From the desk of Amanda Mays Bledsoe

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September 2016

Lexington's Talk of the Tenth 

While summer is a great time to slow down, enjoy your family, and catch the very well attended performances at Moondance Amphitheater, I also use it as a time to secure support and plan for major projects coming this fall.

Last Friday, my office launched the Beaumont/ Palomar/ Harrodsburg traffic study survey and I have been overwhelmed to have already received 1,100 responses in less than a week. This survey is the first step in a five-month long study with our Traffic Engineering Division and consultant Stantec to develop short and long-term solutions and funding plans for this area. Over the course of the study we will be reaching out to you via our Facebook page, the newsletter, and in-person forums. I also hope you are able to join me at our first kick-off meeting on September 26th.  


District Project Updates
Beaumont Traffic Study Kicks Off

Beaumont Traffic Study Public Meeting
Monday, September 26th, 6:30pm

Rector Hayden Building 
998 Governors Ln #125, Lexington, KY 40513
Conference Room

Councilmember Bledsoe and The City of Lexington’s Division of Traffic Engineering will be hosting the public kick-off meeting for the Beaumont/ Palomar/ Harrodsburg Road Traffic Study.  

The kick-off meeting will include outlining the scope and goals of this traffic study, the timeline, and gathering more in-depth feedback from those who live in the neighborhood. This is a critical part of understanding what the challenges and opportunities are for the project. Space is limited, so please RSVP. We will happliy schedule a second meeting if needed.  
We hope to see you there!

 Please Chime In- Beaumont/Harrodsburg Road Traffic Survey  

If you have not already taken the survey, please take five minutes to help us develop priorities in this study. Results from this survey will be analyzed, given to the consultant, and released for more feedback at the public meeting on September 26th. The survey concludes Thursday, September 22nd at 5pm.
Take the Survey

 Clays Mill Widening Right of Way Acquisitions in Process 

The City has hired an appraiser to determine the land value of private properties that are being acquired for the Clays Mill Road Improvement Project from Waco to Harrodsburg Road. Several property owners have already received a packet in the mail explaining the degree of impact to their property. If you have received a packet, don't hesitate to reach out to the contact listed in the packet for more information. More packets will be mailed in the fall months to the remaining landowners on Clays Mill Road.  Click here for more details of the process moving forward.

Southview - Barkley Storm Water Projects Planned

The Council was presented a plan to merge several drainage and water quality projects in the Southland, Hill-N-Dale, Rosemill, Picadome area. Five known flooding areas in this corridor were merged into one large project with one project manager and contractor to examine and alleviate issues holistically. This project and the resulting measures are important because it will move the City of Lexington towards Consent Decree compliance, improve public safety concerns of flooding streets, reduce sanitary sewer overflows, and limit pollutants from entering our waterways.  

Councilmember Bledsoe and the Division of Water Quality will be hosting public engagement meetings in October or November to introduce the project to residents. 

Southland Sidewalks Design Being Finalized 

Palmer Engineering and their subcontractors have submitted the preliminary design to the City Planning Department for Southland Sidewalks. Once the final design has been submitted, the City of Lexington will request bids from construction companies to complete the project. Two million dollars were allocated for construction of the sidewalks by the Mayor and Urban County Council in this year's budget. 

Noticeable construction is projected to begin in spring of 2017. Construction is messy, but Councilmember Bledsoe and the City of Lexington's project manager are committed to keeping property owners, tenants, and neighbors informed of progress and updates. Visit to sign-up for email alerts and for more information on this project.  

Retrofitting the Retro: Southland Drive Design Study 

Student Public Outreach
Wednesday, October 5th, 5:30pm
Location TBA

The City’s Division of Planning will have the great pleasure of working with the University of Kentucky’s Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Landscape Architecture programs this upcoming year. The goal of the Retrofitting the RETRO: Southland Dr. Project is to examine the current conditions in this area and propose ways to improve it for all users. This deals primarily with innovative ways to improve current conditions to address safety, comfort, wayfinding, sustainability, bike and pedestrian circulation, and community gathering spaces while maintaining the character and sense of place that is Southland Dr.

