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12/29/2003
Mayor Jerry Abramson today officially re-opened Second Street
Mayor Jerry Abramson today officially re-opened Second Street to two-way traffic, hailing the road as “a grand new entry to our community.”

12/19/2003
Abramson: Metro Government to Extend Two Plans to Police Officers
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he will abide by an arbitrator’s decision and continue providing police officers two premium health-care plans that cost an additional $500,000 to taxpayers.

12/19/2003
Santa at City Hall program nets more than 3,000 toys
Santa and Mrs. Claus collected more than 3,000 new toys during the 3rd annual Santa at City Hall program, coordinated by 1st District Councilwoman Denise Bentley and 14th District Councilman Bob Henderson.

12/19/2003
Changes to Alternative Development Initiative to be considered at special Zoning committee
The Louisville Metro Council's Planning and Zoning Committee will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider changes to the Alternative Development Incentives (ADI) adopted in March as part of the Land Development Code. The meeting will be held in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

12/19/2003
Council members help sponsor children's holiday party
Nine members of the Louisville Metro Council are helping to sponsor PRIDE's 31st annual Christmas Party, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Willie's Velvet Rose, 519 E. Jefferson Street.

12/18/2003
4th Street Live! announces Premier Fitness
The City of Louisville and The Cordish Company announced today the addition of the Premier Fitness Executive Club to the 4th Street Live! development.

12/18/2003
Family Oriented New Year’s Eve Celebration To Be Held at Gardens
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the traditional community New Year’s Eve celebration will have a family twist this year.

12/16/2003
New Louisville Receives Improved Credit Rating; Merger, Diverse Local Economy Cited
A leading Wall Street agency has upgraded the credit rating for Louisville Metro Government, citing a successful merger and a diverse economic base.

12/12/2003
State Funding Formula Workgroup to hold fourth meeting Monday
The fourth meeting of the State Funding Formula Workgroup is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday in the third floor conference room at City Hall.

12/10/2003
Councilmen attend NLC's Congress of Cities
Four members of the Louisville Metro Council will attend the National League of Cities 80th annual Congress of Cities Conference being held in Nashville, Tenn.

12/10/2003
Councilmen Engel, Benson to hold public meeting about Fern Creek Park improvements on Dec. 16
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel, District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson and Louisville Metro Parks will present proposed master plans for Fern Creek Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Fern Creek Community Center.

12/9/2003
Councilman George Unseld returns to office
Sixth District Councilman George Unseld returned to his City Hall office today, after being out for several months following complications of knee surgery.

12/5/2003
It’s a Baby Gorilla! First Gorilla Birth Takes Place at Louisville Zoo
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Zoo Director Dr. Bill Foster today proudly announced the successful birth of a Western lowland gorilla.

12/4/2003
Councilwoman Shanklin announces Light Up Newburg
Second District Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced today that Light Up Newburg will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in Newburg Park, at the corner of Indian Trail and Exeter Avenue.

12/3/2003
Councilman Owen funds extra patrols for holidays
Responding to concerns from residents and businesses about increased robberies and assaults, Councilman Tom Owen is sponsoring additional police patrols during the holidays along the Bardstown Road/ Baxter Avenue corridor.

11/26/2003
Councilwoman Woolridge to host District 3 Holiday Party
Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will host the District 3 Holiday Party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Canaan Community Development Corporation, 2203 Dixie Highway.

11/26/2003
Establishments Cited Under Adult Entertainment Ordinance / Land Development Code
Louisville Metro Government is using two primary tools to regulate adult-oriented businesses: Adult Entertainment Ordinance – Prohibits adult entertainment establishments from locating within 500 feet of a neighborhood, church or school. Similar laws have been the subject of legal battles across the country at the federal court level regarding their constitutionality.

11/26/2003
Old Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue kicks off next Saturday
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh today announced that Old Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue will be held from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

11/26/2003
Santa at City Hall toy drive to kick off Monday
The third annual Santa at City Hall toy drive will kick off from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. Monday at the corner of Sixth and Jefferson Streets.

11/24/2003
Weston announces he won't seek re-election for president
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston announced today he would not seek re-election for president at the end of his first term in January.

11/24/2003
LMPD Choir in Light Up Louisville
LMPD Choir will participate in Light Up Louisville parade.

11/24/2003
LMPD Mounted Patrols Wins Awards
The award-winning LMPD Mounted Patrol is a big winner again taking high honors in a major competition.

11/24/2003
EMS Chief Receives Award for Excellence
Col. Michael Riordan, director of the Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Service, has received the Golden Cross Award for outstanding contribution to the care of acutely sick and injured people.

