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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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Committee Assignments: Public Safety, Budget, Government Accountability, Ethics, Intergovernmental Affairs

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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.

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Preparedness



Dear Friends,

From time to time I ask you to help me, help you. Please contact your State Senator and ask them to support HB 484. This will give us more local control of our County Employees Retirement System (CERS). This is critical as we face budget challenges created by our pension obligations. Your Metro Council is working hard to make meaningful improvements in our local budget.

Keeping the Facts Straight about HB 484

  1. House Bill  484 will remove the politics and political influence from our pension management system.
  2. HB 484 allows for Local Control of the Local Pension System — CERS is 76% of the pension assets KRS manage and 64% of its membership, yet it only has 35% representation on the KRS Board of Trustees, and there are no CERS representatives on the KRS Investment Committee at this time.
  3. HB 484 will maintain one pension administration structure, currently known as the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), while providing stability for CERS.
  4. HB 484 establishes a CERS Board of Trustees for investments, auditing, asset allocations, medical and other professional/technical services for the CERS trust.
  5. HB 484 Removes Political Influence — Currently, a governor can reorganize the KRS Board of Trustees at any time. That happened in 2016, just three years after the legislature passed a bill to fix the unfair representation CERS had on the KRS Board of Trustees. The governor reduced CERS representation.
  6. HB 484 prohibits a governor from abolishing, reorganizing or replacing the board.
  7. HB 484 maintains one Administrative Structure — the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority (KPPA) would hire one actuary for KRS and CERS. Current KRS employees would transition to KPPA.
  8. CERS could NOT Manipulate Employer Contribution Rates — CERS would report its actuarial valuation, employer contribution rates, assumptions and trends to the Public Pensions Oversight Board by December 31, allowing time for a legislative correction.
  9. HB 484 establishes a CERS Board of Trustees and KRS Board of Trustees eliminating the potential for a conflict of fiduciary duties.

Find your State Senator at this link and please contact them by phone or email encouraging them to COSPONSOR and SUPPORT the passage of House Bill 484.

If you prefer to call, you can leave a message by calling 1-800-372-7181 or speak to your legislator by calling the Legislative Research Commission at (502) 564-8100.

Together today – stronger tomorrow!


Look Who's Pictured in District 4!





Lifelong friends Bill and Edith Weyland along with Bob Means planted their flag once again at the groundbreaking celebration on East Jefferson Street. The Weyland Ventures welcomes the newest Hilton property in Louisville!






Maria Gratz serves as CEO of Weyland Ventures leading the way for Tempo Hilton to be open by Derby 2021. This is the first Tempo brand hotel to be built anywhere in the world!






Jill Jones joined the crowd at Rabbit Hole to begin the celebration as Louisville welcomes Tempo - new hotel built for the rhythm of your life.





Congratulations Kendall Boyd as Mayor Greg Fischer administered your oath to serve as Louisville’s Chief Resiliency Officer.

Erin Smith and Verna Goatley joined the crowd of friends and supporters in celebration.


Councilwoman Sexton Smith stopped to buy Girl Scout cookies on her way out of Kroger. Let’s all support the entrepreneurial efforts by young girls learning business development through cookie operations!






Many thanks to the Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer for kicking off Colon Cancer Awareness Month at the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA.

Wear blue in March and get your colon screening scheduled.  






PAWS with Purpose were on hand to welcome the Kentucky Colonels to their new headquarters in District 4!


Councilwoman Sexton Smith joined other elected officials at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch for another Cafe Louie sponsored by our Friends of the Library. This series is a great opportunity for folks to meet the officials and ask whatever is on your mind.


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.

Tax Preparation Appointments Available Now


My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2020. The service is FREE if you earned $66,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2019 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the appointment line to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, will be available on Fridays through April 10 between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the appointment line at 502-305-0005 to make an appointment and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible. Click here to view brochure. If you have any issues making appointments, please contact my assistant at 574-3908. Click here to view the flyer.

AARP Tax-Aide has a mission to serve any person who comes through the door, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. Assistance will be available at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday through April 15.

For more information and a full AARP schedule, please visit www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org or call 502-394-3443.                                                       

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website, there are two options to self-file online. The “Intuit Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “H&R Block My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $66,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit https://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-help/do-you-qualify, for more information.

Lifeguard Training Classes for 2020 Season

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Russell Community Garden - Garden Plots for Rent


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.

U.S. Census Employment Opportunities



Yard Waste to be Collected by Request Only

From January 20 - March 27, yard waste will be collected on your normal day BY REQUEST ONLY. Call 311 or 574-5000 to request yard waste collection. Regular yard waste collection will resume the week of March 30. (Residents with private waste haulers should contact their company about yard waste collection.)

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Show Your Garbage Cart Some Love


MSD Job Opportunities


For more information, visit the MSD website

Liquor License Applications


1001 East Kentucky Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package and NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package license(s) being applied for, located at 1001 East Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, February 12, 2020.


Beginning Monday, February 24, 2020, the Waste Reduction Center will be temporarily closed for maintenance. Below is a list of private waste collection vendors to use (for a fee) while our Center is closed.


Waste Management of Kentucky

2673 Outer Loop, 40219


Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please note: If unloading by hand you need to be inside an hour before closing time.


1101 W Oak St, 40210 - 800-828-8171

Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.


4446 Poplar Level Road, 40213 - 502-634-2900

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tire Shredding

1001 Ulrich Avenue, 40219 - 502-968-0635

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Smith Creek (2 locations)

Accepts yard waste only: Brush, leaves, trees, grasses; loose or in paper/compostable bags. Does NOT accept trash, dirt, rock, glass, metal, brick, pavers, railroad ties, telephone poles, fabric weed barrier. 

4574 Melton Avenue, 40213, 5918 Haunz Lane, 40241 - 502-377-9026 

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.         

Ralph Ave

Accepts construction and demolition material only. 

3400 Vogt Avenue, 40211 - 502-819-6475 (Ralph Ave & River Road Shingles)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

River Road Shingles

Accepts shingles.

5918 Haunz Lane, 40241 - 502-819-6475 (Ralph Ave & River Road Shingles)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 2nd Wednesday @6:00 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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