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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

Email Audrey

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...

Virtual West Louisville Forum Today


Juneteenth 2020


Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday commemorating the end of American Slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation took effect January 1st, 1863; however, the last slaves were not freed until June 19, 1865, a full two and a half years later. Juneteenth is a holiday solely dedicated to celebrating the emancipation of slaves.

In commemoration of this historic day, Waterfront Park has partnered with Louisville Metro Council, The Black Community Development Corporation and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville to create a virtual celebration, the Juneteenth Jubilee 2020 Docuseries which will consist of seven (7) episodes.

Episode 2 "Emancipation" aired June 26th. View it and all episodes at: https://ourwaterfront.org/annual-events/juneteenth-jubiliee/ and  https://www.actorstheatre.org/direct/juneteenth/.


Before Juneteenth

  • Episode 1: “WAR”
  • Episode 2: “EMANCIPATION”

During Juneteenth

  • Episode 3: “SURRENDER”
  • Episode 4: “NEWS”
  • Episode 5: “FEAST”.

After Juneteenth

  • Episode 6: “REALITY”
  • Episode 7: “HOLIDAY”

Together today – Stronger tomorrow!


Office COVID-19 Information from Governor Beshear


Opening Guidance for Schools 

Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Kevin Brown, interim commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, on Wednesday released long-awaited initial guidance for Kentucky schools looking ahead to opening this coming autumn. For more information, click here.

COVID-19 Testing Expansion
Gov. Beshear reminded Kentuckians to take advantage of the state’s partnership with Kroger, which has brought free drive-through testing across the commonwealth. Information on how to register at more than 200 sites throughout the commonwealth can be found here.

More Information
Read about other key updates, actions and information from Gov. Beshear and his administration at governor.ky.govkycovid19.ky.gov and the Governor’s official social media accounts FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Kentuckians can also access translated COVID-19 information and daily summaries of the Governor’s news conference at tinyurl.com/kygovespanol (Spanish) and tinyurl.com/kygovtranslations (more than 20 additional languages).

Survey to Help Select New Chief of Police


YOUR VOICE MATTERS - Chief of Police 

We need to hear from you about what you want in our new Chief of Police. Your survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/18fTnS.

A telephone line is also available to help residents complete the survey asking what you want in our new LMPD Police Chief. Beginning Thursday, July 2nd residents can call (502) 528-3543 to complete survey.

Mayor Fischer announced the city has hired the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a non-profit Washington, D.C. based police research organization to lead the search for our new Chief of Police. PERF has identified best practices for cities across the country on fundamental issues such as reducing police use of force; developing community policing and problem-oriented policing; using technology to deliver police services to the community; and evaluating crime reduction strategies.

We need you to complete a short community survey We want to hear your priorities for our next permanent Chief of Police. 

Please answer these questions in the survey:

1. What are the three most important qualities or   skills you would like to see in the next police chief?

2. What are your suggestions for improving police services?

3. What a new chief must accomplish immediately, and over the next 2-3 years?

At the same time, PERF will survey LMPD employees by asking similar questions. The input of both the public and the department are important. The new Chief must be able to communicate and have trust with both the community and our police department.

The community survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/18fTnS. Metro is working to set up a phone line for those without access to a computer.

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/small-business-covid-19-relief-grants for more information on what is needed in order to get prepared to apply.

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Free Summer Tutoring Program


Lifeguard Training Program

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Register for Echo Summer Adventure!

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Kentuckiana Works Updates

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Click HERE for more COVID-19 Resources and Information about Unemployment Insurances

now hiringky youth career centr

We can help you build a future employee!

The Kentucky Youth Career Center has an Internship Academy that matches employers with talented young people ages 18-24. They will even pay the wages of the young person you hire!
Want to find out more about the Internship Academy? We will be hosting an info session for prospective Internship Academy employers on June 24 at 10 a.m. Click HERE to RSVP!

