The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 27, Issue 8

August 2005    

Questions and Answers....
Special Management Districts

Editorís note: The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council met on July 26, 2005, to discuss the possibility of creating a special management district for the neighborhood. Due to publication deadlines, this article was written prior to that meeting. Information was provided by OLNC Vice Chair, Ken Herndon, who is also the Executive Director of the Louisville Downtown Management District, and who served as technical advisor at the OLNC meeting.
What exactly is a special management district?
A special management district is a designated geographical area where property owners, through a petition process, agree to an assessment based on property values to fund supplemental or additional services within the district.
What services can a special management district provide?
State law allows for a wide range of services to be provided by special management districts. A district selects the specific services to fund. Security, litter cleanup, and street lighting have been mentioned as possible services in Old Louisville.
The Louisville Downtown Management District funds extra security, street cleaning, and streetscape improvements such as litter baskets, kiosks, bicycles racks, and benches. Security and cleaning personnel do not carry weapons and do not have arrest power; however, they do have close contact with authorities to report illegal behavior.
How is a special management district created?
Petition signatures must be obtained that represent at least 51 percent of the total land value and at least 33 percent of the property owners in the proposed district. A public hearing is then scheduled by the Louisville Metro Council. The Metro Council votes whether to approve the district or not.
Who administers a special management district?
A Board of Directors is created. In the case of Old Louisville, the OLNC and/or the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce would probably select the board. That Board decides upon the services to be offered and suggests the assessment rate. Based on the cost of services to be provided and the revenue available from property assessments, the board creates the budget for the services. An executive director may be hired by the board.
How much does a special management district cost taxpayers?
The current state cap on assessments is 8 cents per $100 of property value. (For example, a home valued at $100,000 would be assessed $80.00) That is also the current assessment in the Louisville Downtown Management District.
The level of assessment is determined by the services desired, and the value of land in the district. A residential district would generally have lower land value than a commercial district; therefore, an Old Louisville District, for example, might require a higher assessment than the law now allows. This would require the Metro Council to raise the assessment cap through legislation.

Concert Will Swing Down Memory Lane
The Doctorsí of Swing will be featured in the August First Sunday Concert in Central Park on Sunday August 7, 2005, at 4:00PM.
The band specializes in the big band sound of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s as well as show tunes. Originally formed by physicians, the Doctorsí of Swing remains true to its name; half of the current band members are doctors.
The band was a big hit with young and old in Central Park last year. So get in the swing, and plan to be in the park on August 7.

Heavy Trucks and Semis Are a Big Problem
Heavy trucks and tractor-trailers are an increasing presence and problem on Old Louisville Streets, according to discussions at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee meeting on July 14, 2005.
Neighbors complained of trucks running over curbs and causing autos to serve or back up as the trucks travel down narrow streets or try to negotiate wide turns from or onto narrow streets. Noise, fumes, dangers to pedestrians, structural damage to homes,and illegal parking were also cited. Allegations of prostitution in parked trucks along Oak and Floyd Streets were voiced.
Rick Storm, an engineer with Metro Louisville Public Works, said at the meeting that according to state law, trucks can be restricted only if safety hazards are documented. He was asked to provide specific definitions of what qualifies as a safety hazard and what is considered adequate documentation. He said he will check with city lawyers.
Fourth District Officer Tara Long noted that a city ordinance prohibits commercial trucks from parking on city streets.
Many neighbors noted that trucks use Old Louisville streets, especially Magnolia, Second, Oak and Hill Streets, as a convenient and fast pass through to downtown or the interstates. Mr. Storm indicated that if residents will give him the names of trucking firms that are doing this, the city would talk to the companies involved in an attempt to get voluntary changes in routes. Residents are encouraged to call the Old Louisville Information Center (635-5244) with their information; it will be complied and passed on to Mr. Storm.
Herb Fink, PIC Chair, will appoint a subcommittee to follow-up and report on the issues raised at the meeting. Suggestions for more two-way streets, truck routes, limiting streets to service trucks only, reducing the neighborhood speed limit to 25 mph, and filing claims against trucking firm insurance companies will be investigated by this subcommittee. Anyone interested in serving on the subcommittee should call the Old Louisville Information Center.


 

 


Visit a Hidden Treasure...
Jubilee Park is a Horticultural Showcase

Jubilee Park was a pleasant surprise to many visitors on last monthís Hidden Treasures Garden Tour. Few had previously visited or knew that the pocket park, nestled on Burnett Street near the corner of Second Street, existed.
 


Protective hands for an urban glade:
the Jimilu Mason sculpture in Jubilee Park.

