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


Click Here to Email Councilwoman McCraney:



Visit the District 7 Website


To schedule a meeting with Councilwoman McCraney, call:

Logan Fogle

Legislative Assistant

(502) 574-3454

Paula McCraney

Paula McCraney

Paula McCraney


Paula McCraney

Paula McCraney


Follow Councilwoman McCraney on Facebook and Twitter:



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



Because of the wet grounds and possible high waters, the Cox Park Clean-up is Postponed to next Saturday.


Message From McCraney


Hello neighbors and friends,

The question of the month has been, who is responsible for community safety and security? The answer is Everyone!

Here are three things that define community safety:

  1. Community safety is about delivering local solutions to local problems that local people have identified. 
  2. Community safety means preventing, reducing, or containing the social and environmental factors that affect people’s right to live without fear of crime and impact their quality of life.
  3. Community safety includes preventative measures that contribute to crime reduction and tackle anti-social behavior.

In a nutshell, community safety cannot rest solely on the shoulders of LMPD. It is a shared responsibility by all community members and requires an integrated approach to bring Louisville Metro Government, Metro Council, and community partners together to address a collective goal.

At Thursday’s Council meeting, Councilmembers approved the following plan and added five additional code enforcement officers to the equation:

  • $378,000 to hire three more Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) positions
  • $10,000 for bar security training

The cost for the additional code enforcement officers is estimated at over $200,000. The anticipated budget revenue surplus will fund these enforcement officers and the ABC positions. The Department of Codes & Regulations Property Maintenance Division’s goal is to help prevent the deterioration of Louisville’s neighborhoods by improving property maintenance and maintaining the highest safety and sanitation standards for properties in the community.

The Property Maintenance Code:

  • Establishes minimum maintenance standards for such elements as basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation, and fire safety
  • Establishes owner and occupant responsibility for following the code
  • Regulates the use of existing structures and premises
  • Provides for administration, enforcement, and penalties


Mayor Fischer, other city leaders outline whole-of-government approach to public safety | LouisvilleKY.gov

The public calls on the police to respond to an astounding range of problems and to perform an extraordinary diversity of tasks, all the while assuming that police have the expertise and resources to do so. Unfortunately, many of these problems and tasks fall to the police through the default of others: from gaps in government services to the abandonment of responsibility by private citizens, corporations, and other organizations. Of course, this has always been a concern. However, in recent years, through a more systematic approach to policing, police are increasingly pressing for a more rational distribution of responsibilities based upon a detailed examination of the different facets of police business. Now, Louisville is putting its money where its mouth is. The Mayor’s Office has rolled out a plan of action to take some of the pressure off our police officers and place the responsibility in the hands of service providers who can address issues directly. 


Mayor Fischer outlines recommended pilot project to deflect some 911 calls to a non-police response | LouisvilleKY.gov

Solving and combating crime in our society is a complex proposition. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. EVERYONE must get involved in the process. Here are a few ways in which you can help with our public safety crisis:

  1. Join the Louisville Metro Ambassador Program. Click here for more information: Ambassador Program | LouisvilleKY.gov
  2. Become a youth advocate. Click here for more information: Be a Youth Advocate
  3. Report code violations by calling 3-1-1 to submit your concern through Louisville Metro’s online call center.
  4. Contact the following agency to inquire about its ambassador program to see if you can be a part of this initiative that the Mayor funded at $1 million from the American Rescue Plan dollars. Click here to read about the ARP funding: Louisville Metro awards $1 million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Block by Block to expand Ambassador program  | LouisvilleKY.gov

Here’s how to contact them:

This ambassador program includes walking and bike patrols, supplemental sidewalk cleaning, litter, and debris removal, weed control, and communication with business owners, visitors, shoppers, workers, and residents. Ambassadors also serve as a deterrent for unwanted activity and will communicate directly with all public safety agencies.

  1. Call the office of Councilwoman Cassie Chambers-Armstrong at 574-1108 or the Mayor’s Office at 574-2003 to inquire about the Ambassador Program in the Highlands. *Note: This program is supposed to expand into other areas soon. Those two offices can give you more details.
  2. If you see something, say something! Call LMPD with any information you know or may hear about that can help them deter a crime or solve a crime. 
  3. If you are a gun owner, please be a responsible one. If you leave your gun in your car, please know that this is a dangerous habit. LMPD would instead want you to secure your firearms properly anywhere else than in your vehicle. They report that a lot of crime in our city is due to gun owners who leave guns in their cars, and criminals are breaking into the vehicles and using those guns in other crimes. If you put your firearm in the glove compartment of your car, please invest in the appropriate lockbox. Lastly, please LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS!
  4. Contact your state representative and state senator to ask for sensible gun laws (whatever that means!). Something must be done about the proliferation of guns in our community. Gun violence is at an all-time high. Gun safety is one thing, but gun control is another. Let’s face it, no one is advocating to take your guns away from you, BUT AGAIN, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT THE EASE IN WHICH YOUTH GET THEIR HANDS ON GUNS.

