What's Happening in District 4


Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1104
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Christa Robinson

Christa Robinson

Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-3453
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Vice- Chair Democratic Caucus

Public Safety 

Labor, Economic Development and Contracts

Appropriations, NDF's and CIF's


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The Fourth District includes the Downtown-Central Business District, and the neighborhoods of Butchertown, California, Germantown, Irish Hill, Meriwether, Original Highlands, Paristown Pointe, Phoenix Hill, Portland, Russell, Shelby Park and Smoketown.

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This weekend!



Street Closures


The following streets will be closed during the following times.

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - World Fest Parade

9 am - 2 pm

  • Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Street
  • Market Street from Sixth Street to Fifth Street
  • Sixth Street from Washington Street to Market Street
  • Fifth Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street

No Parking Areas

9 am - 2 pm

  • Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Street
  • Market Street from Sixth Street to Fifth Street
  • Sixth Street from Washington Street to Market Street
  • Fifth Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street

Monday, September 3, 2018 - Mayor's Hike/Bike/Paddle

9 am - 1 pm

  • Witherspoon Street from Bingham Way to River Road
  • Preston Street from River Road to Muhammad Ali Boulevard
  • Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Preston Street to Third Street
  • Third Street from Main Street to Southern Parkway
  • Southern Parkway from Third Street to New Cut Road
  • Interstate 65 North exit ramp to Muhammad Ali Boulevard
  • Interstate 264 East ramp to Southern Parkway

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Humana Inspire 5K

4 am - 10:30 am

  • River Road from Second Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Witherspoon Street from First Street to River Road (Big Four Bridge)
  • Main Street from Preston Street to Story Avenue
  • Story Avenue from Baxter Avenue/Main Street to Spring Street/Adams Street
  • Adams Street from Story Avenue/Spring Street to River Road/Campbell Street
  • Washington Street from First Street to Preston Street
  • Preston Street from River Road to Main Street
  • River Road from Preston Street to the Orange Lot
  • Brook Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Floyd Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street (open to condo residents and the parking lot)

No Parking Areas

4 am - 10:30 am

  • River Road from Second Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Witherspoon Street from First Street to River Road (Big Four Bridge)
  • Main Street from Preston Street to Story Avenue
  • Story Avenue from Baxter Avenue/Main Street to Spring Street/Adams Street
  • Adams Street from Story Avenue/Spring Street to River Road/Campbell Street
  • Washington Street from First Street to Preston Street
  • Preston Street from River Road to Main Street
  • River Road from Preston Street to the Orange Lot
  • Brook Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Floyd Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street (open to condo residents and the parking lot)

Look Who's Pictured in District 4


A $2,500 gift has become a $1 million dollar partnership. The Fund for the Arts announced a $1 million grant from Kosair Charities that will be used to "create arts education and experiences for children" in the Louisville area. It will be used to bolster existing programs in Louisville and expand into surrounding counties. More than 100,000 students and 500 special needs children will be impacted. Before retiring, former President & CEO Barbara Sexton Smith secured a $2500 gift from then President of  Kosair Charities Randy Coe which enabled the Louisville Ballet to perform for the students at Heuser Hearing and Language Academy. The students LOVED IT! 

Dreams really do come true!


Two amazing groups of young people were honored  in the Council Chambers of Historic City Hall during the August 23rd Metro Council Meeting. 
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton honored  The West Louisville All-Stars baseball team competed in the Babe Ruth World Series championship in Arkansas. The All-Stars beat Crown Point in the Ohio Valley regional tournament July 30 to advance to the World Series. They lost to Midwest Plains. The last time that this team made it this far was 21 years ago. They captured the hearts of a community.

Councilman Brent Ackerson honored Brandon Bishop and the Jeffersontown Strike 11U for for their community spirit and completing the season as State Runners-Up. Eleven-year-old Brandon is a lifelong fan of the sport of baseball and battled a brain tumor until its removal on July 2nd. The team came to know his story and invited Brandon to travel with them to the State Play-Off game where they presented him with a personalized Allstars Jersey and invited him to “throw out the first pitch. 

The League of Women Voters of  Louisville & Louisville Metro Office for Women celebrate "Women's Equality Day." 
The theme of this event -- Speaking Out: Educating Women



The Keynote speakers honored the struggle and accomplishments of women educators in our community, and included comments by the Presidents of Louisville’s three universities:  

Tori Murden-McClure of Spalding University   

Dr. Susan Donovan of Bellarmine University

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi of University of Louisville


B96 was in the Park for Funk Fest 2018 - Drop it like it’s hot!

Jecorey Arthur, 1200, received Community Service Partner Award from Funk Fest 2018.


