District 12 eNewsletter - May 11, 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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Join us 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 tomorrow, May 12, 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, the Clean Collaborative Crew 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






Riverview Independence Festival 2022


Complete Streets Coalition Seeking Members

Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Public Works is recruiting members for the recently established Complete Streets Coalition. The coalition was created through amendments to Louisville Metro’s Complete Streets Ordinance. These amendments require the formation of a committee which will have the defined and unique function of reviewing public projects to ensure Metro roadways are designed with consideration of all users, which will make our district safer, healthier, and more economically vibrant. This coalition plans to meet monthly for 1-2 hours once formed. If you are interested in joining, please send your name, email address, and phone number to Nate Keltch at Nathan.keltch@louisvilleky.gov. Nate will reach out with a link to an application form shortly.



Location: 9736 S 3rd Street Road

Campbell's Auto Sales Phase 2
A Category 2B plan for the addition of 5,940 sq ft of new structures on 1.432 acres in the C-2 zoning district.


Location: 7201 Greenwood Road

Racetrac Greenbelt Highway
a detailed district development plan for a 6008 sf gas station and convenience store on 4.75 acres in the EZ-1 zoning district.


Location: 7201 Greenwood Road

RaceTrac Greenbelt Highway
A waiver to allow a proposed gas station to not meet the 50% clear window requirement on street facing walls.


Location: 7201 Greenwood Road

RaceTrac Greenbelt Highway
A landscape waiver to allow the existing utility easement to encroach more than 50% into the landscape buffer area.


Location: 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)


Location: 4610 Kerrick Lane

Lower Hunters Trace Apartments
A revised detailed district development plan to modify the parking lot, fence, and clubhouse of an existing residential development on 10.3 acres in the C-2 zoning district.

Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund


Gov. Andy Beshear announced that starting Monday, May 9, Jefferson County tenants and landlords can apply for rental assistance through Team Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund.

Renters and landlords can view a complete list of requirements and apply for rental assistance through stopmyeviction.org or teamkyhherf.ky.gov for up to 12 months of past-due rent and utility bills and three months of future payments.

The Kentucky Housing Corporation recommends that Jefferson County tenants with a scheduled eviction court case contact the Legal Aid Society at 502-584-1254 and contact their landlord and ask to remain as they apply for rent assistance. Third parties can also help tenants complete the online application, and instructional videos are available to help applicants. Team Kentucky also has a customer service line – 833-597-3687 – to help Spanish-speaking applicants.

Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund
Earlier this year, Gov. Beshear announced that, thanks to $85.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, the commonwealth launched the Team Kentucky Homeowner Assistance Fund. Qualified homeowners can visit teamkyhaf.ky.gov to apply for up to $35,000 in assistance to help with delinquent mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowner’s and/or flood insurance, homeowners’ association fees and utility costs. If approved, the funds will be paid as a grant directly to mortgage servicers, utility companies, county property tax administrators, insurance agencies or homeowners’ associations. Since February 2022, Team Kentucky has distributed more than $3.4 million to more than 300 homeowners. The average payment per household is $14,000.

Team Kentucky Art Gallery

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is located in two main halls of the state Capitol in Frankfort.

Selected artworks will be displayed for a six-month rotation in the Capitol and on the Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery, where the artists can provide additional information. After each rotation, artworks are returned to the artists. The current rotation runs until June 30, 2022. The next rotation will begin July 1 and run until December 31, 2022.

The deadline to submit artwork for consideration for the fall 2022 exhibit is Friday, June 3, 2022. Artworks will be selected by the second week of June, and artists will be notified shortly thereafter.

Art Submission Requirements

  • Artists may submit two artworks for consideration but must complete separate applications for each.
  • Artworks must be a minimum size of 18-by-20-inches (including frame) and cannot exceed 48-inches in width. The maximum allowable depth is 4-inches and the maximum weight is 25 pounds.
  • Artworks should be framed if practicable.
  • Artworks can be landscape, portrait or abstract.
  • The following information should be included with your submission: your name; address, including city and county; phone number; email; title of artwork; and size of artwork (including frame). You can also include the URL if you have a website where your art is displayed.
  • Artists also can note whether the artwork is for sale. Artworks will not be sold as part of the Team Kentucky Gallery, but interested buyers will be able to contact artists for information about a sale once the artwork is returned.

How to Submit

  • Submit photos of your artwork using the application on the gallery’s website.

Get Involved - Join a Board or Commission


If you are interested in volunteering for one of Louisville Metro Government's Boards or Commissions, now is the time to start. By being a part of a board or commission, you will offer your time and your talents to improve the quality of life in our community.

There are approximately 100 boards and commissions with many areas of interest, including business and economic development, land planning, parks and recreation, public health and public safety.

