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April 5th, 2021

5th District Newsletter 


Hello Neighbors,

I hope you all are enjoying the start of spring! Over the break my family and I got to spend quality time together; it was a great way to reconnect and refocus. Formal Council meetings resume this week, and the budget process remains a primary focus for myself and my colleagues. 

In light of recent attacks and growing anti-Asian violence, the co-chairs of the Mayor's International Affairs Advisory Commission that I serve published an open letter denouncing these violent actions. Lexington's diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and we will continue to speak out against injustice and violence directed at our neighbors.  

During tomorrow's Council Work Session, there will be a presentation and discussion regarding negotiation process that the City and Fraternal Order of the Police follow to establish the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I have heard from a number of neighbors about this agreement and I am looking forward to tomorrow's discussion. 

I've recently been meeting with neighborhoods about traffic easing efforts, road repair, and neighborhood programming. If your neighborhood association is planning to have a spring meeting and you'd like for me to attend, then please reach out to the office! I'd be more than happy to join and discuss what's happening in your neighborhood. 

Upcoming meetings:

-Tuesday, April 6th @ 1:00pm
  Planning & Public Safety Committee
-Tuesday, April 6th @ 3:00pm
  Work Session
-Tuesday, April 6th @ 5:30pm
  Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition
-Thursday, April 8th @ 6:00pm
  Council Meeting
-Tuesday, April 13th @ 1:00pm
  General Government & Social Services Committee
-Tuesday, April 13th @ 3:00pm
  FY22 Budget Address
-Tuesday, April 13th @ 3:30pm
  Work Session

Take Care, 
Liz 

               
JAKE'S GARDEN GRAND OPENING
On Friday, March 26th, I joined other Councilmembers and folks from the community to celebrate the Grand Opening of Jake's Garden at Sav's restaurant. The music, food, and drinks were wonderful, but the sense of community and celebration made for a truly memorable evening. Hearing form Jake's friends and loved ones about his impact on their lives and Lexington as a whole was very moving. I hope that you're able to visit Jake's Garden soon! 
ASHLAND SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
On Saturday, April 10th, 2021 the Henry Clay Estate is hosting its Spring Clean Up Day! 

Join us Saturday, April 10th from 9:00am-1:00pm as we clean up the grounds of Ashland! From mulching the paths, to picking up limbs and sticks, there is much to be done to keep Ashland looking its best.

9:00-9:15–Registration and Task Assignment

9:15-12:00–Clean Up

12:00-1:00–Optional Tree Tour of the grounds

Some tools will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring their own tools and gloves. Masks will be required when registering, gathering in groups, and when entering any buildings.

*All volunteers must sign a waiver to participate. For volunteers under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver.*

I hope to see you this Saturday!

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Mark your calendars! The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. If you're in Lexington, visit KAWC located at 2300 Richmond Rd. to safely dispose of any expired or unwanted medication.

To find other drop-off sites, visit: 
takebackday.dea.gov.

If you cannot make it to Kentucky American Water or another drop off location for Drug Take Back Day, remember that Wheeler Pharmacy on Romany Road now has a prescription drop-box available to the public during business hours! These efforts help us keep expired or unwanted prescription medications from being abused. Thank you for doing your part. 
UPCOMING CITY EVENTS
Trash Disposal Day
Saturday, April 10 | 6 a.m.–1 p.m. BG Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike Drop off a level pickup load of bagged household waste and up to four tires off the rim. No hazardous waste. Click here for more information. 

Free Mulch Giveaway
Saturday, April 17 | 8 a.m.–noon 1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.) Residents of Fayette County may collect up to one truckload. Mulch is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Click here for more information.

Paper Shred
Saturday, April 24 | 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.) Safely shred unwanted documents and papers. Click here for more information.

Household Hazardous Waste Event
Saturday, May 22 | 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 1631 Old Frankfort Pike (enter via Jimmie Campbell Dr.) Properly dispose of household hazardous waste. Click here for more information.
SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED AT TWO LEXINGTON FIRE HOUSES
Solar panels have been installed at two Lexington fire stations as part of a long-term, renewable energy initiative.
Fire Station 7, on Tates Creek Road, and Fire Station 15, in Shillito Park, are well-suited for solar energy because both have southern exposures and the appropriate roof pitch.

