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

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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

Super Bowl

In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, the Louisville Metro Council's first meeting of the new year was January 9.  That meeting was technically an organizational meeting to vote on a Council President and a Metro Council Clerk. David James, Councilman, District 6, was elected to serve a third term as the Metro Council President, and Sonya Howard, former County Attorney's Office employee, was elected and sworn in as a new Clerk for the Metro Council. You will see them both every other Thursday during the Council meetings --- they'll be seated in front of the room; Sonya at the Clerk's desk, and David at the high-rise President's desk, with the gavel.  

At 4:00 p.m., two hours before the Council meeting, the Republican Caucus and the Democratic Caucus meet in separate conference rooms. Four Councilmen were elected to the Caucus leadership positions on January 9. Markus Winkler, Councilman, District 17, and Mark Fox, Councilman, District 13, were elected Majority Caucus Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively. For Minority Caucus representation, Kevin Kramer, Councilman, District 11, was elected Chairman, and Scott Reed, Councilman, District 16, was elected Vice-Chairman.  These four fine gentlemen will preside over their respective Caucuses and serve on the Committee on Committees, with President James presiding.  

Once leadership is chosen, committees are formed and Council members are assigned to at least three committees. Last year, I served on the Appropriations, Government Oversight and Budget committees. I enjoyed all three of those committees immensely.  This year, I have been assigned again to the Budget committee (Yeah!), and two different committees --- on which I am very excited to serve --- Labor & Economic Development and Public Works. 

In case you're interested, here's a list of the committees and the responsibilities:

Appropriations - Neighborhood Development Funds, Capital Infrastructure Funds, and other Council expenditures.

Budget - Metro government's annual budget, budget adjustments, budget reports, etc.

Community Affairs, Health, and Education - health and education discussions as well as broader community issues such as homelessness, vacant properties, food insecurity, etc.

Economic Development and Labor - labor contracts, economic development incentives, and oversight of Louisville Forward and Develop Louisville.

Government Oversight/Audit - appointments to metro boards and commissions, Council rules, and oversight of metro departments.

Parks and Sustainability - discussions or legislation regarding the metro park system and the issue of sustainability.

Planning and Zoning - re-zonings and other planning related cases, amendments to the Land Development Code, and issues regarding annexation.

Public Safety - police, EMS, Emergency Management, fire, Metro Safe, and other safety issues.

Public Works - roads and paving, sidewalks, infrastructure, lighting, and other topics related to public rights-of-way.

Budget Meeting

January 30, 2020 - Special Budget Committee meeting. Pictured with me are several of the Councilmembers who serve on the Budget Committee. This special budget meeting, the first one of the new year, featured a presentation from the Mayor's Office about economic development incentives (Tax Abatement, TIF, Revenue Bonds). We were listening intently at this moment to Daniel Frockt, CFO, Metro Government.

Council Committees

Transparency is key to any successful government. With that said, if you want to review Metro ordinances, view video of any Metro Council committee meeting (in real time, or at a later date) (and know exactly how I asked questions, engaged in debates and cast votes) or, read the Metro Council rules or Metro Policy and Procedures, learn how to sign up to speak at a Council meeting, or view a committee assignment chart that is much clearer than the one inserted above, CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk

Keeping you informed is important to me, and that's why at the end of each  e-Newsletter, the following message appears: 

[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.]

Please know that I am proud to be your first point of contact for any of your questions or concerns about Metro Government. But, in the event you want to go directly to the source, Dial 311, or, depending on your issue, contact the agencies and telephone numbers to the left of this e-Newsletter. If you choose to call one of the agencies for assistance and don't get a resolution, do not hesitate to call my office at 574-1107. We are definitely here for (and because of!) you.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve!

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Pass the keys to a sober driver before the party begins

Football fans across the country are gearing up to celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LIV, on Sunday, Feb. 2.

For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder urging football fans to call the right play by passing the keys to a sober driver.

“We want everyone to have a good time watching and celebrating the Super Bowl,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “All we ask is that if you plan on drinking alcohol, make the right choice and plan for a designated driver before the party begins.”

Drunken driving can be deadly. With a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, a driver is considered alcohol-impaired, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe.

“Drunken driving crashes are 100 percent preventable,” said Secretary Gray. “With so many sober ride options – public transportation, taxis, ride booking programs – there is no excuse.”

According to KYTC, preliminary numbers indicate 121 people in Kentucky were killed in crashes that involved a drunken driver in 2019. 

