District 9 eNews - Thursday, April 14, 2022


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The Easter Parade is Back!

easter parade

After two missed years due to the pandemic, the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade is back! The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Birchwood Avenue and travel down Frankfort Avenue, ending at Pope Street. Bring your family - and don’t forget bags to collect candy from parade participants. For more information, please visit https://faba.wildapricot.org/Easter-Parade.

PD Hunt

Before the parade, there is a community Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. in Crescent Hill.  Sponsored by the Crescent Hill Community Council, the event is at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. The hunt is for kids ages 11 and under. Come early for story time with the children’s librarian from the Crescent Hill Library at 9:30 a.m.

Make a day of it and visit Frankfort Avenue shops and restaurants throughout the day.  See you Saturday!

Major Frankfort Avenue Traffic Changes


Major changes in the Louisville Water Company project on Frankfort Avenue take place soon. Stilz Avenue will re-open by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, April 15. A few other major changes in Phase II of the project have been delayed by delivery issues with pipe and construction materials but will happen on or soon after May 2:  


First, eastbound Frankfort Avenue traffic will need to detour. There are two detour options: Stilz Avenue (to Lexington Road) or Hillcrest Avenue (to Brownsboro Road).

Second, westbound Frankfort Avenue will be open through the construction zone.

Third, Reservoir Avenue will close at Frankfort Avenue. Residents using the Crescent Hill Reservoir, Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, and the Crescent Hill Golf Course will have access from Brownsboro Road. Like the other changes, this will happen on or soon after May 2.

Louisville Water expects to open east and westbound lanes on Frankfort Avenue this summer, hopefully in July.  

Phase II work will be completed between April and September, with final restoration and the end of the project in October. 

Please drive carefully in the area as we all adjust to these new traffic patterns.

New Trees on Frankfort Avenue


Photo Credit: Mike Hayman

New trees – 41 in all – are being planted along Frankfort Avenue. It’s the latest step in a project to remove dead and declining trees and widen tree wells as part of a larger sidewalk improvement effort along the corridor. New trees are filling the empty tree wells (in addition to some alongside the railroad tracks). In its newsletter this week, Trees Louisville noted that “Many of the selected species will become large canopy trees, providing shade and beauty and contributing to the walkability of this bustling street.”  

Many thanks to Trees Louisville for all of its work in coordinating the project, the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry and MSD for their contribution of trees, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for facilitating the permit process. 

TreeFest 2022 – April 16

Tree Fest

Louisville Parks and Recreation, TreesLouisville and Louisville Grows are proud to announce the first ever TreeFest: An Arbor Day Celebration!

Taking place Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. at Joe Creason Park, TreeFest will be a day dedicated to all things trees!

Come out to this family-friendly event to meet and learn about local "green" organizations, pick up a free tree (while supplies last), and participate in outdoor activities, including tree pruning and planting demos, kids tree climbing presented by Limbwalker Tree Service, and guided nature walks. 

Enjoy food and beverages from West Sixth Brewing, Brooks Hill Winery, Copper Kitchen Food Truck and Garden Girl Foods; live music by Jossie Lauren; and karaoke presented by Noraebar.

RSVP to the Facebook event or contact info@treeslouisville.org with questions.

Get Ready to Vote


Kentucky’s Primary Election is May 17 and deadlines to participate are coming fast:

Primary Election - May 17 

  • Last day to register: April 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Mail-in absentee portal closes: May 3, 2022

You can register, check or update your registration, request a mail-in absentee ballot or find your polling place at GoVoteKy.com.

Louisville voters will be nominating candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Louisville Metro Mayor, Metro Council (including D9, where there is a Democratic primary on May 17 and my successor will be elected in November), Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives, Jefferson County offices and many judicial positions.

In addition to regular Election Day voting from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17,at your assigned polling place, any registered voter may cast their ballot during early in-person voting on May 12, 13 and 14 at the following locations:

  • The Jeffersonian 10617 Taylorsville Rd. Jeffersontown, KY 40299
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Louisville, KY 40203
  • Broadbent Arena at Kentucky Exposition Center 937 Phillips Ln. Louisville, KY 40209
  • Sun Valley Community Center 6505 Bethany Ln. Louisville, KY 40272
  • Triple Crown Pavilion 1780 Plantside Dr. Louisville, KY 40299
  • Mary Queen of Peace 4017 Dixie Hwy. Louisville, KY 40216

Go Vote, District 9!

