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Frankfort Avenue Celebration Walk Tuesday, Jul 11 2017 

Frankfort.pngI’m pleased to announce the fence and sidewalk project along Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story Avenues is complete! THANK YOU to Metro Public Works for your tenacity in submitting several proposals to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) before receiving final approval for this project. I’ve been working on this project since I took office. I thought it would be a great way to cleanup one of the major corridors into the Butchertown Neighborhood.

If you are unfamiliar with the area, here is a little history. On Frankfort Avenue between Mellwood and Story, there is a bridge over Beargrass Creek. It was almost impossible to see the creek from the roadway because there was an unsightly chain length fence along both sides of the bridge. The chain length fence was installed by KYTC over ten years ago after someone leaned on the wrought-iron fence and it gave way and they fell into the creek. Fortunately no one was injured, but nearby businesses were concerned about pedestrian safety.

This project also included sidewalk repair along the northwest side of the street. Please check out before and after photos of the street.

Join us on Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. for a celebration walk of this corridor!

Free Summer Tax Preparation Assistance Wednesday, Jul 5 2017 

UPDATE: My office and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) are partnering to offer FREE summer tax preparation throughout the summer months for taxpayers with household income of $65,000 or less.

This FREE service will be available through August 2017. You must make an appointment by calling LABC at 814-2715.

Clients will need to bring the following with them:

  • Social Security Card for everyone on tax return
  • Picture ID for taxpayer and spouse
  • W-2 and 1099 from employer
  • List of other income/expenses
  • 1098 for educational credit
  • 1095-A for certain healthcare credits
  • Blank check or account number for direct deposit

For more information and to make an appointment, contact the Louisville Asset Building Coalition at 814-2715 or visit http://www.labcservices.org.

Lexington Road Land Use Public Meetings Monday, Jun 12 2017 

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Louisville Metro Council and Develop Louisville initiated the Lexington Road land use and zoning study to make recommendations for the future land uses for the properties along the Irish Hill corridor. The study builds upon and will update the 2002 Irish Hill Neighborhood Plan.  The boundaries for this study include an area along Lexington Road between Baxter Avenue and the easternmost c

rossing of Beargrass Creek. The Neighborhood Plan recommended a further analysis of the lan

 

d uses and zoning along the corridor and this effort implements that recommendation. The land use and zoning study and the subsequent approval process will take place over the summer of 2017.

A Neighborhood Advisory Committee was recommended by me and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and appointed by Mayor Fischer. The study meetings and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM (This meeting is designed for public input)
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

All meetings will be held at the Commonwealth Theatre Center, 1123 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40204, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

CycLOUvia on Frankfort Avenue – June 11 Friday, Jun 9 2017 

Cyclouvia will transform The Avenue into a paved park where people of all ages and backgrounds can walk, bike, dance, skate, or participate in any other physical activity on public spaces that are always there but are normally reserved for automobiles. The street will be closed to motorized traffic from Stilz Avenue to Pope Street with cross traffic allowed at Ewing Avenue under traffic control officer supervision from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Cyclouvia will promote healthy lifestyles and alternative modes of transportation. The Crescent Hill Library at 2762 Frankfort Avenue, will be open special hours during the event. Cyclouvia is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Update on Reservoir Park and Village Manor Access Thursday, Jun 8 2017 

Access to Reservoir Park and Village Manor when a train is blocking Fenley and Blackburn Avenues has been a long-standing issue.  I am happy to report that we have now secured legal agreements and funding to construct a new emergency access road and that we are scheduling a meeting about it for next month.

Emergency vehicles (police, fire and ambulances) have always been able to use a gate near the end of Claremont Avenue to access the neighborhoods when trains are blocking the tracks.  The plan we have pursued and will put into place will allow use of a new gate and road at the end of Claremont by any vehicles or pedestrians when both roads are blocked by trains.  That is an expansion of an earlier easement.  A legal agreement making that change has been signed and will be effective when a new road is constructed.   An agreement between Metro and the Louisville Water Company to use a small section of road between the new access road and the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center parking lot was signed by Louisville Water this week.  We have also secured funds in the Metro budget to build that new road and gate.  When that is done in the near future, there will be several ways to get the gate opened, for use by all vehicles and pedestrians, when the roads are blocked.

The new access road and gate will be the subject of our next D9 Community Conversation on July 20 at 6:30pm at Jewish Family & Career Services, 2821 Klempner Way. Mark your calendars for that meeting and watch future editions of the eNews for additional information about the new road!

“Meet with Bill” – June 7 Thursday, Jun 1 2017 

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 Wednesday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, we’ll be at the Mellwood Arts Center Boardroom, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, main office area. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

Block Watch Workshop on May 24 Monday, May 22 2017 

LMPDPatchAs a way to help Metro Police and keep homes and families safe, Councilman Brandon Coan (D-8), Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9) and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) are partnering with officers of the LMPD Fifth Division to sponsor a Neighborhood Watch Workshop and Drug Toss on Wednesday, May 24th.

This workshop is a focused effort to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch Programs in both districts.

The workshop will be held at the Douglass Community Center Gymnasium, 2305 Douglas Blvd, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The event will teach individuals how to organize effective block watches and mobilize neighborhoods to work with police to keep everyone safe. Residents and business owners will get a chance to meet some of the officers who patrol their area while they train on how to form a good neighborhood watch program.

The workshop will also provide an opportunity for citizens to drop off old and unneeded prescription drugs to LMPD at the event for safe disposal.

Buy Local Fair Moving to July 2 Friday, May 19 2017 

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Due to weather forecasts for this weekend the Buy Local Fair has been postponed to Sunday, July 2 from Noon – 6:00 PM at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road. 

D9 Community Conversation – May 17 Monday, May 15 2017 

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. The topic for conversation will be the upcoming budget. The Metro Council has started the review of the 2017-2018 budget recommended by Mayor Greg Fischer. The proposed budget focuses heavily on public safety, including significant investments in LMPD, while continuing to fund affordable housing, paving and a new Northeast Regional Library.

The $593 million general fund operating budget anticipates $23 million in new revenue, with the greatest chunk of that – $19 million, or 83 percent – earmarked for LMPD and the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, including additional police officers.

The budget proposal was presented one month earlier than usual under an ordinance I sponsored last year.  The ordinance was designed to give the public and Council members more time to evaluate and comment on the budget.

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.

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