What's Happening in District 4

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Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1104
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Wanda Mitchell-Smith

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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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Upcoming Road Closures:

October 19 - Urban Bourbon Marathon

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5 am - 9 am

  • Jefferson Street from Seventh Street to Fifth Street

5 am - 1 pm

  • West Liberty Street from Third Street to Sixth Street

7 am - 8:30 am

  • Jefferson Street from Fifth Street to Second Street
  • Second Street from Jefferson Street to Main Street
  • Main Street from Second Street to Brook Street
  • Brook Street from Main Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Witherspoon Street from First Street to River Road
  • River Road from Preston Street to Witherspoon Street
  • Preston Street from Witherspoon Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

7 am - 10:30 am

  • Lexington Road from Baxter Avenue/Liberty Street to Cherokee Park Scenic Loop
  • Cherokee Park Scenic Loop
  • Alexander Road from Scenic Loop to Willow Avenue
  • Cherokee Parkway from Willow Avenue to Grinstead Drive

7 am - 11:30 am

  • Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Eighth Street to East Chestnut Street
  • Campbell Street from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to East Chestnut Street
  • East Chestnut Street from Campbell Street to Baxter Avenue
  • Grinstead Drive from Lexington Road to Baxter Avenue
  • Cherokee Road from Grinstead Drive to Baxter Avenue
  • Baxter Avenue from Cherokee Road and Broadway to Liberty Street

7 am - Noon

  • Eighth Street from West Liberty Street to West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
  • Muhammad Ali Boulevard from Third Street to Eighth Street
  • West Liberty Street from Roy Wilkins Avenue to Sixth Street

October 20 - Cyclouvia


2 pm - 6:10 pm

  • Bardstown Road from Douglass Boulevard to Baxter Avenue/Highland Avenue

Look Who's Pictured in District 4!



Have you ever noticed the red bike hanging above the Spalding University entrance at 824 S. 4th Street? It's a reminder to all that this is where young Cassius Clay learned to box after he experienced his "Red Bike Moment." Someone stole his new red bike when he was 12 years olf and all he wanted to do was find the thief and whoop him! Officer Joe Martin took the police report and then told Cassius to meet him at the gym inside the next day to work on his fighting technique. The rest is history!


Calvary Episcopal Church on South Fourth Street provides immigrant families and many others with food, clothing, and various services.

300 peanut butter sandwiches, cookies, popcorn, water, and flowers are delivered weekly to those experiencing homelessness in our city.

This is "power in the parking lot." When we work together to provide for those in need, we empower others to meet their full human potential.


Art in City Hall was celebrated recently with the second installation of original artworks by regional artists.

Many thanks to Christen Boone and JP Davis at the Fund for the Arts along with Ms. Elmer Lucille Allen for their unwavering support of art in Louisville!

School children created this portrait of Rosa Parks by cutting various colors of paper into small pieces and placing them together under the direction of William Duffy.

William Duffy created the beautiful piece using the technique known as pointillism. His subject was an early 1900s photos from Reader's Digest. 

Happy Birthday Councilwoman Paula McCraney and thanks for serving on the Art in City Hall 2019 Selection Committee.









Councilwoman Sexton Smith joined Angela Arnett Garner and Lorinda to announce plans for Louisville's upcoming celebration of Indigenous People's Day.



Lock-Take-Hide signs are popping up around downtown as a public awareness campaign. Theft from autos is the #1 crime in the Central Business District. Many autos are left unlocked with valuables left where you can easily see them. Be SMART!



The rain did not stop everyone from having a great time at the annual Porktoberfest in Butchertown at Copper and Kings.

Butchertown Neighborhood Association President Nick Johnson is a full time champion for Butchertown. Thank you!

The Mudcats' awesome music set the perfect mood for a fantastic Porktoberfest. Thank you!






Many chefs offered their amazing desserts and other comestibles all made with pork. It's all good!






Carol Sutton was all smiles when she learned the railroad tracks got fixed on the bike path where she often goes during her 50 mile ride. 50!



The first annual Imagine Mural Festival was a huge success in Smoketown. Kacy Jackson and Braylyn Stewart are two of the many artists who painted 18 new murals.

Hannah Drake took the stage and delivered her spoken word art to the shear delight of everyone in Smoketown.

The students at STEAM Exchange created a beautiful mural with self portraits on the MSD Basin wall.


Councilwoman Sexton Smith welcomed hundreds of Americorps members to Fourth Street Live for their official Swearing In Ceremony.

Kentucky Americorps members celebrated the 25th Anniversary

Lynn Rippy accompanied the YouthBuild team as they took the Americorps Oath. Congratulations!




More than 80,000 people across our country were sworn in by Americorps recently dedicating themselves to a life of service.


