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

Shay West 

Legislative Assistant 

(502) 574-3454



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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

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In this Issue...

Message from McCraney

 Louisville Metro Golf Courses

Many of you have called my office or sent me an email to voice your concern for our public golf courses. Perhaps you’ve heard the same rumors that I’ve heard --- that the golf courses are in jeopardy. You, nor I, want the courses to close.

It is true that the Mayor’s Office issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) soliciting bids related to the use and operation of the golf courses. His office is interested in utilizing outside management to run the public courses, and in some cases, closing some of the courses and repurposing others. The RFP allows for any person/group/entity to make a proposal for a use (any type of public use) for the land that is currently used as golf courses. While the RFP doesn’t guarantee that courses will be closed or repurposed, it does provide an opportunity to the Mayor for negotiated changes. The bids are due back this month.

On yesterday, members of the Louisville Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Committee unanimously approved an amendment by substitution of Chapter 42 of the Louisville/Jefferson County Code of Ordinances that requires Metro Council approval for significant changes to the operations of Metro-owned golf courses, and to implement cost-saving measures and enhance the long-term economic viability of our courses. This proposal is designed to help courses break even or net a small profit by increasing green fees by $5.

The proposed ordinance also states that to the extent allowable by law, fees and other revenue generated through our public golf courses shall remain dedicated to addressing golf course costs, to include deferred maintenance needs. In addition, the approval of Metro Council shall be required before any revenue generated by Metro-owned golf courses is spent for any other purpose.

The Facts

Many of our golf courses fail to pay for themselves. With the exception of Seneca, Charlie Vettiner and Quail Chase, the remaining courses lose between $30,000 and $198,000 annually. Members of the Metro Council and even many of the golf professionals running our courses believe there are ways to improve operations, reduce the costs of operations as well as generate additional revenues. This is not to say that Metro Council members believe that all courses should make a profit, but rather that there are common sense ways to reduce the amount of funding needed to operate each course.

Operating expenses and other concerns that do not come into play with other investments—such as the effect of unpleasant weather—can have a major effect on the golfing industry. But for those with a love of the game and a willingness to put in the necessary work, a golf course could prove to be a great investment. An investor looking to create or buy a golf course needs to consider how to make the course appeal to players and whether or not the course can sustain itself in the current market. Owning a golf course may seem like a fun investment idea, but investors need to be prepared for the amount of work and money their course will require.This is one of the reasons why maintaining our public courses through Louisville Metro is in our best interest. We don’t want to leave our courses up to chance.

My position

I am opposed to the closure of any golf course prior to the complete exhaustion of all other options geared towards finding savings and improving revenues. I believe that the usage of more flexible pricing during heavily used times and the ability to close the courses on slow or snowy days in the winter can help to achieve many of these goals without simply giving up on these courses.  None of our parks generate revenue annually. Anyone suggesting that golf courses should be profitable to remain open is missing the fact that providing recreational spaces such as ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, walking paths and open meadows are a central part of local government’s responsibilities. Protecting our public golf courses has support on the Metro Council that crosses political, geographic, economic, racial and gender backgrounds. I am so adamant about keeping the public golf courses open that I may sign on to the proposed ordinance as a sponsor. The ordinance will be on the agenda for a vote at the October 10 Metro Council meeting. Stay tuned!

Brightside & Passport Community-Wide Fall Cleanup

bright side

All residents are encouraged to take part in the 2019 Brightside & Passport Health Plan Fall Community-Wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 19. The event is a great service opportunity for boy/girl scouts, sports teams, faith groups and community organizations.

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 Brightside will provide gloves and bags for each Neighborhood Cleanup. They also work with Solid Waste Management to have the collected litter bags picked up. Councilwoman McCraney is calling on all neighborhood associations, home owner associations, and home-rule cities to participate in the community-wide fall cleanup, or host a cleanup day of your own by Thanksgiving day.  It’s simple to coordinate. Give Brightside 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!

Register to Vote


The voter registration deadline is October 7.

As of the most recent data released in August 2019, 3,259,257 people are registered to vote in Kentucky.

Of the over 3 million:

1,540,103 are men

1,719,109 are women

1,597,244 are registered Democrat

1,382,874 are registered Republican

Need a ride to your polling place on Election Day?

A. Philip Randolph Institute provides free rides. Call A. Philip Randolph at 502-774-4834.  Lyft and Uber may be giving reduced rides to the polls, or you can call your local party headquarters.

If you become sick or are in the hospital, you can still vote with an Emergency Medical Ballot. Request a paper absentee ballot between Tuesday, October 22 and Tuesday, November 5. Call your local Board of Election office to get an Emergency Medical Ballot. You will have to find someone to notarize your application for a ballot and then take that application to the Board of Elections to get your ballot. Once you’ve filled out your ballot, someone must take your ballot back to the Board of Elections before 6 PM on Election Day!