11/20/2003
Ad hoc committee on smoking ban to meet Monday
The Louisville Metro Council's ad hoc committee studying a proposed smoking ban will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24th, on the third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

11/20/2003
Long-time Director of Louisville Zoo Retires, Takes on Birmingham ‘Challenge’
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Dr. Bill Foster, Director of the Louisville Zoo, will retire from Louisville Metro Government at the end of the year. Foster will move to Birmingham, Alabama, where he has accepted a job as Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Zoo.

11/19/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District Dialogue in November
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District Dialogue at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24th at Fire House No. 5, 6902 Manslick Road, to give residents an opportunity to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

11/19/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District Dialogue in November
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District Dialogue at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24th at Fire House No. 5, 6902 Manslick Road, to give residents an opportunity to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

11/18/2003
Okolona to Light Up for the holidays
Twenty Fourth District Councilwoman Madonna Flood will help host the second annual Light Up Okolona, which kicks off at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the corner of Outer Loop and Preston Highway. Lights will be turned on at 6:30 p.m.

11/17/2003
Council members urge mayor to honor police contract Letter of support sent for police health care
Twenty council members sent a letter to Mayor Jerry Abramson today urging him to honor the Louisville Metro Police contract.

11/12/2003
Mayor, Police Chief Agree with Citizens Commission on Police Accountability
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White said today that they agree with the recommendations of the Citizens Commission on Police Accountability and have already taken steps to implement most of the policy suggestions.

11/11/2003
Councilwoman Hamilton to host tour of Portland moratorium area
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host a trolley tour of the Portland neighborhood to give council members an opportunity to see the area being looked at for a moratorium on building permits. The trolley will leave from Congress Alley, behind City Hall, at 1 p.m. Wednesday and return approximately 3:30 p.m. to the same location.

11/7/2003
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Cordish Company Announce Red Star Tavern
Mayor Jerry Abramson and The Cordish Company announced today the addition of Red Star Tavern to the 4th Street Live! development.

11/7/2003
Council members Adams and Call to hold community meeting, wellness fair
District 18 Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams and District 26 Councilwoman Ellen Call will hold a joint community meeting and wellness fair for their districts from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

11/6/2003
Ad hoc committee on smoking ban to meet Monday
The Louisville Metro Council's ad hoc committee studying a proposed smoking ban will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10th, on the third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

11/4/2003
Councilwoman Bentley to hold 2 district meetings
First District Councilwoman Denise Bentley will hold two district meetings in November to offer residents opportunities to voice concerns and receive information from various agencies.

11/4/2003
Abramson Announces Communications Team Changes
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced changes to his administration’s communications team.

11/3/2003
Governing Magazine Says Abramson Among Top Public Officials of the Year
Governing Magazine has named Mayor Jerry Abramson one of the “Top Public Officials of the Year.”

10/29/2003
VET Will Close Friday; New Task Force Will Examine Clean-Air Options
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said the Vehicle Emissions Testing (VET) program will close Friday, Oct. 31 as mandated by the state legislature last year.

10/27/2003
Councilman Blackwell announces electronic newsletter
Twelfth District Councilman Rick Blackwell today rolled out a 12th District electronic newsletter, offering information on district news, upcoming events, and links to various city agencies. The newsletter also features a link to the Code of Ordinances, allowing residents an easy way to search for laws in Metro Louisville.

10/24/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District Dialogue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28th at Conway Middle High, 6300 Terry Road, to give residents an opportunity to address concerns in their neighborhoods.

10/23/2003
Council members introduce ordinance today to strengthen requirements on charitable solicitations
LOUISVILLE – After two months of working with charities and safety officials, Council members Julie Raque Adams, R-18, and Glen Stuckel, R-17, have drafted an ordinance to strengthen requirements on street-side charitable solicitation.

10/23/2003
Council members form work group to bring more tax dollars back to Louisville
Tired of funding state government at the expense of local programs, several council members announced that they are forming a work group to look at state funding and formulas that send tax money back to Louisville.

10/21/2003
Ordinance filed today to restrict hours on sexually oriented businesses
Three Metro Council members today filed an ordinance to restrict hours of operation for sexually oriented businesses.

10/20/2003
Frazier Gift To Renovate Mayor’s Suite
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville businessman and philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier is donating $100,000 to Louisville Metro Government to renovate and furnish the Mayor’s office suite.

10/16/2003
Autumn Leaf Drop-off Program for 2003
Louisville Metro residents will be able to drop off their autumn leaves at four locations beginning Oct. 20 and continuing through Dec. 18.

