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Majority Caucus encourages Mayor and Governor to move forward with Memorandum of Agreement for a Downtown Arena.

Saturday July 15, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – Members of the Majority Caucus of the Metro Council encourage Mayor Jerry Abramson to move forward with the downtown arena by signing a resolution supporting the Memorandum of Agreement passed on Thursday night.

“As the Mayor reviews the resolution over the weekend, we trust he will remember the Metro Council is committed to building a downtown arena,” said Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10 “The Council’s resolution goes along way in ensuring that everyone gets a chance to bid and work on this important project.”

The resolution passed last Thursday night in a vote of 18 to 5.

Since then a great deal of misinformation has been circulated about what the resolution actually does.

“It is wrong to say minorities and women will be shut out of the project,” says Councilman David Tandy (D) 4. “The resolution is a blueprint in making sure that everyone can be involved.”

The resolution designates experienced union labor negotiate a project labor agreement for the project. The agreement will cover union and non union jobs. The Council has required goals be negotiated into the agreement for workers and contractors.

75 percent of the jobs are to be reserved for worker and contractors in Kentucky and Indiana. Of that, 60 per cent are for workers and contractors in the 15 county Metro Louisville Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The agreement calls for the negotiated goal of 20 per cent minority workers and contractors. It also makes provisions for five per cent female workers and contractors.

“Everyone knows how important this project is,” said Tandy. “If we all come to the table, talk and address important issues, agreements can be reached for the benefit of everyone.”.

Meanwhile, a published report has indicated Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher’s concern that the resolution agreement may violate the state’s procurement code. Therefore, the state would not be able to supply $75 million in bonds for the $450 million dollar project.

“I would hope the Governor would take a good hard look at this resolution and realize the Council believed both union and non union jobs needed to be protected for the Louisville area,” said King. “Members of this Caucus will gladly talk with both the Mayor and the Governor to ensure that this important project moves forward for our community.”

Sponsor(s):
David Tandy (D) 4
Jim King (D) 10