District 7 E-Newsletter

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


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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For assistance, or to schedule a meeting with Councilwoman McCraney, call:

Logan Fogle

Legislative Assistant

(502) 574-3454

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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

Two words - Affordable Housing – have become buzzwords among various circles, some in support of, and others - well, not so much.  Conversations about the housing shortage across America go back and forth between “availability”, “affordability” and “accessibility”.  

In Jefferson County hundreds of people lack access to safe and secure housing. In some cases, our city is growing so quickly that local government cannot build out services and infrastructure fast enough to accommodate, but too often the problem is finding developers who want to invest in building affordable housing, and the pushback from several urban dwelling landowners who do not want affordable housing in “their backyard.” As a result, we find ourselves faced with an affordable housing crisis that is affecting citizens across the income spectrum.  

Rising costs of labor and materials account for affordable housing being expensive to build. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that raw materials rose 23.9 percent since the 2008 financial crisis, and while the index has fluctuated somewhat in the last year, it remains at elevated levels. Lumber alone represents 5 to 10 percent of the cost of building a home, and decades-long trade disputes are partly to blame. Another problem is the increased price of undeveloped land in urban areas. Also, housing demand is high, so developers are focusing on the high-end (and higher profit margin) housing market. A pandemic which caused a major shift in available labor and halted some construction jobs, didn’t help matters either.

Zoning code restrictions like densification, required number of parking spaces or trees, or the limiting of the height of a new building make construction difficult and more expensive. These are things developers can negotiate and sometimes get around. But how do you get around public sentiment that cries foul at the mention of “affordable housing?”

The Louisville Metro Council is concerned with zoning issues and how zoning changes and approvals are made.  We are also concerned with the issue of affordable housing.  We are committed to appropriately funding the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and holding developers accountable for offering affordable housing units.

On last Thursday, the Council passed ordinances on several properties for zoning throughout the city that include units of affordable housing. These properties were at 4801 Manslick Road and 1936 Bluegrass Avenue. Another zoning issue was tabled and will be discussed at a future Council meeting. That development, being presented as affordable housing by the developer, was for an 11-acre vacant property between 8616-8820 W. Manslick, right outside Fairdale. Slowly, but surely, we will solve the housing crisis in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Council also voted 14-11 to pass a 10-foot-wide buffer zone for the downtown EMW women’s clinic. The passage of this ordinance will allow all healthcare facilities to create buffer or “safety” zones outside entrances. Under the ordinance, people would be prohibited from obstructing another person’s entrance to or exit from the facility, and would also be prohibited from entering, lingering or creating any obstruction in the 10-foot-wide zone. Violators would be subject to a written warning, followed by a citation and a monetary fine of $150 to $500. If convicted a second time within one year of a previous violation, the person could face a fine of $250 to $500.

I voted “Yes” on both zoning issues and the safety zone ordinance. To summarize my votes, I believe all people deserve a decent and affordable place to live, and in any area of the community of their choosing. I also believe that people have a right to enter and exit a healthcare facility without being harassed, bullied, or taunted. Protections should be provided to gunshot victims or domestic violence victims, whose perpetrators may follow to harm them further, as well as to women seeking counseling or a procedure that she has decided would be best for her body and life circumstances.

The First Amendment protects freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and it protects the right of peaceful assembly. The safety zone does not violate these rights, but unfortunately on too many occasions, freedom of speech and peaceful assembly turned ugly and confrontational. The 10-ft safety zone (actually, 5-feet on both sides) allows for the distribution of literature and verbal invitations to anyone entering the clinic to step outside the zone to have prayer with those who are offering prayer and not hostility or judgment. In fact, nothing in the ordinance prohibits the ones who are taunting others from continuing to do so. It just prohibits people from touching and pushing healthcare seekers. 

Check out these videos that show what had been happening to women outside the clinic:  



If you would like to speak with me about my votes on the issue of affordable housing or the safety zone, please send me an email at paula.mccraney@louisvilleky.gov, and I will respond accordingly.  If you wish to speak to me directly, please call the District 7 office at 574-1107, and make an appointment through a staffer so that time can be carved out of my calendar for that special conversation.

“There is nothing more disappointing than fearful politicians - fearful to make tough decisions because they think more about the next election than they do about the next-generation.”

Louisville Metro Government Budget


The deadline to sign up to speak at the next Metro Council meeting regarding the budget is May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Submit a question or recommendation to the Council through e-mail using this Budget Comment Form: https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/z1ls6po10gjsdnk/

For information on signing up to speak at the May 27th Budget Hearing meeting, click here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/guidance-public-addresses-public-hearings-metro-council-budget-committee

Another opportunity to participate in the budget process will be at community conversation events hosted throughout the city.  You can join in person or virtually. However, you must register here: registration whether attending in person or online.  The registration link includes information about all of the community conversations over the next couple of weeks. Those meetings will touch on economic mobility, public safety, economic development, and racial equity.  Please join us if you can!