Generally, fire stations are “energy intensive” because firefighters occupy them and use communication systems all of the time. In addition, fire apparatus exhaust systems, and other equipment require an above average amount of electricity.
The solar systems, which went live March 5, are expected to supply 30-40% of the energy required to power the stations.

The solar panels were funded by the City’s Energy Improvement Fund, which invested approximately $30,000 at each station. James Bush, in the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, leads the City’s Energy Initiatives Section and managed the project. “We’ve focused on energy efficiency for years,” Bush said. “Now we’re at a point where using solar panels to generate energy is a cost effective option to consider.”
BLUE GRASS AIRPORT TERMINAL IMPROVEMENT 
From Blue Grass Airport on March 29th, 2021:

Blue Grass Airport is proud to join the Big Ass Fans Clean Air System family. The airport joins fellow Clean Air System customers (Toyota, Tiffany & Co., Orangetheory Fitness, lululemon, Carnegie Mellon University) to install the company’s air disinfection technology to ensure a safer, healthier space for staff and patrons alike.

Proven to significantly and safely reduce aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 from the air and mitigate infection risk, Big Ass Fans' independently tested system delivers better air quality to occupied spaces with a focus on air disinfection and deactivation of pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful particulates.

PARKS AND RECREATION SPRING/SUMMER UPDATES

During Tuesday, March 16th's Council Work Session, Parks Director Monica Conrad provided Council with a Parks & Recreation Spring & Summer Overview presentation. Watch the Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Overview presentation from the Tuesday night here.

While the city begins to resume events and programming, please know that all programs & events follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, State of Kentucky Healthy at Work Guidelines, and Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. All programs & events are subject to change.

Various clinics will be starting soon:
  • Rugby at Shillito Park (w/ UK Rugby Football Club) in June
  • Football
    • MLK Park in June
    • Douglass Park in April & May
  • Cheer for Douglass Park - Dates are to be determined 
Football/Cheer Season will have registration available in June, July via Parks’ online registration system, WebTrac.

Esports is one of the fastest-growing sports genres nationally. It welcomes participants of all ages and backgrounds. Parks & Recreation’s esports programs will be for all skill levels, designed to create a fun, friendly atmosphere welcoming to all. New registration opportunities at the beginning of each month with game play starting mid-month
  • Sport Games Series
  • Turn-based Online
  • Card Games
  • Board Games
The city saw an influx in golf play, which meant our city courses had more visitors as well. This year's gold season is already packed with tournaments, leagues, and other programming. There are also several job opportunities available. Visit www.playgolflex.com to find out more or to book a tee time. 
 
Now to the part many of you may be most excited about. . . AQUATICS
  • Aquatic Centers (Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek, Woodland) will be opening May 29th w/ Healthy at Work guidelines They anticipate having three 3-hour sessions per day, requiring reregistration(WebTrac), and allowing walk-up patrons if spots are unfilled.
  • Neighborhood Pools (Shillito and Douglass) will open June 5th with Healthy at Work guidelines.
Season passes will still available for purchase; however swim teams, senior aquatics, and swim lessons will be evaluated as season progresses.
  • Jacobson Boat Dock will open for weekends only on April 24th.
  • The Spraygrounds at Masterson Station and Jacobson will open on April 24th. These will be treated as playgrounds and will not require registration. 
There are several Summer Camps taking place in June and July. All require registration and slots fill up quickly. 
  • Summer Basketball will be back with the Dirt Bowl, Jr. Dirt Bowl, and Sun Bowl Douglass Park, June 20th – August 1st!
  • Park & Play and Anthony Jackson will once again be providing recreational opportunities for underutilized parks and parks in transition. There will be group games, arts & crafts, outdoor nature activities from June – October, Monday - Friday!
Last but not least, EVENTS! We are thrilled to have events returning to parks, especially Masterson Station, McConnell Springs, and Douglass Parks. Here are a few for this area:
  • KY Sheep & Fiber Festival on May 15th – 16th, Masterson Station
  • Northside Nights from June 3rd – August 26th (9 concerts), Castlewood/Douglass
  • Drive-In Movie - TBD, Masterson Station Park

Stay up to date with everything by signing up for the Parks & Recreation and/or Golf newsletters today! 

