District 7 E-Newsletter

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107


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Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 574-7275

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447


In this Issue...

Message From McCraney

Hello Neighbors and Friends,

It was August 24, 1983, around 7:00 p.m., in Nashville, Tennessee, when the office phone of the Newspaper Printing Company rang several times before a gentleman answered. "Newspaper Printing Company, may I help you?" These seven words, perhaps extended to hundreds of callers throughout the day, would alter the trajectory of the young man's life. 

As the woman on the other end preceded to explain the purpose of her call, the newspaper employee informed her that the department she called was not the correct one for her needs, and all departments were closed at that hour. The caller wondered why the guy was answering the phone if the department was indeed closed. When asked, the guy stated that he was simply walking by the department, heard the phone ringing and decided to answer it. Turns out, he worked in sales at the company and his department was the only one open in the evenings. The inquisitive caller was determined to get her questions answered. She had been told by a co-worker that he made more money delivering newspapers in the mornings before reporting to work than he did as a manager at their company. She was interested in finding out if that was in any way possible. How could a paperboy make more money than she made as a manager of a large company? She was curious. The young man listened intently, but then reminded her that the department was closed and he did not have the answers to her questions.  

Before the young woman could respond, the gentleman said, "You sure have a nice voice, I'd like to take you out to dinner."  Wait, what just happened? The young woman was taken aback. Did the fellow on the other end of the call just ask her out on a date?  She replied, "I beg your pardon." He repeated himself, "You have a very nice voice. May I take you out to dinner?"

The young man did not even know the caller's name. Stunned, the young woman asked him if he was serious, and said that she was not amused by his flirtation. He told her that he was very serious, and then asked for her name. She told him, Kathy. He asked for her telephone number (Caller ID was not a thing back then) and offered to pick her up on that Friday evening.

Although the young man's bold offers were disconcerting to the young woman, she was a bit intrigued. She refused to share her telephone number and address with the potential suitor; instead, she asked for his number and requested the name of a restaurant where the two could meet. He named, "Spats." 

Fast forward to that Friday...the two met at Spats and dated for three years before getting married in August '86, the very month they met. This year, the couple will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.

One day, I'll tell you the rest of the story...the adventure that occurred the night we met.  Yes, "we" - Billy and I. The story is about how I met my husband. I know the story mentioned that 'her' name was Kathy.  That is the name I gave to him on the night I called the "wrong number."  It wasn't until a week or so after our first date that I revealed to him my real name and gave him my telephone number.  By then, he had proven to be a pretty safe bet. (Lol)

How did you meet your spouse or significant other? Send me an email and share your story.  Who knows, I just might publish it in the e-Newsletter! (With your permission, of course --- and with or without publishing your names.)

Have a very happy Valentine's Day.  Stay safe and warm!

Meet Your Legislators


Please join me next Saturday for a virtual meet and greet.  



Equity Ordinance

In a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has passed an Ordinance requiring all departments of Metro Government to map out their equity goals in order to measure the success of the services and programs they provide.

The Equity Ordinance follows three basic guidelines set out to achieve Equity through the budgeting process:

  1. All departments must identify and articulate an equity vision.
  2. All departments must state their equity goals using the S.M.A.R.T. framework
  3. All departments must list their key performance indicators (KPI)

Starting in the 2021-2022 budget year, goals and KPI’s must be accompanied by a dollar among. To read more information about the ordinance, click here

Update from the Mayor's Office


Outreach Team Transitions Homeless from Park

Louisville Metro Government, in partnership with homeless outreach workers, transitioned people camping at Jefferson Square Park into more sustainable housing.

Late last week, homeless outreach team members conducted assessments of those living in the park and determined that they all met the requirements for a rapid housing voucher. Team members arranged for temporary housing for them, as they work to access more permanent housing.

“Jefferson Square Park has become a central and meaningful place for those seeking equity and justice, and we will continue to honor that,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “At the same time, we have cold weather conditions, and the park has become increasingly unsanitary. We must address that, for the good of those in the park and the community as a whole.”

The city also removed any remaining tents, firewood and other materials and began deep cleaning. And rules that govern park hours and ban camping and fires in the park will be enforced.

