September 6th, 2021

5th District Newsletter 

Hello Neighbors,

Happy Labor Day! I hope you and your loved ones have the opportunity to celebrate the history and contributions of the Labor movement in the United States. This pandemic has highlighted the essential role many workers play in our day-to-day lives, and we must remain committed to protecting the dignity of work. 

Last week I met with the presidents of the Louisiana Avenue and Chenault Road Neighborhood Associations, as well as Columbia Gas crew members and representatives to discuss the ongoing gas line replacement project in the area. While this type of upgrade can no doubt be inconvenient, this is necessary work that will improve safety and service to our neighborhoods. Most of the lines being replaced are around 80 years old! The crews at Columbia have done a great job working with neighbors, and have asked that we help the process along by being respectful of construction zones and not drive through closed portions of the street. Entering a work zone can lead to an unsafe working environment and slow down progress.

The Council is moving forward on ARPA discussions. Thousands of Lexington residents completed the City survey on funding priorities and we also received hundreds of project proposals! Councilmembers and City staff are working to sort through the data and will have our next Special Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, September 16th. 

As I've mentioned in previous newsletters, we will be holding a Public Hearing regarding ADUs on Tuesday, September 14th. I've heard concerns from a few neighbors about the meeting being in-person; I understand the hesitation felt by many to be in a crowded space. Due to recent changes in State-level COVID guidance, all City meetings must be held in-person. I encourage anyone who is unable to attend the meeting that day, but still want their perspectives to be heard, to reach out to the Councilmembers beforehand. We've been receiving emails, calls, and letters; I know my colleagues and I are all very eager to hear from you on this important matter.

Recent concerns over the closure of a portion of the Legacy Trail has sparked a conversation among Councilmembers about bike and pedestrian safety during construction. I'm working with Councilmembers Chuck Ellinger and Hannah LeGris to explore options for ensuring adequate bike and pedestrian detours to avoid these types of closures in the future. 

The Lexington Housing Stabilization program has recently hosted two workshops to assist tenants and landlords to complete their applications. While there have been slow-downs in the process along the way, after increasing staff levels and upgrading software, the team overseeing the program is optimistic about working through the backlog. 

I've recently started receiving calls and emails from residents asking what they can do to assist with Afghan refugee resettlement in Lexington. Kentucky Refugee Ministries oversees all resettlement efforts in Fayette County and are seeking support in the form of donations, housing, and co-sponsoring of families. Please contact them if you are willing and able to be of help to our newest neighbors.  

Take care,


Upcoming Meetings:
  • Monday, September 6th: Labor Day Holiday - LFUCG Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, September 14th @ 1:00 pm: General Government & Social Services Committee
  • Tuesday, September 14th @ 3:00pm Work Session
  • Tuesday, September 14th @ 5:00pm Public Hearing - Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Thursday, September 16th @ 4:00pm Special Committee of the Whole - APRA Funding
  • Thursday, September 16th @ 6:00pm Council Meeting

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

No collections will be made on Monday, September 6.
  • Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside pickup on Mondays will be serviced on Wednesday, September 8. Those with Monday service should place their carts out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to ensure Wednesday collection. 
  • Businesses with dumpsters (landfill-bound and recycling), normally serviced by the city on Mondays, will have their units picked up on Tuesday, September 7.
  • Businesses with dumpsters, normally serviced on Tuesdays, will have their units picked up on Wednesday, September 8.

Thursday and Friday cart and dumpster collection schedules will not be impacted.

The Haley Pike Waste Management Facility, the Lexington Recycle Center and the Electronics Recycle Center will be closed on Saturday, September 4 as well as Monday, September 6.

For more information, contact LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.


The city is working to reopen the Legacy Trail, Lexington’s longest mixed use trail and its most popular, as soon as possible.

“Amazon is projecting we will be able to open the entire trail by early October, a little later than expected, but early enough so people can enjoy it in the fall,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.

Work on the entrance and exit from the new Amazon last mile delivery station at 1180 Newtown Pike closed a section of the trail in mid-July. Now, utilities have the trail closed to finish their connections to the new facility, and in anticipation of future work on Newtown Pike.

