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Metro Council approves Hamilton ordinance for Shawnee Neighborhood Association to partner in cleaning up vacant and abandoned lots in District 5

Friday December 7, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville MEtro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt %74-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – By a vote of 23 to 1 with one voting present, the Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance that will encourage a partnership with the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and Metro Government to cleanup abandoned property.

“My thanks to the Council for this approval,” said Hamilton. “Through this ordinance, we are encouraging neighborhood associations and volunteers to work with us in handling an problem that is out of control for many of our districts: grass cutting and cleanup of abandoned lots.”

The ordinance provides $10,000 to the Shawnee Neighborhood Association some of which will be used to address the problem through the use of volunteers working through Metro Government and the Brother’s Keeper program established by the Mayor last year.

Among the goals of the Shawnee Neighborhood found in their articles of incorporation are: Encourage improvement in municipal services through public involvement. Another goal is to encourage, plan and coordinate beatification and revitalization of residential and public properties. The Association’s additional goal is to seek assistance from government agencies and neighborhood associations to achieve these goals.

“While we do need to work with government agencies and improve services, we should encourage all neighborhood groups to take an active role in improving their neighborhoods,” says Hamilton. “This appropriation furthers the Shawnee Neighborhood’s mission of diminishing blight and building a stronger community.”

Sponsor:
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5