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12/28/2004
Louisville to Host Family-Friendly New Year's Eve
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that families can once again ring in the new year together with an evening of free children’s activities, games, movies and music.

12/27/2004
Louisville Metro Crews Clear Roadways, Respond to Winter Storm's Aftermath
Louisville Metro road crews have made substantial progress in their around-the-clock efforts to clear snow and ice from the 2,300 miles of roads and streets in the community.

12/23/2004
Louisville Storm Response Fares Well; Community Prepares for Cold Weather
With Louisville Metro Government’s snow-response agencies “operating on all cylinders,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said the community has fared well thus far through the winter storm.

12/22/2004
Louisville Metro Responds to Winter Storm
Despite a significant winter storm, Louisville Metro Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton credits careful planning and diligent work of road crews for keeping Louisville’s priority roads passable through Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

12/17/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to host holiday reception
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host a holiday reception for District 5 residents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

12/17/2004
Council members sponsor extended hours at 5 community centers for holidays
A total of five Metro Parks community centers will offer extended hours to fill a void when school lets out for the holidays, by providing supervised activities, games and food for young people to have fun in a safe environment.

12/17/2004
Dive-in Movie at Aquatic Center
Metro Parks schedules free "Dive-in" Movies at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center

12/15/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to help distribute free hair care products to youths
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and Shaka Zulu of Saving Our Community's Kids (SOCKS) will participate in a distribution of free hair care products from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at Flaget Gymnasium, located at 44th Street and River Park Drive.

12/14/2004
Abramson: Adult Entertainment Enforcement to Begin in 60 Days
In response to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Stephen Ryan’s ruling in favor of Louisville Metro’s adult-entertainment ordinance, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said: “Louisville Metro’s adult-entertainment ordinance was overwhelmingly adopted by the Metro Council earlier this year, and we are glad Judge Ryan has reaffirmed it. "

12/14/2004
Maverick Tube picks Louisville’s Riverport for manufacturing plant, 240 new jobs
A Missouri-based manufacturer has selected Louisville for a $63 million plant that will bring in excess of 240 new jobs in the community.

12/10/2004
Abramson Signs Fairness Ordinance, Denounces ‘Hateful Politics of Division and Deception’
Mayor Jerry Abramson today signed the Fairness Ordinance into law just hours after the 19-6 passage Thursday night by the Louisville Metro Council.

12/10/2004
Corrections Director Resigns, Secretary Allen To Serve in Interim
Louisville Metro Corrections Director George DeTella resigned effective today to return to his family in Illinois

12/9/2004
Clarksdale Hope VI Initiative Underway
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Congresswoman Anne Northup and other dignitaries broke ground today for the first phase of construction for the Clarksdale HOPE VI revitalization.

12/8/2004
Council members respond to mailing
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to respond to the recent mailing by Dr. Frank Simon and the American Family Association of Kentucky.

12/3/2004
Mayor Unveils '05 Louisville Metro ‘Tech Map’
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined Silicon River GeoDesigns LLC in unveiling the 2005 Louisville Metro “Tech Map.”

12/1/2004
WinterFest in Iroquois Park
WinterFest's holiday cheer comes to Iroquois Amphitheater on Dec. 10-12

11/30/2004
Louisville Wi-Fi Service Expanding -Free wireless access for laptop users at all Louisville library
Mayor Jerry Abramson today logged on to the Internet using the new wireless access now available free at all Louisville library locations.

11/29/2004
Councilwoman Shanklin announces Light Up District 2
Second District Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced today that Light Up District 2 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 in Newburg Park, at the corner of Indian Trail and Exeter Avenue.

11/23/2004
Louisville Gear Available at ‘The Louisville Store’
The Louisville Store, a new retail and online source for buying authentic Louisville-themed products, was officially launched today by a partnership of four Louisville organizations.

11/22/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to host 2nd annual District 3 holiday party
Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will host the second annual District 3 Holiday Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Kirby Center of Excellence, 2308 Algonquin Parkway.

11/22/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a District 12 Dialogue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Conway Middle School, 6300 Terry Rd.

11/22/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton invites residents to decorate doors for the holidays
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton invites residents of District 5 to decorate their front doors for the holidays, as part of the first annual Light Up District 5 door-decorating contest.