10/15/2003
Experienced Public Health Professional Named Director of Health Department
Mayor Jerry Abramson today tapped a public health professional with extensive experience running a major metropolitan health department to be his new Director of Health.

10/9/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to host senior health fair
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will hold a 9th District Senior Health Fair from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue on the Masonic Home Campus.

10/9/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to join in Barrett clean up
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join neighbors and volunteers for the Barrett Fall Beautification Day from 9 am. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Barrett Traditional School, 2561 Grinstead Dr.

10/8/2003
Airport Releases 2002 Economic Impact Report
Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board Chairman J. Michael Brown released the results today of the most recent comprehensive economic impact survey of Louisville’s airports, conducted by the University of Louisville.

10/8/2003
Councilwoman Woolridge to attend Shively ribbon cutting
District 3 Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the Shively Community Building, 3901 Park Drive, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12.

10/3/2003
Abramson Searching For Community Christmas Tree
Abramson Searching For Community Christmas Tree

10/3/2003
Falls of the Ohio Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration
Schedule of Events for the Falls of the Ohio Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration & National Signature Event

10/1/2003
Councilman Bright to host 'Boxville'
Hoping to underscore the need for safe, stable, affordable housing, 4th District Councilman Willie Bright will host "Boxville" in the parking lot of his supper club, the Velvet Rose, from October 14-16. The Velvet Rose is located at 519 E. Jefferson St.

10/1/2003
Three council members launch interactive websites for constituents
Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson, R-District 20; Ken Fleming, R-District 7; and Hal Heiner, R-District 19, have launched interactive websites for their constituents.

9/30/2003
President Weston names ad hoc committee to look at smoking ban
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston today named a five-member ad hoc committee to study the smoking ban issue, and report its findings to the Public Health and Safety Committee, the committee to which the proposal has been assigned.

9/26/2003
Councilman Weston to hold District 13 community meeting
Councilman Ron Weston will hold a District 13 community meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at Minors Lane Elementary School, 8510 Minors Lane.

9/25/2003
Leadership Louisville and YPAL Announce New Leadership Program
Leadership Louisville and YPAL Announce New Leadership Program: Ignite Louisville National City Bank provides $60,000 grant to fund the new program

9/25/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District community meeting
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30th at Doss High School, 7601 St. Andrews Church Road.

9/25/2003
Loan Program to Help Improve Accessibility To Small Businesses
New low-interest loan offered to improve accessibility

9/25/2003
Louisville Ranked Among Best For Making Government Accessible On-Line
Louisville Ranked Among Best For Making Government Accessible On-Line

9/25/2003
Louisville earns high marks for entrepreneurship
Louisville finishes first in small business growth in Entrepreneur Magazine's 10th Annual Best Cities for Entrepreneurs rankings

9/24/2003
Councilman Henderson announces breast cancer screenings
Fourteenth District Councilman Bob Henderson today encouraged women 40 years of age and over to take part in a breast cancer screening event to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The screenings are being held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today through Friday at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

9/23/2003
District 22 Councilman Engel to hold meeting about Fern Creek Park on Sept. 29
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel will hold a meeting about improvements at Fern Creek Park at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fern Creek Community Center at 6104 Bardstown Road.

9/23/2003
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold Community Forum
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host a community forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30th at the new Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th Street.

9/22/2003
Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project Taskforce draft plan unveiled
The Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project Taskforce held its second public meeting tonight and unveiled a draft plan for the corridor.

9/19/2003
Metro Parks Reopening Horse Stables In South Louisville’s Iroquois, McNeely Lake Parks
Metro Parks Reopening Horse Stables In South Louisville’s Iroquois, McNeely Lake Parks

9/17/2003
Plans for Shelbyville Road corridor project will be unveiled at Sept. 22 public forum
The second public meeting for the Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Conference Room A of the East Government Center.

9/17/2003
Councilwoman Flood to make announcement on smoking ban proposal
Councilwoman Madonna Flood, chairwoman of the Public Health and Safety Committee, will make an announcement at 3 p.m. today regarding the proposal to ban smoking that is currently assigned to the committee.

9/16/2003
Councilman Heiner launches first interactive website for constituents
Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R-District 19, launched the first interactive website for constituents this month.

9/15/2003
Councilwoman Woolridge to unveil Hallmark neighborhood banners
District 3 Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will unveil new Hallmark neighborhood banners at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the annual Hallmark block party. The block party, sponsored by Councilwoman Woolridge and the Hallmark Neighborhood Association, will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at 2016 Cypress Street.

9/15/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to speak on radio program
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will be a guest tonight on the Joe Elliot talk radio show to discuss the smoke-free campaign. The live call-in show will air from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on WHAS Radio, 840 AM. The call-in line during the program is 571-8484 or 1-800-444-8484.

