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Sledding hills to be open following local snow events Friday, Jan 11 2019 

For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Louisville Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public it will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches. This season the sledding hills at Joe Creason Park, across from the Louisville Zoo, will be closed as the park continues the restoration process following a cyclocross event in December.

Louisville Parks and Recreation has selected this year’s best and safest sledding hills in the area. As long as the sledding hills maintain adequate snow coverage, they will remain open. Park users are asked to avoid sledding when hills are closed. Sledding on slopes that lack appropriate snow depth will cause turf damage that must be repaired in the spring.

The rule of thumb for determining if enough snow accumulation has occurred is that if you see blades of grass poking through the snow cover; it’s not deep enough to sled safely. Sledding when parks employees have not posted the “open” sign, and at all other times, comes at your own risk.

DESIGNATED SLEDDING HILLS:

SLEDDING RULES:

  • Sledding is permitted on designated sledding hills when the “Sledding Hill Open” sign is displayed.
  • Sledding hills will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. as long as there is adequate snow to protect slopes; all sledding hills will close at 11 p.m.
  • Park vehicles only in regular parking areas to protect your car from damage.
  • No vehicles are permitted off the pavement in any park.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time.
  • Those who use the designated sledding hills are doing so at their own risk. Bonfires will not be permitted at Metro Parks’ sites, and sledders are urged to carry a cell phone in the event of an emergency.
  • Please pick up your trash or use the designated trash bins for waste removal – or take trash with you as you leave.

SLEDDING SAFETY TIPS:

  • Only use devices designed for sledding.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – loose ends or flaps can easily get caught.
  • Sleds should contain a number of riders appropriate for the designated device during each descent.
  • Dress in layers, so you can remove one layer without risking frostbite. Several thin layers are warmer than one bulky layer.
  • Make sure you’re with someone who knows your name and can contact family in an emergency; parents should remain with their children.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before sledding – it impairs your ability to use good judgment and causes the body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Check your path for trees and other objects before starting your descent.
  • Don’t sled head-first or standing up. Good visibility is necessary during your descent.
  • Don’t face backwards, and make sure your vision isn’t obscured by hats and scarves.
  • When climbing the hill, stay to the sides. Don’t climb in the sledding path. It’s important to remember that slopes can become very crowded during peak times.

 

23rd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll Friday, Nov 30 2018 

IMG_8207.jpgThe 23rd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll is Saturday, December 1.  This merry 5k Run/ Walk is presented by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association, to benefit the work of United Crescent Hill Ministries. The Courier Journal once called  it “more festive than the run-of-the-mill 5k,” with both serious runners and holiday merrymakers. Registration begins at Barret Middle School at 7:30 am; the event begins  at 9:00 am.

– Flat and fast course running along historic Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill and Clifton
– Refreshments served after the race
– Age Group Awards for Top 3 Finishers
– Photos with SANTA

Street closures: Frankfort Avenue between Stilz Avenue and the train tracks at New Main; S. Peterson Ave. and S. Galt Avenue from Frankfort to Barret Middle School; George Rogers Clark Place between S. Galt and S. Peterson – all from 8:45 am – 10:00 am.  Also,  no parking on Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the railroad crossing at New Main.

“Meet with Bill” – November 29 Monday, Nov 26 2018 

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 Thursday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, I’ll be at the Jewish Family & Career Center, 2821 Klempner Way. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

No Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection – Thanksgiving Holiday Tuesday, Nov 20 2018 

There will be no residential garbage, recycling or yard waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Thursday will have service instead on Friday, Nov. 23. The regular Friday collection will be delayed until Saturday, Nov. 24. Collection will also be delayed in the City of St. Matthews.

Staffed recycling centers, the Metro Waste Reduction Center and the Haz Bin hazardous waste facility will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Leaf drop-off will also not be available those days. All four services will resume on Saturday.

Residents who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

Lane Closures on Grinstead Drive Beginning Nov. 26 Monday, Nov 19 2018 

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Beginning Monday, November 26, MSD will be preforming geotechnical exploration work on Grinstead Drive between Lexington Road and I-64 as part of the I-64 and Grinstead CSO Interceptor Project. This work will involve six 6-inch boring holes to locate an abandoned bridge/culvert under Grinstead Drive, so MSD engineers can design the trenchless portion of the CSO conveyance sewer.

