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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 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.
Sydney Blandford, a student at Holy Cross High School, chose to concentrate her senior project on pollution by creating an awareness initiative, organizing a clean-up project at the Beargrass Creek Greenway. The clean-up will concentrate on the area near Lexington and Grinstead on Saturday, February 18th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
Volunteers should park at the old Jim Porters lot on Lexington Road, then walk to the entrance at Lexington and Grinstead for donated breakfast items from the Clifton McDonald’s and Heine Brothers’ Coffee.
Sydney has also collected donations from local businesses, including case prizes, which will be given away to volunteers by random drawing at the event.
On Wednesday, February 15, my staff will be on hand at the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue in the basement teen area, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to assist District 9 residents in registering their rental properties. Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring photo ID, rental property information and current contact information.
All property located in Louisville Metro and occupied or offered for occupancy in exchange for money or any other consideration must be registered with Louisville Metro Government by March 1, 2017. Failure to register is subject to a fine up to $100 per day per housing unit. Registration must include the rental unit street address along with current contact information of the owner and managing operator.
Registration requires an account with Develop Louisville. Visit, https://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/codes-regulations, to establish an account and access the registry, or to get detailed information and instructions on registry requirements.
We are always happy to hear from constituents. To make meeting with us in person more convenient, we’ll be holding office hours at various places around District 9, in addition to our regular, evening D9 Community Conversations. On Monday, February 13, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, we’ll be at the St. Matthews Branch Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, in the second floor conference room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.
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!