9/12/2003
Council members announce bipartisan hearings on issue of smoking ban
Louisville Metro Council Members Dan Johnson, D-21, and Doug Hawkins, R-25, announced today that public hearings will be held on the issue of a smoking ban. These hearings will be separate from the ones being held by the Health Department.

9/12/2003
Hawkins files smoking ban ordinance
Louisville Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins, R-25, filed Smoke-Free Louisville Coalition’s smoking ban ordinance today.

9/10/2003
Abramson Announces Corrections Class To Help Offset Vacancies at Jail
Abramson Announces Corrections Class To Help Offset Vacancies at Jail

9/10/2003
LOJIC Wins National Award For Excellence, Service To Community
LOJIC Wins National Award For Excellence, Service To Community

9/10/2003
Abramson Announces Appointment Of New Citizens Advocate
Abramson Announces Appointment Of New Citizens Advocate

9/8/2003
Abramson Earmarks $8 Million More for MetroSafe Communications System
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he is earmarking an additional $8 million toward the creation of the MetroSafe Emergency Communications System that will link police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders throughout Louisville Metro.

9/3/2003
Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold public meeting for District 17 residents
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel is holding a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the cafeteria of Malcolm Chancey Elementary School.

8/29/2003
Metro Council unanimously passes repeal of telecommunications fee
The Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed a repeal of the telecommunications gross revenues fee.

8/29/2003
Committee to focus on improving outside contracting process; members say government bid process shou
The Louisville Metro Council will begin scrutinizing how Metro Government works with the business community on contracting issues. The Contracts/Appointments Committee will set aside a substantial amount of each meeting studying how government can be more equitable and business-friendly.

8/28/2003
Abramson Names Corrections Transition Team
Abramson Names Corrections Transition Team

8/27/2003
Councilwoman Bentley to meet with 1st District residents at Kroger
First District Councilwoman Denise Bentley will visit the Kroger store in Lyle's Mall, 2710 West Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to meet with and hear concerns from residents of the First District.

8/22/2003
Newburg Festival kicks off this weekend
A talent show, music in the park, arts and crafts booths and balloon glow will kick off this year’s Newburg Festival, which begins tonight at 6 p.m. and runs through Sunday evening. The festival will take place at Newburg Park, at the corner of Indian Trail and Exeter Avenue.

8/19/2003
Councilwoman Flood announces 24th District satellite office
Councilwoman Madonna Flood announced today that she has established a satellite office in the 24th District to bring government closer to the public, and make it easier for citizens to meet with her about issues.

8/19/2003
Abramson Taps Education Leader To Serve as Liaison on Workforce Development
Abramson Taps Education Leader To Serve as Liaison on Workforce Development

8/19/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to host back to school block party
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will host the 4th Annual Back to School Block Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue.

8/15/2003
Council members working to strengthen requirements on charitable solicitations Public hearing schedu
LOUISVILLE – It’s a common site on the roads – buckets are passed at intersections throughout Jefferson County. Drivers dig into their wallets for spare change for charity, then dodge the fund-raisers when the light turns green.

8/14/2003
District 22 Councilman Engel schedules town hall meeting for Aug. 25
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel will hold a community town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Teamsters Local Union Hall #783.

8/13/2003
Abramson: River Road Country Club Should Pay Money Owed Taxpayers
Abramson: River Road Country Club Should Pay Money Owed Taxpayers

8/8/2003
Abramson: Changes Needed to Move Corrections to the ‘Next Level’
Abramson: Changes Needed to Move Corrections to the ‘Next Level’

8/7/2003
Abramson Announces ‘Music in the Metro’ Series to Showcase Entertainment, City Parks
Abramson Announces ‘Music in the Metro’ Series to Showcase Entertainment, City Parks

8/1/2003
Newburg Peace March set for Sunday
Second District Councilwoman Barbara E. Shanklin will join council members, community leaders and residents in a peace march through Newburg, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

7/31/2003
Final Distribution of Garbage Carts Starting in Urban Services District
Final Distribution of Garbage Carts Starting in Urban Services District

7/31/2003
Ribbon cutting, grand opening set for The Music Workshop
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for The Music Workshop, a venture for aspiring singers, songwriters, producers and engineers, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the Workshop headquarters, 624 West Main St, sixth floor.

