Louisville Disaster Recovery Centers To Transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers Wednesday, May 27 2015 

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The two remaining disaster recovery centers in Louisville, which are operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will close on Thursday, May 28, at 6 p.m. (EDT) and reopen as disaster loan outreach centers on Friday, May 29,      at 9 a.m.

April storm survivors can continue to call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

The two Jefferson County centers that will close on Thursday are located at 205 W. Wellington Ave. (Beechmont Community Center) and 8501 Preston Highway (fire station) in Louisville.

Survivors who suffered losses during the severe storms in April in Bath, Bourbon, Carter, Elliott, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Rowan and Scott counties can register using the following methods:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, Video Relay Service 800-621-3362).
  • By smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and essential home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

The disaster loan outreach centers that will open in Louisville will be operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) until further notice.

The loan centers focus on funds needed for long-term rebuilding and recovery. Businesses, homeowners and renters will be able to talk individually with SBA representatives.

Small businesses and most nonprofits with or without physical damage may apply for an economic injury disaster loan, which is a working capital loan to help with disaster-related cash flow problems.

Businesses, homeowners and renters may check on the status or ask any questions about their SBA disaster loan application at the loan centers.

Survivors with questions about an SBA disaster loan application can also call the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

To learn more about what preventive measures to take before, during and after an emergency, visit www.ready.gov.

Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Tuesday, May 26 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 26, 2015)The following closures and lane restrictions are expected the rest of this week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing:

Overnight closures scheduled Tuesday, May 26-Thursday, May 28*:

  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-71 North
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-71 North

 Overnight closures scheduled Tuesday, May 26-Saturday, May 30*:

  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North
  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • Two lanes of I-64 West from Story Avenue to the I-65 split
  • Two lanes of I-64 East from 3rd Street to Mellwood Avenue

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PVA Extends Property Appeal Deadline Thursday, May 21 2015 

The Jefferson County PVA office is extending the property reassessment appeal deadline to May 29th at 4:00 p.m. This gives property owners an additional 8 days to file a property appeal.  The PVA has also expanded staff assistance to include the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue.  The PVA will now have staff on hand to assist residential property owners in completing the PVA online property appeal.

The PVA office is open weekdays from 8a-4p for property owners who choose to come downtown.  The office will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend May 23-25. The PVA office is located at 531 Court Place (Fiscal Court Bdg.) Suite 501.

Property Owners who don’t want to come downtown can now go to the Crescent Hill Library for assistance during the hours below.

  • Thursday, May 21 from 10a-5p
  • Friday, May 22 from 10a-4p
  • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day – OFFICES ARE CLOSED
  • Tuesday, May 26 from 10a-5p
  • Wednesday, May 27 from 10a-4p
  • Thursday, May 28 from 10a-5p
  • Friday, May 29 from 10a-4p

Property owners who disagree with their 2015 assessment must provide documentation to support their opinion of value and file the online conference appeal form at www.jeffersonpva.ky.gov. The neighborhood sales research tool is located on the PVA website at www.jeffersonpva.ky.gov and is available free of charge during the Open Inspection Period which ends on May 29th at 4:00 p.m.

The PVA premium service website service is available free of charge year round at all Louisville Free Public Libraries.

Public Meeting on Police Body Cameras – June 2 Wednesday, May 20 2015 

LMPDPatchLouisville Metro Police Department officers will soon be equipped with body cameras and the program begins in the Fifth Division, which includes Metro Council District 9. We’ll be hosting a public meeting on the program on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Field Elementary School, 120 Sacred Heart Lane.

WFPL reporter Jacob Ryan reported what you need to know about Louisville Metro Police’s Body Cameras on May 14, 2015.

“Louisville Metro Police officers in the Fifth Division will begin wearing body cameras in June.

About 100 officers in the division will be the first in the department to wear body cameras in the field. The pilot program in the Fifth Division is expected to last about 45 days, and then the body camera program will expand to other divisions, said Chief Steve Conrad.

Louisville Metro Police has been looking to outfit officers with body cameras since about 2012. Earlier this week, the department placed an order for 988 cameras from TASER, a company that specializes in law enforcement equipment.

On Thursday, city and police officials outlined specifics of how the program will be funded and what will be expected of officers wearing the cameras.” To read the entire article click here.

Downtown Crossing: New Ramp Opening Friday, May 15 2015 

NEW RAMP OPENING FROM I-65 SOUTH TO I-64 EAST

Drivers will access I-64 East much sooner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 14, 2015)Another new ramp is opening to traffic as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The new ramp carries traffic from I-65 South to I-64 East in the Kennedy Interchange.

I-64 East will now split from I-71 North much sooner (see attached image), nearly a mile before the old ramp. The change means that drivers traveling from I-65 South to I-64 East will need to be prepared to access the on-ramp at an earlier point.

Signage will be in place, clearly marking the new ramp. Drivers are reminded to slow down in construction zones, especially as new ramps and roadways open to traffic.

The work to open the new ramp will be happening tonight during the overnight hours, with the ramp scheduled to open to traffic by 5 a.m. on Friday.