11/19/2004
Democratic Caucus meeting changed to Tuesday, Nov. 23
The Democratic Caucus will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 instead of its regular meeting date of Thursday, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

11/19/2004
Councilwoman Shanklin to hold District 2 community meeting Nov. 22
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin will hold a District 2 community meeting from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Newburg Community Center, 4908 East Indian Trail.

11/18/2004
New golf pros selected
Metro Parks awards nine contracts for golf course professionals

11/17/2004
Louisville Metro Provides Free Firewood from Storm Debris; Public pickup scheduled for Nov. 20
Metro Government is turning a negative into a positive by making available free firewood, collected from tree limbs and branches that fell after major storms earlier this year. I

11/15/2004
Abramson Seeks to Protect LG&E Jobs, Headquarters, Low Rates Key facts about LG&E
Responding to growing indications of a possible sale of LG&E Energy, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson met last Friday with the chairman of E.ON, the German company that owns LG&E, in an effort to keep the utility’s 1,800 jobs and headquarters in Kentucky.

11/14/2004
Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold public meeting for District 17 residents on Jan. 27
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel is holding a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 to update residents on Metro Government issues.

11/12/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold Youth Advisory Council meeting on youth crime, violence
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a District 5 Youth Advisory Council meeting from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St. The advisory council will discuss strategies to combat youth crime and violence.

11/12/2004
Committee to meet Tuesday, Nov.16 on civil rights protections
Two local ordinances that would re-enact civil rights protections will be discussed next week during a special meeting of the Labor Relations/ Affirmative Action and Human Resources Committee. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

11/11/2004
Okolona to Light Up for the holidays
Twenty fourth District Councilwoman Madonna Flood will help host Light Up Okolona, which kicks off at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at Lone Oak Park, located at the corner of Outer Loop and Preston Highway.

11/11/2004
Music in Motion - Nov. 16
Metro Parks hosts 'Music in Motion' family music appreciation program on Nov. 16

11/11/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to hold Frankfort Avenue fall cleanup Nov. 13
Cleanup Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh invites neighbors to join her for the Frankfort Avenue Fall Cleanup, from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Ave.

11/10/2004
LMPD to Offer Taser Demonstration
LMPD to offer taser demonstration.

11/9/2004
Light Up Louisville to be Brighter than Ever
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the 23rd annual “Light Up Louisville” will be brighter than ever, thanks to the support of a new slate of corporate sponsors.

11/6/2004
The Fourth Division Connecting Kids with Computers
LMPD's 4th Division gives school children computers.

11/5/2004
Farnsley Moremen closes Nov. 8-22
Farnsley-Moremen House to close Nov. 8-22 for upgrades to heating and cooling systems

11/4/2004
Abramson Details Plans for Replenished Flu-Shot Supply
Mayor Jerry Abramson today detailed plans for a new supply of 35,000 flu-vaccine doses that is coming to the Louisville area.

11/3/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton, police to discuss crime and safety at 5th District meeting
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a District 5 community meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 at Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

11/3/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold 5th District Senior Health Fair
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold the 5th District Senior Health Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday at Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

11/1/2004
Muhammad Ali Center Reaches Another Milestone
Today, the Muhammad Ali Center celebrates the pinnacle point of its steel construction with a “Topping Out” ceremony that brings the development of Muhammad Ali’s international center one step closer to reality.

10/28/2004
Louisville Metro Weatherization Program Receives State Award
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the Department of Metro Housing and Community Development has received the Program of Distinction award from the Kentucky Weatherization Program.

10/28/2004
New playground in Farman Park
Councilwoman Flood, Metro Parks dedicate new playground in Farman Park

10/28/2004
Louisville Metro ready for snow Five agencies, 120 vehicles, 35,000 tons of salt prepared for winter
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined Louisville Metro government employees from five agencies in conducting training and preparation for snow and ice removal for the upcoming winter season.

10/28/2004
Seneca Park bike safety improvements
Completion of Seneca Park road work makes park safer for bikes and pedestrians

10/27/2004
Northup secures second wave of funding for the medical center’s research park
The Louisville Medical Center Development Corporation has been awarded a $925,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for on-going development of the Louisville Life Science Research Park.

10/27/2004
Councilwoman Flood, Metro Parks to dedicate new playground equipment Oct. 28
Councilwoman Madonna Flood will join representatives of Metro Parks and neighborhood residents to dedicate new playground equipment at 10:30 a.m.

