DISTRICT 7 E-Newsletter

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

601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107

Email Councilwoman McCraney

Shay West

Legislative Assistant

(502) 574-3454



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...

safe and happy

Message from McCraney

Hello Neighbors,

The fall season generally brings about change. The weather changes, leaves change and our clothing style changes from sleeveless to long sleeves.  

I once heard someone say that no one likes change but a baby with a wet diaper. This may be so, but the truth is, change is an inevitable part of life. It happens whether we’re ready or not. So, the smart thing to do is be ready or get ready.  If we work at it, we could possibly set our sail so that the winds of change blow us in the direction we choose rather than onto the rocks.

Why am I writing about change? Well, the older I get (and I just turned a year older two weeks ago!), the more I think about the decisions I’ve made that have gotten me to the life I enjoy today, and I think more about some of the changes I need to make in order to live a productive, healthy and meaningful life.

Last Saturday was another Mingle with McCraney event (see pictures below). This is an event whereby a resident or business is kind enough to open their doors to surrounding neighbors who stop by to meet me, share ideas, voice opinions and hear about what’s going on in District 7 and at City Hall. I don’t show up alone, either. LMPD, EMS, MSD and various other agencies accompany me.



A coulple of people showed up at the lovely home of Drs. Larry and Erlene Grise-Owens. Several very good questions were asked, and very good answers were given from LMPD Major Hardison, EMS Director/Assistant Chief Mike Riordan, and Intergovernmental Relations Director Wes Sydnor. Oh, and I answered some questions, too.

The conversation was good. We talked about CSX blocking intersections and possible signage, youth detentions, drainage, gutter clutter, bike safety and traffic.  The civic engagement of these Lyndon residents was impressive. They showed up ready to have their voices heard and get answers. Both were accomplished.

How sweet it would be if every citizen was that engaged. This is where the idea of “change” comes to mind.  Involved citizens make positive change happen.  Some act on change, and some simply react to change. Those who prepare in advance are more successful with handling change than those who don’t. You see, there are three types of citizens in a community; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who show up after the fact and wonder what happened. Which type of citizen are you?

Don’t answer that question on the grounds that you may incriminate yourself. When I’m challenged like this, I generally tell folks that I can show you better than I can tell you. I will not allow my civic engagement to be questioned; I am curious, and I am involved.

I want to make a difference; I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. I enjoy promoting the quality of life in our community, through both political and non-political processes. Since I’ve been hosting my accessible events, Mingle with McCraney and Muffins with McCraney, I’ve met some pretty amazing change agents. These individuals show up, they’re curious, and don’t shy away from asking questions.

I invite you to jump on the civic engagement bandwagon with other District 7 residents. Mark your calendar for the next Muffins with McCraney (Saturday, November 16, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, 1801 Rudy Lane ), and/or the next Mingle with McCraney (Saturday, December 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., at Walden School, 4230 Westport Road).  Come one, come all! No question is off limits, and all suggestions are welcomed.

There’s another opportunity coming up on November 19 to be seen and be heard (see flyer immediately below my message). At this public meeting, the State Transportation Cabinet and the Louisville Metro Public Works department heads will be on hand to introduce a plan I’ve been meeting with them on about access management, congestion reduction, and safety improvements on Westport Road from I-264 to Chamberlain Lane.

District 7 is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The continuation of all the amenities and the quality of life we enjoy depends on your involvement. Together, we will shape the future of District 7 and enjoy living here for many, many years. 

See you soon!

Westport Road Traffic Meeting!


Halloween Safety Tips

safe halloween

LMPD 8th Division Annual Trunk Or Treat


Halloween Parade


The Captain's Quarters Pumpkinfest


Join us for our 5th Annual Chunkin' Pumpkins Cancer Event at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille, 5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, Kentucky 40059 on October 27, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. We will feature three Chunkin' teams, live music, pumpkin carving, bourbon and craft beer sampling, and other family friendly activities. All money raised will benefit two great local charities, Hope Scarves and Twisted Pink.