Louisville Water

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Not only are we breaking records with the heat this month, we are still in the longest dry weather period recorded in 20 years. These conditions are harsh for our lawns and plants. Click here to read some wise watering tips that will help keep your surroundings green, while keeping some green in your wallet, too! For more Louisville Water information, visit the website at: www.louisvillewater.com.

District 7 Crime Report

Crime trends

For the week of Sunday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 28th

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of thirteen thefts from autos, which was a decrease from the previous week (15). In four of the thefts, force was used; four 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 seven reported auto thefts for the week, which was an increase from the previous week (6). In two the keys were used, the ignition was forced in one, four were by unknown means and one was a duplicate report.

Burglary - There were three reported burglaries this reporting period, which was the same as the previous week (3). One of the burglaries was residential and two were businesses. The method of entry is as follows: Force was used in none, two were unlocked and one was entered by unknown means. 

International Observe the Moon Night


Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with us at the Northeast Regional Library! In partnership with the Louisville Astronomical Society, we will offer opportunities to observe the moon with telescopes, and a variety of activities that teach fun facts about our nearest neighbor in space.

International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbor.

Bring a blanket or chair. Register at (502) 394-0379. 

Did you know that you check out telescopes at the Library? Check out all the details including monthly tips for watching the skies from the Louisville Astronomical Society at http://www.lfpl.org/telescopes.htm.

St. Matthews Mall 2nd Annual Harvest Show


The Mall St. Matthews will host its 2nd Annual Harvest Show on October 11-13 from 10:00 am -9:00 pm featuring a variety of vendors and crafters set up in various locations within the mall.

Fest-O-Ween at the Paddock Shops


Join us on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Paddock Shops located at 4055 Summit Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY, 40241 for this year's Fest-O-Ween! Enjoy trick-or-treating, children's activities and a FREE pumpkin with a $10 receipt from any Paddock Shops retailer (while supplies last).

For more information, click here: www.paddockshops.com.

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

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Visit the Waterfront Botanical Gardens 





Monday–Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm

Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm



Monday–Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm



General Admission: Free

Group Visits:

$50 for up to 10 people with a guide $5 per person for every group member past 10


Free parking for guests is available on our paved lot outside the Graeser Family Education Center. 

Bicycle parking is available onsite.

Gardens Street Address 1435 Frankfort Ave Louisville, KY 40206

Phone: (502) 276-5404 Email: info@waterfrontgardens.org

St. James Court Art Show 2019

St. James

The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show featuring over 700 artists from around the U.S. held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. This 4-square block, outdoor art show takes place annually on the first weekend of October, Friday through Sunday.

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Live at the KFC Yum Center




Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8:00 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com



with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins

Friday, October 11, 2019

7:00 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com

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boys basketball



Saturday, October 12, 2019

1:00 PM

For ticket visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com



Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com






Tuesday, October 22, 2019

7:30 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com




Friday, October 25, 2019

7:30 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com

Mercy me

boys basketball



Tuesday, October 29, 2019

7:00 PM

For tickets visit: www.kfcyumcenter.com



The Butchertown Neighborhood Association (BNA) is hosting the 8th Annual Porktoberfest on Friday, October 11 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 p.m. at Copper & Kings, 1121 E. Washington Street. The event will include a cooking competition featuring Red Hog, Silly Axe Café, Art Eatables, Borracho Taco Stand, Liege & Dairy, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Against the Grain, Biscuit Belly, Cellar Door Chocolates, Feast BBQ, Butchertown Social, Hi-Five Donuts and Butchertown Grocery. Also enjoy live music by the Damudcats. Admission to the event is FREE. Patrons will use tickets for purchasing tastings from 15 competing vendors. $2 will equal 1 tasting ticket. For more information, click here: Porktoberfest.

Free Tree Giveaway

treestree give away

Susan G. Komen Kentucky Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen Kentucky Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 12, 2019

7:00 am - 11:00 am Cardinal Stadium,  2800 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, KY

Susan G. Komen Kentucky's annual Race for the Cure helps honor local breast cancer survivors in the community. The event kicks off on Saturday, October 12 at Cardinal Stadium with a Survivor Expo at 7 am, Parade of Hope honoring survivors at 8:40 am, the 5K at 9 am, and 1 mile walk at 9:15 am. Money raised at this event will help support programs for patients in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Komen Kentucky has contributed more than $11 million to the community for breast health education, screening and treatment support programs; and more than $4 million to breast cancer research.

