District 7 E-Newsletter - June 21, 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

As you are aware, I serve on the Metro Council Budget Committee. It's been no secret that I've been a wee-bit busy for the last two months. Finally, on last evening, my colleagues and I who serve on the Committee, after several months of negotiations and haggling, passed an amended version of the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 capital and operating budget presented by Mayor Fischer.

One could argue that the budget was dead on arrival. However, with a little give and take, a lot of advocating and pleading, and some backroom deals, I can honestly say that what we passed last night is considerably better than what the citizens of Louisville were expecting.

Working as a team, Budget Committee members established spending priorities and determined how those priorities would be paid. We realized throughout the process that our decisions affect the lives of all Louisville citizens, as well as the economy. For me, the budget process was one of the most important and complex exercises I felt fortunate to be a part of. It was exciting at times, and grueling at other times. Through it all, I discovered that I enjoy public policy making. 

Budgeting is always difficult due to the competing priorities and the important issues and needs at stake. With 26 districts representing Jefferson County, and that many personalities, no one person or district received everything on the wish list. But, still, there was little gridlock because we all understood the need to compromise and build consensus. The overarching sentiment was to pass a comprehensive and balanced budget that would give our great city a stable future fiscal outlook.

How did we do it - especially without adding new taxes or revenue? Well, we worked hard to find efficiencies throughout various departments of Louisville Metro. Doing so allowed us to reinstate several cuts proposed in the Mayor's budget. In a bi-partisan manner, we managed to avoid additional cuts to essential services such as police and fire. 

Here are some of the highlights of last night's Budget Committe vote:

  • Reopened the Middletown Library, named the opening of a new Fern Creek Library a top priority within the Library Master Plan (including funding towards planning)
  • Reinstated the regular business hours for all branches of the Louisville Free Public Library (including Saturday and Sunday hours)
  • Reinstated weekly recycling and yard waste collection for those living within the Urban Service District (USD)
  • Started a police recruit class earlier in the year
  • Funded an allowance for newly sworn officers
  • Increased paving for Metro Roads by approximately $1 million
  • Invested in improving maintenance of our parks, reopening two pools and construction of new lighted tennis/pickleball courts at Charlie Vettiner as well as renovated ADA Compliant Restrooms at Fern Creek Park. Added funding for resurfacing a public basketball court
  • Restored funding for non-profits such as Dare to Care ($200,000) and the Centerstone Crisis and Information Center ($110,000)

So, on Tuesday, June 25, the entire Metro Council will hear the final reading of the budget and have one last chance to feel the magnitude of our responsibility. Once the Council President says, "Clerk, open up the roll call for voting," the budget will pass unanimously (WISHFUL AND POSITIVE THINKING!!!), and then be delivered to the Mayor for signing.

Kudos and bravos to my colleagues and to YOU for working together to pass a balanced budget that will carry us through June 30, 2020. And then, we start the process over...

Northeast Library Grand Opening - June 24


Louisville's newest, state-of-the-art regional library opens its doors to the public this Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m. The Northeast Regional Library--located at 15 Bellevoir Circle, off Ormsby Station Road near the Northeast YMCA, is similar in size and scope to the award-winning Southwest and South Central Regional libraries and will enhance service for more than 170,000 people in eastern Jefferson County.

Join in celebrating the grand opening at 10:00 a.m. on June 24. There will be tours of the library, refreshments, and activities for the entire family. It's FREE and open to the public.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival - June 21 & 22


Louisville, Kentucky Water Lantern Festival - June 22

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park Boat Ramp (3730 River Road)
Cost: $15 (children) - $55+ (adults)


Come and celebrate the end of Winter and beginning of Spring, say goodbye to a departed loved one, and send your wishes for the future to the universe at this beautiful water lantern festival. You can try new games and activities, ride a Ferris wheel, walk around and checkout the food and merchandise vendors, or jam to the music as you relax around the firepit. As the sun sets, take advantage of the beautiful water and snap some awesome photos of the sunset. After sunset, everyone will release their lanterns into the river. You will see a beautiful display of lights reflecting on the water. Come light the night.

What You’ll Get:
Lantern Kit
Surprise Gift

What To Bring:
Jacket in case it gets cool after sundown
Blankets or Chairs to sit on
Cash or cards for vendors
Cameras to capture your time at the event

$5 After 5 p.m. at the Kentucky Science Center - June 22

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kentucky Science Center (727 W. Main Street)


Families can enjoy the permanent exhibits at Kentucky Science Center at the discounted price of $5.00 after 5:00 p.m. on June 22.  The entire family can learn about science together while having a great time.