Keep your eye out for students collecting data on Southland Drive during September 23rd-30th and engage with them about your ideas for creating amazing public space. Learn more about the Retrofitting the RETRO project by checking out the project page.

Look for a New Field Coming to Cardinal Run Park South

Keep your eye out for construction starting this fall at Cardinal Run Park South. Councilmember Bledsoe has allocated funds to Parks and Recreation to move forward with finishing Cardinal Run South Field 6. The sixth and final baseball field at Cardinal Run Park South was funded from surplus dollars from the 2015-2016 budget and is scheduled to be completed by the spring 2017 season. The final field in the clover will ensure optimum playability by several of Lexington's growing baseball and softball leagues. 

Palomar Zone Change 

The zone change request filed for the property at 4145 and 4235 Harrodsburg Road has been postponed and is currently proposed to go before the City’s Planning Commission on Thursday, October 27th here at City Hall, 200 East Main Street, in the 2nd Floor Council Chambers at 1:30 pm. The plat filed by the developer may be downloaded by clicking here. I encourage all parties to attend this meeting and express your concerns in writing to the members of the Planning Commission who will most likely vote on the matter at the same meeting. To make your concerns part of the public record for the hearing please send concerns to   

Let's Meet Up - Fall Neighborhood Meetings

Hill N Dale Fall Fling 
October 1st, 1-4pm
Hill N Dale Park

Pasadena Neighborhood Association Meeting
October 11th, 6-8pm
Broadway Baptist Church

Plantation Neighborhood Association Meeting
October 24th, 6-8pm
Beaumont Branch Library

Information Items

Did You Know?

Councilmember Promotes Economic Development Grant

Over the summer Councilmember Bledsoe and the Lexington Office of Economic Development worked to create a pilot grant for agencies or businesses that focus on workforce and economic development. Councilmember Bledsoe, who chairs the Economic Development, Planning, and General Service budget sub-committee, proposed this grant during the budget process in the spring with her committee colleagues. The grant was supported by the Lexington City Council at the August Budget & Finance Committee meeting. Final goals and objectives are being finalized by the Economic Investment Board and the grant is proposed to be published in October.   

Lexington's New Senior Center Opens

Programming began at the new Lexington Senior Center at 195 Life Lane on Thursday, September 15th. The Senior Center is open to any person 60 years and older who resides in Lexington and is independent of personal care. The impressive 33,000 square feet facility offers educational, fitness, recreational, and travel activities Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.  A calendar of activities can be found here

New Jacobson Park Open for Play

The Ribbon cutting at the newly renovated and expanded Jacobson Park Playground was held on Tuesday, August 2nd. Councilmember Jennifer Scutchfield, Commissioner Geoff Reed, Director Monica Conrad, and a local mom spoke at the opening ceremonies about having a safe, imaginative place for children of all ages and abilities to be able to use one of Lexington's destination playgrounds. 

Become a Zombie in this Year's Thriller Parade

Both children and adults can participate as zombies in this year’s Thriller parade.  All zombie participants must register online or in-person at a scheduled rehearsal. All participating zombies are required to attend at least one regular rehearsal and one staging rehearsal. Cost:  $11 for adults, $6 for ages 16 and under. Registration deadline:  Friday, Oct. 21.  All rehearsals will be held at Artworks at the Carver School, 522 Patterson Street, Lexington, KY.

Another Amazing MoonDance Concert Series Wraps Up

Thank you to all the bands, Parks and Recreation Staff, and Southland Association volunteers, that made this another amazing year for Moondance Amphitheater free concert series. Every concert had record crowds and continues to be an amazing facility for family-friendly activities. See you next summer!

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