Keep District 8 Clean & Beautiful

Measure: Brightside Cleanliness Index
Goal Level: 1.25 by 2019
 

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Objective 15:  No Littering   

 

Description:

Encourage enforcement of existing littering laws to equal parking enforcement efforts, and direct all littering fines paid to public education campaigns and other litter abatement activities. 

Why is this important?

We need to raise awareness that cigarette butts are trash, too, and it is not okay to just toss them on the street. Otherwise, offenders may be subject to a $250 fine.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Introduce an ordinance classifying littering as a civil offense by the end of June 30, 2019.

COMPLETE (5/10/2019): The Metro Council passed my ordinance May 9, 2019. 

2. Pilot the Baxter-Bardstown Anti-Litter Leadership (BBALL) program.

UPDATE (7/24/2020): In spring - summer 2019, four-person litter teams identified by fluorescent safety vests and a company marked vehicle began removing litter from the rights of way along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road from Broadway to Harvard Drive, Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and Sundays from 6:00am to 10:00am.  Additionally, the same curb lines were swept every other early Friday morning between the hours of 3:00am and 6:00am.  

In 2020, due to budget constraints, litter removal has been reduced to once weekly and occurs Mondays, while street sweeping occurs Wednesdays from May 20th to September 2nd.


Objective 16:  Increase Recycling

 

Description:

Lead a local effort working with state lawmakers to pass a container deposit bill to keep bottles and cans off Jefferson County roadsides and out of our waterways. 

Why is this important?

States with bottle bills have seen total roadside litter reduced by between 30% and 64%.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Introduce a resolution embracing passage of a statewide bottle bill by the end of 2019.

UPDATE (3/17/2020): Our revised goal is the end of 2020.


Objective 17:  Invest in Clean Infrastructure  

 

Description:

Upgrade and improve District 8’s network of litter baskets, including placement, design, technology, recycling receptacles and tools to clean-up after your pet. 

Why is this important?

Overflowing trash containers are a major source of our litter problem. We need smarter strategy and solutions to support people who want to do the right thing and stash their trash.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Conduct a District 8 litter bin audit by the end of 2017.

District 8 Litter Bin Survey Results and Map 

UPDATE (7/24/2020): As a result of the audit, 23 new litter bins have been installed and 78 bins have been refurbished. This reduces the distance between the average business and closest litter bin by 14% (32 ft.) and the distance for businesses in the 75th percentile by 20% (60 ft.). 

As a result of Our Money Our Voice, the District 8 participatory budgeting project, 14 public recycling bins have been installed throughout District 8, as well. 

New Barret Avenue street scape improvements include six additional litter bins. 

2. Conduct a Public Works alerts sign-up drive.
Fifty percent (50%) of District 8 property owners will receive junk collection and street sweeping email or text alerts by the end of 2019.

COMPLETE (7/24/2020): As of March 2019, only 803 of the 15,113 Urban Service District addresses in District 8 (5.3%) had signed up for street sweeping alerts and only 340 (2.2%) had signed up for junk alerts. Today, as many as 9,723 addresses (64.3%) receive both. To receive email or text alerts, click here, enter your address in the MyLouisville box, click “Street Sweeping Reminders” and "Large Item Set-Out Reminders" and enter the required fields.

UPDATE (8/19/2020): To improve junk collection, I passed an ordinance enabling the Department of Public Works to change from the status quo to an appointment-based system.


Objective 18:  Defend Our Public Spaces  

 

Description:

Install security cameras at parks, cemeteries and key commercial intersections to abate and deter destructive graffiti and vandalism. 

Why is this important?

The city regularly spends more than $100,000 on vandalism and graffiti repairs annually. Imagine spending our money on murals and other public art instead! The Highlands Commerce Guild has led District 8 efforts to fight graffiti for years – it is time to build on their efforts and work closer with police to prosecute offenders.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Install security cameras at all District 8 Olmsted Parks by the end of 2019.

UPDATE (7/24/2020): We installed security camera systems at Big Rock Park, Tyler and Willow Parks and security locks on all Cherokee Park, Tyler Park and Willow Park bathroom doors to abate late-night vandalism and drug use.  OPC has agreed to share the monthly Wi-Fi servicing and monitoring fees.   

UPDATE (9/10/2020): Relating to this objective, I co-authored and helped pass an ordinance to combat graffiti vandalism by impounding vehicles used in the futherance of such acts and allocating the fines collected to the Louisville Public Space Art Fund. 


Objective 19:  Support Our Parks, Create New Greenspaces and Plant More Trees   

 

Description:

Elevate the values of environmentalism and outdoor experience, and mitigate the threat of lost tree cover. 

Why is this important?

District 8 wouldn’t be as clean and beautiful as it is without our magnificent parks and vital urban tree canopy. 

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Plant, on average, two trees per day – one in District 8 and another elsewhere in the city – every day, through 2020 (2,920 trees total). 

UPDATE (7/24/2020):  We have planted 787 trees and counting.

  • Eighty-eight trees planted in District 8 (44) and District 1 (44) as part of the inaugural Planting O' the Green in March 2017. 
  • One hundred sixteen trees planted in District 8 (102), District 4 (9), and District 26 (5) in fall 2017.
  • One hundred eleven new trees were planted in District 8 (23), District 7 (39) and District 9 (49), in fall 2017 (in addition to 89 other trees planted in District 8), as part of the negotiation to replace 30 trees removed for the Louisville Water Company's Eastern Parkway Project, in winter 2017.
  • Ninety trees planted in District 8 (45) and District 6 (45) as part of the second annual Planting O' the Green in March 2018.
  • Twenty-five trees planted in District 8 (7) and District 10 (18), in partnership with Google Fiber and TreesLouisville in April 2018. 
  • Sections of sidewalk removed and six (6) shade trees planted around the Bloom Elementary playground.
  • One hundred sixty-six trees planted in District 8 (46), District 3 (46), District 4 (46) and District 5 (28) as part of the third annual Planting O' the Green in March 2019.
  • One hundred eighty-two trees planted in District 8 (78) and District 21 (104) as part of the fourth annual Planting O' the Green in March 2020.
  • Three trees planted in District 8 as part of Barret Avenue street scape improvements in July 2020.

2. Complete, on average, one (1) new pocket park or schoolyard to playground project, annually, through 2020. 

UPDATE (7/24/2020): District 8 is proud to support the creation of Beechwood Park. 

As a result of Our Money Our Voice, the District 8 participatory budgeting project, we are proud to support construction and play equipment for the Bloom Elementary Community Playground. 

Plans for a new Hayfield-Dundee Pocket Park are complete and implementation will begin in 2021.

Our FY 2021 CIF budget provided funding to repair the bridge at Hal Warheim Park.


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