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Councilwoman Scott works with local groups to make vacant properties safer

Monday July 23, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville MEtro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – As a special Ad Hoc Committee reviews the problem of vacant properties in Metro Louisville, Councilwoman Attica Scott is concerned about the safety of some of those properties. She is partnering with the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and LockUpLead to ensure problems with lead are taken care of before any harm is done.

“While empty and abandoned property is blight on many areas of our neighborhoods, we need to make sure that what has been abandoned is safe,” says Scott. ”That is why it is important to support the Lock up Lead/Lead Safe program.”

The Councilwoman is providing funding to NC3 to purchase equipment and supplies in partnership with LockUpLead to detoxify lead on vacant properties; 50 properties in District 1 have been identified to be treated.

“We are delighted to partner with Louisville, KY retailer Dages Paint Company, who has heavily discounted LockUpLead for nonprofit and government organizations as a frontrunner in this national Lead Safe Neighborhoods Initiative,” says John Cullen, CEO and Chairman of Lock Up Lead. “It is a thrill to partner with this coalition of local business, nonprofit, and government sponsors to deliver a solution that we hope will be an example for other communities on responsible ways to combat the increasing risks caused by the rise in vacant properties, demolitions, and property renovations in pre-1978 neighborhoods.”

Flaking lead paint dust can be stabilized and detoxified on vacant properties to reduce risks to neighbors when the property is renovated or demolished and also in the interim while the property remains vacant.

Lead dust from deteriorated paint, renovation, and demolition becomes an invisible neurotoxin, permanently lowering child I.Q., attention span, and linked to aggressive behavior and crime as the child grows to adolescence.

“We are excited about engaging our youth leaders in this mechanism of community engagement and service. We see this initiative as an essential component of making sure our neighborhoods are healthy and strong,” says Dana Jackson, Executive Director of NC3.

“As we address the problem of vacant properties, we must be sure that those homes which can be occupied in the future are safe for a family,” says Scott.

For more information about the Lock Up Lead/Lead Safe program, contact Councilwoman Scott’s office at 574-1101.

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