District 7 E-Newsletter

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

Janet Golden-Lewis

Staff Helper

(502) 574-2285



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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

New Year Quote

In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

New Year Resolutions

Ah, those infamous New Year Resolutions...

Do you make new year  resolutions?  I'm not one to make them, mainly because calling them 'resolutions' seems to create a bad omen. So, instead of making resolutions, I set (or reset) SMART goals.

SMART is an acronym for the 5 elements of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.  

After I  identify goals that are important to me, I begin to figure out ways I can make them come true. I begin an exercise in self-talk (I tend to get undivided attention and better answers with self-talk!), and develop an attitude and the financial capacity to reach my goals. 

Most of my written goals are personal to me (I've even taped them to my clothes closet where I can see them daily), so, I will spare you the melodramatic details. But, I would like to share with you some of my Metro Council goals.  In fact, I can accomplish a few of my goals with your help. That's right, you can play an active role in helping me to be successful in reaching my goals in 2020, more specifically with goals 1, 3 and 5 listed below.

Here are some of my 2020 Metro Council goals:

1.  I will increase the District 7 e-Newsletter readership 30% by December 31, 2020. (Currently, our readership is 2,009. That means, I will need your help in spreading the word to your neighbors on how to sign up to receive the e-Newsletter.) To reach my goal, I will need to attract approximately 603 new subscribers. Yikes!

2.  I will host at least three Muffins with McCraney events and two Mingle with McCraney events (by December 15, 2020), and host or participate in at least one public forum to discuss the budget (by April 11, 2020).

3.  l host at least three FREE select  bus tours for District 7 residents (by November 30, 2020). I need YOU to look for the announcements of these tours in the e-Newsletter and sign up to attend.

Ideas for tours include:

A. Louisville Water Tower

B. Waterfront Park and Botanical Gardens

C. Sightseeing west of 9th Street with a stop at the new YMCA, the proposed Urban League track and field site, the African American Heritage Museum and lunch at a soul food restaurant

D. Metropolitan Sewer District's wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, and a possible peak at the Waterway Protection Tunnel

E. Visits throughout the city to at least three of the most beautiful libraries in the Louisville Library System, along with some poetry read-ins while en route. 

4. I will host at least two District 7 suburban Mayors "Synergy Luncheons" by October 31, 2020.

5.  I will work closely with Metro Government officials to lobby our state representatives in Frankfort for a comprehensive tax reform or pension reform bill, and taxing authority that will ease the sting of the looming pension bill which, once again, must be dealt with in the upcoming fiscal year budget. Completion target month: April (the budget must be approved in June).

State Legislators convened on Tuesday, January 7th for the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly for what is considered a long session, meaning it will last 60 days. Like our local government, our state government is faced with a tough budget year. Revenue is only predicted to increase 1.3%. Legislatures are expected to take up tax and revenue proposals while in session, so here's how you can help me with this particular goal: Please contact your State Senator(s) and State Representative(s) immediately and urge them to do the right thing and pass a responsible budget and legislation that includes revenue options (such as a restaurant tax) for Louisville and other municipalities that don't currently have this option. Ask them to find revenue and give us (your local government representatives) taxing authority that will solve our revenue dilemma and help us to avoid again cutting critical services such as police, fire and EMS. The health of our city depends on  your involvement and the thoughtful and carefully executed budget approvals and legislative achievements of our state representatives.

You can find the legislators for your area here. PLEASE CALL, EMAIL OR PAY THEM A VISIT IN FRANKFORT. This is exactly what I plan to do!

6. I will sponsor at least two key pieces of legislation (TBD) that will enhance the viability of our city. Accomplish date: November 1, 2020.

As stated, my goals must be S.M.A.R.T.  If they are not S.M.A.R.T, they may not be attainable. So, I've set some sensible goals and hit the start button. I'm well on my way!

Whether you make resolutions or set goals, one thing's for sure, you can accomplish them by doing as I've done - make them S.M.A.R.T., and get others involved in your journey. Friends hold each other accountable, cheer each other on and pitch in to help where they can. Friends don't let friends go it alone.

2020 is off to a great start, and the best is yet to come - (If you're SMART about it)!


