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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Visit the District 4 Website

Committee Assignments:


Public Safety

Government Oversight

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

In this issue...

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The Louisville Asset Building Coalition hosted its second annual Taxathon for low-income families.


Volunteers provided free tax service at the Louisville Urban League. In 48 hours, they booked all 240 spots for the two-day event.




Some consider the 1969 Central High School Yellowjackets (35-1) the best high school basketball team in Kentucky history. Led by explosive shooting guard Ron King and 5'7" point guard Otto Petty, Central’s 1969 boys’ basketball state championship was the first won by a historically black high school after the KHSAA integrated in 1956-57. Coach Robert Graves became the first black head coach to claim a Sweet Sixteen title. King’s 44 points in the 101-72 defeat of Ohio County in the state finals was, at the time, the title game record. What an honor it was to recognize the 50th anniversary of this amazing accomplishment and these wonderful gentlemen.


Kentucky Shakespeare hosted its 6th Annual Shakespeare In Love gala at 21c Museum Hotel.  The evening featured music from the Jerry Tolson Jazz Trio, a photo booth, DJ and dancing. 



Do you know how healthy your heart is? What if you could find out how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke? Some had these questions answered when the University of Louisville schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and Information Sciences, along with community partners, hosted a free heart health clinic at Bates Memorial Baptist Church.  This program helped participants learn their heart health, ways to prevent heart attack and stroke, and provided treatment for those in need. 


Watch for more heart healthy events in Smoketown!


As our community continues to grieve over the loss of 10 year old Seven Bridges, Oremeyi Kareem was inspired to bring a diverse group of folks together who in turn created a video message titled Say No to Bullying.


It is our hope everyone will consider the times in their life they were bullied and pledge to speak out against it at the very moment they see it.




Louisville Downtown Partnership Ambassadors are on the on seven days a week starting at 7am. They provide public safety information, help visitors, shoppers, workers and residents throughout the area, and report potential or actual emergencies.


In one year services included:

281,760 lbs. trash collected.

53,728 people served hospitality.

1363 graffiti tags removes.

Provided safety escorts and snow removal at crosswalks.


During Simmons College of Kentucky's inaugural Transform Louisville Education Breakfast, board chairman Barney Barnett revealed that he and his wife pledged to give $4 million . This generous donation will go toward renovating buildings on Simmons' campus and establishing an endowment. 


More excitement came when Dr. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, formally honored Betty and David Jones, Sr. for their long time financial support which began with a $1 million gift 14 years ago.


Bryan Holden's artwork capturing the inspiration of Manfred Reid and the aspiration of 3rd grader Alexia is now on permanent display outside on the walls of New Directions' Russell Apartments located at the corner of Muhammad Ali Blvd. and 18th Street.


Upon close inspection you will see Bryan used keys from computer keyboards donated from throughout the community to create these images. You will notice at the bottom of each portrait a gray key with the number 4, and red/white/blue keys with the initials AMH. These initials honor his father's memory and his son's presence. 

Febraury 15- Co-Creating The Grand Lyric Theater 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. 10am


February 15- Brightside & Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup Registration Opens


It's time to recruit those volunteers to head out and help make a difference in your communities this spring and take part of the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup! The date has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019 and we are proud to be the kick-off event for Mayor Fischer’s Give-a-Day: Week of Service!

Online registration will open on Friday, February 15th at www.brightsideinc.org so be sure to mark your calendars; all cleanup teams will receive bags and gloves at no cost, and the first 5,000 volunteers to register will also receive a free t-shirt, so sign up quickly to secure your t-shirt!

The Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup is an easy way for groups to come together to not only remove the litter from their green spaces and roadways but to also build and foster the sense of civic pride and community that comes along with the work. Many corporations and businesses use this event as a team building opportunity while giving back to the community they serve!

Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and it is through the support of our sponsors and your generous donations that Brightside is able to continue in beautifying our community. We look forward to seeing you out helping to create a cleaner and greener Louisville this spring.

February 16 - Cafe Louie @ Western Library 9am


February 16- Beginning Genealogy Workshop with Tony Burroughs @ Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 10am


February 16- A Red Chucks Luncheon 12:30pm


February 16 - Montage Lives @1619 FLUX 5:30pm


February 19 & 20- Dr. Alysia Fischer


West Louisville Chess




 Club meetings:

January 19, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 16, 2019

March 9, 2019

All club meetings will be held at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway, 11 to 1 p.m. Please bring a snack donation (if possible).


Tournament schedule:

January 12, California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine, registration starts at 10:15 a.m.

