District 2 Newsletter (May 28, 2020)

Barbara Shanklin


(502) 574-1102 / 601 West Jefferson Street City Hall, 1st Floor Louisville, KY 40202

Dr. Barbara Shanklin
District 2 Councilwoman
601 West Jefferson Street
City Hall, 1st Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1102

Caleb Howard
Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-2787

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***May Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19 outbreak***

On the third Tuesday of each month, a Community Meeting is held to give residents an opportunity to be informed, discuss ideas and share. Be part of the change we want to see for our community. Join us at 6:00PM when we meet with LMPD, and 6:30PM to share with Councilwoman Dr. Barbara Shanklin.

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Get Registered and Vote (in a new way!)

Everything is unusual this year – and voting is going to be no exception.  The Primary Election has already been moved from May 19 to June 23.  The latest change is that everyone is being encouraged to vote by absentee ballot.  For the first time, you will not need an excuse to vote absentee.   

Request Your Application for a Mail-in Ballot

  • If you are a registered voter in Jefferson County, go to jeffersoncountyclerk.org/AbsAppRequest to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot application or call (502) 574-6100. All voters are eligible to receive a mail-in absentee ballot due to COVID-19.
  • Please note that Kentucky is a closed primary state. Only registered voters of the Democratic or Republican Parties are eligible to vote in their party’s primary. If you changed your party after December 31 or are not affiliated with either of the two major parties, you will not have a primary ballot unless you live in the 26th Senatorial district where there is a special election to fill an unexpired term.
  • The primary ballots have a date of May 19, 2020 because they were printed before the election date was postponed. Ballots containing the election date of May 19, 2020 are valid as to the June 23, 2020 election.
  • NEW THIS WEEK:  Request an absentee ballot online via the Kentucky Absentee Request Portal: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb/.

After voting, ballots will be sent to the county clerk. Mail-in ballots will have to be postmarked by June 23 and be received within three days of Election Day. In-person voting, with the possibility of drive-through voting, will be allowed, in new ways, for those who need to vote in person. Post cards will be sent out to Kentucky voters explaining the changes.

To read Governor Andy Beshear’s entire executive order, please click here.


Updated (05/28/2020):  Important Information Regarding the Current COVID-19 Outbreak and the Commonwealth of Kentucky/the City of Louisville Response


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Official Team Kentucky sources for information concerning COVID-19


COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725

The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. Please be patient as we are handling a high volume of calls and want to give everyone the time they deserve. For general information, please review the website prior to calling the hotline. Guidance is being added as it becomes available.

Click here for to visit the official Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19 (updated daily).

For general inquires, email KYcovid19@ky.gov. Please be patient as we handle a high volume of emails.

COVID-19: Louisville Information

Louisville Metro has a website with updated information about COVID-19, including information from Mayor Greg Fischer’s briefings about City services.  You can access it here.


Gov Beshear

Kentucky's Response to COVID-19 (05/14 - 05/28)

Since the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Kentucky, Governor Beshear taken the following actions:

5/22/2020:  Announced that a new Absentee Ballot Application Portal is now online. A link to the State Board of Election's portal can be found at govoteky.com.

Voters in every county of the commonwealth can request a mail-in ballot for the June primary elections. The last day to apply for a ballot is June 15. The primary elections in Kentucky will be held June 23.

The deadline to register to vote is May 26. You can register to vote at elect.ky.gov.

​Interstate travel ban is lifted. See executive order in English or Spanish.

5/21/2020: Provided update on Healthy at Work June schedule:

For the full Healthy at Work timeline and industry-specific guidance in English and Spanish, visit healthyatwork.ky.gov

Kentucky families with students who normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school (or who became eligible on or after March 13) may get financial assistance to replace those meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

For more information, click here.

5/20/2020: Gov. Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.

To apply, eligible local governments with COVID-19-related expenses from March 1, 2020, to Dec. 30, 2020, must complete an application with expense documentation, which will be available on DLG's website. For a detailed list of eligible expenses and guidelines, visit the U.S. Department of Treasury's website.

The funding will be allocated to city and county governments based on approximate population size as recorded in the most recent census data.

5/18/2020: The Governor also announced the appointment of Mark Carter as executive adviser leading the contact tracing efforts in the Office of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

Carter said the expanded seven-month contact tracing program combines public participation and the power of technology to help public health officials and health care providers contain the spread of COVID-19. Carter said information provided is kept completely private and confidential. Information regarding the individuals who have COVID-19 and people they have made in-person contact with recently is not released or made public. To view a video explaining contact tracing click here.

5/15/2020:  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.

As part of the state's ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the following Kentucky State Parks were designated to provide temporary housing for low acuity patients. These parks will not reopen at this time: (Barren River Lake State Resort Park is closed due to renovations)

  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park;
  • Lake Barkley State Resort Park;
  • Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park; and
  • Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.

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

The Salato Wildlife Education Center will open with limited capacity beginning June 1. Interactive exhibits will remain closed until further notice.

​5/14/2020: Announced that beginning May 22, groups of 10 people or fewer may gather and that the state’s travel ban is expiring the same day, the Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fischer

Latest COVID-19 updates in the City of Louisville

Mayor Fischer says One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund has raised $10.7 million

Fund supports households and community organizations hit by COVID-19

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 27, 2020) – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund has raised $10.7 million. The fund, originally launched in March, supports individual households and local community organizations that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the many inspiring things we’ve seen during this crisis is community support for our One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund,” said the Mayor. 

About 1,600 households have received funds totaling about $1.3 million that can be used for rent, food, utilities and other basic needs.

During today’s press briefing, the Mayor shared a testimonial from an anonymous Neighborhood Place client who has been approved to receive assistance from the fund. “I got off the phone with a lump in my throat unable to even say goodbye, tears flowing. It has been so hard. After over two long fearful months… I cannot believe something good has finally happened for my family and I. Thank you and may God Bless.”