Riders are welcome to use the portions of the trail on either side of the closure. The closure starts just after the bridge over New Circle, and ends just past the Amazon facility.

“We recognize this is inconvenient. Trails, like roads, are affected by the construction work and infrastructure maintenance that takes place near them, or under them,” said Nancy Albright, Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works.

To keep riders safe, a section of the trail is being relocated where it crosses the Amazon property. The new segment will be further from the road. A culvert is being installed so trail users can pass under one of Amazon’s new driveways to protect riders and pedestrians from Amazon traffic. The developer of the Amazon facility is funding the trail work on its campus.

The trail will be closed again this winter to allow the City’s Division of Water Quality to complete work on sewers. “Rather than keep the trail closed longer now to do the Water Quality work, we’re going to wait until it’s cold so we don’t inconvenience as many riders and pedestrians,” Gorton said. “That way, the trail will be open for the fall.”

The Legacy Trail started in 2007 with the announcement that the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games would be coming to Lexington in 2010. In planning the festivities, Lexington citizens decided they wanted “legacy projects,” projects residents could enjoy long after the Games were gone, to be part of the celebration. The Legacy Trail is one of those projects.

Mayor Gorton completed the last leg of the trail -- along Third and Fourth streets -- in October 2020.

The 12-mile-long, mixed use trail stretches from Lexington’s urban core to the beautiful Bluegrass that surrounds the City. The Legacy Trail will soon connect to Town Branch Commons Trail downtown, completing 22 miles of uninterrupted trails, and a 5.5-mile loop downtown.

Our friends in the 2nd District are hosting a Kids' Night at the Lexington Legend's Ballpark! Grab a 25 cent hotdog (or two!) and enjoy the festivities. 
This year the Lexington Fire Department is celebrating 150 years of public service to our community! There is an exciting line-up of events and ways to give back, with the first two being the Fire Truck Muster and Parade on September 19th! 

Mark your calendars! Our friends in the Idle Hour neighborhood will be hosting a community yard sale on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 8:00am-2:00pm. Make a day of it by spending time in the park and/or visiting the local restaurants along Richmond Road! 


Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm, Council will hold a public hearing in the Council Chambers to receive feedback from our neighbors. If you are unable to attend in-person you can view the meeting live on Lex TV, Spectrum channel 185, MetroNet channel 3, Windstream channels 3 and 20. The video will also be archived shortly after the meeting concludes. For those who do not plan to attend in-person, please feel free to email, call, or write the Councilmembers!


The Department of Public Safety will host a Job Fair on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Fire Station 2, 1276 Eastland Dr. Anyone who is interested in a career in public safety is invited to attend.

Prospective employees will have the opportunity to meet with City of Lexington hiring representatives from the Lexington Police Dept., the Lexington Fire Dept., Community Corrections, E-911 and Code Enforcement.

Open positions include police officers, firefighters, correction officers, tele-communicators (911 dispatchers, call takers and supervisors) and code enforcement officers.

Lexington Emergency Management will also be onsite and are looking for volunteer coordinators for emergency response positions such as logistics, planning, finance and public information. Volunteers assist with coordinating transportation, communications, public works and engineering, healthcare and public health, social services, utilities, agriculture, schools and multicultural services.

For more information on Public Safety positions, benefits and other career opportunities with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, visit

The Lexington-Fayette County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and as such is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay and other aspects of employment.


The City has received a grant to help build Splash!, a permanent water feature, at Charles Young Park.

A Building Better Communities grant for $250,000 has been awarded to Lexington by the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF). This is the eighth year of the grant program, which is funded by the AWCF and administered by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Lexington is one of two communities awarded this grant in 2021.

The $250,000 grant will be added to a $900,000 grant already awarded to the City for the project from Blue Grass Community Foundation. The two grants cover the cost for design and construction of the overall project.

Splash! and a new playground at Charles Young Park will connect to Town Branch Commons Trail, allowing for equitable access to the new community focused, water-inspired play area. The playground officially opened last month and Splash! is slated to open in the Fall of 2022.

The Splash! project is rooted in community engagement, analysis and feedback. Over two summers (2016 and 2017), SplashJAM, a pop-up splash pad at nearby Northeastern Park, offered residents and visitors a place to relax, stay cool and play. SplashJAM’s success confirmed the need for a permanent water feature.