These are Resolutions Even I Could Embrace:

New Year Resolutions


Upcoming Events

Come Chat with Your Councilwoman!

Muffins with McCraney

Spread the Word

Meet Your Legislators - February 29, 2020

Cafe Louie - February

Meet Your Legislators - March 14, 2020

Cafe Louie - March

News You Can Use

Louisville Water Rates Increase

Water Company Pic

The Board of Water Works approved Louisville Water’s budget for the new year, and starting Jan. 1, 2020, new water rates apply. The average cost for a household using 4,000 gallons of water a month will increase 85 cents to $24.01.

The Board of Water Works is the governing entity for Louisville Water and sets the water rates annually. On your bill, you will see two charges from Louisville Water, the service charge and the commodity charge.

The service charge includes what it costs to make your drinking water and get it to you – the treatment, meter, delivery, etc.

The commodity charge is based on how much water you use. The first 2,000 gallons are priced at the lowest rate, and the price increases as the usage goes up. Since most of our residential customers use 4,000 gallons monthly, the lower volumes are priced at the lowest amount.

Louisville’s tap water is a great value, especially compared to nearby cities. You can fill up 75 eight-ounce glasses of Louisville pure tap® for just a penny.

Tap here to view the full 2020 Rate Schedule, Customer Fee and Charges.

For more information on previous Louisville Water rates, service rules and MSD rates, tap here.

File For Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption
Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption for 2019-2020 is $39,300

Kentucky’s Constitution allows property owners who are 65 or older to receive the Homestead Exemption on their primary residence. If you are eligible to receive the Homestead Exemption, the exemption amount is subtracted from your property’s assessed value, reducing your property tax liability.

Only one exemption (Homestead or Disability) is allowed per household. Once approved for the Homestead Exemption, you are not required to reapply annually.  You are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on residential or commercial property as long as you own and occupy the property as your primary residence and meet all other qualifying criteria. If you move, it is your responsibility to notify the PVA Office and reapply for the exemption on your new residence.

KRS 132.810(2) (h) provides, “When title to property which is exempted, either in whole or in part, under the homestead exemption is transferred, the owner, administrator, executor, trustee, guardian, conservator, curator or agent shall report such transfer to The Property Valuation Administrator.”

For more information, CLICK HERE.

2020 Census Coming Soon

2020 Census

When Is the 2020 Census Coming to You?

by Kenneth Terrell, AARP, January 7, 2020

There are more than 330 million people living in the United States. This year the Census Bureau will undertake the process of figuring out exactly where each one of them lives. Here's a quick timeline of what that means for you.

The U.S. Constitution requires the Census Bureau to conduct a full count of the nation's population every 10 years. That tally is used to determine how many legislators each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade. The numbers also help policymakers figure out where roughly $675 billion in federal funding gets spent each year.

Most people should expect to receive their census invitation in the mail in mid-March, but the bureau is already busy, currently hiring more than 500,000 workers just to help with the count and opening 248 additional offices nationwide.

May 2020

For those who haven't completed their household census form yet, this month is when workers will start going door-to-door throughout most of the country to assist stragglers. Completing your census form is important for your community and the nation, but make sure to beware of potential scammers. If someone comes to your door, start by asking for a valid Census Bureau ID card.

December 2020

The Census Bureau will provide Congress and the president with the results of the 2020 count.

March 2021

By the end of the month, the Census Bureau will send each state its redistricting counts. These figures will be used to determine new legislative districts and also where federal funding is spent.

Click here to view a 2020 Census video and get inspired to get COUNTED!


Pet Licensing Fees Waived in January

Pet Licensing

This month only, LMAS is waiving late fees for Jefferson County residents who purchase or renew a Pet License. The Louisville Metro Animal Ordinance requires pet owners to purchase a one-year license for their dogs, cats and ferrets.

Pricing for a Pet Licensing is as follows:

  • 1 Year Altered (spayed/neutered): $10.00
  • 1 Year Altered – Senior Citizen Discount: $5
  • 3 Year Altered: $27.00
  • 3 YR Altered – Senior Citizen Discount: $13.50
  • 1 Year Unaltered: $60.00

Purchasing or renewing pet licensing can be done four convenient ways: in person at Animal House Adoption Center, online, at a participating Veterinarian office or by mail. To purchase or renew Pet Licensing in-person, visit Animal House Adoption Center daily from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday.