Shakespeare In The Libraries


The Louisville Free Public Library and Kentucky Shakespeare are once again partnering to bring free, family-friendly two-actor performances of Shakespeare classics to the libraries. This year, two actors will bring Shakespeare’s most famous play to life as Hamlet uncovers a web of deceit and corruption in his quest to avenge his father’s death. This live performance will premiere at the St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, on November 2, 2019  at  2:00 pm. Free for all ages.

Nutcracker Family Storytime


The Works Week

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Free Paper Shredding and Drug Toss Event


Louisville residents are invited to bring unneeded documents to be shredded and prescription drugs to be disposed of for FREE on November 2, 2019 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center (Lot W), 1030 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209. This paper shredding and drug toss event is a joint operation of Louisville Metro Public Works and Louisville Metro Police. Businesses may not participate in this event. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled. Shredding services are donated by the Louisville Branch of Shred-It Louisville. 


The drug toss is a drive-through event. In advance, black out all personal information on all medication containers that will be tossed. For safety reasons, sharp items, needles, lances, cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items cannot be accepted. Medication products should never be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open or thrown in the trash because they can contaminate the environment if exposed to drinking and ground water.

Leaf drop-off sites to open November 5


Metro Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service November 5, 2019  through November 30, 2019. Drop-off will not be available on November 28, 2019  or November 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.


Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard

10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)

Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Public Works East District Operations Center

595 Hubbards Lane

Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Public Works Waste Reduction Center

636 Meriwether Avenue

Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Leaves Are Falling- Clear Those Storm Drains

Strom drains

Don't forget to keep your storm drains clear as leaves continue to fall throughout the season.

For more information, click here: Keep Storm Drains Clear.

MSD Clears Dumped Furniture From Goose Creek


There are plenty of legal ways to dispose of furniture. Dumping it into a stream isn’t really one of them.

But that was what Louisville MSD faced in August, after receiving a report from Louisville Public Works of furniture found in Goose Creek at Westport Road. 

MSD crews used a “clamshell” truck—commonly utilized in cleaning stormwater basins on the side of roadways—to remove a three-piece sectional, along with a mattress and box spring, 

An MSD crew having to clear out the waterway meant it was taken away from other jobs, said Communications Program Manager Sheryl Lauder. “All of this equipment equals money, taking trash out of waterways,” she said. “If people would just dispose of it responsibly, we could go about with other business.”

Metro Public Works has a Waste Reduction Center on Meriwether Avenue where up to three large household items can be dropped off for free. Use as often as you’d like, and report those who abuse dumping laws.

LMPD Is Hiring Traffic Guards


District 7 Crime Report

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For the week of Sunday October 13, 2019  to Saturday October 19, 2019

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of fifteen thefts from autos, which was an increase from the previous week (5). In two of the thefts force was used, five were unlocked and eight were by unknown means.

Auto Theft - There were three reported auto thefts for the week, which was an increase from the previous week (1). In one the key was used and two were by unknown means. 

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

There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period.

1) On Saturday 10/19/2019 at 9:15pm in the 1500 block of Bardstown road the victim was robbed at gunpoint by four unknown hispanic males.

Drug Enforcement Takeback


On Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm LMPD partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration for National RX Drug takeback. Anonymously discard unwanted/expired medications at participating Kroger and Walgreens, in an environmentally safe manner (no sharps, syringes, needles or lancets).

Kroger locations:
5001 Mud Lane
291 N. Hubbards Lane
9440 Brownsboro Road

Walgreens locations:
2021 Hikes Lane
7338 Dixie Highway

Flood Safety Tips and Advice


2019 Kentucky Walk For Hearing

walk for hearing

Kentuckiana Stroke Association


Senior Lifestyle, Health And Wellness Expo.

Senior health

Trolley Hop


Autumn Adventures


Premium Compost Sale


Christmas Tree Needed!


The city of Louisville is looking for its next superstar Light Up Louisville Tree! 

This tree will be the centerpiece of Light Up Louisville and the city’s month-long celebration of the holidays,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “We’ve been blessed with good luck in finding the perfect Christmas tree every year. If you believe you have one that fits the bill, please give us a call.”