It would be helpful if the police union (FOP) and police force (LMPD) supported civil lawsuits against gun manufacturers and distributors as a means of controlling gun-related violence. This support would provide an extraordinary example of how police and local government could compel a large industry to assume significantly greater responsibility for the harm associated with its products. 

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again and again and again...We are all in this together. Fighting crime - community safety - getting involved - speaking up, etc., are action items for which we are all responsible. No one is exempt!

Proclamation Honoring All Peoples Church


It was my honor to welcome members of All Peoples to Metro Council Chambers this week. The Unitarian church voted in late 2020 to change its name from Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church to "All Peoples." The church has been on Brownsboro Road for over six decades, and has been involved in acts of humanity such as sponsoring refugee families and providing housing for them as they transition into American society.

From its humble beginnings as a member-led congregation meeting in an old farmhouse, this church has certainly proven to be resilient and willing to adapt to the times. All Peoples is a District 7 treasure, and I am proud to recognize their contributions to our community. The proclamation was a testament to the church's rich history, and an encouragement to its members to continue doing good work for the benefit of all people.  

Please join me in congratulating All Peoples!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month



Northeast Book Club


Monday, October 18, 2021 - 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM


15 Bellevoir Circle

LouisvilleKY USA 40223

Please join us to discuss 

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.



“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

“The Family Upstairs" is a fresh, inventive take on domestic suspense; effortlessly traversing intimate family secrets and vast, far-reaching conspiracies, Lisa Jewell’s newest release is a masterclass in psychological thriller plotting. Come for this book’s gorgeous cover and twisty plot, stay for its genuinely surprising and original variations on a story of family secrets and interpersonal suspense.

In The Family Upstairs, the master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) brings us the can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

St. Matthews Book Club

St Matthews Night Owls Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us and celebrate the autumn season with Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman. This is the prequel to her first book in the series Practical Magic. Copies are available at St Matthews. Any questions, call 574-1771.


St. Matthews Eline Library

3940 Grandview Ave., Louisville, KY


When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it is here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.

Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling.

"Heartbreaking and heart-healing...intense and gorgeous...This is an impressive tale, equal parts love story, history, and horror...The whole thing is absolutely riveting and riveting from start to finish." —Bookpage

"...one theme that rises above all others in Magic Lessons is the power of love. Hoffman shows her readers through Maria's life and loves that despite persecution, division and ignorance, love will make us better if we let it. By the end, Maria -- and all of us -- will come to realize that 'love is the only answer.'" —Booktrib

Gain Skills at the Library


Learning Express Library (LEL) has an extensive collection of practice tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED and GRE, as well as high school skills improvement, military entrance and citizenship tests. In addition, LEL offers many job skills tests such as business writing, grammar and interviewing. You can also find practice licensing tests for the civil service exam, law enforcement, cosmetology, teaching and the commercial driver’s license test.

In short, the Free Public Library can help you build skills and prepare for upcoming tests and challenges you are planning to face. Take advantage of these incredible resources and be as prepared as you can be for your next step in life.

St. Matthews Library: 3940 Grandview Ave, Louisville, KY 40207

Northeast Regional Library: 15 Bellevoir Cir, Louisville, KY 40223

Click here for more information.

Click here for job seeker resources.


Public Works 3-Year Paving Plan


The colors in the map above reflect the ratings of metro-maintained roadways in part of District 7, as well as when they are to be repaved. 

Metro Public Works representatives appeared before the Metro Council Public Works committee on Tuesday to present its plan for paving metro-maintained roads through FY24. Metro Public Works currently maintains a little more than 4,500 lane miles (a measurement of actual traversable roadway, not simply the length from one point to another). These roads are classified as arterials (such as Old Henry Road), collectors (such as Freys Hill Road), or local roadways (like our neighborhood roads).

The plan calls for almost 600 lane miles to be resurfaced over the next few years. A little more than 60% of appropriated funds are projected to be spent on local roads.  The plan was developed using the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) ratings completed earlier this year. Each metro-maintained road was given a score between 0 and 100. The lower the score, the more that particular road or section of road needed repair. Click here to access the Metro Paving Reviewer (a screenshot of which is above) that shows the ratings for every metro-maintained road as well as those scheduled to be paved in the three-year plan.

District 7 roads to be repaved this fiscal year

Lyndon Lane from Herr Lane to Westport Road

Erin Way from Millgate Road to Meadowgate Lane

Maricopa Court from (Dead End) to Farnham Drive

Maricopa Drive from Farnham Drive to Creekwood Road

Flagstaff Court

District 7 roads to be repaved next fiscal year

Napanee Road / Chippewa Road

Please note: Staffing issues are delaying paving projects at this time.