REFOREST THE BLUEGRASS 2021

Residents have two ways to participate in the 2021 Reforest the Bluegrass this April, with the option of small, in-person plantings in public parks and greenways or planting trees at home. 

The in-person plantings will take place on Saturday, April 10, Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required for the in-person plantings. Walk-ups cannot be accommodated. Individuals or groups can sign up for a 30-minute window at a designated location (limit 6 people per group). Masks, social distancing and safety protocols will be in place. Spots are limited, so residents are asked to sign up for only one time slot over the three weekends of the event.

Free tree seedlings* will be available for Fayette County residents from noon on Friday through Sunday at partner locations around Lexington on the following dates:

When: 

  • April 9 – 11
  • April 16 – 18
  • April 23 – 25
Where: 
  • Cabela's, 1510 Conservation Way
  • Good Foods Co-op, 455-D Southland Dr.
  • J & H Lanmark, 189 Moore Dr.
  • John's Run/Walk Shop – Ashland, 317 S. Ashland Ave.
  • John's Run/Walk Shop – Palomar, 3735 Palomar Centre Dr., Unit 140
  • L'Escalade Fitness, 916 N. Broadway
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, 152 N. Locust Hill Dr
*A limit of three trees per household, in total across all dates. Please only take what you will plant and be considerate of others. 
BACKYARD CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The LFUCG Backyard Conservation Program offers a 50/50 reimbursement of up to $200 for any Fayette County resident that completes a backyard conservation initiative. Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Pollinator Gardens, Beehives and Bat Houses, and Garden Plots -or- Raised Bed Gardens are all examples of improvements eligible for cost-sharing.

Apply
here
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 one (1) additional Question and Answer Session opportunity. The session is open to the public, and will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. The purpose of the session 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
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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
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. 

FAIR HOUSING TRAINING 

As part of Fair Housing Month 2021, the Lexington Fair Housing Council, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and the Kentucky Housing Corporation are offering a free virtual Fair Housing Training.  This 2-hour webinar is designed for housing providers and social service providers.  We will be discussing general fair housing laws and answering any questions you might have. We will also be talking about recent updates and the continuing impact of COVID-19. 

We will be offering certificates for those who attend.  Attendees who wish to receive a certificate from this training will be required to complete an online survey after the training.

DATE: Thursday, April 22, 2021
TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
Hosted via Zoom

Go to the following link to register for the webinar: www.tinyurl.com/LFHC-FHM21

GROW SMART IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 
The Fayette Alliance will host a virtual session for each Council District throughout April and May to discuss Lexington’s land use policies. Join a discussion on how growing Lexington in a sustainable and equitable way makes an impact on our everyday lives. Updating our city’s policies on how we use our land can change lives for the better, but it can be challenging work.

The District 5 virtual discussion will occur on Monday, April 26th, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Register
here!
MORNINGS WITH PLANNING 
Join us online for a special 90 minute “Mornings with Planning” – a monthly interactive digital panel series, held on the first Wednesday of the month, to discuss how our City’s planning efforts have evolved and changed over time.

This month's discussion on Wednesday, April 7, 9-10:30 a.m. will focus on parking reform and how COVID-19 has hastened the pace of change in the retail landscape, providing opportunities to unlock economic growth and new housing supply through reimagined commercial spaces. The panel will discuss the need to reevaluate the role traditional parking regulations have played in hampering redevelopment.

Join our expert panelists (from across the globe!):
  • Nolan Gray, Teaching Associate, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Matthew Petty, Position 2 Councilmember, Fayetteville AR Ward 2, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Jimmy Emmons, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lexington, KY
  • Other panelist to be announced
Register now!
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

COVID-19 VACCINE WEBSITE
The image reads "COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine." This image is the website banner of the LFUCG vaccine webpage.

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
The text reads, "COVID-19 testing" with an illustrated image of someone receiving a nasal swab by a medical professional.
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. 
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
If you or anyone you know would like to work as a lifeguard this summer, review qualifications and apply here! 
If you'd like to work at one of LFUCG's Golf Courses, 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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