“These are not just numbers,” said Secretary Gray.  “These are people – mothers, daughters, sons, fathers – who never made it home to their loved ones due to someone’s choice to drink and drive.  Any number above zero is unacceptable.”

The KYTC reminds motorists traveling not only on Super Bowl Sunday – but every day – to always buckle up.  A seat belt provides the best protection against injury and death. 

For Super Bowl LIV, be a team player and remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

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Help Find "Treecipients" With Louisville Grows

Tree Canvassing

Be a Census Taker

Census Taker Flyer

Bowl Patrol

Bowl Patrol

To help you save embarrassment, thousands of dollars in expensive plumbing repairs, and avoid polluting the environment, pay attention to this list of things that you must never, EVER, flush down the toilet:

1. Feminine Products
2. Cooking Grease - Grease should never be poured down any drain, period. It may look like a liquid that can easily be dumped down a drain, but when it cools, it will congeal and clog up your pipes. Collect your grease in a glass jar and throw it in the trash, or save the grease and reuse it, especially bacon grease…mmmmm
3. Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads
4. Dental Floss - Floss is not biodegradable and can cause serious clogs and environmental damage.
5. Q-tips/Cotton Balls
6. Diapers - Just because there is human waste inside does not mean that they are OK to flush. Diapers are made to expand in water. In the unlikely case you actually get the diaper to flush, it will likely get caught in the U-bend of the pipe.
7. Pills/Prescriptions
8. Paper Towels/Tissues - If you really want to save money and help the environment, you will use washable cloths and rags, but if you have to use paper towels, throw them in the trash, not the toilet. Tissues and paper towels are not made to dissolve like toilet paper; throw them in the trash.
9. Cigarette Butts
10. Hair: Hair will never dissolve in water. In fact, it floats and easily gets caught on its way out the toilet, snagging whatever comes its way. So, don’t clean a brush and toss the hair in the commode. And if you wear hair weaves and one falls in the toilet, fish that lock out or you could face a big repair bill.
11. Condoms
12. Bleach: Bleach is a very harsh chemical that does not belong in sewerage lines or septic systems. “The toilet bowl doesn’t need to be cleaned with bleach or an industrial cleaner. If you want to use something stronger, try white distilled vinegar. Toilet bowl stains are caused by the minerals in the water and not from human waste.
13. Food
14. Chewing gum: Chewing gum never dissolves in water and, worse yet, it can adhere to other flushables to form a clog. Wrap it in paper and toss it in the trash.
15. Dried poop from a litter box
16. Fish/snakes/little critters: Flushing live animals down the toilet is not only inhumane, it is stupid. Find a home for unwanted pets instead. About those dead animals: there’s no way they’re going to disintegrate in the toilet water and there’s a good chance they’ll create a clog. Give them a decent “burial” in the garbage can or yard.

Garbage, Compost, Recycle, Glass, Oh My!

Compost Chart

Compostable products like takeout containers, cups, plates, and forks may look and feel like plastic, but are made from plants such as corn or sugarcane. From a disposal point of view, these items are not as "eco-friendly" as they sound if you don't have a way to compost them in an industrial composting system. They won't break down easily (if at all) in a backyard compost pile, but if you try it, consider helping the process along by cutting the item into small pieces first. These products should NOT be placed in the recycling bin. If you don’t have a way to compost, into the garbage they must go. But, like their plastic counterparts, even compostable containers don't break down in any reasonable amount of time in a landfill. Remember, it’s best to REDUCE! Try to avoid single-use items, no matter what they're made from! 

FREE Radon Test Kit

Radon Test Kits

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while supplies last.  

You can request a kit by calling 574-6650 or visiting https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/radon.

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

The entire state of Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it.

For more information click here!

Plastic Recycling with Kroger

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There are some things you can’t recycle in your curbside bin and they include plastic bags, But another option is available!

Join Kroger in making a difference with plastic recycling. Every day, Kroger recycles tons of plastic waste in stores but with your help, they can do more.

Now you can recycle plastic bags (grocery, retail, food storage, dry cleaning, newspaper bags), outer package wrapping, plastic cereal box liners and shipping materials. Check out the above graphic for more information (or view it here) and thanks for doing your part!

Reserve Your Free Trees for Arbor Day

Louisville loses 54,000 trees a year due to storms, invasive pests, development and old age. Without mitigation, our city’s tree canopy cover could fall to as low as 21% in the next few decades. Through planting and preservation, our goal is to reach 45% canopy by 2050.

Trees Louisville

Trees make our city more livable, clean and healthy.