Visit the MAS website to purchase or renew Pet Licensing online or find a participating vet at: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services/services/license-your-pet.

To purchase or renew by mail, visit the website to download and fill out a pet licensing application. Checks should be made payable to Louisville Metro Animal Services and include an additional 50 cents for postage. Mail the pet licensing application and check to Animal House Adoption Center, 3516 Newburg Road, 40218.               

Parks and Recreation Golf Passes Now on Sale!

Joe Creason Park

Golf is a year-round sport. Get your pass today!

Louisville Parks and Recreation annual golf passes are now on sale at the Joe Creason Park administration building, 1297 Trevilian Way.

A seven-day unlimited play pass, good for unlimited play including weekends and holidays after noon, is $500. A five-day pass, Monday-Friday only, is $350. Junior, team, and golf cart discount passes are also for sale through the golf desk at Creason Park, located in the parks administration building across from the Louisville Zoo.

Those seeking a pass are required to fill out an application and to get a photo ID taken at the Creason Park golf desk. You can download the application here or fill it out in person.

The golf desk is typically open 8-5, Monday-Friday. For more information, please call (502) 574-6454.

Board of Education - Public Hearing on Site Acquisition

JCPS Public Meeting

The Jefferson County Board of Education has scheduled a Public Hearing on January 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., to receive comments on a proposed site acquisition at 2605 Echo Trail, Louisville, KY for the purpose of constructing a new middle school.  The public meeting will take place at Eastern High School Auditorium, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243.

Copies of the proposed tract of land will be available for examination by interested individuals at the above address on the date and time specified. Those individuals wishing to comment on the proposed plan may present oral or written comments at the Public Hearing.

Public Meeting Notice - Indian Hills Subdivision

Public Notice 1-2020

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Police Appreciation Day

According to a Newsweek article posted online on January 9, 2020, yesterday (January 9), the nation celebrated National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day—a day where the nation gets to give their gratitude to law enforcement officers and organizations for all the work they do.

Newsweek pointed out that, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), there are over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers serving in the U.S. which it says is the highest figure ever. Out of these, 12 percent are female.

Life is not easy if you work in the law enforcement sector. On a day to day basis, these people put their lives on the line to protect the innocent. According to NLEOMF, since the first recorded police death in 1786, there has been over 21,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. In the past 10 years, 1,582 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, which is an average of one death every 55 hours. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report 2019 LEOKA report, there have been 60,211 assaults against law enforcement officers in 2017, resulting in 17,476 injuries.

Newsweek reported that as of January 6, 2020, one law enforcement officer has been reported feloniously killed so far this year.

Furthermore, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), police officers suffer from mental health issues and illness due to responding and witnessing tragic events. Nearly one in four police officers has thoughts of suicide at some point in their life and the rate is four times higher than for firefighters. NAMI also reports that more police die by suicide than in the line of duty, and have much higher rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, burnout and other anxiety-related conditions.

So, please, if you will, take time this weekend to intentionally extend gratitude to a police officer.  District 7 is blessed to have several very good suburban police departments and the LMPD as our protectors. I salute every officer on the force and pray their safety. They deserve our acknowledgment and support.

Crime Trends

Police Crime Banner

For the week of Sunday December 29th to Saturday January 4th

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of fifteen thefts from autos, which was an increase from the previous week (2). In ten of the thefts force was used, four were unlocked and one was entered by unknown means. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car. See attached maps for more detail.

Auto Theft - There was one reported auto theft for the week which was a decrease from the previous week (3). The theft was by unknown means. See attached maps for more detail.

Burglary - There was one reported burglary this reporting period which was the same as the previous week (1). There was one burglary to a vacant building.  Entry was made by the following: one by unknown means.

There was one reported Robbery for this reporting period.