7/31/2003
Switch in Alcohol Enforcement Will Mean Improved Efficiency, Effectiveness
Switch in Alcohol Enforcement Will Mean Improved Efficiency, Effectiveness

7/28/2003
Audit prompts tightening of procedures for awarding wreck repair work
Metro Louisville has tightened its procedures for awarding work to companies that repair wrecked metro government vehicles at the old city garage on Logan Street, after an audit of the wreck repair contracts indicated that compliance of the contracts was inadequate.

7/24/2003
Louisville Native, Policy Professional Named To Lead KentuckianaWorks
Louisville Native, Policy Professional Named To Lead KentuckianaWorks

7/24/2003
Metro Council committee to hold hearing on noise ordinance
Fourteenth District Councilman Bob Henderson announced today that the Government Administration Committee will hold a public hearing on the noise ordinance currently in effect in Louisville Metro. The hearing will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 28th in the Council Chambers, Third Floor of City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

7/22/2003
Adult entertainment zoning constitutional, judge rules
Louisville Metro Government’s zoning of adult entertainment establishments is constitutional and can be enforced, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson has ruled.

7/18/2003
Abramson, School, Health Leaders Give Kids ‘Best Shot’ at Health Immunizations
Abramson, School, Health Leaders Give Kids ‘Best Shot’ at Health Immunizations

7/14/2003
Abramson, GLI To Discuss Louisville’s Priorities With Federal Officials in Washington
Abramson, GLI To Discuss Louisville’s Priorities With Federal Officials in Washington

7/7/2003
Louisville Native Named Director of Solid Waste Management Services
Louisville Native Named Director of Solid Waste Management Services

7/3/2003
Abramson Announces Re-Opening of Historic Iroquois Amphitheater
Abramson Announces Re-Opening of Historic Iroquois Amphitheater

7/1/2003
Mayor Abramson Unveils Golf Cart Discount Card, Celebrates Completion of Sun Valley's Cart Path
Mayor Abramson Unveils Golf Cart Discount Card, Celebrates Completion of Sun Valley's Cart Path

7/1/2003
Louisville Metro Government, Former County FOP Tentatively Agree to One-Year Transition Contract
Louisville Metro Government, Former County FOP Tentatively Agree to One-Year Transition Contract

6/27/2003
Metro Council Republicans vote against operating budget
Louisville Metro Council Republicans voted against the operating budget tonight. Republicans cited many positive aspects of the budget, but ultimately voted against it because of a lack of oversight and accountability on how taxpayer money would be spent.

6/27/2003
Councilman Heiner to hold public meeting for Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project Task
The Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project Taskforce is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Middletown City Hall located at 12556 Shelbyville Road.

6/26/2003
Democrats pass Metro Louisville's first budget
Democrats tonight approved Louisville Metro's first full-year budget, appropriating funds for health insurance for laid-off workers, domestic violence initiatives, and economic development projects, including amateur athletic complexes.

6/26/2003
Council members want to return their cost-of-living raises
Seventeen members of the Louisville Metro Council want to return the cost-of-living raise that is mandated by state law.

6/25/2003
Groundbreaking Held for Marriott Downtown
Groundbreaking Held for Marriott Downtown; Convention Business Already Booked for Hotel

6/19/2003
Defibrillators Distributed To Suburban Fire Departments
Abramson: Life-saving Defibrillators Being Distributed To Suburban Fire Departments

6/11/2003
Community celebrates re-opening of revitalized Fern Creek Park playground
Rusted metal, decades of heavy wear and tear, equipment that no longer met playground standards – that was the uninviting scene that greeted families at the Fern Creek Park playground earlier this spring.

6/11/2003
Affordable Housing Options for Families
Public-Private Partnership Preserves Affordable Housing Options for Families

6/9/2003
Ban on sale of ephedra to minors passes out of committee
A ban on the sale of diet supplement ephedra to people under the age of 18 was approved unanimously by the Louisville Metro Council’s Public Health and Safety committee today. The ordinance goes to the full Council for a vote on Thursday.

6/5/2003
Mayor to Discuss Making Merger Work
Abramson to Address U.S. Conference of Mayors; Mayor to Discuss Making Merger Work

6/5/2003
Councilman Bright to hold community clean-up
Fourth District Councilman Willie Bright will hold a community clean-up Saturday for the Smoketown/ Shelby Park neighborhood. The clean-up will begin at 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Community Center, 731 S. Hancock St.

6/4/2003
Mayor’s statement on the Chief White’s decision in the Taylor case
Mayor’s statement on the Chief White’s decision in the Taylor case

6/3/2003
Louisville Metro Parks Director Named
Louisville Metro Parks Director Named

6/3/2003
President Weston to serve as grand marshal of BlueGrass BikeFest
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston will serve as grand marshal for the 2003 BlueGrass Bikefest, a three-day motorcycle event featuring a Poker Run, field events, a 10-class bike show, concerts and vendors.

