District 7 E-Newsletter - June 10, 2019

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

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...

Message from Councilwoman McCraney

Disclaimer: I announced last week that I would give a report in this issue on my first six months in office.  However, I have decided to make the report on June 28, the last issue of the month. Doing so will give me a full six month accounting, and an opportunity to discuss the budget, which the Metro Council members are diligently and feverishly combing over, and will approve on June 25.

My message this week is basically a definition of the word, COMPASSIONATE. Louisville is often referred to as a compassionate city, so as I review the budget and make recommendations for adjustments, I'm asking myself and my colleagues a very important question: Is what's being proposed compassionate? If the answer is yes, then that means the budget that will be approved by Metro Council, has been carefully and conscientiously weighed, and will prove to be a win for our city.



Feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others.

synonyms: pitying, sympathetic, empathetic, understanding, caring, concerned, solicitous, sensitive,  tenderhearted, softhearted, warmhearted, loving, tender, gentle, merciful, tolerant, considerate, thoughtful, kind, kindhearted, humanitarian, humane, charitable, benevolent, good-natured, well disposed, big-hearted.

Going through the budget process has taught me to apply the word, compassionate, to everything I do, say and consider.  I invite you to "adopt" a kind word, or try my word, compassionate, and apply it to everything you do, say and consider.  While you're at it, pass the challenge on to others, and let's see what kind of community we'll actually become. 

Have a great week!

Budget Meetings Continue This Week:

  • Family Health Center - 3 to 3:45 p.m.
  • Public Health & Wellness - 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
  • County Attorney'a Office - 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Coroner - 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. 

Budget "call back" meetings are also scheduled to allow for follow up questions from earlier hearings: 

June 11: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Budget call backs, including Youth Detention Services, Part 2, from 4:30 to 5:30 

June 12: 3 to 6 p.m. Budget call backs (TBD)

June 17: 3 to 6 p.m. Budget call backs (TBD)

June 19: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Special Budget meeting

June 20: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Budget Committee meeting

June 25: Second reading of budget ordinances at the Metro Council meeting and the VOTE!

For a complete schedule of meetings, click here.

Watch meetings on MetroTV on Spectrum Cable Channel 184, AT&T U-verse channel 99 or online at this link.  Press conferences are streamed live on Periscope at either @lou_metrotv or @louisvillemayor and can be seen via Twitter. 

Bats Game with Councilwoman McCraney

"Take me out to the ballgame..."

June 30
2:00 p.m.
Louisville Slugger Field
401 E. Main St.


Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers


Councilwoman McCraney wants to take YOU out to the ballgame --- at least, the first 14 District 7 residents who call our office to request tickets

The tickets will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.  Call 574-1107, to request tickets and sit with your Councilwoman in a suite at the Louisville Slugger Field.

District 7 City of the Month - Woodlawn Park

Mayor Larry Lewis

Mayor Larry Lewis

Mayor Larry Lewis has lived in Woodlawn Park for 31 years, and is six months into his second four-year term. "I originally moved here with intentions of becoming a short-term resident, but the tranquility and location of Woodlawn Park, helped me stay as long as I have," said Mayor Lewis.

A visit to Woodlawn Park and a conversation with Mayor Lewis is equivalent to receiving a history lesson.  A Jefferson County land grant map reveals that the area dates back to 1774. The property was purchased in 1858 by several gentlemen, and Woodlawn Park became the site of the world famous Woodlawn Race Course. The first Woodlawn races were held in the fall of 1859.  According to Mayor Lewis, the course "was considered by many to be the Saratoga of the West."

In 1860, for an extravagant price of $1,000, a "Challenge Vase" was ordered from Tiffany and Company in New York City. The Woodlawn Association believed that a significant trophy would enhance the interest and excitement of the races.  The trophy stands 34 inches high, is 15 inches in diameter, and weighs 29 pounds.  In 1971, the Woodlawn Vase had an estimated appraised value of $500,000.

In 1917, the Woodlawn Vase became associated with Pimlico's Preakness, and today a smaller replica of the Vase is presented to the Preakness Stakes winner.  "It started right here in Woodlawn Park, and the spirit is still here," said Mayor Lewis.


In 1954, Woodlawn Park was incorporated as a sixth-class city.  The early 1960's brought about another change for Woodlawn Park.  It became a fifth-class city, complete with a mayor and a city council.  Woodlawn Park  is currently home to approximately 1,000 residents.

Woodlawn Park,  with its remarkably rich history, was placed on the Register of Historic Places in 1986. The marker is located on the south side of Westport Road, near City Hall, at 4327 Wingate Road.