Louisville is lucky to have such dynamic women making this great city their home. Mary Howard is the suprevisor or catering for University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium. Former educator, Lucille Leggett is a community advocate well into her late 90's, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of  University of Louisville hit the ground running and quickly and has quickly won the hearts of all.


Councilwoman Sexton Smith visits with the most interesting folks as she walks throughout District 4 – EVERYDAY!

Councilwoman Sexton Smith ran into Ben Sollee at the Kentucky International Convention Center.


Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard was all smiles at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast. The winning ham went for $2.8 Million.


MSD's work around Ali Center - $20 million emergency repair pump-around system. Main Street was at risk of caving in from 4th to 7th Street.

New Way to Report Illegal Dumpers


See Something Say Something!!!!

We all know that illegal dumping--putting waste on property that is not licensed as a disposal facility--is an eyesore that is expensive to clean up, diminishes quality of life, discourages economic development and even sends plastic debris into our waterways.

That's why people caught dumping along our city's alleys, sidewalks, fields and roadsides are subject to fines and impoundment of any vehicle used in the dumping. That's where citizens can help with the problem. If you witness illegal dumping while it's happening, report it.

We've developed a new online form you can use to tell us where it happened, describe the vehicle(s) involved, preferably with license plate number(s), and even upload pictures. Of course you can always call Metro Call 311 or 574-5000. For more information about illegal dumping, including a link to the reporting form, visit our illegal dumping webpage.

Smoketown Wellness Center


School has started! 
Contact us for discounted rates on school physicals and vaccinations.
 $20 sports physicals.
Extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Open on Saturdays!
Mon,Wed,Fri (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tues,Thurs (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Saturdays (9 a.m. - 12 noon)

August 30 - Lunch & Learn Bates CDC 1228 S. Jackson Street 12pm


August 31- September 3 Worldfest at the Belvedere 11am


August 31 - September 3, 2018

WorldFest receives Kentucky Travel Industry Association's, Judge's Recognition Award for its Fall Top 10 Festivals and Events. 

The International Festival and Event Association named  Louisville the top Festival city in North America in 2010 and 2015.    WorldFest was one of the events recognized in the award.  

WorldFest was named a Top 20 Event for the summer and fall by the Southeast Tourism Society in both 2010 and 2011. 

Food, crafts & entertainment from all over the world right here in downtown Louisville!

WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 16th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend. 

"Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. 'WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 16th Annual WorldFest.” 

With over 100 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 35 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 16 years coming from international residents from over 150 different countries throughout the world, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before. 

For more information CLICK HERE.

September 3- Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle Waterfront Park - Great Lawn 8am


The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle is a twice annual event held every Memorial & Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy community event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi and zumba. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 12.5-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!  
Free t-shirt while supplies last. Go Green! Bring your own water bottles!  Fill stations are available at Waterfront Park.
For more information CLICK HERE.

September 4 - Success For Life Open Enrollment


September 5, 6 or 7- Food Preservation Workshop 1641 Portland Ave


September 7- Wellspring’s Bernie Block Wellness Center 3pm


September 8-9- Big Four Bridge Arts Festival


September 8- Sickle Cell Unity Walk


September 11- #beYOUtifulTuesdays Western Library 5:30pm


Applications being accepted for second cohort of city’s Entrée-preneurship Series


 Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Forward’s Small Business Development team is accepting applications for the second cohort of the city’s Entrée-preneurship Series, a free program designed to foster the development of new restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs.

The interactive 10-class series, originally called the Food Entrepreneurship Series, will run from Sept. 8 to Dec. 1, and will be taught by local industry-leading professionals. All classes will meet at Chef Space, 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., on Saturdays from 8:30 – 11 a.m.

The inaugural Food Entrepreneurship Series launched earlier this year and graduated nine entrepreneurs with skills needed to start or grow their businesses in Louisville’s food industry.

Registration is open, but space is limited. To participate, individuals must be over 18 years of age, attend 9 of the 10 classes and be a Louisville resident. There is no fee to participate in the series. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive continued assistance and connections to resources from Louisville Forward’s small business development team. 

To apply for the Entrée-preneurship Series visit


West Louisville Chess League News


Get damaged garbage carts replaced


Get damaged garbage carts replaced.

It's free once a year if damage is shown.

A damaged garbage or recycling cart is bad for multiple reasons. The damaged cart won't hold the garbage or recycling as well as it should which can lead to litter and attract animals. Broken handles or wheels also make it difficult and potentially dangerous for our Solid Waste Tippers to lift and empty carts.

 So let us know if you have a damaged cart. Call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Provide them with your name, address and daytime phone number along with the serial number from the cart and a description of the damage. Or complete this online form.

Citizens Responsible for Alleys and Curb Edges


This week Metro Public Works is highlighting sections of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances that often come as a surprise to residents. They basically require property owners and residents to keep the area around homes clean and free of obstructions, from the center line of the street to the center line of any adjacent alley.


