COVID-19 Reopening Benchmarks and Updates

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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 Governor Andy Beshear

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Gov. Beshear Outlines 7 Benchmarks to Reopen Commonwealth’s Economy

Governor urges cautious optimism, reminds Kentuckians to remain flexible and patient

Benchmark criteria for Kentucky to move to the first stage

  • 14 days where cases are decreasing
  • Increased testing capacity and contact tracing
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability
  • Ability to protect at-risk populations
  • Ability to social distance and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings
  • Preparedness for possible future spike
  • Status of vaccine and treatment

Guidance for the first stage of reopening


  • Individuals should continue to practice good hygiene
  • People who feel sick should stay home
  • All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place
  • All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others
  • All individuals should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, unless precautionary measures can be strictly observed
  • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel


  • Should continue to encourage telework
  • If possible, should return to work in phases
  • Close common areas
  • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel
  • Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population

Specific types of employers

  • Schools and organized youth activities that are currently closed should remain closed
  • Visits to senior living facilities and hospitals should still be prohibited
  • Large venues (sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols
  • Elective surgeries can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines
  • Gyms can reopen if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • Bars should remain closed

For more information on the White House’s criteria and all three proposed phases of reopening, visit

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,


Beautiful Murals in Our Neighborhoods




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Dave Armstrong Extreme Skate Park




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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:

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

We've Got Hand Sanitizer!


Click HERE to Purchase Now

Announcing the Co-Immunity Project

we are all the solution

Click HERE to learn more

Highland Community Ministries Food Pantry Reopening

food pantry reopening

Click here for the complete list of Louisville area ministries

Need a New Job? Find Out Who's Hiring


Click HERE for information about all of these resources and more

One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund

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LHOME Loans Available

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Fresh Food for All!


Pre-Order Strawberries by May 4th


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:

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:  

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
  • 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.

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



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 visit

To report a new issue, follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  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.

Stay at Home!

Stay at home

The Power of Social Distancing

The Power of Social Distancing


when to seek care

Neighborhood Associations

Butchertown - 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 pm 

Germantown Paristown - 1094 E. Kentucky St. 396-4836 3rd Monday @ 6:00 pm

Irish Hill Neighborhood Association - For more information 

Original Highlands - 1228 E. Breckenridge St 287-3938 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.  4th Monday @ 5:30 pm 

Portland Now - 2503 Montgomery St. 438-0189 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

Shelby Park - 600 E. Oak Street 417-5336 Shelby Park on Facebook 2nd Thursday @ 6:00 pm 

Smoketown - 325 E. Kentucky Street 836-7661 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

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