The Mayor noted because of an overwhelming response for household support from the fund, the Office of Resilience and Community Services, which processes the applications, had to temporarily stop taking appointments.

“But I’m happy to announce we will be reopening our appointment system for One Louisville Household Assistance on Monday, June 1st,” said the Mayor. “And we’ll be booking 1,000 more appointments.”

To schedule an appointment, call 502-874-5060.

Mayor Fischer also announced the latest round of community organizations and city partners that will receive financial support from the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund.

“These are organizations that do incredible work for the people of our city, and we’re proud to be able to support them,” the Mayor said. “The success of the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund is a great example of what a compassionate city does in a crisis.”

Community organizations and city partners that have been provided funding include:

·         A Hand Up Community Resource Center

·         Americana Community Center

·         Betterment Group, Incorporated

·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

·         Black Butterfly Strong, Inc.

·         Black Community Development Corporation

·         Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana

·         CARE - Community Advocates for Resources and Empowerment

·         Cities United

·         Feed The City, Inc.

·         Franciscan Shelter House (The Franciscan Kitchen)

·         Gate of Hope Ministries International

·         Greater Israel Baptist Church

·         Hope Health Clinic, Inc.

·         Keeping It Real Loving Caring Sharing in the Neighborhood Institute, Inc.

·         Kentucky Harvest, Inc.

·         Kentucky United Methodist Children's Homes

·         Lee Initiative, Inc.

·         Lincoln Foundation

·         Louisville Parks Foundation

·         Minority Mental Health Project

·         MOLO Village CDC        

·         Mom's Closet Resource Center (Sparc Hope)

·         Open Door of Hope, Inc. (Awake Ministries)

·         Open Door Youth Services

·         Operation Care, Inc., Shelby County, Kentucky

·         Sandefur Dining Room / Cathedral of the Assumption

·         Shepherdsville Nazarene Pantry

·         Smoketown Family Wellness Center

·         St. George's Scholar Institute

·         The Healing Place, Inc.

·         The Salvation Army

·         YouthBuild Louisville

To find out more about the fund or to apply for funds, go louisvilleky.gov. To donate, go to giveonelouisville.org.

Daily COVID-19 data

As of Wednesday, there have been 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, bringing the total to 2,427 with 1,571 recoveries. There have been three additional deaths since Tuesday, bringing the confirmed Louisville total to 157.

Currently, 23 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

  • 6 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
  • 15 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.
  • 2 are “screened off” with symptoms and tested, or due to be tested, but have not received test results.

Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:

  • 48 positive tests.
  • 42 have fully recovered and returned to duty.

Metro Corrections inmate data for May 27:

  • 833 inmates have been tested.
  • 9 positive tests.
  • 66 tests pending.

Thursday evening virtual town hall

Mayor Fischer also announced a Thursday evening virtual town hall that will focus on a community conversation around the Breonna Taylor case. The virtual town hall will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, on the Mayor’s Facebook page. Residents are encouraged to share suggestions, questions and concerns with the Mayor, who will be joined by Chief of Public Safety Amy Hess, Chief of Equity Kendall Boyd, Dr. Eric Johnson with the Galilee Baptist Church and Sydney Tucker with the Mayor’s Youth Implementation Team.

To participate, go to https://www.facebook.com/MayorGregFischer at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

City's Community Action Agency now accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
New spring enrollment period added in response to COVID-19 crisis

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 5, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, as part of the Community Action Agency network in Kentucky, is now taking applications for an added spring open enrollment period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2020, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put many families under unprecedented stress. They should not have to worry about how they will keep their lights on and cook for their children,” said Roger McCann, executive director of Community Action Kentucky. “That is why this new Spring LIHEAP couldn’t come at a better time. It will help take some of that stress off. When it is combined with other Community Action services, LIHEAP will really help families and communities in their efforts to recover and rebuild.”  

The Spring LIHEAP program, which is designed to help low-income households offset home energy costs, has increased income eligibility requirements to 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Income eligible residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills.

The benefit amount awarded is based on an individual’s income and primary fuel type. Benefits are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor in the form of a voucher.

Jefferson County residents wishing to apply must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system.  Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Modified service delivery for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
All six LIHEAP offices remain closed for walk-in clients in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19.  Residents can still apply for LIHEAP by utilizing secure drop boxes in front of the six LIHEAP offices.

LIHEAP required documentation, along with the downloadable LIHEAP Family Profile form and the Remote Processing form, should be dropped off at the LIHEAP site you select, the day of your appointment, at least one hour before your scheduled appointment time.

Applicants will then be contacted by LIHEAP staff within 72 hours (3 business days) of the appointment time.

Required documentation to drop off includes:

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.
  • Most current heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

Copies of the required documentation is advisable but if original information is dropped off, the LIHEAP staff will make arrangements to return to the recipient.  

LIHEAP six locations include (which remain closed for walk-in clients):

  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave., 40218
  • Cane Run Neighborhood Place, 3410 Lees Lane, 40216
  • Starting May 18 at the Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40211

For more descriptions about LIHEAP income eligibility, required documentation and other instructions, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/LIHEAP. Residents may also call the automated LIHEAP information line at 991-8391 or visit www.louisvilleky.cascheduler.com.

Individuals who require more information can contact Metro311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000, email metro.311@louisvilleky.gov, tweet @LouMetro311, Web: loiusvilleky.gov/tell311, or download the free Mobile Louisville Metro 311 app from the website. Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

Resilience and Community Services (RCS) serves as the administering agency of the Louisville Metro Community Action Agency. For more information about RCS, visit our website: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services

Community Action Kentucky administers LIHEAP in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services who receive the funding as a pass-through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information about LIHEAP and a listing of LIHEAP outreach offices can be found at the Community Action Kentucky website at www.CAPKY.org.

