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Council Members Present Resolution to Establish Uniform Rules on Street Furniture

Wednesday October 21, 2009

Louisville Metro Council
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Louisville, KY; Metro Councilmen Hal Heiner (District 19) and Rick Blackwell (District 12) along with Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (District 3) and Kelly Downard (District 16) have filed a resolution to establish a permitting process for placement of street furniture in right-of-ways throughout Louisville Metro.

The resolution calls on Metro government to take over responsibility for the maintenance of right-of-ways regardless of which entity controls the property.

“We are working to invest funds in bettering our community, but need this change to require that items placed within our right-of-ways are both uniform to the area and aesthetically appropriate.” – Councilman Hal Heiner (District 19)

"This resolution envisions Metro Louisville having the ability to treat all of its roads in the same manner. Currently street furniture is treated differently on different roads. We need a consistent process for permits and enforcement." – Rick Blackwell (District 12)

Resolution R-207-10-09 will require that any bench, lamp, shelter, waste receptacle or other item installed on the right of way on any road located within Metro Government would require the approval of Metro Government’s Director of Public works and must also comply with basic requirements established within both state law and local policies.

The resolution for a uniform permitting process for street furniture will receive its first reading at the Thursday, October 22 meeting of the Metro Council and is expected to be sent to the Metro Council’s Public Works and Transportation Committee which is scheduled to meet October 29 at 2:00 p.m.

*Councilman Hal Heiner began working on this ordinance after a number of non-conforming pieces of lawn furniture were spread across Shelbyville Road near the City of Middletown following the completion of Phase II of the Shelbyville Road Beautification Project was completed. Councilman Rick Blackwell began work on this resolution shortly after a number of non-conforming pieces of street furniture were added to areas of right-of-ways on Dixie Highway where improvements are now planned.

Sponsor(s):
Mary C. Woolridge (D)
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Hal Heiner (R) 19