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Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1104
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The Fourth District includes the Downtown-Central Business District, and the neighborhoods of Butchertown, California, Germantown, Irish Hill, Meriwether Fort Hill, Original Highlands, Paristown Pointe, Phoenix Hill, Portland, Russell, Shelby Park and Smoketown.

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Join us for World Fest 2019



WorldFest 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.

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.

The following roads will be closed from 8am to 1pm for the World Fest Parade

  • Main Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street
  • Market Street from Fifth Street to Sixth Street
  • Jefferson Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street
  • Fifth Street from Liberty Street to the Belvedere

No Waste Pick-Up on Labor Day

Louisville Metro Seal

There will be no residential garbage, recycling or yard waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Services District on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019. All households affected by this change will return to normal collection the following week on Monday, September 9, 2019. All other households should set out garbage, recycling or yard waste on their normal collection day of the week. There will not be a one-day delay.

Look Who's Pictured in District 4!


Simmons College of Kentucky and The Angela Project presented THE 400th YEAR Commemoration Ceremony at St. Stephen Church commemorating 400 years of slavery in America 1619-2019. In 1619, forcibly captured Africans arrived in colonial America for the purpose of providing a free labor force to the expanding British territories in the Americas beginning the institution of Slavery.

One of the 20 sold was a woman named Angela. We must not forget.





You can find some of the greatest original artwork in America right here in Historic City Hall thanks to the many great artists living and working nearby and to the great leadership of Sarah Lindgren, Director of Metro Commission on Public Art along with help from LVA. Seen in the alley behind our building was the “great handoff” as Lynn and Sarah exchanged pieces of art to be displayed inside. Thank you!


You hear a lot of complaints about trash and litter scattered across our beautiful city. Well these folks decided to do something about it and spend two hours on Saturday morning picking up trash in the Historic Russell Neighborhood and along the Louisville Loop Riverwalk near Waterfront Phase IV.

Many thanks to the folks from Mercer Transportation, The Healing Place, Ron Metts Construction and Coach Janell Jenkins with volleyball players from Central High School. You’re the BEST!






Inside the small park-like setting at the corner of 12th and Main Streets near Mercer Transportation is this amazing memorial to those who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.


This is called “Load of a Lifetime” because on September 28, 2009, twenty-five Mercer trucks hauled steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center for use as memorials across the country. In appreciation for these drivers, who donated their time and trucks, this twisted, rusted piece of steel from Ground Zero was presented to Mercer Trucking in memory of the 2,752 victims. We will never forget.


The annual Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards were hosted at Bourbon Hall in Metro District 4 this year and Councilwoman Sexton Smith took the stage to present the three Party Promoter of the Year Awards! And YES – a party it was! Many thanks to Tawana Bain for hosting the pre-party the night before at Encore on South Fourth Street.


The 50th Dirt Bowl Celebration was a huge success with the 1969 Championship Team in the house as well as Reggie Breeden representing the 2019 Championship Team. Both teams are from none other than NEWBURG! The Dirt Bowl has given so many people a platform to become better and to reach their dreams. Many thanks to the Co-Founders, Janis Carter Miller and Ben Watkins.


It really can all start on a basketball court. Just ask Derek Anderson, Darrell Griffith, Wade Houston, Dallas Thornton, Phillip Bond, Gerald Gray, Ron King, David Cosby, James Caldwell, Tanisha Hickerson, George Tinsley, Dee Dee Polk and many others.

The “Quintessential” Awards were presented to highlight three great memories of the 50 years.


“Quintessential Person” for 50 Years of Dirt Bowl went to Cornell Bradley!

“Quintessential Moment” for 50 Years of Dirt Bowl was when 15 year old Darrell Griffith dunked on Artis Gilmore!

“Quintessential Team” for 50 Years of Dirt Bowl went to The EAST END Team from Smoketown and surrounding area!



Councilwoman Sexton Smith and more than 100 others gathered at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. to break ground on the Louisville Urban League Indoor Track & Field and Learning Complex. This is so much more than TRACK, this represents steps of HOPE as those who come here to run will soon learn. We believe in you and we are putting our money where our mouth is. More than $300,000 was raised during the press conference when an unanticipated “auction” broke out as people began pledging $5,000 each to buy a seat in the new facility. It was wild and crazy and glorious all at the same time!

Upcoming Lane Closures for Milling and Paving

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Several lanes on 7th Street between Broadway and Myrtle Street will be closed in Downtown Louisville for milling and paving. This schedule has been updated to begin September 3rd, 2019.

