KYTC Road Announcements Sunday, Jun 11 2017 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has sent the below announcements for D9 the week of June 11.

Pothole patching, sweeping, drain & ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night.  Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

Jefferson County:

US 60 (Shelbyville Road): Lane closures and delays possible between Bowling Boulevard and Hurstbourne Parkway (mile markers 5.0 to 7.8) due to roadway resurfacing and pavement marking installation.  Lane closures are possible in the evenings 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. In addition, lane closures are possible between Breckenridge Lane and Hurstbourne Parkway (mile markers 3.5 to 7.8) due to drainage structure adjustments. Lane closures possible weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.


KY 1932 (Breckenridge Lane): Lane closures and delays possible between Kresge Way and Shelbyville Road (mile markers 4.2 to 5.5) due to drainage structure adjustments. Lane closures possible weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Mellwood Avenue One Lane Closure Monday, Jun 5 2017 

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One lane of Mellwood Avenue between the Mellwood Arts Entrance (just west of Delmont Ave), and Muncie Avenue is now closed. The closure is to accommodate continued work on MSD’s Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow Basin and associated projects.  Access to Muncie Avenue will remain open.  The west bound lane of Mellwood Avenue will remain open for through traffic.  Temporary traffic signals are in place to direct traffic flow.  The one lane closure is anticipated to continue through September 1, 2017. Please drive carefully in the area.


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.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2017)The following overnight closures and lane restrictions are scheduled next week to accommodate punch list items in connection with work on the Downtown Crossing.

Overnight closures scheduled Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25

  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • One lane closed on I-64 West near Story Avenue

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.


Please Join the 5th Division Police for Coffee With A Cop Thursday, Apr 20 2017 


Date: Tuesday, April  25, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location:  Vint Coffee, 2309 Frankfort Ave. 

Reduction in LG&E Monthly Basic Service Charge Increases A Win for Low-Income Individuals and Energy Conservation Wednesday, Apr 19 2017 

Earlier this year, when LG&E requested significant gas and electric rate increases – including an enormous increase in monthly basic service charges – Metro Council urged Louisville Metro to intervene in the case.   I introduced a resolution urging intervention, which noted that “increased fixed charges sought by LG&E have the potential to undermine energy efficiency and disproportionately impact low-income Louisville Metro residents”.  The resolution attracted multiple co-sponsors and was ultimately passed 20-0.  Louisville Metro intervened in the case.

Yesterday’s announcement of a proposed settlement in the case is a significant improvement from LG&E’s request. The overall increase is substantially reduced and the monthly basic service charge increases are slashed.  Under the proposed settlement agreement, LG&E agreed to a basic service charge increase of less than $4.00 per month next year, as opposed to the requested increase of almost $22.00 per month.

Louisville Metro should be at the table whenever a utility seeks an increase in its charges to our residents.  That’s particularly important when a utility is proposing an increase in monthly basic service charges that disproportionately affects low income individuals and reduces incentives for energy conservation.

The agreement is subject to approval by the Public Service Commission. The PSC is scheduled to consider the case on May 9.

Public Meetings in LG&E Rate Cases Friday, Apr 7 2017 

Public Service Commission Has Set Public Meetings in LG&E Rate Cases

Date:        Tuesday, April 11th
Time:        5:30 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Auditorium
Health Sciences Hall
Jefferson Community & Technical College
110 W. Chestnut Street Louisville, KY

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting in Louisville (April 11th) to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). Please attend if you want to give comments to PSC about LG&E raising our rates. As a review this is how it would affect consumers:

    • Change the cost of having a meter for electricity from $10.75 per month to $22.00 per month and the cost of having a meter for gas service from $13.50 per month to $24.00 per month.  This would change the cost of having meters (no matter how much or how little of the energy is used) from $24.25 to $46.00 per month.
    • Change the cost of each energy parcel – Kilowatt Hours (KwH) for electricity and One Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF) for natural gas. The proposal lowers the KwH and CCF costs. There are different rates for different times of the day and month of the year, but this applies to those rates.

Attend and let your voice be heard!

FREE Tree Giveaways Friday, Mar 17 2017 

Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry is hosting free tree giveaways on three Saturdays: March 18, 25 and April 15. This is a continued effort to assist Louisville to reach the goal of 45% tree canopy cover by 2040.

  • March 18th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Beechland Baptist Church in the Pleasure Ridge Park area (4613 Greenwood Drive)
  • March 25th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Downtown Campus (2nd and Broadway)
  • April 15th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at University of Louisville’s Ernst Hall (216 Eastern Parkway)

There are fifteen (15) native species of trees to choose from and recipients can take home up to three (3) trees each (while supplies last).  Each tree that is distributed comes with a species specific fact sheet, directions on how to plant the tree, and water instructions.  The knowledgeable staff of the Division of Community Forestry will be on hand to assist recipients with their tree selection.

Recipients need to provide proof that they are a resident of Louisville (Jefferson County), and agree to plant the tree on private property, and to care for it.  The trees that are going to be distributed are in three (3) gallon containers and are easily transported home in a compact car.

FREE Storm Debris Drop-off Wednesday, Mar 1 2017 

The Metro Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, will accept drop-off of residential storm debris this week through Saturday, March 4. Eligible debris includes tree limbs and other compostable materials. No construction or demolition materials, shingles, municipal garbage or manmade materials will be accepted.

The free service is available to Jefferson County residents only. Contractors or persons for hire must pay according to the posted fee schedule. They are not included in the free service.

To qualify for the free drop-off residents must present the attendant with two forms of identification verifying Jefferson County residency. Storm debris will be accepted at the Waste Reduction Center between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Recycling Program at Seneca Park Thursday, Jan 19 2017 


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!

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