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Agencies urged to apply for Louisville Metro Council COVID-19 Relief Fund

Current FY20 External Agency Fund (EAF) recipients and existing Louisville Metro programs may seek relief funding

Louisville Metro Government is accepting applications for the Louisville Metro Council COVID-19 Relief Fund (CRF) – established to supplement relief organizations experiencing an incremental surge in demand for services from persons impacted by the COVID-19 health pandemic.

FY20 External Agency Fund (non-profit) recipients or Metro administered programs with existing food and/or housing assistance programs are eligible to apply.

Metro Council voted to approve this $2.7 million relief package on March 19, 2020.

 "We recognize the challenges faced by many hardworking residents who have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 closures and hope this funding can help provide some comfort in these difficult times,” said Councilman Markus Winkler (D-17).

“These funds are made possible by the collective economic contribution of our residents.  This is a proactive approach to stabilizing housing and ensuring nutrition made possible by our organizations on the frontline.  Together we can invest in each other to ensure a healthy and more resilient community post COVID,” said Councilwoman Nicole George (D-21).

Mayor Greg Fischer thanked the Council for their partnership. “The agencies that are eligible for this funding have always been on the frontlines of the battle to support our most vulnerable,” he said. “It’s important that we support them now, as COVID-19 makes that battle all the more fierce.” 

Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations and reviewed on a weekly basis by a panel composed of representatives from the public and private sector. The funding may only be used by organizations that provide the following public services to Jefferson County residents: rent and/or mortgage assistance and/or food access.

Any approval will require that applicants demonstrate an increased demand for services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and depletion of other COVID-19 related funding. The goal is to provide funding within a week of panel approval.

The 5-person review panel will consist of one representative each from the Mayor’s office and Metro United Way, and three representatives from Metro Council.  The city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services will serve as the fiscal agent for administering the CRF.

Applications can be submitted to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LMCCOVID.

For more information about the  Metro Council COVID-19 Relief Fund applications and guidelines, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/external-agency-fund.

Process questions should be directed to Ethan Lambert, Grants Coordinator with the Office of Resilience and Community Services, at Ethan.Lambert@louisvilleky.gov.

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Louisville Metro Budget

Mayor Greg Fischer continues to reiterate the need for more direct federal aid to help Louisville navigate the uncertain times ahead and avoid drastic cuts to essential city services as the community combats the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of a massive economic downturn caused by the impact of COVID-19 virus in the city, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) is projecting a $46 million revenue decline for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, and another shortfall of $69 million during the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. He stresses that Congress and the White House need to provide this direct aid to cities and give them more flexibility in spending it.

There is talk of another federal package but there is also resistance to that idea among some legislators.  Please contact your federal representatives by email at these links or telephone, and tell them that Louisville and other cities need help now:

Senator Mitch McConnell (502) 582-6304

Senator Rand Paul (202) 224-4343

Congressman John Yarmuth (502) 582-5129

***A full schedule of Budget committee meetings, a link to Budget documents (they total hundreds of pages), a form to comment on the budget and (soon) instructions for public comments at virtual hearings are available at the Metro Council Clerk’s page CLICK HERE.

All Metro Council Committee meetings, including the Mayor’s budget address, are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and UVERSE Channel 99. The meetings are also available online on the Metro TV website by clicking on the “Gavel to Gavel” button.***

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Additional Updates regarding the City of Louisville and Relief Available for those in Need

One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund: Click here to donate or learn how to apply for funds. 

  • The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible funding resources for rental assistance, childcare assistance, transportation aid, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs and other support as determined, via $1,000 payments to eligible households. Funds will also be made available to community-based organizations that are being hit hard by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible for support, individuals/households must be Jefferson County residents with an income at or below 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), which is determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The AMI for the Louisville region is $76,400 for a four-person family (100 percent AMI). Applicants will be asked to offer proof of identity and supporting documents that demonstrate a loss of earned income due to the COVID-19 pandemic due to medical reasons, business closure, or school closure. 


  • As of April 3, the Metro March for Meals, the meals pick-up program for seniors 60 year and older that began in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisville, has ended. Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services, is focusing its limited funding by returning to its original intent of serving those already deemed eligible through the Meals on Wheels and Senior Congregate Meals programs, as well as an additional 255 people who are currently on the waiting lists for home-delivered programs. Going forward, there will be no distribution of meals at the seven sites that had been operating through the Metro March for Meals program since March 17, 2020. More than 83,000 frozen meals were handed out over that three-week period.
  • Beginning Monday, April 6:
    • The nearly 400 homebound senior clients served by Senior Nutrition's Meals on Wheels program will continue to receive their meal delivery once per week with a five-frozen meal pack until daily, hot meal delivery can resume. In addition, 255 pre-certified individuals will be added to home delivery routes over the course of April.
    • Though the nearly 20 Senior Congregate Nutrition Sites across Jefferson County remain temporarily closed, the Senior Nutrition staff will continue working with congregate participants to ensure their nutritional needs are being met  during this critical period. 
  • JCPS has set up 45 feeding sites; 37 at schools; 8 at apartment complexes. Breakfast and lunch served. Emergency feeding sites here. Meals are available to all children 18 years old or younger. JCPS will distribute meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students can get up to four meals on Monday and Wednesday and two on Friday. 
  • Dare to Care:
    • Dare to Care’s Kids Cafe sites are providing Grab & Go meals for children 18 and under on weeknights.
    • Distribution centers are operating per usual.
  • UberEats is waiving all delivery fees for orders from independently owned restaurants.
  • You can Now Dial 2-1-1 if you are in need of food delivery services. This is available for everybody, but especially for those most at risk (above age 60). The South Louisville Community Ministries will utilize this call service to gather and collect data for future use.

