Monday May 10, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Disturbed by comments made last week about eliminating suburban cities, the Republican Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council filed a resolution today in support of those cities and fire districts.
“One of the promises of merger was to allow suburban cities to continue to exist,” said Council President Kelly Downard, R-16. “It is disturbing to think that an elected official would want to eliminate the important supplemental services that suburban cities provide.”
On May 6, The Courier-Journal reported that a local official told the paper “merger was intended to cause current suburban cities to dissolve, not get bigger.”
All 11 Republican Caucus members are co-sponsoring the resolution.
“We are nationally recognized for strong neighborhoods,” said Councilwoman Ellen Call, R-26. “Groups such as the Brookings Institution have stated that our neighborhoods are one of the assets of our community. Suburban cities and fire districts fill an important role by providing valuable, efficient supplemental services. “We must recognize that suburban cities and the Louisville Metro Government work together to make our community a better place. It shouldn’t be portrayed as an adversarial relationship because we all are working together to improve the quality of life for our families.”
The resolution expresses support for suburban cities and fire protection districts because “suburban cities and fire protection districts are efficient providers of supplemental services; suburban cities and fire protection districts provide quality and cost-effective services to a significant portion of residents of Louisville Metro; those services are a complement to the ones provided by Louisville Metro and serve a valuable role to the citizens they serve as well as positively impacting the entire community; and one of the promises of merger was to allow suburban cities to continue to exist.”
Rep. Scott Brinkman, R-32, worked on the legislation that implemented merger.
“Merger was sold on the basis that suburban cities and fire districts could remain in existence,” Brinkman said. “There is nothing in the legislation that would require a suburban city or fire district to merge into Louisville Metro.”
The resolution will get its first reading at the council meeting Thursday, then be sent to the Government Administration Committee, which meets next on May 17. The sponsors are: Ken Fleming, District 7; Kevin Kramer, District 11; Kelly Downard, District 16; Glen E. Stuckel, District 17; Julie Raque Adams, District 18; Hal Heiner, District 19; Stuart Benson, District 20; Robin Engel, District 22; James H. Peden, District 23; Doug Hawkins, District 25; and Ellen Call, District 26.
Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Ellen Call (R) 26
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Robin Engel (R) 22
Kenneth C. Fleming (R) 7
Doug Hawkins (R) 25
Hal Heiner (R) 19
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
James Peden (R) 23
Glen Stuckel (R) 17