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March 20, 2020

March 19 Council Meeting

The Metro Council held its meeting last night under very different circumstances. While many members were present as usual (with at least one chair separating one from another), about a dozen participated via video conference. It took a great deal of time and effort from many people to make that sort of meeting a success, but together we pulled it off. That spirit of solidarity has manifested itself in many ways over the last couple of weeks throughout our community and will be one of the reasons we'll make it through this challenge as we have made it through so many challenges in the past. 

COVID-19 Relief Fund (CRF) - The agenda was limited last night, but the Council did approve $2.7 million (funds originally dedicated to paying down the city's pension obligations) to assist those impacted by COVID-19. These funds will be administered by the Office of Resilience & Community Services and will be used only to support existing programs that offer food assistance or emergency assistance for housing. The Office of Management and Budget will make a written report to the Council regarding the allocation and distribution of every $250,000 from this fund as well as a final report once the CRF is closed.

Click here to view the full agenda or watch the meeting.   

Contact the District 17 Office

Markus Winkler
17th District Councilman



Kip Eatherly
Legislative Aide


Important Numbers

Animal Services   473-7387
Codes & Regulations   574-2508
EACM   426-2824
Health & Wellness   574-6520
Jefferson Co. Clerk   574-5700
KY Science Center   561-6100
LG&E   589-1444
LMPD (8th Division)   574-2258
Louisville Water Co.   583-6610
Louisville Zoo   459-2181
Mayor's Office   574-2003
MSD   540-6000
NE Regional Library   394-0379
Parks   574-7275
Planning   574-6230
Public Works   574-5810
TARC   585-1234

Community Response to COVID-19

Many businesses and local organizations are taking steps to help during this crisis. These include stores opening only for seniors and those most vulnerable at certain times of the day, free digital access for certain households, and waiving delivery fees for orders from independently owned restaurants. For a complete list, click here.

Lift Up Lou

This pandemic is stressful for us all. People are spending a great deal of time and energy focusing on their physical health, their job, or basic needs such as food and shelter. As we come together to address these issues, we also need to recognize the importance of keeping our spirits up. 

Lift Up Lou provides options to do just that. Every day, followers of @liftuplou will find a morning exercise option, an afternoon education lesson, and afternoon entertainment session, and a mindfulness exercise for the end of the day. You might be directed to a virtual tour of the Frazier History Museum, learn the basics of yoga, or find out how to make homemade playdough with your children. To learn more, visit the Lift Up Lou website.

Census 2020


The 2020 Census is happening now. Participation is important for a myriad of reasons, some of which are mentioned above. Citizens can respond online, over the phone (1.844.330.2020), or by mail - all good options to limit person-to-person contact as we seek to practice social distancing.

Keep in mind your privacy is protected. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau will never ask you for your social security number, donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card numbers. 

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