District 4 COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1104
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Committee Assignments: 

  • Budget
  • Public Safety
  • Government Oversight

Wanda Mitchell-Smith

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


 Audrey Champelli               Intern

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District LMPD links

1st Division Information

2nd Division Information

4th Division Information

5th Divison Information

The Fourth District includes:

  • Downtown
  • Central Business District
  • NuLu Business District


  • Paristown Pointe
  • Phoenix Hill
  • Shelby Park
  • Smoketown

and portions of these neighborhoods:

  • Butchertown
  • California
  • Germantown
  • Irish Hill
  • Meriwether Fort Hill
  • Original Highlands
  • Portland
  • Russell
  • Schnitzelburg

In this issue...

Latest COVID-19 News from the Attorney General


Kentuckians should report COVID-19 Medicaid Scams to the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2020) 

To profit from the current health crisis, marketing organizations, telemedicine companies, and labs may work together to solicit Medicaid beneficiaries for fraudulent COVID-19 testing.  The marketing organization may provide an illegal kickback to a telemedicine company in order for a provider to sign off on administering both a COVID-19 test and a Respiratory Pathogen Panel Test (RPP Test). The RPP test is not required to test for COVID-19, but it allows the provider to bill the Medicaid program at a higher rate. Sites that administer testing using this illegal scheme often do not fully process the tests or provide beneficiaries with the results.

The following tips will help Medicaid beneficiaries avoid fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites:

  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, work with a licensed healthcare provider to determine if testing is needed. The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 website provides information on when to seek care for COVID-19.
  • Only use testing sites approved to test for COVID-19. You can contact your local health department to confirm the legitimacy of a testing site.
  • If a testing site offers additional testing beyond a COVID-19 test, check with your licensed healthcare provider to see if the additional testing is needed.

Scammers may also call or text Medicaid beneficiaries offering free COVID-19 testing and request the beneficiary’s personal identification information (PII) under the guise of account verification. Scammers then use the stolen information to illegally bill Medicaid for medically unnecessary services or equipment, unbeknownst to the beneficiary. See our recent release for more information regarding Medicaid identity theft scams.

To avoid becoming a victim of Medicaid fraud and identity theft, beneficiaries should:

  • Be suspicious of unexpected calls offering free COVID-19 testing.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited requests for your Medicaid number.
  • Never provide your social security number, Medicaid number, or credit card information to anyone other than a trusted source.

Suspected Medicaid fraud and scams should be reported immediately to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline at 1-877-ABUSE TIP.

Watch Louisville Water's New Hand Washing Video!

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Hand Washin’ Germ Stoppin’ featuring Tapper, Louisville Water’s mascot. Click HERE to check out this fun 20 second song promoting the importance of soap, water, and a good scrub.





Councilwoman Sexton Smith has created a special information page about the COVID 19 virus and its impact on Louisville Metro. To get information on basic needs, food distribution, small business assistance from local, statewide and JCPS programs designed to keep you safe and give assistance during this crisis,



Sunrise over the Ohio River seen from the balcony of our apartment.

In the midst of a storm such as these, sometimes it helps to think about other aspects of living. Although life may never be exactly the same as we have grown accustomed to, we know one thing for sure – The sun goes up, the sun goes down, there’s nothing new under the sun. We may not be able to choose every event in life, however, each of us has the Power Within to choose how we feel about it and what we will do about it.

Governor's 10 Steps for Fighting COVID-19

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Census 2020


Census forms are arriving in the mail.  Census data is used to determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress, how many districts each state has, and how much federal funding states and counties receive, in addition to other things. 

You can go online and complete the census. You can also call 1-844-330-2020 to complete the survey over the phone as soon as you receive the invitation. The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.  We urge you to do so by April 1, to limit person-to-person contact as the coronavirus continues to spread. The census website is here: https://my2020census.gov/.

Here’s the schedule, subject to change (like everything else these days).

  • March 12-20        Invitations mailed
  • March 16-24        Reminder letters sent
  • March 26-April 3  Reminder postcards
  • April 1                  Census Day
  • April 8-16             Hardcopy Census mailed
  • April 20-27           Final postcards mailed
  • May 1                   Non-response follow-ups begin

Dairy Del Offers Free Meals for Kids While Supplies Last


Dairy Del will offer free meals for kids 12 and under from 11am to 4pm daily.

Meals may include

  • Hotdog
  • Chocolate milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Cup of Yogurt
  • Slushy

Spread the word while supplies last. Items may change based on availability

TreesLouisville's Beautification of Western Cemetery

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TreesLouisville is just completing a tree planting and beautification project at Louisville’s historic Western Cemetery. Western Cemetery, located in the Russell neighborhood on W. Jefferson St. and spanning two blocks between 15th and 17th Streets, was founded as a pioneer cemetery in 1830 and is the second oldest public cemetery in the city. The process will improve the tree canopy fo the neighborhood, and capitalize on the momentum of other developments currently taking place in the Russell Neighborhood, including the Vision Russell neighborhood transformation project.

