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

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


4th of July

In this Issue

Message From McCraney

The speed of change is rapid and every year it gets faster. As a society, how we meet the challenges that inevitably come our way is our test of greatness. How we  personally, professionally and collectively react to and handle change will determine our mental health and overall wellbeing.  I have come to understand the need to be fast and forward-thinking to meet the changes and challenges we face in this nation, so summer is a great time to reflect and make adjustments for the year ahead. It's a perfect time to jump off the rollercoaster of life and regroup in order to gather your thoughts and clear your head.

Metro Council is on a summer break until July 19. Our Council offices will remain open, and my capable legislative assistant, Logan, will be there to accept your calls and assist you with your needs. I will be taking the time to rejuvenate and plan fun and exciting events to present to all of you in District 7.  Look forward to community forums, book club discussions, tours and in-person Muffins with McCraney. I am determined to make the dreadful memory of 2020 fade away and usher in fond and lasting memories for 2021.

Please mark your calendar and register to join me for our first tour on July 24th. We will visit four of our library system's most beautiful libraries, and along the way play games and win door prizes. Read the details below to get an idea of how the tour will take place; leave all the special surprises to me. Suffice it to say that we are going to have a mighty good time together!

While "Message from McCraney" will be on vacation with me, you will receive a weekly e-Newsletter with news you can use and upcoming events. Also, in the next couple of weeks you will receive a print copy of the newsletter. It will be a resource guide filled with information that you can tuck away until you need to reference it. Most of the information in it will be familiar to you but new to the 23,000 residents of District 7 who are not yet signed up to receive the weekly e-Newsletter. 

I will return renewed so that I can continue fighting the good fight for you and those who are unable to fight for themselves.  In the meantime...


Board the Bus for a Fun Tour!





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: July 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Webex Meeting:

Click here!

Meeting number: 132 149 6022

Password: zWf2Qt47JMZ (99327847 from phones & video systems)

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


The Great Experiment in Democracy


The first battles of the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, although at the time a majority of colonists did not support independence from Great Britain. Independence was a radical thought, and declaring it would surely only fuel the ongoing battles and skirmishes between British regulars and colonial militias. However, as the year carried on, and hostilities increased, a full-blown revolution against Great Britain went from a radical and dangerous idea to one that was gaining popularity among colonists. 

In early 1776, Thomas Paine published “Common Sense”, a wildly popular pamphlet laying out an argument in favor of independence from Great Britain. This argument was premised on the idea of self-governance. In June of that year, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for independence, sparking heated debate. The vote was postponed, but a five man committee was tasked with drafting the Declaration of Independence for review and further debate. The members of the drafting committee were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Jefferson was the primary author.

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of the motion to declare independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Continental Congress.

Today, this holiday is celebrated among family, friends, food, and fireworks. Stay safe, have fun, and let us keep doing the work necessary to continue our Great Experiment in democracy.

The National Anthem


Click here to access video: https://youtu.be/5ZCtTdwc4GI

$100 Gift Card Give-a-ways


Passport Health Plan is providing $100 gift cards for Passport members who receive their COVID vaccine. They are committed to ensuring their members get vaccinated and improve their health.  Additionally, they are partnering with various community groups to offer local opportunities to get vaccines in the communities where their members live or work.

For details and more information click here or call 1-833-986-0072. https://vimeo.com/563894864/a25ffa2bd3


News You Can Use


Fireworks Safety Tips!

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Message From Metro Animal Services


Leave pets inside

Close all windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks, and always provide plenty of food and water. Turning on a radio, television or fan also may help calm your pet and distract them from the sounds of fireworks. Owners who are leaving town for the holiday should consider boarding their pets.

Leave pets at home during firework displays

Animals have a heightened sense of hearing. Loud fireworks can be deafening and cause pets to panic and want to hide. It is best to keep your pets at home where they feel safe. If you are attending Fourth of July festivities, take your pets for quiet walks before or after the fireworks display.

Make sure pets are always wearing collars with identification tags

This even applies to pets that only live indoors. The ID tag should include the owner’s current address and phone number. The best way to ensure you will be reunited with a lost pet is a microchip because collars or tags can come off. Pet owners should also make sure their pet is licensed. It is not only the law, but it will also ensure LMAS knows how to contact you, should your pet become lost and enters the LMAS shelter.

Clean up firework debris before letting pets outside

If pets eat the debris, it may cause digestive problems or serious injuries. Owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their pets have been exposed to any potentially toxic or poisonous substances.

