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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2008

Wednesday January 2, 2008

Citizens can talk directly with Mayor Abramson, department leaders

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make government accessible to citizens will continue in 2008. The first “Mayor’s Community Conversations” is scheduled for Monday, January 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Stuart Middle School.

At Mayor’s Community Conversations, the mayor, along with department directors from most Metro Government agencies, Metro Council members and other government representatives are available to meet one-on-one with citizens and answer questions about any issues and concerns. MetroCall’s customer-service representatives also attend to log citizen requests into city government’s tracking system to ensure timely follow up and response.

“In our five years of doing Mayor’s Community Conversations we have met with and talked to thousands of citizens and community leaders,” Abramson said. “These monthly meetings are an excellent outreach tool for us to hear about current issues that need to be addressed and give our citizens an active role in government.”

In 2007, almost 1,700 citizens from 42 different ZIP codes attended the 11 monthly meetings, and MetroCall entered nearly 800 service requests. The sessions average about 150 people who come to discuss an array of topics such as planning and zoning, drainage, crime prevention, parks additions and improvements and animal regulations.

“We received tremendous support from Metro Government when we attended the Mayor’s Community Conversations last year,” said Magdalena Herdoiza-Estevez. “It was very helpful having so many agencies and the mayor all in one place. We had a serious flooding issue on our property and MSD helped us find a solution. Although it’s been a long process, we are very pleased with the assistance we’ve received,” she added.

Special accommodations are available, by calling MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 in advance.

Community Conversations are scheduled on the third Monday of the month* at 6:30 p.m. in a different part of the community. The complete schedule follows.

January 28* Stuart Middle School (Large Gym)
4601 Valley Station Rd.
February 18 Atherton High School (Small Gym)
3000 Dundee Rd.
March 17 Butler High School (Small Gym)
2222 Crums Ln.
April 21 Fairdale High School (Small Gym)
1001 Fairdale Rd.
May 19 Jeffersontown High School (Gym)
9600 Old Six Mile Ln.
June 16 Knight Middle School (Large Gym)
9803 Blue Lick Rd.
July 21 Carter Elementary School cafeteria
3600 Bohne Ave.
August 18 T.J. Middle School (Large Gym)
1501 Rangeland Rd.
September 15 Central High School (Large Gym)
1130 W. Chestnut St.
October 20 Waggener High (Small Gym)
330 Hubbards Ln.
November 17 Pleasure Ridge Park (Large Gym)
5901 Greenwood Rd.
December None in December

* Mayor’s Community Conversations in January is on the fourth Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

For more information, visit Louisville Metro’s website, or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.