10/26/2004
Abramson: Forgivable Loan Program Offered For New, Expanding Retail Businesses
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a new forgivable loan program to help encourage retail businesses to open or expand in underserved areas.

10/23/2004
Gallopalooza Horses Auctioned for Charity
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join Gallopalooza Committee members, community leaders and many local and regional artists at the Louisville Palace Theatre, 625 South Fourth Street, for the Gallopalooza Charity Auction on Saturday, October 23.

10/22/2004
Metro Parks surveys park users
Survey allows Louisville's citizens to provide input on local parks

10/19/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a District 12 Dialogue at 7 p.m. Monday at Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway.

10/18/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to join in Barrett clean up Oct. 23
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join students, parents and other volunteers for the Barrett Fall Beautification Day from 9 am. until noon on Saturday at Barrett Traditional School, 2561 Grinstead Dr.

10/18/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to join in Barrett clean up
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join students, parents and other volunteers for the Barrett Fall Beautification Day from 9 am. until noon on Saturday at Barrett Traditional School, 2561 Grinstead Dr.

10/18/2004
Abramson Unveils Street Sweeping Program To Clean, Pick Up Litter On Major Roads
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new street-sweeping program that will clean 1,100 miles of major roads and transportation routes in suburban areas of the community

10/14/2004
Abramson: Project DRI Will Invest Nearly $125 Million In Neighborhood Drainage Improvements
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that work will begin next year on Phase II of Project DRI (Drainage Response Initiative), pushing the investment in fixing the community’s major neighborhood drainage problems to nearly $125 million.

10/13/2004
Christensen Fountain restored in Cherokee Park
Ribbon cutting wraps up a community effort to restore Cherokee Park’s Christensen Fountain

10/12/2004
Louisville Metro Housing Authority Receives Neighborhood Networks Grant
The Louisville Metro Housing Authority has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a state-of-the-art computer lab in a community center in the revitalized Clarksdale neighborhood.

10/12/2004
Councilman kicks off 'Blackwell's Bookworms' program
Saying "good readers make great leaders," Councilman Rick Blackwell today announced a program to encourage students to read and promote the Every1Reads initiative. The councilman will kick off the "Blackwell's Bookworms Book Club" by reading to students at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Shacklette Elementary, 5310 Mercury Drive.

10/11/2004
Crescent Hill golf pro named
Metro Parks selects new golf professional for Crescent Hill Golf Course

10/11/2004
Abramson: Semi-Annual Fall Junk Drop-off Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced Louisville Metro’s free junk drop-off day – Sunday, October 31, 2004.

10/10/2004
Councilman Fleming to hold District 7 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming has organized a District 7 cleanup, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20.

10/8/2004
Abramson, DuPont Team Up To Promote Science Education in Schools
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined a DuPont field engineer and a classroom of 2nd and 3rd grade students at Field Elementary School to emphasize the importance of science education in the schools.

10/7/2004
Phone Book Recycling Program Begins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged Louisville residents and businesses not to trash their outdated telephone books but recycle them by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

10/6/2004
574-LMPD has Arrived
574-LMPD, LMPD's new crime tip hotline number, has arrived.

10/6/2004
Health Department to Limit Flu Shot Clinics to Those at High Risk
Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisville Metro Health Department will limit flu shots to the following high-risk individuals until further notice

10/5/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to hold storm response meeting Oct. 12
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will hold a Ninth District storm response meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Seneca Park Clubhouse, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Rd.

10/5/2004
LMPD's Crime Tip Number
The Honorable Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White will announce a new community policing initiative on Wednesday, October 5, 2004.

10/4/2004
Life Sciences Venture Fund Earns SBI Approval, Will Open Louisville Office
Triathlon Medical Ventures, LLC, a $96 million, Midwest-based venture capital fund focused exclusively on life science investments, has been licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) and will open an office in Louisville.

10/4/2004
Councilman Fleming to hold District 7 cleanup Oct. 16
Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming has organized a District 7 cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

10/4/2004
FOURTH STREET LIVE! GRAND OPENING PLANS UNVEILED
The City of Louisville, Hogan Real Estate and The Cordish Company are proud to announce plans for the Fourth Street Live! Grand Opening Celebration on Halloween weekend - October 30 and 31.

