Councilman Rick Blackwell elected Metro Council President for 2007
Friday January 5, 2007
Louisville Metro Council
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For Immediate release:
Louisville-- By a vote of 16 to 10, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12 was elected President of the Louisville Metro Council in its first meeting of 2007 on Thursday night, January 4th..
"I am honored to have this chance" said Blackwell after taking the gavel from Kevin Kramer (R) 11. "The President can certainly set the tone but the Council must respond. I promise tonight to make every effort to set the right tone and I trust that you will respond in kind.”
Blackwell is one of the original members of the Metro Council when it first began in January of 2003. He was re-elected to serve District 12 in 2004.
He was the first chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the new Council. He also served as vice chairman of the Majority Caucus. In 2005, he served a chairman of the Caucus. This past year he chaired the Budget Committee in a year that saw approval of the Mayor's $730 plus budget. He also oversaw approval of the Memorandum of Agreement for the downtown arena project.
"From the arena to investments in safety to expansion of parks, the city is on the move. I look forward to working with the Mayor and his administration to continue those strides," Blackwell told members. "We have shown ourselves capable of bipartisan efforts in critical areas like the budget. We need to expand those efforts this year"
The Council again elected Kathleen Herron as Clerk by a vote of 26 to She has held that position since the first Council went into operation in 2003.
Blackwell told the Council his top priorities for the coming year include a review of the remaining local laws of the past and action on those laws before sunset provisions take effect in January of 2008. “We will need to be aggressive in this area,” he said.
The President also said the Council should follow the lead of Mayor Abramson and take a critical look at structures that have been developed over the first four years of Council operation and ask tough questions. “Is it the best way to serve the city? We need to be bold,” he said.
With in the coming weeks, Blackwell will announce the appointed Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Metro Council’s Committees.