February 23, Kuumba Academy, 1228 East Breckinridge, registration starts at 10 a.m…entry fee $15.00 each

March 2, The John Coltrane Spring Classic, 500 East Caldwell, registration starts at 10:15 a.m. …entry fee $15.00


THE QUEEN CITY CLASSIC! March 15-16, 2019, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio!!


February 23- Smoketown Heart of a Champion Clinics Noon


The Heart of a Champion Clinics in Smoketown include a series of free heart health assessment clinics, provided in partnership with Smoketown-based churches and community centers.


February 23rd Noon - 2pm 

Smoketown Family Wellness Center

 April 27th  1-4pm 

Grace Hope

 June 2nd 1:30-3:30pm

  Coke Memorial

February 23- Derby City Roller Girls


February 23 - 40th Annual YMCA Black Achievers Awards at Churchill Downs Millionaire's Row 5:30pm


February 24 - Installation of the 9th Calvary Regiment Flag and Plaque honoring Col. Charles Young @ Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 3pm


February 26 &amp 27 - Office of Housing & Community Development and Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund Housing Needs Assessment Presentations


February 26 - Meriwether-Fort Hill Neighborhood Association @Shelby Traditional 6:30pm


The US Census Bureau is hiring


What's Happening at the Western Library


Vision Russell Updates and Events

Community Press Conference:  LCCC Presents The Grand Lyric Theater

February 15th @ 10:00 am

Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

LCCC announces the groundbreaking of The Grand Lyric Theater!  The community is invited to celebrate this momentous event.


Visions of Beecher Terrace Moving Forward

Tuesday, February 26th @ 5:30 pm

Western Library, 604 South 10th Street, (502) 574-1779

Moderated by Renee Murphy, JCPS Chief Communications Officer

An in-dept panel discussion of the past and future of Beecher Terrace, the housing development built in 1939.  Get a sneak preview of the new Beecher Terrace documentary by filmmaker Lavel White.


MOLO Resource Fair

Thursday, February 27th @ 10am – 2pm

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1407 W. Jefferson Street - in the Russell Plaza

Second Chance Employers will be in attendance.


Focus Community Meeting

February 28th @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S. 15th Street

All community residents and leaders are invited to attend.

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.

Ready for a better career?

Our manufacturing and construction training will help prepare

you for a high-quality career with good pay.


Want to get a career in advanced manufacturing?

The Manufacturing Training and Employment Connection (M-TEC) is a 3-week program where you can earn multiple certificates valued by manufacturing employers and make connections for a good job. One recent graduate got a job making almost $17 per hour! 

The M-TEC training is free but there's a limited number of available spots in our February class. To register now call (502) 276-9711 Ext. 4001.

Upcoming M-TEC class: 

  • February 11 - March 1

Click here for more information about M-TEC and the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center.

March 3rd- Mardi Gras Jubilee @ Copper &Kings


March 3rd Children Shouldn't Hunger will be hosting a Mardi Gras Jubilee at Copper&Kings - with a goal of raising 30k - and with your help, they will!

The funrdraiser  will go to help Felicia Corbett in her current battle with cancer, Chad Golden, a staff member who just had brain surgery, to the C&K Ideal Bartender Program, a newly formed mental health initiative for the hospitality industry, and lastly to bring a working acre educational produce farm to the downtown Louisville area. This farm will not only provide education and relief to a food insecure area, but will also supply many of the great local restaurants in our city!

For ticket click here.

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


The public comment period is 30 days after the announcement is printed in the Courier Journal. If you chose to voice your opinion, letters must be mailed to:                       Alcohol Beverage Control Board

1003 Twilight Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601


Addition to License 636 E. Main Street

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package license being applied for, located at 636 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY. 40202. The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Addition to License 425 W. Chestnut Street

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package, NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, 2 a.m. Extended Package Sales Hours, & Sampling license(s) being applied for, located at 425 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY. 40202. The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available


Louisville Metro Community Services - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Appointment Scheduler

Households with incomes below $64,000 are eligible for participation in this program.Please note that the IRS does not allow our program to prepare returns that include farm income, income from rental properties or businesses or self-employment income that includes depreciation or that includes expenses for other employees of the business.

List of Documents to bring for your appointment

There are two ways that you can take advantage of the free tax services:

  1. Self-File: Click here to access free versions of Turbo Tax or My Free Taxes (H&R Block's product) and click on the Free Online Tax Filing tab which is located near the top of the page. Prepare and e-file your own return. Assistance, if needed, is provided through an 800 number.
  2. Traditional VITA Service: You schedule an appointment using this site and work with a certified volunteer that will assist you in preparing your return, review it with you and efile it for you when finished.

