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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...

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Please have a safe healthy Memorial Day weekend and remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

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Dear Friends,

As we continue the fight together for actionable justice, let us remember and call out her name - Breonna Taylor. Breonna's life mattered and Kenneth Walker's future matters. You spoke, I acted, and the Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorney, Tom Wine, announced his office will move to dismiss the case against Kenneth Walker.

I filed legislation along with Councilwoman Jessica Green for an Ordinance regulating no-knock search warrants, the execution of search warrants, and the use of body camera equipment during implementation of all search warrants.

The time is now and we must continue to stay focussed and act together.

Together today – Stronger tomorrow!


Census 2020


We all must be counted in the 2020 Census because EVERYONE MATTERS. You can safely participate in the 2020 Census without leaving your home:

  • Fill out the paper questionnaire and mail it back
  • Follow the printed instructions and complete it online at my2020census.gov.
  • Call in your information at 1-844-330-2020 (tollfree).

Voting Information for Kentuckians


Step 1 - Make sure you are registered to VOTE.

You must be registered. Kentuckians have until 4 p.m. on May 26 to register for the June 23 primary. To find out if you are already registered, or to register online, visit the State Board of Elections Voter Information Portal at GoVoteKy.com.

Ex-felons seeking information on how to register and vote should call (502) 564-4360.

Step 2 - Decide how you want to VOTE. 

Mail-in Option: Deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot is June 15 at 11:59 p.m.  To vote by mail, the State Board of Elections requires voters to submit an official request for an absentee ballot. Requests to vote by mail must be made online: jeffersoncountyclerk.org/AbsAppRequest or by phone: (502) 574-6100.

Once the Jefferson County Clerk’s office receives the absentee request, the voter’s information and address are validated before a ballot is mailed. Completed absentee ballots should be returned to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office by mail using the prepaid envelope included, or by dropping it off at designated drop-off locations. For more information, visitelections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org.

Vote In-Person Option - Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, on June 23. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, this will be the only in-person polling site open in Jefferson County.

Step 3 - VOTE please.


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,


Socially Distant Butchertown Neighborhood Cleanup

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Butchertown Neighbors invite you to join them Saturday, May 23rd

Join us to help clean up Story Avenue and Main Street. We'll meet at the Adams-Story intersection and work our ways toward downtown all the way to Clay Street. Gloves and masks will be provided and we'll practice social distancing. We'll have bags but bring your favorite cleaning equipment if you'd like. Thanks to Michael Logsdon for organizing and to everyone who can join!

East Broadway Bridge Detour

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The bridge on East Broadway that goes over the South Fork of Beargrass Creek will be closed for 90 days starting Tuesday, May 26.  Crews will be replacing the bridge and a detour will be in place for drivers to get around the construction.

Traffic will be directed to Baxter Avenue via Barrett Avenue or East Chestnut Street.

An average of more than 19,000 cars per day cross over this bridge which is close to a century old. The project is expected to cost nearly $1.5 million.


Temporary Regulatory Relief for Restaurants

Restaurant owners and/representatives should read the Guidelines for Temporarily Expanding Outdoor Seating for Restaurants and the ordinance passed by Metro Council. Fill out the form online with details of how they plan to expand dining outdoors. Restaurants are NOT required to receive a permit or approval for outdoor seating on private property from Louisville Metro Government. Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services will review submissions and contact restaurants ONLY if there are concerns or issues with the plan.

Healthy at Work Resources

Governor Beshear announced beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and the state’s travel ban is expiring the same day. May 22 is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The Healthy at Work website now includes retail and restaurant guidance. The state has posted initial guidance for restaurants as they reopen. Governor Beshear is seeking feedback from those in the industry. 

State Park Reopening Update

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The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will open Kentucky State resort parks, recreational parks, lodges and cabins to the public for normal business hours beginning June 1. Park guests will be required to follow social distancing and public health guidelines. Natural Bridge and Cumberland Falls State Resort Parks will also reopen on June 1.

Guests can begin making reservations beginning Tuesday, May 19. Reservations can be made online at parks.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Horse ParkOtter Creek and state park campgrounds will open on June 11 self-contained campers and RVs in accordance with the Healthy at Work camping guidelines. Fishing tournaments may resume on June 1 with new guidelines.

Need an Escape? Experience Waterfront Park


Self-Guided Public Art Walk at Waterfront Park

Even as our museums and cultural institutions are temporarily closed, there are many opportunities to enjoy beautiful works of art throughout Waterfront Park.  Take a walk to see them all in one day or enjoy multiple visits to the park to view them.  

  • “Tetra” by Charles O. Perry (1929-2011)
  • “Gracehoper” by Tony Smith (1912-1980)
  • “Flock of Finns” – a tribute to beloved Louisville folk artist Marvin Finn (1913-2007)
  • “Lincoln Memorial” by Ed Hamilton
  • “Bike Sense” by Todd Smith.

Click HERE to visit our blog and download your own printable Self-Guided Public Art Walk Map!

City-to-City Peer Learning Zoom Conference May 27

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Click HERE to Register

JCPS Updates

Congratulations and Hats Off to Seniors!

