Weekly No. 9 eNews Thursday, Jul 24 2014 

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Public Works to Sell Compost Bins and Rain Barrels Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 

Rain Barrell

The Louisville Metro Public Works Department Solid Waste Management Division will offer compost bins and rain barrels for sale for a limited time beginning July 21.

The sale will feature the same Earth Machine compost bins and SYSTERN rain barrels offered at our successful truckload sale held in May. The two products offer ways to turn organic waste into valuable compost and collect rain for use in watering gardens.

Sales will end when the limited supply of bins and barrels runs out. Rain barrels are priced at $55 each and compost bins at $45 each. Sale hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Solid Waste Management office, 600 Meriwether Street, whiles supplies last. Payment must be made by check or money order. No cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Each 1,000 residents who actively compost divert 600,000 pounds of organic waste from local landfills each year. One inch of rain falling on a 1,000 sq. ft. roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater for use on lawns and gardens without turning on the tap.

 

Pilot Food Waste Drop-off Program Ending Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 

Media Contact
Harold Adams, 502.574.6153
Chris Poynter, 502.574.4546

Louisville, KY (July 21, 2014) – A pilot food waste drop-off program begun in April this year by the Solid Waste Management Services Division of Metro Public Works will be terminated August 1, 2014 due to lack of participation.

 The program invited citizens and restaurateurs to drop off up to five gallons of food scraps at a time for composting at the East District Public Works Yard Recycling Center located at 595 N. Hubbards Lane. It was an extension of the food composting component of a Wet-Dry recycling pilot program begun this spring in the downtown Central Business District. The CBD food composting program is working well and will continue.

 But very few food drop-offs have been made at the Hubbards Lane facility, leading to the decision to end the program. However, year-round recycling drop-off for nonfood items continues.

 Four staffed and 13 unstaffed recycling centers are available for drop off of plastic, paper, glass, metal and aluminum. Staffed recycling centers also accept special items such as antifreeze, motor oil and oil filters, printer cartridges, DVDs and CDs, floppy disks and cooking oil.

 Staffed recycling centers are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

East District Public Works Yard
595 N. Hubbards Lane (On the corner of Brownsboro Road.)

Metro Parks Landscaping
9300 Whipps Mill Road

Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway

Central Government Center
7201 Outer Loop

A complete list of recycling locations can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/drop-off-locations.htm.

Free junk disposal of up to three items is available at the Metro Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. Household junk items, tree limbs and stumps up to 3 feet in diameter, tires, metal waste, household construction debris, furniture and appliances are accepted. Fees, based on junk volume and vehicle size, are charged for larger amounts of junk. The Waste Reduction Center is open Wednesday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Center also has a CyberCycle program that accepts from residents up to three electronic items at no charge. Acceptable items for the CyberCycle program include televisions, computers, scanners, printers, monitors, tape and disk drives, electronic game systems, VCRs, CD players, digital cameras, copiers, cell phones, CDs and floppy disks. Businesses can also drop off items at a charge of thirty cents per pound.

Household hazardous materials such as paint that are not accepted at the drop-off can be taken to the Louisville Metro Household Hazardous Materials Collection Center (Haz-Bin) at 7501 Grade Lane on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to recycling, citizens are urged to remember two other R words—Reduce and Reuse. Look for every opportunity to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle items to cut down on waste that goes into landfills. An example is the use of reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and grocery bags. Learn more about how to extend the life of your unused stuff at www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/Reduce+and+Reuse.htm.

Green Triangle eNews Update Thursday, Jul 17 2014 

The last Green Triangle eNews was emailed on July 9, 2014. The 9th District office has decided to combine the weekly No. 9 eNews and bi-weekly Green Triangle eNews. All Green Triangle updates will now be included in the weekly eNews. If you already received the weekly eNews you don’t need to update your subscription. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly No. 9 eNews please click here and include your contact information and in the subject write “subscribe to eNews”.

Crescent Hill Reservoir Temporarily Closed Tuesday, Jul 15 2014 

Side view

Beginning July 21, the Crescent Hill Reservoir will temporarily close to walkers and runners as Louisville Water completes the restoration project at the site.  Since the winter, visitors to the Reservoir have noticed the scaffolding that surrounds the Gatehouse, the Gothic-style structure that sits between the basins. 

Louisville Water is replacing the roof on the Gatehouse and restoring the interior and exterior features. Louisville Water closed part of the Reservoir’s walking/running path when the project started. Now, as the project enters the final phase, Louisville Water needs to entirely close the Reservoir to the public. Contractors will repair the stonework on the stairs that lead up to the Gatehouse and Louisville Water is unable to keep the walking path open. The work should be complete by mid-September.  