Here are the remaining sessions:

Public Safety: Wednesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street (Public Safety registration)


Economic Development: Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Boulevard (Economic Development registration)

Racial Equity: Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. at the Newburg Library, 4800 Exeter Avenue (Racial Equity registration)


Pictured from left to right: Councilwoman Paula McCraney, Councilman Bill Hollander, Councilwoman Nicole George, and Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey.

Councilwoman McCraney participated (virtually) in the first two budget sessions on May 22 (Northeast Library - Topic: Infrastructure) and May 23 (West Louisville YMCA - Topic: Economic Mobility).  Both sessions were informative and interactive. Each session is live-streamed on the Metro Council Caucus Facebook page. You may also visit the Caucus FB page to view prior sessions.  

District 7 resident, Aaron Horner (not pictured), Caucus Director, serves as the moderator of the sessions. He is very knowledgeable about the budget and keeps the meeting flowing nicely and on time.  

Please join us for the next budget sessions!

Windy Hills is Doing it Again!


The Longshot Lobsta truck will be in the Sojourn Church Parking Lot, 2501 Rudy Lane, on Monday, June 7th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  

Enjoy tastes of the seacoast!

Menu items include lobster rolls (warm or cold), clam chowder, lobster bisque, Cheddar Bay biscuits.

Please socially distance as you purchase your meal. No on-site dining.
Thanks to Sojourn for allowing the use of their property.
We are hoping to offer a variety of food truck cuisine, so if you have a favorite food truck to suggest for the future, please send your ideas to laura.trachtenberg@cityofwindyhills.com. 

House & Garden Tour


Six Fabulous Gardens. Two Lovely Homes.

June 12-13, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine.

We are in our 21st year of the Tour!

Each year we offer a variety of gardens, from expansive to petite, for you to view and peruse at your leisure, and even talk to master gardeners at some of our sites. Additionally, most years we have homes open to tour. We will be recognizing all safety guidelines necessary.

Please take time to view the pictures of each garden on “The Tour” page, which will give you more insight as to what to expect. We also have a Raffle, at $25, which will offer prizes valued at a minimum of $100.

Tickets are $35 and full descriptions of the gardens and ticket portal are online at kilgoregardentour.org.

The Tour is a self-guided tour. Patrons may begin at any of the addresses listed on  “The Tour” page.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month



Less Restrictions!!

On May 28, all indoor and outdoor events of any size and businesses of any capacity can increase to 75 percent capacity.

Final capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 END June 11, 2021!!!

The new masking guidelines are a huge, bold change, and a lot depends on the honor system. After all, there’s no way to know if another person is vaccinated, unless you have a conversation about it (and you trust the person!). That may be easier with people you know, but not likely to happen with strangers.

When you go into a crowd and there are many people not wearing masks, it’s a very safe environment if they’re all vaccinated. But that level of safety does dip if there are plenty of unvaccinated people not wearing masks in the bunch, so it's understandable why people might be a bit nervous about the lifted mandate.

But, if you see a sign like this...


Don't make a fuss, just comply. Thank you!

Update From the Mayor



Mayor Fischer hosted a 2-day Reimagining Public Safety Summit last week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  To view all sessions and learn more about reimagining public safety, click here: https://www.usmayors.org/meetings/reimagining-public-safety/

Update from the Governor


Economic Recovery Due To Mass Vaccinations


Citing widespread vaccinations and an early reopening, a second major rating agency has published a positive economic outlook for Kentucky. The Moody’s Analytics report is the latest in a string of positive economic news highlighting that the commonwealth is poised to prosper as the state emerges from the pandemic.

The report notes “mass vaccinations will be the driving force behind a sustained recovery in consumer services,” “the state’s recovery has benefited from earlier reopening efforts and increased demand for manufactured goods over services,” that Kentucky’s “manufacturing industry has outperformed the nation’s” since an initial downturn nationally last year and “payroll employment surged in the first quarter and is now 4.9% below its pre-pandemic level, which is slightly better than the national average.”

“Consumer industries are ripe for a rebound as mass vaccinations pave the way for increased local spending in the second half of 2021,” according to the Moody’s analysis.

To read the complete news release click here.

Grant Received For New 988 Hotline


Kentucky has received $340,000 in grant funding to assist with planning and logistics for the nationwide transition to a simplified behavioral health crisis line to be known as 988, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.

Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), awarded the funding to the commonwealth.

In July 2022, the new 988 hotline will become the national dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, replacing the current phone number of 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Americans needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) until then.

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID), Kentucky’s 988 planning grant recipient, will collaborate with state leadership, suicide prevention experts, people with lived experience and other stakeholders to create a 988 implementation plan and support the Lifeline’s operational, clinical and performance standards that allow access to care.

For more information about DBHDID, visit the website here.. For more information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline click here.

KY Receives $1Million For Project PIVOT


Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday said a $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help the state address key findings of the University of Louisville Human Trafficking Research Initiative’s Project PIVOT: Prevention and Intervention for Victims of Trafficking, a two-year research project.

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW, principal investigator for Project PIVOT and associate professor, Kent School of Social Work, presented research findings Wednesday and said, “We learned that child trafficking is primarily happening at the hands of family members – people in our community that we know, live next to or interact with. This has implications for how we educate our communities about child trafficking, as well as how we prepare child welfare workers and first responders to identify and respond to potential child victims.”

In 2020, Kentucky was one of only four states to receive a $1 million grant related to human trafficking from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. To learn more, see the full release.

Vaccine Updates


1,927,168 Shots Given In KY

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,927,168 people have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky.

“Overall, 54% of all Kentucky adults and 80% of Kentuckians 65 and older now have at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Gov. Beshear. “And for more good news, Kentuckians as young as 12 have started getting their shots of hope.”

Vaccine Event


St. Matthews Pharmacy is partnering with Iroquois Park and the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department to offer the one shot vaccine to those 18 years or older. This is a walk through event. Interpreters will be available. To register slick here.


Covid-19 Updates


Kentucky Statistics

New cases : 285
Positivity rate: 2.78%

For more information on cases and hospital capacity, see the full daily COVID-19 report. To see a list of those reported lost to the virus today, click here.

The top five counties by percent of residents vaccinated are: Woodford (57%), Franklin (56%), Fayette (54%), Scott (48%) and Campbell (47%).

The bottom five counties by percent of residents vaccinated are: Christian (18%), Spencer (18%), Ballard (20%), McCreary (21%) and Lewis (21%).

News You Can Use


The Cicadas Are Here!


A biologist with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Zak Danks, tells WLKY, "The periodical cicadas will be fairly spotty in Kentucky. The bulk of this year’s brood is really centered on Southern Indiana, Central Indiana and Ohio.”

“As far as Kentucky goes, we might get some along the Ohio River, and in South Central Kentucky, but the biggie that will affect the eastern two-thirds of Kentucky will emerge in 2025. This brood will occur from Hopkinsville to Bowling Green and east of there. That’s called brood VIZ (14),” he said.

For people with several small, new trees, a protective net can help.

To read the complete article click here.

Graduation Is In-Person This Year


Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) seniors will celebrate graduation with in-person ceremonies for the first time since 2019. The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the proposal at its meeting on March 23, 2021. Due to the pandemic, all 2020 JCPS graduations were held virtually.

“Graduation is a pivotal rite of passage that helps usher young adults into the next phase of their life,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said. “As our community starts to regain some sense of normalcy, I’m excited that our seniors will be able to realize this important opportunity.”

Here are more ceremony details:

Schools will hold ceremonies on JCPS football fields.

The graduating class for each school will be divided into groups appropriately sized to meet the current CDC/KDE guidelines and venue/stadium capacity.

Schools may have between one and five ceremonies, depending on the number of groups of graduates in the class.

Each graduate will receive an allotted number of admission tickets to distribute to friends and family members. The total number of tickets will be based on current CDC/KDE guidelines for outside stadium bleacher-style seating.

If inclement weather occurs, ceremonies may move to Tuesday, June 1. Schools will assess weather and communicate with families regarding any delays or cancellations.

Health and Safety Precautions

All graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held at a JCPS school or facility with a controlled entrance and limited capacity. The commencement exercises will follow all current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) health and safety guidelines. Based on the number of people in attendance at the ceremony and the ability to remain socially distant, masks may be required. Each school will communicate with families on the requirements.

Louisville Landbank Request For Proposal


The Landbank Authority launches a new RFP for May 2021! Click here for available buildings and guidelines on how to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by May 27th, 2021 by 5 p.m. EST. 

To view these properties virtually please go online to the VAPStat website.

Financial Navigators Here To Help


Do you need help managing your money or accessing public programs because of COVID-19? Sign up for Financial Navigator assistance today!

Bank On Louisville and Louisville Metro Government, in partnership with LHOME, have launched a no-cost Financial Navigator Program. You can receive free assistance and guidance over the phone to help you manage the financial impact of COVID-19. Trained Financial Navigators are available to help you manage financial issues, identify actions steps, and make referrals to other programs and services.

