please feel free to join us anytime from 10:00am - Noon. I look forward to speaking with you! 

For any questions, please contact the District 12 Office at 574-1112 or email Heather Blazis at heather.blazis@louisvilleky.gov


New District Information

Just in time for the new year, the city has finished its redistricting from the 2020 Census and the Mayor has signed the ordinance. Below is the map of the updated District 12. We will miss those who are now joining District 14 and 1, but know you will be in great hands with your new Councilmembers.

We welcome those former residents of Districts 3 and 25 who are now District 12 constituents from our north and southward expansions. We look forward to working with you. 

The Southward Expansion has added Waverly Park, parts of Valley Station, and the Bobby Nichols Golf Course.

For more information on the city-wide redistricting, look at the 2021 Redistricting Maps.


Planning Commission Meetings


Buy Local Passport


Pick up a South Points Buy Local Passport at a participating South Points business to support small businesses in South Louisville. Get a sticker in your passport each time you shop throughout November! Once your passport is full, redeem it for a reward from a South Points business and be entered to win the Grand Prize – $500 shopping spree in South Points! Learn more, and see the list of participating businesses and prizes at: https://bit.ly/SouthPointsPassport.


light up logo

Presented by Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E), the city’s most beloved holiday event, Light Up Louisville, is returning Friday, Nov. 26. The in-person event, outside of Metro Hall at Jefferson and Sixth streets, begins at 4:00p.m. Children and families are invited to visit the AT&T Santa’s Workshop on Sixth Street with a one-way loop to pick up holiday crafts and cookies to decorate at home, as well as to write letters to Santa and veterans through the Honor Flight program. Visitors can also get a free holiday green screen picture in the AT&T Santa’s Workshop.

A Holiday Market will be open from 4:00 – 10:00p.m. at 6th and Jefferson streets, offering treats, holiday crafts and decorations for purchase. The Light Up Louisville stage, on the west lawn of Metro Hall, will feature live entertainment. Performances include some of Louisville’s most talented groups including: DJ Jay Campbell, Louisville Classic Melodies, Motown Christmas, Steven Gould, Asly Toro, Made New Acapella, and Eight Inch Elvis.

The Lots of Lights Parade starts at 6:45p.m. at Fourth and Liberty streets, led by Frosty the Snowman as grand marshal. From Fourth Street, the parade turns onto Jefferson Street and disperses at Seventh and Jefferson streets. Jesse and MJ from Mix 106.9, Louisville’s official Christmas radio station, will emcee the parade announcements. Anyone interested in participating in the parade can sign up at LightUpLouisville.org.

Around 8:00p.m., Santa Claus will arrive and make his way to the entertainment stage to help “Light Up Louisville” by turning on tens of thousands of lights, including the city Christmas tree in Jefferson Square Park. A Zambelli fireworks show will follow. The city Christmas tree, a 45-foot Norway Spruce, was donated by the family of Jane and Chris Lindsay.

Free Coat Exchange

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is hosting four locations on November 26 as part of the 11th Annual FREE Coat Exchange in Shelby, Central, Iroquois and Elliott Parks. Volunteers needed 8:00am-10:00am and 10:00am-1:00pm. If you're available- please email info@olmstedparks.org.

Anyone needing a coat can come to any of the locations 10:00am-1:00pm. For drop-off locations to donate a coat, visit www.freecoatexchange.org.


Winter Woods Spectacular


Experience the twinkling of millions of lights, at Iroquois Park, as you traverse a winding road nestled in majestic woods, filled with illumination, artistic scenes, and sounds that will delight the senses and transport you to an ethereal winter wonderland. Located in historic Iroquois Park, the Winter Woods Spectacular is a ½ mile drive of lighting and artistry that will explore and celebrate the holiday season.

The event is open nightly November 26 through December 26, 2021, 6:00 – 10:00p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 – 11:00p.m. Friday & Saturday!

Event Fees :

  • $35 for cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.
  • $50 for passenger vans, RVs, and limousines.
  • $100 for tour buses and limo buses.

Follow this LINK for tickets!



Useful Links




Jefferson County

November 17, 2021 Vs November 22, 2021



Total Confirmed Cases :  November 17, 2021 - 122,341 :  November 22, 2021 - 123,423

Change in Cases : 1,082

Total Deceased :  November 17, 2021 - 1,653 :  November 22, 2021 - 1,690

Change in Deaths : 37

Total Recovery : November 17, 2021 - 46,316   :  November 22, 2021 - 48,755

Change in Recovery : 2,439



Vaccinated In Jefferson County : 68.7 % - 527,051

Fully Vaccinated : 58.8 % - 451,445

Partially Vaccinated : 9.9 % - 75,606

Unvaccinated In Jefferson County : 31.3 % - 240,713


Inpatients :  November 17, 2021 - 131  :  November 22, 2021 - 126     

ICU Patients :  November 17, 2021 - 33  :  November 22, 2021 - 47         

Patients on Vents :  November 17, 2021 - 18   :  November 22, 2021 - 18

Percent of those in Jefferson County Hospitals with Covid :  9.8 %

Resources for You

For more information, please go to our COVID-19 Testing page for a listing of testing sites.

