Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 28, Issue 2
Mayor’s Litter-Free Louisville
Generates Ideas to Reduce Clutter
‘Street Spam,’ litter hotline and cigarette litter discussed
Temporary signs cluttering roadways,
cigarette butts, and a hotline to report litterers were among the
topics discussed yesterday at Mayor Jerry Abramson’s Litter-Free
The summit, hosted by Brightside as part the ongoing community-wide
“Keep It Clean” campaign, brought more than 80 business, civic and
neighborhood leaders to the Galt House Hotel and Suites to discuss
issues pertaining to all forms of litter and develop new tactics to
reduce litter across Louisville.
“Eliminating litter is an issue of neighborhood and community
pride,” Abramson said. “I’m challenging citizens and businesses to
get involved in helping make our hometown a cleaner place to live.
We had a lot of energy at the summit from residents, businesses and
community organizations, and I look forward to positive results from
the ideas discussed.”
Results of the summit include:
· A pilot program to notify litterers of violating the law.
Beginning Jan. 17, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management workers
and more than 150 Bee Line Courier drivers will call MetroCall 311
to report litterers, providing car license-plate numbers, vehicle
description, and details of the incident. The owner of the vehicle
will receive a letter including the details of the littering
incident along with a Brightside car litter bag and a reminder of
the state law prohibiting littering with penalties up to $500, 12
months in jail, or both.
· Several auto dealerships, oil-change locations, car washes and
auto-repair shops throughout Louisville will begin placing litter
bags in vehicles that are purchased or serviced.
· Six organizations will be added to the list of businesses, schools
and community groups whose volunteers clean community roadways
through the Brightside Green Mile program. Those organizations
include: Brown-Forman, Brownsboro Paint and Hardware, California
Neighborhood Association, Jefferson County Public Schools, Pepsi and
the city of Rolling Hills.
In addition, Mayor Abramson formed a Litter-Free Louisville citizen
task force and charged agencies of city government to develop
campaigns to address cigarette litter and temporary signs illegally
placed in the public right-of-way, known as “street spam.”
Get Involved in Eliminating Litter in our neighborhood by:
· Picking up litter wherever you see it
· Reporting litter from automobiles, call MetroCall at 311 or
574-5000 and provide license plate number, vehicle description and
location of incident
· Reporting illegal dumping, call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000
Organizing neighborhood cleanups
Serving on a citizen task force to follow up on ideas generated at
the Litter-Free Louisville Summit
Making a tax-deductible contribution to Brightside to support
various cleanup activities
For help organizing a neighborhood cleanup or questions regarding
any of the above initiatives, call Brightside at 574-2613 or email
For more litter-related information, visit:
Upcoming community-wide cleanups:
· Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Brightside Community-Wide
Cleanup. For information or to register to participate, call
· Wednesday, April 26, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Brightside Pre-Derby Cleanup
held in downtown Louisville. For information or to register to
participate, call 574-2613.
· Saturday, June 17, 8 a.m. - 12 noon. Ohio River Sweep, organized
by MSD. For information or to register to participate, call
to a good home
The Old Louisville Information Center is clearing out unused
equipment. If you are interested in any of the following items,
contact Linda at 635-5244.
Brother electric typewriter, 2 small lamps, display tables , laser
February conjures up images of warmth and friendship, love
and laughter. Think about what a wonderful escape from our
hectic lives it would be to treat yourself to a night in one of
the many neighborhood B&B’s. Perhaps you could plan a decadent
dinner at one of our many restaurants or maybe brunch with your
best friends on a weekend morning. Since the weather has been so
mild lately (at least at the time this newsletter went to
press), why not consider taking a stroll down the tree canopied
streets or a walk in Central Park? This place we call ours is
such a romantic little neighborhood. The glow of the gaslights
in the evening merely adds to the ambiance of Old Louisville in
the winter. Even with the bare trees and slumbering gardens, the
neighborhood still seems warm and inviting to those who take the
opportunity to enjoy it in all seasons of the year. A blanket of
snow would create yet another beautiful vista for us, but I’m
not wishing for that hardship!
Plans are being made for the annual clean up in Central Park
which for me marks the coming of spring! Conversations are
shaping the annual Garden Tour, one of the highlights for summer
here in Old Louisville and the Holiday House Tour group has just
put the 2005 version to bed. One could paint this awkward time
of year as dreary and uninspiring, but not when living in this
neighborhood. I see this time of year as simply a quiet spot in
time as we look to the future.
Spend this quieter time discovering all Old Louisville has to
offer. Remember, with just a few flips of the calendar, it will
be spring and then Derby and then… well, you get the picture!
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The Firefighters are Coming
Louisville Metro is in the process of evaluating the fire
stations in the metro area. An article discussing this study
was in the November 11, 2005 issue of the Courier-Journal.