1) On Saturday 1/4/2020 at 6:17pm at 1504 Bardstown Rd. (Smoothie King) the subjects were shoplifting. When confronted by an employee in the parking lot the male suspect backed his vehicle into the employee and then fled scene. Suspect #1-W/F late teens, brown hair, wearing a black Nike hoodie and gray slippers. Suspect #2-W/M 17 years of age, bowl cut hairstyle and blue eyes. Suspect were driving a black 4 door Honda.

LMPD 5th Division Email. 5thdivlmpd@louisvilleky.gov This is an email address that is monitored by the 5th Division Command Staff and District Resource Officers. If you would like to contact us about issues in your neighborhood this is a great way to let us know about it.

We need your help to catch people committing crimes. Many of these crimes occur in a short time. Your call can put us in the right place at the right time. Please make sure you report any suspicious activity you observe.
How to Call. In an emergency always call 911. If you don't feel it is an emergency but you would like to report it to the police you can always the non-emergency line. 574-7111. You will hear a recorded message, you can press 5 and it will go straight to a call taker. It will be entered in as a run to be dispatched and the next available officer will be sent to the area. 

Use the crime mapping iPhone app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/crimemapping/id452856454

Crime Trends from Louisville Metro Police:

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The 3 P's of Potty Safety

3 P's to Potty Safety

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Free Tax Prep

NOTE:  VITA Free Tax Prep Income eligibility = Household income $66,000 or less.

Community Events

Ali the Greatest

Keepers of the Dream Poster

The Kentucky Center ArtsReach, in collaboration with the Office of Mayor Greg Fischer and RiverCity DrumCorp, presents Keepers of the Dream, A Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King’s Vision on Sunday, January 19, at 5:00 p.m. at The Kentucky Center (Whitney Hall), 501 W. Main Street. This event is free and open to the public. The Celebration hosted by WKU student Jayla Ransom features:

  • Freedom Award presentation by Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Recitation of Dr. MLK Jr.’s speech "Another America" by Keith McGill 
  • Featured visual artist Phoenixx Lee with the art of LaNia Roberts
  • ArtsReach Our Voices Dance Collective from Chestnut Street YMCA
  • River City Drum Corp
  • ArtsReach Living the Vision Award presentation
  • ArtsReach Violin & Percussion Studios from West End School, WESTEC & Portland Promise
  • Poets Writeous Soul and Brea
  • ArtsReach Playwriting & Dance Studio from Every Known Mastermind, Made New Acapella & D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. Dance. 

For more information, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/city-events/keepers-dream-freedom-award.

UofL MLK Program

Fund for the Arts

Science Center


NEW MISSION: Science with a Twist

Saturday, Feb 1st | 7:00pm – 11:00pm

You are invited to the 11th Annual Science with a Twist, presented by Brown-Forman.

Your mission – if you choose to accept it – is to enjoy an exciting evening of mystery, scientific espionage, gadgetry, and fun while supporting the Annual Fund for Science at Kentucky Science Center.

Guests will enjoy:

> complimentary valet parking
> three floors of special “spy and secret agent” exhibits and experiences
> signature cocktails – shaken or stirred – at the open bar
> deliciously crafted hors’ d’oeuvres
> dessert buffet

DON’T BLOW YOUR COVER: Dress as your favorite secret agent, double agent, spy, private investigator, or villain.

This is not a clandestine operation. Bring your fellow spy or villain friends.

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Just for Fun
Quote of the Week







1.  A blessing in disguise = A good thing that seemed bad at first

2.  A stitch in time saves nine = Fix the problem now because it will get worse later

3.  Keep your powder dry = Be prepared and save your resources until they are needed

4.  Familiarity breeds contempt = The better you know someone the less you like him 

5.  Let sleeping dogs lie = Stop discussing an issue

6.  Make hay while the sun shines = Take advantage of a good situation

Life Hack Image

Sick of that gunk buildup in your car's cup holders?  Line them with silicone cupcake liners. They fit perfectly and make clean up a breeze.

Silicone Cupcake Liners

Do you want your house to smell good for hours? Make an orange or a lemon candle, and its light and aroma will last a long time. Learn how to do it here.

Orange Peel

Happy New Year Poem

New Year Quote

...And, if I made resolutions, this would be the one:

New Year Quote

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.