The existing ramp from I-65 South to I-64 East will be closed to traffic overnight as the traffic shift is made. The closure is scheduled 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with a signed detour in place. The old ramp will soon be demolished to make room for new construction.

More than 40 new ramps and overpasses are being built on the Kentucky side of the river as the Kennedy Interchange is rebuilt, untangling many of the weaves of “Spaghetti Junction.”

FEMA Inspectors Visiting Disaster-Damaged Properties Friday, May 8 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (May 7, 2015)-Residents and business owners who applied for federal assistance resulting from the severe storm and flooding in April will hear soon from damage inspectors.

People who suffered losses in Jefferson county may be eligible for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Following registration, FEMA usually schedules inspections within seven (7) to 10 days. An inspector first examines structural damage to a house or business, then assesses damage to appliances, such as the washer, dryer, refrigerator, and stove. The inspector also gathers information about serious needs, such as lost or damaged clothing. Homeowners should identify all known damages and tell the inspector if they have a septic system or a well.

Property owners need to show proof of ownership and occupancy. Renters need to show proof of occupancy. If insurance papers are available, residents should show them to the inspector.

Inspectors will ask applicants to show identification. At the same time, applicants should ask for identification from everyone identifying themselves as damage inspectors. All inspectors carry official photo identification.

“If an inspector is not wearing an identification card or badge, please make sure you ask to see it,” said Joe M. Girot, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer for Kentucky.

Girot said it is also important to keep in mind that official inspectors do not charge for this service.

Those who have suffered losses as a result of the April storms, but have not yet applied for assistance are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

The fastest and easiest way to register for assistance is online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- 3362 (FEMA) or by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. eastern, seven days a week until further notice.

There will be three disaster recovery centers in the Metro Louisville area.  The first center will be open on Friday at Okolona Fire Station #1, 8501 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY  40219 where individuals can discuss their case after registering.  The additional two centers will open soon after and the community will be notified of these locations once they are determined.

Neighborhood Traffic Circles Being Installed on Nanz Avenue Wednesday, Apr 29 2015 

Work will soon be underway to install two neighborhood traffic circles on Nanz Avenue at Iola Road and Macon Avenue.  Traffic circles, widely used in many communities but new to Louisville, have been shown to be effective devices for controlling neighborhood traffic and improving the safety of residential streets.  The traffic circles on Nanz are also designed to attract bicycle traffic away from Willis Avenue, creating a “Neighborway” on Nanz for bicycle traffic.  The project also includes sidewalk improvements.

Metro Louisville is funding the traffic circles at a total cost of $22,000, including $9,000 in District 9 Community Infrastructure Funds appropriated last year, $6,500 this year and the remainder from Metro Public Works.  The City of St. Matthews has agreed to maintain the landscaped circles.  Additional Metro funds will be used for sidewalk improvements and markings.

Look for more information when the traffic circles are completed. Stop signs will remain up for a short period, before they are replaced with yield signs. At that time, slow down and and yield to traffic on the left as you enter the new circles.

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.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming D9 Community Conversations Wednesday, Mar 18 2015 

Councilman Bill Hollander invites you to attend an  upcoming District 9 Community Conversation.

Bring your ideas, questions and concerns about issues affecting the community. Most of the time and focus at the meeting will be on you.  We are hoping for   unscripted, open conversations about your vision for D9 and the City. Please join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Please mark your calendars for the tentative 2015 dates.  All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, May 26 at Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street
  • Thursday, June 18 at Girl Scouts, 2115 Lexington Road
  • Monday, July 27 at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road
  • Wednesday, August 26 at TBD
  • Tuesday, September 29 at TBD
  • Wednesday, October 28 at TBD

Downtown Crossing: 2015 Construction Guide Thursday, Mar 12 2015 

CONSTRUCTION GUIDE DETAILS BUSY SEASON AHEAD

Major work and traffic changes outlined for 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 11, 2015) –  With an accelerated schedule to open the new Downtown bridge early, 2015 promises to be an even busier construction season for the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

“We told residents last year to prepare for the busiest construction season in downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville in more than 50 years,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber. “Crews will be even busier this year as we work to put traffic on the new Downtown bridge by January 2016, three months ahead of schedule.”

The accelerated schedule will allow for more extensive improvements that will extend the life of the Kennedy Bridge.

The Downtown Crossing Annual Construction Guide details the major work and significant traffic changes expected this year.

The Construction Guide can be found on the project website, www.kyinbridges.com.

Work Scheduled for 2015

Downtown Louisville

New roadways, ramps and overpasses are being constructed as crews continue the massive job of reconstructing the Kennedy Interchange, untangling the many weaves of Spaghetti Junction where I-65, I-64 and I-71 converge. Two lanes of interstate traffic, in each direction, are being maintained during peak hours throughout the project.

New Downtown Bridge

Work on the new Downtown bridge will be completed this year, with the new bridge carrying traffic by January 2016. All three towers will reach their full heights by this summer. The bridge will rapidly take shape as crews continue to set structural steel, install stay cables and eventually pour the deck.

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