Visit the website to learn more and apply! 

Metro Council FY23 Capital and Operating Budget Schedule


Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee has released its schedule for reviewing Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2022-2023 Capital and Operating Budgets.

The Committee will review the proposal over the months of May and June. The Committee will begin budget hearings on Monday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m., with an overview of the proposed budget. This first hearing will focus on projected Revenue, Operations, Capital and Debt, followed by a discussion of the budget for the Office of Management and Budget.

Public Input:

The public will have two different ways to participate in the budget process and share their thoughts. First, an online form for written comments will be available starting April 28 at 5:00 p.m. on the Metro Council website: https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/z1ls6po10gjsdnk/. The written comments will close on June 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Second, the Committee’s schedule will include two opportunities for the public to speak about the budget in person at City Hall. (A virtual option through WebEx will also be available.)

  • May 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (To participate in-person or virtually, speakers must sign up using a link on the Metro Council website. The link will be active on May 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • June 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  (To participate in-person or virtually, speakers must sign up using a link on the Metro Council website. The link will be active on June 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Information and guidance for speaking at the Committee Public Hearings can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/guidance-public-addresses-public-budget-hearings-fy22-23

All applicants for External Agency funding who wish to speak about their applications or funding are strongly encouraged to speak on May 18. (It is not required and only one speaker from each organization will be allowed.)

Highlights of the 2023 Budget Hearing Schedule:

  • Office of Inspector General – Monday, May 16 at 4:00 pm
  • Public Health & Wellness – Wednesday, May 18 at 4:00 pm
  • Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods – Monday, May 23 at 3:00 pm
  • Metro Corrections – Tuesday, May 24 at 2:00 pm
  • LMPD – Tuesday, May 24 at 3:00 pm
  • Resilience & Community Services – Wednesday, May 25 at 4:00 pm
  • Louisville Forward, to include Economic Development, Develop Louisville, Codes & Regulations and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Thursday, May 26 at 2:30 pm
  • Public Works, to include Solid Waste Management Services – Monday, June 6 at 3:00 pm
  • Louisville Fire – Tuesday, June 7 at 4:00 pm
  • Louisville Free Public Library – Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00 pm
  • Parks & Recreation - Tuesday, June 8 at 5:00 pm
  • Metro Council Meeting to Adopt FY 23 Budget – Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm

A complete schedule of meetings can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/fiscal-year-23-budget-hearing-schedule  

The public may watch all meetings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184, on UVERSE at Channel 99, or on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil. Proceedings may also be streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page at http://louisville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.  




Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services joins with Community Action Agencies across the state to begin accepting applications for the 2022 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Spring Subsidy Cooling Component. This federally-funded program is designed to help offset the cost of higher electric bills due to rising temperatures. Applications will be accepted now through June 17, 2022 or until funds are depleted.

Applicants for the Spring LIHEAP must be residents of Jefferson County with a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $3,469.00). 

The Spring LIHEAP Subsidy component provides households a one-time benefit ranging from $50 to $200 depending on income levels and housing category. Residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills.  The benefit amount is paid directly to the electric vendor (i.e.  LG&E). Jefferson County residents wishing to apply must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system.  Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Copies of LIHEAP documentation, along with the downloadable LIHEAP Application Packet, should be dropped off at the LIHEAP site you select, in a secure drop box on the day of your appointment.  Drop boxes are open Monday – Friday (excluding holidays), 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 1 - 4 p.m. Please submit copies, if possible.  Applicants will then be contacted by phone by a LIHEAP staff member to complete your interview and process your application.

Required documentation to drop off includes:

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month. (Ex. Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award Letter, pay stubs, etc. or other proof of $0 income). Note: Zero Income forms are available at the LIHEAP “Drop Box” locations or online at www.louisvilleky.gov/LIHEAP
  • Most current electric bill, or statement from your landlord if electric is included in your rent, or statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program. The account number and name on the account for electric bill must also be provided.

 There are seven LIHEAP locations with Drop Boxes for the 2022 LIHEAP Spring Subsidy program:

  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place,1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Ave., 40218
  • Cane Run Neighborhood Place, 3410 Lees Lane, 40216
  • Northwest Neighborhood Place, 4018 W. Market St., 40212
  • East End Drop Box, located in Metro Police 8th division lobby, 2927 Goose Creek Rd., Suite 101, 40241

For more descriptions about LIHEAP income eligibility and other instructions, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/LIHEAP. Residents may also call the automated LIHEAP information line at 502/991-8391 or visit www.louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Individuals who require more information can contact Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, tweet @LouMetro311, Web: louisvilleky.gov/tell311, or download the free Mobile Louisville Metro 311 app from the website. Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

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