September Meeting Notes

Didn’t make it to our last meeting? Click the link to download my notes: minutes 9-10-12

Several items need your input. Please put some thought into the questions below and share your opinion!

1.) How do you feel about converting Limestone and Upper Streets to two-way streets?

2.) What kinds of businesses/organizations you would like to see in the old Johnson School building? Do you want FCPS to accept the highest bid in a blind process, or do you want LFUCG to acquire the building and hold community hearings on how we want it to be used / who we want it to be sold to?

3.) Do you want a dog park in the neighborhood? Would you use it?4.) Have you noticed illicit activity on the wooded lot beside Thoroughbred Printing? If you had a say in the future of the property, what would you like to see there? If it became a soccer field, would you use it? Would you be interested in volunteering to coordinate soccer teams, leagues and games?

5.) If more art panels are installed along the 700 block of North Limestone, what kind of art would you like to see? What should we call this project/art exhibit? Are you willing to help make decisions about this project and/or help coordinate it?




Rain Garden Workshop Saturday – bring your boots, get free plants

We are really excited about our upcoming rain garden workshop, being held at the North Pole Community Garden this Saturday, May 19 at noon. In partnership with EcoGro and Seedleaf, we’ll be installing a rain garden at the North Pole and offering an interactive workshop to teach participants about installing their own rain garden. We’ll offer free plants to all participants. Bring your gloves, your work boots and your straw hat, and leave with some wildflowers. This workshop is an education/outreach component of an LFUCG Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant awarded to the North Limestone Neighborhood Association.

Urban Wildlife Murals

Please join us on Tuesday, May 29th, at 9:30AM for the unveiling of Urban Wildlife, a new public art installation at 745 North Limestone Street.  Hosted by Kentucky Utilities Company and sponsored by the North Limestone Neighborhood Association, the unveiling will include remarks by Mayor Jim Gray, a chance to meet the artists, and a brief presentation by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, with a question and answer session to follow.  Afterward, visitors are invited to cross Limestone Street for complementary refreshments at Café 760 and to tour the artists’ studio and learn about the making of the murals at Luigart Studio and Gallery.  Click here learn more about this project and access information on butterfly gardens, bat boxes, and more!

For more information, contact:

Marty Clifford (North Limestone Neighborhood Association):  859-389-9157  or

Sarah Campbell (Luigart Studio & Gallery): 859-935-1754 or


April 9 Meeting Notes

Mtg. began with comments from 1st district councilman Chris Ford

-       Description of LFUCG proposed budget

  • Includes proposal to use HUD Section 108 money to build sidewalks on  North Limestone Street – this is currently in committee and has Ford’s full support

-       Charles Young Center

  • City committing $200,000 to renovate and reopen, including new HVAC and handicap accessibility
  • Advisory Board meets regularly, will meet tomorrow night
  • Grant funding specifies $ must be spent by this Sept. so we will see improvements starting soon

-       Youth Commission has made recommendations to city council

  • Improved programming for youth
    • Create gov’t position to serve as liaison between gov’t, non-profit groups, churches to utilize parks
    • Increase slots in Summer Youth Employment program by 100% over next 2 years
  • Youth violence
    • Return CLEAR officers to neighborhoods
    • Criminal justice system partnering with LFUCG with Judge Teski Model which tries to better engage youth and, when they do commit crimes, work to quickly help them back on track

-       Recap of last month’s Noise Ordinance discussion

  • Ordinance did not make it out of committee
  • Opposed by business community
  • NLNA Pres. Marty Clifford recommends contacting businesses to let them know we are unhappy with their opposition and impact on residential neighborhoods
  • Councilman Ford mentioned that Commerce Lexington receives over $600,000/year funding from taxpayers, but still lobbies against some citizen-led actions like the noise ordinance

-       Planning Committee proposing change of definitions to clarify “adult day care” vs. “community center.”

