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November 21, 2007

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 Happy Thanksgiving

The District 11 Office wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Metro Snow Removal Policies Announced

Louisville Metro has created a new work shift and purchased new equipment to improve Louisville’s snow-removal response – making it more efficient and effective.

For the first time, the Public Works Department is implementing a night shift during the winter months for snow operations and pothole repairs. Having a regularly-scheduled shift of workers overnight means crews can begin treating roads immediately without having to wait for workers to drive in from home. On evenings without snow and ice, work crews will repair potholes.

This fall, the city purchased five new brine distributors – bringing the city’s total to 15. The distributors attach to dump trucks and each hold 1,300 gallons of solution. The new equipment will allow crews to increase the miles of road that are pretreated before a storm. Brine solution helps prevent ice from bonding to roads.

Online Snow-Route Map Tracks Progress in Real Time

Operators of the “Snow Command” control room and citizens will once again have a progress map at their fingertips that will allow coordinators to track crews’ work as they fan out across the community. Drivers will radio into the control room when a route is complete, “Snow Command” will enter the information into a computer and the route will change colors to indicate it has been salted or plowed. The map is updated in real time.

Residents also may log on to  at any time during the year to view the Louisville Metro Government snow routes. Click on the “My Louisville” section of the website and type in a ZIP code and address.

City Snow Routes

The city is responsible for clearing about one-third of the 3,000 miles of roadway in the county. City snow routes are major roads, school and TARC bus routes, arteries to local employers and hospital and emergency routes. The state and private contractors clear about 1,000 miles and the remaining 1,000 miles are neighborhood streets that are not cleared. For more information about the snow plan call MetroCall at 311 or log on to 

Light Up Louisville is November 23

Light Up Louisville and Wendy’s Winter Wonderland Parade

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Jefferson Square Park

Kick off the holiday season by celebrating this Louisville tradition with Mayor Abramson, GE, LG&E and Geek Squad. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping, children’s activities and the Winter Wonderland Parade. Don’t forget to stay for the lighting up of downtown!

District 11 Office Participates in Extreme Makeover Home Edition project

On Sunday, November 11, the District 11 office volunteered on site of the Extreme Makeover Home Editon project in Buechel. The family of Patrick Henry Hughes, a blind trumpet player in University of Louisville's Marching and Pep Band, was chosen for a home makeover and the house was completed on November 14. The show will be aired on ABC in the spring of 2008. Special thanks to ABC, the Buechel Area Business Association, Elite Homes, and the hundreds of volunteers for helping with this project.

District 11 Historical Homes Forum To Air Soon

Stay tuned to Metro TV (Cable Channel 25) for a program that will feature a forum on District 11 history. The "District 11 Historical Homes Forum" was filmed in April of this year and featured a panel of owners of historical homes in District 11. Highlights of the forum have been converted into a thirty minute television special. You can check the Metro TV listings guide at Metro TV Schedule

How Are Your Tax Dollars Being Spent?

The following are recent appropriations from the District 11 Neighborhood Development Fund:
  • $4,695 to Meredith Dunn Elementary for the purchase and installation of security cameras
  • $400 to Ninth and O Baptist Church for supplies to combat graffiti in District 11.
  • $10,000 to Fern Creek / Highview United Ministries for their capital campaign and construction of new facility.
  • $2,000 to the City of Houston Acres for costs related to the re-construction of an entrance.
  • $3225 to Southeast Area Associated Ministries for the purchase of computer equipment.
  • $1,000 to ConnectKentucky for the installation and upgrade of computers in Louisville Metro.
  • $2,000 to YMCA Safe Place Services for computer equipment
  • $500 to the Louisville Metro Police Department for the Shop-With-A-Cop program.

Southeast Area Associated Ministries - How Can You Help?
(Message Printed on Behalf of Southeast Area Associated Ministries)

Our assistance to families includes:

  • financial aid for rent, utilities, medications
  • Dare-to-Care food distribution
  • Clothing assistance through Goodwill
  • Back to school supplies
  • Thanksgiving Food Baskets (180+ last year)
  • Christmas assistance (over 100 children last year)
  • Referrals to other services
  • After-School Tutoring & Advocacy

Ways in which others may help:

  • financial donations for direct assistance
  • food donations directly to SEAM or at Kroger in the Dare-to-Care Barrels
  • take items to Goodwill in Hikes Point and tell them it is "for SEAM" - you still get the tax benefits & our families receive vouchers
  • collect depleted ink cartridges and cell phones and bring them to SEAM so that we can recycle trash for cash
  • donate money or back-to-school supplies to SEAM in June and July for our a drive and include your customers/clients/families
  • Volunteer to tutor in our after-school program...encourage your employees to volunteer
  • Thanksgiving - collect food and money and bring to SEAM...let us know how many families you'd like to sponsor
  • Christmas - Collect and provide gift cards from area businesses, and we will provide these to our families, or you decide to sponsor a family

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

  • Bill Jewell, Director of Youth and Family Services, 502-499-8298,

Light Up Hikes Point is December 1
(printed on behalf of the Hikes Point Area Business Association)

Light Up Hikes Point will be held Saturday, December 1 in McMahan Center at 4:30 p.m. HPABA is providing you with an excellent opportunity to showcase your business at this exciting holiday event. If you would like to set up a booth to promote your business please contact Talbott Allen at

Lead Safe Louisville Initative

The Lead Safe Louisville Initiative is a federally funded program of The Louisville Metro Housing and Community Development Department. The goal is to remove lead hazards from homes where a pregnant woman and/or a child under six years old resides (in the case of a child, they simply have to be in the home six or more hours per week, not permanent residents). In addition to removing dangerous lead hazards, the work performed with their funds may provide valuable home improvements and weatherization for home owners.

In the case of a homeowner/owner occupied unit, the family must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A child < six years of age lives in the home OR
  • A child < six years of age spends at least six hours per week in the home OR
  • A pregnant women lives in the home AND
  • The home was built before 1978 AND
  • The family is at or below 80% area median income (for example, a family of four may earn up to $58,875 per year).

Elizabeth Fick Koppen, a Community Outreach Specialist with the Department of Housing and Family Services would like an opportunity to speak to your organization if you feel your neighborhood might benefit from this program. If interested, please contact Ms. Fick Koppen at 574-3074 or electronically at

Canaan Community Development Corporation Seeking Volunteers

Canaan Community Development Corporation offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program January-March each year in conjunction with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition and the Internal Revenue Service. CCDC needs at least 20 volunteers to make next year's program a great success. We will begin tax training shortly and would love to have persons from the district volunteer to help with the program. Interested volunteers can contact Dawn Sanders at 

Upcoming Events

December 1

Light Up Hikes Point
McMahan Plaza
4:30 pm

December 4

Annual Hikes Point Area Business Association Christmas Breakfast
Oxmoor Country Club
7:30 am
December 5

Buechel Area Business Association Holiday Party
Wildwood Country Club
5 - 7 pm

December 6

The Staff at Golden Living Center Hillcreek cordially invite you to attend an open house in celebration of their American Healthcare Association Quality Award Thursday, December 6th, 2007 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm Please join us for refereshment,hors d oeuvres and dessert we are located at 3116 Breckenridge Lane R.S.V.P. to Virginia Hayes

Committee Meetings

Councilman Kramer serves as the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee. He is also a member of the Budget Committee, Government Administration Committee, and Committee on Committees. In addition, Kramer serves as the Vice-Chair for the Metro Council Minority Caucus. Committees meet the first and third weeks of the month and are broadcast live on Metro TV (cable channel 25.) Councilman Kramer is also a member of the National League of Cities Information, Technology, and Communications Steering Committee and the Kentucky League of Cities Legislative Committee.

Please let me know how you feel about these or any other issues. Contact my office at
574-1111 or contact me.

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         Kevin Kramer
Metro Council
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-574-1111
Fax: 502-574-4501
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District 11 Council Office

District 11 Website

Animal Services

Buechel Area Business
Steve Alvey, President

Buechel Area Neighborhoods

Buechel/Fern Creek Jaycees

Buechel Fire Dept.
To report a fire only
For non-fire purposes:

Buechel Women's Club

County Clerk

Crisis Center

Dept. of Neighborhoods

Health Department

Hikes Point Business Association
Debbie Williams, President

Inspections, Permits and

Jeffersontown City Hall

Jeffersontown Community Center

Jeffersontown Gaslight


Jeffersontown Public Library

Jeffersontown Vol. Fire Dept.
To report a fire only
For non-fire purposes:


Louisville Coalition of Neighborhoods

Louisville Water Company

McMahan Fire Dept.
To report a fire only: 911
For non-fire purposes:


Metro Parks

Mosquito Control


Planning & Design

Poison Control

Police 6th District


Voter Registration