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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Email Councilwoman McCraney


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

Logan Fogle

Legislative Assistant

(502) 574-3454

Visit the District 7 Website

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

Louisville is recognizing Juneteenth as an official holiday, and just on Thursday, it also became a federal holiday.

Juneteenth (the month of “June” plus “nineteenth”) has become the most popular annual celebration commemorating the emancipation from slavery in the United States.  Although it has gained more popularity with new urgency amid a nationwide push for equality, many people are still unaware of the history behind how it all started.

The Emancipation Proclamation which “ended” slavery in the Confederacy, had taken effect two-and-a-half years before Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 with approximately 2,000 troops to issue the following order:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” ---General Orders Number 3; June 19, 1865.

Although the announcement was clear, General Granger’s message was met with resistance by slaveowners. While the news sparked jubilation among the newly freed slaves, it was also met with trepidation because of the uncertainty of their future.  According to records, many freed slaves moved to neighboring states and to the north because former slave masters refused to accept the ordinance and continued to treat the remaining freed slaves with humiliation and torture.

Why was the news delivered so late? Some say that as a messenger traveled to Galveston to spread the news, he was ambushed and murdered.  Others have said that plantation owners, and possibly army soldiers, purposely withheld the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to keep enslaved people for another cotton harvest or two.  Regardless of the reason, Texas was indeed the last state in which enslaved people received the news about their freedom.

With the aid of the Freedmen’s Bureau and a substantial grassroots effort to convince the newly freed slaves that they were indeed free and should celebrate and commemorate the occasion, June 19th became the symbol of freedom from bondage. Beginning one year later in 1866, the first official Juneteenth celebration took place in Texas.  Within a few years American Descendants of Slaves in other states began celebrating Juneteenth, making it an annual tradition. Typical celebrations include church services, speeches, proclamations, pageants, poetry readings, dancing, family gatherings, picnics, music festivals and food.

On February 1, 2021, Mayor Fischer signed an executive order establishing a 15-member Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration Commission. The commission has organized and advertised events throughout the city to celebrate the holiday's historical significance in Louisville.

June 19th may not be the day actual freedom was realized, but it is the day Texans joined the ranks of other freed slaves. It is a day for the entire community to celebrate achievements in the quest for a more perfect union.

Check out some of the Juneteenth celebrations that are listed below in this issue. Enjoy the celebrations! 


Legislative Assistant - District 7


My name is Logan Fogle, and I am so excited to be the new Legislative Assistant for District 7. I grew up on Applewood Lane, riding my bike with my brother and neighborhood friends to Robsion Park, and playing baseball at St. Matthews Little League. I went to school at Wilder Elementary, Kammerer Middle, and Ballard High. My family participated every year in the Graymoor-Devondale Garage Sale, and I still remember when Westport was just a two lane road. District 7 is where my childhood was spent, and it’s an honor to serve it in this capacity.

I went to college in Lexington, which is where I have been for the past 6 years. Coming back home to Louisville and, more specifically, District 7, has brought back great memories. In my short time in this role, I have been reminded of the good people that make up the community here. As Councilwoman McCraney told me on my first day, constituent services are always my top priority. Every phone call and email that comes into the office, I think of how those individuals on the other end are people just like my old neighbors, my parents, or my grandmother, who still lives in District 7. So, if you ever have a concern or issue, reach out to the District 7 office. You will always be our top priority.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for our district. More importantly, I’m excited to get there with all of you!




First Watch Restaurant


Detailed Summary of the Proposal

A Development Plan was approved by Planning & Design Services on 6/3/21 that will allow the demolition of the existing Arby's restaurant and the construction of a First Watch restaurant in its place. In order to serve alcoholic beverages on the outdoor patio areas connected to the proposed restaurant a Conditional Use Permit is required. 


Webex Meeting: June 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Webex Meeting online:




Meeting number: 132 149 6022

Password: zWf2Qt47JMZ (99327847 from phones and video systems)

Join by video system:

Dial 1321496022@webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone:

+1-408-418-9388United States Toll Access code: 132 149 6022

If you are unable to attend the meeting and have comments or questions or if you would like to have the meeting link emailed directly to you please contact Mike Hill, Land Planning/Civil Engineer Consultant. 

Mike Hill, AICP (502) 426-9374


Louisville Metro Government Budget


Details of the Mayor’s budget proposal, including plans for reimagining public safety, can be found here.

Metro Council will vote on the budget at Council meeting on June 24, 2021.

Update from the Governor

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced the opening of a third Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Driver Licensing Regional Office in Jefferson County, expanding capacity to serve residents of Kentucky’s largest metro area interested in obtaining REAL ID or standard-issue credentials.