(1)         Cleanliness.  Every occupant of a structure or part thereof shall keep that part of the structure or premises which that occupant occupies, controls, or uses in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, and in the case of a single-family structure, the owner shall keep the premises free of all weeds...to the center line of such street, easement or alley as are adjacent to or abut the premises.   

That includes that patch of grass between the sidewalk and the curb known as a verge.

What is a Right-of-Way Obstruction?

Any structure that may prevent or impede the full and free use by the public of the entire sidewalk, street, alley, or public way (right of way).  Some examples of right-of-way obstructions:  basketball goals left on the curb line, concrete pyramids, piles of brush, items being sold, political/advertising signs, trees, shrubs, retaining walls, cars parked in the right of way, and any obstructions to cross visibility. 

Things You Need To Know!


Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government

Department of Codes and Regulations
Department of Planning and Design Services
444 S. 5th Street
Louisville,KY 40202


Change in Ownership 900 E. Oak Street

Attached, please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package, NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, and 2 a.m. Extended Package Sales Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 900 E. Oak Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, August 3, 2018.


Addition to License 100 S. 2nd Street

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package license being applied for, located at 100 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, August 4, 2018.


    Notice of Intent to Demolish 2209 Madison Street


    Notice of Application for Demolition Permit of Historic Structure      

    The Office of Planning Permitting and Design--Construction Review has received a demolition permit application for the property listed below:

    Subject Property:  2209 W Madison St.

    Case Number:    WR1061707

    The above reference property is listed or potentially eligible for listing in The National Register of Historic Places.

    Per LMCO (150.110), the requested demolition permit can be issued on September 1, 2018.

    For additional information regarding this application visit the website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review 

    or contact Mike Beard, Plan Review Supervisor at 574-3321 or

    Cynthia Johnson, Metro Historic Preservation Officer at 574-2868.

    Louisville Metro Develop Louisville, Office of Planning Permitting and Design--Construction Review

    444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 100, Louisville, Kentucky 40202-4313

    Neighborhood Associations

    Butchertown   butchertownpres@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 pm 

    Germantown Paristown 1094 E. Kentucky St. 396-4836 judithmagrem28@gmail.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm

    Irish Hill Neighborhood Association For more information info@irishhillneighbors.org 

    Original Highlands 1228 E. Breckenridge St 287-3938 cwoo59@aol.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm 

    Paristown Pointe 1228 E. Breckinridge  St 502-587-1595 jorobinson854@icloud.com 2nd Tuesday @6:30 pm

    Phoenix Hill 451 Baxter Avene 583-7133 phoenixhillna@gmail.com 4th Monday @ 5:30 pm 

    Portland Now 2503 Montgomery St. 438-0189 larry.stoess@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:30 pm 

    Russell Neighborhood -6pm  631 S 28th St. The fourth Tuesday of the month at (502) 489-7004 or email  Jackie Floyd 

    Schnitzelburg Area Community Council  St Elizabeth's 1020 E Burnett Schnitzelburg.org

    Shelby Park 600 E. Oak Street  charles.rogalinski@ky.gov Shelby Park on Facebook 2nd Thursday @ 6:00 pm 

    Smoketown 620 Lampton  836-7661 666@webberconsulting.org 3rd Monday @ 6:30 pm

    South Fourth Street- Jim Reskin, President jreskin5@gmail.com

    Important Numbers

    Metro Call: 311 or (502) 574-5000
    Air Pollution: (502) 574-6000
    Animal Services: (502) 363-6609 or (502) 361-1318
    Louisville Forward/Economic Development: (502) 574-4140
    Planning & Design Services: (502) 574-6230
    Community Services & Revitalization: (502) 574-4377
    Public Works: (502) 574-5810
    TARC: (502) 585-1234
    PARC: (502) 569-6222
    Legal Aid: (502) 584-1254
    IPL (Code Enforcement): (502) 574-3321
    Congressman John Yarmuth: (502) 582-5129
    Solid Waste Management (SWMS): (502) 574-3571
    Metro Parks: (502) 456-8100
    Metro Police: (Non Emergency) (502) 574-7111 or (502) 574-2111
    LMPD 1st Division: (502) 574-7167
    LMPD 2nd Division: (502) 574-2478
    LMPD 4th Division: (502) 574-7010
    LMPD 5th Division: (502) 574-7636
    Anonymous Tipline: (502) 574-LMPD (5673)
    Metro Safe: (502) 572-3460 or (502) 574-7111
    Vacant & Public Property Administration: (502) 574-4016
    Brightside: (502) 574-2613
    Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): (502) 753-4888

    Your State Representative or State Senator: http://www.lrc.ky.gov 

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