9/29/2004
Abramson, Northup Announce $280,000 Federal Grant To Resolve Drainage Problems in Newburg
Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup announced today the Newburg neighborhood will soon get more than $280,000 in drainage improvements under a disaster recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

9/29/2004
Councilman Owen to hold hearing Oct. 5 on parking permit program
Councilman Tom Owen announced today that the Transportation/ Public Works Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposal to create a residential parking permit program. The hearing will be held during the next regular meeting of the committee, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

9/29/2004
Councilman Stuckel to hold District 17 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel has organized a District 17 cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

9/29/2004
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Kicks-Off First Phase Focuses On “Move It, Louisville!”
Citing local studies that show Louisville ranks above national averages for lack of physical activity, obesity and poor nutrition, Mayor Abramson today announced a communitywide effort to focus on health and fitness issues and encourage participation in physical activity by individuals and groups alike.

9/29/2004
Statement of Mayor Abramson on Trial Verdict
Statement of Mayor Abramson on Trial Verdict

9/29/2004
Shanklin, White to meet with residents Oct. 5
Second District Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and Louisville Metro police Chief Robert White will hold a community meeting to update residents on crime prevention efforts in the area, and answer questions regarding the creation of a new police patrol division in Newburg.

9/29/2004
Councilwoman Call to hold town hall meeting Monday
District 26 Councilwoman Ellen Call will hold a public town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Melbourne Heights Church, located at 3728 Taylorsville Road.

9/29/2004
Councilwoman Shanklin announces job/ computer training in Newburg
Residents in the Newburg area who are earning their GED can also receive job and computer training, thanks in part to a nearly $15,000 federal grant to ready individuals for the workplace.

9/28/2004
Two Historic Downtown Buildings Will Be Redeveloped
As Louisville takes center stage with a national historic preservation conference, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a $20 million plan to redevelop two city-owned historic buildings – the former YWCA and the Wright-Taylor Building – between 3rd and 4th streets along Chestnut Street.

9/24/2004
Abramson Announces Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup
Mayor Abramson today urged citizens to get involved in cleaning up Louisville Metro by joining in the annual Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

9/24/2004
Councilman Owen announces hearing on parking permit program
Councilman Tom Owen announced today that the Transportation/ Public Works Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposal to create a residential parking permit program. The hearing will be held during the next regular meeting of the committee, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

9/23/2004
Highlights of Fire Station Study
An independent study of environmental and architectural needs in the 12 oldest firehouses was conducted this summer by two firms – Bailey and Associates and Micro-Analytics, both of Louisville.

9/23/2004
Riverview Park grows
Abramson: Riverview Park undergoing expansion; land set aside for regional sports complex

9/23/2004
Abramson: Riverview Park Undergoing Expansion; Land Set Aside for Regional Sports Complex
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans to expand Riverview Park to nearly 90 acres – five times its current size – and develop plans for a new regional sports complex.

9/22/2004
Firehouse Study Highlights Repair Needs; No Pressing Life, Safety Issues Reported
A comprehensive study of Louisville’s oldest firehouses has highlighted the need for numerous repairs, but does not find any pressing life or safety issues.

9/22/2004
Public hearing on scenic corridors for districts 22, 23 set for Sept. 27
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel and District 23 Councilman James Peden encourage area residents to attend a public hearing on scenic corridors at 7 p.m. Monday at the Central Government Center on Outer Loop Drive.

9/22/2004
Councilman Engel to hold District 22 cleanup
Councilman Robin Engel and the Fern Creek Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to sponsor Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, Oct. 2.

9/21/2004
TARC’S HYBRID ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY ROLLS OUT ON SEPT. 21
On September 21, TARC will unveil the first of its new hybrid-electric buses. This innovative new technology uses electric power in combination with a diesel-powered engine.

9/20/2004
Councilman Kramer to hold District 11 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer has organized a District 11 cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 9.

9/20/2004
Frankfort Avenue Trolley
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker will introduce the Frankfort Avenue Trolley (F.A.T.)

9/20/2004
Farnsley-Moremen renovations begin
Metro Parks begins renovations to historic Farnsley-Moremen House

9/17/2004
Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold meeting about power outages Oct. 5
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel, R-17, is holding a public meeting for District 17 residents at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Republic Bank located at 9600 Brownsboro Road.