If your pet is lost

  • Report a lost pet to LMAS as soon as possible. To report a pet lost or found, and search lost and found pets online, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.
  • Hang up flyers with your pet’s photo and your contact info around your neighborhood. You should also check lost and found postings on social media.
  • Visit the LMAS Shelter to search our kennels for your missing pet and get assistance from lost and found services.
  • Check back often because stray pets enter the shelter daily. Finders often wait a few days and will try to find its owner, before bringing the pet to the shelter.

If you find a stray pet

  • Complete a found pet report online and upload a photo at www.louisvilleky.gov/animal-services.
  • Have the pet scanned for a microchip, which can be done at most veterinary clinics or at the LMAS Shelter.
  • If you decide to keep a stray pet while looking for its owner, be sure to post flyers around your neighborhood and search social media posts in your area.
  • If you cannot keep a stray pet or have not been able to locate an owner, bring the pet to the LMAS Shelter located at 3528 Newburg Road, Monday - Saturday from 12-6pm.

If you are unable to transport a stray pet to the shelter and have it contained, contact animal control to have the pet picked up and brought to the shelter at 502-473-PETS.

JCPS Seeking Feedback on Funding


To help school districts across the country rebuild and come back stronger after the pandemic, the federal government has established several rounds of stimulus funding grants called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds.  The JCPS Office of Communications is seeking feedback and input from the community on how to invest funds within the district. 

Below you will find a link to a video message from Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS Superintendent and Renee Murphy, Chief of Communications and Community Relations, explaining this opportunity and a link to the ESSER Funding survey.

We have a chance to fund the future.  We need your help in deciding what that looks like.  Take the survey by accessing the JCPS website here.

Solid Waste Collection Schedule


Summer Mowing Schedule


Public Works Roads & Operations crews have been steadily working, mowing the right-of-way and clearing driver visibility obstructions throughout Metro roadways since April 12. They will continue to do so through the summer.

Below is scheduled work for the rest of the season. This list may change as calls for service come in.

Litter pick up/mowing began on June 7, 2021

Litter pick up/mowing will begin on August 2, 2021

Litter pick up/mowing will begin on September 27, 2021

Paving Projects - Week of July 5


Below is the list of Louisville Metro Public Works paving projects scheduled for the upcoming week, of July 5, 2021. Note: the schedule is subject to change due to weather and/or operational factors.

  • Dunvegan Rd. from Lime Kiln Ln. to dead end
  • Regal Rd. from Dunvegan Rd. to Bates View Ct.
  • Wesboro Rd. from Herr Ln. to Hayward Rd.
  • Lancaster Essex Ct. from Greenlawn Rd. to dead end
  • Trail Crest Ct. from Rail Ridge Rd. to dead end
  • Falls Ridge Ct. from Trail Ridge Rd to dead end
  • Spring Branch Ct from Albrecht Cir to dead end
  • Fawn Meadow Ct from Albrecht Cir to dead end
  • Doe Spring Ct from Albrecht Cir to dead end
  • Albrecth Ct  from Albrecht Cir to dead end
  • Arnold Palmer Blvd from Landmark Dr to Old Henry Rd

Heat Related Illnesses & Tips

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


LFPL Summer Reading Program


The Louisville Free Public Library’s annual 10-week Summer Reading Program encourages children and teens to read for fun over the summer and helps them avoid summer learning loss. School-aged children simply read ten books, teens read six books, and preschool-aged children and younger need to read, or have read to them, 20 books to complete the program.

Studies have shown that children who participate in public library summer reading programs increase their enjoyment of reading, improve their reading skills, and return to school better prepared to learn.

For more information click here

LFPL Book Bundles


Book Bundles are collections of age-appropriate books, audiobooks or DVDs you can check out for your family or yourself. Each bundle is carefully chosen by Library staff and will be checked out to your Library card for 21 days. When your Book Bundle is ready for pickup, you will be contacted to schedule a curbside pickup appointment.

Teen and Adult Bundles contain FOUR titles.

Child Book Bundles contain TEN titles. You may submit one request for multiple children. To do so, please indicate the topics and ages of your children in the ‘Additional Notes/Preferences’ section.

DVD Bundles contain FIVE titles.

Please allow at least one week for staff to get your Book Bundle ready.

For more information click here

Back to School Supplies Needed!


Call our local Seven Counties agenda for details.

Upcoming Events


JJ Grey in Concert


About this event

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human.

When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless. Onstage, he delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty.


Date and time

Sat, July 3, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT

Doors at 6:30 PM

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4th of July Concert & Fireworks


Louisville Orchestra Waterfront Fourth

Featuring Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra with special guest star Sam Bush

Presented by: The Brown-Forman Foundation, the Marshall Family Foundation — Phillip, April, and Deborah, and the LO’s Opus ’21 Society

Celebrate Independence Day with a free concert for the whole family!