Dancers performed on October 14th in downtown Louisville during our celebration of Indigenous People's Day.

Councilwoman Sexton Smith visited backstage with one of the few people who still speaks the traditional language of The Principal People known as Cherokee.

More than 100 cities across our country celebrated Indigenous People's Day as a remembrance of indigenous people of who occupied these lands since time immemorial, and an acknowledgement that communities throughout the land are built on homelands of indigenous people - those who were here first. 

Bill Miller waited backstage for his turn to perform his three time Grammy award winning "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas.

Report Street Light Outages to LG&E


If you see a streetlight out in your neighborhood (or anywhere in Louisville), please note the address and report it to LG&E for repair. Click here to fill out the online form to report broken or malfunctioning streetlights. We always recommend adding your contact information to the request, so a technician who has questions can contact you. LG&E makes repairs during the day. Make sure you follow up if the streetlight hasn’t been repaired within seven (7) days.

Early In-House Absentee Voting is Open!


Early In-House Absentee Voting starts Monday Sept. 23

Sept. 23 - Nov. 4     Monday-Friday  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Oct. 26 and Nov. 2          Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM:

Registered voters in Jefferson County who will be absent from Jefferson County on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 can vote their ballot early at Election Center, 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Room 301 (near 7th and Oak Streets).

Other people who can vote early include: a woman in her last trimester of pregnancy, a person or their spouse who is scheduled to have surgery on Election Day and those people because of age, illness or disability are not able to go to the polls.

Now through October 20 - The Sunset Limited

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On a subway platform in NYC, an ex-con from the South saves the life of an intellectual atheist who wasn't looking for salvation. Now, the reformed murderer-turned-savior ventures to offer salvation of another kin, bringing the failed suicide victim back to his Harlem apartment of an articulate and moving debate about truth, fiction and belief. "the deity that presides over Mr. McCarthy's world has not modeled itself on humanity: Its voice most resembles the on that addressed Job out of the whirlwind." NY

Show Dates

10/17, 10/18, 10/19: (7:30pm)

10/20:  (2:00pm)

Jack-o'-Lantern Spectacular Open Through Nov. 3



October 17 - Methods Training: Reframing Conflict

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RSVP IS REQUIRED: oydtrainings@louisvilleky.gov

October 17 - Forum with Roz Pelles


October 17-18 - Breakfast on Broadway


October 18-20 - Friends of the Library Book Sale


October 19 - Use Nutrition to Fight Lead Exposure

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October 20 - Anniversary of Edison's Lamp Patent!


October 20, 1-6 p.m.

Come enjoy educational museum exhibits, science demonstrations, Edison movies, and refreshments at the site that honors the life and legacy of the legendary inventor who lived in Louisville from 1866-67. Visit the backyard patio and enjoy wine or a mimosa under the tent!

October 20 - Elections Discussion Panel


October 20 - Twigs and Swigs with Against the Grain


October 21 - Clearing the Air, APCD Workshop Series

Clearing the Air

October 22 - Smoketown Neighborhood Plan Meeting

smoketown meeting

October 23 - 1 Love Louisville Networking Night

networking night

October 26 - Owl Prowl at the Nature Center

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October 26 - Masterpiece in a Day


October 26 - Phantom of the Opera Masquerade Ball


October 26 - Louisville Chorus Halloween Celebration

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October 30 - Swan Lake by Russian Ballet Theatre

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Take a Survey for Olmsted Parks Conservancy!


Are you the kind of park visitor who enjoys taking the path less traveled? Olmsted Parks Conservancy is in the middle of a trail study to learn how we can better control soil erosion and improve our natural trails in Cherokee, Iroquois and Seneca – making the escape into nature better for both the park and the visitor. We want to know, how do you use the natural trails? Whether you run, hike, bike, or walk your dog on the trails in our Olmsted Parks, you can help us with our study by filling out this 15 minute survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OlmstedParksTrails

Louisville Parks and Recreation Volunteer Opportunities

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Applications for Urban Seasonal High Tunnels

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is once again taking applications for seasonal high tunnels (hoop houses) that work towards extending the growing season for gardeners and vegetable producers. These metal-framed plastic-covered growing areas allow producers to plant early - like February - and extend their growing seasons well into winter. Applications taken now are for the 2020 growing season.

If you had a high tunnel crop in place in February, you are probably already eating freshly grown fruits and vegetables and worked through the cool rainy season in the comfort of the “indoors”. To find out how you can qualify for this program, coupled with the Jefferson County Conservation District, contact Kurt Mason, Urban Conservationist for Kentucky at (859) 490-0113 or kurt.mason@ky.usda.gov Qualified applicants can be individuals, groups, non-profits, churches and community organizations. To find out more about this opportunity and how it is within your reach, contact the phone number above. Through the partnership of USDA, Jefferson County Conservation District and additional funding, Jefferson County residents will have very little of their own dollars committed to healthy growing! Don’t wait because the process takes some time to apply and the deadline is coming up in November. Start your application now!