The tree should be a spruce or fir, about 40 feet tall, healthy and well-shaped. The city will cut and transport the tree to its prominent spot across from Metro Hall at Sixth and Jefferson streets. Anyone interested in donating a tree should call Metro 311 or Louisville Parks and Recreation at (502) 574-7275. The tree donor will attend the Light Up Louisville sponsor reception as a featured guest of the city as well as the Light Up celebration. For more information, click here

Southwest Driver's License Branch Moving


Please be advised the Southwest Driver’s License Branch is moving to a new location in the Dixie Plaza.

Beginning Saturday, October 26, 2019 the current Southwest branch (4917 Dixie Highway, Suite E, 40216) will close due to construction and relocation.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 the new Southwest branch (4919 Dixie Highway, Suite A, 40216) will reopen.

In addition, the West Louisville Branch (2900 West Broadway, 40211, inside the Nia Center) will be open for Saturday hours on October 26, 2019 and November 2, 2019.

For driver’s license information, locations, hours and more, please visit www.DriveJefferson.com.

For information regarding Kentucky’s Real ID, please visit www.drive.ky.gov.

Online Animal Abuse Registry Goes Live!

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Convicted offenders required to self-report; pet organizations must check list before adopting out or selling a pet.

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is reminding residents that a new Louisville ordinance that took effect Tuesday requires the name of any person convicted of animal abuse in Jefferson County to be placed on an Animal Abuse Registry.  

Metro Council District 8 Representative Brandon Coan sponsored the ordinance, which was approved by the full Council in April.

“Animal abuse registries are growing across the country as an important law enforcement tool to not only prevent animal cruelty, but also identify individuals who may pose a domestic violence or other serious threat to the public at large,” said Coan.

LMAS will notify convicted offenders of the requirement to self-register and pay an annual registration fee of $100. Offenders will remain on the registry for a period of two years. Pet stores, shelters and animal organizations that offer pet adoptions and sales are required to check the registry before allowing a person to adopt or purchase a pet.

“In the early months and years of the registry, a primary focus will be to minimize the burden on small businesses and nonprofits in terms of compliance,” said Coan. “We intend to work closely with stakeholders until the system works well for everyone.”

Kentucky consistently ranks among the worst states for animal rights, though Louisville’s animal ordinance goes beyond state statutes. The creation of an animal abuse registry is designed as another tool to keep animals from those who would abuse them.

Under the ordinance, LMAS will maintain the Animal Abuse Registry, updating it at least once every 30 days. Anyone convicted of animal abuse outside of Jefferson County must register within 10 days of establishing residency. Failure to register or comply with the registry could result in a maximum 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. To view the Animal Abuse Registry and read the ordinance, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/animalservices.

Air Pollution Control District


Notice of Action on a Title V Operating Permit

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District proposes to issue an operating permit to Recast Energy Louisville, LLC (industrial energy service provider), 4014 Bells Lane, in accordance with Regulation 2.16. This permit is being issued to renew the operating permit. The 30-day public comment period starts on October 26, 2019, and ends on November 25, 2019. A public hearing may be scheduled if the district determines that there are germane, unresolved issues or substantial public interest, in accordance with Regulation 2.07.

Drafts of the permit and summary are available at the district office, 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 303, Louisville, 40203,  Monday through Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, by calling Matt King at   (502) 574-6000, emailing: airpermits@louisvilleky.gov, or at the following website:  www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD/docket.

Copies of the application are available upon request. Written comments will be accepted at: airpermits@louisvilleky.gov  until midnight or at the district office until 5:00 pm on November 25, 2019.

EPA has agreed to treat this draft Title V permit as a proposed Title V permit and to perform its 45-day review provided by the law and regulations concurrently with the public notice period. Although EPA’s 45-day review period will be performed concurrently with the public comment period, the deadline for submitting a citizen petition to object to the EPA Administrator will be determined as if EPA’s 45-day review period is performed after the public comment period has ended (i.e., sequentially).

The status regarding EPA’s 45-day review of this project and the deadline for submitting a citizen petition can be found at the following website address: www.epa.gov/caa-permitting/clean-air-act-permitting-kentucky.

Just for Fun

Word of Week


Definition: Promptness in response; a cheerful readiness.

In a sentence: With great alacrity, the eager cheerleaders took the field.

Quote of Week

   Great opportunities to help others seldom come,

but small ones surround us every day.

~Sally Koch

Life Hacks


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