Sunday, July 4th

Waterfront Park Great Lawn

Gates open at 6:30pm

Concert at 8:30pm

Fireworks at 10pm provided by Labor in Louisville: UAW 862, IBEW 369, Teamsters 783, Laborers 576

Family Activity Tent Sponsored by the William M. Wood Foundation

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. No outside coolers, glass or pets are allowed. Festival Food and Beverage will be available for purchase.

Made possible with generous support from:

Bud Light Selzer, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jeptha Creed, Kroger, Louisville Business First, Louisville Metro, Louisville Tourism, Maker’s Mark, Nugent Sand Company, Red Bull, Republic Bank, William M. Wood Foundation


Fourth of July Concerts

July 2 - 4, 2021 - 720 Brent St. - 3 days of live music, food trucks and cocktails plus the 2nd annual Paristown fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. 

About this event

  • Friday, July 2: Thumper and the Plaid Rabbits (Gates open 6:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 3: Rob Maupin Jr Band (Gates open 6:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 4: The Crashers + The Louisville Divas featuring Robbie Bartlett, Carly Johnson, Sheryl Rouse Crawford, Olivia Henken and Gilda Wabbit + 9:45 P.M. Paristown Fireworks Show (Gates open 5:30 p.m.)


  • Daily Pass: $10
  • Weekend Pass: $25
  • All Ages: Free admission for kids 10 & under with a ticket-holding adult. (Limit 2 children per ticketed adult.)


  • Admission & Chairs Up to 4 People: $100
  • Admission & Chairs Up to 6 People: $120
  • *Limited private tables available

Access tickets here:


Murder Mystery Dinner Performance

Enjoy a delicious dinner and Murder Mystery performance on the Rooftop of The Kentucky Castle!

About this event

Enjoy a delicious dinner on the rooftop of The Kentucky Castle. But don't get too comfy, because while you eat, our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater team, Murder & Merriment, will have you saying "whodunnit?!"

One lucky guest who solves the mystery will win a gift card to The Kentucky Castle!


  • Garden bruschetta with smashed English peas and balsamic reduction
  • Spring mix tossed in a basil honey vinaigrette with watermelon, radish and pickled red onion
  • Bone-in chicken breast seared with arugula pesto Béchamel sauce and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus
  • Strawberry lemon cake trifle

* For food allergies, please specify when purchasing tickets, or email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com.

If you would like to be seated with someone who purchased tickets separately, please note that at the time of ticket purchase, or email Mary@thekentuckycastle.com.

There is no dress code at The Kentucky Castle; however, many of our Murder Mystery guests wear business casual or dressy casual attire.

* Menu subject to change.

* In the event of rain, this event will be moved to the Greenhouse.

* Tickets are non-refundable.

* This event is best suited for guests 16 years and over.

Additional Option: To make a reservation for our boutique hotel or spa, please call (859) 256-0322 or visit thekentuckycastle.com

Date and time

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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The Kentucky Castle

230 Pisgah Pike

Versailles, KY 40383

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Just 4 Fun!


Can You Solve this Word Puzzle?


Answers at the bottom of the newsletter!

Fourth of July Fun & Historical Facts

  • The actual vote to declare independence from Great Britain took place on July 2nd, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was simply formally adopted on the 4th.
  • According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC) (yes, it's a thing), Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday.
  • There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence... but, unfortunately, it isn't a treasure map. A message is written upside-down across the bottom that reads, "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776."
  • The youngest signers of the Declaration were 26 years old- and they were both from South Carolina. Delegates Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge were the youngest signers. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin at age 70.
  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, political rivals and signatories to the Declaration of Independence (Jefferson being the primary author of the document), both died on July 4th, 1826. The two former Presidents died 50 years after the Declaration was formally adopted. 

On this Fourth of July, let us remember the history of our country that has shaped us. Let us also remember that our history is still being written, and is being shaped by us.

Let us celebrate this Fourth of July while acknowledging we are all in this together. So, find some common ground with neighbors, family, Louisvillians, Americans. I am certain there are commonalities waiting to be discovered.

"Amazing the things you find when you bother to search for them."


Happy Fourth!

Word Scramble


LMPD Crime Reports- District 7


Lock Your Car!


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.





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Answers to Just 4 Fun Puzzle:

1. Upset stomach 2. Sit back & Relax 3. Turn back the hands of time

4. 2 feet 5. Man overboard 6. Parting comments