The office, at 4919 Dixie Highway Suite A, formerly was a branch location of the Jefferson County Office of Circuit Court Clerk. KYTC is taking over the office as part of its phased adoption of driver licensing services for all of Kentucky.

The traditional model of licenses and permits being issued by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out gradually statewide and will conclude by June 30, 2022

Gov. Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2021) – Following a request by the Adjutant General of Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, June 19, in honor of a Kentucky National Guard soldier who died on June 12, 2021.

Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Pool died June 12 while on active duty and will be interred on June 19 in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky. A veteran of the Iraq War, Pool served 15 years with the Kentucky Army National Guard and had been serving as the readiness noncommissioned officer for the 438th Military Police Company out of Murray, Kentucky.

The U.S. Flag Code provides that a governor may lower the U.S. flag in the event of the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty. All individuals, businesses, organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute. Additional flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status.

Calendar of Events


Fannie Lou Hamer Production


Health Fair

12:00 PM - 3:00PM


Norton Health Care

As part of the citywide Juneteenth Jubilee celebration, Norton Healthcare will host a wellness fair at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park. As part of a commitment to providing access to care for every person in our community, Norton Healthcare will offer key health and wellness services at this event, along with information about job opportunities.

All services, including vaccines and screenings, will be provided at no cost to the patient.

Key services include:
COVID-19 vaccines*
Prevention screenings
Prostate screenings (blood test only) for men ages 50 and older
Blood pressure
Glucose testing
Body mass index (BMI)

Family wellness information (tips for nutrition, exercise and making physical activity fun for the entire family)

Job and career information

Giveaways and more
More Info

Location: Big Four Lawn

The (Un)known Project


The (Un)Known Project

When: Starts at noon
 Along the Ohio River and Roots 101
 Local artists, museums, nonprofits and government have worked for years on public art installations and experiences to support Louisville in its efforts in dealing with racism and inequity under what is known as the (Un)Known Project.

That installation of a bench will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Search "On the Banks of Freedom" on Google Maps for a precise location. Prior to that is a river walk at 12:30 p.m.

This bench is composed of a limestone seat, a black granite back, and a chain with broken links. The back is sandblasted with a drawn head that becomes a stand-in portrait for the escaped enslaved person, as well as text describing the UnKnown project. Rugged edges reference the arduous nature of the escape. The seat is limestone, 18” high, with a rounded front edge for comfort and texture to complement the rough edges of the granite. The bench is 60” wide, 16” deep and approximately 36” high. The chain will be a large galvanized (standard finish) linked chain whose links are welded together and welded to the frame. The chain and all other steel structural elements will be powder-coated with a rust color for a long, low maintenance life.

There are also performances at noon at Roots 101.

Vendor Fair


MELANnaire Marketplace Juneteenth Celebration

MELANnaire Marketplace will host a Juneteenth celebration at

Fourth Street Live! on Saturday, June 19 from 12PM - 7PM.

Event Includes:

Musical performance by Roc Nation artist Victory Boyd

Spoken word performances by Justice League L.O.U.

Additional acts by AMPED student performers, Faith Works Studios, Kendall Carter, Hannah Drake, and singer / songwriter Karan Chavis.

Art from 10+ Louisville-based African-American visual artists, courtesy of Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage.

This event is free and open to the public.


Sunday Farmers Market


May 2nd through October 31st | 12pm-4pm 

3738 Lexington Rd, Louisville KY 40207

Our St. Matthews market hosts a weekly farmers market on Sundays from 12-4pm. In 2021 the market will run from May 2nd to October 31st

Featured vendors include local farmers, food artisans and crafters who bring the best in just-picked produce, organic meats, fresh eggs, baked goods, preserves, ready-to-eat items, and hand-crafted goods!  For more information click here.

Brunch by the Bridge


Waterfront Park is excited to announce a new event series, Brunch by the Bridge. This pop-up food truck experience invites park lovers to enjoy their Sunday at Waterfront Park under the Big Four Bridge. The event series will feature local food trucks with a bubbly bar. Bring your friends, a blanket, and an appetite and brunch with us on the Big Four Lawn!

