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May 3rd, 2021

5th District Newsletter 


Hello Neighbors,

I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that this warmer weather is here to stay; it finally seems like a safe time to get some of our more delicate spring plantings in the ground! 

At the April 20th, 2021 Work Session, Council unanimously approved up to $5 million in forgivable loans for our local small businesses. There will be an initial round of $2.5 million dollars dispersed for the program, with an option to release an additional $2.5 million if there is sufficient demand for the program. Qualified businesses can be awarded up to $25,000 each and the program will be administered through Commerce Lexington. I appreciate the hard work of 7th District Councilmember Preston Worley and 10th District Councilmember Amanda Mays Bledsoe for their leadership on these critical efforts. Our local business community has been resilient during a year of unforeseen and evolving challenges, and it is in our community's best interest to keep our local businesses thriving and our neighbors employed. I will provide more updates on the program and the application process as they become available.  

The LGBTQ Youth Mental Protection Ordinance will receive its final reading at this week's Council Meeting on Thursday, May 6th. I am hopeful that Lexington is on the cusp of prohibiting the harmful and discredited practice of conversion therapy. Thank you to those who have contacted me regarding this effort.  

Some neighbors near Lansdowne-Merrick park may have received notices from Kentucky Utilities about tree removal or pruning efforts to take place over the next several weeks. I have been in close communication with KU and their contractors to limit the impact of these upcoming tree clearings as much as possible. However, KU has made the decision to move towards a longer 5 year clearing cycle, so these tree removal and pruning efforts will be more noticeable than in years past. Affected homeowners are eligible to receive $250 per tree (up to 6 trees). Any trees planted to replace trees in KU's easement will need to be no taller than 10-12 feet in mature height. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 859-280-8242 or 859-280-8258.  

In addition to my role as your District Councilmember, I serve on a number of Boards and Commissions. One of those groups, The Mayor's International Affairs Advisory Committee (MIAAC), recently expanded the Board to include new members. We currently have 8 openings and are looking to expand our reach to foreign-born Lexington residents. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the efforts of MIAAC, apply here

Upcoming meetings:

-Tuesday, May 4th @ 1:00pm 
  Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee
-Tuesday, May 4th @ 3:00pm
  Work Session
-Thursday, May 6th @ 4:00pm
  Quarterly Committee of the Whole Meeting
-Thursday, May 6th @ 6:00pm
  Council Meeting

Take Care, 
Liz 

               
CRIME VICTIMS' REDEDICATION 
From the Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney: 

"Today (April 22nd, 2021) we observed Crime Victims' Rights Week with a rededication of the Crime Victims' Rights Memorial on the lawn of the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. It was 30 years to the day that this monument - dedicated to victims of crime in our community - was dedicated on the front lawn of the former Fayette Circuit Courthouse on Main Street. It remained there until the 2016 renovation into Limestone Hall, when it was placed into storage.
Thanks to the contributions of the City of Lexington; LFUCG General Services, Facilities Management, Historic Preservation; Urban County Arts Review Board; Meridian Management Services; FPF Concrete Services, Wilhite Limited, the monument was brought from storage, reset, cleaned and readied for today's rededication.

The rededication was hosted by the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn, County Attorney Larry Roberts, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Carlton Shier,
Lexington Police Department and Chief Lawrence Weathers, and Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt.
Lexington radio personality Jack Pattie was the master of ceremonies, Mayor Linda Gorton gave remarks and presented the Crime Victims' Rights Week Proclamation. An honor guard of LPD Officer John Linton and Fayette County Deputy Lt. Tim Ryker, presented a Wreath of Remembrance.

Most importantly Don and Pat Turpin attended the event. The Turpins were instrumental in the first dedication, having become involved in the victims' rights movement when their son Michael was murdered in 1986.

Thank you to the Crime Victims' Advocates from each agency that put together today's event.

Let us renew our commitment to respond to crime and violence by helping victims find not only support, recovery, and justice, but also a sense of hope for their future."
CHEVY CHASE FARMERS' MARKET 
Dan and I got to stock up at the Chevy Chase Farmers' Market
on Wednesday, April 21st. The vendors were wonderful! They braved the late-April cold snap to provide their local meats, eggs, breads, flowers, honey, and more! I hope to see you at the next one!
STONEWALL TERRACE GROUND BREAKING

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, I joined the Mayor and fellow Councilmembers at the groundbreaking ceremony of the future Stonewall Terrace apartment community. This 26-unit development will offer affordable, stigma-free, and inclusive housing to our medically at-risk populations, including those living with HIV and AIDS. Congratulations to AVOL Kentucky, Winterwood Inc., and all of their wonderful partners across the community that have helped turn this vision into a reality.

