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July 24, 2020

July 23 Council Meeting

The Metro Council held its only meeting of July last night. A summary of the meeting is below:

Boards/Commissions - Appointments were made to the following boards/commissions: TARC, MSD, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Commission on Public Art, and the KentuckianaWorks - Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board.

Contracts - Contracts were approved regarding an academic health coordinator for the Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and cataloging and metadata services for the library system.

Committee on Equity and Inclusion - The Committee on Equity and Inclusion, first convened on July 13, was made a standing committee of the Metro Council.

Click here for more details on these items or any other committee or Metro Council meeting. 

Saturday Protests

Many of you have heard by now that Louisville will be the site of additional protests this weekend. The primary march is expected to take place between noon and 5 p.m. tomorrow, running roughly from Baxter Square Park to the area near City Hall at 6th and Jefferson. Some have inquired about the city's ability to prevent this protest altogether. Because this activity is protected free speech, the city's options are limited in that regard.

I have had conversations this week with the mayor and LMPD leadership to share my apprehension and better understand plans to mitigate the potential for negative outcomes. I am cautiously optimistic that the steps taken by the administration (early discussions with protestors, managing the march route, keeping counter protestors separate, etc.) will help bring about a peaceful and safe weekend for all. Though we do not anticipate any major problems, it is probably appropriate to avoid this area during those times.    

Contact the District 17 Office

Markus Winkler
17th District Councilman



Kip Eatherly
Legislative Aide


Important Numbers

Animal Services   473-7387
Codes & Regulations   574-2508
EACM   426-2824
Health & Wellness   574-6520
Jefferson Co. Clerk   574-5700
KY Science Center   561-6100
LG&E   589-1444
LMPD (8th Division)   574-2258
Louisville Water   583-6610
Louisville Zoo   459-2181
Mayor's Office   574-2003
MSD   540-6000
NE Regional Library   394-0379
Parks   574-7275
Planning   574-6230
Public Works   574-5810
TARC   585-1234

TARC Service Adjustments


TARC recently announced service adjustments that will have an impact on some District 17 residents. The 49X (Westport Road Express) and 64X (Fincastle/Forest Springs Express) routes will be discontinued beginning August 9. According to TARC, half of its current routes are used by only 3% of its riders. This has led to some routes costing TARC nearly $60 per rider, precipitating the announced changes. TARC will continue monitoring ridership and any potential impact on its customers. Click here for more details.

Planning Weekly Activity Report

The Planning Weekly Activity Report was created by Metro Planning & Design Services to help residents stay current on land use requests in Louisville. The most recent report issued Wednesday includes one case in District 17. A request has been made regarding a minor subdivision plat creating four lots from one on .23 acres located at 3133 Bushmill Park. Click here for a link to the full activity report.

Louisville's New COVID Dashboard


Louisville Metro's Department of Health & Wellness has created a new COVID dashboard. In addition to the information you might expect to find (confirmed cases, positivity rate, etc.), a map of cases by zip code is available as well. This site also includes a list of testing locations, strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19, and other helpful information.

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Global Louisville Directory

Metro Government's Office for Globalization has launched a new Global Louisville Directory, intended as a one-stop shop for foreign-born residents to access a number of services. Currently offered in eight different languages, this directory offers information on business development, social services, food, places of worship, and more. Additional languages will be added and the number of businesses, organizations, and services listed will expand as time goes on.

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