Beechwood Village Tree Program


Are you interested in planting a tree in your yard? Interesting in saving some money on your new tree? Join in on the Beechwood Village 2021 Fall Tree Program! Find a location in your yard you want your new tree, choose from four great types of trees, you pay for half the cost of the tree and Beechwood Village will cover the other half!

The total price of the tree is $400, so the resident's amount due at the time of order is $200 and the City covers the remaining $200. The trees are about 2 inches in diameter and 12-15 ft. tall. Regarding placement, most residents plant the trees in their front yard, but they’re welcome to plant them in their back/side yard as well. The trees will be planted by Frank Otte Nursery from late November to mid-December.

If you are interested fill out the order form and drop it off at 4501 Blenheim Road with a check in the amount of $200 made payable to “City of Beechwood Village” by Friday, November 12th.

Click here for the order form.

Or, go to the Beechwood Village website, and under the News section is a link to the order form.

Lawn Care Equipment Grant


Submissions are now open for the inaugural Lawn Care for Cleaner Air Community Equipment Grant Program. The Grant will award a package of professional, electric-powered lawn equipment to a local non-profit organization. The package of equipment is valued at $1,256 and includes an electric mower, trimmer, blower, and extra rechargeable battery that powers all three tools. The Grant is an extension of the Air Pollution Control District’s Lawn Care for Cleaner Air program, which incentivizes the purchase and use of electric-powered lawn equipment in order to reduce air pollution from gas-powered engines.

Click the above links for more information!

LG&E Scam Prevention and Budgeting


Scam Prevention

As a proud member of Utilities United Against Scams, LG&E is committed to helping protect you from the clever crooks who are constantly trying to steal your money. Here are some important things to remember to help keep you from being scammed:

  • We NEVER contact you threatening to cut off your service if you don’t make a payment immediately.
  • We NEVER ask for or demand your debit card or credit card information.
  • We NEVER ask you to pay with a prepaid debit/gift card or a third-party payment app.

If you are ever confronted with any of the above, someone is trying to scam you. Hang up and immediately report it to the police. If you’re ever in doubt about your bill or your account status, sign in to your online account at my.lge-ku.com or call us anytime day or night at 502-589-1444 and use our automated system – press 1-2-1 (business customers press 2-2-1) – to learn your account balance and payment due date.

Family Budgeting


Sometimes surprises are good, like a surprise birthday party or some unexpected good news. But your monthly utility bill? Not so much.

Family budgeting can be more challenging when you’re unsure of what your payment is going to be each month. Welcome to LG&E’s Budget Payment Plan. You’ll be able to enjoy the benefit of knowing what to expect when your bill arrives… and be able to plan your family finances with a little more certainty.

  • When you first sign up, we’ll calculate a customized initial budget payment amount based on the bill average of the previous 12 months at your current address.
  • During each 12-month period you are on the plan, your actual usage (based on your monthly meter readings) will be reviewed and compared to your estimate – first at four months and then again at eight months. Any necessary adjustments will be made at the time of those reviews, and you’ll be notified (by a message on the back of your bill) if an adjustment has been made.
  • If you used less energy than estimated, you’ll receive a credit at the end of the 12-month period. If you used more energy than estimated, you’ll owe the difference on that month’s bill.

The Budget Payment Plan is available at no additional cost, and you can stop participating at any time. While you can sign up whenever you like, we recommend enrolling in lower-energy-usage months such as April, May, September or October.

Visit lge-ku.com/budget to learn more about our Budget Payment Plan and what you can do to make your monthly bill more consistent.

Work for MSD


Apply for a position with MSD and join our vision for #safecleanwaterways. We are a diverse & dedicated group of individuals here for our community 24/7/365, managing wastewater, storm water and flood protection services.

We offer a variety of rewarding career paths in accounting, engineering, information technology, administrative support, construction and the skilled trades.

Click here to learn more and search current openings.

Work for Public Works


Find a rewarding career! Serve the Louisville community!

We have career opportunities in various fields, such as engineer, electrician, performance analyst, heavy equipment operator, sanitation vehicle operator, sanitation worker and solid waste enforcement officer.

Click here for more information.

Recycling Tips

  1. Use your recycling cart! Recycling carts offer 3-5 times more capacity than 18-gallon bins.
  2. Review our accepted items! If you haven't seen the list in a long time, it's worth checking it out. Look for something that you don't already recycle or didn't know is accepted and start recycling that item. Use the Recycle Coach app to look up any item and find out if it's accepted in our program. 
  3. Don't let your cart get full by wasting space! Flatten all cardboard (and neatly place on top if necessary), crush containers, and don't bag items. Carts are often overflowing because of boxes or containers that could have been crushed first. 
  4. Make recycling convenient! Use side-by-side trash and recycling containers inside your house so the sorting is done on the spot. Try placing a small bin in your bathroom or other room where recyclable items might get trashed.