Conversations continue on how to appropriately address memorials in the park. The city is working with some members of the activist community to move some of the services and programming that had developed at the park to alternative locations.

“Our goal overall is for Jefferson Square Park to once again be safe and accessible for all residents, as well as a sacred space for people to grieve the lives lost,” Mayor Fischer said. “While we have much work left to do, I am extremely grateful for all those who’ve come together to continue healing and moving forward.

Help with Evictions

Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Metro Government is reopening applications for eviction prevention assistance to renters following a new $22.9 million federal allocation.

Beginning Monday, February 15, the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services will start accepting new appointments for those in need of rental assistance because of financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Housing already has begun processing applications for assistance through the Court Eviction Diversion Program and will begin accepting applications from community service providers on behalf of tenants needing assistance.

Receiving prior assistance does not preclude renters from being eligible for additional assistance. As of January 31, Louisville Metro had provided a total of $20.7 million in rental assistance to more than 17,300 Louisville residents to keep them housed.

Eligible households may receive assistance for past-due rent dating back to April 2020, plus an additional three months of assistance for future rent payments if needed to ensure housing stability.

According to federal regulations, eligible households must:

  • Qualify for unemployment or have experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median.

Those facing possible eviction are encouraged to visit StopMyEviction.org to connect to assistance, or call (502) 308-3344 or visit louisvilleky.gov/neighborhoodplace to schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Place location. Renters with a pending court case should call 502-574-1707. The Legal Aid Society can be reached at (502) 584-1254 and www.yourlegalaid.org .

COVID-19 Updates from the Governor


Week in Review

Click here: governor.ky.gov/news for information on any of the following topics on this week’s updates:

Wieland North America planning a headquarters in Louisville

Team Kentucky fund donating $380,000 to mission-aligned local nonprofits

The state’s focus on equitable vaccine access

AppHarvest’s high-tech indoor farm in Morehead 

Kentucky Fresh Harvest opening the first high-tech vegetable greenhouse in the Bluegrass

Long-term care access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Kentucky's broadband speed test initiative 

The relaunch of the Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund

More than 150 vaccination sites announced 

Unemployment insurance  

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),

More Information
To view the full daily report, incidence rate map, information on testing locations, vaccines, contact tracing, school reports and guidance, guidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Vaccine Update


Persons in Phase 1A, 1B, First Responders and residents 70 years of age and older can register for a vaccine appointment.

For updated information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, click here:  



Friday cases – 1,440  

Total cases - 386,326 

Friday deaths - 42 

Total deaths - 4,253

Positivity rate - 6.95%




Friday cases  1,445 

Total cases - 646,424 

Friday deaths - 86 

Total deaths - 11,690

Positivity rate - 5.8%

As vaccines become available to our community, call one of the following healthcare facilities to make an appointment:


Call this number for Norton vaccine appointments: (502) 861-4499

Click here to register online with Norton:






For updated information, click here:  


In addition to the Find a Vaccine website, a new hotline is open to help Kentuckians who do not have access to the internet or a computer or need additional assistance. The hotline – 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for hard-of-hearing Kentuckians) – is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

CLICK HERE FOR: What to expect after getting vaccinated 

V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker



snow truck

Cold Weather Driving Tips (AAA)

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary.
  • If you are out – slow down, increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more

For information (details about priority routes, helpful winter weather tips, fact sheets, and videos on salt application and snow removal) on Kentucky state roads, go to KYTC’s snow and ice information website, snowky.ky.gov 

You can also get traffic information at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5, twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5, and by following Metro Public Works.

For information or assistance for Power Outages, click  here.

Carbon Monoxide Safety



Music, Drinks, Art --- At the Speed Museum



It’s the same 3rd Friday party you love, now from the comfort of your own home! Tune into Facebook live for an evening of exhibition-inspired activities and insights that you can enjoy right from your couch.

Every After Hours offers something different, exploring new themes and welcoming artists of all kinds. Past events have featured everything from local bands to printmaking workshops, family friendly programming, specialty Speed Cinema screenings, aerialists, and even a Drag show! There’s truly something for everyone at After Hours.

You can experience Virtual After Hours for FREE. Like and follow us on Facebook to get notifications when After Hours goes live.

