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. 

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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.

Clifton Heights CSO Basin Project Update Friday, May 12 2017 

From MSD:

Dear Resident:

As you may know, the Metropolitan Sewer District is constructing the Clifton Heights CSO Basin, which is located at 1827 Drescher Bridge Avenue.

MSD’s contractor, MAC Construction & Excavating Inc., will be pouring concrete starting at the early hours of Monday, May 15, 2017, at 12:30 AM and during most of the day.

We hope this activity is not too disruptive for residents and appreciate your patience as we construct this major water quality improvement project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 540-6496 or by email at meskerem.eshetu@louisvillemsd.org.

 

CSX Closure – Crescent Avenue Monday, May 8 2017 

CSX has notified our office that Crescent Avenue at Frankfort Avenue is closed today (Monday, May 8, 2017, to replace a rail.

It will be restored for road service by 3:30 p.m. today.

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.

Clifton’s Revised Architectural Design Guidelines Saturday, Apr 15 2017 

After a five-year review process spearheaded by Clifton volunteers, rewritten and freshly-illustrated Architectural Design Guidelines for Clifton’s Historic Preservation District are published on Louisville Metro’s Landmarks web site.  An all-volunteer Task Force commenced the review-and-rewrite project in November, 2011, and conducted over thirty-five public meetings before delivering its completed work product for publication last Fall.  Task-Force-member Phil Samuel performed the Task Force’s final act by presenting the illustrated revised Guidelines to the Louisville Landmarks Commission at its February 2017 public meeting (read Phil’s remarks here).

All Clifton property owners need to know that any planned exterior change to any Clifton building or property — including demolition or new construction — must be reviewed and approved through Metro’s Landmarks Office (502-574-6230before the planned change is started. Clifton’s Design Guidelines are essential because they stipulate the rules and standards that help Landmarks officials determine whether a proposed change is appropriate for the Historic District, and thus whether the proposed change should be approved, altered, or — in rare cases — disallowed.  Clifton’s newly-illustrated Guidelines go a step further by educating property owners through Clifton-specific introductions, explanations, examples, graphics, and photographs.

Responsible Recycling – May 13 Thursday, Apr 13 2017 

The D9 Annual FREE Responsible Recycling event is Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road.

 

This is a FREE drive-through event open to residents in Louisville Metro. Most of the same partners have joined us again this year. Please review the following flyer for accepted donations and plan to donate items on May 13!

NEW this year, we will be accepting all HAZ BIN items AND LMPD will be onsite to collect unused or expired drugs. Please read the updated flyer below for a complete listing of what is accepted.

 

Thank you to our recycling vendors for participating in this year’s event.

All Shred
Commonwealth e-Waste
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Louisville Metro Department of Public Works
Supplies Over Seas
WaterStep

 

Please click on the flyer link for a list of items that will be accepted: 2017 Responsible Recycling Flyer

 

For additional details on accepted items please click on a link below.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Guidelines
Commonwealth e-Waste Accepted Items
Supplies Over Seas (SOS) Donation Flyer

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 574-1109.

Mark Your Calendars for Easter Activities Thursday, Apr 13 2017 

It’s Easter weekend and there is a plenty to do in D9!

Clifton Easter Egg Hunt

The 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Bingham Park, sponsored by the Clifton Community Council and Clifton Baptist Church. There will be 1,500 eggs hidden in designated areas. Children will be divided into two groups by age. After the hunt, Clifton Baptist, 1947 Frankfort Avenue, will host fun activities including face-painting, bouncy houses, balloon art, hot dogs, music and more!

Crescent Hill Easter Egg Hunt

Join Crescent Hill residents at 10:00 a.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, for Easter egg hunting fun, sponsored by the Crescent Hill Community Council. Children will be divided by age for simultaneous hunts on the property.

Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA), the Clifton Community Council and the Crescent Hill Community Council invite you to attend the 25th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Saturday, April 15. Enjoy the Shriners, antique cars, homemade family floats, Hwang’s Martial Arts, Talking Police Car and Mounted Sheriff’s Posse. Plus, plenty of FREE candy! The parade will travel along Frankfort Avenue from Stilz to Pope Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

 

Easter Parade Road Closures

The 2017 Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade is this Saturday, April 15th. Both lanes of Frankfort Avenue will be closed to traffic from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from Stilz Avenue to Pope Street for the safety of the participants involved. There will be no parking on the street at that time and the side streets will be closed to Frankfort Avenue as well. POLICE WILL TOW!  

Kennedy Avenue from Grinstead to Frankfort, Crescent Court around the court and Crescent Avenue from English to Frankfort will be closed to through traffic during line-up from approximately 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. “NO PARKING, SPECIAL EVENTS” signs will be posted the Friday before.

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