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Brightside Team Fall 2016

We had a team of about 30 (some were not available for the picture) on October 22. It was another successful cleanup.

Recent Car Break-Ins

Preventive measures you take as a homeowner can keep you from being a victim.

Homeowner's Safety Tips 2016

WOW! What an adventure!

Our trip to Bernheim Forest on May 14, 2016, was a delight! Adults as well as children had a great time. To those of you who made the trip, we are glad you were there; and if you missed it—you missed a great time. If you participated, be sure to tell your neighbors about it, because there might be another trip next year.

The children were like the “mice” to the Pied Piper. Wren, our activities director, took us on a short hike and explained trees and plants. She asked the children to participate, which they did voluntarily. They were so involved that they picked bouquets of clover and dandelions for Wren.

After our hike, we had a nice lunch at Isaac’s Cafe, after which we were able to explore at our leisure until it was time to board the bus for the return trip.

For those of you who have never been to Bernheim Forest—it is located about 20 minutes from Louisville on S.R. 245/Clermont Road. Its natural woodland habitat features native trees and wildlife; lots of groomed trails, gardens, and fields; as well as an education center, arboretum, gift shop, and Isaac’s Cafe.

~ Marlene Welsh, Councilmember

Brightside Team 2016

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to volunteer for the City of Watterson Park Brightside project. This is one of my favorite community projects.

2016 is the fourth year we participated as a team. The weather was perfect. Our team picked up 30-plus bags of trash, along with a few other items. I am really proud of our team. You make it easy for me to pull this together and I sincerely appreciate that. And, thank you to the parents who are getting their children involved in volunteerism at a young age.

And, a big thank you to those who did not sign up, but showed up! That was a nice surprise.

Linda Chesser, Mayor




Spring 2016 Watterson Park Volunteers

Operation Brightside Fall 2015 Community-Wide Cleanup

baby brightside 2015

baby brightside 2015

Fall 2015 Watterson Park Volunteers

2015 Watterson Park 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the City of Watterson Park held its 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale. Seventeen families participated. We advertised in the newspaper, posted signs and used social media sites. Fortunately, the weather cooperated.

If anyone has a suggestion(s) that may help encourage more residents to participate, please let us know. Send an email to WattersonParkInfo@att.net.

One suggestion was to offer two options:

  1. Set up at the walking path on Gardiner Lane (you would have to bring a table and your goods); or,
  2. Set up at your residence as we have been doing.

Several residents have expressed an interest in continuing the sale, but it would be nice to have more participation since it is referred to as a “Community” sale. Besides making some cash, it’s a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.

So, throughout the year, put items you no longer use in a yard sale box, and we hope to see you in 2016.

Thanks to everyone who participated and shopped.

Linda Chesser, Councilperson

Operation Brightside Spring 2015 Community-Wide Cleanup

Spring 2015 Watterson Park Volunteers

Curb Appeal

I am an advocate of curb appeal, and we just had an example of its effect. A home in our City has been for sale for quite some time. The owner took it off the market, updated the landscaping, did some painting, cleaned up the yard, and relisted it. I spoke with the realtor and she indicated that since the updates, there has been a lot more interest in the property.

Keeping the outside of your home spruced up and painted, trimming shrubs and trees, cutting vines that are trailing up the brick (this also ruins the mortar), storing trash/recycle containers out of sight (if possible), and not parking in the yard (this is actually a Metro ordinance) are a few things that contribute to curb appeal. Your home is the largest investment you will make in your lifetime. Curb appeal will aid in growing your investment. The costs can be minimal. A lot of this just involves some labor. Take pride in your property.

With the possible turnover of some of our homes in the next several years, it is really important for Watterson Park to be seen as a desirable place to live. This is a great community. Let’s work together to keep it a great community. 

Thank you!

Linda Chesser, Council Member

New Website Feature

We have added a new page to our website. Crime Prevention will feature crime prevention tips from our LMPD Sixth Division as well as from other trusted sources. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Zoning Enforcement Information

April Robbins, Supervisor of Zoning Enforcement, Louisville Planning and Design, was present at our August 13 legislative meeting and left some informational flyers for us to share with our residents and businesses. Click on the following for more information:

Abandoned Vehicles and Illegal Parking Could Cost You
Vehicles and Your Property
Portable Signs

For more information, please call 502-574-6230 or check their website.

Neighborhood Parking Concerns

It has come to the City’s attention that many of our residents are parking their vehicles on the street even though they have adequate parking space on their driveways. PLEASE park your vehicle in your driveway so that our streets remain clear. If your driveway is full because you have guests and you need to “temporarily” park on the street, please park in front of your own house instead of your neighbor's...this is just good neighborhood etiquette.

