District 12 eNewsletter - January 19, 2022

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...



Please join me for the next Coffee With Your Councilman on Saturday, February 5, from 10:00am to Noon. I welcome you to share your suggestions and concerns at The B.A. Colonial, 818 W. Kenwood Dr., 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


Mark your calendar for the next District Dialogue. This is our way to make Metro Government more convenient and accessible for the constituents of District 12.

Join me Tuesday, February 8th, 6:00pm at the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Highway) for updates on happenings in District 12. Representatives from LMPD 3rd Division, Codes & Regulations, the Louisville Water Company and MSD will be available to address specific concerns. 

We hope to see you there, so you can stay updated on the positive momentum in Southwest Louisville.

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


Preparations are underway for the return of the Riverview Independence Festival! Mark your calendars for July 2, 2022 for this fun, family-friendly event at Riverview Park. 

Be prepared to enjoy musical acts, activities for kids, food and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening. 

Accessory Dwelling Unit Virtual Conference


A new and flexible housing type has recently been permitted in Kentucky’s two largest cities. Most commonly referred to as the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), this housing type is defined as a secondary independent unit on a single-family lot. ADUs are versatile in both form and function, meeting the needs of young professionals, those aging-in-place and everyone in between. Such an opportunity has citizens and industry professionals alike asking – How might I make the most of this new housing option?

This conference is intended to offer national expertise on areas that are critical to the success of Accessory Dwelling Units as an emerging housing type.

Keynote address by Daniel Parolek, Founding Principal, Opticos Design. The renowned urban designer, architect, and author of Missing Middle Housing will explain how Accessory Dwelling Units complement the transformative “missing middle” concept.

Register for this free, virtual conference - bit.ly/LouLex_ADU  or for more information visit https://imaginelexington.com/ADU

Virtual Yoga


Community Facility Review


Address The Stress


FREE Virtual Conference Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare is hosting a free half-day virtual conference titled Address The Stress: Picking Up the Pieces from Brokenness on January 21, from 10:00am-2:45pm EST. Join a variety of speakers from across the Commonwealth to learn about how stress impacts our body, mind, and spirit. You will have opportunities throughout the conference to experience different stress-relieving techniques, so can build your own stress-relieving tool kit to help you manage better during stressful times. View the full conference agenda here. To register for the conference, please click here.



Revised Development Plan - 6201 Lower Hunters Trace 


A Revised District Development Plan for property to allow outdoor storage of automobiles and automobile components on 4.86 acres in the C2 zoning district. (related to #21-AMEND-0007)

Louisville Zoo - Party for the Planet


The Louisville Zoo invites students of all ages throughout the state of Kentucky to get involved in its 10th annual Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest for Students. This annual contest is part of the Zoo’s Party for the Planet: A Month-Long Celebration of the Earth, powered by the LG&E and KU Foundation.

Kentucky students are encouraged to communicate the importance of recycling and sustainability through art. Using only recyclable items, students’ art submissions should express or interpret “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.”

Trashformation is open to all public, private, parochial and homeschool students from preschool through 12th grade. The contest is open to individual students or groups of four or more. Students are asked to register for the program and submit photographs or videos of their art at louisvillezoo.org/trashformation

All entries must be made from recyclable materials. Registration for the contest is appreciated by Saturday, February 19, 2022. Each student may enter only one project. A panel of judges will choose one winner from each category. On Saturday, March 26, 2022, the Louisville Zoo will host a press conference where Zoo officials and special guests will announce the winners and distribute awards.

Visit louisvillezoo.org/trashformation for more information on categories, rules and to register.  

Metro Council Podcast


The Metro Council's District Download podcast has launched! Below is the information on where to find our podcast.

Sounder Landing Pagehttps://district-download-a-louisville-metro-council-pod.sounder.fm/





For more information, go to @jcpsschoolmeals; https://www.facebook.com/JCPSSchoolmeals or the JCPS website at https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us

miracle league

Calling all players and volunteers for the 2022 Miracle League of Louisville baseball season! The Miracle League of Louisville is a baseball league and complex located in Fern Creek Park (Metro District 22), but serves all Louisville Metro Districts and Kentuckiana for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. The league is seeking volunteers for the upcoming 2022 spring baseball season.

