District 7 E-Newsletter - 9/17/23

Paula McCraney


Paula McCraney

Majority Caucus Chairwoman
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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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


Hello Neighbors and Friends,

One of the greatest rewards I enjoy as your District 7 Metro Council representative is the opportunity to speak with and hear from you. Meeting your needs is my number one priority; it is my mission and the motivation behind everything I do. I get excited when I run into you at a community event, in the grocery store, or as I did recently with constituents at a bank. While at the bank, I noticed two people whispering to each other, and one pointed at me. I grinned and then nodded my head to acknowledge them (and to let them know I saw one of them pointing at me...Lol). I finished my banking and as I walked to the door, one of the curious observers approached me and asked if I was a Congresswoman. I chuckled and graciously downgraded my title to Councilwoman. The woman apologized and told me that she had seen me on television and wanted to thank me for my service. I was honored by her gratitude, humbled by her sincerity, and relieved to learn that she and her friend were not pointing at me for some nefarious reason. 

I always feel some kind of way when people thank me for "my service." While I certainly view my role as your Councilwoman to be that of service, I think about military personnel and police officers, firefighters, and emergency management workers as the heroes who serve. It's almost as if the phrase, "Thank you for your service," should be reserved for them. These men and women render extraordinary service each and every day and they deserve all the thanks, appreciation, and recognition we can give. 

Recently, I visited Louisville Metro Police Officer Nickolas Wilt and, along with two of my Council colleagues, presented him with a proclamation from the Metro Council. I'm happy to report that he is progressing nicely and looks good. During Thursday's Council meeting, I experienced another very moving moment as the Council recognized the heroic servants who were on the scene or serving in some capacity to save lives during the mass shooting on April 10th at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville. Pictured below is President Markus Winkler and I presenting a proclamation and posing in a keepsake photo with them. Seated behind us in the first picture is Police Chief Villaroel. You will read in this issue about her historic swearing-in ceremony and a quote from her acceptance speech that was a message to the community. 

Lastly, September is law enforcement appreciation month in Louisville. There are many ways for us to recognize the men and women in blue. So, please join me this month and anytime throughout the year to honor the heroic public servants who are truly worthy of the words, "Thank you for your service!"

Council Meeting - September 14th


During the Louisville Metro Council meeting held Thursday night, the Council took a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the courageous individuals from MetroSafe, EMS, LMPD, and Louisville Fire for their unwavering commitment to safeguarding and serving our community on a daily basis and for what they did on April 10th during the Old National Bank shooting.

Picture (1): Council President Markus Winkler and Majority Caucus Chairwoman Paula McCraney (Reading of the Proclamation to the First Responders)

Picture (2): Metro Council members joined the first responders in Chambers for a photo.

Council Meeting Recap

Old Business

  • Item 29 - R-089-23: a resolution granting local incentives to United Parcel Services (UPS)
  • Item 30 - O-172-23: an ordinance amending LMCO Chapter 115 and several sections of the LDC relating to short-term rentals

Special Recognitions and Proclamations

  • President Winkler, Councilwoman McCraney, and Councilman Piagentini recognized the first responders who were on the scene during the Old National Bank incident. They presented each person a proclamation on behalf of the entire Council. 

Consent Calendar (all items were passed unanimously)

  • Item 16 - O-198-23: an ordinance setting the property tax rates for Metro (Jefferson County) and the Urban Services District (USD)
  • Item 22 - R-087-23: approving a sole source contract for the Louisville Zoo concerning parts, maintenance, repair, and service for the antique Conservation Carousel
  • Item 24 - R-088-23: approving a noncompetitively negotiated professional service contract for Metro Corrections

Held at Council

  • Item 44 – O-126-23: imposing a temporary moratorium on development located within the Floyds Fork Special District

Thursday's Council meeting and attachments may be viewed online here: https://louisvilleky.primegov.com/public/portal, and on the Louisville Metro Council Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil/.

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to access a link to the Metro Council meeting recap video: https://www.facebook.com/LouDemCaucus/videos/3532676440341941 or YouTube - https://youtu.be/4jOrLPV4k7k.

Sign-Up to Speak at a Council Meeting

Metro City Council meetings are held every other Thursday at 6 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Metro Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St. Signups to speak begin at 9 a.m. the Friday after a council meeting and close at noon the Wednesday before the next meeting.

To read a great article about how to sign-up to speak at a Council meeting, written by Courier-Journal Reporter Eleanor McCrary, click here:


FYI - Join Me If You Can!


I speak on the subject of government starting at 10:00 a.m.

Congratulations Chief Gwinn-Villaroel!


Chief Jacquelynn Gwinn-Villaroel took the oath of office as Louisville's permanent police chief at the Muhammad Ali Center on August 25, 2023. She was joined on stage by her husband, who held her late father's Bible for the swearing-in ceremony. Mayor Craig Greenberg administered the oath and spoke to the audience about the Chief's historic accomplishment and capabilities. 