Public Meetings on Future of Cherokee Golf Course

Louisville Parks and Recreation and Councilmember Cassie Chambers Armstrong are hosting two public meetings in April to discuss the future of Cherokee Golf Course.

Cherokee Golf Course was founded in 1895, four years after the design firm of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the City of Louisville established Cherokee Park. Louisville Metro currently has 10 municipally owned golf courses. Cherokee, one of three nine-hole courses in the system (nearby Crescent Hill and Bobby Nichols in southwest Jefferson County are the others), is currently being operated by Louisville Parks and Recreation staff and is the only course without a lease agreement with a PGA professional or non-profit organization. Attempts to bid out the management of the course in 2019 and 2020 did not yield any viable options. 

During that process, Parks and Recreation received a proposal from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to enhance Cherokee Park by making improvements and investments to revitalize the golf course property into active and diverse parkland. Attendees of the public meetings will be introduced to this idea and be able to share their feedback.

Parks and Recreation officials stress that no decisions on the future of the course have been made or will be made at these public meetings. Receiving input from the community is the first step in the process, and any decisions must follow the existing ordinance, LMCO 42.44. That process concludes with any proposed changes to the course being approved by Metro Council.

Receiving public input on the future of Cherokee Golf Course will be the only item for discussion. Comments regarding the future of Cherokee Golf Course and course operations may also be provided by e-mail to parks@louisvilleky.gov.

Public meetings:

  • Wednesday, April 20, 6-7 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Blvd., 40205
  • Monday, April 25, 6-7 p.m. at the Cherokee Golf Course Clubhouse, 2501 Alexander Road, 40204

Public Input Process on City Aquatics Plan


Louisville Parks and Recreation is partnering with Brandstetter Carroll Inc. to develop a long-term aquatics master plan. This will include future usage and investment ideas and strategies for the city’s current aquatics facilities (four existing outdoor pools and the Mary T. Meagher indoor facility). Plans for current and future programming based on the interests and needs of the community as well as recommendations for new aquatics facilities to fill existing gaps in pool and programming access will also be included.

Louisville Parks and Recreation is looking to gather as much citizen feedback as possible to ensure this plan meets the needs of the entire community.  Public suggestions can be provided through online and paper surveys and/or participation in one of the four open houses listed below.

Online surveys are available here

Open house public meetings:

  • Monday, April 18 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Sun Valley Community Center, 6050 Bethany Lane, 40272
  • Thursday, April 21 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue, 40211
  • Tuesday, April 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Road, 40206
  • Thursday, April 28 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218

“Meet with Bill” – April 26

Meet with Bill

I am always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with me in person more convenient, I hold office hours at various places around District 9, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations.  On Tuesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at Commonwealth Theatre, 1123 Payne Street. That’s in the Irish Hill neighborhood, all of which is in D9 following this year’s Metro Council redistricting. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

Donate Books for the Friends of the Library Sale

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the St. Matthews Library are once again accepting preowned books that are less than five years old and in good condition—adult fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, CDs and DVDs (no textbooks, magazines or VCR tapes). Bring them to the library at 3940 Grandview Ave. Call ahead at 574-1771 if you will be bringing a large number.

Proceeds from the sale of used books help support the Louisville Free Public Library’s “Summer Reading” program and provides resources for the St. Matthews branch.

Louisville Grows Seeds & Starts Sale

Louisville Seeds and Starts

Louisville Grows' annual Seeds & Starts Sale will be filled with your favorite and unique vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, berry bushes, native flowers, and other gardening needs.

The sale will run on the below dates from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1639 Portland Avenue.

  • April 16
  • April 20
  • May 14

Louisville Grows' Seeds & Starts is your one-stop shop for veggie plants, fruit trees, flowers, herbs, mulch, compost and more. All proceeds support a sustainable food system in Louisville by benefiting community gardens through Louisville Grows' Community Garden Grants. Plant starts are grown with love by our greenhouse volunteers, and each of our 100+ varieties of plants are chosen for adaptability, biodiversity, beauty, and taste!

The online sales begin April 18th at seedsandstarts.org with curbside pickup on April 21, April 28 and May 5 from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Purchases can also be picked up at the April 30 Seeds & Starts Sale.