9/15/2004
Councilman Bright to hold forum on new Junior Achievement center
Fourth District Councilman Willie Bright will join representatives of Junior Achievement at a community forum Wednesday, Sept. 20 to answer questions about the JA Free Enterprise Center currently under construction at 1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway.

9/14/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a District 12 Dialogue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Greenwood Elementary School, 5801 Greenwood Rd.

9/14/2004
Louisville Receives $4 Million For MetroSafe System, Law Enforcement
Louisville Metro Government has received $4 million in grants that will be used for the MetroSafe Communications System and law enforcement efforts as part of the latest round of Homeland Security funding.

9/10/2004
Grand Opening of Highland Coffee 627 S. Fourth Street
Highland Coffee has opened second location, along Fourth Street entertainment district.

9/10/2004
Councilman Fleming to hold storm overview meeting for District 7
District 7 Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming will hold a storm overview meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Broadway Baptist Church.

9/9/2004
Mayor’s Air Toxics Reduction Proposal Protects Citizens’ Health, Improves Louisville’s Air
Mayor Jerry Abramson today outlined a program to require companies to significantly reduce emissions of toxic chemicals into Louisville’s air to better protect citizens’ health and ensure quality of life.

9/8/2004
Abramson Leads Summer Reading Prize Celebration
Rangeland Elementary School students will be recognized by Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson at the school on Wednesday, September 8, 11 a.m., for a very special accomplishment: The entire school completed the Library’s Summer Reading Program in 2004.

9/8/2004
Councilman Henderson to hold District 14 meeting
Councilman Bob Henderson will hold a District 14 meeting from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. During the meeting, residents will hear an update on the proposed apartments at 8412 Terry Road and 6201 Moorman Road.

9/8/2004
Councilman Unseld to help sponsor Homeless Men's Forum and Picnic
Sixth District Councilman George Unseld will help sponsor the Homeless Men's Forum and Picnic, an annual event offering homeless men dinner and access to resources to help them regain self sufficiency.

9/7/2004
Louisville Providing Information On Disaster Preparedness for Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville Metro Government is distributing a booklet designed to provide citizens with information on how to prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

9/3/2004
Steps Being Taken to Address Jail Population
Louisville Metro Corrections officials today announced a series of short-term steps over the Labor Day weekend to address rising population levels. During last weekend, the jail population exceeded 2,100, approximately 400 over the recommended capacity of 1,694, said George DeTella, director of the Louisville Metro Corrections Department.

9/2/2004
Tennis Center shows profit
Louisville Tennis Center shows profit in first year of new operating agreement

9/2/2004
Cinergy’s Changes Will Improve Region’s Air Quality
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Cinergy/PSI is planning to make up to $500 million in environmental upgrades over the next two years at two of its area facilities that will significantly reduce emissions and improve the region's air quality.

9/2/2004
Fleischaker Couch Named Communications Coordinator for Community Development Cabinet
Rebecca Fleischaker Couch has been named as the Cabinet Communications Coordinator for Louisville Metro Government’s Cabinet for Community Development, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

9/1/2004
New Metro Parks rate sheet
Metro Parks announces new rate structure for picnic shelters, athletics fields and more

9/1/2004
Councilwomen Adams and Call to hold health fair
District 18 Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams and District 26 Councilwoman Ellen Call will hold a wellness fair for their districts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at St. Matthews Baptist Church.

8/27/2004
Non-profit agencies seeking funds for programs that deal with youth and health issues can now apply
Non-profit agencies seeking funds for programs that deal with youth and health issues can now apply for grants through the Metro Council's Youth & Health Initiative program. Sixth District Councilman George Unseld, chairman of the committee set up to oversee awarding of the funding, said interested organizations can request an application through the council member representing the district in which the organization resides.

8/27/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to hold Frankfort Ave. Trolley Hop cleanup
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh invites neighbors to join her for the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop Cleanup, from 8:30 am. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 11. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot of the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Ave.

8/27/2004
Section of Baxter Avenue To Close As Repairs Made To Retaining Wall
A section of Baxter Avenue will be closed starting Monday as a safety precaution while repairs are being made to a retaining wall, the Louisville Metro Public Works Department announced today.