The unique history of the city, the convenient location, the safe environment and the great people who live in Woodlawn Park, make it a special place to live. "It's quiet and peaceful just like Mayberry. Our police chief once said that you can take a walk here at 2 in the afternoon, or 2 in the morning, and feel safe," Mayor Lewis exclaimed. 

Mayor Lewis and his administration govern in a fiscally responsible manner. Woodlawn Park hasn't had a tax increase in years, and they have managed to maintain a balanced budget. They have filled a sinkhole, and are currently re-coating all the streets. 

Woodlawn Park residents enjoy seasonal, family-friendly events such as a 4th of July parade for the kids, a holiday gathering, and a program for children while they are out of school in December. 

District 7 Resident of The Month - Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson

Every year, Woodford Reserve releases a special bottle for the Kentucky Derby. The special edition bottle features art by an artist who is hand-picked and bestowed with this special honor. For the past two years, Keith Anderson has been that outstanding artist.

Keith is a District 7 resident and lives in Woodlawn Park. “I’ve been fortunate to be that artist for the past two years in a row. I was told I’m the only artist who’s been chosen in consecutive years,” said Mr. Anderson. He is a vibrant artist, and a member of the Woodford Reserve sales team at Brown-Forman, specifically for the Woodford Team. “I transitioned to Brown-Forman from Coca-Cola just for this opportunity,” he said.

The company doesn’t take applications or have a contest for artists who want their work to be featured on the Woodford Reserve Derby bottle. “They surprised me when they announced my work would be on the Derby bottle. I even got to choose my own design for the bottle,” he said.

Mr. Anderson has been a resident of Woodlawn Park for 13 years. Everyone in the city is proud of his accomplishment. The fact that Woodlawn Park’s history is rooted in horseracing makes his achievements even more fascinating.

Mr. Anderson was not always aware of Woodlawn Park's history related to horseracing. “A neighbor who has lived in Woodlawn Park for a long time told my wife about the racetrack, and then my wife told me,” said Mr. Anderson.

Mr. Anderson is passionate about his art, Brown-Forman, and Woodlawn Park. “I love Woodlawn Park. My wife and I don’t plan on going anywhere for a long time,” he said. He enjoys his neighbors most of all. “Our neighbors are great, and we all look out for each other. It’s just a great place to live,” said Mr. Anderson.

Mr. Anderson participates in charitable causes during his free time. Recently, he assisted in efforts for Metro United Way and Sickle Cell awareness. “My wife and I enjoy helping others.. We do whatever we can to contribute to an effort and give a helping hand to someone who needs it,” he said. When he’s not giving his time to others, Mr. Anderson enjoys spending his leisure time close to District 7. “We like Drake’s, Outback, and one of our favorites is Cheddar’s,” he said.

Whenever there’s an event in Woodlawn Park, you can count on Keith being in attendance. “The Woodlawn Park Yard Sale is great! You can stumble across anything, and it’s a great way to socialize with all the neighbors,” he said. Mr. Anderson is proud to be a District 7 resident, and he’s proud to be a part of the Woodlawn Park community. “I’m thankful for the people in the neighborhood, and all their support. We love living in the neighborhood because of the people who live in Woodlawn Park.”

District 7 Business of the Month - Brownsboro Hardware


Brownsboro Hardware opened in 1960, and has served many generations of District 7 residents. Jim Lehrer and his family bought the hardware store located at 4858 Brownsboro Road in June of 1998. “We bought the store 21 years ago this week,” he said.

Mr. Lehrer loves the people and location of his store in Brownsboro Plaza. “We have great community support. Shopping local is important, and the folks in our neighborhood support us,” he said.

The team at Brownsboro Hardware gives back to the community through various charitable programs. The biggest of those events is the Eggfest,” said Mr. Lehrer.

In the past five years, Brownsboro Hardware has raised $110,000 for local charities from Eggfest. The Recipe to End Hunger and Kentucky Harvest are some of the charities the event supports. “Just last week we raised over $2,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children,” he said.

This year, the 11th annual Eggfest will be on August 2 - 3. “On Friday night from about 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., we have a Chopped competition where we have three of what I would argue are the top ten chefs in Louisville competing, and they only use Green Eggs to prepare the meals,” said Mr. Lehrer

The Green Egg is a kamado style grill, which was invented by the Japanese 3,000 years ago. It’s best known for being used as a smoker, but you can cook a lot of different ways on one. You can grill on it. You can bake on it. You can sear a steak on it. You can even make a pizza on it. It’s a terrific grill. It makes food very moist and flavorful, and you can cook for a long period of time without having to add charcoal.

