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Councilman Hollander’s February D9 Community Conversation Focuses on Redlining Wednesday, Feb 21 2018 

Councilman Bill Hollander invites the community to attend an upcoming D9 Community Conversation, which will close out Black History Month with a presentation by Clifton resident Joshua Poe on redlining in Louisville and a nationally acclaimed project to explore it.

Poe

Redlining is the denial of services or the refusal to grant loans or insurance to certain neighborhoods based on racial and socioeconomic discrimination. It was an explicit government policy which led to the racial segregation of our major cities, including Louisville. Poe’s work can be found here: https://lojic.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e4d29907953c4094a17cb9ea8f8f89de.   An article about it is here:  https://insiderlouisville.com/metro/redlining-louisville-map-wins-harvard-university-honor/.

Poe is an urban planner and independent researcher using GIS and planning principles to facilitate social justice and revitalization. He developed an interactive map that was the impetus for the Redlining Louisville project.  Poe’s map, “Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate,” was selected as the first winner of Harvard University’s Map of the Month contest, which recognizes best-in-class data visualizations created by all levels of government and nonprofits. “Redlining Louisville” was selected for its outstanding use of data combined from multiple sources, including historical data, its creativity and effective communication to the public, and the policy implications it is likely to have moving forward.  More about the award is here: https://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/map-of-the-month-redlining-louisville-1062.Map

The D9 Community Conversation is Wednesday, February 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,  at United Crescent Hill Ministries,  150 South State Street.  “Redlining is an important subject we all need to understand in order to deal with its consequences. I am looking forward to Josh’s presentation”, says Hollander.  “As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subject is also welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns. ”

For more information about the meeting, contact Councilman Hollander’s office at 574-1109.

Search for New LMPD Impound Lot & Public Meetings Monday, Feb 12 2018 

Louisville Metro Government has officially started the search for a new Louisville Metro Police vehicle impound lot.

Located for decades at 1478 Frankfort Avenue in Butchertown, the impound lot is the main temporary storage area for motor vehicles that have been impounded by LMPD and other agencies, and is a longer-term storage area for motor vehicles being held as evidence in a legal proceeding. Although technical capacity is 1,800 vehicles, the lot frequently stores in excess of 2,000 vehicles.

Space issues, as well as the impound lot’s negative impact on nearby Beargrass Creek and the Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail, are among the reasons Louisville Metro Government is seeking a new location. The site, a former landfill, is also located in a flood plain and is partially impacted by a high-tension power line crossing it.

As a temporary measure to free up space at the Vehicle Impoundment Unit, LMPD will be changing the location of its auctions to the Newburg Fleet facility.  This action will free up approximately 100-150 spaces that can be used to remove wrecked or abandoned vehicles, as well as parking violators, from Louisville’s roadways.

The first step in the process to move the lot is a Request for Information, seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location, and other physical and operational requirements. The Request for Information is here.

Louisville Metro Government will also host three public meetings and conduct two tours of the current impound lot. A list of dates, times, and locations of meetings and tours can be found below.

The public is encouraged to provide suggestions on potential locations for the impound lot, as well as offer innovative solutions for the management of the facility. Public input can be made in-person at a public meeting or through an on-line comment portal.

Louisville Metro Government will close the Request for Information on March 15, 2018. Proposed locations will be evaluated based on their ability to meet operational and locational needs for the impound lot, as well as on their potential cost. If a suitable location is identified, funding for the relocation of the impound lot will be sought in upcoming fiscal years.

Meeting and tour schedule:

  • Tour – Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Metro Impound Lot, 1478 Frankfort Avenue. RSVP to Schroeder@louisvilleky.gov no later than February 12.
  • Public Meeting – Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Main Branch Library, 311 York Street.
  • Tour – Monday, February 19 at Noon at Metro Impound Lot, 1478 Frankfort Avenue. RSVP to Schroeder@louisvilleky.gov no later than February 16.
  • Public Meeting – Tuesday, February 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Oak and Acorn, 631 S. 28th
  • Public Meeting – Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Butchertown Pizza Hall, 1301 Story Avenue, Second Floor.

Cannons Lane Sidewalk Project Meeting – February 7 Tuesday, Feb 6 2018 

Cannons Lane sidewalk

Louisville Public Works Division of Engineering is hosting a public meeting on the Cannons Lane Sidewalk Project at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at Jewish Family & Career Services, 2821 Klempner Way.

The Cannons Lane Sidewalk Project proposes a new sidewalk along Cannons Lane from Pee Wee Reese Road to Interstate 64. The sidewalk, slightly less than one mile long, will connect Seneca Park to the current shared used path around Bowman Field. Public Works will present the proposed sidewalk alignment for public comment.

This project is in the planning stages and we need your input. Please join us.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available Thursday, Dec 28 2017 

Tax Prep

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 $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2017 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 every Friday beginning January 26 through the end of tax season 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 $33,000 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 $64,000 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.

Register for 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll Monday, Nov 27 2017 

Santa Sprint

Registration Deadline Extended – Nov. 29th! 

The pre-registration deadline for the 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll has been extended to November 29, 2017 at 11:59pm! While we welcome day-of registration, pre-registration guarantees you an event t-shirt, and registration costs go up $5 on the day of the event.

We look forward to some healthy merry-making with you, so don’t miss out on meeting SANTA himself—at our 22nd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll on December 2, 2017!

Registration and Fees:

  • “ADULT” (14 & Over): $25
  • “YOUTH” (13 & Under): $15
  • Participants in strollers: FREE
  • Only PRE-registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.
  • DAY-OF Registration & Fees (Dec. 2): Add $5 to the fees listed above, for all participants.

Day of registration begins at 8:00am at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive. Race kicks off at 9:00am!

Click here to register.

Scouting for Food Friday, Nov 17 2017 

ScoutingIf you received a notice that Scouts would be picking up food donations, this Saturday, November 18, is the day.   Set out bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items by 8:00 a.m. this Saturday.  The food will be picked up by the Scouts and delivered to central locations (including Crescent Hill United Methodist Church’s “Praise Food Pantry” and St. Matthews United Methodist Church) for distribution to families in need throughout the area.

Scouts know how fortunate they are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And they know that not everyone is so lucky.  Help them by setting out food this Saturday morning.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 8 Monday, Nov 13 2017 

On Friday, December 8, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District obreast-cancer-ribbonffice, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment, please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed.

D9 Community Conversation – November 14 Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3117 Lexington Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. 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.

Put pumpkins in with yard waste Monday, Oct 30 2017 

wintersquash-pumpkin.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartDon’t junk that jack-o-lantern or trash that pumpkin. Instead, put pumpkins in with other yard waste on your regular yard waste collection day once you’re done using them as seasonal decoration.

That will allow us to recycle the pumpkins, along with yard waste, into mulch to be reused in landscaping and gardening. It will help make Louisville look good and prevent the gourds from taking up landfill space.

Pumpkins must be free of decoration other than coloring.

This program applies to residents of the Urban Services District (old City of Louisville boundaries). Customers of other Jefferson County municipalities and of private haulers should check with them regarding pumpkin disposal.

Yard waste is collected on the same day as recycling. To find the recycling date for a particular address, type the address into the MyLouisville tool at the bottom of the Louisvilleky.gov website or click here.

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