This work will only involve temporary lane closes from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day they work. The work is estimated to take two weeks, and should conclude on December 10, 2018.

There will be traffic signage and barriers present while the work is being performed. Traffic will be allowed in both directions throughout the phase of this project.

Shop Small This Holiday Season Monday, Nov 19 2018 

This week marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and an important time for local retailers. Stores and restaurants along Frankfort Avenue, Chenoweth Lane, Shelbyville Road, Mellwood Avenue and everywhere else in D9 are all counting on a big season – and they need your help to ensure our local economy stays strong and vibrant.

Join in on a special Frankfort Avenue Holiday Hop on “Black Friday”, November 23. Trolley Hoppers are encouraged to spend the day eating, drinking and shopping along Frankfort Avenue.  Trolleys will run from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. Many businesses will host music, refreshments and special sales.

On Saturday, November 24, the whole country celebrates Small Business Saturday and there’s no better place to do it than at D9’s many local shops.

Shop Small this holiday season to find unique items, keep your dollars here, and support the jobs created by local small businesses!

Free Storm Debris Drop-Off Sites Friday, Nov 16 2018 

Louisville Metro Public Works is providing free drop-off service for residential storm debris from Monday, November 19 through Saturday, December 1 at seven locations.

In addition, residents of the Urban Services District may set storm debris out with regular yard waste, if it is bundled with twine.

Eligible debris includes tree limbs and other compostable materials. No construction or demolition materials, shingles, municipal garbage or man-made materials will be accepted. Branches should be less than four feet long and two inches wide.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, drop-off service will not be available on Thursday, November 22 or Friday, November 23. Service will resume on November 26.

Monday – Friday, noon to 6 p.m.:

  • 4810 Exeter Avenue, Newburg Community Center
  • 7201 Outer Loop Road, Highview Park
  • 10450 Lower River Road, Public Works yard
  • 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road, Charlie Vettiner Park
  • Shawnee Park Drive at Dirt Bowl Drive in Shawnee Park
  • 595 Hubbards Lane, staffed recycling center
  • 7219 Dixie Highway, staffed recycling center

Saturday December 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • 595 Hubbards Lane, staffed recycling center
  • 7219 Dixie Highway, staffed recycling center

The free service is available only to Jefferson County residents, who must show a government-issued identification verifying they live in the county. Contractors or persons for hire are not included in the free service and will be charged according to the posted fee schedule.

Crews from Louisville Gas and Electric, as well as public safety agencies around Louisville Metro, work to clean up and restore power Friday, Nov 16 2018 

November 15, 2018

The city’s first winter storm of the season has caused significant power outages and other complications across Louisville Metro. First responders, public safety officials, and crews with Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) have been working since late last night to resolve the challenges brought by this winter storm. Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution near downed power lines. Stay away from downed lines and report them to LG&E at 502-589-1444. Always call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Louisville Metro Emergency Services is coordinating with the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to open an additional overnight shelter for those affected by power outages who do not have an alternative place to spend the night. The shelter is located at the UAW Local 862 Hall at 3000 Fern Valley Road and will be open beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.

At its peak earlier today, LG&E had over 75,000 customers without power of 496,000 total customers in Jefferson County. LG&E has been working to cut away branches from downed lines in order to restore the lines. Public Works has cleared over 200 unique locations of downed tree branches and storm debris.

Residents who are experiencing a power outage are reminded to never use a gas stove, oven, or open flame to heat their home. Backup generators should ONLY be run outdoors. Identify water shut-off location(s) in your residence in case of freezing water pipes. Public places such as libraries, community centers, and shopping malls are great options to stay warm.

Louisville Metro Public Works will publish information about storm debris drop off on Friday.

Floodgate Back in Service Thursday, Nov 1 2018 

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Update November 2, 2018

MSD Flood Protection crews were able to complete the repair to the broken floodgate last night around 10 PM. The floodgate is back in service.

MSD flooded Frankfort Avenue a bit, and as a result MSD will take a look at the roadway today and evaluate the cleanup. Barricades on Frankfort Avenue have been placed out of the flow of traffic and will be removed as part of closeout and cleanup.

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