District 7 E-Newsletter - May 10, 2019

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

601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107
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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...

Message from Councilwoman McCraney

I’ve been keeping pretty busy this week. On the legislative front, I’ve cast several votes to approve the Mayor’s appointments to boards and commissions. Also, I supported an ordinance adding some new regulations to non-owner occupied short term rental Conditional Use Permit (CUP) applicants, including a rule providing a minimum distance of 600-feet between short term rentals approved by Conditional Use Permits. The new ordinance would not impact your ability to occasionally rent out the property in which you live, and rentals with non-residential zoning. (For details on the ordinance, click here.)

As you know, I serve on the Budget Committee. Keeping busy is the name of the game serving on this committee. Budget hearings began this week, and will continue through June 20. The hearings are for Metro Louisville department heads to present their budgets to the Council, and for everyday citizens to voice their opinions regarding the budget. It’s an interesting process.

We hosted the first public hearing on Tuesday, and two additional public hearings are scheduled for May 16 and May 20. Both hearings begin at 6:00 p.m., in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St. Sign-up sheets for the public hearings will be available one hour prior to the public hearings. For a complete schedule of meetings,  click here. Also, don’t forget, all Metro Council committee meetings are shown live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and UVERSE Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.

I rounded out the week fighting crime! Well, not really. Actually, I simply rode along as Officer Barbara Shepard, my new best friend, fought crime. Officer Shepard is with the St. Matthews Police Department.  She is conscientious, alert, and quick on her feet.  I was privileged to observe her ‘protect and serve’ for two hours. She answered calls, carried out traffic enforcement and issued warnings and citations. From Westport Road to Shelbyville Road, and several streets in between, we drove around, radared cars and stopped citizens who failed to make a proper stop at a red light. Officer Shepard has a keen eye. She spotted things that I missed, and quizzed me along the way to make sure I understood the violations and use good judgment in assessing a situation. It was a very informative and positive experience. Thank you, Mayor Tonini and Colonel Barry Wilkerson, St. Matthews Chief of Police, for arranging (at my request) the educational ride-along. I learned a lot, and gained insight into how organized and thorough the St. Matthews Police Department operates.

In conclusion, District 7, I urge you to slow down and be responsible, safe drivers. I assure you, the St. Matthews Police Department is watching!




P.S. Officer Shepard also discussed seat belt safety. Please, District 7, wear a seat belt every time you get in a car; it could be the very thing that saves your life.


St. Matthews Eline Library is Now Open!








Happening in Woodlawn Park

woodlawn Park

Woodlawn Park Citywide Yard Sale
Saturday, May 11

Woodlawn Park Citywide Junk Pickup
Thursday, May 16

Farmers Markets

St. Matthews Farmers Market Opens Saturday


May 11 is opening day for one of Louisville's biggest and best farmers markets.  The St. Matthews Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon at 4100 Shelbyville Road. 

The market features fresh veggies, local meats, and hot breakfast! This Saturday, all your favorites will be on hand - Garey Farms Breakfast, Burritos, BBQ and more.  Edible Louisville will be giving out magazines and Tim Laird will sample bourbon chocolate fudge and sign his popular Bourbon Country Cookbook recently launched with Chef David Danielson of Churchill Downs and Old Stone Inn, and famed photographer Dan Dry.

The market runs every Saturday through September 28.  More information is at this website: http://smfarmersmarket.com/

Other Neighborhood Farmers Markets

Westport Road Baptist Farmers Market
Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
9705 Westport Road

The Temple Farmers Market
Monday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Temple, 5101 U.S. Highway 42

Lyndon Farmers Market
Thursday, May 16 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
7515 Westport Road

farmers market

BIAK Brian Walk - May 11

biak brain walk

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park will be the site for the 2019 BIAK Brain Walk on Saturday, May 11.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 AM and the walk will start at 10:00 AM.

Activities include:

  • Kid’s Zone with face-painting and the “Baloon Guy”
  • Military Presence
  • 8th District LMPD with helmets and bicycles
  • Raffle
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Awards for best T-Shirt
  • An offical BIAK Brain Walk T-Shirt to everyone who registers
  • Registration is $25.00

EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park is located at 3000 Freys Hill Road.

Register online at www.biak.us

Letter Carriers' Food Drive - May 11


St. Matthews Chamber Monthly Business Luncheon - May 16

Thursday, May 16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane

St. Matthews Chamber

St. Matthews Chamber Luncheons include informative, entertaining, and motivating speakers. This luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 am - 1 pm. 

It will begin with informal networking between attendees and members, followed by a delicious meal. This event will be attended by local business professionals, business owners and supportive city officials. It is an intimate way to mingle with the area’s movers and shakers.

Bring a guest and plenty of business cards and be prepared to exchange information.

Armed Forces Week

armed forces week

Anchorage Middletown Fire Protection District


Free Responsible Recycling Event - May 18

recycling event

Louisville Water Company Updates


Take the Metro Parks Summer Swimming Survey


Louisville Parks and Recreation is seeking information from current and future pool users in an effort to provide alternative swimming options during the 2019 summer swim season.

Metro’s four outdoor pools (Algonquin, Fairdale, Norton and Sun Valley) will not be opening due to budgetary challenges caused by an increase in the state pension bill. Metro Parks’ goal is to use your feedback to create the most useful alternatives possible.

Please take the online survey through Survey Monkey at the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/summerswimsurvey.

District 7 Public Notices

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Word of the Week


Meaning: Too great to be expressed in words.

Used in a sentence: Serving as the District 7 Metro Councilwoman is absolutely ineffable.

Quote of the Week

“The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.” 
--- Coco Chanel

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A Tip for Better Cell Phone Reception

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If you're in an area where you should have cell phone service but don't, put your phone on airplane mode and then switch back. This will cause your phone to register and find all towers in your vicinity.