  • Some neighbors were upset that they were not notified before New Life Day Center moved into their neighborhood
  • Occupational use permit was for a “community center,” but many feel this term does not fit what the center provides
  • Proposed change would not affect New Life, but future businesses of this nature would receive a conditional use permit, requiring notification and input from neighbors and a public hearing before business could move into area

NLNA VP Griffin Van Meter gave a short recap of NLNA’s $50,000 storm water mitigation grant, which includes rain garden at North Pole Community Garden, 20+ rain barrels for neighborhood residents, educational programs, and streetscape design work by Urban Collage

Luis Johnson of Urban Collage led a group design activity in which NLNA members proposed their visions for North Broadway, North Limestone, and Loudon Ave

-       Common Themes:

  • Bike lanes
  • Sidewalks
  • Pedestrian friendly lighting
  • Trees/green-scape/small rain gardens
  • Parking on North Lime for businesses and some residents

-       Other thoughts and ideas

  • Medians with trees/lighting extending down Loudon all the way to N. Broadway and also on N. Broadway
  • Shared walk/bike paths separated from street by trees/lights similar to paths in Germany
    • Would provide a safer space for bikers and pedestrians in high traffic areas (maybe N. Broadway w/ 4 lanes)
    • Questions of how readily community would adapt, how intersections would be handled, how this might impact safety when switching to other streets with more traditional bike lanes


-       Rachel Carpenter is sharing a portion of an MLKNA grant to provide a NLNA newsletter, contact her with info you want shared

-       Suggested that we distribute to neighbors 1 week prior to each monthly meeting

-       Suggest use of block captains to reach diff. sections of neighborhood

  • Archie – Avon
  • Charlie & Sarah – Paris
  • Danny – 500 block N. Lime

Other Business

-       Bluegrass DeTour on April 4 was a big success

-       Everyone invited to pitch in at North Pole Community Garden every Saturday, 1-3pm (started sensory garden in front plot last weekend)

-       1000 Dolls Project by Transy’s Community Engagement Through the Arts class is currently on display at KY Theater and dolls will soon be hidden/placed along Limestone Street for people to find/collect

-       Several new businesses in neighborhood

  • Café 760 serving breakfast and lunch
  • Georges Diner (at old Flag Fork Herb Garden) serving brunch-dinner
  • Willie’s hosting bluegrass music and serving bbq

-       Arlington PTA in need of support

  • Currently only 2 members! Have only met twice in 1 ½ years!
  • Jodi Koch agreed to run for president if NLNA will provide support

-       Transylvania will have an AmeriCorps Vista position – one duty will be to gather more volunteers for area schools

-       Luigart Studio & Gallery  at 754 N. Lime has several upcoming events free and open to public

  • This Friday, April 13th at 7pm – film screening and reception for UK MFA student Natalie Baxter
  • Next Friday, April 20th – open during Gallery Hop, reception for artist Brian Connors Manke
  • Helping install Urban Wildlife mural series across the street (funded by NLNA eco-art grant) and working on plans for related event on Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd

-       Danny Strong has installed a small free community library at 557 N. Limestone, asks neighbors to donate used books and magazines by simply placing them in the cabinet

-       MLKNA meeting at 7pm at Living Arts and Science Center tomorrow, Tues. April 10th,   will have a 4 person panel to provide info on gardening

- NLNA still has rain barrels available for $5 each. Ask and ye shall receive. (Plans in the works for a community painting day, watch for more info. soon)

This may have been our largest meeting yet! Great to see some new faces in the group and hope to see even more next month!

March Meeting

Hope you can make it to our Neighborhood Meeting tonight, March 12, 2012

We’re going to have a presentation from Bluegrass Pride on rain barrels, with the opportunity for community residence to purchase rain barrels for $5 and business for $15. We’ll also have a presentation from Urban Collage/EcoGro–the two firms we’ve retained to help administer the storm water grant for the neighborhood. Bring a new neighbor and spread the word. Here is the agenda:

6:00 call to order
6:05 police report
6:15 Bluegrass pride: rain barrel presentation
6:30 Urban Collage & Eco Grow: Grant Workshop
6:45 Questions
6:50 Other neighborhood business
7:00 close


Febuary Meeting

Febuary’s meeting is on the 13th. We will meet at Arlington Elementary 6:00 (come to back). Agenda: support Arlington Elementary, Community Garden and Crime and security in our community. Police will discuss increase in crime in 2011 and what we can do. Also members can give information on security systems they are exploring.

January Meeting

Our Jan meeting 2012 will be back to our normal time at Arlington Elementary 6:00-7:00pm. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – hope to see everyone soon
Jan meeting items for disscusion: Arlington, LexTran and Noise ordnance

December Meeting

Sorry about late notice – Our Dec meeting will be canceled (see other community meetings below) and I (Marty) will be attending the Day Center Meeting (12th – 6:00) and MLK Neighborhood Association get together (14th – 6:00) – also I(Marty) will be attending the Arlington meeting on the 12 to gather information to continue to work with Arlington – we met with safety group and got some great suggestions.