District 7 - E-NEWSLETTER

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

            Councilwoman                Paula 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

Message From McCraney

Perplexed Look

This was the look on my face when I discovered that I had been trolled.

What is trolled, you ask?

Trolling is defined as creating discourse on the Internet by starting quarrels or upsetting people by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Basically, a social media troll is someone who purposely says something controversial in order to get a rise out of other users. In fact, an online troll is also called a cyber BULLY. 

Psychology Today states, "Bullying is repeated, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Its purpose is to deliver physical or psychological harm to another person. Many bullies fit the diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others."

I was trolled on the private social network called Nextdoor.  According to the social network's site, Nexdoor is the best way to stay informed about what's going on in your neighborhood - whether it's finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them.

I signed up with Nextdoor last year.  I periodically peruse the site to see what folks are posting about their Ring videos, lost cats or dogs, or recommendations for a good plumber or mechanic. Never in my wildest dreams did I think a troll would be lurking around on Nextdoor like a tiger lurks through the jungle, stalking his prey.  

It was Tuesday evening, and I received an email message alerting me that I had been tagged on a Nextdoor posting.  I logged on and noticed several questions and comments about a Graymoor-Devondale / MSD community meeting that I had coordinated for Thursday evening. Some where asking how to find more information about the meeting on the city's website, while others were attempting to shed some light. One person listed my name and posted a link to my e-Newsletter, which contained details of the meeting. Tucked away between the dialogue was a post from a fellow that asked:  "Has Paula McCraney ever done anything for this area...she is a joke."

After I clutched my pearls and gathered my thoughts, I replied to him by listing about 10 things I've accomplished since being sworn in only 7.5 months ago. As I wrote my response, it dawned on me that I have not yet shared with you all that I have accomplished on your behalf since January. This I have promised to you, and will, for sure now, send the information to you in the next e-Newsletter.  I will also share the dates for the next Mingle with McCraney and Muffins with McCraney, and some exciting news about several projects forthcoming, and fun activities I'm planning for us. I can hardly wait!

To conclude the conversation with my "troller," I asked him if he had ever met me, had a conversation with me, or contacted me to express an issue. I also told him that if I drank beer, I would invite him to a "Beer Summit." I also shared with him that I like to tell a few good jokes from time to time, but I am not a joke. And when it comes to representing District 7, I don't joke about that at all; I take my Council tasks quite seriously. To date, I have not heard back from the gentleman.

If you study the personality of online trolls or bullies, you'll find out that people become bullies because they are jealous of someone or something a person owns. They might also bully because they are having family or relationship issues. Some people can feel a bit insecure sometimes so they set out to make other people feel down or upset to make them feel better about themselves. Whatever the case may be, a bully, whether online or in person, should not be given power over you. If you've been or are being bullied, TAKE BACK THE POWER!  Find the strength and awareness to stand up to the bully; don't allow the behavior to drag on. However, don't bother arguing with a bully. They are often driven by anger, which means that all logic goes out the window. You simply can't win. Anyway, you shouldn't argue with an idiot, because the people watching won't be able to tell the difference. Lol.

You might try killing them ----- with kindness, that is!  (No violence here!) Most bullies can't handle kindness. Keep the kindness going, and the bully just might leave you alone and unfortunately find another victim to harass.

The best approach may be to ignore a bully altogether. Simply remain calm and walk away from the situation; disengage. That would go a long way in sending a message to the bully that you don't intend to waste any of your time or energy on them. 

I don't like bullies, and don't take kindly to people who think they can say anything to me without regard to my feelings or the facts. I think, to know me is to love me. Ha, ha, ha.  But, I realize that in life, you win (over) some, you lose some.  Suffice it to say, I haven't lived 60 years and survived name-calling, hatred and jealousy being easily intimidated or naive. Since I am a true girly girl, and have a sensitive side, I always carry with me the mantra, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names (or trolling) will never hurt me." 

Have a great week, neighbors!

Councilwoman Paula McCraney

A Fitting Honor

Major Schwab

During Thursday’s Metro Council meeting, Councilwoman McCraney and four of her colleagues honored  LMPD 8th Division Major Jamey Schwab for his outstanding community service. We appreciate Major Schwab's service to the 7th District, and wish him well in his new role as Commander of the Special Investigations Bureau.

