*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Public Administration Division
Governor's Local Issues Conference
41st Annual Governor's Local Issues Conference August 24-26, 2016 - Galt House, Louisville.
2016 KIPDA Regional Hazard
Mitigation Plan Approval
The 2016 KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan has been officially apporoved by FEMA.
KIPDA secured $75,000 in federal funding for the 5-year update to the KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan covering Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties and their 24 incorporated cities. The KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan required by FEMA for protecting our communities from natural disasters by using mitigation techniques to lessen the severity of disasters and increase resiliency. The plan is required by FEMA every 5 years. KIPDA is currently on its 3rd iteration of the planning cycle. In order for a community to receive funding from FEMA for certain grants, every community must have a plan in place.
As of date, the updated plan contains a new risk assessment and new mitigation sections that discuss strategies for dealing with disaster profiles.
The KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Committee met with each county’s Emergency Management Director, conducted regional meetings, and held county wide meetings that solicited mitigation ideas from the community at large all for the sake of community participation and crucial information. The stakeholders for this plan include a diverse group of participants from emergency management, elected officials, police, fire, search and rescue, private companies, citizens, and more.
Funding is through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA), the latter awarded to the Shelby County Fiscal Court as project sponsor.
On June 9th, a ceremony was held at the First Baptist Church in Taylorsville to dedicate the newly-constructed bridge carrying KY 55 over the Salt River as the “C.L. Glasscock Jr. Memorial Bridge."
Mr. Glasscock was a well-known community leader, serving a term as Spencer County Sherriff and later three terms as Spencer County Judge/Executive. Speakers at the dedication included, among others, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, State Representatives James Tipton and Kim King, and members of the Glasscock family. Over fifty people attended the ceremony, including KYTC District 5 and KIPDA staff members.
The new structure replaces the steel-truss “Blue Bridge”, built in 1932. The project was completed under a $3.7 million contract with Louisville Paving, and included approach work and demolition of the old bridge. Approximately 3,300 vehicles cross the bridge each day.
KIPDA Transporation and Look Alive Give
Presentation in Schnitzelburg
In the summer months, it’s common to see more pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets of Louisville. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when there are more accidents involving pedestrians. Pedestrian Safety is the responsibility of walkers and motorists alike. Louisville averaged 16 pedestrian fatalities per year as a result of collisions with automobiles from 2010 through 2014, and the rate of such fatalities in our community is higher than the national average. The good news is that the major factors involved in many of these collisions are avoidable.
Look Alive Louisville is a pedestrian safety education initiative overseen by Metro Louisville. They will give presentations to students at area schools and to adults at neighborhood meetings. On June 27th, Rolf Eisinger (with Look Alive Louisville) and Ashley Davidson (with KIPDA Transportation) presented to a full house at the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council.
The citizens asked great questions and gained valuable information. After the presentation there was an ice cream social.
You can learn more about Look Alive Louisville here. The information below shows what each person can do to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian collisions. The goal is to reach zero fatalities.
How Pedestrians Can Reduce CollisionsAttention
Keep your eyes up to look for traffic before and while crossing the street.
Make eye contact with drivers so you understand their intentions and they understand yours.
Don't text, email, dial or do any other activity that might distract you while crossing the street. It can wait until you reach the other side.
Cross only at marked crosswalks.
Cross only on walk signals or green lights.
Don't dart out from between parked cars or other objects that might prevent drivers from seeing you.
If you must walk in the roadway, always walk facing oncoming traffic.
Wear bright colors.
Wear reflective clothing.
Carry a flashlight
How Motorists Can Reduce Collisions Attention
Keep eyes focused through the windshield
Watch for pedestrians at intersections
Don't text, email, dial, apply makeup or do any other activity that might distract you from awareness of pedestrians.
Right of Way
Yield to pedestrians at marked intersections.
Yield to pedestrians at marked (zebra striped) pedestrian crossings.
Yield to pedestrians when they have entered travel lanes at any point along the roadway.
Traffic Signs and Signals
Do not run red lights.
Come to a complete stop at stop signs.
Do not drive through intersections after the light has turned yellow. A yellow light means stop if you can do so safely.
New Ticket To Ride Vans Now on the Road
If you’ve driven in the KIPDA region lately, you may have noticed some sharp-looking new vans on the road around you. The Ticket To Ride program has 18 new vans. The vans were purchased with STP-Urban Funds and grants from the Ohio River Bridges Project. There are six new 15-passenger vans, six new 12-passenger vans and six new 8-passenger vans. This is the first time Ticket To Ride has offered 8-passenger vans.
Ticket To Ride vans will not be tolled when the Ohio River Bridges Project work is completed and they are a great alternative to single-passenger vehicle commuting. Check out the new, modern look of the vans by clicking here!
One Southern Indiana Golf Scramble Makes the Cut
On June 30th, members and guests of the One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce & Lead Economic Development Organization hit the greens at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville, IN for their annual golf scramble. The morning flight had 18 teams vying for the top spot, while the afternoon had 16 teams.
The weather was mild and the players were all excited to see the Ticket To Ride tent on the 9th hole. Ticket To Ride sponsored that hole and provided water and snacks to the players. It was an excellent way to meet business owners and to inform them about the vanpooling and ridesharing opportunities they can offer their employees.