Specifically Louisville Metro is considering abandoning,
remodeling, consolidating, and rebuilding certain fire
stations. One of the stations recommended to be abandoned by
this study is located at 6th and York. Member of the
Louisville Metro Fire Department have conducted their own
study of this evaluation. They have requested that they be
allowed to present their findings to the neighborhood. This
presentation was made at the OLNC meeting on January 24,
2006. Please contact a board member if you need additional
Cabbage Patch Settlement House
Since 1929 the Cabbage Patch Settlement House has been part
of Old Louisville. They are in the process of evaluating and
planning an expansion of their facilities to increase their
mission to serve the community. The Cabbage Patch Settlement
House mission is empower families and children to be
self-sufficient. More information on Cabbage Patch can be
found on their website cabbagepatch.org. Cabbage Patch wants
to expand their recreational facilities by constructing an
underground facility behind the houses on South 6th Street.
The Rev. J. Tracy Holladay, Executive Director, was at the
January 24, 2006 meeting of the OLNC to discuss their plans
and to receive input from the neighborhood.
Communication is the life blood of any organization. In this
day of emails and faxes, the pace of response to
notifications is ever consolidated. For instance, the
Neighborhood Coalition sent out an email notice that
requested volunteers to be nominated to be on the Metro
Committee to study the closing of fire stations. See related
story in this newsletter. Having email addresses for someone
in each Old Louisville neighborhood association would have
facilitated a more coordinated effort to get the word out to
the associations. Please submit to Linda Ewen at the
Information Center, the name, address, phone number, and
email address of the president of your association or
someone else responsible for getting the word out to your
association members. In this way we can better respond to
events as they occur in the Old Louisville.
Self Defense Class Offered at the OLIC
65 sq. ft.
A two hour class in Self Defense is
being offered on the following Saturdays: January 28th, February
11th and February 25th.
It will teach any interested residents of Old Louisville the
fundamentals in protection against sudden unwanted attacks.
The class is being sponsered by and overtime paid for by the 4th
Division of the LMPD. One of their own, Allan Manganello, a very
qualified patrol officer , has agreed to teach us.
When and where: each noted Saturday from 10:00 AM till Noon.
E-mail Helga Ulrich, Crime & Safety committee at HHUBMW@cs.com
or call her at 637-8006 so that we can make certain that
attendance is evenly distributed for each session.
Mayor, firefighters promote
winter fire safety
With home-heating costs rising, so are
the numbers of residents using space heaters and fireplaces
to warm their homes. Today firefighters from the Louisville
Fire Department and several suburban fire departments joined
Mayor Jerry Abramson in launching a public-service campaign
reminding citizens of the importance of wintertime fire
“Don’t let efforts to warm your home cause a tragedy in your
home,” Abramson said while MetroTV videotaped segments of a
public-service announcement. He said the public-service
campaign is designed to “remind our residents of the simple
things they can do at home to ensure they and their families
are safe this winter.”
Louisville Fire Department Chief Greg Frederick said his
fire companies, in the past five years, have responded to
about 60 house fires resulting from heating equipment, and
that those fires caused almost $800,000 in property damage.
“It’s always a leading cause of house fires this time of
year, and has the potential to be even more prevalent this
winter as more people may look to use alternative methods to
heat their homes.”
The Louisville Fire Department provides fire protection to
the urban-services district, which represents roughly
one-third of Louisville Metro residents. But winter fire
safety is not just an urban issue and, for the first time,
suburban firefighters are combining with Louisville
firefighters for a joint public-safety campaign.
“All 18 suburban fire districts have to respond hundreds of
these types of calls each year, and it’s always difficult
when someone loses their home, or worse, as a result of
trying to heat their home,” said McMahan Fire District Chief
Paul Barth, who serves as Abramson’s liaison to suburban
fire departments. Barth said that fire investigators suspect
a fatal house fire in Middletown in November resulted from
improper use or installation of a wood-burning stove.
The public-service announcement will air on MetroTV, and
will be offered to local network affiliates and Insight
Cable for broadcast. In addition, firefighters from the
Louisville Fire Department and several suburban fire
departments will make free in-home safety inspections. To
schedule an inspection, call your fire department or contact
MetroCall 311 for your fire department’s contact
Abramson and the fire departments offer the following tips
for winter fire safety at home:
· Furnaces - Furnaces should be inspected yearly by a
certified technician, and filters should be changed monthly.
All fueled heaters must be vented in accordance with local
building and fire codes to prevent build-up of dangerous
· Fireplaces - When using your fireplace, always protect
your home from sparks by using a screen made of sturdy metal
or heat-tempered glass. Burn only wood in your fireplace, be
sure that dampers are in proper working order, and never
leave fires unattended, especially in an area used by
children or pets. Remove ashes in a metal container and
store them outside. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned
once a year by a certified technician, or whenever you
suspect a problem.
· Space Heaters - Portable space heaters should be placed at
least three feet away from furniture, walls, curtains, or
anything that burns, and always turn them off when you leave
home or go to bed.