Flea off Market - June 21 - 23

1000 E. Market Street


The Flea off Market is a community showcase of artists, craftsperson, collectors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and anybody that just wants to have a "yard sale".

The event usually includes 100 - 200 vendors, food trucks, craft beer, seasonal cocktails, live music, workshops, movies & all sorts of family entertainment.

Friday, June 21 - 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RAIN DATE: None. We will cancel in the event of inclement weather. (Another Flea event will take place 2 weeks later - July 5 - 7.)

Wendell Berry at Crecent Hill Baptist Church - June 26

7:00 p.m.
Crescent Hill Baptist Church (2800 Frankfort Avenue)


This free event presented by Carmichael's Bookstore will take place at Crescent Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 26th at 7 p.m.

Since the 1977 publication of his masterwork, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, the writing of Wendell Berry has shaped the conversation about how we choose to eat, farm and live. One of America’s finest literary voices, Berry advocates with wisdom and forthrightness for local family farmers and sustainable land use. Come celebrate the 2019 publication of the two-volume collection of Berry’s influential nonfiction, What I Stand On: Collected Essays 1969-2017(Library of America). Discuss the damage done by today’s industrial agriculture, and how Berry’s ideas enhance the public discourse on saving our natural resources and rural communities.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Site Tours - June 26

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Join a tour of the construction of the Graeser Family Education Center, and get an update on the project. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress accordingly for the weather. It is windier on the site than at street level. In case of downpour, tours will be rescheduled.

Dave & Buster's Louisville Summerfest - June 29

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dave & Buster's (5000 Shelbyville Road)


Dave & Buster's Louisville Summer Fest is all you could want for a day of summer fun, all while beating the heat!

Dave & Buster's will be hosting their first ever Summer Fest on June 29th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. You will want to buy tickets quickly. With ticket prices at only $10 (over $15 dollars in value) how can you pass this up?

With the purchase of your ticket you will receive:

  • Games Galore
  • Power Card with 60 Chips PLUS Unlimited Video Game Play
  • Giveaways for Ticket Holders ONLY
  • Photo Ops
  • Special Guest Appearance by Buddy the Bat!!!
  • And Above all, Free Air Conditioning...!!!

Buy tickets for you and your family now at this link.

Judge Ruled in Favor of Topgolf


A circuit court judge ruled in favor of Topgolf, upholding the city’s approvals to allow the development to move forward.

"Pick Up the Parks" Event - July 5 & 6


Louisville Parks and Recreation will host the first-ever “Pick-up the Parks” Days. The event will function as a do-it yourself volunteer project for individuals, families, neighborhood groups and organizations. Louisville Parks and Recreation encourages anyone and everyone to stop by their neighborhood park to check for litter. Any litter collected can be left in a tied off bag next to any trashcan in the park. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Flarsheim at
574-7275 ahead of the clean-up to ensure there are enough supplies. 

NEW Metro311 Reporting through Accela


Metro311 has switched to a new reporting system for the general public. You can now report issues, track issues, view past issues, comment on issues, and more from one site. Please visit http://iframe.publicstuff.com/.

To report a new issue, follow these steps:

1.  Visit http://iframe.publicstuff.com/
2.  For City, type in Louisville and select “Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government”
3.  Program developers suggest you now “sign up” for an account in top right corner. This will allow the system to track all requests. You can also choose not to sign up, which will let you make service requests anonymously.  
4.  To report an issue, select the issue or type something into the search box. Then select issue.
5.  Next fill out the series of questions. You can enter an actual address or drag and drop the pin on the map to the location. Please be sure to check the address to ensure it’s a valid address.
6.  Include all details in the description and click submit

District 7 Public Notices



Word of the Week


Definition: A feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness

Used in a sentence: The young lady had a case of collywobbles when it was time to sing her solo.

Quote of the Week

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."
--- Anthony Robbins

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Have a Cool Drink Anytime


If you need something cool to drink, just submerge your drink in a bowl of ice water with a little salt.  The temperature of the drink will drop several degrees in just a couple of minutes. Begin by pouring water into a bowl. Make sure there is enough water to submerge your can or bottle. Next, add ice. The amount of ice in the bowl should be equivalent to the amount of water. Sprinkle two tablespoons of salt into the ice water and stir. Then, submerge your drink in the ice water. Wait one minute. Then, stir the contents of the bowl. Wait an additional minute. Subsequently remove your drink from the bowl. You will have a chilled refreshment to quench your thirst.

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.