New Data on Some Air Bag Inflators Shows
Substantially Higher Risk
June 30, 2016: Certain model-year 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles show a far higher risk of ruptures during air bag deployment, prompting an urgent call from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that unrepaired vehicles in this population are found and fixed before they cause further injuries or fatalities.
The higher-risk inflators are in certain 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles:
2001-2002 Honda Civic
2001-2002 Honda Accord
2002-2003 Acura TL
2002 Honda CR-V
2002 Honda Odyssey
2003 Acura CL
2003 Honda Pilot
The inflators in these particular vehicles contain a manufacturing defect which greatly increases the potential for dangerous rupture. Testing of the inflators from these vehicles show rupture rates as high as 50 percent in a laboratory setting. News release
You can find complete information about the Takata air bag inflator recall here.
Please sign up for NHTSA’s Recall Alerts to be notified when you can search for all vehicles affected by this recall using the Recalls Lookup Tool.
Social Services Division
Identity theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers and uses them for their own personal gain. It can start with lost or stolen wallets, stolen mail, a data breach, computer virus, “phishing” scams, or paper documents thrown out by you or a business.
How can I minimize my risk of becoming an identity theft victim?
As consumers, you have little ability to stop or prevent identity theft. However, there are some positive steps to take which will decrease your risk.
Don’t give out your SSN unnecessarily (only for tax reasons, credit or verified employment.) Before providing personal identifiers, know how it will be used and if it will be shared.
Use a cross-cut shredder to dispose of documents with personal information.
Know your billing cycles and contact creditors when bills fail to show up. Review bank and credit card statements carefully.
Password protect your financial accounts. A strong password should be more than eight characters in length, and contain both capital letters and at least one numeric or other non alphabetical character. Use of non-dictionary words is also recommended.
Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you initiated the contact.
Use firewall software to protect computer information. Keep virus and spyware software programs updated.
Reduce the number of preapproved credit card offers you receive: 888-5OPT-OUT
Order your free annual credit reports on-line at: www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228.
Source: Identity theft resource center.
We all love to take in those warm summer rays, but everyone must remember to protect their skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits radiation known as UV-A and UV-B rays. Both types can damage your eyes and skin:
• UV-B rays have short wavelengths that reach the outer layer of your skin
• UV-A rays have longer wavelengths that can penetrate the middle layer of your skin
By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.
Here are the harmful things unprotected sun exposure can do:
• Cause vision problems and damage to your eyes
• Suppression of the immune system
• Premature aging of the skin
• Skin cancer
Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the risk that comes with sun exposure:
1. Cover Up: Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and Sunglasses - for eye protection;
2. Stay in the Shade: The sun's glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin
3. Choose the Right Sunscreen: This is extremely important. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and should protect against both Ultraviolet A (UV-A) and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays.
4. Use the Right Amount of Sunscreen: According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, most people apply only 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, it's important that you apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
By taking the proper precautions and following this advice you and your loved ones can enjoy the sun. If you are having any problems after being in the sun, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.
Enjoy the outdoors this summer and remember to protect your eyes and the skin you're in!
Source: US Department of Veteran Affairs.
Electric Fans Needed for
Local Seniors and Disabled Residents
As the temperature continues to climb outside, new fan donations are needed for local seniors and persons with physical disabilities. KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is joining forces with Louisville Metro Government, Office for Aging & Disabled Citizens (OADC), to collect and distribute fans to persons in need throughout our community.
We know all too well that many of our older citizens and persons with disabilities are adversely impacted by extreme temperatures due to lack of adequate cooling equipment in their homes. We are very excited to provide assistance to our families, neighbors, and friends with the partnership of Louisville Metro Office for Aging and Disabled Citizens,” stated Barbara Gordon, Director of Social Services and KIPDA Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.
The soaring temperatures outside motivated local businesses and community members to donate more than two hundred and fifty fans and over $1,800 in monetary donations to purchase fans. The community has overwhelmed us with contributions daily. Neighbors are donating new fans to help our most vulnerable citizens. Many of the contributors of fans and funding to purchase fans include:
The United Steelworkers Union 1693 (facility distribution site and fans)
Park Community Credit Union
Highlands Health & Rehabilitation Center
The fans will be distributed on a first come first served basis to residents of all KIPDA counties from 9:00 until 12:00 July 16th at 1233 South 10th Street in Louisville. A health fair will also take place inside the United Steelworkers Union Hall giving information, resources and screenings from various community members and originations while the fans are being given away. A portion of the fans will be reserved for persons who cannot attend the scheduled event and can contact Jennifer Craig at KIPDA to schedule assistance in receiving a fan. Fans will be distributed as long as quantities last. The qualifications to receive a fan from the 2016 Fan Fair are:
Person 60 years or older
Documentation verified by a physician of a physical disability
Resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Bullitt
Individuals must be present at the event or contact KIPDA for assistance in receiving a fan. Information to validate residency in the KIPDA region is necessary.
One fan per household
“Working with community organizations, churches, businesses, private citizens and the local media, we are proud to be a part of this effort to help make our vulnerable neighbors more comfortable during the summer heat,” stated Eric Friedlander, Director of Louisville Metro Government Department for Community Services, which administers the OADC.
Preparations and arrangements are already being made with other community businesses and organizations to make this an annual event. For more information on how to contribute to Fan Fair 2017 contact Jennifer Craig (502) 266-5571 or Sarah Teeters (502) 574-5092.