Trees Louisville is always looking for partners to help us improve canopy in our community, particularly in areas identified by the most recent Urban Tree Canopy Assessment of greatest in need.

Want to sponsor a project at a special school, street, or area of town? We can help facilitate the perfect project for individuals, families, or companies. Email us at info@treeslouisville.org or call us at 502-208-8746 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

How’s the canopy in your neighborhood?

The 78 neighborhoods within the old city boundaries of Louisville have a combined canopy cover of just 26%. How does your neighborhood stack up?




Iroquois Park = 68%
Cherokee Park = 55%
Cherokee Gardens = 53%
Brownsboro Zorn = 51%
Audubon Park = 48%



University = 11%
Phoenix Hill = 11%
Central Business District = 8%
Fairgrounds = 6%
Standiford = 3%

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Indicators of Human Trafficking

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Human Trafficking

 Recognizing key indicators of Human Trafficking (HT) is the first step in identifying victims and can help SAVE A LIFE.  Here are some common indicators to help recognize HT.  Reference is the Blue Campaign.

·       Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?

·       Has a child stopped attending school?

·       Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?

·       Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?

·       Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse”

·       Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?

·       Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?

·       Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?

·       Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, i.e., where they go or who they talk to?

·       Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?

·       Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?

·       Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation:

·       Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live: Are there unreasonable security measures?

·       Not all indicators listed above are present in every human trafficking situation, and; the presence or absence of any of the indicators is not necessarily proof of human trafficking.

To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 or BeFree

Hint: Keep this hotline number in your cell phone

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Human Trafficking

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Public Meeting Notice - Applewood Lane

BOZA - Applewood - Feb 3

Public Meeting Notice - Blakenbaker Lane

Boza Notice - 922 Blankenbaker

Public Meeting Notice - Fountain Ave/Westport Rd

BOZA - February 13

Public Meeting Notice - Hubbards Lane

BOZA - Hubbards Lane

LMPD Crime Trends

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For the week of Sunday January 19th to Saturday January 25th

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of fifteen thefts from autos, which was an increase from the previous week (9). In eleven of the thefts force was used, two were by unknown means and two were unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car. See attached maps for more detail.

Auto Theft - There were four reported auto thefts for the week which was a decrease from the previous week (5). In two of the thefts keys were used, one was by unknown means and one was unfounded. See attached maps for more detail.

Burglary - There were six reported burglaries this reporting period which was the same as the previous week (6). Five of the burglaries were residential and one was a business.  Entry was made by the following: Three were by force, one was unlocked and two were by unknown means. See attached maps for more details.

There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period

On 1/20/2020 at 1:35am in the 2100 block of Tyler Lane the victim reports that an unknown B/M approached him as he was getting into his vehicle and punched him in the face. Subject then took victims vehicle. Arrested- Dwight Bailey B/M

Community Events

The Chamber of St. Matthews

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New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation
Date: February 11, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST

Register Now

Event Description:
New Member Orientation is designed to bring new and existing members together for a brief session of networking and learning provided by the Chamber staff. The first thirty minutes of New Member Orientation is for open networking. This allows new members to talk candidly about their experiences and businesses. Each month a current member business will host the event. This allows new and current members to see other member businesses in action. Light breakfast and refreshments are provided by the host. Take this chance to come introduce yourself and your business to your fellow new and current members. A presentation will be provided by the Chamber staff going over all aspects of the Chamber from networking, events, board members, affinity partner programs, and ways to promote your business.

Best In Class
3831 Ruckriegel Pkwy, Suite 108
Louisville, KY  40299

Frazier History Museum


Second Saturday: Happy Valentine’s Day from The Past!

Take advantage of our 50% Off February discount promotion! Second Saturday is a perfect way for families to enjoy the day together. 

From candy to cards to crazy traditions, we’ll dedicate the day to love and families of past and present.  Explore our hands-on artifact touch stations, try to figure out what some unfamiliar objects from our collection might be, make some art and more!

  Second Saturday activities are included with General Admission to the museum.   

Trivia Night: In Support of Metro Animal Services

Library Trivia Night

To sign up click the link below!


For more information click the link below!


Just for Fun

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She sells seashells on the seashore.
The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure.
And if she sells seashells on the seashore,
Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

Yally Bally had a jolly golliwog. Feeling folly, Yally Bally Bought his jolly golli’ a dollie made of holly! The golli’, feeling jolly, named the holly dollie, Polly. So Yally Bally’s jolly golli’s holly dollie Polly’s also jolly!

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood. 

Quote of the Week

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Life Hacks

Life Hack

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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.