Paving Schedule (weather permitting)

  • 9/3 – Mill 7th Street from Broadway to Myrtle Street.
  • 9/4 – 9/6 – Pave 7th Street from Broadway to Myrtle Street

August 29 - Methods Training: Homework Help 12:30pm


RSVP Required! Email oydtrainings@louisvilleky.gov

August 31 - Downtown Scavenger Hunt 8:30am


September 4 - Hate Crimes Panel Discussion 5-7pm


September 4 - September Youth Worker Training


RSVP to oydtrainings@louisvilleky.gov

September 7 - Emma'Lees Braid Show


September 7 - 3rd Annual Sickle Cell Unity Walk

sickle walk

September 10 - Planning and Reflection Training


RSVP to oydtrainings@louisvilleky.gov

September 14 - Community Fun Festival


September 14 - 2019 Forthill Day 1pm-midnight


September 14 - Community Unity Festival 11am-6pm


September 14 -The Paper Predator is Coming To Rotary


September 14 - Sickle Cell Anemia Gala

all that jazz

September 15 - Love Sings Louder Festival


September 25 - An Evening with Dr. Lonnie Bunch


September 27 - An Evening With Maestro J


Molo Village Services at St. Peter's United Church


Senior Nutrition - 9am-1pm Monday through Thursday, 1407 W. Jefferson St.

Mondays - Book Mobile, Art Therapy, Bible Study Computer Classes (Based on Weekly Rotation)

Wednesdays - Exercise: Movement & Music, Silver Sneakers Aerobics, yoga (based on weekly rotation)

Thursdays - Pass the Trash game with prizes

The Louisville Metro Department of Community Services Senior Nutrition Program provides lunches at this location to people 60 years or older upon reservation (call 574-MEAL). Donations are invited and encouraged.

Recovery - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1407 W. Jefferson St.

Tuesdays 6pm-7pm - The Bridge 15th & Jefferson, CHRIST CHURCH UNITED METHODIST - Gather at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1407 W. Jefferson St. for a relaxed time to worship God while focusing on recovery, grace, forgiveness and love! All are invited!

Tuesdays 8pm-9pm - FRESH START - Gather at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1407 W. Jefferson St. for the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step free recovery treatment program for people suffering from alcohol addiction! All are invited!

Thursdays 7pm-8pm - ANONYMITY HOME GROUP - Gather at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1407 W. Jefferson St. for a combined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step free recovery treatment program or a recovery program based on Christian principals! Rotation of program based on home group. All are invited!

Reentry - Mondays 7/1/19 through 9/23/19, 1407 W. Jefferson St.

You may begin the program any time during the 12 weeks. However, attendance is mandatory for both Sessions of Boot Camp in order to receive 30-day credit toward time served. Attendance is also mandatory for all 12 sessions to receive a 12-week certificate and recommendation to the parole board.

Week 1: Introduction pre-survey - Ferguson // Reading Comprehension - Fitzgerald

Week 2: Math Review - Fitzgerald // Management/Budgeting - Fitzgerald

Contact: (502) 583-5544, molovillage@att.net, wanda_molo@att.net

Vision Russell Updates and Events

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LIBA’s West on Wednesday - Wednesday, August 28th @ 5p – 7p - Old Walnut Family Strengthening Center (LCCC Building), 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

We are excited to announce that Dasha Barbour’s Southern Bistro will be Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s (LIBA) West on Wednesday restaurant spotlight. Come out and show your support to the newest business in the Russell neighborhood.


Reconstruct Challenge - Wednesday, August 28th @ 5:30p – 8p - The Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd Street

Twelve innovative ideas from across the nation that are seeking to help lower the exorbitant ancillary costs for individuals experiencing housing insecurity and beta their solutions in the Louisville and Southern Indiana region will pitch in front of a panel of judges. Six of those innovations will be awarded $300k. It will be an evening full of food, drinks, entrepreneurship, and networking. The event is FREE to attend and open to the public, but you will need to RSVP in advance to secure your spot. Space is limited so RSVP today! For more information and to register click Here.


Kentuckiana Builds Orientations

  • THURSDAY, AUG. 29 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 9 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 12 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 16 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM 

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 23 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 30 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway

Kentuckiana Builds is a 6-week training program that prepares you for a quality profession in fields like electrical, carpentry, pipefitting, plumbing, masonry, insulation and much more. For more information, please call 502-566-3371. Click the following link to watch the class visit the Louisville City FC (Football Club) Stadium in Butchertown:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_KKxZp3wmg&feature=youtu.be



TEEN SOCIAL – 6TH & 9TH Graders (Hosted by: Urban Strategies Inc.) - Thursday, August 29th @ 4:30p – 6:00p - Western Branch Library, 604 S. 10th Street

Are you new to the school? This is for you… Topics to be discussed:  Class Schedules, Locker Issues, Time Management, School Clubs, Group Chats and New and Old Friends. For more information contact Treneice Walton @ 502-384-0786 or treneice.walton@urbanstrategiesinc.org.