Jubilee Park was originally created in the mid-1970s by Jubilee Housing Incorporated of Kentucky. Tim Bottorff, landscape designer and garden tour chair, began a horticultural renovation of the park five years ago. The park, featuring entrance planters filled with flowers, hostas, ferns, and other shade-loving plants, and benches and tables under shade trees, provides a peaceful oasis.
The centerpiece of the park is a sculpture by internationally renowned artist Jimilu Mason from Washington D.C. Her donated work, entitled Jubilee, features outstretched hands of many colors raised in celebration, praise, and unity. It symbolizes the core vision of Jubilee Housing, a faith-based group of individuals who came together in the fall of 1975 to create a non-profit housing venture focussed on rebuilding a neighborhood in the inner city. The name, Jubilee Housing, was chosen because the group was not only interested in bricks and mortar, but in building a new neighborhood from old structures so that the inhabitants could raise their hands together in celebration.
Jubilee Park is dedicated to the memory of David Phillips (1952-1988), who was an early member of the Jubilee Mission Group and made his home in Old Louisville. The park was built with Community Development Block Grant funds. Jubilee Housing, which owns and manages eight buildings in Old Louisville, was initially sponsored by Louisville Homebuildersí Association.

(above: Tim Bottorff relaxes in Jubilee Park)


Letter to the Editor:
Garden Tour Returns to Its Roots
On the weekend of July 9 and 10, the 12th Annual Hidden Treasures Garden Tour returned to its Second Street origins, featuring thirteen gardens along five blocks of South Second Street. Visitors also enjoyed the artists at work in the 3rd Annual Art in the Garden event held on the grounds of the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast.
Thanks go to the homeowners, businesses, and organizations who graciously opened their lovely private gardens: Jeff Call and Tonja Craig, Jan Willem Cieremans and Holly Liter, Lloyd Cole and Carl Enoch, Kathy and Polk Culpepper, Julia Ann and Jim Daniel of Jubilee Housing, Virginia Ehrlich, Jo Ann and Zane Lockhart, Marshall Moore and Jerry Birschbach, Mary Morrow, Michael Price, Tom Thacker and Judy Payne, Jan Vogel, Gayle and Herb Warren of the DuPont Mansion B&B, and Ray and Leah Wilding.
Our sponsors are an integral element in the success of the tour. Our thanks go to them: Bearwood Gardens/Kevin Kouba; Brianís Botanicals; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Don Driskell, Old Louisville Realtor; DuPont Mansion B & B; Economy Aquatic Gardens, Preston Hwy.; E J Printing; Mark E. England, Realtor; Erminís French Bakery & Caf»; The Gallery at 133 Oak St.; Gumbyís Garden Room & Catering; Kling Center; Leanderís on Oak; Mary Martin, Semonin Realtors; Mastersonís Catering; Michael Mawood, Vintage Property Specialist; Mount Eden Greenhouse; Nordís Bakery, Preston Street; Oak Street Hardware/Lee Jones; Old Louisville Coffeehouse; Old Louisville Information Center; Plant Kingdom; Schelerís Food Mart; Shagbark Perennial Farm; Sweet Home/ Renovation Pros; Lois Tash, Realtor; Third Avenue Cafe; 316 Ormsby, Restaurant & Bar; Dr. Jeremy Thornewill, Family Medicine; Treyton Oak Towers; Wallitsch Landscaping, Inc.; and The Wine Market, Bardstown Rd. Their generous financial and in-kind support greatly offsets the costs of the tour and enhances the quality of the touristsíexperience. We sincerely appreciate this generosity and kind support.
Also, thanks to all the friends and neighbors who volunteered their time and lent their expertise in various capacities to make this event yet another showcase of Old Louisvilleís unique place in the Louisville Metro Area.
And lest we forget the importance of the beautiful, hot but dry and sunny days, our thanks to the Louisville meteorologists who staved off the clouds and rain until the Monday following the tour.
A primary goal of the Garden Tour is to benefit the entire Old Louisville community. It recognizes the talents and efforts of garden owners and the fact that their dedication to fine landscaping contributes to the quality of life for all in the neighborhood. These gardens of high caliber and originality display urban landscapes that help to reduce air and noise pollution and lower summer temperatures. Such landscaping complements the aesthetics of our fine architecture and inspires others in our neighborhood to create further green spaces. Proceeds of the Garden Tour will help improve and preserve our treasured neighborhood.
In response to favorable comments from tourists and volunteers concerning the more manageable distances of the 2004 and 2005 tours, the garden tour committee is considering limiting future tours to specific areas of Old Louisville. In the next few years, we would like to feature our lovely court areas sprinkled about our neighborhood. Court associations are encouraged to contact Tim Bottorff, Chair, at 637-5026 if their court would be interested in being the focus of a future tour.
Sincerely yours,
Tim Bottorff,
Chair Hidden Treasures Garden Tour


Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale
Members of the Third Street Neighborhood Association will conduct a yard sale on Saturday, August 6, 2005, beginning at
8:00AM. They are inviting others in Old Louisville to join them.
Block associations wishing to participate should place a
classified advertisement in the Courier-Journal and notify Lois Tash at 636-3151
 


SoHo Condos Looking Good

Phase I of the SoHo Condominium development at Fifth and Breckinridge Streets is making good progress toward a fall completion date, according to a report given by Gary Kleier at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee meeting on July 14, 2005.
Eight of the 30 units have been sold, even though a model apartment is not yet available for viewing. Sale prices range $115,000 to $235,000.
Phase II of the development will occur at the corner of Fifth and Breckinridge, between the two buildings comprising Phase I. It will feature two restaurants and eight condominiums. Phase III will feature 26 brownstone units continuing down Fifth Street to Garland.
SoHo condominiums represent the first major new housing in SoBro in years, and are indicative of the higher density housing which will probably be incorporated into a new SoBro neighborhood plan.