State Government Relief:

  • Governor Beshear announced on March 18 that all recipients of public assistance programs will automatically have their eligibility extended for three months. A re-application is not necessary. The assistance programs include food stamps and Medicaid. The Governor said all those that People lost their jobs and their work-related benefits due to COVID-19 can immediately apply for health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program. 
  • Per Governor Beshear on March 16, a seven-day waiting period is waived for any Kentuckian applying for unemployment benefits, and those unemployed due to COVID-19 are more likely to receive benefits than those that are unemployed for another reason. The Governor defined being unemployed by COVID-19 as when your employer has closed the business due to the virus or if you are quarantined. If it is expected that the individual will return to work when the business opens or when their quarantine is over, then that person meets the criteria as being unemployed by COVID-19 and could then be deemed eligible for benefits. Because the seven-day waiting period is now waived, if a Kentuckian is approved for benefits, the first payment they receive will be for two weeks of benefits and not just one, as is regular procedure.
  • If you are filing for unemployment benefits, the State's Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, in order to serve the large influx of Kentuckians as efficiently as possible, has asked that Kentuckians calls their office on a schedule based on the first initial of their last name. Click here to learn how to apply for unemployment insurance. 

Social Services:

  • Association of Community Ministries: There are 15 Community Ministries in the Louisville area that serve residents from every zip code. Each community ministry is supported by member churches and faith-based groups residing in their service area. The Community Ministries have systems in place to provide emergency financial assistance for utilities and housing as well as food and household supplies. Neighborhood based offices will remain open during this challenging time while also taking precautions to reduce the risk to clients, volunteers, and staff.


  • On Friday, March 20, the deadline to file taxes was moved from April 15 to July 15.
  • Property Taxes
    • The Department of Revenue has moved back the collection process for real estate and personal property taxes 30 days due to COVID-19.
    • A certificate of delinquency will not be created until May 15. Until then, you may please visit the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office website to pay property taxes. or use the drop box at the entrance to the Fiscal Court Building.
    • Beginning May 16, payment plans may be requested from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
    • Eligible delinquent tax certificates are currently scheduled to be offered for sale on August 14 from its original date of July 17.
  • Louisville Asset Building Coalition: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation services for income-eligible households. Click here to schedule a virtual appointment with a tax preparer here. 

Small Businesses:

  • Almost 2 months ago, we updated you with the changes we've put into place since COVID-19 hit us, and how we are helping businesses through this difficult time. We have reached out to more than 500 local businesses to offer our assistance, connection to resources (federal/state/local), and lots of basic TLC. We have helped 71 METCO recipients get the necessary payment deferment they needed, and METCO dedicated existing loan funds to support the Small Business Continuity Loan with other partners and through LHOME; that loan program has received more than 700 inquiries from small businesses with 455 applications in process, and more than 30 loans awarded to very small businesses. 
  • As your partner in economic development, please do not hesitate to send any businesses you hear from our way. We are well equipped to help any business, no matter what size, and no matter the issue. You can also find a wealth of information on our small business resources page: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/small-business-resources-covid-19


  • Jefferson County Sheriff and the Louisville Public Housing Authority has stopped issuing eviction notices.
  • New Directions Housing Corporation is waiving late fees on rent due from its residents. 
  • REBOUND Inc. will suspend rental payments for renters that have lost their income from COVID-19. 
  • Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund will suspend payment for its Fifth Third HomeOwner's Assistance Loan Program for the next 60 days. 
  • Fuller Center for Housing is suspending all late fees associated with mortgage and lease payments.
  • If you are currently in the Habitat for Humanity homebuyer program or have a Habitat loan and have suffered a loss of income, Habitat will work with you in every possible way. 
  • Housing Partnership Inc. is surveying all residents to ask how they have been affected by COVID-19 and determining what types of assistance will be developed based on the responses.  
  • LHOME will offer loan modifications to all existing borrowers if necessary.
  • Many have asked questions about evictions and how to assist tenants. https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention. The memo includes information on the Governor’s Executive Order and the Supreme Court ruling stating no evictions can proceed until July 1st, resource for rental assistance and a flyer for Legal Aid who have been providing legal advice to tenants and helping them on communications with landlords.

Addiction Resources: 


  • 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.

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Additional Financial Assistance Available Due to the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

Free tax filing resources available

The easiest way to ensure the Treasury Department has your most up-to-date direct deposit information is to file a tax return. Anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 should file as soon as possible. The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC), which administers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) offers these resources and guidance:

  • Taxpayers can still file with an IRS certified VITA tax preparer by scheduling an appointment at labcservices.org. Taxpayers can simply pick a date a time that works best for them, complete a short intake form, then upload their documents. A VITA preparer will then review their return with them at their scheduled appointment time.
  • LABC also offers free tax preparation software through the IRS Free File Program Delivered by Turbo Tax. Individuals with an annual income under $36,000 or active duty military members with income under $69,000 qualify for this free tax software program. Visit labcservices.org to learn more, and for a screenshot guide that walks you through the free software.
  • United Way Worldwide and H &R Block have partnered together to develop the My Free Taxes software program, which is available to all individuals regardless of annual income. Some limitations for certain tax forms apply. Visit Myfreetaxes.com to learn more about this offering.
  • E-filing is still the quickest way to receive a tax refund, and choosing direct deposit ensures taxpayers receive their refund and economic impact payments in a fast, secure manner.
  • The IRS, in partnership with Free File Alliance, launched a new web tool that allows quick registration for economic impact payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return, including those with too little income to file. The feature is available only on www.IRS.gov and users should look for “Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here” to take them directly to the tool.
  • Individuals may also update their direct deposit information by filing a modified Economic Impact Payment tax return. Appointments to complete these returns are available at labcservices.org.
  • The IRS is developing a portal for individuals who wish to update their direct deposit information and a stimulus payment tracker called “Get Stimulus Tool.” Visit the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief page at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments for the most up to date information.

