Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107
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Councilwoman McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107
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Lucretia (Shay) West Legislative Assistant Lucretia.West@louisvilleky.gov  



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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 McCraney

This week I sat in a meeting that turned into a conversation about recruiting and retaining good employees. As we discussed how difficult it is to find the right applicant, with the right skills, and the right ethics, and the right attitude, and the basic understanding of what it takes to be loyal to an employer, I reflected on the many times I've had to hire personnel. Regardless of the position I was filling, most of my hires have been based on my gut reactions about a candidate. Yes, I relied on that little voice in the back of my mind that warned me about or warmed me up to the applicant. For me, hiring the right person involves the use of my instincts and intuition, which by the way, are two very different senses. 

One would think that  rationality and prevailing scientifically proven logic rules over a knee jerk reaction, but not me. There are certain feelings I obligatorily follow without concrete reasoning because I am generally intellectually curious, rigorously in pursuit of knowledge and, believe it or not, willing to challenge my own assumptions. In other words,  I trust my instincts because I do not simply sit in an interview blindly. I usually take a deep dive into asking behavioral based questions, and I study various possibilities when my gut instincts tell me what is - and isn't - important. Plus, I think I read somewhere that female brains have a larger composition and ability to organize chunks of environmental information at a time; thus, giving us an edge to read people. I choose to believe this.

At the conclusion of the meeting, I ended up recommending that the first step in hiring the right person is to admit that it's a process that requires a combination of asking the right questions, listening intently, noticing nonverbal ques; and yes, the use of intuition and instincts. Later, I found a document that listed six basic things you should do to recruit, train and retain capable employees. Here's that list: 

Recruiting Employees

Last month, I had an opportunity to put my intuition and instincts to good use when I hired a new Legislative Assistant for the District 7 office. Very little on my part was done to ask pointed questions or require answers to behavioral based questions. I knew the type of person and personality I wanted (and needed) for my office, and I wanted someone with a proven track record of "stick-to-it-ness." So, I chose to forgo formalities and call upon someone I've observed through the years as a person filled with purpose, intellect and competence.   

It was important for me to get this new hire right. This person had to possess a strong work ethic, have integrity, and be dependable, reliable, proactive and self-motivated. Check, check, and check. So, allow me to introduce Lucretia LaeShay Franklin-West (Better known as Shay)...

Welcome Shay West!

Shay West

Lucretia (Shay) West recently made a career move from the fast-paced logistics world of trains, planes and automobiles as a Leading Logistic Provider Manager for Penske Logistic at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. Now, she serves as Legislative Assistant to Councilwoman Paula McCraney.

For the past 18 years, moving parts, estimated times of arrivals, routing, plant production, customer concerns, border delays and supply chain carriers have been her daily routine; but now, serving the community is her focus.  Being a wife, mother and grandmother are her most treasured roles, but her passion for serving others within the community doesn't trail far behind. In her spare time, you can find Shay spending it with her family and friends, serving on various ministry teams, volunteering, attending a fundraiser or just being kind to someone in need.  Shay strongly believes that fair treatment is a right earned by all citizens and residents, and being kind to one another is important.

As a concerned and compassionate citizen, Shay has served in several leadership roles at her church and throughout the community. Currently she serves on the Leadership Assessment Team at her church, and on the board of the West Louisville Women’s Collaborative.

WELCOME, Shay, to the District 7 family!

Metro Council Legislative Update

Food Truck Ordinance

Food Trucks

Proposed ordinance to improve upon the regulations of itinerant vendors, peddlers and solicitors voted down in Committee

With a vote of 4-3, the Louisville Metro Council Public Works Committee voted down a proposed ordinance that would have impacted food trucks.

The ordinance would have allowed the directors of Codes and Regulations, Metro Parks, or Public Works to limit or restrict vending in certain locations for health and safety reasons. It would also have capped the number of parking spots that could be reserved for food trucks based on the number of parking meters. 

What happens when a Committee votes down a proposed ordinance?  It moves to the Council's old business with a recommendation for denial. 

Panhandling / Pedestrian Safety Plan


Metro  Council members overwhelmingly  approved a so-called "pedestrian safety plan" at last week's Council meeting. Although I was a “No” vote, it passed after much debate. I voted no because I would have preferred a more clean version of a panhandling ordinance. Tackling the disturbing panhandling problem in our city is important, but it should have been done in an ordinance all its own. To mix it under the ruse of pedestrian safety, was a bit too convoluted for my taste. Plus, as I buzzed in to voice my opinion and seek clarification on the effect the ordinance would have on legitimate solicitors such as firefighters on behalf of the Crusade for Children, etc., the vote was called to question.

The new ordinance prohibits people from being in roads, medians or traffic islands unless they're on a crosswalk or sidewalk. As for the homeless, panhandlers and other solicitors, the ordinance bans people from going up to cars unless the car is pulled over and not blocking traffic. The ALCU and local unions were concerned about possible violation of freedom of speech and limitations to protests. However, the Metro Council passed an amended ordinance that re-affirmed the right of people to protest.

State Legislative News From Kentucky League of Cities

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Cities Need Revenue Diversification
Equalization and modernization of funding options for cities is a top legislative priority for the 2020 session. That includes providing all cities access to consumption-based restaurant revenue and a local sales tax. With increased pension costs and other growing expenses, many cities are facing a serious financial squeeze. In a recent article in Kentucky City magazine, Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks, Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson and Danville Mayor Mike Perros talked about the impact revenue diversification could have on their cities. Read more.


A plan for the University of Louisville to purchase Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville properties requires a $50 million state loan. House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect) will reportedly file a bill in the 2020 session for legislative approval, but some senators have raised questions about the deal. Read more.