6/3/2003
Councilman Weston named Fairdale High School’s Distinguished Alumnus
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston has been named Fairdale High School’s 2003 Distinguished Alumnus. Weston, a 1966 graduate of the high school, was awarded the honor during last Friday night’s graduation ceremonies

6/2/2003
Abramson Announces Cyber-Cycling Initiative
Abramson Announces Cyber-Cycling Initiative

6/2/2003
Councilman Peden collecting donations for Crusade for Children on Wednesday
District 23 Councilman James Peden, a major with the Highview Fire Department, has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 16 years.

5/30/2003
Abramson Names Humbaugh Interim Health Director
Abramson Names Humbaugh Interim Health Director

5/30/2003
Councilman Blackwell announces budget hearing schedule
Twelfth District Councilman Rick Blackwell today announced the schedule for departmental hearings and public comment on the proposed 2003/2004 Metro budget.

5/29/2003
Councilman Owen to hold TARC tutorial
Eighth District Councilman Tom Owen and the Original Highlands Neighborhood Association invite residents to "Bring Your Own Briefcase" and learn to navigate the public transit system during a TARC tutorial. The program will be held from 7:15 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in front of Starbucks Coffee Shop, 970 Baxter Avenue.

5/29/2003
Abramson Earmarks $10 Million for Integrated Emergency Communications System
Abramson Earmarks $10 Million for Integrated Emergency Communications System

5/28/2003
Abramson Eliminates More than 660 Positions In Metro Government Workforce
Abramson Eliminates More than 660 Positions In Metro Government Workforce $10 Million Savings Comes From 520 Vacancy Cuts, 140 Layoffs

5/23/2003
Abramson: Fleet, Building Reductions Will Save Taxpayers Millions of Dollars Each Year
Abramson: Fleet, Building Reductions Will Save Taxpayers Millions of Dollars Each Year

5/22/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold Community Meeting
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a Twelfth District Community Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sylvania Community Center, 6650 Sylvania Rd.

5/22/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh announces Fleur de Lis Festival
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh today announced the opening of the Botanica Fleur de Lis Festival, set for Friday through Sunday at Waterfront Park along Witherspoon Street, west of Slugger Field.

5/22/2003
Abramson, Louisville Named Kentucky’s Best
Abramson, Louisville Named Kentucky’s Best

5/21/2003
Councilman Blackwell receives Community Service Award
Twelfth District Councilman Rick Blackwell has been awarded the 2003 Community Service Award by the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

5/20/2003
Revenue Decline Forces Tough Budget Decisions; Merger Helps Maintain Services, Avoid Tax Increases
Revenue Decline Forces Tough Budget Decisions; Merger Helps Maintain Services, Avoid Tax Increases

5/19/2003
Councilwoman Flood to host town meeting
Twenty Fourth District Councilwoman Madonna Flood will host a town meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Okolona Fire House, 8501 Preston Highway.

5/19/2003
Councilwoman Shanklin to join neighbors in beautifying Lincoln Park.
Councilwoman Barbara E. Shanklin will join residents of the Second District tonight for the first in a series of beautification projects in the Newburg area.

5/16/2003
Councilmen Engel, Peden to hold informational meeting about the extension of Cooper Chapel Road
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel and District 23 Councilman James Peden will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Teamsters Local Union Hall #783 to discuss the proposed extension of Cooper Chapel Road.

5/16/2003
The Louisville Metro Council tonight approved a living wage ordinance setting a wage floor of $9.00
The Louisville Metro Council tonight approved a living wage ordinance setting a wage floor of $9.00 an hour for fulltime city employees, and Mayor Jerry Abramson pledged to sign the ordinance into law.

5/16/2003
Metro Council approves living wage ordinance; mayor to sign into law
The Louisville Metro Council tonight approved a living wage ordinance setting a wage floor of $9.00 an hour for fulltime city employees, and Mayor Jerry Abramson pledged to sign the ordinance into law.

5/15/2003
Council Republicans call on mayor to veto living wage ordinance
Metro Council Democrats passed a bill tonight that will break the budget and the only hope for taxpayers is a mayoral veto, Metro Council Republicans said. The living wage ordinance -- sponsored by all 15 Democrat council members -- cost taxpayers at least $4.6 million.

5/12/2003
Abramson Announces Merit Board Appointments
Abramson Announces Merit Board Appointments

5/12/2003
Councilwoman Bentley proposes ban on sale of ephedra to minors
The sale of diet supplement ephedra, and products containing the herbal supplement, would be banned to people under the age of 18, under an ordinance proposed by First District Councilwoman Denise Bentley.

