Friday April 15, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
In fulfilling a promise to the people of District 25 to provide greater access to Metro government, Councilman David Yates announces the new Southwest Regional Metro Council office will open on Tuesday, April 19th at the Southwest Government Center.
Immediately upon taking office, Yates reached out to Southwest Louisville council members, Rick Blackwell (D-12), Bob Henderson (D-14) and Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), with the idea to combine efforts and better serve the Southwest area.
“By working as a team, we can achieve greater results for our region,” says Yates. “Today, we bring Southwest Louisville a Regional Metro Council Office and, soon, we’ll add a regional library to serve all of the area.”
The Council Members agree the new office will give the public more access to Metro Government.
“I see this as another way of taking care of the needs of this area,” says Henderson. “Anytime you can make it easier for the public to talk with their elected officials then it’s a benefit to everyone.”
Available space at the Southwest Government Center, at 7219 Dixie Highway, was adapted to provide a place for residents to meet with Council members and their staff.
“Many residents tell me that commuting to the downtown office or seeking services during regular work hours is a challenge, but that shouldn’t keep them from getting good service from Metro Government,” says Yates. “By decreasing the distance to their council office, we can increase the level of service they receive.”
“Many of our districts cover a large area and for some people it may not be easy to come all the way downtown to talk with a Council person. It is cost effective and many people are very familiar with the Southwest Government Center,” says Welch. “It is a natural location to handle the people’s business.”
Yates and other Council members plan to have a rotating system of office hours, including extended hours on Wednesdays.
“In the last few years, we have made ourselves more available in town hall type meetings and informal coffees,” says Blackwell. “This new office will help us coordinate various concerns in an area that we might be able to work on individually or as a group.”
The office will be staffed by various Metro Council staff including Nicole Venhoff Candler. Candler, who is experienced in governmental issues, is a life-long resident of the Pleasure Ridge Park area, a member of the Southwest Dream Team, and served on Mayor Greg Fischer’s transition team
For more information about the Southwest Regional Metro Council Office, contact Councilman Yates’ office at 574-1125 or Councilman Blackwell’s Office at 574-1112.
David yates (D) 25
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14