Atists Showcase


LMPD - Division 5 Crime Report




Life Hacks - Fun with Lemons and Lemon Juice


Easily Clean Graters: Clean soft cheese, garlic, or any other food from your grater by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the pulpy side against the grater. For extra abrasion, add a little salt.

Cleaner GlassLemon juice makes an excellent glass cleaner and will even give it an extra shine. Pour it directly onto glass and rub with a soft cloth to dry. Rub newspaper over the area to get rid of any streaks.

Lemon Peels for KindlingThe best thing to use as kindling in your fireplace isn't newspaper.  It's lemon peels! Lemon (and orange) peels smell delicious when they burn, and they contain oils that not only make them burn longer but help ignite the wood around them. Finally, they produce less creosote than paper, which will help keep your chimney clean.

Soothe Stings: If you're stung by a wasp, hornet, or bee, reach for a lemon. Make sure the stinger is gone and quickly rub the area with some lemon juice. It will neutralize the venom.

Ease a Scratchy Throat: Sore throat? Here's another lemon remedy: Gargle with one-part lemon juice and one-part warm water. Lemon helps fight bacteria and soothes your throat.

Repel Dandruff: To keep your scalp naturally dandruff free, use a little bit of lemon juice.  Mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice with 2 cups warm water and pour over your head after you rinse out your conditioner. Let it dry in your hair and it will not only keep dandruff away, it will smell wonderful.  

Great for FingernailsRub a wedge of lemon on your fingernails to whiten the enamel. A perfect activity during downtime


Make Lemonade:

Lavender Lemonade here on Simply Recipes

Whole lemon lemonade - from Marc at Mental Masala



team ky

Update from the Governor


To view the Governor’s recent executive orders, click here:    https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=475

COVID-19 Information


Metro 311

Have an Issue Government Should Solve?


LENS Alert


In August 2016 Louisville Metro Emergency Services teamed up with Bullitt County, Oldham County, and Washington County to create a regional emergency notification system – Louisville Emergency Notification System (LENSAlert).  Its enhanced capabilities include using all communications modes to send alerts – mobile phones, landlines, email, text, social media, IPAWS-OPEN.  Take another step in being prepared for disasters and sign up for LENSAlert today.

SMART 911.com


In addition to receiving notifications, individuals can create a Safety Profile for themselves and their household that can include any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. When individuals make an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right responders to the right location with the right information. Information about medical history, allergies to medication, number of residents in a home and even a picture of the family dog can all be added to a Safety Profile.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Smart911

Dial 2-1-1 for Assistance with Food


Buying and Selling Safety Zones


Are you looking for a public place to exchange items you've sold online? Do you share custody of a child and are looking for somewhere to exchange custody?

The Louisville Metro Police Department is providing MetroSWAP Zones outside of some Division offices.

There is 24 hour video surveillance. LMPD recommends:

  • Agree to meet the person ONLY at a MetroSWAP station.
  • Meet only during daylight hours.
  • Tell someone you trust where you are meeting and at what time.
  • Meet in the parking lot at two designate areas of each location.
  • Make the interaction brief and to the point.

MetroSWAP Zones are at:

Sign Up to Receive Crime Alerts


Visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroPolice/Patrol+Divisions/ to sign up to receive the LMPD’s new crime alert update for your neighborhood. Simply select your LMPD division number and click "Subscribe to Crime Alerts by Beat" to begin receiving the update.

  • Division 5, please call dispatch at 502-574-7111
  • Division 8, please call dispatch at 502-574-2111

Fifth Division - This division covers the area including the Highlands, Clifton and Cherokee and Seneca Parks.

Eighth Division - This division covers the area including Middletown, Lyndon, Oxmoor and the Ford Truck Plant.

Interactive Crime Mapping

You can now map crime in Louisville using the interactive mapping tool

Lock Your Car!


Tune in to View Metro Council Meetings

city hall

NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and  U-verse Channel 99.

The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk. (Click here and click on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.)  

OR access prior or current meetings here:



Agendas for these meetings can be viewed using the following link:


State Government Website Information


Click Here for State Government Website

Click Here to:  View All Agencies

Kentucky General Assembly

general assembly

Click Here to Visit Website for Laws, State Legislators, Watch Bills, etc

Click here for more info.