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

Happy Friday

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In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

Mark Your Calendar

December 12th is the last legislative session for the Metro Council before our holiday recess. The agenda will be filled with interesting ordinances and a few resolutions to boot.

If you are available and looking for a great place to be entertained, I invite you to join me in the City Hall Chambers at 6:00 p.m. to witness your representatives at work. If you let me know in advance that you're coming, I will be sure to give you a "shout out" from the platform.

Also, on December 14, I will be hosting the last "Mingle with McCraney" of 2019.  I hope you'll mark your calendar and join me at the Walden School at 10:00 a.m. Accompanying me will be several key professionals from various local government agencies.  These employees will be available to listen to your concerns and help you navigate your way through their agency offerings. If you live near an abandoned home, or if you feel that a neighbor's home is in need of repairs and not in compliance, then you'll have an opportunity to discuss your concerns with a code enforcement officer. If you have questions about how to start a neighborhood association, you'll get the information at this meeting. If you have questions to ask of a police officer or fireman, then you're in luck, because they will be in attendance, too. 

The Walden School is hosting this month's "Mingle with McCraney" and is looking forward to showing off its fabulousness.  I toured the school several weeks ago and was amazed to learn of its educational successes. It is a beautiful school, and is much larger than it appears from the outside.  We are grateful to the Walden School for being a District 7 host, and encourage you to stop by to take a look around. 

Please grab your coat, gloves and a few of your neighbors and stop by on December 14 to Mingle with your Councilwoman and talk to key agency representatives to get the latest scoop on what's going on in Metro Government, and tell us how we can best be of service to you.

Come one, Come All!

Let's Talk

Mingle With Your Councilwoman & Govt Agencies


Landbank Property FOR SALE!

Landbank Launches New RFP Properties for December!


The Landbank Authority launches a new RFP for December 2019! Click here for available buildings and guidelines on how to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by December 20th, 2019 by 5 p.m. EST

New 8th Division Commander

Major Brown

We are excited to announce and introduce to you our new LMPD Commander in the 8th Division, which encompasses a portion of District 7.  Please join us in welcoming MAJOR ANDREA BROWN!

Major Andrea Brown has worked for the police department for 23 years, three as a civilian and 20 as a sworn officer. She has worked in the Division Resource Office, spent time in the 1st and 4th police divisions, and led the Hostage Negotiation Team. Prior to becoming 8th Division Major, she was the Community Services Division Commander tasked with overseeing the Special Events Unit, Community Policing Unit, and the Traffic Unit.

Way to go, Major Brown!!!


District 7 Resident Spotlight: Daniel Frockt

Proud of You
Daniel Frockt

Shout out to District 7 resident, Daniel Frockt, on leading an award-winning team of professionals in Louisville Metro Government. We are proud of his most recent team accomplishment!  Read on.....

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded Louisville Metro Government the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the ninth year in a row.

The certificate represents the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.  It recognizes that the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) exceeds reporting requirements to deliver financial reports that “evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure” and provide users the necessary information to assess the financial health of governments for themselves.

“Louisville Metro Government continues to receive external validation that we are a well-run organization. GFOA recognizing Metro’s fiscal integrity and transparency for nine years in a row is just one more example of our consistent excellence,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I would like to extend a special thanks to our Director of Finance, Monica Harmon, and her entire team of professionals who worked so diligently to prepare this report which serves our residents and builds trust in the strength of our government.”

Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt added: “The Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is honored to receive this distinction. It demonstrates our commitment to the values of teamwork, transparency, and integrity that are encompassed throughout Metro government thanks to Mayor Fischer’s leadership.” 

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving over 20,000 government finance professionals in North America.

All of Metro’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports since merger are available here.

[Daniel Frockt is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Louisville Metro.  He advises the Mayor’s Office on the financial health of the city along with routine testimony to the Metro Council and public.  He leads the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) which is responsible for the city’s finances, including its approximately $800 million annual operating and capital budget.  OMB administers procurement, risk management, treasury, accounts payable/receivable, accounting, grants, payroll, financial systems and revenue collection.] 

Way to Go

Water Tower Open House

water tower

Want to see pieces of water mains more than 150 years old? Study a cross-section of a fire hydrant? Or explore a 100-foot-tall restored steam pump? Experience all that and more on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Louisville Water Tower Park, located at 3005 River Road. It’s open that day to the public from 12 PM to 5 PM General admission is $5 per person ($4 for seniors and $3 for military).

