District 7 E-Newsletter - March 15, 2019

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107
Councilwoman Paula McCraney

Councilwoman McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107
Email Councilwoman McCraney


Visit the District 7 Website

Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 456-8100

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

In this issue...


Budget Committee Update

A Democratic counter-proposal to the mayor's insurance premium tax hike cleared its first legislative hurdle in a matter of minutes Thursday, setting up a showdown next week.

Louisville Metro Council's Budget Committee voted 7-4 to send the more modest insurance tax hike to the full council meeting on March 21, where it will likely be hotly debated by Republicans and Democrats opposed to it. The plan, crafted by Fischer's original allies, would double the insurance premium tax over four years, implement a rental car tax of 3 percent and expect cuts of $15 million in the first year, as well as more down the line.

Just one Democrat, Councilwoman Paula McCraney, D-7th District, spoke about the ordinance before it was swiftly approved. McCraney joined the committee's three Republicans — Kevin Kramer, R-11th; Scott Reed, R-16th; and Marilyn Parker R-18th — in voting against the proposal.

Courier Journal


Insider Louisville






Cafe Louie


Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Rd.

Join Councilwoman McCraney at the Lyndon City Hall, 515 Wood Road to meet your local legislators! These informal meetings take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at library locations throughout Jefferson County. Legislators include state representatives and senators along with Metro Council and suburban city elected officials.

Shakespeare in the Parks Tour

First Stop - District 7!

Kentucky Shakespeare will once again take the show on the road with the 2019 Shakespeare in the Parks tour. Their 6-actor, 90-minute production of Macbeth will tour to 28 parks in Louisville, Indiana, and other Kentucky cities this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to neighborhoods April 6-May 25, 2019.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to serve so many parks and neighborhoods with this tour. We’ll again have backup rain spaces for each location too, so you can join us rain or shine. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring this special free family event to neighborhoods across the area!” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.

The production is directed by Amy Attaway, Kentucky Shakespeare’s Associate Artistic Director. “We’re excited to share this accessible new adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular tragedy following a couple broken by their unchecked ambition and quest for power," she added, “Simply put, none of this would be possible without the neighborhood sponsors of this tour. Thank you to the twenty Louisville Metro Council members who’ve sponsored performances in their districts plus White Clay, Locust Grove, Norton Commons, the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association, the Mayors and cities of Lyndon, New Albany, Jeffersonville, St. Matthews, La Grange, Shively,
Mt. Washington, Pewee Valley and Jeffersontown.”

Councilwoman McCraney and Councilman Bill Hollander are sponsoring the season's first showing of the classic play on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in District 7's very own Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics for this free, family-friendly community event.

The production features an ensemble cast of six actors: Dathan Hooper as Macbeth, Megan Massie as Lady Macbeth, Zachary Burrell as Macduff, Owen Kresse as Duncan, Charity Means as Malcolm, and Mollie Murk as Banquo. All of the actors also play other multiple roles in the production. The production features costumes by Donna Lawrence-Downs, sound design by Laura Ellis, fight choreography by Eric Frantz, and set design by Hannah Allgeier, with Racheal Luther as the stage manager.


Join a Board or Commission


You might be surprised to learn how easy it is to advance your career or serve your community by volunteering for a board of directors or commission. Many nonprofits welcome volunteers to their boards with open arms, and Louisville Metro can get you connected. Participation on a board or commission is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in becoming an active voice in their government.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of Louisville Metro Government's Boards and Commissions, please access the link below. Offering your time and talents on a board or commission helps to improve the quality of life in our community.

To learn more about applications, please visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/mayor-greg-fischer/interested-serving-board-or-commission


Board Vacancies

  • Metropolitan Business Development Corporation
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board
  • Bardstown Road Overlay District
  • Building Code Board of Appeals
  • Cemetery Board
  • Civil Service Board
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Jefferson County Public Law Library
  • Deputy Sheriff Merit Board
  • Downtown Development Review Overlay Board
  • Downtown Management District
  • Ethics Commission
  • Fire Protection Districts (Fairdale, Harrods Creek, Highview, Lake Dreamland, Lyndon, Middletown, Okolona, St. Matthews & Worthington)
  • Hazard Materials Ordinance Appeals & Overseers Board
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Human Relations Commission Advocacy Board
  • Human Relations Commission Enforcement Board
  • Kentuckiana Works
  • Landmarks
  • Library Advisory Commission
  • Louisville Arena Authority, Inc.
  • Louisville Public Media
  • Merit Board
  • Medical Center Commission of Jefferson County
  • PARC Board of Commissioners
  • Police Merit Board
  • Redevelopment Authority
  • Science Center
  • Urban Renewal Commission
  • Vacant Property Review Commission
  • Waterworks
  • Zoo Foundation Board

District 7 Saftey Alerts

Facebook Safety Measures


Spring Break is coming up and sharing your trip on a social media site like Facebook is fun, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Many burglars troll Facebook to see who is out of town during vacation seasons so they can plot their next heist. No one wants to come home to a burglarized home after a fun family vacation. Below are a few tips on how to safely manage your Facebook without risking the security of your belongings at home:

  • Don't post upcoming travel plans.
  • Don't post status updates while you are still on vacation.
  • Don't post pictures while you are on vacation.
  • Don't tag other vacationers while they're still on vacation.