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We continue to be amazed at the tremendous effort you and our teachers are making to ensure your student is continuing their education under extraordinary circumstances. Each week, more than 90 percent of JCPS students have been in communication with their teachers and participating in Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). While we know school-at-home can’t match the instruction your student gets in a traditional classroom, we are thrilled with the effort. Here are some updates:

Graduating Seniors: A web page has been created just for you. It has the schedule for every school’s virtual graduation ceremony which will be livestreamed on JCPS’ YouTube Channel, information and scheduling for cap and gown pickup as well as a list of the community-sponsored celebrations for the Class of 2020. We hope you will participate in your school’s virtual graduation ceremony. It will feature speeches by your principal and a classmate, the reading and posting of seniors’ names plus your school’s Class of 2020 video. Videos for all 28 graduating classes can be found here.

Picking up items from school: Schools will be communicating with you about opportunities to pick up any items left at school when our buildings closed in March. Your school will be notifying you of the date and time where a drive-thru and walk-up will be set up to distribute your belongings that were left in your student’s locker or classroom. 

NTI Survey: Parents and students, JCPS wants to hear your views on your NTI experience. Parents are encouraged to provide feedback by taking this survey.  We’ve designed another survey just for students.  Students can take this survey.  

Feel Good Videos: JCPS’ students, parents, teachers and staff have done incredible work since schools closed on March 13th. Several inspiring stories can be found on our YouTube Channel.

We hope these communications are helpful as we attempt to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on at JCPS during these unusual times. And don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@JCPSKY)!

JCPS Hotline


"It's called 313-CARE, and it's as simple as picking up the phone and telling JCPS resource officers what you need.

"If they are lacking food in their home, please give us a call, so that we can help you navigate and give a good solid referral in their own ZIP code referral," said Ben Langley, JCPS specialist of community support services.  

From food shortage to housing insufficiency, addiction support, mental health services and more, when a JCPS parent calls 313-CARE, they will be directed to the right place."

For the full article and more information visit here.

Tax Help Available

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The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) that normally prepares taxes in-person has switched to a virtual tax preparation model. The service is free if you earned $66,000 Adjusted Gross Income or less in 2019, or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Clients can make appointments by visiting https://labcservices.org/. You may also click here to view a flyer that fully describes the process. LABC understands that not everyone will be comfortable with this new method, LABC plans to operate in-person tax sites once it’s safe to do so. The tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.

5G Network, Your Questions Answered


If you haven't been contacted yet about work in the rights of way or proposed sites for 5G installations, it's just a matter of time.  For any questions you may have concerning 5G installations Develop Louisville put together a FAQ document which has proven to be a useful resource. For easy access click here.

COVID-19 and Pets


Your Dog and Utility Workers – Safety is the Top Priority

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With more customers working from and spending time at home, it’s likely your dog may be spending more time outdoors during the day. Unfortunately, dog bites are a leading cause of injury to LG&E meter readers and field technicians. We all love our pets and want to keep them safe, but even the friendliest dogs can become startled or upset – maybe even aggressive - when a stranger comes onto its owner's property. LG&E trains employees on how to prevent dog attacks, but you can help LG&E keep their employees – and your pet – safe. Contain your dog away from the meter on reading days, or when work is scheduled on your property. You can find your scheduled meter reading dates in the top section of your monthly LG&E bill or when you sign in to your online LG&E account.

Learn more at: https://lge-ku.com/safety/keeping-our-employees-safe

Fresh Food for All!


APCD Notices


Liquor License Applications



1127 Logan Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink and NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package license(s) being applied for, located at 1127 Logan Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Metro Boards and Commissions Vacancies

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  • Air Pollution Control District
  • Cherokee Triangle
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Downtown Development Review Overlay
  • Downtown Management District
  • Extension Board
  • Hazardous Materials Ordinance
  • Louisville Arena Authority
  • Louisville Regional Airport Authority
  • Medical Center Commission of Jefferson County
  • Planning Commission
  • Smoketown Neighborhood Advisory Group
  • TARC
  • Zoo Foundation

Click HERE to Apply

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

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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.

Governor's Reopening Schedule


May 9

May 11

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Vehicle or Vessel Dealerships
  • Professional Services (50%)
  • Horse Racing (No Fans)
  • Dog Grooming / Boarding

May 20

  • Retail
  • Funeral and memorial services

May 22

  • Restaurants (33% capacity indoors,                                                                                unlimited outdoors if spaces needed for social distancing)
  • 10-person or less social gatherings
  • Travel ban lifted

May 25

  • Barbers, salons, cosmetology, businesses and similar services

June 1

  • Movie theaters
  • Fitness centers
  • Auto/dirt track racing
  • Aquatic centers
  • Bowling alleys
  • Fishing tournaments
  • Kentucky State Park lodges

June 8

  • In-home daycare 

June 11

  • Campgrounds

June 15

  • Child care centers
  • Youth sports (low touch and outdoors)

June 29

  • Bars
  • 50 person social gatherings

From Governor Beshear's office, there are minimum requirements for all businesses.

More information at Kentucky Healthy At Work website 

Governor's 10 Steps to Fight COVID-19

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One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund


Important Links



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 - For more information contact Shannon Musselman at sphiggins69@me.com 

Phoenix Hill -  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) 574-6380.

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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