Both the IRS and the Kentucky Department of Revenue have extended the 2019 income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Other relief programs by both agencies may become available. Visit the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus and the Kentucky Department of Revenue homepage at https://revenue.ky.gov/ for the most up to date information.

Resources available for opening a safe, affordable bank account

Having a bank account on file with the IRS is the fastest, safest, and most affordable way to receive the federal economic impact funds.   Bank On Louisville – a collaborative partnership working to connect people to safe, affordable, and certified banking accounts – offers these resources and guidance:

  • Encourages Louisville-area residents to open a Bank On certified account where holders can access mobile banking, direct deposit, bill pay, ATM’s and more through area banks and credit unions with which they are familiar.
  • Check listing of Bank On Louisville financial institution partners at bankonlouisville.org. Bank and credit union partners of Bank On Louisville offer accounts that are safe, affordable and functional. Several partners also offer Bank On Certified accounts which meet a rigorous set of standards related to affordability, consumer safety and functionality.  Specifically, these certified accounts do not allow overdraft or non-sufficient funds fees, so holders will never be hit with a surprise fee. They also charge $5 or less per month and do not charge for mobile banking, deposits, withdrawals, or bill payments.
  • The process to open an account varies by financial institution, but many offer the ability to open an account online. In general, accounts can be opened online, in-person, over the phone or via a mobile app. A full list of bank and credit union partners and those with certified accounts can be found at: www.bankonlouisville.org.
  • Not having a banking account on file with the IRS means that your economic impact payment will take longer to receive because it will come via paper check in the mail.
  • Having a banking account will also ensure that other forms of income or benefits are received timely and safely – unemployment insurance, paychecks, tax refunds, etc.

Tips to make the most of economic impact payments

LABC and Bank On Louisville offer further guidance to help residents make the most of the economic impact payments:

  • Get banked. Establish an account with an insured local bank or credit union so that you can receive your economic impact payment easier and faster and so that you can manage your money remotely and safely.
  • Get your bank account information to the IRS so that you can get your stimulus payment faster, more safely, and for free. Visit the IRS’ website page on Economic Impact (stimulus) payments and sign up with your account number.
  • Avoid payday lenders, or other predatory lending services, that may charge unreasonably high fees for advances on these economic impact payments and that charge you check cashing fees just so you can access your economic stimulus payment.
  • Bank On Louisville and LABC encourage residents take the following safe financial measures during COVID-19:
    • Get in control of your bills – contact your financial institution, utility providers, creditors, etc. to discuss payment plans, assistance programs, etc.
    • Apply for benefits – apply for unemployment if you’ve lost your job or any portion of your wages, file your taxes, and claim other government benefits.
    • Protect your money - beware of products, services, or unsolicited phone calls related to COVID-19 and get in touch with a financial counselor if need be.
  • For more resources, visit bankonlouisville.org, and https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/covid-19-response-community-agency-actions-taken-assist-our-most.

For more information, visit Louisville Asset Building Coalition at www.labcservices.org and Bank On Louisville at www.bankonlouisville.org

More about Louisville Asset Building Coalition

The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a broad public/private collaborative dedicated to promoting financial stability and asset building for individuals and families. By providing direct services and linkages to other community resources, LABC strives to build an economic foundation that will allow members of our community to reach their highest potential.

The coalition is committed to bettering its members and the community by leveraging the success of its free tax preparation and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign. LABC also provides a continuum of financial education resources and asset development initiatives for Metro Louisville and Jefferson County.  Visit https://labcservices.org/ for more information.

More about Bank On Louisville

Launched in 2010, Bank On Louisville is a collaborative partnership between local government, financial institutions and community organizations that work to improve the financial stability of unbanked and underbanked residents in our Louisville community. To date, Bank On Louisville has helped connect more than 43,000 residents to safe and affordable bank accounts and connected more than 25,500 residents to quality financial education.  In 2020, Bank On Louisville is proud to celebrate 10 years of connecting residents to Louisville’s safest accounts.  Visit www.bankonlouisville.org for more information.


JCPS' Continued Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear JCPS Families,

You and your child made it! Yesterday was the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year.  While this wasn’t the end of the school year we’ve all come to expect, it is certainly one for the history books, and we’ve been constantly amazed at how our students, staff and families created innovative ways to keep learning.

Now that school is out for summer break, JCPS is offering multiple summer learning opportunities to continue engaging and supporting students.  The programs are being held as virtual experiences, although the district will make every effort to host face-to-face learning late in the summer if circumstances change:

·       Summer League, June 22-July 31, is open to students in grades 1-12 and is designed with the appeal of video game-based learning in mind.

·       Lit & Camps, beginning mid-June, are designed for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, offering campers the opportunity to learn about chess, yoga, karate, hip hop and fencing.

·       AMPED, beginning mid-June, is designed for students in grade 6 and up and will teach students how to download and install audio production and editing software and how to make, edit and publish beats.

To learn more about the programs, go to our website. We’ll be posting updates and ways to access the experiences on this site.

In order to support these learning opportunities, students who received Chromebooks and/or hotspots from the district will keep those throughout the summer.  In addition, we want your thoughts on how NTI went.  Your feedback will be valuable as we assess how to improve remote learning, especially if we have to go to a learning-from-home situation again in the future.  Surveys are open until Friday, June 12 for parents and students. Paper copies are also available at all food sites.

And speaking of meal sites, they will continue to be open throughout the summer on the same Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, with additional mobile sites starting Monday, June 1.  A couple other changes to note: Wilt Elementary’s food site will be closed after today but Laukhuf Elementary will open for meals beginning Friday, May 29, and the Community Connections mobile stop will have its last day on May 29.  For a list of sites and times, click here.

Again, we are so proud of the way our students, parents, families, teachers and staff have handled the adversity of the past ten weeks. Thank you for your support and thank you for entrusting your child with JCPS. Have a great summer!

