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March 22nd, 2021

5th District Newsletter 


Hello Neighbors,

It's finally feeling like Spring! I'm thankful for this warming weather and some exciting updates for this season. Parks and Recreation recently announced that they plan to offer summer programming and camps (pending COIVD-19 restrictions). Registration will begin on April 20 at 11 a.m. and remain open until camp sessions are full. Aquatic centers and pools are also preparing to open over the next few months. 

In other exciting news, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced today that they are opening their COVID-19 vaccine clinics to anyone over 18! Appointments are required. Vaccines will be available to anyone in Kentucky over the age of 16 starting on April 12th, 2021. 

The Council is currently discussing another round of local small business relief. The Small Business Economic Stimulus Program would seek to support businesses with forgivable loans to help retain and grow job opportunities in Fayette County. Our business community has been flexible and adaptive during this pandemic; keeping people employed and businesses open is of vital importance for the overall health of Lexington. 

You may notice construction crews working along Richmond Road between St. Ann and St. Margaret Drive over the next few days. This is part of the Richmond Road Corridor Beautification effort. I met with Mark Yanik, the project manager, today to discuss these updates and tour the site. The construction work to install two stone walls should be quick! 

The Council is on a recess from formal meetings until April 6th, 2021. However, I am still working and available to address any needs you may have. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope that you enjoy this beautiful weather. 

Take Care, 
Liz 

               
LEXLIVE GRAND OPENING
I joined other Councilmembers and the Mayor for the grand opening of the LexLive entertainment venue located in downtown Lexington. This new center houses movie theaters, arcade games, food and beverages, and numerous bowling lanes. They are now open to the public and are strictly following the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines. 
EASTER SEALS PROPERTY TOUR
Last week I was able to tour the future Easter Seals property on Richmond Road. Easter Seals will make a wonderful neighbor and custodian of the historic old Shriner's site. Plans are still being finalized to retrofit the building to meet the needs of the new occupants. I'll update you as the project advances.  
LEX DO THIS! CAMPAIGN
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When it's your turn, get your safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine! Supplies of vaccine doses are steadily increasing and more vaccination sites are opening. I know that many Lexington residents are eager to get their "shot of hope." You can join the "Lex Do This!" campaign by sharing on social media why you'll be getting vaccinated! Use the hashtag #LexDoThis! to help raise awareness. 
 
COVID-19 VACCINE WEBSITE
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Visit the City's vaccine website to find the most up-to-date information on how and where to obtain your COVID-19 vaccination. There is widespread interest from residents in Lexington to get their doses of the vaccine; all levels of government are working diligently to get these "shots of hope" into the arms of everyone as quickly as possible. Until we have the vast majority of people vaccinated it is still important to wear our masks, keep our distance, and wash our hands often. 

COVID-19 VACCINE TRANSPORTATION
Our neighbors facing barriers to transportation now have great options to get to their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass, INC. is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments! If you or anyone you know need a ride, please call 1-888-848-0989. 

iTN Bluegrass is currently seeking volunteer drivers to assist transporting folks who are over 60 years old and those who are visually impaired. If you are between 23-79 years of age with a good driving record call 859-421-0705. 
COVID-19 TESTING SITES THROUGHOUT LEXINGTON
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While there is a steadily increasing supply of vaccinations, it is important that we continue to be tested. Many cases of COVID-19 are characterized by mild to no symptoms, meaning we could still be spreading the virus unknowingly. Take advantage of the free COVID testing available in Lexington. Find information about current COVID-19 testing locations by visiting the City website. 
PARTNERS FOR YOUTH 2021 SPRING BREAK PROGRAMMING 
Partners for Youth have announced the 2021 Spring Break "I DO" program list!  

"Dear Lexington Community,

Program Providers and Community Partners work so hard to provide positive youth programming; and Partners for Youth wants to make sure that their efforts are recognized and supported. One way that we like to support them is to educate the community about the free and affordable positive youth programs they provide that are available in Lexington and the surrounding area. We do this by developing and maintaining the “I DO” program list from information they provide us; and distributing that list during the School year, spring break, and summer break to organizations and partners in our list serve so that they can share with their youth and families. Thank you for caring about the community by seeking out positive activities for children, and resources for your family. Thanks for being a Partner for Youth!" 


