April 24, 2015 Louisville, KY.  – Near perfect weather conditions enabled 26 balloons to take off in the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Rush Hour Race this morning.  This is the eleventh year for the drive-time race event, which was added to the Festival’s BalloonFest schedule in 2005.  The competition got underway just after 7 AM at Bowman Field, as the wind took the balloons north/northwest into Champions Park on River Road, as well as Southern Indiana.

The  25 “Hound” balloons took off from Bowman Field in “chase” of the “Hare” – U.S. Bank balloon, piloted by Scott McClinton.  McClinton flew for a little over an hour before landing in Champions Park.  23 balloons made a measurable toss of their bag of Kentucky bluegrass seed within a 100 feet of the target, a giant vinyl U.S. Bank “X.”

Due to the inclement weather forecast for Saturday, the Kentucky Derby Festival will move the traditional Saturday morning U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race to Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.  The race will launch from Bowman Field. 

“Our goal is always to get as many of our balloon events off the ground as weather allows,” said George Troutman, Derby Festival’s Balloonmeister.  “The forecast for later this afternoon is too perfect for a balloon race to pass up.”

With two races planned, the overall winner will be chosen based on a points system.  Based on this morning’s race, the Premiere Home Care balloon, piloted by Roy Stinson, is the front runner.  Stinson came within 11 inches of the target laid out by race sponsor and hare balloon U.S. Bank.

The U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow is scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  Glow spectators are encouraged to come out early (gates open at 6 p.m.) and make an evening out of it. At 9 p.m., the balloon pilots will fire their burners, making the balloons glow against the night sky synchronized to a musical score provided by New Country Q103.1. The event will also be broadcast live on MeTV Louisville 32.2.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest is sponsored by U.S. Bank with Contributing Sponsor Publishers Printing Company. 102.3 The Max is Media Sponsor of the Rush Hour Race and Great Balloon Race.  New Country Q103.1 is Media Sponsor of the Great Balloon Glow.  WLKY TV is the TV broadcast partner for the Glow.

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UPDATE: Repair work at River Road in Louisville scheduled for April 13-15 Thursday, Apr 16 2015 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015: The repairs scheduled for this week at River Road have been completed.  The road is scheduled to reopen at 5 PM.  Motorists in the downtown area will be able to use River Road between 4th and 6th Street during this evening’s rush hour.

Responsible Recycling Event – Saturday, May 9, 2015 Wednesday, Apr 15 2015 

Resp Recycling

Please plan to attend the Annual Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road.

Recycling vendors include: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Interstate Batteries, Shred-It, Supplies Over Seas and WaterStep.

Click here to view the flyer for the event and a list of items that will be accepted. A detailed list of what will be accepted is listed below.

VOLUNTEERS are still needed for the event to help unload vehicles, direct traffic, greet and count cars. If you are available and interested please contact Kyle Ethridge at 574-1109 or email 

9th District Spring Clean-up – April 18 Friday, Apr 10 2015 

Cleanup group photo

Please join me and my staff on Saturday, April 18, for the annual Spring clean-up along Frankfort Avenue. Plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Keats/Frankfort Avenue public parking lot. Enjoy coffee donated by Heine Brothers’ Coffee and breakfast sandwiches donated by McDonald’s in Clifton.  Gloves, tools and Louisville PureTap water will be provided to all volunteers.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle.  We’ll also pass out FREE t-shirts on a first-come, first-serve basis to volunteers.  The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m.  For more information please contact my office at 574-1109.

Free Flood Debris Drop-Off Monday, Apr 6 2015 

Mayor Greg Fischer is  seeking federal disaster assistance in the wake of the recent record flooding by signing an order, declaring a local state of emergency. Fischer directed the city’s Emergency Management Agency to lead the process of gathering all damage and cost estimates citywide to be able to quickly apply for federal aid related to both individual and public losses stemming from the record rainfall last week.

Fischer also announced that seven sites, spread throughout the community, will soon be available for citizens to drop off flood debris at no charge.

The Metro Waste Reduction Center will accept drop-off of residential flood debris Monday – Saturday, now through April 25. Six additional drop-off locations will be available starting this Thursday, April 9, 2015, and will be open Thursday through Saturday each week through April 25.

The free service is available for residents of Louisville only and it does not include commercial haulers.