Follow JCPS online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Current information from Ms. Abby Piper (Executive Administrator, Government/Community Relations; Jefferson County Public Schools):

Last Friday, we served our 1 millionth meal to JCPS students since the pandemic began, and we were fortunate to have Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles come to speak at our celebration. If you have a moment, please thank him for helping us get waivers from the USDA to provide more meals to students in need. Note: we will be providing our summer feeding program, so meal services will not stop. Check out the video of this here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZr3s8fUrXc&feature=youtu.be.

We continue to receive a few complaints about the grass – mowing crews were restored to full capacity during the middle of last week! It takes about 10 days for our crews to cover all 155 schools, so we are close. Please help your families continue to be patient with us as we restore crews according to safe social distancing guidelines.

Finally, I know there is uncertainty around the start of school next year. We have received the guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and are reviewing that now. As soon as I have more information to share on that, I will be sure to send that information along.

JCPS Launch CARE Hotline
313-CARE to offer assistance and referrals for services, basic needs

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) launched a hotline last month to help connect families with needed resources and services.

Families can call 313-CARE (2273) for assistance and referrals related to medical services, drug and alcohol addiction help, homelessness and basic needs such as food, housing and utilities, among other supports.

The CARE line is operated by professionals from the Academic Support Programs Department and includes school counselors, mental health practitioners, Family Resource Youth Services coordinators, and coordinators from the departments of Early Childhood, Health Services and Community Supports.

“We know there is a tremendous amount of anxiety and uncertainly right now beyond how students are going to complete their school work,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio.  “Many of our families are concerned about jobs, how they’re going to pay rent, how they’re going to keep food on the table.  The JCPS CARE line connects families with professionals who will be able to walk callers through the resources that are available and help connect them to the services they need.”

CARE operators will be able to offer assistance, resources and referrals for:

●      Basic needs, including food, utilities, clothing, public transportation and housing

●      Medical services

●      Emotional/ behavioral/ mental health

●      Domestic violence

●      Drug and alcohol addiction support

●      Unemployment

●      Homelessness

The line will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until May 29.  The district will evaluate the response and determine if there’s a need for it to continue over the summer and into next year. Families can continue to call 313-HELP for general JCPS-related questions.


TARC Implements Additional COVID-19 Measures: Passengers Must Wear Face Coverings and Exit Bus through Rear Door

Beginning Sunday, April 26, in a continued effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, TARC is implementing two new measures:

  • All passengers are required to exit the rear doors
  • All passengers are required to wear a face covering

The CDC has recommended that passengers wear face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These coverings should be secured over the nose and mouth, fit appropriately, and be otherwise compliant with CDC directives. Cloth or medical masks are acceptable and homemade face coverings using household items are absolutely acceptable. The CDC has also recommended limiting interaction on buses to the extent practical. By requiring passengers to exit the bus through the rear doors, interactions between drivers and passengers will be cut in half.

The only exceptions to these two new rules will be that those with mobility issues may choose the exit best suited to them, and children under 2 and those passengers with breathing difficulties will be exempt from wearing a face coverings.

“These additional requirements improve the level of safety for our riders and drivers, and support the best practices for COVID-19 prevention for our entire community,” said Laura Douglas, TARC Co-Executive Director.

“TARC cares about our drivers and passengers. These measures reflect TARC’s ongoing commitment to their safety amidst this crisis. Please, cover up and step back,” said Margaret Handmaker, TARC Co-Executive Director.

TARC drivers are “critical infrastructure workers” under federal law. While we recognize that TARC’s safety changes may place additional burdens on our riders, we are asking for the community’s help in protecting our drivers. Even though PPEs and masks are in short supply, or it may take an extra moment to make a face covering at home, it is still vitally important that TARC’s workers are protected, and that those they come into contact with are protected.

The CDC’s circular on the making and wearing of cloth face coverings, including how anyone can make one from simple household items, can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

TARC would also like to issue a reminder that ridership on ALL TARC BUSES remains limited to “essential services only.” For those traveling for essential needs but who are not essential workers, if able, please avoid traveling on TARC during the peak travel times of 6am to 9am, and 2pm to 6pm.

Link to examples of essential trips

Link to additional details and a full list of steps TARC has taken to date in Response to COVID-19

In a continued effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, TARC is working in close partnership with local, state, and national offices.

All fixed-route buses and TARC3 vehicles are cleaned and sanitized daily in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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Special Hours at some Louisville Businesses only for residents over 60 and those most vulnerable to COVID-19:

  • Target (first hour of business on Wednesday)
  • Dollar General (first hour of business every day)
  • Wal-Mart (first hour of business every Tuesday between March 24 and April 28)​​
  • Kroger (7-8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Rainbow Blossom (first hour of business every day)
  • Whole Foods (first hour of business every day)
  • Costco (8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Aldi (8:30-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Meijer (7-8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Sam's Club (7-9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Big Lots (first hour of business every day)
  • Fresh Market (8-9 a.m. Monday through Friday)
  • Sav-A-Lot, Taylor Boulevard (10-11 a.m.)
  • Trader Joe's (9-10 a.m. daily)
  • Walgreen's (8-9 a.m. on Tuesday)

Face Mask

Want to make a Homemade Cloth Mask to help Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19?  Check out this Link! 

***Governor Beshear Requested that all Kentuckians wear a Mask in Public by May 11.***

Latest CDC guidelines on wearing a mask

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending that people wear cloth masks when going out of the house for necessities like food and medicine.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville Metro Government’s chief health strategist, warned that a cloth mask does not guarantee protection against COVID-19 and stressed that social distancing is still the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.

For more guidance on the use of cloth face coverings, and to find several guides for making one at home, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

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Having issues with high grass, illegal parking, street repairs, or other Code Enforcement concerns in the community?  Contact 311!