There are numerous ways for our young people to get involved during Spring. Learn more about the youth programming available by clicking the above image or by visiting the Partners for Youth webpage. 
JAKE'S GARDEN GRAND OPENING
When: March 26, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Where: Sav's Grill, 630 E Main St Lexington, KY 40508
Note: March 26th only, Old Lafayette Ave will be closed at Main Street to just past Sav's starting at 4PM for additional outdoor seating in the street.


Join Sav and others to celebrate the grand opening of Jake's garden, a memorial garden built around an outdoor seating area at Sav's grill.

There will be a special menu, full bar, Sav's chill ice cream, and Jake's favorite music.

Masks are required, and there is plenty of outdoor seating.
DONATION DRIVE FOR ARBOR YOUTH SERVICES
Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream is hosting a "Stock the Pantry Donation Drive" to support Arbor Youth Services. Donations of paper towels, toilet paper, canned meals, individually packaged granola bars, chips, and snack cakes can be dropped off at the Crank & Boom location at 3101 Clays Mill #301 through Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. 
Arbor Youth Services, "provide shelter for children as young as birth and as old as 17. Arbor Youth provides a safe and supportive environment to children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or are at risk of victimization." 

If you are inclined to support this organization in additional ways, they have the following volunteer/donation requests to support their vital efforts: 

Current Shelter and Outreach Center Needs:

We are looking for the following items for our kids in both programs.

  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Gas Station Gift Cards (unrestricted)
  • Subway Gift Cards
  • Kroger Gift Cards
  • We are also looking for individuals or groups who would like to cook lunch on Fridays for our Outreach Center. If you would like more information, please email Missy at ays@arborky.org
  • We are looking for a volunteer to come in once a week to clean the Outreach Center, such as sweep, dust, and straighten up.
  • Also, someone to come on Tuesday to clean out our refrigerators to make room for the food we receive from Target on Wednesdays.
  • We are looking for either a group or a couple of handy people who would like to help clean out our attic. You will need to haul old wood and junk and take it to the city dump we are looking to redo the lighting and install shelves for extra storage.

Dalton Court

  • Our 6-unit housing on Dalton Court is filled with kids that we are getting off the streets. We have 6 out of the 6 units filled and we are in the process of helping these kids get jobs and help them get back on their feet. If you may be interested in helping at Dalton Court, please email Missy at ays@arborky.org

Outdoor Needs

  • It is that time of the year to get our garden ready. We need a group to come and get our garden area ready. We need someone to come till the garden and help plant some veggies for our kids.
  • We also have old paint cans that need to be deposed of and taken off property. We are looking toward next spring and what we need to do to get our yards looking good. If you have a group or just some friends who would like to be put on the list for the spring cleanup, please email Missy at ays@arborky.org.
ROAD CLOSURE

South Mill between Vine and High to be closed this week. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2021) – South Mill Street, between West Vine Street and West High Street, will be closed to traffic 24-hours a day starting at 8 a.m. Monday, March 22, and continuing through 4 p.m. Friday, March 26. 

The closure will allow the placement of a crane to remove debris and ruble from an adjacent garage that collapsed on February 18.  

Motorists can detour around the closed off street via South Broadway and South Upper Street. 

STORMWATER QUALITY PROJECT INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM

The Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program provides financial assistance for projects that improve water quality, reduce stormwater runoff and educate citizens about stormwater and water quality issues in our community. Several grants are available to the community to completed projects to help improve our community's environment. 

Class A Neighborhood and Class B Education applications are due Friday, May 7, 2021.

Class B Infrastructure applications are due Friday, July 30, 2021.


Three types of grants are available: 

  • Infrastructure Grants provide funding for infrastructure projects that improve water quality, such as stream restoration, constructed wetlands, bio-retention, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and pervious pavement installation  Businesses, schools, churches and non-profits located in Fayette County that pay the Water Quality Management Fee are eligible to apply for these grants. 
  • Education Grants provide funding for projects such as development of stormwater-related curriculum for schools, publicity campaigns about water quality, workshops for the public and educational rain gardens. Businesses, schools, churches and non-profits located in Fayette County that pay the Water Quality Management Fee are eligible to apply for these grants. 
  • Neighborhood Grants provide funding for projects such as rain gardens, rain barrels, aeration systems for retention ponds, stream bank restoration, neighborhood workshops and other projects that help improve or manage stormwater through education and/or physical improvements. Fayette County neighborhood, community and homeowner associations incorporated with the Commonwealth of Kentucky that represent single family homeowners or farms are eligible to apply for these grants. 
Also, to help facilitate the application process, staff from the Divisions of Environmental Services and Water Quality are offering two (2) Question and Answer Session opportunities. The sessions are open to the public, and both will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. The purpose of the sessions is to address concerns of potential applicants on topics such as:

•    Application Deadlines
•    Eligibility Requirements
•    Types of Grants Available for Funding
•    Examples of Expenses Eligible to be Counted as Cost-Share
•    Examples of Expenses that are NOT Eligible for Grant Reimbursement and/or Cost-Share
•    How to Use the Sample Project Budget Template
•    Grant Reporting

Q&A – Session #1
Topic: Applying for a Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant:  Q&A Session #1
Date and Time: Friday, Apr 2, 2021, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89735147156?pwd=WmJMT2hGbkxLOE5lbFpyeS85KzJ5dz09

Meeting ID: 897 3514 7156
Passcode: 349245
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Q&A – Session #2
Topic: Applying for a Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant:  Q&A Session #2
Date and Time: Tuesday, Apr 6, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81621647746?pwd=dk9ZT2VhSFJ2dDcrMURscVpzeHRHZz09

Meeting ID: 816 2164 7746
Passcode: 044673
STREET TREE COST SHARE
The City offers a Hazard Street Tree Cost-Share program for property owners who receive city services such as waste collection or street lights. The program, which is for owner-occupied residential properties, will reimburse up to 50% of the cost of removal of hazardous street trees, stump grinding and replacement of the street tree being removed.  Participation is strictly voluntary and funding is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.  

Applications are due on Thursday, April 1st, 2021. Learn more about the program here!  
RENTAL ASSISTANCE

If you or someone you know needs rental or utility assistance due to lost income from the COVID-19 crisis, please apply here. Approved applicants will be eligible for 100% of past-due rent, dating back to April of 2020, and up to three months of future payments. These funds are also available to landlords. 

COMMUNITY PARKING SURVEY

Imagine Lexington Community Parking Survey. 
 
Imagine Lexington is pursuing parking reform here in Lexington, and they need you to fill in the blanks. The Division of Planning is looking for community members to help do this by identifying different parking lots of interest in Lexington. They want the good and the bad, the empty and the overcrowded.

Any publicly accessible lot in Lexington that you would like to highlight as being evidence for our City’s current parking situation is qualified. You need only pin the lot’s location on their interactive map and answer one short question. Additional feedback is optional.


For direct access to the survey – http://ow.ly/xYqg50DU8Fy

For a PDF containing step-by-step instructions, Q&A, and contact information - http://ow.ly/FCIT50DU8Fw

GROW SMART ACADEMY 2.0
Fayette Alliance will host Grow Smart Academy 2.0 virtually on Tuesday, March 30th at 5:30pm via Zoom. The topic is Zoning for Equity: Updating Parking and Open Space Requirements. Valerie Friedmann and Chris Taylor from LFUCG's Department of Planning will provide information on the two upcoming Open Space and Parking ZOTAs and community members will have an opportunity to ask questions. 

"Updating our outdated zoning policies helps our city work toward equity and a better quality of life for all. We will discuss how these two zoning ordinance text amendments (ZOTAs) will allow for more equitable, quality developments that help us house all of our neighbors and work toward centering the needs of our community."

Register for the free Zoom event here!
 
LFUCG BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES 
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Joining a board or commission is a great way to have your voices heard on local issues that matter to you. If you're looking for a way to give back and help to shape the direction of Lexington's future, I encourage you to review this list and apply!  You'll find the current list of vacancies for the City's boards and commissions, application deadlines/requirements, and meeting schedules.
WE'RE HIRING
The Lexington Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of Fire Fighter until Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. Review requirements and apply here!
If you or anyone you know would like to work as a lifeguard this summer, review qualifications and apply here! 
Lexington Police Department is hiring Crossing Guards
For more informaton contact: Pat Murray
Office: 859-258-3676, Email: pjmurray@lexingtonpolice.ky.gov
5th District Council Office Contact Information:
Councilmember Liz Sheehan, 859-280-8242 (lsheehan@lexingtonky.gov)
Legislative Aide Layton Garlington, 859-280-8258 (lgarlington@lexingtonky.gov)

 
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