No construction debris or yard waste will be accepted. To qualify for the free drop-off residents must present the attendant with two forms of identification verifying Louisville residency. If a citizen hires an individual or business to remove debris, the citizen must accompany the hauler to the drop-off center or provide the hauler with the same two forms of identification to present at the facility. Drop-off sites are as follows:

Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue

Open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Sites below will operate Thursday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bethany Lane

10500 Lower River Road at Bethany Lane


Newburg Community Center

4810 Exeter Ave 40218


Outer Loop Recycling Center

7201 Outer Loop 40228


Dixie Recycling Center

7219 Dixie Hwy 40258


Charlie Vettiner Park

5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd 40299


Hubbards Ln. Recycling Center

595 Hubbards Ln. 40207


Residents who cannot drop off debris may request pickup service. Pickup requests must be sent by email no later than 5 p.m. on April 13 to

Meet with Bill in April Monday, Apr 6 2015 

“Meet with Bill” – April 16

We are always happy to hear from constituents.  To make meeting with us in person more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9.  On Thursday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, we’ll be at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. Stop by with any questions or concerns. * Please note time change.

D9 Community Conversation – April 21

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in St. Matthews Council Chambers, 3940 Grandview Avenue. Dustin Strong, Branch Manager of the St. Matthews Eline Library, will be present to report on library activities and to hear your comments and suggestions. We also want to hear from you on any topics, an unscripted, open conversation about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Easter Parade and Events this Saturday! Friday, Apr 3 2015 

The Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade is on Saturday, April 4, at 11:45 a.m. The parade runs from Kennedy to Haldeman (this section of Frankfort Avenue will be closed to thru traffic). This is a family-friendly event! Retiring United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) Executive Director, Sue Gentry, is the grand marshal.

Other events to mark in your calendar, Crescent Hill Easter Egg Hunt at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue at 10:00 a.m. and the Clifton 25th Anniversary Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. in Bingham Park.

Street Closings

There will be multiple street closings for the 2015 Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Saturday, April 4th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Both lanes of Frankfort Avenue will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. from Stilz Avenue to Haldeman Avenue for the safety of the children involved.  There will be no parking on the street at that time and the side streets will be closed to Frankfort Avenue as well. Police will tow cars so please move them! Street closings will also occur on Kennedy Avenue from Grinstead to Frankfort Avenue, Crescent Court around the court and Crescent Avenue from English to Frankfort will be closed to thru traffic while the line-up of the parade is starting, at approximately 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“No Parking, Special Events” signs will be posted the Friday before the parade to notify residents and customers along the Avenue.

Help Beargrass Creek Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

Beargrass Creek is the name given to several forks of a creek in Jefferson County.  As the forks wind through the area that has become Louisville’s East End, they have contributed to the geography that has shaped the area. The earliest settlements by Europeans in the area were built in the form of stations, or forts, along the banks of the creek. The three forks continue to drain about 70 square miles (181 km²) of land.

The Middle Fork flows through Cherokee Park until it meets the South Fork between Lexington Road and the Home of the Innocents.  The creek flows from there to the Ohio River near Eva Bandman Park.

The Beargrass Creek Alliance, a local volunteer watershed group of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, does outreach and projects to improve the quality of Beargrass Creek.  More information is here: .  Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio challenges all of us to think differently about the creek in this presentation, which is well worth a look:

More immediately, there are two fund raising initiatives, one for a planning study for an extension of a path along the creek and one for a documentary about the creek:

  1. The Trail. Metro Parks, on behalf of the Beargrass Creek Trail Committee (a community group made up of representatives from the Office of Sustainability, UofL, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, the Beargrass Creek Alliance, Bicycling for Louisville, Get Outdoors KY, Waterfront Development Corporation, Botanica and MSD) is seeking contributions to fund a conceptual plan to connect the missing link of the Beargrass Creek Trail between Waterfront Park and Cherokee Park, creating a continuous off-street path connecting two of Louisville’s most significant recreational assets. The project would also include an evaluation of strategies to improve water quality and wildlife habitat along Beargrass Creek. Metro Parks has received a pledge of $75,000 in funding from the Army Corps of Engineers to start the planning stage of the project; however, the funding requires $75,000 in matching funds from the community. $37,500 – 50% of our goal – has been obtained so far. But we need your help! Your donation of $100, $1,000, $2,500, or any amount would help Metro Parks attain the $37,500 still needed. The fundraising deadline is April 10th. Please send your tax deductible contributions to: Metro Parks (Attn: Lisa Hite), P.O. Box 37280, Louisville, KY 40233-7280. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Webster in the Office of Sustainability, at (502) 574-6285. More information in this Courier-Journal story by James Bruggers.
  2. The Documentary.  The Beargrass Creek Alliance is working with David Wicks, Morgan Atkinson and Kentucky Waterways Alliance to create a documentary about Beargrass Creek. This documentary is in need of funding to move forward. Beargrass Creek Alliance is donating time to help review the content. How can you help as an individual? Here are a few ways:

Beargrass Creek can be much more of an asset to the City and to District 9 – and you can help now.

Look up Your New 10-digit LWC Account Number Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 

lwc link

There are many new features to LWC’s new customer care and billing system, with one being a new 10-digit account number. If you’d lke to find your new account number, please click here. After finding your new account number, take the next step and register and enroll in LINK.

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