Tim Whalen Trio, 11:30am-1:30pm

Participating Food Trucks:

Lil Cheezers

Sweet and Savory

Hot Buns

This is a Waterfront Park hosted event. Waterfront Park is a donor supported public park. Your donations help make events like this possible.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park


What: Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

When: June 16-July 31, 2021

Nightly Schedule:

6:00 p.m. Food Trucks

7:00 p.m. Kids’ Globe free interactive youth activities, Will’s Gift Shop, & Will’s Tavern

8:00 p.m. performance

Where: Central Park, C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater

For a full calendar of performances click here

Bats (Re)Opening Night


The Bats have a six-game home stand this week against Indianapolis. Games are back to 100% capacity starting June 22nd. 

For a full schedule click here

News You Can Use




The Fan Fair giveaway qualifications and guidelines are as follows:

  • Person 60 years of age or older or documentation verified by a physician of a disability resident of Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble or Bullitt Counties
  • Proof of address and age
  • ​One fan per household
  • Household must not have functional central air conditioner

Beginning Wednesday, June 16, qualified individuals may call one of the sites below for more information and instruction on how to receive a fan. Distribution of fans will begin on Monday, June 21.  Appointments are required in advance.  The locations include:

  • First Neighborhood Place (40219); 502-313-4700
  • Cane Run Neighborhood Place (40216); 502-485-6810
  • South Central Neighborhood Place (40215); 502-485-7130
  • Ujima Neighborhood Place (40211); 502-485-6710
  • South Jefferson Neighborhood Place (40258); 502-363-1424
  • Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place (40210); 502-634-6050
  • KIPDA (40299); 502-266-5571
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency (Henry County, Oldham, Trimble Counties): 502-222-1349
  • Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency (Bullitt, Shelby, Spencer Counties): 502-633-7162

Monetary donations are still accepted and appreciated to purchase additional fans.  Checks can be made payable to KIPDA, Attn:  Fan Fair, mailed to 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299.

Fan supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

For more information about the Fan Fair event, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services/fan-fair  or https://www.kipda.org/.

Downspout Disconnection Program

Check out this MSD program to see if you are eligible for a $100 reimbursement!


For more information on this program click here

Hot Weather Safety for Pets


Library Pickup and Delivery

Library Curbside Pick-up


The Louisville Free Public Library is now offering curbside pick-up of library materials at all locations.

Patrons place items on hold in the online catalog and receive a notification when the items are ready for pickup. Patrons must call (502) 574-1611 to schedule a pick-up time.

St. Matthews & Northeast Library Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday 10am - 7pm

Friday, Saturday 10am - 4pm 

LG&E Assistance Program


While Metro Louisville’s COVID relief emergency assistance program for LG&E customers is coming to its conclusion, limited funds do remain.  As a result, the Association of Community Ministries is temporarily reopening the online application portal and will process applications as long as funds allow.

Jefferson County households could be eligible for as much as $1,000 in aid if they have:

1) a past due amount on their LG&E bill as the result of an economic hardship related to Covid-19

2) those past due arrearages occurred between March 16, 2020 and March 31, 2021

For more information click here

Just 4 Fun!


Jokes About Fathers

  • You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.
  • “How much?!” -Dads after hearing a price over $5.
  • Remember: What dad really wants is a nap.
  • “We got here just in time!” -Dads when a line forms behind them.
  • “That’s how they get ya.” -Dads when a hidden fee pops up.

Jokes By Fathers

  • “Raising kids is the only job where you work 24 hours a day and it actually costs you money.”
  • "Nothing is funnier than people without kids telling me how tired they are.”
  • “I have mixed emotions when I receive my Father’s Day gifts. I’m glad they remember me; I’m disappointed that they actually think I dress like that.”
  • “There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let dad sleep.’”
  • “Having a two-year-old is like using a blender without the lid.”
  • "My kids call me stepdad because 'partner in crime' sounds irresponsible."
  • “Having one child makes you a parent. Having two kids makes you a referee.”

Advice For New Fathers

  • Pro tip: Learn how to 'fix' toys by removing the batteries.
  • Ask your child what they want for dinner only if they’re buying.
  • Children will quote you correctly only if it is something you wish you hadn’t said.
  • Baby wipes are the duct tape of parenting.
  • Buying new furniture or new carpet sets off an internal clock in a child that forces them to spill something outrageous within 12 hours.
  • Tell your kids you used to be able to do a backflip. They can’t prove you didn’t.

LMPD Crime Reports- District 7



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


Vaccine Event


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:

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 their car window. 

Report the license plate number to 311 to be verified (including a description of the vehicle) through the County Clerk's Office.  The owner of the vehicle will receive a letter saying that someone reported seeing litter being thrown from their vehicle, and reminding the owner that littering is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to a year in jail. An automobile litter bag also will accompany each letter. 

Click here to report Litterers.

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!


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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


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Kentucky General Assembly

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

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