Prevent Flooding - Don't Leave Leaves in Drain


Please clear away any leaves and debris you may see near a storm drain or in your rear property line drainage ditch. If a drain is visibly clogged underneath the grate, contact MSD. Call (502) 587-0603, or fill out a request at the MSD website, http://www.louisvillemsd.org/

Wildlife Resources


Have a wildlife-related question, such as an issue with racoons or opossums? Please visit the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources' website for information.

Wildlife Nuisance: To make a nuisance animal complaint, such as raccoons on the porch, bats in the attic or armadillos burrowing in the yard, please click here to find a nuisance wildlife control operator near you. 

Injured Wildlife: For assistance with an injured or orphaned animal, such as a broken leg, broken wing, or animal attacked by a cat or hit by a car, please click here to find a wildlife rehabilitator near you. 

Sick Wildlife: To report a diseased animal that is staggering, obviously sick, displaying abnormal behavior, appears weak or emaciated, or to report the death of multiple animals or suspicious wildlife deaths, please click here to find a private lands biologist/KDFWR veterinarian near you.

Rabies Exposure: If you think you or your domestic animal has been exposed to rabies via a bite or exposure of broken skin or mucous membranes by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote or bat, please contact your local county public health department.

Citizens mistakenly think that Louisville Metro Animal Service handles wildlife-related issues. So, the next time you have a wildlife issue, don't make that mistake; contact the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Zoning Change Process


Have you ever noticed a sign such as the one to the left near your neighborhood? Have you heard of a zoning change planned close to you and wondered how it all worked? The information below helps explain the process, including how you can get involved should you choose to do so. Underlined items are opportunities for public participation. The timeline below represents the minimum amount of time to complete the rezoning process. Various factors often increase the amount of time needed.

Day 1 - a pre-application is submitted by the applicant. A case manager from Metro Planning & Design Services is assigned at this point.

Day 17 - agency comments are sent to the applicant. About a dozen agencies participate including MSD, Metro Planning & Design Services, and Public Works/KYTC.

Day 27 - a neighborhood meeting is held to inform residents of the proposal and get feedback. Notification goes to first and second tier property owners as well as anyone signed up for electronic notices for the particular council district. This is still before a formal application has been submitted, so some details may still be unknown.

Day 28 - the formal application is filed.

Day 44 - agency comments are sent to the applicant. All comments must be addressed before proceeding to the public hearing.

Day 59 - the Land Development & Transportation Committee (LD&T) meeting is held. This committee is tasked with reviewing technical matters associated with the proposal such as drainage, sewer/utility capacity, traffic, etc. This committee does not address "character" issues or whether the plan is in keeping with the comprehensive plan. A 14-day notice is required to the same people notified regarding the neighborhood meeting.

Day 78 - the public hearing is held by the Planning Commission. Meetings are typically held the first and third Thursday of the month. An 18-day notice is required this time. In addition, signs (like the one above) are to be posted on the site in question and a legal ad is required to run in the newspaper. Comments can be submitted to the case manager or made in person at the hearing. The Planning Commission reviews the information and makes a recommendation on the proposed rezoning.

Day 92 - the public hearing minutes are approved and transmitted to the appropriate legislative body for final approval. In most cases, this is the Louisville Metro Council. However, several suburban cities such as Anchorage, Lyndon, and Middletown have zoning authority over cases within their boundaries. For more information, please visit Metro Planning & Design's page on zoning changes.

Estate Planning and Senior Issues

Concerned about being prepared as you age, or how to pay for care if you need it?  The Woman's Club of St. Matthews will host an Estate Planning & Senior Issues presentation on August 26th, 2019, 10:30 a.m., at the St. Matthews Community Center, 310 Ten Pin Lane. This presentation by elder law attorney, Ms. Misty Clark Vantrease, will cover legal documents that everyone needs as they age, such as Powers of Attorney, Health Care Surrogates, Living Wills, and Wills.  In addition, concerns about long-term care will be addressed, such as how to get the care you want, where you want it, and how to pay for it. This includes government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and private sources of pay.
Mr. Tim Holland with Remax Associates will be there to talk about the challenges and strategies of selling the family home. For more information contact http://wcsm.org/contact/.

Northeast Public Library - Maker Pavilion


Community-Wide Cleanup



Registration for the 2019 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Fall Community-Wide Cleanup will open Monday, September 2nd!


We encourage all residents to take part in the 2019 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Fall Community-Wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 19th . The event is a great service opportunity for boy/girl scouts, sports teams, faith groups and community organizations. It could also be a corporate team bonding opportunity! 

Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and without the help of volunteer groups, and many other volunteers throughout the year, Brightside could not achieve their goals of a cleaner, greener Louisville.

Neighborhoods can hold their own cleanups at any point throughout the year and we can provide gloves and bags for each Neighborhood Cleanup. We will work with Solid Waste Management to have the collected litter bags picked up. Give us a call at (502) 574-2613 or register online about two weeks prior to your event to schedule your cleanup and for information about getting supplies. 

Thanks to each and every volunteer who supports the Brightside & Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup, for your time and dedication – we can’t do it without you!


Art in the City (Corrected Version)

Nature, Art & Science CONNECT at Bernheim


Don’t miss the chance to see our Forest Giants in a Giant Forest lit up to glow under the night sky.

Join us on August 24, 6:23 p.m. – 10:23 p.m., as Lake Nevin comes alive with spontaneous art, drum circles, light sculptures and musical performances from renowned artists along with hands-on art and science activities. Food trucks, beer and wine vendors and the mud play zone attract visitors of all ages.

Bernheim members FREE; non-member adults (ages 16+) $10 per person; non-member youth (ages 5-15) $5 per person; children (4 and under) free.

National Eat Outside Day

outdoors day

August 31st is National Eat Outside Day.

So, pack up a lunch, head on over to your local park and commune with nature while you eat your meal under the sun.

Here's a few more ways to celebrate National Eat Outside Day:

  • Grill outside in the yard or take a portable grill to the park.
  • If you usually have lunch at your desk at work, what about going out for your lunch break and having your meal under the sun?
  • Support a local restaurant.

Hike, Bike & Paddle


Come with friends and family to Waterfront Park to enjoy a free Healthy Hometown event at this year's Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike and Paddle!

The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle takes place at Waterfront Park's Great Lawn. The hike and bike starts on the Great Lawn at E. Witherspoon Street. Paddlers will put in at the University of Louisville boat ramp next to the Community Boathouse off River Road. (1321 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40206). 

Whether you and your family are novice or expert, the Subway Fresh Fit Hike Bike and Paddle offers something for all skill levels. More than 12,000 people participate in this event twice a year, with activities beginning on the Great Lawn in Waterfront Park starting at 8AM.  Fitness demonstrations hosted by professional instructors leading Yoga, Tia Chi and Zumba will be followed by the Hike, Bike or Paddle events.  The Hike offers three routes from the Great Lawn to the Big Four Bridge, with options to walk the bridge to Jeffersonville, return to the Great Lawn or continue to the Louisville Community Boathouse, with all but the bridge option dog friendly;  or a NEW 14 mile closed course Bike ride beginning downtown and traveling through historic Louisville! Or get your Paddle on the Ohio River, starting at the Harbor Lawn in Waterfront Park.  If you don’t own a canoe or Kayak you can rent one by going online and reserving at Louisville Kayak Company.

Free T-shirts available while supplies last to the first 2500 participants. Additional giveaways can be found by visiting one of the 50 booths, including gift cards from Subway.  You can also register for a Kayak and bicycle giveaway courtesy of Neil Huffman Subaru or register on-line for a kayak giveaway through Academy Sports.

Water stops are located along the route.  Bring your own water bottles for this Go Green Event and fill them at the Louisville Water Company Fill Stations with cold Louisville Pure Tap.



  7:30 a.m. - Boat Drop Off until 9 a.m.  

                (Parking & Drop-off at University of Louisville Rowing Center located at 1321 River Rd.)
  8:00 a.m. - Fitness Activities Start

                Tai Chi, Yoga, Pickleball

  8:30 a.m. - Vendor Booths Open
  8:30 a.m. -  Zumba (Main Stage)

  9:25 a.m. - Mayor Greg Fischer Welcome

  10:00 a.m. - Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers Start

To view interactive route maps, a full schedule and for more information, visit here.  

Zoo Pop-Up Party at Middletown Fun Festival

Pop up zoo

The Louisville Zoo is celebrating 50 years as your community Zoo.  As part of the festivities, and to extend the celebration into the community, the Zoo is “popping up” in your neighborhood!

Join on us Friday, September 6, 2019, 6 – 9 p.m., for some fun games, to meet one of our new mascots for a fun selfie, and enter to win Zoo ticket packs so you can come and celebrate with more fun here at the Zoo!

