District 4 Weekly E-News 🍂

 Monday, November 29, 2021

Councilman Jecorey Arthur and Legislative Assistant Brianna Wright

Peace. Hopefully everyone is well rested after last week. Metro Council has a few more weeks of business before winter break. The final council meeting this year is scheduled for Thursday, December 16th. As always, please let me know if you have questions about anything we're working on.

Reminder — Mayor Greg Fischer signed the redistricting ordinance into law on November 16th. Our new council districts are now in effect, but we were asked by county attorneys not to take any action for a 20-day period. This time period allows for lawsuits against the new maps. If maps aren't challenged in court, the first full week of December will be our first week with the new District 4. We would lose several neighborhoods including German-Paristown, Irish Hill, Meriwether Fort Hill, Original Highlands, Paristown Pointe, Portland, Shelby Park, and Schnitzelburg. We would gain Parkland and Clifton Heights. We would keep Butchertown, California, the Downtown-Central Business District, Old Louisville, Phoenix Hill, Russell, and Smoketown. To check if you're still in the district, use this interactive map created by the Center for Neighborhoods here. Please help us engage constituents around the city by sharing this link with your networks.

Our final town hall of 2021 will be Tuesday, December 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM. We'll be sharing information about future town halls, our office budget, and some legislative goals for 2022. Please register here.

Councilman Jecorey Arthur


For assistance in relation to hardships due to COVID click here.

For information about COVID facts, testing, vaccines and more click here.

For in depth updates on COVID in Louisville, including total deaths and confirmed cases click here.

A website has launched to offer the family and friends of Kentuckians lost to COVID an opportunity to memorialize their loved ones by writing and sharing stories. To view the virtual memorial click here. 

Eviction Prevention Assistance

Appointments for the 2021 Eviction Prevention Assistance program are currently full. Please call back at 502/308-3344 or visit Office of Resilience and Community Services starting Monday, January 3rd, 2022, in the event more appointments become available.

If you are in need of rental assistance due to being financially impacted by COVID-19, please visit Stop My Eviction and/or contact your local Community Ministry. Call Metro United Way's 2-1-1 to locate the ministry nearest you, or visit The Association of Community Ministries to locate the ministry nearest you.



  1. American Rescue Plan — A third round of spending is expected in the first quarter of 2022. A placeholder ordinance is being held in the budget committee. We will likely co-sponsor in support of our work on different allocations.
  2. Winter Shelter Funding — We are working with the Office of Resilience and Community Services to transfer Neighborhood Development Funds via ordinance to support sheltering our unhoused constituents this winter.
  3. Credit Discrimination Ordinance — This passed committee with approval. It goes to the full council on Thursday, December 2nd.
  4. Historically Black Neighborhoods Ordinance — To the read the latest draft please go here. We are drafting a land return policy to be added.
  5. Shelby Street Development Project Ordinance — This tax increment financing (TIF) ordinance passed committee with approval. It goes to the full council on Thursday, December 2nd.
  6. Tow Lot Amnesty Ordinance — Council members George and Hollander introduced an ordinance to create an amnesty period that waives fees for metro tow lots for 30 days. We will co-sponsor this to relieve the tow lot and help families get vehicles back.
  7. Magazine Street Development Area — This ordinance was filed today to support the renovation of a senior apartment complex in the Russell Neighborhood. We have been working directly with residents to ensure they reap the benefits of this project, including changes to their leases to hold developers accountable.

All of our sponsored legislation can be viewed here.

Upcoming Council Meetings

You can watch council meetings on Facebook, Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184, or AT&T U-Verse Channel 9. The agendas can be found here.


LIHEAP Fall Subsidy Ends December 10, 2021

Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services encourages Jefferson County residents within 150% of the federal poverty guidelines to apply for the Fall Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). For more information click here.

Winter Woods Spectacular Set to Light Up Iroquois Park

Winter Woods Spectacular, is returning for a third year to south Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where the woods will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, December 26. For more information click here. 

Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Park

The Winter Wonderland celebration will transform West Louisville’s Shawnee Park into a magical drive-thru festival featuring over 200,000 lights, musical performances, festive tunes, holiday displays, and more. The event will run Dec. 17-19 from 5-9 PM. each night. It's free and open to the public. For more information click here. 

