Thursday April 13, 2006
For Immeadiate Release
Myra Friend Ellis
Louisville, Kentucky -- It is a blight to a neighborhood, a magnet for crime and a danger to children. But most people have no idea what can be done about abandoned houses owned by absentee landlords.
Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a public meeting on April 18th, 2006 to address that issue as well as topics such as housing, crime and public safety.
The meeting is set for the Shawnee Golf Course Club House, 460 Northwestern Parkway and begins at 6:30pm.
Officials with Metro Government’s Inspections, Permits and Licensing will be on hand to explain how abandoned property is dealt with as a danger to a neighborhood.
“There are always questions about who owns what, and who is responsible for cleaning up a piece of property,” says Hamilton. “Also there are always questions about absentee landlords and property owners and holding them accountable for what they own.”
The meeting will also be an opportunity for residents in the district to ask questions about home ownership and what help is available in the way of assistance for a family that want to purchase one.
Melissa Barry, of Louisville’s Housing and Urban Development office will speak. Tim Barry of the Housing Authority of Louisville will also be available to answer questions about current local programs.
It will also be a chance to look into local assistance programs for home repair and winterization.
“Spring is the time to take a look at what you need for your home,” says Hamilton. “Especially after this past winter, now might be the best time to check where you can save on heating bills.”
Anyone with a concern about crime in the district is encouraged to attend. Metro Police will be on hand to talk about the latest developments in the area.
Police will also talk about plans for curbing Derby Cruising, the first weekend in May.
After a violent weekend in 2005, cruising on Broadway has been banned by Metro Police this year. The meeting is open to all residents and is sponsored by the District 5 Advisory Committee.
For more information contact: Myra Friend-Ellis at 574-1105.
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