Mask Up on TARC


Per current Transportation Security Administration guidelines, all employees and passengers are required to wear masks on board public transportation and in transportation hubs until at least January 18, 2022


City of Windy Hills Halloween Events


Sojourn Church Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 24th 4:00 – 6:00 pm 2501 Rudy Lane 

Christ Methodist Church Halloween Extravaganza

Friday, October 29th 6 - 7:30 pm   4614 Brownsboro Road 

On Halloween - If you choose to participate by welcoming trick-or-treaters, turn on your porch light. If not, turn it off. If you prefer not to have close contact with little goblins, treats can be placed on a table in your driveway as you wave and enjoy visitors from your porch.


University of Louisville - Shelbyville Campus

October 16th - 9:00 am - 12 noon

November 20 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Dine to Fight Suicide


Dine at Grassa Gramma on Sunday, October 17th from 5-10 pm to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. By eating at Grassa Gramma for dinner on Sunday, October 17th, you can raise money for AFSP's Kentucky chapter. There is no extra cost to you. Just tell the staff you are dining out for the cause & they will donate up to 10% of your check to the organization! It's Grassa Gramma's way of giving back to nonprofits who are doing good work in the community.

Call 502-333-9595 to reserve your table or visit this link to schedule a carryout order.

Grassa Gramma is located in District 7 at 2210 Holiday Manor Shopping Center.

Trick-or-Treat at Westport Village


Come get some candy at Westport Village! Stroll door-to-door collecting sweet treats on Thursday, October 28th from 5-7 pm during the Trick-or-Treat in the Village event!

This not-so-spooky event is free and fun for the whole family.

Haunted Park After Dark


E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park will host "Haunted Park After Dark" on Saturday, October 16th from 6-10 pm. Participants will sign in at the Activities Building and receive a list of coordinates to plug into their smart phone or GPS device. The coordinates will take people to haunted locations in the park where they'll be in for scary surprises! Visiting all of the locations will earn participants some Halloween treats back at the Activities Building.

This event is intended for those age 8 or older as some of the scenes and scares may be a bit much for younger kids. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the outdoors, bring a fully-charged GPS-enabled device, and have a flashlight or some other source of light available. The cost is $8 cash for those 13 and older and $6 for those 12 and under. Please email Emma Faulkner at emma.faulkner@ky.gov or call 502-429-7270 with any questions. 

Dive In Movie Night


Enjoy a free Dive in Movie on Friday, October 22, at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Plan to watch the movie, Beetlejuice. No registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Questions, please call 574-1498.

Hayride on the Hill


The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is bringing back the Hayride on the Hill in Cherokee Park on Sunday, October 24 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Join in for food, beverages, live music, kids’ Free Play experience, and guided hayrides around the park!

For more information, please click here

Old Fashioned Week


Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week is an annual celebration of this classic Bourbon cocktail, featuring events in bars and online. Together, we’re raising a glass and some funds for a great cause. All week long, we invite you to get together with friends to enjoy unique riffs on this classic cocktail at bars and restaurants near you, while raising funds to support the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. Old Fashioned Week 2021 will take place October 15, 2021 – October 24, 2021 in cities nationwide.

Click here for more information and find a participating establishment near you.


October Facts!

October 28th is National Chocolate Day. As if we needed a reason to eat more sweets around Halloween...

October has seen more presidents of the United States born than any other month of the year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, October happens in Autumn (fall) but in the Southern Hemisphere, October falls in spring! Things are warming up in Argentina as we cool down in the US!

The night sky is much clearer in October so it is the perfect time to go stargazing.


Keep an eye out for the Orionid meteor shower in the predawn hours of October 21–22.

The main reason for the color change in leaves is not autumn’s chilly weather, but light—or rather, the lack of it. The green color of leaves disappears when photosynthesis (from sunlight) slows down and the chlorophyll breaks down. Trees with a lot of direct sunlight will produce red leaves, while other trees may turn yellow, orange, or brown.


Map of District 7


Safety Reminder:



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.



 Subscribe to Louisville Metro's Covid-19 e-newsletter for the latest news!




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.

Proceedings are live streamed from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page here.

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.

*District 7 Disclaimer:  By taking part in District 7 events, you grant Councilwoman Paula McCraney full rights to use the images resulting from photograph/video filming. Councilwoman McCraney will have the right to any reproductions or adaptations of the images for inclusion in her e-Newsletter or other Council publications. This might include, but is not limited to, the right to use them in printed and online materials, social media and news releases.

If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform logan.fogle@louisvilleky.gov prior to event attendance.