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Recycling Carts - Coming To Louisville Metro


As part of continuing efforts to reduce the amount of materials going to a landfill, Louisville Metro Government is reminding Urban Services District residents who currently recycle using an 18-gallon bin or their own container that they’ll soon receive a free 95-gallon recycling cart.

The change will be effective the week of July 12. Public Works initially planned to put yard waste pickup on the same every-other-week schedule, but has postponed that change until a further review of data to determine the most efficient approach.

Residents who will be receiving the new recycling carts will get “Carts are Coming” postcards in the coming week, and the carts will be delivered throughout the month of June, along with packets explaining what’s accepted in recycling and the recycling/yard waste schedule through October.

In addition, the week of June 28, Public Works will send an information card and schedule to the 18,000 residents who already have the larger cart. Follow-up mailers will be shared in the fall with all who recycle.

To keep up with schedules, download the Recycle Coach app here: Louisvilleky.gov/RecycleCoach.

For more information about the new carts, accepted items, and the new schedule, visit: Louisvilleky.gov/RecycleMore.

Louisville is Hiring!


Have you ever considered working for Metro Louisville? Now is a great time. Multiple Departments in the City are looking for great employees. Check them out below and follow the links if you are interested.

Check out all available jobs here.

Calendar of Events



30+ Live Concerts & Performances this Summer James Taylor, ZZ Top, Nelly, Metallica and Dan + Shay top the list of over 30 concerts happening around the city this May through September.

30 Live Concerts in Louisville This Summer : GoToLouisville.com Official Travel Source

Branch Out With These Outdoor Louisville Attractions Warmer weather is here and we have over 13,000 acres of parks and forests to explore. Looking for more than parks and hiking trails? Try some of these popular outdoor attractions.


Branch Out With These Outdoor Louisville Attractions : GoToLouisville.com Official Travel Source

Youth Employment Development Night


The Mayor's Office For Safety and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) would like to invite everyone to be a part of the one Love Louisville Networking Night featuring several guests from Kentuckiana Works.

May 25 is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about employment and economic development efforts and discuss important resources and initiatives in our community.

Our Networking Nights create an environment for change agents to build a network of citizens to help prevent violence by sharing important resources. It provides a space for continued development of violence prevention knowledge and resources.

Read more about our featured programs below:

Kentucky Youth Career Center:

The Kentucky Youth Career Center provides educational and career opportunities, as well as job-search assistance for young people ages 16-24. Resources include leadership development, career and college readiness, internships, GED courses, and more. KYCC has three locations that serve youth and young adults across seven counties.

Just 4 Fun!


“When you’re at the checkout line and they ask you if you found everything, say, “Why, are you hiding stuff?”


“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.”


“I don’t understand why people have to ‘get ready’ for bed… I’m always ready for bed!”


“Isn’t it funny how red, white & blue represent freedom…. Until they’re flashing behind you.”

“My teacher pointed at me with his ruler and said: “At the end of this ruler there’s an idiot!” I got detention after asking which end.”


“If you’re sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, “Did you bring the money?”


“The fact that there’s a highway to hell and only a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.”


LMPD Crime Reports- District 7


Major Grissom reported that there was no crime to report this week in Division 5. That's good news!

Interactive Crime Map Available

Metro Louisville now has an interactive map that will allow you to see what is happening in your neighborhood as well as others across the city. The map updates daily and if you choose you can receive alerts for your area by subscribing using the red receive alerts button on the page.  Click here to try it out: Interactive Map to Track Crime.



Updates from the Governor

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 Click here to read the Executive Order issued by

Governor Beshear regarding face covering.

To view the Governors most recent updates on click here: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=641



Metro 311





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

Here are the key COVID-19 data metrics for Louisville/Jefferson County the week of May 10, 2021:

  • There were 666 new cases over the previous week, 1 new death reported
  • Hospitalization data:
    • 82 patients currently hospitalized have COVID-19, compared to 114 last week
    • 28 patients in ICU with COVID-19 as of May 11, compared to 23 the week prior
    • 17 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of May 11, compared to 16 last week
  • 689,010 total vaccine doses given in Metro Louisville since December
  • 46.8% of Louisville residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 37.3% have completed the vaccine series

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville’s Chief Health Strategist, said the majority of cases identified last week reported attending events such as weddings, funerals, family and friend gatherings, sporting events, proms, musical performances and travel.

“This is a really good reminder that if you’re not fully vaccinated yet, to please get tested before attending any of these events or traveling,” Dr. Moyer said.




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

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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


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Kentucky General Assembly

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