The Eggfest is an event for the whole family. "There will be a jazz band, soda, beer, water and wine. There will be a lot of great food provided by our friends at SYSCO foods,” said Mr. Lehrer.

On August 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 100 Green Eggs will be fired up in Brownsboro Hardware’s parking lot. “We’ll have about 60 different eggheads – people who cook on Green Eggs – cooking all types of foods,’ said Mr. Lehrer.

Eggheads will be cooking everything from pineapple upside-down cake, ribs, chicken, beef products, pork products and more. “There’s a wide variety of dishes people get to taste all day long,” he said.

Mr. Lehrer is proud that his store is the largest Green Egg dealer in the state, but that’s not all Brownsboro Hardware specializes in. Brownsboro Hardware is the largest Weber grill dealer in the state, and they will soon be the largest Traeger dealer in the state. “We’re known as experts in grilling. We help customers if they have problems with their grills, or if they want to buy a new one,” said Mr. Lehrer.

Don’t let all this talk about grills fool you – Brownsboro Hardware is a robust hardware store, as well. According to Mr. Lehrer, the store’s motto is, “if we don’t have it, you don’t need it”. “We’re well stocked, and people typically come in, get what they need, and head on their way,” he said.

You can visit this District 7 staple seven days a week for your household needs. There is also another location in Prospect. For additional information about Brownsboro Hardware visit this link.

Westport Road Baptist Farmers' Market - June 15

June 15, 2019  

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

9705 Westport Road


Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana 5K Walk - June 15

epilipsy foundation

Do You Have a Suggestion for the 2020 Legislative Agenda?

2020 legislative agenda

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) Board of Directors will meet on June 20 to set the 2020 Legislative Agenda. They would like to hear from you on topics the board should discuss. Please contact KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney at jchaney@klc.org  or Director of Governmental Affairs Bryanna Carroll at bcarroll@klc.org if you have an idea or problem that needs legislative action.  

Ohio River Sweep - June 15


Kentuckiana Pride - June 14 & 15

KY Pride

After Pride Celebration Cookout at Chill Bar - June 16


World Sickle Cell Day - June 19


In celebration of "World Sickle Cell Day" the Offices of Dr. Shawn Glisson, Hematology/Oncology, Norton Cancer Institute; Dr. Ashok B. Raj, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children’s Health; the Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH), the Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana (SCAK), and the Sickle Cell Support Group will host a panel discussion on the “State of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Kentuckiana.”

Date: June 19, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

The purpose of the forum is to raise awareness and provide information about the causes, medical treatments, and prevention of SCD. In addition, there will be a panel of adults with the disease and trait, to address questions. The workshop will provide sickle cell literature on the Americans with Disabilities Act/ Section 504, Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) and the Disability Resource Center, University of Louisville (UofL). Mrs. Ivy Brito, State Farm Insurance, will be available to answer questions on insurance qualifications, issues, and needs. The event is Free to the public. Come help slam the closet door on Sickle Cell Disease and encourage those suffering from the disease to seek the support of two of the world’s most qualified experts and our teams of supportive advocates. If someone you know has sickle cell disease or trait, it is time to join us.

FREE Microchipping Clinic - June 29


Summer Swim Options

summer swim options

LENSAlert & Smart 911


In August 2016, Louisville Metro Emergency Services teamed up with Bullitt County, Oldham County, and Washington County to create a regional emergency notification system – Louisville Emergency Notification System (LENSAlert).  Its enhanced capabilities include using all communications modes to send alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, social media, IPAWS-OPEN.  Take another step in being prepared for disasters and sign up for LENSAlert today.chart at this link.

In addition to receiving notifications, individuals can create a Safety Profile for themselves and their household that can include any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. When individuals make an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information. Information about medical history, allergies to medication, number of residents in a home and even a picture of the family dog can all be added to a Safety Profile. Register for Smart 911 at this link.

Free Movies Under the Stars


Juneteenth Jubilee - June 19


District 7 Public Notices


Development Proposal

air bnb





Word of the Week


Definition: in a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counterclockwise: considered unlucky or causing disaster.

Used in a sentence: The lady walked widdershins twice around the pool before finally jumping in.

Quote of the Week

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life Hacks Lightbulb

Quickly Create a Grocery List


Heading to the grocery? Open the refrigerator and pantry and take a picture so you remember what you need from the store.

NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and U-verse 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.