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District 9 Events 5:09 pm
My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2016 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on Fridays (February 3, 17, March 10, 24, and April 7, 14) between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment.
Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $31,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $62,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.
Lauryn Grady, a junior at Assumption High School, and Seneca Park neighbor, had a great sustainability idea, which is being implemented today. Lauryn is placing five recycling receptacles around the walking loop at Seneca Park and three receptacles at Cherokee Golf Clubhouse.
The plan, solely proposed by Grady, came about because her cross-country practice takes her to Seneca Park each day. During her practice, she noticed the large amount of recyclables in trash containers, and wanted to do something about it, so she reached out to Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Metro Parks & Recreation currently does not have the resources to manage recycling in the parks, so as part of the project, Lauryn will collect the contents of the recycling containers and take items to the recycling center.
I was pleased to present Lauryn a certificate today naming her a Ninth District Distinguished Citizen for her great idea and effort. Thanks, Lauryn!
The first D9 Community Conversation of 2017 focuses on trees and, specifically, the Public Tree Ordinance which I have co-sponsored and which will soon be considered by Metro Council. Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is the other co-sponsor. The full ordinance is here. Two Courier-Journal articles about the proposed ordinance are here and here. If you cannot attend the Community Conversation next week, let us know what you think at Bill Hollander.
Louisville Metro Urban Forester, Erin Thompson, will be present at Tuesday’s D9 meeting, along with Cindi Sullivan of TreesLouisville and Jessica Pendergrass of Louisville Grows. Sullivan and Pendergrass will be discussing the significant tree-planting efforts of the non-profit organizations they lead.
As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subjects is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns. Mark your calendar – and bring along a friend or neighbor. The D9 Community Conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. United Crescent Hill Ministries is located at 150 S. State Street in Clifton.
Courier-Journal photograph by Maggie Huber
Neighborhoods 9:02 pm
January 6, 2017
We’ve just received word that yard waste pickup has been suspended in D9 for Saturday, January 7 (the makeup day from the New Year’s holiday). If your tree has been set out for pickup, leave it there. There will be some pickups on Monday but full yard waste collection will resume on the regularly scheduled day next week.
Louisville Metro 2:06 pm
Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Friday, December 30). Tolling is scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. Friday, December 30 on the new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge, the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge.
The Kennedy and Lincoln bridges provide 12 lanes of I-65 traffic connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Lincoln Bridge carries six lanes of I-65 North traffic, and the Kennedy carries six lanes of I-65 South traffic. The Lewis and Clark Bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 18, connects the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind.
RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping.
Please come out and join the 5th Division Police for the Police and Community Peace Walk.
Date: Wednesday December 28th.
Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm.
Meeting Location: Walgreens – Frankfort and Ewing.
LMPD plans on walking a few blocks together distributing crime prevention materials to residents. Hope you can join!
Metro Public Works will provide curbside pickup of Christmas Trees within the Urban Services District after the holiday. Beginning Tuesday, December 27, residents with City curbside yard waste pickup may set their Christmas trees and greenery out on their regular collection day. Trees must not be in plastic bags, and all decorations must be removed.
Drop-off sites will also be available for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents at three locations on the dates below. Two of the three drop-off sites will also instantly recycle trees into mulch that will be offered back to citizens for home use.
Those wishing to receive mulch must bring an appropriate container in which to carry it. This mulch performs particularly well for acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons. Trees picked up from curbside will also be recycled but not offered as mulch. All lights and ornaments should be removed from trees before they are set out or dropped off.
In St. Matthews, trees can be set out by the street on your regularly scheduled trash day.
Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies to see whether and when tree pickup is available.
Christmas tree vendors may recycle their unsold trees on Tuesday, December 27 ONLY, and only at the Hubbard’s Lane site.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
December 27 through 30, and January 3 at Hubbards Lane and Dixie Hwy sites.
Through January 14 at Waste Reduction Center
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Update: Frankfort Avenue now closed from Stilz to Reservoir as water main break repairs underway. Much extra traffic on both of those streets. Homes along Pennsylvania without water during repair.
Frankfort Avenue closed from just east of Kennedy to Reservoir in D9 due to water main break. No boil water advisories or water safety issues reported at this time. Avoid the area.