Gresham Smith consulting firm was recently selected as the design and consulting team for Splash!. The design phase is anticipated to begin in September, with several public engagement opportunities. A nature-inspired design is planned. The project will encourage water stewardship through educational signage and programming. Construction is set for 2022.

Design for the park, signage, public art and other features will incorporate the legacy of the park’s history, and of its namesake, Colonel Charles Young. Young, a native Kentuckian, was the first African-American to rise to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. The Charles Young Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The overall project at Charles Young Park is made possible by the American Water Charitable Foundation, National Recreation and Park Association, and the Blue Grass Community Foundation, with support from the following charitable donors and BGCF fundholders: Blue Grass Community Foundation, Community Ventures, J.M. Smucker Co., James Monroe Homes, James and Martha Monroe Charitable Fund at BGCF, and Knight Foundation Donor Advised Charitable Fund at BGCF.


Redistricting is the redrawing of congressional and legislative district lines following the census to adjust to how communities grow and change. Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. The final district map created through this process will determine the council district boundaries for the next 10 years.

Our community's redistricting process is lead by a "Redistricting Commission" comprised of 15 members appointed by Councilmembers. The 5th District is represented by the Lexington Public Library's Development Officer, Anne Donworth. You can learn more about the redistricting process in Lexington by visiting
CivicLex's website.  

You can find all meeting agendas and minutes online. 

Public Comment: The current way to share your thoughts about redistricting is to email Future opportunities for public comment will become available.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown St. Vaccinations will cost just $5.

All cats and ferrets must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. Because of COVID-19, masks are recommended for every person who attends.

In the event of bad weather, the clinic date is subject to change with Sept. 16 set as the rain date. The health department will provide updated information at and on its social media: and

Exciting news! Lexington is launching a compost pilot for Fayette Co. residents with city waste collection. You must attend a free, family-friendly workshop to enroll. After completing the workshop, attendees will receive a free countertop composter & be eligible to purchase a reduced-price backyard composter.

The first workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at McConnell Springs. Space is limited, but dates for additional workshops in October and November will be announced soon. Register here:

A big 'thank you' to Third District Councilmember Hannah LeGris for moving this initiative forward, in part, to honor the legacy of former Councilmember Jake Gibbs!

From the Fayette County Cooperative Extension

"If this is the first you have ever heard about fall armyworms, you aren’t the only one! If you are seeing damage to your lawn and are wondering if this little caterpillar is the culprit, you first need to figure out if he is the guilty one or not. We don't want people treating for them if they aren’t the problem.

Mix 1 tbsp of dish soap with a gallon of water and pour on an afflicted areas to drive the caterpillars to the surface and check. If you do have armyworms, treat with one of the active ingredients listed in the flyer. We do not promote brands, therefore you will have to check the insecticides for what the active ingredient is and find one that contains one of the listed chemicals. You might have the best luck in finding these chemicals at a local farm supply store. As always, be sure to FOLLOW THE LABEL."

i Know Expo 2021: Saturday, September 11th from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Lexington Senior Center. 

The i know expo® is a FREE event for people of all ages and life stages: living out their golden years; taking care of someone they love; coping with difficult health situations or simply smart enough to know it’s never too early to start planning for the future.  The i know expo will empower us with information about the services, resources and support available to make the rest of life the best of life.

Scores of experts who know about aging well and coping with disabilities will be on hand to share what they know. Chat with them one-on-one or attend informative presentations.

You can walk around, pick up material and chat with experts at individual booths. It’s going to be a lively, upbeat, engaging event that can make a real difference in your life or the life of someone you love. Please spread the word to your friends, family, church and social groups.

You will…

• Know how to find services in your community to help care for a loved one.
• Know how to plan for future physical, emotional and financial well-being.
• Know how to choose the best option for housing.
• Know how to stay mobile, sharp and engaged.
• Know how to take care of yourself if you are a caregiver.
• Know how to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
And much more.


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. 

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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.
Learn more about all current job openings here
5th District Council Office Contact Information:
Councilmember Liz Sheehan, 859-280-8242 (
Legislative Aide Layton Garlington, 859-280-8258 (


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