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Please Practice Social Distancing at the Crescent Hill Reservoir Thursday, Mar 26 2020 

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The Crescent Hill Reservoir is a gem that I hope can stay open for safe, social distance exercise.

At the Reservoir, in our parks and on our sidewalks, PLEASE keep six feet of space between you and others. Delay your walk at the Reservoir if it appears too crowded.IMG_5874

Also please remember that ballfields, including basketball courts, and playgrounds in our parks are closed until further notice.

#TeamKentucky #TogetherKy

Until further notice: Yard Waste Collected BY REQUEST ONLY Thursday, Mar 26 2020 

Yard WasteThe safety and well-being of the SWMS staff and community is Metro’s highest priority. Waste collection is an essential service and it will not stop. However, until further notice, for residents with city waste services, yard waste will be collected on your normal day BY REQUEST ONLY. It will be collected on YOUR REGULAR DAY the week AFTER you request. To make a request, please contact Metro311 and share the following information:

  • Contact information
  • Address
  • Street or alley set out location
  • Estimate number of cans, bags, or bundles

Requests can be made online at Louisvilleky.gov/tell311, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, tweet @LouMetro311, or call 311. (Residents with private waste haulers should contact their company about yard waste collection.)

Lexington Road Reconfiguration – Public Meeting Cancelled Monday, Mar 23 2020 

One of the complaints I frequently receive is the speed of vehicles on Lexington Road, east of Grinstead Drive, and safety issues for all users on that stretch of road.  To make conditions safer, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Metro Public Works is proposing a reconfiguration of Lexington Road from Grinstead Drive to Alta Vista Road.  The proposal would create a center turning lane and bike/pedestrian lanes on either side of the road, similar to what has been done on Lexington Road from Payne Street to Grinstead Drive. That project has made the road safer for all users, including motorists.

The proposal is to restripe the road with the new lanes when Louisville Water Company’s work in the area wraps up and the road is repaved.   The Open House previously scheduled for March 25 has been cancelled.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the necessity to minimize in-person engagements, all comments will only be accepted through the online portal. If you have specific questions please call 502-574-0032. 

For the most up-to-date information, renderings and to make public comment, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/lexingtonroad.

One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Louisville Metro Government, the Community Foundation of Louisville, Metro United Way and other community partners have created an emergency response fund to rapidly deploy resources to individuals and community-based organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in our region.

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible funding resources for rental assistance, childcare assistance, transportation aid, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs and other support as determined, via $1,000 payments to eligible households. Funds will also be made available to community-based organizations that are being hit hard by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds will be managed by the Community Foundation of Louisville, with distribution to households managed by Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience & Community Services. Funding to community groups will be directed by the Community Foundation of Louisville, in coordination with Metro United Way and fund partners.

In just a matter of days, organizers have already built the fund to more than $3.6 million, but that amount is expected to grow significantly as more contributions, large and small, come in. To donate to One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, go to COVID-19 Response Fund.

For more information on the program, please visit https://www.cflouisville.org/one-louisville/.

Household assistance

Households seeking assistance should call their nearest Neighborhood Place location. Those locations are closed to walk-ins but will have drop-boxes available to leave verification documents required for getting assistance.

To be eligible for support, individuals/households must be Jefferson County residents with an income at or below 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), which is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The AMI for the Louisville region is $76,400 for a four-person family (100 percent AMI).

Applicants will be asked to offer proof of identity and supporting documents that demonstrate a loss of earned income due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to medical reasons, business closure, or school closure.

To find a Neighborhood Place in their area, residents may call Metro311 or (502) 574-5000, or visit www.louisvilleky.gov/neighborhoodplace.

Assistance for community-based organizations

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund also seeks to address both short-term needs of nonprofit organizations, as well as reserve funding to address longer-term potential impacts.

Community-based organizations seeking assistance should contact the Community Foundation of Louisville at (502) 585-4649 or go to https://www.cflouisville.org/.

In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations at the frontline of this outbreak, there is no formal application process during the initial round of funding. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund expects to make an initial round of grants in April.

To donate, please visit: COVID-19 Response Fund

New locations for some Metro March for Meals food distribution sites

Mayor Fischer also announced that three of the sites used to distribute food to seniors via the Metro March for Meals are changing.

Here is the complete list of pickup sites (New sites in bold):

  • Mondays – St. Stephen Church Parking Lot (1019 S. 15th St., 40210)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Ave., 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) and East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Slaughter Elementary School (3805 Fern Valley Road, 40219)
  • Fridays – Former Old Louisville Kroger Site (924 S. Second St., 40203)

Now through April 3, up to 1,000 frozen meal packs (each containing five meals) will be distributed each weekday at six locations throughout the community on a rotating schedule.

LFPL New Online Services and Increased Access Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Although the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is closed,  there are still ways to stay connected with LFPL!

