Read the Weekly District 9 eNews Thursday, Dec 7 2017 

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Metro Parks Public Meeting – December 6 Friday, Dec 1 2017 

Louisville Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Joe Creason Park Administration Building. Come and share opinions and ask questions about parks and recreation-related topics with Director Seve Ghose.

RSVP here. For questions, e-mail

Register for 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll Monday, Nov 27 2017 

Santa Sprint

Registration Deadline Extended – Nov. 29th! 

The pre-registration deadline for the 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll has been extended to November 29, 2017 at 11:59pm! While we welcome day-of registration, pre-registration guarantees you an event t-shirt, and registration costs go up $5 on the day of the event.

We look forward to some healthy merry-making with you, so don’t miss out on meeting SANTA himself—at our 22nd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll on December 2, 2017!

Registration and Fees:

  • “ADULT” (14 & Over): $25
  • “YOUTH” (13 & Under): $15
  • Participants in strollers: FREE
  • Only PRE-registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.
  • DAY-OF Registration & Fees (Dec. 2): Add $5 to the fees listed above, for all participants.

Day of registration begins at 8:00am at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive. Race kicks off at 9:00am!

Click here to register.

Scouting for Food Friday, Nov 17 2017 

ScoutingIf you received a notice that Scouts would be picking up food donations, this Saturday, November 18, is the day.   Set out bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items by 8:00 a.m. this Saturday.  The food will be picked up by the Scouts and delivered to central locations (including Crescent Hill United Methodist Church’s “Praise Food Pantry” and St. Matthews United Methodist Church) for distribution to families in need throughout the area.

Scouts know how fortunate they are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And they know that not everyone is so lucky.  Help them by setting out food this Saturday morning.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 8 Monday, Nov 13 2017 

On Friday, December 8, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District obreast-cancer-ribbonffice, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment, please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed.

D9 Community Conversation – November 14 Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3117 Lexington Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. 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.

Don’t Forget to Turn Back Clock on November 5 Saturday, Nov 4 2017 

daylight-savings-time-is-scheduled-for-this-sunday-november-2nd-smevMQ-clipartSunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m. clocks need to be turned backward one hour. Also, don’t forget to reset lighting timers, thermostats, security systems and other clocks in your household.

Councilmembers Hollander, Hamilton and Sexton Smith have issued the following statement on the Metro Council Court Vote Thursday, Nov 2 2017 

November 2, 2017

Councilmembers Bill Hollander (D-9), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), and Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) have issued the following statement concerning their votes in the Metro Council Court on Wednesday night:

“We have been very concerned by Councilman Johnson’s misconduct. When the allegations against him were first reported to Democratic Caucus leadership, the Caucus initiated a fair, thorough investigation and ultimately censured Councilman Johnson and expelled him from the Caucus for his actions.  

However, in part because of recent changes by the General Assembly in Frankfort, the removal process at the full Council level is much more difficult. For example, because of changes hastily made in Frankfort this year, there were three plausible interpretations of how many votes it would take to remove.

The County Attorney advised the Council Court that any vote to remove Councilman Johnson would be appealed, and that case law weighed toward an injunction allowing Councilman Johnson to continue to serve as a Councilmember during the pendency of the appeal.  We were advised that a judge would likely not prohibit Councilman Johnson from serving while the appeal was in process. 

Given the likelihood that extensive litigation would follow, a vote to remove Councilman Johnson would have likely allowed him to serve through the end of his term without any restrictions on his activities in City Hall and interactions with Councilmembers and staff.

To ensure that his misconduct could never be repeated, we supported an order that harshly censured Councilman Johnson for his past misconduct and imposed strict limits on his ability to visit City Hall or participate in external activities to prevent future misconduct. The order amounted to an admission of guilt and outlined a policy of zero tolerance for future infractions, any violation of which will lead to immediate removal with no right to appeal, terms which could not have been imposed in a removal under appeal.

Reasonable people can disagree about this resolution, but we are confident that this order was the best solution to send a strong signal that misconduct will not be tolerated, while setting up stringent restrictions on Councilman Johnson’s future behavior.”

Last Week at Council Thursday, Nov 2 2017 

Metro Council’s meeting last week lasted for nearly six hours and included several items many of you have communicated with me about.  I always appreciate hearing from constituents (and welcome more comments on these subjects if you have them).  In the meantime, I wanted to briefly tell you how I voted and why.

Soccer District

After careful review, I voted for the soccer district plan.  We don’t have many opportunities to clean up a brownfield and have much of our investment paid for through revenues from the project.  I am also convinced that, unlike previous arrangements, including the YUM Center, Metro’s liability is appropriately limited in this case.  At one of the committee meetings on the project, I urged the soccer team owners to sit down with community partners and discuss wages and other community benefits.  Those discussions led to a wage floor of at least $10 for everyone working at the stadium and a partnership with the Louisville Urban League to help with project workforce development from disadvantaged areas.

Immigration Ordinance

I voted for and sponsored an ordinance which makes clear that Louisville will leave civil immigration enforcement to the federal government and use our police officers and resources  to concentrate on crime in our communities.  I followed the lead of police chiefs throughout the United States who believe that their jurisdictions are safer if everyone – including our undocumented population – is encouraged to report and work with the police on crime in their communities.   Despite some opponents’ efforts to mislead, the law does not give anyone “sanctuary status” or limit the ability of federal authorities to do their job.

Affordable Housing

I was very disappointed when a bare majority of the Council reversed a unanimous decision of the Planning Commission and voted against a rezoning for affordable senior apartments near Prospect.   We have a severe shortage of affordable housing in Louisville and especially in east Louisville.  As housing advocate Cathy Hinko noted this week,  “Zoning is not supposed to be about people, but they made it that way.”   When you hear repeated references to “these people” when expressing opposition to an affordable housing plan, it’s not hard to conclude that the opposition is not about a building but the people who would live there.  It’s the most disappointing vote in my three years on Metro Council.  Louisville deserves better.  I’ll keep working for a day when everyone has a safe, decent and affordable place to live, everywhere in Louisville.

Put pumpkins in with yard waste Monday, Oct 30 2017 

wintersquash-pumpkin.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartDon’t junk that jack-o-lantern or trash that pumpkin. Instead, put pumpkins in with other yard waste on your regular yard waste collection day once you’re done using them as seasonal decoration.

That will allow us to recycle the pumpkins, along with yard waste, into mulch to be reused in landscaping and gardening. It will help make Louisville look good and prevent the gourds from taking up landfill space.

Pumpkins must be free of decoration other than coloring.

This program applies to residents of the Urban Services District (old City of Louisville boundaries). Customers of other Jefferson County municipalities and of private haulers should check with them regarding pumpkin disposal.

Yard waste is collected on the same day as recycling. To find the recycling date for a particular address, type the address into the MyLouisville tool at the bottom of the website or click here.

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