5/7/2003
Mayor’s Venture Capital Strategy Unveiled
A new comprehensive strategy will attract more venture capital to Louisville and create an environment for more home-grown businesses to flourish.

5/7/2003
Abramson Announces Team Approach to Combat and Control Mosquitoes
Abramson Announces Team Approach to Combat and Control Mosquitoes

5/7/2003
Tire Disposal Program Offers Free, Effective Way To Deal with Potential Hazard
Tire Disposal Program Offers Free, Effective Way To Deal with Potential Hazard

5/5/2003
Councilman Kelly Downard appointed to national EPA Environmental Advisory Board
LOUISVILLE – Metro Louisville Councilman Kelly Downard, R-District 16, has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board.

5/5/2003
Council members Fleming and Adams to hold community forum
District 7 Councilman Ken Fleming and District 18 Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams will hold a joint community forum for their districts at 9:30 a.m. May 17.

5/3/2003
Seven African-American Leaders Honored
Seven African-American Leaders Honored With Street Signs in Park Duvalle neighborhood

5/2/2003
Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold public meeting for District 17 residents
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel is holding a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 13 at the Episcopal Church Home, 7504 Westport Road.

5/1/2003
Louisville Recognized for Livability For Visually Impaired Residents
Louisville has been named by a leading national organization as one of the five best places to live for people who are blind or visually-impaired.

5/1/2003
New High-Tech Parking Meters Easier to Use
The old, mechanical parking meters are being replaced with electronic meters that are easier to use and maintain.

4/22/2003
Councilwomen Ward-Pugh, Adams to recognize Sacred Heart team
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and Eighteenth District Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams will honor the Sacred Heart Valkyries Basketball team for its second consecutive KHSAA title. The councilwomen will recognize the team at Thursday’s Council meeting for its many accomplishments.

4/22/2003
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh proposes waiting period for demolitions
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will introduce an ordinance Thursday requiring that a 30-day notice be given when an application is made for a wrecking permit to demolish a building.

4/21/2003
Councilman Peden opens field office
District 23 Councilman James Peden has opened a district office in Highview.

4/21/2003
Councilman files ordinance to repeal living wage Alternate plan focuses on education, other incentiv
LOUISVILLE – Councilman Hal Heiner, R-District 19, filed two ordinances today to repeal the so-called “living wage” ordinance and replace it with an education plan for working families in government.

4/21/2003
Councilman Peden working to obtain federal funding to widen Mount Washington, Cedar Creek, Beulah Ch
District 23 Councilman James Peden is working with Congresswoman Anne Northup’s office to obtain federal funding to widen Mount Washington, Cedar Creek and Beulah Church roads.

4/14/2003
Councilmen Owen and Stuckel to speak at issues forum
Eighth District Councilman Tom Owen and Seventeenth District Councilman Glen Stuckel will offer their assessments on the first three months of merger at the Adult Sunday School Issues Forum at Highland Presbyterian Church. The forum will start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the basement of the church, 1011 Cherokee Road, at the corner of Highland Avenue and Cherokee Road.

4/11/2003
Councilman Melton to hold Derby Impact Meeting
Fifteenth District Councilman George Melton, whose district includes Churchill Downs and the surrounding neighborhoods, will hold a Derby Impact Meeting for all persons living in the immediate Churchill Downs area. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15th at the Holy Name Church Gym, 2914 S. Fourth Street.

4/3/2003
New plan would repeal living wage ordinance; provide education, child-care, transportation incentive
LOUISVILLE -- Two ordinance requests are being delivered to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office today.

4/3/2003
Councilman Weston to speak at King commemoration
Louisville Metro Council President Ron Weston will be the keynote speaker at the 4th annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s contribution to the solid waste industry. The tribute begins at 6:30 p.m., April 4th at the King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Anderson Street.

4/1/2003
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold meeting on Derby cruising
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8th to discuss traffic, cruising, and whether Shawnee Park should be open to vehicular traffic over Derby weekend. The meeting will be held at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

3/26/2003
Spot a Pothole Call MetroCall and We’ll Fix It
Spot a Pothole, Call MetroCall and We’ll Fix It

3/24/2003
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District community meeting
Twelfth District Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25th in the cafeteria of Doss High School, 7601 St. Andrews Church Road.

3/21/2003
Council members to unveil Walter Barnes Way sign
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and Sixth District Councilman George Unseld will take part in the unveiling of the sign renaming a portion of Tenth Street as ‘Walter Barnes Way.’ The ceremony will begin at noon on Monday at the corner of Tenth and Chestnut streets.

