This Sunday (4/14), right after the new District 8 BBALL team finishes cleaning up along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road, please join the Friends of Eastern Cemetery and me inside the cemetery gates for a joint volunteer event, part of the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup and Give A Day - Mayor's Week of Service. As I’ve previously written, Eastern Cemetery has an important history and tortured past but, also – with your help – a redeemable future. We’ll be doing yard work and litter removal on the 28 acres of grounds for the Friends’ first volunteer day of 2019. The event is from 11am to 2pm, at 641 Baxter Avenue. We’ll provide bags, gloves, water, snacks and lawn equipment, although you’re welcome to BYOWW (bring your own weed wacker). Please wear close-toed shoes. If you’re in the construction or landscaping business or otherwise in a position to contribute to the capital restoration of this hallowed place, then please call me to learn more about our infrastructure and beautification needs: (502) 574-1108. We are grateful for your help.
More than 150 volunteers are expected to participate in at least seven other Brightside Cleanups taking place within District 8 this month as part of the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup. Teams from the Highland Commerce Guild, Atherton High, Upper Highlands Neighborhood Association, Bridge Counseling and Wellness, Humana Insurance Company, Friends of Beechwood Park and St. James Catholic Church will help tidy up business districts, neighborhoods and parks literally from end to end of our district. If you are unavailable for Sunday’s Eastern Cemetery event but have time to spare on Saturday the 13th, Saturday the 20th or Monday the 22nd, then please email me and I will connect you with one of the other team leaders. It is also not too late to register a new cleanup.
Finally, speaking of the Baxter-Bardstown Anti-Litter Leadership (BBALL) program, we’ve prepared a short survey to help assess the new pilot. I appreciate business and property owners along the corridor, especially, taking a few minutes to fill it out. There will be a follow up survey in a couple months.
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The people have spoken. Four projects will be funded as a result of Our Money, Our Voice – the District 8 participatory budgeting process – and they are: 1) renovation of the indoor and outdoor basketball courts and weight room at the Douglass Community Center ($50,000); 2) construction and new play equipment for the Bloom Elementary Community Playground ($25,000); 3) customized public recycling bins throughout District 8 ($15,000); and 4) radar speed signs along Speed Avenue to expand the Slow Zone centered around Highland Middle ($10,000). Typically, one might congratulate the winning projects but I want to congratulate and thank everyone who voted, nominated a project or – especially – volunteered to make this experiment a success. Special thanks again, too, to our funding partners, the Humana Foundation and Center for Health Equity. It has never been more important than it will be over the next few years to democratize local spending (and to crowdsource cost containment), and we have measurably increased our capacity to do just that. These aren’t just four good projects; this was one great investment and community effort. We need to apply lessons learned and keep the pieces in place to do it again next year.
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