Here is a list of sites where you can make an appointment:

  • Louisville Urban League: 1535 West Broadway,
          Through Thursday from Noon until 8PM and Saturdays 9AM until 3PM.
  • Salt and Light Community Development: 3025 Gerald Drive,
          Monday and Tuesday from 5PM until 9PM
  • Sun Valley Community Center: 6505 Bethany Lane,
          Tuesday from 10AM until 7PM, Wednesday from 10AM until 4PM and Saturday from 9AM until 1PM
  • United Crescent Hill Ministries: 150 State Street,
          Friday from 9AM until 3PM
  • Wesley House Community Services: 5114 Preston Highway,
          Monday and Tuesday from 10AM until 3PM

Here is a list of sites where Walk- in services are available:

  • Bates Community Development Corp ~ 1228 Jackson St ,
          Monday Noon until 7PM, Thursday 10AM to 4PM, Saturday from 10AM until 3PM
  • Sun Valley Community Center ~ 6505 Bethany Lane , 
          Thursday 9AM until 7PM
  • Portland Promise Center ~1831 Baird St ,
          Friday 7PM until 9:30PM, Saturday 9AM until 3PM and Sunday from 3PM until 7PM

Within minutes of making your appointment, you should receive a confirmation email with a calendar appointment attached to the email. In addition, you will also receive a phone reminder the day before your appointment.

Appointments can be changed or canceled at any time on this website. You can also make or cancel an appointment at any time (24/7) using our automated phone system by dialing (502) 305-0005 and following the instructions.

The Landbank Authority launches new Last Look properties!

The Landbank Authority launches new Last Look properties for February!

Last Look Properties

Properties are sold for $1 on a first come, first serve basis. Minimum proof of rehab funds are required and more information can be found via our website here. Please share these updates with your colleagues and networks and as always contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/.  Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number. 

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.







Notice of Application for Demolition Permit of Historic Structures


Notice of Application for Demolition Permit of Historic Structure
The Office of Planning and Design has received a demolition permit applications.

For more information on the Beecher Terrace Redevelopment Project visit this website: http://visionrussell.org/historic-preservation/section106/
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 may be issued on or after the following date provided that the application meets the development or deed restriction requirements of the LMCO (150.110):
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 Elmore, Metro Historic Preservation Officer at 574-2868. Louisville Metro Government, Develop Louisville, Office of Planning and Design 444 S. Fifth Street, Suite 300, Louisville, Kentucky 40202-4313

New Security Features added to Identification Cards



The New KY Drivers License: Get Ready for Changes

 CLICK HERE for more information https://drive.ky.gov/confidentKY/Pages/default.aspx


Need help? Check out LouieConnect.com


Check out LouieConnect



School Garden Grant Opportunity


The Slow Food Bluegrass School Garden Grant supports a school garden project based in Louisville, KY with $5,000 distributed over the course of three years: $2,500 in year one, $1,500 in year two, and $1,000 in year three. To be eligible for a Slow Food Bluegrass Garden Grant, applicants must be a (a) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or (b) nonprofit (public or private) K-12 school, developing a student garden project focused on connecting and engaging children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Priority is given to both limited-resource communities and to projects clearly demonstrating strong buy-in from stakeholders. Please email your application to info@slowfoodbluegrass.org; applications are due by March 10th. For more information please visit http://www.slowfoodbluegrass.org/schoolgardens/.

Hadley Pottery Contest!


Hadley Pottery is giving everyone a chance to feel like   Mary Alice Hadley herself did 79 years ago, along with helping a local charity


For years people have been wanting to give Hadley new ideas on scenes and patterns.  Well here’s your chance along with a chance to win a $500 dollar shopping spree in our Louisville store


It’s as easy as putting your thoughts on paper and submitting them to our store at 1570 Story Ave. Louisville KY 40206


Here is all you need to do:

# 1   draw, sketch or simply write down your thought for a new scene.  Can be holiday related or just for every day


# 2   next time you are  shopping  at Hadley’s just bring your idea with you. You’ll get 10% off at checkout (even if already on sale )


# 3   we will put your name and phone # in our $ 500 dollar shopping spree.  (one chance per household )


# 4   your idea does not have to be used to win. ( all  ideas that will become property of Hadley Pottery ) But you can brag for life!






SATURDAY   9:00—3:00





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 

Meriwether- Fort Hill - Shelby Traditional Elementary 735 Ziegler Street The fourth Tuesday of the month Call Jess (270) 227-9123

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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