For more information, click here: https://komenkentucky.org/.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Free Family Fun Day


Head over to the KMAC Museum located at 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 for a free Family Fun Day. Family Fun Days are free drop-in workshops for families and friends of all ages. Join KMAC educators in the Education Studio on Saturday, October 12 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, to make a variety of free art and crafts. kmacmuseum.org

8th Annual Norton Cancer Institute 99.7 DJX PINK PROM

pink prom

 8th Annual Norton Cancer Institute 99.7 DJX PINK PROM

presented by Derby City Gaming

Friday, October 18, 2019,  8 pm - 2 am

Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206

Dress up, walk the pink carpet, and dance the night away for an AMAZING Cause!  100% of ticket sales will go to Norton Cancer Institute. Your support of the Pink Prom helps Norton Cancer Institute provide prevention and early detection programs, clinical research, the latest breast cancer treatments and survivorship programs uniquely designed to care for the specific needs of women. Upcoming projects that your funds will support include providing robes for women at the new Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro and adding 3-D mammography technology to the Norton Healthcare Mobile Prevention Center, which brings health screenings and comprehensive care to underserved women throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana.

For more information and tickets, click here: http://www.thepinkprom.com/.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

book sale

STEAM Storytime


Via Colori Street Painting Fesitval


Via Colori® Kentucky is a festival in which hundreds of artists, community organizations, vendors, and partners come together to host the most creative festival in Kentucky. Approximately 100 artists will participate on Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 am -7:00 pm and on Sunday, October 20 from 10:00 am - 5:00pm with the intent of making an artistic masterpiece on a large scale, directly on the sidewalks of Waterfront Park in Louisville. There will be music, vendors, art, art vendors, family-friendly activities such as child street painting and superhero photo-ops, additional non-profits in an awareness section, a food court, street performers, costumed characters, an art gallery dedicated to child-created pieces, and of course, street art. For more information, click here: www.viacolorikentucky.com.

Twigs and Swigs

Twig and swig

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse located at 401 E Main Street Louisville, KY, 40202 will host the first annual Twigs and Swigs on October 20, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm in partnership with TreesLouisville and Louisville Grows. Join us in our effort to raise awareness about these two AMAZING non-profit organizations and the work they do for Louisville’s tree canopy. We'll have music, local craft-beer, a pop-up market, and a silent auction to benefit both organizations. Louisville loses around 54,000 trees every year. TreesLouisville and Louisville Grows provides education and tree planting services to help restore our communities and depleted tree canopy.

Folks can sign-up to volunteer at one of the Louisville Grows’ tree planting events in the community.

TreesLouisville is also partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to give 350 trees to residents during the event! Learn about how to reserve your tree go to www.arborday.org/treeslouisville, type in your address, and choose your tree.
Twigs and Swigs is FREE and open to the public! For more information, click here: Twigs and Swigs.

Louisville Water Company -Trick or Treatment


Louisville Water's annual Trick or Treatment event held at the Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse promises plenty of fun the whole family can enjoy.

Trick or Treatment offers snacks, candy, spooky science experiments, a Zombie Walk and a Good Witch Reading Corner.

Wear your favorite costume and join us on October 23 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Gatehouse, located on Reservoir Avenue across from the Crescent Hill Treatment Plant on Frankfort Ave. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, click here: Trick-or-Treatment.

Halloween on the Belle of Louisville

The belle

This year, the Belle of Louisville is offering two cruises that are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween in Louisville.

Belle of Louisville

The first is the Boo Cruise, a family-friendly Halloween-themed sightseeing cruise. With a costume parade, candy, and lots of fun, the Boo Cruise is fun for all ages. This cruise is held on October 26 from Noon to 1:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Boarding located at 401 West River Road, Louisville, KY. 40202

For ticket information,click here: www.belleoflouisville.org.

For the adults, a nighttime Haunted Halloween Booze Dance on October 26, 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm featuring a DJ, a costume contest, and a cash bar. Attendees must be 21 or older as each ticket includes a complimentary cup of Halloween Hooch as well as a drink ticket for the bar. Not drinking? Soft drinks and coffee are free! Tickets for the Haunted Halloween Cruise are $45 per person. Boarding located at 401 West River Road, Louisville, KY. 40202. For ticket information, click here: www.belleoflouisville.org.

Belle at night

Become A Meals On Wheels Volunteer


Junk Drop Off - 3 Items Per Day - FREE - to all Residents

waste reduction

The Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center at (636 Meriwether Avenue) provides a means for all residents of Louisville/Jefferson County to properly dispose of tires and household bulk waste including metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, unbagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture. 

*Up to three household junk items may be dropped off at no charge per day. If there are more than three items a fee will be charged according to the schedule: Waste Reduction Center Schedule.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Safe Swimming Pool Draining Tips

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Word of Week




Definition: A lover of words

In a Sentence:  To be a great author, you have to be a logophile because the love of words go hand-in-hand with crafting an engaging story.

Quote of Week

"You may not control all the events that happen to you,

but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

- Maya Angelo

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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.