Louisville Water Increases Funding for Infrastructure with its 2022 Budget

The Board of Water Works, the governing body for Louisville Water Company, approved the company’s 2022 budget and a small increase in the cost of drinking water. For more information click here. 

Mayor and Health Officials Discuss Safe Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

Mayor Greg Fischer, joined by Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, the department’s associate medical director, and Connie Mendel, the department’s deputy director, encouraged residents to take precautionary measures to safely gather on Thanksgiving. The panel also provided an update about flu cases in the city. For more information click here. 

Tune into the Community Radio Station in Your District!

Forward Radio WFMP is a fully independent, grassroots, volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station atop the Heyburn Building at 4th & Broadway. The station has been broadcasting 24-hours a day since 2017 at 106.5fm and livestreaming and podcasting at Louisville Forward Radio. This is radio for the people, by the people and it takes people like you to make media that matters to our community. Grab the mic to amplify the concerns, organizations, and communities of District 4. For more information click here. 

Public Works Pop-Up Drop-Off

After the very successful Pop-Up Drop-Off waste and recycling event held at UofL Shelby Campus on Saturday, Public Works is hosting one more Pop-Up Drop-Off event for 2021 on December 11 from 10 AM - 2 PM at Shawnee Park. For more information click here. 

Louisvillians Can Support Small Businesses by Shopping Online At

To make supporting local businesses even easier this holiday season, the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) has partnered with Community Ventures to relaunch a shared ecommerce website featuring goods from Louisville small businesses. For more information click here. 


Jazz and Art at Molo Village 

Molo Village is hosting a Holiday Jazz and Art event Friday, December 3rd. For more information click here.

Toys for Tots Competition

Join LDRA (Louisville Downtown Residents Association) and the Riot Café for their annual Toys for Tots Competition.  Join a friendly neighborhood competition donating gifts for deserving children, benefitting Toys for Tots!  Drop off New, Unwrapped Toys to the Riot Café, 574 S 4th St., Tuesday, December 7 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. For more information click here.

Mayor Fischer Joined Kentuckianaworks, JCTC Officials to Cut Ribbon at College Access Center’s New Location Downtown

Mayor Greg Fischer, KentuckianaWorks Executive Director Michael Gritton and Dr. Ty Handy, President of Jefferson Community and Technical College, joined staff and clients of the KentuckianaWorks College Access Center (KCAC)  for an official public ribbon-cutting for the Center’s new location on Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. The KCAC is a free, one-stop center offering resources and guidance for adults who want to finish their degree. They assist clients with completing the FAFSA, finding scholarships, and selecting the best school and program for them. A majority of KCAC clients are low-income or first-generation college students. For more information click here.

Planning and Design 

There will be a public meeting concerning the review of an overlay permit application requesting to
redevelop the subject property with a downtown entertainment facility, Derby City Gaming. For more information click here. 

Butchertown, Phoenix Hill, and NuLu Neighborhood Plan

The Butchertown, Phoenix Hill, and NuLu Neighborhood Plan will look at these three communities to create a guiding document for future growth. Just east of downtown, the 6.3-square-mile study area includes some of the most vibrant and unique communities in Louisville. Historic homes, vibrant corridors, hospital campuses, social services, and world-class parks all come together to create one of the most livable parts of the city. To learn more and give feed back click here.

Broadway All The Way

Our city is planning to create a safe, vibrant, multimodal corridor that meets the needs of all citizens, especially those that live along Broadway, and that will serve as a robust catalyst for economic development throughout Louisville. Please click here to provide feedback.

Preston Corridor Plan 

Extending 11 miles between downtown Louisville and the Jefferson County line, the Preston Corridor connects many neighborhoods and people to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and key service and education centers including Louisville’s hospital district and the University of Louisville. But this key corridor is made of disjointed parts and travel along it can be challenging. Through the project, they are working with the Preston community to re-envision the corridor and develop a Framework Plan to guide future growth and redevelopment. Please click here to provide feedback.