During the swearing-in ceremony, the Chief made the following remarks:

"I want to thank each and every community member that truly said that we weren't doing it right, because guess what we heard? Now we're going to get it right," Gwinn-Villaroel said. "I appreciate you. I appreciate your voice for being so loud and so clear, so that LMPD can now turn the corner to be great."


(Pictured: Chief Villaroel, Councilwoman McCraney, and Mayor Richard Tonini, City of St. Matthews)

The Honorable Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel made history as the first Black female to be permanently sworn-in as the Chief of Louisville Metro Police Department. Former Chief of LPMD, Yvette Gentry, was the first Black female sworn in on an interim basis until a nation-wide search was completed. 


September in Louisville, KY is

Law Enforcement Recognition Month


The 8th Division serves the following areas:

  • Barbourmeade
  • Bellemeade
  • Briarwood
  • Douglass Hills
  • Glenview
  • Goose Creek
  • Hurstbourne
  • Lyndon
  • Meadow Vale
  • Middletown
  • Rolling Hills
  • Springhurst
  • Westwood
  • Wildwood
  • Woodland Hills 
  • Worthington Hills




Affordable Housing Development Program

The Office of Housing and Community Development is committed to the development of affordable housing in Louisville, Kentucky. Our goal is to offer housing choices to a range of homebuyers and renters, by creating “quality of place” neighborhoods with a diverse blend of affordable housing types, supported by public facilities and other amenities.

View a directory of affordable housing projects in Louisville that have been made possible through the assistance of government funding like the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Louisville CARES, housing credits and more.

Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a competitive NOFO titled Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) for the purpose of providing grant funding for the identification and removal of barriers to affordable housing production and preservation. Eligible applicants are local and state governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and multijurisdictional entities. Grantees may receive up to $10 Million to further develop, evaluate, and implement housing policy plans, improve housing strategies, and facilitate affordable housing production and preservation. The Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government Office of Housing and Community Development is leading the effort and is working in conjunction with the Office of Planning to apply for the funding.

As part of this application process, the Office of Housing and Community Development is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the barriers they see in their communities in the production of affordable housing. This survey will be open to take responses for 10 days. This is a great opportunity to help shape the goals of the application. Further, a public hearing will occur in October to solicit feedback on the draft application. Thank you for your participation!



College & Career Fair at Ballard High


Take the Challenge!


This free, city-wide Anti-Racism Challenge (ARC), sponsored by listenlearnact.org, Metro Lean Into Louisville, and the Earth and Spirit Center begins October 6.

The 4-Week Anti-Racism Challenge works in much the same way as a food challenge or lifestyle challenge: by regularly participating in anti-racism activities, we naturally develop better habits of noticing and challenging racism in our daily lives. The ARC provides opportunities to learn and act for equity, safety, and fairness.

This is how it works -- each week during October, participants will receive an email with a list of 10-12 anti-racism activities. These range from reading an article, calling an elected official, making a donation, watching a film or viewing an exhibit by Black artists, patronizing a Black business, etc. Participants are asked to choose and complete 3 of the listed activities. The purpose is to keep us all focused and active in challenging racism in our daily lives. This is a personal Challenge -- no one needs to report back to the sponsoring organizations. If you are interested, simply provide your email address (they never share anyone's information) and that puts you on the list to receive the ARC email each week.

Here is the link to sign up: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/fgwtura/listenlearnact

Walk a Mile in My Shoes


Sign Up for Street Seeping Alerts


Get text alerts when your street is about to be swept! Sign up for alerts at Louisvilleky.gov. Click "Address Lookup," enter your address, and click "Street Sweeping Reminders." Manage your preferences or check to see if you're already subscribed. 

Community-Wide Cleanup

Brightside Fall CWC 2023 Flyer

UK Open Tryouts


Office of Inspector General Meetings


The purpose of the CPCs is to work with LMPD and develop a comprehensive community -oriented policing approach that identifies and implements strategies to address crime and safety issues. Everyone is invited to attend these sessions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. However, please note, the last session is Tuesday, September 19th, at Douglass Community Center. 

Shredding & Recycling


Join the Youth Cabinet!


Meals on Wheels - Volunteer Today!


Home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) are delivered to the homebound elderly from the various nutrition sites. Meals are provided to qualified individuals, age sixty or older, who are homebound due to illness. A staff member conducts an in-home visit to make this assessment. A waiting list is maintained to accommodate the ever-growing need in this community. Those in the greatest physical, social/economic need are given priority as a vacancy becomes available.  Refer a senior to the program by clicking here.

Make a Difference - Save a Life



Westport Village Fashion Show

SEPTEMBER 28 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Purchase tickets to join us at our annual Fall Fashion Show, presented by On The Rocks, a premiere ready-to-serve cocktail brand! The trendiest Fall and Holiday fashion will hit...


Writer's Block Workshop


Join LLA for the 11th Writer's Block Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Logan Street Market.

Author and professor, Emily Bingham will kickoff the event as the keynote speaker. Participants can choose from seven workshops and panels. Workshops boast a range of topics across all genres including publishing, young adult fiction, poetry, spiritual writing, and writer's block. There are additional opportunities to be a vendor or a sponsor for the event.

