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


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.

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


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.

Volunteers Needed for Responsible Recycling Event – May 13 Wednesday, Apr 26 2017 

The District 9 Annual Responsible Recycling event is quickly approaching, Saturday, May 13, 2017, and we need YOUR help. We are looking for volunteers to help direct vehicles, assist vendors, obtain zip codes and unload vehicles.

Event information:

Saturday, May 13
Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road
Arrival time 8:45 AM until 12:45 PM – snacks will be provided

Contact Kyle Ethridge, or 574-3908, for more information or to sign up.



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.

“Meet with Bill” – April 19 Monday, Apr 17 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, April 19, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, in the meeting room. Please stop by with any questions or concerns. You can also call anytime at 574-1109 or email me.

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.

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