Friday April 23, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Something new is coming to the Shawnee area. Within the coming weeks, residents will begin to notice new trash cans popping up on street corners along with signs designating neighborhoods as part of the Shawnee Weed and Seed program.
“We are now beginning to see positive signs of change in the Shawnee area,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) “There are many people who are taking part in our effort to revitalize the area.”
On Friday, Hamilton and representatives of the Shawnee Weed and Seed program, the Reclaiming Our Community (R.O.C.) Block Watch program and Louisville Metro Police were on hand for the roll out of the first of 16 new trash cans that will be place in the area. The first is set for 41st and Muhammad Ali.
“I am so pleased to see this day,” said Loueva Moss of R.O.C. “We were able to move forward with this project and we are planning to help other groups in our community one street corner at a time. This shows people taking pride in their neighborhoods.”
The Shawnee Weed and Seed Neighborhood Restoration Committee funded the trash cans through a $10,000 grant funded to the Shawnee Neighborhood Association on behalf of the proposal submitted by the R.O.C.
The trash cans are wrought iron receptacles and display the Shawnee Neighborhood at the top. They are manufactured by a West Louisville business, HSD Ironworks Inc located at 3009 West Broadway.
“When people see something decorative that holds trash, they make an effort to make sure trash goes into the receptacle,” said Rudy Davidson, President of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association. “If we could we would love to have such a nice receptacle on every street corner.”
Along with the trash cans, new metal signs will be going up in every area of the Shawnee Neighborhood which participates in the Weed and Seed program.
“When people drive up and down our streets and notice that it’s cleaner and businesses are coming back then it is important they know an effective program is transforming the area for the people who live and work here.”
The 16 trash cans and new signs will soon be put in place by Metro Public Works over the next few weeks.
CHeri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5