Tax Preparation Appointments NOW Available Friday, Jan 15 2016 

Tax Prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2016. The service is FREE if you earned $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2015 or if you quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available on four Fridays (Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 18 and Apr. 1) between 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please call the office today to make an appointment. * APPOINTMENTS still available for Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1 *

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 $60,000 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.

Read the weekly District 9 eNews Thursday, Feb 11 2016 

Read the District 9 eNews for Thursday, February 11, 2016, by clicking here.

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D9 Community Conversation – Feb. 16 Monday, Feb 8 2016 

The next Community Conversation is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 16 at Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road.  I have invited Major Shara Parks, 5th Division Major, to speak about recent crime in the neighborhood and to provide helpful information to protect your home and property. This is also an opportunity for you to visit with me about any concerns, issues or suggestions at a time and place we hope will be convenient to you.  Please mark your calendar and stop by – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

Cameras Installed at Bingham Park Friday, Feb 5 2016 

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Bingham Park is on Coral Avenue, just south of Brownsboro Road, in Clifton.  One of eighteen Olmsted Parks in Louisville, Bingham features a playground, spray pool, restrooms and a well-used basketball court. Unfortunately, like many of our parks all over the city, Bingham was vandalized last year, resulting in significant damage to a restroom.

As a result of the vandalism and other concerns raised by neighbors, my office recently appropriated District 9 funds to install security cameras in the park.  The cameras are monitored at LMPD’s Real Time Crime Center and recordings are available in case they are needed.

We are blessed with many parks in District 9, including Champions, Seneca, Eva Bandman, Crescent Hill (home of the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center), Beargrass Creek Greenway, Bingham, Breslin, Clifton, Eastover, Irish Hill, Kennedy Court and Story Avenue.  Maintaining them is a priority for my office and improving security is one way to do that.

St. Matthews Library Expansion! Thursday, Feb 4 2016 

St. Matthews Library

There was great news for Library lovers last week, when Mayor Greg Fischer announced that he will ask Metro Council to make a $1 Million appropriation for the expansion of the St. Matthews Eline Library, located at 3940 Grandview Avenue.  The Mayor made the announcement in his annual State of the City address.

St. Matthews Eline is the highest circulation library in the Louisville Free Public Library system.  It is located in District 9, in space provided by the City of St. Matthews, but is used by residents of a number of Metro Council districts.

The City of St. Matthews has proposed expanding the building to make more room for the library and it is estimated that it will spend at least $3 Million on the expansion.  Louisville Metro would add $1 Million.  I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the project, and Louisville Metro’s participation, since hearing of the possibility early last year.  It is great to see this kind of cooperation between Louisville Metro and the City of St. Matthews, to better serve the citizens we jointly represent.  Many thanks to St. Matthews and Mayor Rick Tonini for taking the lead on this investment in lifelong learning.

Mayor Fischer’s request for the Louisville Metro investment needs Metro Council approval and will first be considered by the Budget Committee, on which I serve.

Read more about the expansion plans in Martha Elson’s story from the Courier-Journal: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2016/01/28/fischer-proposes-1m-st-matthews-library/79451004/

Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Tuesday, Feb 2 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2016)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, February 2-Saturday, February 6*

  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-71 North
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-71 North
  • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to I-65 North
  • 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
  • One lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Main Street
  • One lane of I-65 South from the Lincoln Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

Work scheduled for Thursday, February 4

  • Project-wide rolling closures 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pothole patching

*Overnight closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. Signed detours are in place during full closures. (more…)

Yard waste collection to resume Monday Friday, Jan 29 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 29, 2016) –Yard waste collection will resume in the urban services district of Louisville Metro (the former City of Louisville boundaries) on Monday February 1. It had been suspended for two weeks due to snow removal and recovery operations.

Councilman Hollander Applauds Plan for Library Expansion in St. Matthews Thursday, Jan 28 2016 

Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9) today applauded Mayor Greg Fischer’s announcement that he will ask Metro Council to approve a $1 Million contribution for the expansion of the St. Matthews Eline Library, located at 3940 Grandview Avenue.  

The Mayor made the announcement in his annual State of the City address. 

“St. Matthews Eline is the highest circulation library in the Louisville Free Public Library system.  It is located in District 9, in space provided by the City of St. Matthews, but is used by residents of a number of Metro Council districts,” Hollander said.

The City of St. Matthews has proposed expanding the building to make more room for the library and it is estimated that it will spend at least $3 Million on the expansion.  Louisville Metro would add $1 Million. 

Hollander said, “I am so happy to see this kind of cooperation between Louisville Metro and the City of St. Matthews, to better serve the citizens we jointly represent.  It is wonderful that St. Matthews and Mayor Rick Tonini took the lead on this investment in lifelong learning, which has long been a focus for me.”

Mayor Fischer’s request for the Louisville Metro investment needs Metro Council approval and will first be considered by the Budget Committee, on which Councilman Hollander serves.

Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Tuesday, Jan 26 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2016)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, January 26-Saturday, January 30*

  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-71 North
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-71 North
  • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to I-65 North
  • 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
  • One lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Main Street
  • One lane of I-65 South from the Lincoln Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

Work scheduled for Thursday, January 28

  • Project-wide rolling closures 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pothole patching

Overnight closure scheduled Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31*

  • Ramp from I-71 South to I-64 West

Closures scheduled Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31

  • One lane of I-71 North from Witherspoon Street to Beargrass Creek
  • One lane of I-71 South from Beargrass Creek to Witherspoon Street

The closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. Saturday and end by 5 a.m. Monday.
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Council Elects New Leaders Saturday, Jan 16 2016 

2016 Caucus Leadership

Metro Council’s 2016 organizational meetings were last week.  I was honored when my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus selected me to be Majority Leader and Caucus Chair for 2016.  I look forward to working with them, the other members of the Council and new President, David Yates, to move Louisville forward!

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