Pop-Up Drop-Off Event – April 30

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, through November, at various locations.

The second April event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Metro Fleet Services, 3515 Newburg Road.

Residents can 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/PopUpsNote: on-site paper shredding is not available at this event.

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!  

Shakespeare in St. Matthews – May 1

Shakespeare in the Park

Kentucky Shakespeare’s FREE Shakespeare in the Parks tour started last week with an event moved from Seneca Park indoors to Waldorf School of Louisville on Rock Creek Drive. The spring tour includes a six-actor production of Julius Caesar and will tour in thirty-four parks in April and May. 

Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets for this free, family-friendly community event.

On Sunday, May 1, a performance is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue.  Backup rain space is St. Matthews-Eline Branch Library.    

Click here for all dates, times, and more information.

Storm Drain Marking Project to Protect Beargrass Creek

storm drain

Earth Day is April 22 and Kentucky Waterways Alliance, in partnership with Rotary Club of Louisville, is marking the day with a Storm Drain Marking Volunteer Project in Crescent Hill on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  The work begins at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue.

Volunteers will affix curb stickers to storm drains to alert citizens that materials flowing into storm drains empty directly into Beargrass Creek. Advance registration is required. Please click here to register.

Fans for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Fan Fair

Louisville Metro Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC) and KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living are seeking donations to help purchase electric box fans to be distributed to those in need as the weather gets warmer.  The fans will be distributed at a Fan Fair resource event in Louisville on June 11, and to qualified individuals within the KIPDA region including Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, Trimble, and Jefferson counties.

Residents, businesses, faith-based organizations, and other groups wanting to make monetary contributions can donate safely and quickly online at louisvilleky.gov/FanFair. Check and money orders are also accepted, made payable to KIPDA, Attn: Fan Fair, mailed to the address on Commonwealth Drive listed below, and postmarked by May 27.

Donations of new box fans are also welcome at one of the locations below through June 9. 

  • WLKY Studio, 1918 Mellwood Ave, 40206; (502) 891-4800
  • KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive, 40299; (502) 266-5571
  • OADC, Edison Center, 701 W. Ormsby Ave, 2nd floor, 40203; (502) 574-5092

Drop off times for all three sites are Monday - Friday (except holidays), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

Case No. 22-ZONEPA-0048

Subject Property: 205-207 Meridian Avenue. You are invited to a public meeting to present neighbors with a proposed zone change plan to allow an 8-unit townhome style apartment community on approximately .46 acres at 205 and 207 Meridian Avenue. Case number 22-ZONEPA-0048, case manager Dante.St.Germain@louisvilleky.gov.

The applicant is hosting an in-person meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Matthews Eline Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or have any questions or comments, please contact Paul Whitty at (502) 459-2001 or email paul@bardlaw.net. Original meeting notification letter.

For basic details for all 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.

Case No. 22-VARIANCE-0041
Variance review to encroach into setbacks.  
Subject Property: 3700 Brownsboro Road
Case Manager: Tara Sorrels (Tara.Sorrels@louisvilleky.gov)
Meeting Date: Monday, April 18, 2022
Location: Online at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/planning-design/upcoming-public-meetings. You may also participate in person at the Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street.


Case No. 22-COA-0061
Clifton Architectural Review Committee for review of new front façade windows and painting unpainted masonry.
Subject Property: 181 N. Bellaire Avenue
Case Manager: Bradley Fister (Bradley.Fister@louisvilleky.gov)           
Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Location: 444 South 5th Street, Room 101


Case No. 22-COA-0078
Clifton Architectural Review Committee for review of an after-the-fact demolition of a garage. 
Subject Property: 1846 Payne Street
Case Manager: Bradley Fister (Bradley.Fister@louisvilleky.gov)           
Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Location: 444 South 5th Street, Room 101


Case No. 21-COA-0201
Clifton Architectural Review Committee for review of an after-the-fact CMU retaining wall. 
Subject Property: 169 William Street
Case Manager: Bradley Fister (Bradley.Fister@louisvilleky.gov)           
Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Location: 444 South 5th Street, Room 101


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, April 14: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host an afternoon book discussion at 2:00 p.m. Join in to celebrate National Poetry Month to discuss favorite works of poetry. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, April 14: The main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library will host, Behind the Lines: Redistricting & Gerrymandering Explained Fast Class, at 6:30 p.m. at 301 York Street. This class will examine the history of and current state of redistricting in Louisville and Kentucky, as well as the methods and science behind the lines. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by calling 574-1623 or by clicking here

Friday, April 15: Turners Circus 2022, Stranded, at American Turners of Louisville, 3125 River Road. Advance tickets are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets at the door are $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under. For more information, please visit www.louisvilleturners.org or www.facebook.com/turnerscircus. Performance dates are April 15-17 and 22-24.