· Liquid Fuel - If your space heater runs on liquid fuel,
such as kerosene, let the heater cool down before refueling
it. Adding fuel to a hot heater can cause the fuel to
ignite. Refuel your heaters outside, where spills won’t
present a fire hazard. Use only the fuel recommended by your
heater’s manufacture. Never put gasoline in any space
· Electrical Cords - Keep electrical cords out of traffic
paths and away from areas where children play. Keep cords
well maintained, and replace any cord that is cracked,
frayed or otherwise damaged. Never pinch an electrical cord
against walls or furniture. Do not run extension cords under
carpets or across doorways. Have a professional electrician
replace old or damaged outlets with modern, receptacles that
have proper grounding.
Snow Removal Information
(hopefully not necessary!)
From the website
Louisville is Ready for Winter Weather!
Winter is here and the Louisville Metro
snow-fighting team is ready to hit the streets to make sure
Louisville keeps moving, and residents can get to school or work
and have access to hospitals or emergency clinics.
The city has many new initiatives and changes to report in this
year’s snow removal plan. Mayor Jerry Abramson earmarked more
than $2 million to purchase new equipment for snow removal
crews, the city now has a new way to pre-treat roads in the
community, Deputy Mayor Rick Johnstone is coordinating the four
agencies responsible for snow removal and residents have a new
online tool to track snow removal progress.
Snow and Ice Removal by the Numbers
· The first roads cleared are school bus or TARC routes,
hospital routes, main thoroughfares, highly-traveled roads with
hills or curves and connectors to major businesses or factories.
· There are 3,000 miles of roads in Louisville
· 1,047 miles are cleared by Louisville Metro Public Works
· 1,000 miles are cleared by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, small
cities and private contractors
· The remaining one-third of miles are neighborhood streets that
are not cleared
· 18.1 inches – average yearly snowfall in Louisville.
· 15.9 inches on January 16, 1994 – record 24-hour snowfall.
· 225 employees from four agencies coordinate snow removal
· 120 pieces of equipment in the Louisville Metro snow-fighting
· 4 new brine distributors to pre treat roads for the first time
· 17,500 tons of salt on hand at seven domes or storage
additional 17,500 tons stored underground for emergency reserve.
Four Louisville Metro agencies are responsible for snow removal:
· Public Works
· Solid Waste Management Services
· Metropolitan Sewer District
Sweets for the sweet ones in
New Years resolutions aside, you can’t
entertain notions of February (i.e. Valentine’s Day) without
thinking of sweets… particularly chocolate. I have the most
wonderful four ingredient cookbook and let me just say this
particular recipe is a “must have” for the chocolate lovers
out there. Indulge, enjoy, and go back to eating healthy on
and Espresso Mousse
(served in chocolate cups, no less!)
1 pound semisweet chocolate
3 Tablespoons freshly brewed espresso
2 Tablespoons butter
4 eggs, separated
Makes 4 servings
Break ½ the chocolate in to small pieces and melt by placing
them in a bowl sitting in warm water (or use a double
boiler). Stir until melted.
To form the chocolate cups, take a six inch square of foil
and form it in the shape of a small cup by using an orange
as a mold for the cup. Flatten the bottom so the cup will
sit on a plate. Repeat with more foil until you have all
Spoon melted chocolate into each cup mold and use the back
of the spoon to spread the chocolate up the sides of the
cups evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until the chocolate
sets. Remove cups from the refrigerator and carefully peel
away the foil.
To make the mousse, put the rest of the chocolate and the
espresso in a pan (or double boiler) and melt as before.
Stir until smooth. Add butter a little at a time until well
incorporated. Remove from heat and gently stir in the egg
yolks. Set aside.
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff but not
dry. Fold carefully into chocolate mixture. Pour into a
clean bowl and chill for at least 3 hours until the mousse
Just before serving, scoop mousse into chocolate cups.
Garnish with fresh berries and mint leaves, if desired.
By the Numbers
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Old Louisville Information Center
Website address: www.louisvilleky.gov
MetroCall - 574- 5000 or 311
MetroCall is the “clearinghouse” for community questions
· Air Pollution Control Board - 574-6000
· Animal Services - 361-1813
· Bike Louisville - 574-0104
· Community Action Partnership - 574-1157
· Code Enforcement Board- 574-8161
· Community Relations and Events - 574-5010
· Convention and Visitors Bureau - 584-2121
· Department of Housing - 574-3107
· Downtown Development Corporation - 584-6000
· Emergency Medical Service (EMS) - 574-4260
· Louisville Fire - 574-3701
· Health Department - 574-6859
· Human Relations Commission - 574-3631
· Inspections, Permits & Licensing - 574-3321
· Metro Council - 574-5000
· Metro Development Authority - 574-4140
· Metro Housing Authority - 569-3400
· Metro Parks - 456-8100
· Metro Police - 574-7660
· Metropolitian Sewer District (MSD) - 587-0603
· MetroSafe - 574-3900
· Neighborhoods - 574-4227
· Parking Authority of River City - (PARC) 574-3817
· Planning & Design - 574-6230
· Property Valuation Administration (PVA) - 574-6380
· Public Works - 574-5810
· Revenue Commission - 574-4860
· Solid Waste - 574-3571
· Transit Authority of River City (TARC) - 585-1234
· Waterfront Development Corporation - 574-3768
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