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

Wanda Mitchell-Smith Legislative Assistant             (502) 574-3453                     Email Wanda


 Audrey Champelli               Intern

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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.

In this issue...

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February 15 - Louisville Metro Community Engagement Event


February 13 - Premiere of The Beecher Terrace Story


Please join Filmmaker Lavel D. White, Mayor Greg Fischer, other Civic Leaders and former Beecher Terrace Residents for the premiere of “The Beecher Terrace Story”.

About The Beecher Terrace Story

Over the last several years, Louisville Metro Government, LMHA, Russell stakeholders and numerous other partners have been working to transform the Russell neighborhood. As part of this work, Beecher’s obsolete apartment buildings are being demolished to make way for a new energy-efficient, mixed-income community.

Since opening in 1939, Beecher Terrace has been home to thousands of families who were influenced by its strong sense of community. The Beecher Terrace Story includes interviews with several former residents and neighborhood stakeholders who articulate the community’s rich history through their personal stories and anecdotes. The film also highlights the changes that have taken at the site over the decades, and the important role Beecher Terrace is playing in the future of the Russell neighborhood.

February 13 5:30-7:30pm at Louisville Central Community Center

Black History Month Hero

Lucille Legget

Mrs. Lucille Boston Leggett (January 28, 1919 – October 12, 2019)

Wife, Mother, Civic Leader and Educator

She was educated in the Birmingham City School System and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Miles College.  Her teaching career began in Memphis Tennessee, where she received her Master’s degree in Education and taught there for more than 25 years.  Mrs. Leggett extended her education with the University of Louisville, earning a Certification in Behavior Disorders applying her teaching to the Jefferson County Board of Education for years until retirement.

Known for her civic duty and service to our community, Mrs. Leggett served 10 years as Block Watch Captain for Division 1 of the Louisville Metro Police Department.  Her spirit of volunteerism reached many campaigns and elections well over a 60 year period.  Her work in Operation Brightside to fight blight in Louisville and the American Garden Association won her an honor from the National Peace Pole in 1990 and she worked to establish the Russell  Community Garden, the first community garden planted in West Louisville.  She was the oldest member of the Oak and Acorn Dance Team. 

District 4 proclaimed Mrs. Leggett as a “Living Legend”  for her 100th Birthday Celebration!  By Faith this legend lives on through the example she lived, taught and breathed.  We are especially proud to pay tribute to one Mrs. Lucille Boston Leggett.

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.

Upcoming Events

synergy action sessions

Russell Community Garden - Garden Plots for Rent


Recycle Plastic at Kroger


Apply for a 30% Senior Discount on Sewer Services

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If you'd like to apply for a 30% Senior Citizen Discount of the amount billed for sanitary sewer service and the EPA Consent Decree Surcharge, please print, complete and return the form.  You must be able to provide documentation verifying:

  • you are the legal title/leaseholder/renter of the property
  • you are 65 years of age or older
  • your household gross income is $35,000 or less per year.

Click HERE for the form.


Vision Russell Updates and Events

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2020 Takeover Building you Economic Legacy - Saturday, February 15th @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm - Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Join us for a conversation with author of "Money Mayday, 7 Steps to Cleaning Up Your Money Mess," Dana S. Branham. Branham has worked in financial services for over 13 years. She recently sold her advising practice to return to work in Corporate America, and now works as a Client Service Consultant at LPL Financial. Prior to becoming an advisor, she worked in various finance-related roles at a Union, in Construction, and at a Fortune 500 Company. To register for this free event click on the following link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-takeover-building-your-economic-legacy-tickets-89192389839


Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods - Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm - Spalding University Republic Academic Center, Room 101, 981 S. 3rd Street

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods' One Love Louisville Ambassador Institute is a one day training designed to provide extended knowledge and skills for community members to make a difference in their neighborhoods. Training content will include Conflict ResolutionMental Health 101, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing and the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention. Participants will gain skills to take action in the One Love Louisville initiative. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is confident that your participation in the Ambassador Program will be instrumental in our collaborative effort to create a safer Louisville. Breakfast and lunch will be served. RSVP through Eventbrite: https://15thambassadorinstitute.eventbrite.com


The Figures of Louisville’s Eastern Cemetery - Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Western Branch Library, 604 S. 10th Street

The Friends of Eastern Cemetery in conjunction with Western Library present the next edition of our ongoing series “The Figures of Louisville’s Eastern Cemetery.” This program will focus on African Americans in the medical profession. Figures featured will be Mary Merritt and Betha Thomas, who were among the first African American RNs in Kentucky. We will also highlight three doctors: Dr. John A.C. Lattimore, Dr. Orville Ballard, and Dr. William H. Pickett. Each of these men worked in a different medical field and influenced their respective neighborhoods and Louisville as a whole. Call (502) 574-1779 for more information.