8/27/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District community meeting
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the PRP Fire Training Center, 8201 Greenwood Rd.

8/26/2004
Councilmen propose plan to reduce graffiti
At a news conference today, Louisville Metro Councilmen Glen Stuckel, R-17, and Dan Johnson, D-21, announced their plan to reduce graffiti in the community.

8/25/2004
Public Works committee to discuss graffiti removal
Representatives of Metro Public Works will meet with the Metro Council's Transportation/ Public Works Committee to discuss the city's graffiti efforts over the last year, and the status of the graffiti removal team going into affect this year, according to Eighth District Councilman Tom Owen, chairman of the committee. That discussion will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, Third Floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

8/25/2004
Residential Parking Plan Will Give Neighborhoods Options
Two neighborhoods would have a new tool to help combat parking problems under a proposed ordinance unveiled today.

8/23/2004
LMPD Officers Speak Spanish
Nineteen officers complete six month course on speaking Spanish.

8/23/2004
Abramson Helps Unveil New Hispanic Directory
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined officials with Louisville-based Cobalt Ventures to unveil a new Hispanic Yellow Pages that will be distributed throughout the community.

8/19/2004
Councilman Engel to hold town hall meeting Aug. 30
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel will hold a public town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Buechel Train Station, located at 2230 Buechel Ave.

8/19/2004
Council members to participate in Every 1 Reads at State Fair
In support of the Every 1 Reads initiative, several Louisville Metro Council members will read to children Aug. 21, 23 and 24 at Metro Government’s State Fair booth. (The booth is located in the South Wing in the Main Street Kentucky section.)

8/18/2004
New Smart Cards Will Make Parking Easier
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the “smart cards” that residents will use to purchase time on the new, more advanced and user-friendly parking meters will go on sale to the general public on September 1.

8/18/2004
Kentucky State Fair August 19 – 29, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government will have an expanded presence at the 2004 Kentucky State Fair, the event’s 100th anniversary.

8/18/2004
Brown Foundation Announces Major Donation to Phase III of Waterfront Park
The James Graham Brown Foundation has approved a gift of $3.5 million to Phase III of Louisville Waterfront Park, payable in December 2004.

8/12/2004
LMPD Promotes Officers to Sergeant
LMPD promotes ten officers to the rank of sergeant.

8/12/2004
Council members publicize information on deadbeat parents in effort to increase collection of child
Louisville Metro Councilwomen Denise Bentley, D-1, and Julie Raque Adams, R-18, are stepping up the fight against deadbeat parents.

8/12/2004
Council members to participate in Every 1 Reads at State Fair
In support of the Every 1 Reads initiative, several Louisville Metro Council members will read to children Aug. 21, 23 and 24 at Metro Government’s State Fair booth. (The booth is located in the South Wing in the Main Street Kentucky section.)

8/12/2004
Council members to honor firefighters who ‘rescued’ wedding during July storm
A quick response from the McMahan Fire Department rescued a wedding during a storm that left many without power in July.

8/10/2004
Councilman Bright to sponsor clean-up of Fort Hill/ Meriwether area
Councilman Willie Bright will sponsor a street and alley clean-up of the Fort Hill/ Meriwether area from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug.14. Volunteers should meet at the Miles Community Center, 1468 Bland Street, for a continental breakfast before setting out to collect trash and debris on Clay, Hancock and Bland streets, and other nearby streets and alleys.

8/10/2004
Councilmen Bright, Unseld announce back-to-school events
Councilmen Willie Bright and George Unseld today announced two events to help area students prepare for the start of school.

8/10/2004
Abramson: Metro Agenda Focuses On Job Creation, Public Safety
Mayor Jerry Abramson is traveling to Chicago today to finalize work on a special report for the presidential candidates that outlines the needs of the nation’s metro areas.

8/9/2004
Cleanup of McNeely Lake Park scheduled for Saturday
Councilman James Peden, R-23, will hold a cleanup of McNeely Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

8/9/2004
Council members organize breast cancer screenings throughout the community
It is the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

8/4/2004
Parents Urged to Get Children Immunized; Health Department Offers Back to School Shots
More than one-third of the school children in Louisville Metro don’t have the immunizations they need to protect them against serious and debilitating diseases.