3/21/2003
Abramson Hits ‘Windy City’ to Attract Young People Back to Louisville
Abramson traveled to Chicago in an effort to lure home former Louisvillians, particularly young professionals, who live there.

3/20/2003
Councilman Bright to hold community meeting
Councilman Willie Bright will hold a Fourth District community meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 24th at the Presbyterian Community Center, 731 S. Hancock St.

3/19/2003
Councilwoman Woolridge to attend business groundbreaking
District 3 Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for new corporate headquarters of The Mandarin Group (TMG), a commercial, industrial and residential construction company. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 21 at 2350 New Millennium Drive.

3/14/2003
Councilwoman Shanklin to open district satellite office
Second District Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced today that she has established a satellite office in her district to bring government closer to the public, and make it easier for citizens to meet with her about issues. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, beginning March 21st at the Cop Shop, 4809 Unseld Blvd. The number for the Cop Shop is 454-4772.

3/12/2003
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold Community Forum
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton announced today she will host a Community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25th at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

3/12/2003
Councilwomen to attend Southern Star groundbreaking
Councilwoman Denise Bentley, District 1, and Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, District 3, will attend a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for Southern Star Development Corporation’s C.E. Kirby Family Life Center.

3/12/2003
Councilwoman Woolridge to hold District 3 Town Meeting
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will hold a District 3 Town Meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20th in the Training Room of the MSD Maintenance Facility, 3050 Cane Run Road (the former Big A Shopping Center.)

3/11/2003
Councilman Henderson to recreate 53-year-old photo
Fourteenth District Councilman Bob Henderson will recreate history by striking the same pose his father did 53 years ago in a photo for the Louisville Railway Company. Councilman Henderson will recreate the pose for TARC photographers at 11:30 a.m. today at Union Station, 1000 West Broadway.

3/7/2003
Councilmen attend NLC’s Congressional City Conference
Three members of the Louisville Metro Council will attend the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference being held March 7-11 in Washington, D.C.

3/7/2003
Councilwoman Adams brings diaper drive to Metro Government
LOUISVILLE – District 18 Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams is asking Louisville Metro residents to Luv, Pamper and Hug needy children next week.

3/3/2003
Councilman Engel to open district office in Fern Creek
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel is opening a district office Friday in Fern Creek.

3/2/2003
Councilwoman Shanklin to hold Community Forum
Second District Councilwoman Barbara E. Shanklin announced today she will host a Community Forum from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18th at Newburg Middle School, 4901 Exeter Avenue.

2/19/2003
Councilman Heiner forms Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project Taskforce
LOUISVILLE – Take a drive out Shelbyville Road – past Mall St. Matthews, past The Forum – until you reach the stretch of road between Blankenbaker Parkway and the Gene Snyder.

2/13/2003
Councilwoman Bentley announces First District satellite offices
First District Councilwoman Denise Bentley announced today that she has established satellite offices in her district to bring government closer to the public, and make it easier for citizens to meet with her about issues. The offices will be open from 2-6 p.m. at the following locations beginning March 3rd:

2/12/2003
Abramson and White Unveil Police Reform Plan
Abramson and White Unveil Police Reform Plan

2/5/2003
LOUISVILLE – The Metro Council’s Government Administration, Rules, Ethics & Audit Committee unanimou
LOUISVILLE – The Metro Council’s Government Administration, Rules, Ethics & Audit Committee unanimously recommended approval on two pieces of legislation Tuesday that will benefit economic development.

2/5/2003
Downard to hold meeting on Indian Hills annexation issue
District 16 Councilman Kelly Downard is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Dunn Elementary School to discuss the Indian Hills annexation issue.

1/31/2003
Public meeting Monday regarding proposed bus compound on Beulah Church Road
Public meeting on proposed school bus compound

1/28/2003
Councilman Kevin Kramer Appointed to National League of Cities Information Technology and Communicat
LOUISVILLE – Metro Louisville Councilman Kevin Kramer, District 11, has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee.

1/22/2003
Mayor Abramson Names Downtown Development Corp
Mayor Abramson Names Leadership For Enhanced Downtown Development Corp.

1/16/2003
Council members support Respect for Life Day
LOUISVILLE – Sixteen members of the Metro Council today gave their support for Respect for Life Day.

1/14/2003
Abramson Tops List of City's Most Powerful
Abramson Tops List Of City’s Most Powerful In Ranking By Magazine

1/14/2003
Abramson Tops List Of City’s Most Powerful in Magazine
Abramson Tops List Of City’s Most Powerful In Ranking By Magazine