Volunteer opportunities include being a Buddy (each player in the league has their own Buddy who assists them on the field and in the dugout for each game), coach, assistant coach, umpire, dugout assistant, or general volunteer each game day! The spring baseball season games will be played on Saturdays from April 9, 2022 through June 11, 2022 with the exception of Derby Day and Memorial Day. The volunteer commitment will require a minimum of one hour, or longer if interested each week.  

If interested in playing in the league, volunteer opportunities, or you have any questions regarding the upcoming baseball season please visit the Miracle League of Louisville website (www.miracleleaguelouisville.org).


Cool Roof Incentive Program

The Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability provides incentives to property owners of $1 per square foot of cool roof installed, with a goal of incentivizing at least 100,000 square feet of cool roofs. Buildings located in Metro Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15 are identified as high heat island areas based on the Urban Heat Management Study (2016) and will receive 70% of the available funding for Fiscal Year 2022. The program will continue until funds are depleted. Incentives are limited to a maximum of three properties per property owner per fiscal year. 

Learn more and apply for the Cool Roof Incentive Program.

Household Water Assistance


Appointments are now being accepted for the new LIHWAP program, the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program.  LIHWAP will assist eligible Jefferson County households within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines with water and wastewater assistance.  For eligibility and more info, see flyer.

To schedule an appointment, contact the automated scheduler at 502-991-8391 or go online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Pet of the Week


We've checked, the galaxy is not on Orion's Belt, but love is written in the stars for the one who adopts this spunky dog. Orion's Belt shines bright thanks to his friendly, happy nature - and melts hearts with how sweet he is. The photogenic puppy's adoption fee is waived for an approved adopter plus, every large dog adoption includes a FREE dog crate! Orion's Belt weighs about 40lbs. He's already neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.  He can be tested with other dogs and cats by request. Meet Orion’s Belt at Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, from 12:00-6:00pm daily. Walk-ins welcome!




Looking for:

  • Local Jobs
  • Career Training Programs
  • Resources for Youth 16-24
  • Career Workshops and Coaching
  • Hiring Events 

Visit: https://www.kentuckianaworks.org/workers


For detailed positions descriptions, pay information, and to apply please visit their website: http://www.louisvillemsd.org/Careers

TARC is hiring!

Click here for a full list of open positions.



COVID Testing

At Home: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order  free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. https://www.covidtests.gov/

-Residents can register to get tested at the new Churchill Downs site here: https://my.primary.health/l/churchilldowns
-Family Health Centers Fairdale – 1000 Neighborhood Pl 40218. https://my.primary.health/r/familyhealthcenters...
-All JCPS middle and high schools (JCPS student, family member or staff) https://spheredx.sphere.health/?page=covid.

Stop Covid

Jefferson County

January 9, 2022 vs January 16, 2022



Total Confirmed Cases:  January 9, 2022 - 166,209  :  January 16, 2022 - 182,200

Change in Cases:  15,991

Total Deceased:  January 9, 2022 - 1,842  :  January 16, 2022 - 1,853

Change in Deaths:  11

Total Recovery:  January 9, 2022 - 52,063  :  January 16, 2022 - 52,373


Vaccinated In Jefferson County:  73.6% - 565,161

Fully Vaccinated:  63.2% - 485,267

Have Received a Booster: 41.9% - 203,305

Unvaccinated In Jefferson County:  26.4% - 202,721


Hospitalized Patients:  January 12, 2022 - 474  January 19, 2022 - 387 

ICU Patients: January 12, 2022 - 91    :  January 19, 2022 - 63       

Patients on Vents:  January 12, 2022 - 50  :  January 19, 2022 - 46

Percent of those in Jefferson County Hospitals with Covid:  30.6%

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.

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