The Western Cemetery renovation and update was made possible by generous funding from the Schneider Electric Foundation.

Highland Community Ministries COVID-19 Update

HCM's Food Pantry is closed for for 2 weeks as an employee has symptoms related to Covid-19. It will be closed for through April 22. We will notify the public when we re-open.
HCM serves residents in 40204, 40205, and 40218, who can go to these food pantries while HCM is closed:
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Smoketown Family Wellness Center Update

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Click HERE to donate

JCPS Update Regarding Remote Schooling

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We finished our first week of NTI last Friday as well. We are pleased to report preliminary data shows more than 90% of students had been contacted by their teacher(s) at many of our schools. On Tuesday alone, more than 80,000 students, teachers and administrators logged into Google Classroom with 23,000 active sessions. I can’t tell you how big a lift this has been, and we are grateful for our amazing teachers and staff. A couple of notes:

  • All students should have been contacted by their teacher(s) by now. If students have not had some interaction (talk, text, email) please have them contact the teacher via email or try to leave a message at the school as we may need to update contact information or provide additional supports.
  • Families continue to pick up Choice Boards at our Emergency Food sites which are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. We printed 53,000 new Choice Boards in English and several thousand more in other languages which were made available Wednesday. Beginning Wednesday, April 15th we will have 35,000 grade-specific packets of learning materials available at the food sites. These packets will be different than Choice Boards.
  • Some families have expressed frustration at trying to set up their child’s Playstation or XBox as a computer they can use to access their NTI schoolwork. Here are a couple of websites that might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9HaCNKgAak  or https://edtechawesomeness.com/2020/03/17/access-google-classroom-with-your-phone-your-xbox-or-your-playstation/
  • Families who need more help or have questions can call 313-HELP as well!

LHOME Loans Available

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Pre-Order Strawberries by May 4th


What Not to Flush from MSD


Stay at Home!

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The Power of Social Distancing

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One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund

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Coronavirus Information Translations

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The Latest News

What You Need to Know about Coronavirus is now available in 14 languages 

According to the CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The first case of COVID-19 in the Kentucky was reported on March 6, 2020.

Stay informed and healthy. Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID19) and what the community can do to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. The site is available for translation with Translate Icon located in the top right corner of the page. Learn More: https://louisvilleky.gov/coronavirus  

Korean French - Spanish - Arabic

A Guide to Coronavirus Planning for Nonprofits


The Georgia Center for Nonprofits has put together a guide to help nonprofit leaders consider the three primary dimensions when navigating the impact of the coronavirus, as well as any future issue that threatens to disrupt vital work: employees, stakeholders, and the organization. 

Learn More

Free Online Resources to Work or Study from Home

Work From Home

Free Online Platforms to Work Remotely

Free Online Resources to Learn from Home

Library Updates

  • While libraries are closed, patrons are encouraged to check out eBooks, eMagazines, and downloadable audiobooks, and stream movies and music online at LFPL.org.
  • Students working on schoolwork are encouraged to take advantage of online Research Tools.
  • LFPL is not enforcing late fees. 
  • Pick up dates have been extended and hold requests have been suspended so that patrons will not lose their place in line for items.

Need a New Job? Find Out Who's Hiring


Click HERE for information about all of these resources and more

Dare to Care Kids Cafe Express

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Lunch for Children During School Closures

In Jefferson County, JCPS has opened 43 sites for families to pick up lunches while schools are closed.  The district will operate 35 school sites and eight mobile sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only one meal per child present will be allowed. Here are links to a list of sites, a map:

Call to Be Matched With a Low-Risk Volunteer


click HERE to be matched online

Show Your Garbage Cart Some Love


Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

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Liquor License Applications



421 W. Chestnut Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and 4 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 421 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 


727 E. Market Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink, Sunday Liquor Drink, 2 a.m. Extended Hours, and Quota Retail Liquor by the Package license(s) being applied for, located at 727 E. Market St., Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, March 18, 2020.


350 W. Chestnut Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License Addition memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a 2 a.m. Extended Package Sales Hours and 4 a.m. Extended Drink Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 350 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, March 20, 2020.


240 S. Hancock Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License Addition memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a 2 a.m. Extended Package Sales Hours license being applied for, located at 240 S. Hancock St., Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, March 20, 2020.


209 E. Main Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package, Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, Sampling, Sunday Liquor Drink, and 2 a.m. Extended Drink and Package Sales Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 209 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, April 3, 2020.


817 E. Market Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Microbrewery, NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, and 2 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 817 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY.  40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, April 8, 2020.


350 Adams Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an (unspecified) ABC license being applied for, located at 350 Adams Street, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, April 11, 2020.

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 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.


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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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