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse is a favorite walking destination and Louisville Water looks forward to reopening it to the public. Constructed in 1878, the facility was part of Louisville Water’s expansion in the late 19th century and is part of the company’s water treatment process today.  The Gatehouse contains the original valves that controlled the flow of water in and out of the Reservoir and features exquisite architectural detail both inside and out.  In 1878, Chief Engineer Charles Hermany designed the Gatehouse to resemble a building he’d seen on the Rhine River. Today, the facility is a Kentucky Historic site. Except for some work after the 1974 tornado, this facility has not had an extensive restoration. 

You can watch the progress at LouisvilleWater.com or on twitter @louisvillewater

READ the Green Triangle eNews Wednesday, Jul 9 2014 

The latest version of the Green Triangle eNews was published on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.  To read the eNews please click here! 

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Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Tuesday, Jul 8 2014 

Contact:  Ed Green
Bridges Project-Downtown Crossing
502.544.2917, Ed@c2strategic.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 8, 2014)The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge) closed early this morning to vehicular, bike and foot traffic. The bridge is expected to remain closed for about six weeks. Signed detours will be in place.In addition, the following closures and lane restrictions are expected this week and next week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing:

Work Currently Underway: 

  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Preston Street from Jefferson Street to Liberty Street through Thursday, July 31 for demolition work and pile driving. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Witherspoon Street from Adams Street to River Road is scheduled to be closed through Thursday, July 31 for demolition work in the area. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Frankfort Avenue from Story Avenue to River Road through Thursday, July 31 for work in the area. Local access will be available between Story Avenue and Washington Street. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Floyd Street through Thursday, July 31 for bridge work. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Main Street from Hancock Street to Floyd Street through Thursday, July 31 for demolition, pile driving and bridge work. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Market Street from Jackson Street to Hancock Street through Thursday, July 31 for demolition and pile driving. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Floyd Street from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Liberty Street through Thursday, July 31 for demolition and pile driving. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Intermittent closures are scheduled on Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street through Thursday, July 31 for demolition and pile driving. A signed detour will be in place.
  • Two lanes of Market Street from Preston Street to Floyd Street are scheduled to be closed through Thursday, July 31 for bridge work.

Bike Lanes Update July 2, 2014 Thursday, Jul 3 2014 

In an effort to improve communication from Metro Public Works, this is the first in a series of regular updates on bike lane planning, installation and improvement activity in Louisville Metro.

Grinstead Drive

This project, initially scheduled to begin June 23, is now set to get underway with paving on Monday, July 7 and should be completed in approximately one week. The project runs along Grinstead between Stilz Avenue and Lexington Road. In final preparations for beginning this installation, planners decided that it makes sense to include the one-block section along Stilz between Grinstead and Frankfort Avenue. There will be a single bike lane along the Louisville Water Company side of the street. As a reminder, Grinstead will be reconfigured from four driving lanes to a single driving lane in each direction, a center turning lane and one bicycle lane in each direction.

Hill Street

This project was completed on June 20. It reconfigured Hill between Sixth and Seventeenth streets from four driving lanes to a single driving lane in each direction, a center turning lane and one bicycle lane in each direction.

New Navigational Aid

Last week bendable pylons were added along Breckinridge Street at the intersection with Fourth Street, and  along Seventh Street at the intersection with Broadway to help clarify where motorists and cyclists should be when making a turn or entering traffic. If struck by a vehicle, the pylons bend and then flex back to an upright position after the vehicle passes.

Metro Council Request for Information

Public Works staff is in the process of gathering information and making plans necessary to comply with the Council request to produce certain data and planning information by August 31, 2014.

10 Days left to submit comments on proposed Land Development Code Amendments Friday, Jun 20 2014 

There are only ten days left to submit your comments on the proposed Round Two Land Development Code text amendments. Comments received by June 30th will be attached to materials that will be forwarded to Planning Commissioners prior to the August 11th public hearing.  This is a great chance to let the Planning Commissioners hear what you have to say.

Email comments directly to Michael.Hill@louisvilleky.gov.

For more information and to read proposed amendments please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Land+Development+Code+Improvement+Committee.htm

Junk Collection in June Wednesday, Jun 4 2014 

June 2014: The 9th District Urban Services District (USD) will have junk collection set-out on a select weekend in June 2014, depending on your address.  You may begin setting out your junk Friday afternoon prior to your junk pick-up week and must have it all out by Monday at 6:00 AM.  For your specific junk set-out weekend please visit http://mapit.louisvilleky.gov/ and enter your address, call the office at 574-1109, or email Kyle Ethridge.  For collection guidelines please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/solidwaste. You may now sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text. Click here to sign up today  

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