Saturday, April 16: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Saturday morning book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Plan to discuss The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, April 16: Annual Spring Cleaning Event from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at 8712 Bayberry Place. Event includes paper shredding, electronics recycling, shoe donation, expired prescriptions, tattered US Flags, gently used backpacks, newer or collectible books, DVDs, women's x-small clothes and new toiletries. This event is privately hosted by RE Solutions.

Saturday, April 16: Crescent Hill Community Council Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Hunts will be divided up by age.

Saturday, April 16Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade at 11:30 a.m. along Frankfort Avenue, beginning at Birchwood Avenue to Pope Street. Make a float, borrow a car, dress up your dog, blow a kazoo, but don't forget your Easter bonnet and your bags to collect candy. If you plan to participate or have questions, please call Michaelle Warner at 419-6159 or email michaelle.warner1@gmail.com. 

Tuesday, April 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a Friends of the Library meeting at 10:00 a.m. Learn how to support the library. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a movie discussion group on the famous French classic Rififi at 2:00 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 19: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a night owls book discussion at 6:30 p.m. Plan to discuss The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 19Clifton Heights Community Council Quarterly meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue.

Friday, April 22: Louisville East Lions Club semiannual chili and hotdog supper from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. St. Leonard Catholic Church, 440 Zorn Avenue. Chili and hotdog supper tickets are $7 each and you can dine-in or carry-out. Each ticket includes all you can eat chili, hotdogs, drinks and desserts. Click here to purchase a ticket. Questions about ordering? Email louisvilleeastlionsclub@gmail.com or call 502-883-1772.

Saturday, April 23: Thunder Over Louisville - for more information visit https://thunderoverlouisville.org/.

Sunday, April 24: The Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park will be closed to vehicular traffic on the last Sunday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. until the fall.

Sunday, April 24: Louisville Folk School presents the Cupola Concerts at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. On April 24, enjoy the Dom Flemons with Julia Purchell and Sanaan Hamza Duo. Music will begin at 5:00 p.m. Reserved seating is $25 in advance and General Admission is $15 in advance or day of the show $20. Cash bar will be available. Limited advanced seating is available at https://louisvillefolkschool.org/collections/events.

Tuesday, April 26: "Meet with Bill" from 10:00 a.m. - Noon at Commonwealth Theatre, 1123 Payne Street.  Please plan to stop by during these open office hours with any questions or concerns. 

Tuesday, April 26: Wellspring will host the 24th Annual Derby Preview Party at Churchill Downs, reservations are required. This is a fundraising event to provide housing, hope and behavioral health services for adults with mental illness. Please visit www.WellspringKY.org for tickets and more information.

Tuesday, April 26: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, will host a discussion on Louisville Disasters: Earthquakes, Fires, Floods and Tornadoes at 2:00 p.m. Louisville has had its fair share of life-threatening natural disasters and man-made crisis. 1811 and recent earthquakes, the 1937 Flood, and 1974 tornado, and catastrophic fires will be featured. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, April 26: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, will host a Community Book Club at 7:00 p.m. Masks are required for in-person events. Questions, please contact the store at 896-6950.

Wednesday, April 27: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will host an afternoon book discussion at 1:30 p.m. Plan to discuss The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, April 27: Whitehall House & Gardens will host a Dendrochronology Workshop at 6:00 p.m. at 3110 Lexington Road. Led by Dr. Maegan Rochner, this hands-on lecture and workshop will introduce you to the basics of tree-ring science and its various applications, featuring an exploration of Kentucky history through patterns in tree rings hidden in local forests, structures, and artifacts. The workshop will include hands-on examination of tree-ring samples from Kentucky trees and structures and a live demonstration of tree-coring on the Whitehall grounds. You’ll leave with basic knowledge on tree-ring science, but also a deeper understanding of how trees inform that past. Cost is $15 and you can register online.

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