Another problem with on-street parking is when two vehicles are parked on the street directly across from each other and school buses cannot get through. THIS HAS HAPPENED. If an emergency vehicle cannot gain access due to a parked vehicle, the police may be called to have the offending vehicle towed.

If you must park on the street, please be considerate and do not park anywhere that your vehicle might cause an obstruction, an inconvenience, or an eyesore.

Safety Tips

Some safety tips from the Sixth Division Police Citizens Advisory Board Meeting:

• Be careful — phone and email scams are becoming a real problem. Never give out personal information on the phone or by email. If you don't know who the sent the email, just delete it.

• Also, it's that time of year when you are outside cutting the grass, etc. Always lock your doors and keep a key with you. While you are working in the yard, someone could enter through a door that is not in your sight.

Watterson Park Makes the Brightside News

Watterson Park Brightside Crew 2014

Crime Prevention Tips

Please check out these crime prevention tips provided by the Sixth Division Police for both auto and home. Visit their website for a list of Division personnel, for interactive crime mapping, to subscribe to crime notifications by division or beat, and for Neighborhood Watch information, among other things.

Below is contact information for the Sixth Division Police:
Emergency: 911
• Non-emergency – To request a police officer to respond: 574-2111
• Sixth Division general information: 574-2187
• Fax: 968-4896
• Tip Line: 574-LMPD
• Email: 6thdivision@louisvilleky.gov
• Address: 5600 Shepherdsville Road, Park Jefferson Center, Entrance #2, Louisville, KY 40228

To view the tips for automobile safety in Spanish, please click here.

JCPS School District Reassignment for Watterson Park!

Several families expressed concerns regarding the Jefferson County Public Schools school assignment choices for students on Regina, Milldaun, Annshire, Conaem, and Gardiner Lane. All schools in the cluster were rated as low performing schools. The concerns were addressed with Metro Council President Jim King, and he suggested that we schedule a meeting with our JCPS Board Representative, Carol Haddad. The meeting was held on June 19, with the following attendees:

Metro Council President Jim King
Carrie Peers, Legislative Assistant to Jim King
Carol Haddad, JCPS District 6 Board Representative
Dr. Bob Rodosky, Executive Director of Data Management, JCPS
Dena Dosset, Director of Planning & Evaluation, JCPS
Barbara Dempsey, Specialist Parent Assistance Center, JCPS
Jonathan Lowe, Director of Student Assignment, JCPS
Norman Liebert, Mayor of Watterson Park
Helen Arnold and Linda Chesser, Watterson Park Councilmembers
Residents: Tiffany Woodson, Jason and Lanette Douglas, and Scott Frisch

As a result of the meeting, the above-mentioned streets have been moved to Hawthorne Elementary on Clarendon Avenue in the Highlands as their elementary resides school effective immediately (2013-2014 school year).

Thanks to the residents for bringing this to our attention and for their outstanding research and preparation for the meeting. They did a phenomenal job of addressing the issue. In fact, they were so well organized that JCPS Board members used the cluster map prepared by Jason and Lanette along with data Tiffany researched. Also, thanks to Carol Haddad for organizing the meeting. Carol has served on the JCPS Board for 20-plus years and, after several conversations with her, it was obvious that her interest in students’ education is paramount. 

Overall, this was a team effort, but we want to extend a special thanks to Metro Council President Jim King for his support. The bottom line is, he understood our concerns and was instrumental in the outcome. He “sealed the deal.” 

For more information, check out the JCPS website. If you don't find what you need online, you can contact the JCPS FactLine via email or by phone at (502) 485-3228

Submitted by Linda Chesser, Councilperson

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a term used to refer to crimes in which someone steals your personally identifying information – like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number – and uses it to commit fraud or other crimes. It’s a serious crime that can deplete your finances and destroy both your credit history and your reputation. Check out the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information site to discover the different types of identity theft, see what steps you should take if you are the victim of identity theft, and learn how to protect your identity. The site also provides sample letters and forms that you can use to limit damage caused by identity theft.

LMPD 6th Division: Crime Notifications Block Watch Report

To check crime reports for the 6th Division, go to their website.

You can subscribe to the 6th District newsletter/crime report as well as issue a concern or complaint by emailing them.


What's going on...

June 12, 2017...
City Council Meeting, Boardroom, Gardiner Point Residence Hall, 4004 Gardiner Point Drive, 7 p.m.

Meeting agenda...

Agenda for upcoming legislative meeting.


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