2019 Woodforest Foundry Program Celebration - Thursday, August 29th @ 5p – 8p - Old Walnut Family Strengthening Center (LCCC Building), 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Keynote Speaker: Angelique Johnson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, MEMStim LLC

Join us for a celebration of the inaugural Woodforest Foundry entrepreneur cohort! Sixteen small business owners completed a 12-week curriculum-based business incubator program this summer.  The program was conducted by Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC), Inc., and sponsored by Woodforest Foundry SM. To register for this event click HERE.


Exploring the Black Family:  Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma - Tuesdays, September 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th @ 6:45p – 7:45p - Western Library, 604 S. 10th Street

This new four-part series led by Dr. Steven Kniffley, Associate Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology will examine how cultural and negative messages are passed down in our families and how to change our narratives to implement new positive ones.  For more information, please call 502-574-1779.


OneWest Presents:  September Community Conversations - Thursday, September 5th @ 5p – 7p - Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Ave.

Presenting Partners:  Dixie Highway Project § Metro Parks

Goal: Provide community members an additional opportunity to ask questions and give input regarding specific development projects coming to their neighborhoods.Dinner: 5-6p, Information tables, Breakout session: 6-7p. For more information and to register for this free event click HERE. 


OneWest Presents: Sunday Kickback - Sunday, September 8th @ 3p – 7p - Chef Space, 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Partners: Chef Space, Sweet Peaches, New Directions and Louisville Forward

Join us for the Sunday Kickback! This event is an opportunity to bring the community together to update them on OneWest’s local projects, including the 18thStreet Legacy Project. The event will include a children’s activity space in the Chef Space lot and the LilyPad from 3p-6p. There will be a community discussion from 3:30p-4:30p. For more information and to register for this event click HERE.


Louisville Community Grocery Meetings - Tuesday, September 10th @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm - Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S. 15th Street

The Louisville Community Grocery is working to establish an urban, community-owned grocery store. All are welcome meets every 2nd Tuesdays of the Month.  Join us and find out how you can help build a grocery store to serve Russell neighbors. https://loufoodcoop.com/community-meetings/


LCCC Family Services Open House - Wednesday, September 11th @ 6p – 8p - Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Come see what the hype is about and learn more about what LCCC can do for you!

  • Information about LCCC’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center,
  • Registration for the Kids Academy and After-School Programs,
  • Enrollment for the GED program,
  • Appointment setting for financial coaching and employment assistance, and more

For more information contact:  Patricia Williams 502-583-8821 ext. 102

Louisville Metro Job Opportunities

  • Automation Controls Specialist / Grade 17
  • Automation Controls Specialist / Grade 17
  • Automation Controls Supervisor Grade 19
  • Engineer I/II/III Grade 17/18/19
  • Floodwall Maintenance Electrician I / Grade U26
  • Floodwall Maintenance Mechanic I- 2 positions (subject to shift)
  • Health and Safety Administrator / Grade 17
  • Maintenance Electrician I / Grade U26 - 2 positions
  • Maintenance Planner / Grade 16

For detailed position descriptions, pay information, and to apply please visit our website: http://www.louisvillemsd.org/Careers

Things YOU should know


Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government

Department of Codes and Regulations
Department of Planning and Design Services
444 S. 5th Street
Louisville,KY 40202

Liquor License Application Notices

Codes and Regs

The public comment period is 30 days after the announcement is printed in the Courier Journal. If you chose to voice your opinion, letters must be mailed to: Alcohol Beverage Control Board 1003 Twilight Drive Frankfort, KY 40601.


1121 E. Washington St.

Attached, please find an Addition to Existing License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Small Farm Winery license being applied for, located at 1121 E. Washington St., Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 31, 2019.


743 E. Main Street

Attached, please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, Quota Retail Liquor by the Package, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and Sunday Liquor Drink license(s) being applied for, located at 743 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, August 7, 2019.


Ownership Change: 2200 W. Market Street

Attached, please find a Change in Ownership memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package and 2 a.m. Extended Package Sales Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 2200 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY. 40212.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, August 9, 2019.


915 E. Liberty Street

Attached, please find a New Location memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Small Farm Winery license being applied for, located at  915 E. Liberty Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Historic Structure Demolition Notices

Notice of Application for Demolition Permit of Historic Structure The Office of Planning and Design has received a demolition permit application for the properties listed below:


Upcoming Public Meetings


Applications for Conditional Use Permits


Notices of Action on FEDOOPs

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The Zero Hunger Mobile Market Has Launched

mobile market

Learn more about the Zero Hunger Mobile Market and find a stop near you!

Louisville Community Grocery is Launching!


The Louisville Community Grocery meets every second Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 at Joshua Tabernacle, 426 S 15th St. We are looking for neighbors to let us know what you need in a grocery store and to get involved to get the store opened. Food is provided; bring a dish to share if you are able.

