Keep District 8 Clean & Beautiful

Measure: Brightside Cleanliness Index
Baseline: 1.5 (on average, annually, 2014-16)
Current Level: 1.67 (on average, annually, 2017-18)
Goal Level: 1.25 by 2019

Want to help keep District 8 clean & beautiful? 

Objective 15:  No Littering   



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 (6/20/2019): This is a new initiative. As of April 1st, 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 have been swept every other early Friday morning between the hours of 3:00am and 6:00am.  An 11-week pilot project continued through June 15th, at which point, upon evaluation, we are expanding it through Labor Day Weekend.  The total cost of the April - Labor Day Weekend program was $34,996.60.  To resume the program in April 2020 will likely require one or more sponsorships from business or philanthropic partners.  For inquiries to sponsor the BBALL program (in whole or in part), please email me.

Objective 16:  Increase Recycling



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.

Objective 17:  Invest in Clean Infrastructure  



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 Study Area

Phase 1 Survey Results and Map

District 8 Litter Bin Placement Analysis

New Phase 1 Litter Bins

UPDATE (5/10/2019): Phase 1 (Bardstown Rd, Barret Ave, Baxter Ave, Newburg Rd and Taylorsville Rd) has been completed, 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.). 

Phase 2 placement analysis is ongoing.  The remainder of the study area includes Cherokee Rd, Douglass Blvd, Dundee Rd, Eastern Pkwy, Eleanor Ave, Emerson Ave, Gardiner Ln, Grinstead Dr, Norris Pl, Speed Ave, Spring Dr, Trevilian Way, Village Dr, Winter Ave and Woodbourne Ave. 

As a result of Our Money Our Voice, the District 8 participatory budgeting project, customized public recycling bins will be installed throughout District 8 soon. Here are the locations for the first seven.

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.

UPDATE (5/15/19): 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, 1,436 addresses (9.5%) 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.

Objective 18:  Defend Our Public Spaces  



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 (9/13/2019): We are installing a top-flight security camera system at Big Rock Park. However, after further consultation with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Metro Parks, the better overall investment would be security locks on all Cherokee Park, Tyler Park and Willow Park bathroom doors to abate late-night vandalism and drug use. Our FY 2020 CIF budget includes $29,800 for these expenditures. OPC has agreed to pay the monthly Wi-Fi servicing and monitoring fees. 

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



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 (3/23/2019):

  • 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 (111) 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.

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

UPDATE (8/16/2019): 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.  Our FY 2020 CIF budget provides $20,000 dollars for a new pocket park in the Upper Highlands, at Sutherland Drive and Calder Court.

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