Middletown Family Fun Festival & Craft Show
11803 Old Shelbyville Rd.
Middletown, KY 40243

Sickle Cell "Unity" Walk


Louisville Metro Police Crime Trends


For the week of Sunday August 11th to Saturday August 17th

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of nine thefts from autos which was a decrease from the previous week (14). In one of the thefts, force was used, three were by unknown means and five were left unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car. 

Auto Theft - There were three reported auto thefts for the week which was a decrease from the previous week (6). All three thefts were by unknown means. 

Burglary - There were four reported burglaries this reporting period, which was an increase from the previous week (3). Two were residential and two were businesses. The method of entry is as follows: One was unlocked and force was used in three. 

There were no reported Robberies for the reporting period


The phone number 502-574-LMPD was established to create a partnership between the LMPD and the community to prevent and control crime in your neighborhoods. If you are aware of a crime or wanted person in your community, you are encouraged to call 502-574-LMPD. You can call 574-LMPD (5673) or toll free 866-649-4479, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When leaving information, you can remain anonymous or leave contact information for follow up opportunities. Report-a-Tip-Crime


Recycling Frequently Asked Questions


There is a lot of information out there about recycling that can be confusing and even seem conflicting. Here are local answers to some of the most frequently asked questions: 

Where does our recycling go? 

To a Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF, pronounced “merf”). Jefferson County’s household recyclables go to one of two MRFs – WestRock Recycling or Rumpke Waste & Recycling. If yours is picked up by Rumpke trucks, then it goes to Rumpke. All the other trucks, including Louisville Metro’s, take recycling to WestRock. At the recycling facility, the items are sorted, baled, and sent to manufacturers for further processing. Our material stays in the US.

What can I recycle in my curbside bin?

Generally speaking, you can recycle paper, cartons, cardboard, plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, and metal containers. WestRock and Rumpke have a few differences in their accepted items lists, though. If Rumpke trucks collect recycling in your neighborhood, follow their guidelines. Otherwise, use this flyer. For more details, use the Recycle Coach app. Review guidelines and use the What Goes Where? search tool. 

What should NOT go in my recycling bin? 

There are some items that just don't belong. The reasons vary: some unacceptable items are dangerous for the workers who handle the material, some can damage the equipment at the sorting facility, and some things (like food and liquids) can decrease the value of the accepted items. Never put these items in your curbside recycling bin or drop-off recycling dumpster:

  1. Plastic grocery bags - take them to a grocery store to recycle. And it's best not to bag your recyclables. If you have an open top bin and need to contain your items, make sure the bag is see-through. But loose is always better!
  2. Food or liquid - containers should be EMPTY. They don't have to be squeaky clean. Give containers a quick rinse if it's hard to get them empty. Some grease on pizza boxes is okay!
  3. Styrofoam - we don't have the equipment necessary to recycle Styrofoam. Avoid Styrofoam takeout containers if you can!
  4. Batteries or electronics - alkaline batteries are safe for trash disposal, rechargeable batteries should be recycled. 
  5. Scrap metal - take to a metal recycling facility. 

Does the recycling symbol and number on the bottom of plastic containers mean they're recyclable?

No, the number indicates the type of plastic it is. Some facilities accept plastic based on their numbers and some facilities accept plastic based on their shape. WestRock accepts plastic #1-7 (but remember those Styrofoam containers and plastic grocery bags? They have a number and they're not accepted!) Rumpke is a bottle only program. They only want plastic bottles and jugs that have a small mouth and wider base. 

What about lids and labels?

Leave plastic lids on plastic containers and crush the container if you can. 

Remove metal lids from glass bottles and jars, then recycle separately.

Remove plastic lids from paper cartons before recycling. (The lids probably won't make it through the sorting process, so they can be trashed. Unless you know of a school saving them for the Bench for Caps program.)

Just leave labels on plastic bottles, soup cans, etc. 

What if I have more questions? 

Check out the Recycle Coach app for more detailed information. Follow Karen Maynard's Know Waste Wednesday trivia posts on Nextdoor! You can see past questions and answers on our website. And you can always send her a message with your specific questions. 


Word of Week



Definition:  Of or relating to play or playfulness; showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness.

Used in a sentence:  At its best, the show is a tribute to the ludic impulse that many of us carelessly abandoned back on the elementary school playground.

Quote of Week

“The best defense against being hurt is to feel good about yourself.  The way in which

a person responds to you says more about them, than about you.”

~ Brenda Shoshanna


Life Hacks

A stand for a cell phone using two binder clips:

binder clip

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.