Benefits of Participating in the Internship Academy

  • Opportunity to try out a possible new employee for a future job opening
  • Career development opportunity
  • Assign a special project for the intern to accomplish
  • Up to 24 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks
  • 100% of intern wages are paid by the program

PNC Tour de Lou Virtual and Traditional Rides

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Looking for a new take on a nontraditional ride? Register for the virtual ride and finish on your own time! Participants will receive the PNC Tour de Lou shirt and a certificate of achievement. Use one of the routes we have mapped out or chart your own course! Registration is $40. If you ride with others, please follow social distancing recommendations.

For those who would like to sign up for the traditional ride, it is scheduled for August 30. Participants will also receive a PNC Tour de Lou shirt customized for their chosen course.

Summer Reading Tips from My Big Little Adventure

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There are clear benefits to reading to babies and toddlers that have everything to do with language acquisition, attachment, social/emotional/intellectual development, and routines that will last a lifetime. Reading with your young children provides the comfort of predictable routines, exposure to new words, and the kind of back-and-forth between child and adult that enhances language and thinking skills. 

Remember, too, that storytelling and reading picture books with your children is a wonderful way to begin and continue the important work of recognizing and discussing differences with your children. Embrace Race seeks to raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. There are four booklists at this link that are just fabulous.

The Louisville Free Public Library recently kicked off its summer reading program, and has a category for birth to age 5. You can find all the information and register at this link. There is also information about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge.  

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!

Fresh Food for All!


APCD Notices


Public Meeting: Forth Technologies, Inc. Operating Permit Renewal

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 6:00 p.m.    VIA WebEx Video-Teleconference

On Tuesday, July 2, 2020, the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (APCD) will host a virtual public meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss a proposed Federally Enforceable District Origin Operating Permit (FEDOOP) Renewal for Forth Technologies, Inc., 600 Bergman Avenue, Louisville, KY 40203.

The public meeting will be open to residents, businesses, and other community members who would like information on how APCD generally regulates air pollution sources, the procedures that APCD uses to issue permits and monitor compliance, and how the proposed permit addresses emissions of air pollutants from Forth Technologies, Inc. During the meeting, the public will be able to ask questions regarding the proposed permit.

Instructions on attending the teleconference are available at www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD/Docket.

Attend via Video Teleconference:   

Event number (access code): 160 163 4150    //     Event password: apcd1234


Attendee Link:       https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6bb93202b8a003ea7e37cbd67ffc4913

This event does not require a password for registration


Attend via phone only:

Event number (access code): 160 163 4150   //   +1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Liquor License Applications



133 W. Liberty Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and 2 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 133 W. Liberty Street, Louisville, KY. 40202.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, June 13, 2020.


1007 E. Main Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, and NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package license(s) being applied for, located at 1007 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY. 40206.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, June 20, 2020.


1154 Logan Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink, NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink, NQ Retail Malt Beverage by the Package, Microbrewery, and 4 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 1154 Logan Street, Louisville, KY. 40204.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, June 20, 2020.


1149 S. Shelby Street

Attached, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Package license being applied for, located at 1149 S. Shelby Street, Louisville, KY. 40203.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Friday, June 26, 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.

LIHEAP Spring Subsidy


LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Spring Subsidy provides utility assistance to income eligible households of Jefferson County (within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines).

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 available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The program will operate from now through the end of June 30, 2020, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

Share a downloadable flyer by clicking 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.

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. The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.

Governor's 10 Steps to Fight COVID-19

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when to seek care

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One Louisville COVID-19 Response Fund

One Louisville

Now there's an even easier option for applying for the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund.

Eligible households seeking assistance can apply online and submit required documentation via a secure portal.

See more details at louisvilleky.gov/oneloufund

Income eligible households, with a verifiable loss of income - directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic - and a demonstrated need, may be eligible to receive payment assistance up to $1,000 per household.  Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until available funding is expended.

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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,


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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