Cooking with Kin - $5 Family Cooking Classes


Healing Space for Youth Who Have Been In Detention

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Ngoma Movement Series - Affordable Dance Program


Sewing Classes from the Archdiocese of Louisville

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LIHEAP Early Registration is Open!


After School Tutoring Program & Cultural Institute

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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!

Vision Russell Updates and Events

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Kentuckiana Builds Orientations

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 17 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM 
  • MONDAY, OCT. 21 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • THURSDAY, OCT. 24 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • MONDAY, OCT. 28 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • THURSDAY, OCT. 31 @ 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


3rd Annual Sista Strut 3K Breast Cancer Walk - Saturday, October 19th @ 8a – 12p - Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway

Sista Strut’s mission is to increase awareness about breast cancer and provide information on community resources in the area.  A portion of the proceeds from the Sista Strut 3K will benefit Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer and Susan G. Komen of Kentucky.  To register for this event click HERE


Russell Neighborhood Association Meeting - Monday, October 22nd @ 6:00 pm - Western Library, 604 S. 10th Street

Come join Russell neighbors and stakeholders for their regular meeting, held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  For additional information please email:  msjackie6040@gmail.com.


Implementation Team & Ambassador Networking Night - Wednesday, October 23rd @ 6p – 7p - KMAC Museum, 715 W. Main Street

The Office for Safe and Health Neighborhoods would like to invite you to be a part of this month’s Implementation Team and Ambassadors Networking Night. The Youth Implementation Team, who advise the Mayor on issues and solutions that matter to them pertaining to violence prevention, will proved brief updates on their work. The Mayor and Youth team will also hold a press conference to announce their focus area for 2019-2020 during this time. Come ready to meet and connect with passionate community members doing the work to help create a safer Louisville! Register through Eventbrite or by emailing Maryam Ahmed at Maryam.ahmed@louisvilleky.gov.


Focus Community Meeting - Thursday, October 24th @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm - Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 426 S. 15th Street

Focus Community Meeting for Delores Pre-School Tutoring Service in the Russell Community. All community residents and leaders are invited to attend. For additional information please email deloresbutler1240@gmail.com.


Power Up - The 3rd Annual Economic Mobility Summit - Friday, October 25th @ 9a-4p - Louisville Central Community Centers, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Special Guest: Diamond Shirley Alexander, Diamond Key Realtors

Louisville Central Community Centers, and partners invite entrepreneurs, community stakeholders, resource providers, and individuals considering starting a business to attend the 3rd Annual Economic Mobility Summit. The Summit design is for startup (under five years old) businesses seeking additional resources and information to move their businesses to the next phase; however, all entrepreneurs are welcome. To attended this event register through Eventbrite.  To register to be a vendor, email mburch@lcccnews.org or call (502) 583-8821 for more information.


Job Fair Festival! - Tuesday, October 29th @ 11a-3p - Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, 160 Rochester Dr.


Have fun while meeting major local employers (like Amazon, GE Appliances, Jim Beam, and more!)

Job Seekers:  Bring copies of your resume and photo ID.  Suggested dress is business casual.


Ready for a Quality Career with Good Pay? We can Help! - Next Training October 28th – November 22nd - Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, 160 Rochester Dr.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) training is a 4-week program that will give you the hands-on skills and knowledge necessary to begin a quality career in advanced manufacturing. The CPT training covers foundational technical skills that employers look for in their employees, like safety and quality practices, and measurement. CPT training is free and runs Mon-Fri from 8:30a-5p.  Call (502) 276-9711 ext. 4001 to get started.

Louisville Metro Job Opportunities

  • Automation Controls Specialist / Grade 17
  • Automation Controls Specialist / Grade 17
  • Electrical Engineering Co-op
  • Engineering Co-Op (Civil/Environmental) - Infrastructure Planning Department
  • Engineering Co-Op (Civil/Environmental) - MS4 Environmental Program Department
  • Floodwall Maintenance Electrician I / Grade U26
  • Maintenance Electrician I / Grade U26 - 2 positions
  • MSD Chief Financial Officer & Secretary/Treasurer Grade 31
  • Training Specialist - Treatment Ops / Grade 14

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

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ABC Liquor License Applications


731 Brent Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an Entertainment Destination Center license being applied for, located at 731 Brent Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, October 4, 2019.

Upcoming Public Meetings

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Notices of Action on FEDOOPs



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: 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.

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 - 604 S. 10th Street at Western Library, (502) 389-7004 or email  Jackie Floyd, 4th Tuesday every month @ 6:00pm

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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