 


Brightside Can Help You Brighten Your Block
Want to have a neighborhood cleanup? Want to beautify your neighborhood with flowers or landscaping? If so, call Brightside.
Brightside supplies trash bags, brooms, gloves, and coordinates special collection and disposal of the debris. Brightside now has a sidewalk sweeper. They will provide a person to operate it for a cleanup. Many neighborhood groups and businesses have created Brightsites. Brightside can help with the planning, can suggest supply sources, and perhaps provide some of the funding.
Cynthia Knapek. Brightside Executive Director, says that audio-video surveillance cameras are available for sites where illegal dumping is a problem. When the cameras detect motion, the audio warns that a video is being made and illegal dumpers will be prosecuted. This has been highly successful in scaring off potential violators before they dump.
Brightside is located in the Department of Neighborhoods, 400 South First Street. For further information, call 574-2613 or visit www.loukymetro.org

Every 1 Reads Program Seeks Volunteers
Jefferson County Public Schools is conducting a reading program entitled Every 1 Reads that is an community-wide effort to have every child in JCPS reading on grade-level by 2008.
One of the key aspects of this unprecedented program is the effort to engage volunteers in the schools to tutor students in reading, to collect books for the program, or to get matched up as a mentor. The goal is to place 10,000 volunteers in the schools with the students who need the most help in reading. To date, over 3,000 volunteers have been trained and placed. There will be several tutor/mentor training opportunities over the summer .
To volunteer or for further information, call 502 625-0004 or visit www.every1reads.org.


August Chair Notes
COMPLAIN!
COMPLAIN!
COMPLAIN!

Have you noticed more crime in your neighborhood recently? Nothing more important came out of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee meeting last June 14, 2005, than the need to complain, complain, complain- to the police department, that is. The crime statistics the police presented were no where near the level of theft, drug use, and other such crimes reported by the neighborhood members present. These same people, however, indicated that most did not report the crimes to the police. Police use statistics from complaints such as the type of crime, location, suspicious activities, etc. to allocate police resources. So if they donít know what is going on, they cannot respond appropriately.
So complain, complain, complain by calling 911 to report a crime in progress; 574-1111 to report a crime that has occurred; and 574-LMPD (574-5673) to let the police know about suspicious behavior going on in your block. This means not only actual crimes, but also suspicious activities, strangers wandering around, etc..
Chuck Anderson, Chair
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
 


Shakespeare Festival Holds a Raffle
The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will raffle off a 2006 Jeep Wrangler X or a cash alternative of $20,000 on September 17, 2005. Raffle tickets are $50.00 each, and only 1500 will be sold.
Raffle tickets are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. All taxes and other expenses associated with the acceptance and/or use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. The September 17, drawing will be held during the Festivalís 2005 British Pub Night Gala at the Rock Creek Riding Club. Entrants need not be present to win. 500 raffle tickets must be sold or the raffle will be canceled and all money returned. The prize is sponsored by Bales Auto Mart.
If interested, send a check for $50.00 per raffle ticket payable to Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to Curt L. Tofteland, Producing Artistic Director, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, 1387 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40208. Raffle tickets will be mailed.


 Old Louisville Neighborhood Block Association Chairpersons
Association       Chairperson         Address          Phone

1300 S. Third Street     Dale Strange 1355 S 3rd St. 635-1710
Belgravia Court     Jessica Flores 1451 S. 6th St. 637-6658 sflores@insightbb.com
Central Park West     Judy Stallard 634 Floral Terrace 636-3113 jumartin@onealsteel.com
Cornerstone Area     James Long 213 E. Kentucky 773-3538
Fourth Street     Dot Wade 1445 S. 4th St. 635-7885
Garvin Gate     Howard Rosenberg 1202 S. 6th St. 896-9833 h.rosenberg@insightbb.com
OL Chamber of Commerce     Alan Bird 1234 S 3rd St. 212-7500 alan@ud.net
Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts     Ric Poe 1379 S. 1st St. 635-5134
St. James Court     Louise Shawkat 1433 St. James Ct. #3 637-3606 Shawkatl@bellsouth.net
Second Street     Bill Neal 1381 S. 2nd St. 638-0572
Third Street     Mary Martin 1466 S. 3rd St. 637-4000 oldloumary@aol.com
Toonerville     Jennifer Hamilton 1430 S 1st St. 749-7294 Jenn-jj@bellsouth.net
Treyton Oak Towers     Peggy Martin 211 W. Oak St. #907 588-3595
W. St. Catherine     Rhonda Williams 622 W. St. Catherine St. 584-9231 williams@dominionhomes.com

 



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