Internet Safe Zone


The Internet Safe Exchange Zone at St. Matthews City Hall, 3940 Grandview Avenue is a safe place to exchange goods for those who make internet-based purchases from Craigslist and Facebook. You may utilize the parking lot located outside the designated entrance for these transactions. This area is well lit and under video surveillance at all times.

District 7 Lenten Fish Fries

This year Lent is March 6 - April 18. In observance of Lent, many people enjoy the company of others and freshly fried fish on Fridays. If you are aware of any fish fries taking place in District 7 please share that information at this link. Here are a few locations in District 7 where you can enjoy fish during Lent: 

  • St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Dr., 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fridays, March 15 through
    April 12 (no fish fry April 5)
  • Holy Trinity Church, 501 Cherrywood Rd., 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Fridays, March 15 through April 12 (no fish fry March 29 and April 5)

Sprucing Up for Spring


Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Louisville Zoo (Bus Parking Lot)

Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jefferson Community and Technical College Downtown Campus
(2nd and Broadway Parking Lot)

Jefferson County Residents can receive up to 5 trees to plant on their private property in Jefferson County while supplies last. Trees are distributed on a “first come” basis.

Additional information is located on Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry's events webpage (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/division-community-forestry/events) and Sustain Louisville Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Sustain-Louisville-371596559605367/).

Brightside Cleanup

Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Registration for the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Spring Community-Wide Cleanup is open! The cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 13th with the suggested cleanup times of
8:00am – 12:00pm. 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. Brightside welcomes groups of all sizes, big and small and if you're not sure where you would like to hold your cleanup they can help with that too, just give them a call at 574-2613 or send them an email at brightsidemail@louisvilleky.gov and they will be happy to make a suggestion. Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and without the help of your volunteer group, and many other volunteers throughout the year, they could not achieve our goals of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Louisville.

League of Women Voters Hosts Dinner and Democracy


Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue

The League of Women Voters is hosting Dinner & Democracy, a monthly community forum, on Monday, March 18, and on Tuesday, March 19 (hosted recording of Monday’s session). The topic for discussion is Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes, resolution rather than the court system doing it for them. Meetings will be at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue.

  • Monday, March 18 - dinner at 5:30 and program at 6:00 p.m. (reservations are not required and donations are accepted)
  • Tuesday, March 19 – program is at 10:00 a.m. (hosted recording of Monday’s session & discussion)

Questions, please call 895-5218 or email lwvlouisville@gmail.com.

Be Careful of IRS Impersonators


Many people have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. It’s important to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are certain circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a person has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

Even then, taxpayers will usually first receive several letters from the IRS in the mail.

The IRS does not do the following:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will mail a bill to any anyone who owes taxes.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.

Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report a phone scam by calling 800-366-4484. You may also report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov, and add "IRS Telephone Scam" in your notes. Please report an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Small Business Development Assistance

Louisville Forward is providing resources to support  small business development. Their small business team provides support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business owners. From planning, to location services, assistance with permitting and licensing, financing options and more. You can contact them directly at 574-4140 or visit the following websites:


Spring Recreation Opportunities for Children and Adults

With warmer weather in sight and spring just around the corner, Louisville Parks and Recreation is encouraging the public to get active and have some fun.  

There are several opportunities for youths and adults to cure their cabin fever during the month of March and into late spring:

Adult Co-Ed Kickball

Teams ages 18 and older, minimum of seven teams. Games are on Mondays and Wednesday nights at Seneca Park, 3151 Pee Wee Reese Drive. Registration deadline, April 26, 2019. For more information, click here.

Spring Softball Leagues

Co-ed and men’s teams. Games are Monday-Friday nights at several local parks. Registration deadline, April 26, 2019. For more information, click here.

Senior Softball League

Ages 60 and older play on Tuesday mornings and 65 and olderplay on Thursday mornings at Camp Taylor Park. For registration information please contact Al Benniger at 458-7727 or Louisville Parks Athletics Office at 574-4515.

Youth Soccer Skills Clinics

Ages 18 and Younger at the Beechmont Community Center with Louisville City FC. Free, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – no clinic April 13. Starts on March 16 with a kick-off event and ends April 27. For more information, click here.

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

The annual Pitch, Hit, and Run competition begins March 30 at Petersburg Park. The competition will continue on April 6 at Wyandotte Park. Competitors ages 7-14 are invited to come practice throwing strikes at a designated target, hitting for distance and accuracy, and sprinting from 2nd base to home plate. For more information, call 574-4515 or e-mail Brady.Buckley@louisvilleky.gov.



Random Word of the Week


Definition: amusing or witty remarks or writings

Used in a sentence: Every morning the boy reads the collection of facetiae in the
comic strip section of the newspaper.

Quote of the Week

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light"
- Aristotle

Life Hack of the Week

Smelly Shoes

If you have smelly shoes, place a few dry tea bags inside each shoe to absorb the smell.
If your shoes are smelly and wet, fill them with a mixture of rice
and baking soda and leave for a few days.


Happening in District 7

  • March 15--5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. St. Albert the Great Fish Fry, 1395 Girard Dr.

  • March 15--5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Church, 501 Cherrywood Rd.

  • March 25--10:30 a.m. The Woman's Club of St. Matthews is hosting a painting party at the
    St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Ln. For details visit their website at www.wcsm.org/special-events.

  • March 20--10:15 a.m. Baby Storytime at the St. Matthews Community Center,
    310 Ten Pin Ln.

  • March 21--10:15 p.m. Toddler Storytime at the St. Matthews Community Center,
    310 Ten Pin Ln.