Included with your admission to Louisville Water Tower Park:

WaterWorks Museum -- Located in the west wing of the Original Pumping Station, museum highlights Louisville Water’s considerable archive of historic photographs, some dating back to 1860, films and memorabilia. The museum appeals to visitors of all ages, including children, with tower building activities, dress like a water company employee station, scavenger hunts and much more. Visitors will also discover Louisville Water’s story, whose groundbreaking research in water science and engineering has contributed to safe drinking water methods used throughout the world.

Pumping Station No. 3 – In October it was opened for tours at Louisville Water Tower Park after an extensive two-year renovation. Visitors can see the 100-foot tall restored steam pump and see a film on its history.

Guided Tour -- Information on the iconic Water Tower, and well as a tour of the grounds that sit on the banks of the Ohio River.

Can’t make it Sunday? Schedule a tour for your group of 10 or more by calling 502.897.1481 or visit LouisvilleWater.com and click on the Water Tower Park tab.

Accessibility and our Cultural Landscape


Community Conversation - Accessibility and our Cultural Landscape

December 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Our final session of the year will be a community conversation about the cultural landscape of accessibility offerings and services in our Louisville Community. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about Locust Grove and their work in accessibility. The meetings will have the following accessibly accommodations provided:

  • ASL Interpretation
  • Large Print
  • Mobility Access
  • Open Captioning

Please notify us with any additional accessibility requests, including dietary or questions  at louisvilleculturalaccess@gmail.com  or contact us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louisvilleculturalaccess/.

Project made possible by Louisville Metro Government in partnership with the Fund for the Arts.

The Louisville Astronomical Society Inc.

Check it Out

UAC Public Observation Night And Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 14, 2019

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

We would like to invite members and all interested astronomy buffs to our LAS Holiday UAC Open House, Public Night and Equipment Sale. We will be serving cookies, hot chocolate, spiced cider and soft drinks.

Also the LAS welcomes anyone interested in astronomy to visit us at the Urban Astronomy Center (UAC) located in E.P. Tom Sawyer  State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Rd, Louisville, KY 40241 for our monthly Star Party. Members may arrive early for set-up. If the ground is wet, we will set-up behind the building on the asphalt.

Support St. Matthews Area Ministries


Want a simple way of giving back to St. Matthews Area Ministries while you shop? Go to smile.amazon.com all year long! Please share this post with your family and friends. #WeAreStMAM

Books & Brews 502

book and brews

Kick off LFPL's Adult Winter Reading Program - Books & Brews 502 with an after-hours event at the Northeast Regional Library. Read books, drink brews, and browse to your heart’s content at our new library’s first after-hours adult event. We will have all our best book nerds on hand to talk about your favorite books. Enjoy some brews from Against the Grain Brewery and Quills Coffee, snack on pizza, and learn all about Books & Brews 502, LFPL's adult winter reading program. Carmichael's Bookstore will also be there so that you can purchase your holiday gifts after hearing from the experts. Register for Books & Brews 502 at www.lfpl.org/booksandbrews

PICASSO From Antibes to Louisville


On view December 14, 2019 through March 22, 2020

KMAC Museum

715 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

KMAC Museum is excited to bring Pablo Picasso from the shores of the Mediterranean to the banks of the Ohio. Picasso: From Antibes to Louisville will bring together approximately 50 ceramics and works on paper created by Picasso between 1931 and 1956.  These works are part of the collection of the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France, and have never before been on view outside of Europe.  Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity. For more information or tickets, click here: kmacmuseum.org.

For group tours of 10 people or more, please contact Hunter Kissel at hunter@kmacmuseum.org or (502)589 -0102.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker


The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

December 14-22, 2019

 The Kentucky Center

501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Enjoy the tradition of this whimsical holiday treat to the Land of Sweets where Marie is welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends. Filled with magic, artistry, and awe-inspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams really do come true.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker runs a limited engagement of nine performances this season – get your tickets before the rats snatch them up!

For tickets or more information, click here: Nutcracker.

Christmas Gift and Decor Show


Empty the Shelters


Help us #EmptytheShelters on December 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM  & December 14, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, during the BISSELL Pet Foundation's Holiday Hope Adopt-a-thon. During this 2-day, nationwide event, All Louisville Metro Animal Services Shelter adoptions will be FREE! Spay/neuter, microchip & vaccinations are included.