ROOT CONTROL IN THE 5TH DISTRICT 

For the week starting Monday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 8th, 2021 Duke’s Root Control, Inc. (an LFUCG contractor) could be on the following streets as part of the Root Control Program. Certain conditions may call for an alteration of this schedule

Blairmore Ct

Brandon Dr

Lakeshore Dr

Manor Dr

Montavesta Rd

Pepperhill Rd

Von List Way

Learn more here!

POP UP COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS
This week there will be two one-day pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Vaccines are free of charge and available to anyone 18 or older who lives or works in Fayette County. 

Wednesday, May 5th, you can receive the Moderna Vaccine at Consolidated Baptist from 2:00pm-6:00pm. 

Thursday, May 6th, you can receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine here in the 5th District at the Lexington Senior Center from 1:00pm-5:00pm. 

Walk-ins are welcome at both vaccination clinics, but if you'd like to make an appointment to ensure your spot you can do so here
RAILBIRD LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The Railbird Music Festival has announced their 2021 line up! VIP 2 Day passes have already sold out, but general admission and parking passes are still available for purchase. Get your tickets here!
LEXARTS HOP 2021
Learn more about the 2021 LexArts gallery hop here!
GOLF CART REMINDER 
As the weather continues to warm, remember that, "the operation of a golf cart on the roadways, other than a designated crossing on or around a golf course is prohibited in Lexington." Golf carts on roadways pose many safety concerns. Help keep your families and our neighbors safe by using golf carts only in approved areas. Learn more here
CIVICLEX PUBLIC COMMENT SURVEY
From CivicLex: 

"In case you didn't know, we just released a survey in partnership with the City of Lexington to examine and reimagine the public comment/input process. We'd love to hear from you about your experience interacting with City Government, and how you think it could be better.

Interested? 
Fill out the survey here before May 21."
NEIGHBORHOODS IN TRANSITION PUBLIC FEEDBACK

The Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition has completed its work after almost 3 years since its conception. The group comprised of Urban County Councilmembers, city developers, planners, historians, residents and other community members has met monthly, with a brief pause during the COVID pandemic, to discuss the complicated topics of infill and redevelopment, preservation and gentrification. The Task Force’s goal was to identify ways to protect vulnerable residents from the negative impact of neighborhood redevelopment and transformation.

In addition to welcoming public comment at nearly all of their regular meetings, the Task Force hosted two city-wide community forums. In lieu of having a final in-person forum and in an effort to not put the public at risk, the Task Force seeks community input via survey. Specifically, the survey requests input on two reports, the TFNT Report, which includes the recommendations and a map report, Maps of Vulnerabilities to Displacement.

Link to Reports:

TFNT Report (https://drive.google.com/file/d/17wC4uSxcY6Gpdo4CccPheINGyx87ZeQe/view?usp=sharing)

Map Report: Maps of Vulnerabilities to Displacement (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SLqbk3j2NjVFAHCWUI-Hr2058XaJ33jT/view?usp=sharing)

The survey includes links to the draft report and the Task Force google drive, which includes past meeting packets, resources, maps and meeting summaries. Residents are able to complete the survey until Friday, May 14, 2021. After the window closes, the Task Force will review all submissions and make any necessary revisions to the report. The Task Force expects to submit the final report to Urban County Council by early summer.

To access the survey, please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7FYLKHM

IMAGINE NICHOLASVILLE ROAD FEEDBACK 

After over a year of study, data collection and public input, a vision has been put forward for Nicholasville Road, one of Lexington’s most important corridors. The result is a plan that focuses on safety and efficiency for people travelling by car, bus, bike or on foot. The recommendations are tailored to the unique areas of Nicholasville Road and include: 

  • Innovative intersection improvements
  • Plans for Bus Rapid Transit
  • Future redevelopment of large parking lots and underutilized shopping centers.
  • Dedicated bike and pedestrian facilities.

This cohesive corridor plan is known as Imagine Nicholasville Road and is proposed to be adopted as part of the City’s comprehensive plan (Imagine Lexington). It will guide incremental land use and transportation decisions for the next 20 years through future redevelopment, Planning Commission actions, Urban County Council decisions and public investment.

The document can be viewed at ImagineNicholasvilleRoad.org.

There will be a public hearing via Zoom for this proposal on May 20, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Community members with thoughts on the proposal that cannot attend the public hearing can email imagine@lexingtonky.gov and comments will be passed along to the Planning Commission

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. 

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 
Text of the image reads, "Become a board or commission member."
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
Learn more about all current job openings here
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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