If you have a library card with overdue fine-restrictions, if you have a library card that has expired or is about to, or if you are eligible for a library card but don’t have one yet, LFPL wants to make sure digital resources are available for you during the COVID-19 related closure. That’s why they have decided to temporarily make the following changes:

  • New Library cards will be granted virtually – follow directions at www.lfpl.org/get-card.htm*
  • Restrictions due to overdue fines and replacement fees have been lifted
  • Expired and soon-to-be expired library cards are extended until June 1st
  • All holds have been extended to 21 days so that your current holds will be here when we reopen
  • Late fees are suspended at this time, don’t worry about returning materials to the Library until we reopen

*Please note, our phones are staffed Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., so it is important to sign up for a card today before 5 p.m. to use digital resources over the weekend.

Looking for more to do? LFPL now has more to offer!

Thanks to the generosity of a number of publishers and library service providers, LFPL is able to offer temporary access to more digital materials and online resources to help keep you informed, engaged, and entertained at this time.

  • Free streaming movies for kids, courtesy of Kanopy Kids
  • Access to more than 400 classic titles on eBook with no wait, courtesy of Overdrive — look for “Always Available eBook Classics”

PLUS, we always offer: Downloadable Audiobooks, eMagazines and Digital Comic Books, online learning with Lynda.com, Homework Help and Activities for Kids and Teens, and more at LFPL.org!

BOZA Meeting Cancelled on March 16, 2020 Friday, Mar 13 2020 

On the recommendation of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness regarding congregate events and social distancing, the regularly scheduled Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting set for 1:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020, is being cancelled. All agenda items will be automatically deferred and placed on the agenda for the April 6, 2020, Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting. Planning & Design is making every effort to contact members of the community and applicants to inform them of this decision. However, if you know of persons planning to attend to address a particular agenda item, please help spread the word regarding cancellation.

Planning & Design’s first priority is the safety of the community, Board of Zoning Adjustment members, applicants, and Metro staff. They do not make this decision lightly and apologize for any delays. Thank you for your support and understanding.

If you have questions, please contact the case manager. Or you may call Develop Louisville at 502-574-6230.

Case #20-VARIANCE-0007
Variance to allow an existing structure to encroach into a proposed side yard setback. The applicant has submitted a minor plat to shift a side property line that will create a nonconforming side yard setback for the existing principal structure.
Location: 48 Warren Road
Case Manager: Zach Schwager (zachary.schwager@louisvilleky.gov)

VITA Tax Preparation Services Suspended Beginning Monday, March 16th Friday, Mar 13 2020 

At the advice of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, VITA tax preparation services will be temporarily suspended beginning on Monday, March 16th. With the number of clients they see each day, the potential to transmit the coronavirus to taxpayers or volunteers is high, and they have decided to prioritize the health of our community.

As of now, VITA will tentatively plan to open back on Monday, April 6th, along with JCPS. If the current situation changes, this date may move up or be delayed further. The appointment system will not be accessible during this period. During this time, they encourage taxpayers to use the free, online filing options that are accessible on the website. VITA will also be working to increase capacity to assist taxpayers in completing their own returns through additional resources and exploring alternative service delivery models to assist taxpayers.

At this time, the IRS has not issued an official extension of the filing deadline, but it is possible that they may do so. VITA will be sure to update you regarding any changes to the tax code that may affect  clients during this time.

PVA Public Meetings Cancelled in March Thursday, Mar 12 2020 

From the Office of Colleen Younger, Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator

Due to Governor Beshear’s recommended safety precaution, the PVA is
proactively cancelling all PVA public meetings for the month of March.

“It is imperative that we protect our staff and the citizens we serve. And it is
vital to our ability to provide fair and equitable assessments with
best-in-class customer service,” said Jefferson County PVA, Colleen Younger.

At this time, the PVA will keep the meetings scheduled in April and encourage
the public to attend one of those. There is a meeting scheduled for each of
the areas being reassessed in 2020.

The PVA office works hard to determine the accurate median property value
for comparable homes, but the PVA doesn’t have every detail about your home. The
condition of a home could mean it falls substantially below or above the
median value. That’s why it’s so important all property owners know
about their right to an appeal.

The Jefferson County PVA invites you to attend public presentation
previewing the 2020 real estate property value reassessment, to discuss the
valuation process, the public’s right to appeal, and the appeal process.

Please attend in April to learn more!

Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Crescent Hill Library

Lexington Road Closure Update Wednesday, Mar 11 2020 

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Louisville Water Company is continuing work along Lexington Road to repair a 1930 water main.  This final phase of the Eastern Parkway Project has proven to be the most complex.  Above is a new detour map for work our contractor will be performing next week.

Beginning March 17, Lexington Road will be closed at the intersection of Stilz Avenue.  Westbound motorist will be allowed to take a right hand turn onto Stilz and follow the detour to Grinstead Drive.  The location of the 1930 water main will not allow LWC to safely complete this work without closing the intersection.   

Local residents will be provided local access  from Lexington and Grinstead but for safety purposes will not be allowed to enter or exit Lexington Road at Stilz Avenue.  LWC will post updates at LouisvilleWater.com/EasternPkwyProject, on Twitter @Louisville Water or search using #EasternPkwyProject.

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