For assistance in relation to hardships due to COVID click here.

For information about COVID facts, testing, vaccines and more click here.

For in depth updates on COVID in Louisville, including total deaths and confirmed cases click here.

COVID Booster 

Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order that qualifies every person 18 years old or older and living or working in the commonwealth to get a COVID-19 vaccination booster six months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, or two months after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The Governor said Kentucky was seeing declines in COVID-19 case numbers and the test positivity rate for many weeks, but recently those numbers have begun to plateau or even slightly increase.

As of Wed., Nov. 17, more than 437,000 Kentuckians had received a booster.


Louisville Metro solicits two Requests for Information for Federal American Rescue Plan funding

Environmental Justice, Childcare and Early Learning

Louisville Metro Government’s Accelerator Team today issued two Requests for Information (RFI) proposals for Environmental Justice, and for Childcare and Early Learning initiatives, outlined in August as among the top priorities for American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding.

Environmental Justice

This RFI seeks comments and ideas on potential environmental justice projects targeted toward disadvantaged individuals or populations disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Project services must be focused in qualified census tracts (QCTs).

RFIs for Environmental Justice will be accepted until 5:00p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 7, 2021.

                                                  Childcare and Early Learning

This RFI is seeking information from organizations, community advocates and subject matter experts with experience successfully managing childcare projects. The goal is developing childcare and early learning projects to promote healthy childhood environments and enable families to rejoin the workforce. Projects should be targeted toward populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Project services must be focused in qualified census tracts (QCTs).  

RFIs for Childcare and Early Learning initiatives will be accepted until 5:00p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.

For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/accelerator.

Kynect Health Coverage Opens

Kentuckians can now enroll until Jan. 15, 2022.

The switch to a state-based marketplace is expected to save Kentuckians at least $15 million a year. Kentuckians who buy commercial health plans through the federal site pay a surcharge on premiums, which will not continue with the state-based marketplace. Savings will be passed on to people who buy health coverage through the marketplace. The relaunched portal also will help connect Kentuckians with other benefits and resources, including food, utilities assistance, transportation, job training and veterans’ benefits.

The Governor said kynect also offers a solution for small businesses through the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP. The plans are available for employers insuring two to 50 employees and allow health coverage issuers to provide Kentucky’s smallest businesses with affordable plan options that offer essential benefits.

Free help is available to Kentuckians during the Open Enrollment Period, Nov. 1, 2021, to Jan.15, 2022.

To learn more, visit kynect.ky.gov.

Utility Assistance


The Fall Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) began Monday, Nov. 1st, and the appointment system is now open. Eligible residents (Jefferson County residents within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines) can set up a drop off appointment by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. Learn more.

If you're behind on your Louisville Water Company or Louisville MSD bill due to the pandemic, assistance is available! Apply at https://louisvillewater.com/CovidFunds or visit your local community ministry. Call 211 to locate your nearest ministry.  Read more.


State Transportation Crews Ready for Snow and Ice Season

Keep Kentucky Moving Safely

As Kentuckians soak in the final views of falling leaves, state transportation crews are on the lookout for the first sight of snow to spring into action. Nearly 2,100 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) staff and crew members have been preparing for months for the November launch of snow and ice season when crews are on standby to maintain travel on state routes once winter weather strikes.

The Cabinet has stockpiled over 300,000 tons of salt, 1 million gallons of brine for anti-icing efforts and 875,000 gallons of calcium chloride, an additive to salt for deicing.

Safe roadways are a shared responsibility, especially during inclement weather when risks increase. KYTC encourages motorists to prepare for winter and remain safe by following these tips:

  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events.
  • Stock vehicles with ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and first aid kit should you get stranded on the road.
  • Winterize vehicles. Have your car battery, tire pressure and brakes checked. Make sure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly.
  • When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you’re in. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in poor weather conditions, so brake early and slowly.
  • Pay attention to weather advisories and allow more time to travel for routine commutes.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for developing black ice—a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment and do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Know before you go. Download the free WAZE app or visit goky.ky.gov to check traffic conditions before you travel. The map also offers access to select traffic cameras on interstates and parkways.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving (e.g. using phone and eating).

Visit snowky.ky.gov for snow and ice resources, like priority route maps, tips and highway district updates. 

Holiday Meal Advice



Cat of the Week

Cat of the Week

Rosie is special in more ways than one. The shy, black-and-white cat is a now member of the exclusive tripod pet club. Rosie’s leg was broken and needed to be amputated when she arrived at the shelter. She spent some time recovering in foster care until she was ready to find a forever family. Her adoption fee is waived for an approved adopter, thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. Rosie is approximately two years old and weighs about seven pounds. To meet, or adopt Rosie, visit Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road) from 12:00-6:00pm daily. For more info about Rosie, call 502-473-PETS.

Black Friday

Every day is Black Friday this November at the Animal House Adoption Center. All large dog adoptions are free for approved adopters plus receive a free dog crate, a gift from the non-profit organization, the Friends of Metro Animal Services. Every adoption includes spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinations. To view adoptable dogs through LMAS, click here. To meet adoptable pets, visit Animal House located at 3516 Newburg Road, open to walk-ins from 12:00-6:00pm daily.

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