Focus Community Meeting - Thursday, February 27th @ 6:30 pm – 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.


Celebrating Black History in Music - Saturday, February 29th @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Christ Temple Church, 723 S. 45th Street

The music of Florence Price is experiencing a renaissance of new appreciation in concert halls across America, but as a black woman in the early 20th century, she was frequently overlooked by publishers and performers. Featuring Price's Symphony No. 3, this concert celebrates the past and current contributions of black composers to the canon of great American symphonic music. Other works will include Liquify by composer Michael Abels (film score composer for Us and Get Out) and works by Haitian-American composer Julio Racine.

For more information click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-black-history-in-music-registration-54657631447 


Hiring Information Sessions – (Every Friday)

Attention Beecher Terrace & Russell Neighborhood Residents who are interested in construction employment opportunities at the Beecher Terrace Redevelopment Project. Urban Strategies, Inc. will be on site at the construction trailer Every Friday from 11am – 1pm. Urban Strategies can assist you with:

  • Job Application Assistant
  • Interview and Soft Skills Coaching and Training
  • Free TARC Pass
  • And other work-related resources

For more information, please contact Urban Strategies, Inc. at 502-384-0786.


Kentuckiana Builds Orientations

  • MONDAY, FEB. 17 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • THURSDAY, FEB. 20 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • MONDAY, FEB. 24 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM
  • THURSDAY, FEB. 27 @ 10 AM & 5:30 PM

Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway

Kentuckiana Builds is a six-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


Section 8 Homeownership Program - Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. (Wiggins/Neighborhood Place - 1411 Algonquin Pkwy)

Let the Housing Authority help you buy a home!  The Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s Homeownership Program allows eligible Section 8 or Public Housing residents to use their housing subsidy toward a mortgage payment instead of for rent.  Come to an orientation to learn the eligibility requirements and how to get started. Adults only, please.  You do not need to register.  You can also hear the schedule by calling: (502) 569-6060 ext. 6960

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!


Join a Board or Commission

If you are interested in volunteering for one of Louisville Metro Government's Boards and Commissions, now is the time to start. By being a part of a board or commission, you will offer your time and your talents to improve the quality of life in our community.

There are approximately 100 boards and commissions with many areas of interest, including business and economic development, land planning, parks and recreation, public health and public safety.

To learn more about applications, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/mayor-greg-fischer/interested-serving-board-or-commission

VACANCIES - Louisville Metro Boards and Commissions

  • Metropolitan Business Development Corporation
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board
  • Bardstown Road Overlay District
  • Building Code Board of Appeals
  • Cemetery Board
  • Civil Service Board
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Jefferson County Public Law Library
  • Deputy Sheriff Merit Board
  • Downtown Development Review Overlay Board
  • Downtown Management District
  • Ethics Commission
  • Fire Protection Districts (Fairdale, Harrods Creek, Highview, Lake Dreamland, Lyndon, Middletown, Okolona, St. Matthews & Worthington)
  • Hazard Materials Ordinance Appeals & Overseers Board
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Human Relations Commission Advocacy Board
  • Human Relations Commission Enforcement Board
  • Kentuckiana Works
  • Landmarks
  • Library Advisory Commission
  • Louisville Arena Authority, Inc.
  • Louisville Public Media
  • Merit Board
  • Medical Center Commission of Jefferson County
  • PARC Board of Commissioners
  • Police Merit Board
  • Redevelopment Authority
  • Science Center
  • Urban Renewal Commission
  • Vacant Property Review Commission
  • Waterworks
  • Zoo Foundation Board


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 - Jeff St Baptist Community at 800 E Liberty St. 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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