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State Capitol

A plan for the University of Louisville to purchase Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health Louisville properties requires a $50 million state loan. House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect) will reportedly file a bill in the 2020 session for legislative approval, but some senators have raised questions about the deal. Read more.

Graymoor-Devondale Community Meeting with MSD

Public Notice - Graymoor-Devondale

Homework Helpers Needed

Homework Helpers

School is now in session!  We are recruiting volunteers to serve as afterschool Homework Helpers for the August - December school semester. You don't have to be an expert to volunteer. Homework Helpers assist students with their school assignments while providing encouragement and guidance. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn as you make a meaningful difference in the lives of our program’s participants.

Homework Helpers Needed - Learn More Here


State Fair

Kentucky State Fair

Beginning August 15-25th, 2019 enjoy 11 days full of food, carnival rides, and live music! Celebrate the end of summer at the Kentucky Exposition Center and experience everything the fair has to offer, including special exhibits and blue ribbon competitions.

Admission and Parking

From Aug. 15 to 25:
Online*: $8 Admission, $8 Parking
Gate: $10 Admission, $10 Parking
children 5 and under are free
*online prices do not incl. Ticketmaster fee
Bus parking is $20 and cannot be purchased in advance.

Schedule of event

Frequently Asked Questions

Worldfest 2019


Join us for 2019 WorldFest Cultural Celebration!

Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2019

Food, crafts & entertainment from all over the world 

right here in downtown Louisville!

WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 17th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend. 

"Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. 'WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 17th Annual WorldFest.” 

With over 100 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 35 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 17 years coming from international residents from over 150 different countries throughout the world, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.

Sign-up for 2019 Worldfest Global Village Sign-up for 2019 Worldfest Parade of Cultures 

More Information and Festival Schedule Here

Subway Fresh Fit - Hike, Bike and Paddle

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Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event. Various fitness demonstrations, including yoga, tai chi and Zumba, along with numerous vendor booths promise a great day. Followed by this fun, there is a hike, bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race and is open to participants of all levels! The fun-filled adventure is September 2, 2019 from 8 a.m. to noon.  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/subway-fresh-fit-hike-bike-paddle https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/subway-fresh-fit-hike-bike-paddle

Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival

Brew Festival

Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival is Friday!

What ales you? There might be a cure at the Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival. Some of our brewers have leaked inside information on what types of ales they will be selling. Holsopple will be offering Paula’s PilsnerObscured IPACherry Wheat, and Heine Bros Coffee StoutMonnik will be selling Still Not Dead (rye pale ale) and King George (brown ale). BBC has stocked Alt Beer (old german style amber) and APA (American pale ale). Against the Grain is showcasing A Beer (super American premium lager) and Pile of Face (American IPA). Old Louisville Brewery is bringing Wheat with OrangeCitra Pale Ale, and Peach Cider. Don't forget - with 7 other Brewers present, there will be even more options available. Clear your calendars and come check out the Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival inside Central Park.  


Vote = Power Flyer

The League of Women Voters Louisville, Metro Office For Women and Frazier History Museum are planning the 3rd Annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day on August 24. This gathering will honor the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment when women finally won the right to vote.

The event will be held at the Frazier History Museum and begins at 10 a.m. with networking and shopping; and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Vote = Power is the theme. The program will touch on our past struggles, highlight our present challenges, urge us to plan for the future and inspire us to act now through our guest speakers Coline Jenkins, great-great granddaughter of American Suffragist and Abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hannah Drake, Author, Poet and Spoken Word Artist. 

Louisville Grows Celebration

Louisville Grows

Job Fair

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FREE FOR ALL JOB SEEKERS! Whether you are a seasoned executive-level professional, just beginning your career, or anywhere in between, our events can connect you with as many valuable employer contacts in three hours as you would make in weeks of job searching on your own.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A JOBFAIRX EVENT:                                                                                     

This career fair will allow you to learn about the businesses that are hiring and what their hiring needs are. Attending opens the doors of opportunity when you meet and interview with hiring managers at companies ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.

Tired of sending your resume over the web and not receiving any responses back? By attending this event, you will be able to meet directly with hiring managers and get instant feedback on your resume and possibly even BE HIRED ON THE SPOT!

Date and Time:       Mon, August 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast, 9850 Park Plaza Ave. 

Register Here

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Illegal Dumping --- Not a Good Idea


Our Metro Solid Waste Enforcement team located and impounded its seventh vehicle this year for illegal dumping. The truck was witnessed on surveillance cameras being used to dump a mattress in District 1 on July 23. Solid Waste Enforcement officers were able to track down the vehicle in the 4100 block of Grand Avenue. In total, the culprit received a $500 citation and will have to pay approximately $250 for impound and storage fees. The mattress could have been dropped off legally at our Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue, for FREE! Up to 3 large household items may be disposed of at no charge. Visit the website for more details. 

A new option to report illegal dumping is the new online form


  • where it happened
  • describe the vehicle(s) involved
  • include license plate number(s) if available
  • upload pictures if available

A reminder from Louisville Metro Police

Lock Your Car Doors

District 7 Public Notices

Public Notice - 8-16


Word of Week




 Definition:  A combination of jogging with picking up litter; cleaning up while exercising.

Used in a Sentence:   As a workout, plogging provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking or walking.


Quote of Week

"Even If you can't change the people around you,                                                                                                                                                              you can change the people you choose to be around."

---Roy T. Bennett

Life Hacks

Multiple Uses of a Solo Cup. Who knew?

Solo Cup - Speakers

Life Hack - Solo Cup Measurements

NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are broadcast 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.