Find out more at https://loufoodcoop.com/

If you live in Russell, Portland, Smoketown or Shelby Park, Please take our survey: https://loufoodcoop.com/updates/

Join us for upcoming 2019 meetings:  August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10

Check Out the New Metro 311


MetroCall has switched to a new Metro311 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 visithttp://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.

Play around with the new system to become familiar with all the great features. You can now track other people’s service requests and the system will keep them in your account. Please let our office know if you have any issues.

Councilwoman Speaks on E-Scooters


During this In Focus Kentucky segment, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith talks about the rise in the popularity of electronic scooters in the state of Kentucky and share how the Commonwealth’s two largest cities are developing additional policy to help regulate this growing form of transportation.


Final Budget Available


The approved operating budget ordinance can be found here - https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/services/most-requested-ordinances

The Mayor presented his budget plan, the Community responded, and we rolled up our sleeves doing the work we were elected to do. No one got everything they wanted and not everything got funded. I voted for the budget because it maintained a focus on public safety by putting LMPD trained Officers on the street sooner than expected and we continued to fund affordable housing in addition to the $41 million provided during the past four years. We responded to the many concerns related to homelessness by providing $1 million for sheltering and services. This will help provide for pets, partners and possessions in homeless circumstances. Complex challenges require common sense solutions and it is our responsibility to provide safer neighborhoods and better services for all. This includes basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

And yes, we fought for swimming pools and libraries to make sure no one gets left behind. Not our children, not our seniors, not anyone.

There’s room for everyone to help our community be as good as we say it is. We need businesses, healthcare, education, nonprofit and interfaith communities to reimagine their roles and create common sense solutions. Together – we hold the answer. We can do this, YES we can!

Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith

Report a Litterer!


Get directly involved in making Louisville a more litter-free community through the Report-A-Litterer program aimed at motorists who throw fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, soda bottles or any type of litter out their car window. 

Click Here to Report!

Neighborhood Associations

Butchertown - butchertownpres@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 pm 

Germantown Paristown - 1094 E. Kentucky St. 396-4836 judithmagrem28@gmail.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm

Irish Hill Neighborhood Association - For more information info@irishhillneighbors.org 

Original Highlands - 1228 E. Breckenridge St 287-3938 driddle121@yahoo.com 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm 

Paristown Pointe - 1228 E. Breckinridge  St 502-587-1595 jorobinson854@icloud.com 2nd Tuesday @6:30 pm

Phoenix Hill - 451 Baxter Avene 583-7133 phoenixhillna@gmail.com 4th Monday @ 5:30 pm 

Portland Now - 2503 Montgomery St. 438-0189 larry.stoess@gmail.com 1st Tuesday @ 6:30 pm 

Russell Neighborhood - 6pm  631 S 28th St. The last Thursday of the month at (502) 389-7004 or email  Jackie Floyd 

Schnitzelburg Area Community Council - St Elizabeth's 1020 E Burnett Schnitzelburg.org

Shelby Park - 600 E. Oak Street 417-5336 Shelby Park on Facebook 2nd Thursday @ 6:00 pm 

Smoketown - 325 E. Kentucky Street 836-7661 666@webberconsulting.org 3rd Monday @ 6:30 pm

South Fourth Street - Jim Reskin, President

Meriwether Fort Hill Neighborhood Association - 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 at Shelby Traditional. Jess Brown 270-227-9123

Important Numbers

Metro311: 311 or (502) 574-5000
Air Pollution: (502) 574-6000
Animal Services: (502) 363-6609 or (502) 361-1318
Louisville Forward/Economic Development: (502) 574-4140
Planning & Design Services: (502) 574-6230
Community Services & Revitalization: (502) 574-4377
Public Works: (502) 574-5810
Property Valuation Administrator (PVA): (502) 574-4016
TARC: (502) 585-1234
PARC: (502) 569-6222
Legal Aid: (502) 584-1254
IPL (Code Enforcement): (502) 574-3321
Congressman John Yarmuth: (502) 582-5129
Solid Waste Management (SWMS): (502) 574-3571
Metro Parks: (502) 456-8100
Metro Police: (Non Emergency) (502) 574-7111 or (502) 574-2111
LMPD 1st Division: (502) 574-7167
LMPD 2nd Division: (502) 574-2478
LMPD 4th Division: (502) 574-7010
LMPD 5th Division: (502) 574-7636
Anonymous Tipline: (502) 574-LMPD (5673)
Metro Safe: (502) 572-3460 or (502) 574-7111
Vacant & Public Property Administration: (502) 574-4016
Brightside: (502) 574-2613
Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): (502) 753-4888

Your State Representative or State Senator: http://www.lrc.ky.gov 

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