Email info@louisvilleliteraryarts.org for more information

Paristown FREE Concert


A Recipe to End Hunger & Isaacs & Isaacs Present Together Fest!

Join us September 24th starting at 1:30 at Paristown Hall for a FREE Concert by The
Louisville Crashers and Sheryl Rouse! Tickets will be distributed from 1:20 -2:30 for the "Nothing But Summer" Package. You must be present to win. All donations benefit The Association of Community Ministries.

Steins on Main


Steins on Main, presented by MAPS Security, is coming to Downtown Louisville in traditional German fashion on September 30! Taking place at RePurposed (615 W. Main St.), the outdoor celebration will kick off at 2pm with a special happy hour. This inaugural Oktoberfest event will include German-inspired cuisine, games, and contests, music, and craft beer. The fest will also aid a vital cause in our community, by supporting the Coalition of the Homeless, a local nonprofit with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in Louisville.⁠ ⁠ Participating breweries include Against the Grain, Gallant Fox Brewing, Butchertown Brewing, Gravely Brewing Co, Monnik Louisville, Hi-Wire Brewing Louisville, and the newly-opened Awry Brewing. Steins on Main is brought together by Louisville Downtown Partnership, Louisville Ale Trail, and Against the Grain Brewery.

The event is free to the public.





1. What has hands but cannot clap?

2. What has a neck but no legs?

3. What's bought by the yard and worn by the foot?

4. What has 13 hearts but no other organs?

5. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in 1,000 years?

6. If you drop me, I'm sure to crack but if you smile at me, I'll smile back. What am I?


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Have Issues? Contact Metro311


Having issues with high grass, illegal parking, street repairs, or other Code Enforcement concerns in the community?  Contact 311!

Metro311 Service Request Information

  • Submit a Service Request in the online system.
  • Only service requests for the past 30 days will be accessible in the system.  If you need information on an older request, please call Metro 311 for status.
  • To receive email notifications of the status of your service request you must have an account and you must have included your email address when you created your account. You can create a new account and report a new issue.
  • Not all issues you put a service request in for require you to login. Some issues may be submitted anonymously, such as reporting a pothole and property maintenance cases, for instance. But having an account will allow you to track the progress and status of the request.
  • The outlined or highlighted area on the map indicates the area which is serviced by Louisville Metro Government.

If you do not see a category which corresponds to your issue, please call Metro311 at 311. 


If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

VA Medical Center


To read about the most recent VA Medical Center construction events, go to:

To request weekly updates about the construction events, send an email requesting updates to: LOUVAMCCONSTRUCTION@USACE.ARMY.MIL

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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.

Message from the LMPD 8th Division

Please make note of the below tips to help make sure theft doesn't happen to you.

  1. Never leave anything of value in your vehicle; this includes laptops, purses, GPS devices and even loose change.
  2. Do not leave your vehicle running while unattended.
  3. Always lock your vehicle doors.
  4. Remove garage door openers from vehicles when parked outside.
  5. Do not leave your keys in your vehicle, this includes key-fobs.
  6. Do not leave the windows of your vehicle open, or partially open.
  7. Try to park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
  8. Never leave a firearm unprotected in your vehicle.
  9. Immediately report any suspicious person, or vehicle to (502) 574-7111.

Pop-UP | Drop-Off


Need to dispose of unwanted bulk items? Click the link below for details regarding Pop-Up Drop-Off event dates around Louisville.  Click HERE

Accepted Items: 

  • Up to 3 electronic items (recycled)
  • Metal & appliances - no refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers or any items containing Freon (recycled) 
  • Up to 4 passenger tires (recycled)
  • Household recyclables, follow curbside rules (recycled)
  • Yard waste, follow curbside rules, wooden pallets (composted)
  • Large household items (landfilled) 
  • Documents for shredding (recycled)
  • Prescription medication (disposed properly)

Development Plan 2040


Stay aware of new development in your area!  Sign up for Gov Delivery notifications at:


On January 1, 2019, a new Comprehensive Plan, called Plan 2040, went into effect. As a resident of District 7 (or any district in Louisville), it is important to review the Comprehensive Plan if you are interested in development that is proposed for the neighborhood. The Comprehensive Plan is the guidepost for all development, and the Planning Commission must use it as one of the guiding principles and tools for making decisions regarding the approval or denial of a neighborhood development project.

Read The Comprehensive Plan (Plan 2040)

The Comprehensive Plan is representative of over 6,000 voices, including Metro staff, an advisory committee, and resident volunteers. The Advisory Committee, made up of diverse representatives from neighborhood and community organizations as well as development and business interests, finalized its recommended goals, objectives, and policies on February 21, 2018. 

On April 16, 2018, the Planning Commission recommended the Comprehensive Plan for approval. The document was then reviewed by the Metro Council as well as 12 local municipalities with zoning authority for formal adoption. Those 12 local municipalities are: Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews, and St. Regis Park.



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To watch the Council meeting and access the agenda and related attachments, click HERE.

State Government Website Information


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Kentucky General Assembly

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If you do not wish to be photographed, please Contact Us prior to the event.


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5. The letter "M"

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