Join us at the Louisville Metro Animal Services Shelter located on 3528 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40218. All adoptions will be free during the 2-day adopt-a-thon. Jefferson County residents must purchase a 1-year pet license for $10; or save money by purchasing a 3-year license for $27.

Get a head start - fill out an online application that's good for 30 days: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services/pet-application. 

View our adoptable pets now by visiting: www.louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services/services/adopt-pet.  Child testing is mandatory; Cat & dog testing offered by request.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December  17, 2019 at 7:30PM

Louisville Palace

625 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a critically-acclaimed extravaganza that is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!  Broadway singers perform original music along with a new twist on seasonal favorites such as “Deck The Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” On the edge-of-your-seat feats are performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, penguins, candles, reindeer, gingerbread, carolers, Santa and colossal ornaments flying, balancing and stretching imaginations in this groundbreaking holiday stage spectacular. For more information and tickets, click here: www.louisvillepalace.com.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Project


Frazier History Museum

winter break

Frazier History Museum Winter Break Camps 2019-20

We’re incredibly excited about winter break.  We’re inviting children grade 1-6 to join a series of full-day programming at the Frazier History Museum located at 829 W Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202.  Come for just one day, or join us for all seven as we explore fun themes and history around cold weather, toys, the moon, folktales, winners and losers, the future, the past and much more. Frazier Camps are diverse, creative and an exciting way to have fun learning.

All camp sessions are taught by professional educators, limited to 18 children and run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with the option for extended care until 5:30 PM.

For more information or to register, click here: Winter Camps 2019-2020.

Spread Holiday Cheer

Holiday Line

Water Pipe Awareness

Be nice to your pipes

District 7 Crime Report

crime trends

For the week of Sunday, November 24, 2019 to Saturday, November 30, 2019.

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 unlocked and five were by unknown means. 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 a decrease from the previous week (8). In five the keys were used, one was by unknown means and one was unfounded. 

Burglary - There were four reported burglaries this reporting period which was an increase from the previous week (3). Three burglaries were residential and one was a business. The method of entry is as follows: Force was used in three and one was unlocked. 

There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period.

1) On Tuesday 11/26/2019 at 5:25 pm in the 700 block of Barret Ave the victim confronted a subject who was breaking into his vehicle. The subject then pointed a gun at the victim and then fled with the victims cell phones. Suspect was a black male wearing all black.


Crime Maps - Updated Daily

Always remember to lock your car and remove all valuables; it's the easiest way to prevent crime.

CLICK HERE  to view LMPD's interactive crime mapping tool.   

 If you see crime occurring, please contact the Louisville Metro Police Department. Call 911 for emergencies.  Call 502-574-7111 for non-emergency related help or to find a towed vehicle. 

Call 574-LMPD to report crime tips.

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The Works Week

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Know Waste: Packaging from online shopping

Box 1

The common practice of online shopping means we have a lot of extra waste at home. From bubble wrap to cardboard to padded envelopes and air pillows, the list goes on. The best thing to do is reuse the items - refill the boxes, pack fragile items with bubble wrap or air pillows, mail something else in the envelopes, or use items for craft projects. (Or you can always donate to someone else to reuse.) But if you find yourself needing to dispose of them, here's some useful information:

Box 2

Cardboard Boxes

Please recycle your cardboard! Flatten the boxes to conserve space in your own recycling bin or in our recycling dumpsters around town. Don't put them out for Large Item Collection ("junk") because they won't get recycled. 

Bubble Wrap, Air Pillows

These can be recycled with plastic bags at participating retail stores. Keep them out of your home recycling containers and drop off recycling dumpsters. 

Padded Envelopes

To know what to do with these, you have to know what they're made of. Some envelopes have paper surrounding bubble wrap. These cannot be recycled since they are made of a mix of materials. Some are all plastic and can go with the bubble wrap (see above). If the padding is made of all paper, the envelope can go in your home recycling containers or drop off recycling dumpsters. 


Large blocks of Styrofoam can be recycled at Foam Fabricators, 950 Progress Blvd, New Albany, IN. They must be clean and free of tape and stickers. They do not accept any other form of Styrofoam. And Styrofoam is NOT accepted in curbside recycling or drop off recycling dumpsters. 

holiday recycle

For more information, click here: Electronics Recycling .

Fire Department - HIRING!


Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: Cheerful and lighthearted.

In A Sentence: Because James has such a jocund personality, he has been the parade Santa Claus for the last eight years.

Quote of Week

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  
Stephen R. Covey

Life Hacks
make up

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.