Metro311 Service Request Information

  • Submit a Service Request in the new system.
  • Only service requests for the past 30 days will be accessible in the new system.  If you need information on an older request, please call Metro 311 for status.
  • Anything submitted in the old reporting system (prior to June 19, 2019) will not show in the new system.  It is still being processed however. Please call Metro311 for status.
  • To receive email notifications of the status of your service request you must have an account and you must have included your email address when you created your account. You can create a new account and report a new issue with Metro 311 by following this link.
  • Not all issues you put a service request in for require you to login. Some issues may be submitted anonymously, such as reporting a pothole and property maintenance cases, for instance. But having an account will allow you to track the progress and status of the request.
  • The outlined or highlighted area on the map indicates the area which is serviced by Louisville Metro Government.
  • If you do not see a category which corresponds to your issue, please call Metro 311 at 311. 

Waste Center

Waste Reduction Center reopens Tuesday, June 2

After some much-needed maintenance, the Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Avenue will reopen on Tuesday, June 2. This is a popular disposal site for large loads of unbagged yard waste, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, construction debris, and large household items. (Fees may apply.) Residents can dispose of up to four tires, up to three electronic items, and up to three large household items for FREE! Details can be found on the website. Open Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Help your Community and Report Potholes

One of the things we missed this Spring was the annual Pothole Blitz.  But Louisville Metro fills potholes in streets and alleys every day and we need your help to report them.

There are three ways to report potholes:

  1. Click here to use an easy online form.
  2. Use Twitter by including the hashtag #502pothole and the location of the hole in any tweet.
  3. Call Metro311 or 574-5000 to report potholes or any other issues. You may also email Metro311

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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.

Speed Hump Sign

Is your neighborhood street facing speeding problems?  Do you and your neighbors desire to have speed humps installed?  Councilwoman Shanklin and the District 2 office want to help!

Vehicles speeding through neighborhood streets is an all too common problem facing many residents of the Louisville Metro area, resulting in dangerous conditions that affect adults and children alike.  District 2 is not immune to this issue, and your Council office would like to help.  Already this year three streets in the Newburg area (Ilex, Shasta, and Kilmer) have been outfitted with brand new speed humps, entirely paid for by Councilwoman Shanklin and her District 2 office. 

Still, the Councilwoman is not finished attempting to mitigate the speeding issues often negatively affecting D-2 neighborhoods.  If you and your neighbors have noticed a high number of speeders on your street and would like to be considered for speed hump installation, please contact the District 2 Council office at (502) 574-1102 or via email at either Barbara.Shanklin@louisvilleky.gov or Caleb.Howard@louisvilleky.gov.  Assuming that your street is eligible (must be Metro owned/must be long enough to support speed humps/etc.), after speaking with a representative from our office you will be asked to collect signatures (with individual addresses) from all of your neighbors that live on the street that is requesting the installation of speed humps.  At least 70% of all of the residents currently living on the street requesting speed humps must provide their signature/address in support in order for the street to be considered by Public Works.  Upon completion of this signature page, the original document must be given to Councilwoman Shanklin or Legislative Assistant Caleb Howard personally, or sent to our office at City Hall (601 W. Jefferson St., First Floor, 40202; ATTN: Caleb Howard).  As soon as the signature document is received, LA Howard will deliver it to Public Works, and that department will survey the street to determine whether or not speed humps will be appropriate to install--assuming Public Works signs off on the request, Councilwoman Shanklin will make the final determination with regards to moving forward with the installation or not.

In addition to the speed humps already constructed, Brenda Drive, Cedrus Circle, and Oakdale Lane have recently submitted their signature paperwork and are currently being considered by Public Works.

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LMPD reminder:  Please secure your property!

A reminder to lock your vehicle, and never leave valuables in plain sight. This includes any and all keys, key fobs and firearms. 

Police report that some drivers are making it easy for thieves by leaving their vehicle running. Please secure your property. 

LMPD suggests making a 9 p.m. routine, as seen below.

  • Remove valuables from your vehicle.
  • Lock your car.
  • Secure your weapons.
  • Close your garage.
  • Lock your doors and windows. 

Remember to report any suspicious behavior to LMPD’s non-emergency line at 574-7111. To speak to a call taker, press 5.

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Metro Emergency Repair Program

Eligibility criteria:

  •    Must be owner occupied for at least one year.
  •    Not available on rental property.
  •    Must meet income guidelines (see intake staff).
  •    May receive assistance once in a five year period.
  •    Louisville-Jefferson County only.

Types of repairs:

  • Furnace repair or replacement (October-April only).
  • A/C unit- repair or replacement (Requires medical statement, available May-Sept. only).
  • Electrical repairs/upgrades.
  • Water line repairs/replacement.
  • Sewer line repairs/replacement.
  • Water heater repair/replacement (gas or electric).   
  • Gas line leaks.

For further information contact Jackie Wilson-Rudy at 574-5850 or Jacqueline.Wilson-Rudy@louisvilleky.gov.

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Apply for a 30% Senior Discount on Sewer Services

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.

Food Pantry

Food Pantry open in District 2

Open every 2nd Monday of the month -- 10am - 12pm


  • Serving households in the 40213, 40218 & 40219 Zip Codes Only
  • First Come, First Served Basis
  • Picture ID & proof of residency required!

Sponsored By: 

Peace Presbyterian Church

4210 East Indian Trail

Louisville, KY  40213

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Lawn Care for Cleaner Air

Most of us are stuck at home and many things have changed, but your grass is still growing. Why not take advantage of the Lawn Care for Cleaner Air program and save up to $100 on a new, air-friendly, electric-powered mower? You can get rebates on electric string trimmers, electric blowers, and reel mowers too. (Make sure to practice social distancing when making your purchase, of course!) Now is a great time to recycle that old, polluting equipment and save some cash on new gear that will make breathing a little easier for you and your community. You can also get larger rebates on more powerful equipment with our Lawn Care for Cleaner Air Professional program. Please see our website, https://louisvilleky.gov/government/lawn-care-cleaner-air, or call (502) 574-6000 if you have any questions.


Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Truckload Sale!

The Metro Solid Waste office is pleased to announce a one-day only compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale on Saturday, June 13! The online store offers several types of compost bins, kits, accessories, and rain barrels. Shop online and pick up your items at 1030 Phillips Lane, across from the Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Staff will wear personal protective equipment and will stay at least 6 feet away from citizens. Staff may be able to safely place your order inside your vehicle or, if not, they can leave it for you to put in.)

Watch a 10-minute presentation by Public Education Supervisor, Karen Maynard, about backyard composting given during the Louisville Sustainability Council's Green Convene. 

Wild & Scenic

Virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) has changed the 12th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival to a virtual platform this year in order to respect the safety and well-being of the community. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 7:00 pm, and will remain available to watch until Monday, June 15.  Join in for a night of environmental and adventure films to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities! KWA has decided to make the event by donation only and will allow for one free ticket per attendee. Once the ticketing system has been developed a link will be posted on the event website here.

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Upcoming Events at Newburg Library!


Science Center

Kentucky Science Center Digital Content

Despite our building being closed, the staff at KSC has been working hard to continue providing our members and the public with at home content. Roughly eight weeks ago we began a new online series titled “Do Science at Home.” The videos are released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am on our Facebook and YouTube. A direct link to our YouTube channel and Facebook page is included below.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjokv_sD3T0iCbuCIb0b_ZoHngn8tbr34 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kentuckysciencecenter/

Message from Mike Norman, CEO

Our team at Kentucky Science Center hopes your family’s school year is wrapping up with celebrations of success and promotions. Congratulations to graduates of every level! We miss not being able to celebrate these momentous occasions with you in person but are diligently preparing to welcome you back as soon as possible.  

The past couple of months have been rough on so many, but we are thankful to the individuals and organizations who continue to invest in our mission of Encouraging people of all ages to Do Science in ways that are Engaging, Educational, and Entertaining to Inspire a lifetime of learning. Recently we received philanthropic donations from PNC, Delta Dental, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and individuals like you to support our work in delivering science curriculum to you free of charge on our social media channels. We are also using this opportunity to deep clean and redesign our exhibits, install sanitation stations across the building, and prepare for a safe and healthy re-opening, starting with School's Out Science Camps, currently scheduled for mid-June.

Inspired by the generosity of others, we also did our part to support heroes in the medical profession by donating masks and gloves we would have normally used over the past couple of months to the Norton Healthcare team. Norton has been a generous supporter of KSC over the years and we are happy to contribute to the care and wellbeing of our community, if even just a bit.

We recognize things will be different for all of us moving forward, and as an organization committed to SCIENCE, we are embracing every opportunity. We are elevating our protocols to keep you and your families safe as you enroll in our onsite camps, engage in our virtual programming, and plan family visits to our exhibits and theater. Like you, we’re following the instructions of government and public health leaders and will continue sharing information as we all safely ease back into the workplace and plan for summer adventures.

Short term rental map 2020

New interactive map makes legal Short Term Rentals easy to find

Short term rental enforcement continues in large part to be complaint-driven, based on public reporting of alleged violations to administrators.

Now, there is a new tool available to help. This interactive map contains all of the registered short term rentals in Louisville having an active permit to rent their property out to paying customers on STR websites like Airbnb.

In the map sample at upper left, light blue represents properties with active registrations. Green indicates properties with active registrations and a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), which is required to rent the property if it is not the owner's primary residence.

If you believe someone is using a property as a short term rental but it does not show up on this registry, or if the registry indicates a non-owner occupied property does not have a CUP, then please report the issue here (select “Zoning and Business Concerns,” “Zoning Concern,” “Short Term Rental,” complete the form and submit). Or contact our office. 

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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 of their car window. 

Click Here to Report!



Louisville non-profits have launched a new website to help connect people in need of food, shelter, and more.  Metro United Way and the Family Scholar House partnered to create LouieConnect, modeling it on a similar site created in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  When someone uses LouieConnect, the web-based app asks for basic information and then lists applicable resources nearby — from food pantries to shelters to career centers to financial literacy programs.

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***Important Metro Services Phone Numbers***


  • Air Pollution: (502) 574-6000
  • Animal Services: (502) 363-6609 or (502) 361-1318
  • Brightside: (502) 574-2613
  • Community Services & Revitalization: (502) 574-4377
  • Congressman John Yarmuth: (502) 582-5129
  • IPL (Code Enforcement): (502) 574-3321
  • Legal Aid Society: (502) 584-1254
  • LG&E Business: (502) 627-3313 or (800)- 331-7370
  • LG&E Residential: (502) 589-1444 or (800) 331-7370
  • LMPD 6th Division: (502) 574-2187
  • LMPD Anonymous Tipline: (502) 574-LMPD (5673)
  • LMPD: (Non Emergency): (502) 574-7111 or (502) 574-2111
  • Louisville Forward/Economic Development: (502) 574-4140
  • Master Commissioner Jefferson Circuit Court (Foreclosure Sales): (502) 753-4888
  • Mayor Greg Fischer: (502) 574-2003
  • Metro311: 311 or (502) 574-5000
  • Metro Parks: (502) 456-8100
  • Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD): (502) 540-6000
  • Metro Safe: (502) 572-3460 or (502) 574-7111
  • PARC: (502) 569-6222
  • Planning & Design Services: (502) 574-6230
  • Property Valuation Administrator (PVA): (502) 574-4016
  • Public Works: (502) 574-5810
  • Solid Waste Management (SWMS): (502) 574-3571
  • TARC: (502) 585-1234
  • Vacant & Public Property Administration: (502) 574-4016
  • Your State Representative or State Senatorhttp://www.lrc.ky.gov