8/4/2004
Abramson: New EMS Director To Create National Model of Excellence in Emergency Care
Mayor Jerry Abramson today named Dr. Neal Richmond to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the new Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Service.

8/3/2004
Louisville Pride Initiative Recognizes Accomplishments of Hometown Heroes
Mayor Jerry Abramson today helped unveil 11 new murals recognizing prominent Louisvillians that will be displayed on buildings throughout the community over the next 18 months.

8/2/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton, Youth Advisory Council to hold forum
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton announced today that the District 5 Youth Advisory Council will hold an open forum with members of the Louisville Metro Police.

7/30/2004
Drop Off Service for Tree Debris Proves Popular; 50,000 Cubic Yards and Counting
More than 8,800 Louisville residents have dropped off tree debris free of charge at two temporary locations opened by Mayor Jerry Abramson to help people clean up after the recent storms.

7/29/2004
Public Works committee to focus on storm response
Representatives of local utilities and public agencies will meet with the Metro Council's Transportation/ Public Works Committee to discuss their response to power outages and other service interruptions resulting from recent storms, according to Councilman Tom Owen, chairman of the committee. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, Third Floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

7/28/2004
Consumers Choice Coffee Moves Headquarters to the West End
In a press conference with Mayor Jerry Abramson and state and local leaders, Consumers Choice Coffee’s President Bob Patterson unveiled their new facility in West Louisville that will allow the company to expand its workforce and produce line.

7/28/2004
Abramson Delivers ‘Foundation for Our Future’ Plan to Fix Long-Deferred Maintenance
Mayor Jerry Abramson today delivered a detailed plan to invest $25 million over the next three years to replace crumbling sidewalks, renovate playgrounds, repair government buildings and firehouses and resolve scores of other long-deferred maintenance needs across the community. Abramson forwarded the “Foundation for Our Future” capital program list to the Metro Council for their consideration.

7/27/2004
Tumbleweed Restaurant to Locate at Waterfront Park
Tumbleweed Southwest Grill, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Waterfront Development Corporation today announced plans to build an 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant on the riverfront as part of Phase II development of Louisville’s Waterfront Park along River Road.

7/23/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District community meeting July 27
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 27 at the PRP Fire Training Center, 8201 Greenwood Rd.

7/23/2004
Councilman Kramer named to Kentucky League of Cities’ Legislative Committee
Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer, R-11, has been appointed to the Kentucky League of Cities’ Legislative Committee.

7/22/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to join in Irish Hill clean up July 24
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join members of the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association and employees of Strand Associates to clean up Irish Hill Park beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

7/21/2004
Metro Government Adding to Mosquito Control Efforts
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced steps Louisville Metro Government is taking this summer to expand its mosquito control efforts. Abramson said for the second straight year more than 230 Metro Government employees, across eight departments, are involved in abatement efforts as part of the Mosquito Control Team or SWAT team.

7/19/2004
Councilman Johnson to hold District 21 Town Hall meeting
Councilman Dan Johnson will hold a District 21 Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Beechmont Community Center, 205 W. Wellington Ave.

7/16/2004
Abramson: City Will Open ‘Cooling Centers’ This Weekend To Help Residents Cope
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city is making available this weekend four government centers to serve as “cooling centers” and 32 other government and park facilities to help residents cope with the aftermath of this week’s storms.

7/16/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold Youth Advisory Council meeting
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a District 5 Youth Advisory Council meeting from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

7/16/2004
Mayor Announces Additional Drop-Off Site for Tree Debris from Storms; Centers Open This Sunday
Responding to public need, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the opening of a second location for homeowners to drop off tree debris free of charge.

7/14/2004
Kramer to hold neighborhood planning meeting for Breckinridge Estates
District 11 Councilman Kevin Kramer is holding a planning meeting at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Buechel Fire Station for residents of Breckinridge Estates.

7/14/2004
What to do about your food if the POWER goes out!
Do not open the refrigerator or freezer. Tell your little ones not to open the door. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods safely cold for about 4 hours.

7/12/2004
Councilman Unseld announces first meeting of Committee for a Safe and Healthy Community
Councilman George Unseld today announced that the first meeting of the recently formed Committee for a Safe and Healthy Community will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in the third floor Caucus Room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

7/12/2004
Council members Kramer and Call to hold town hall meeting July 26
District 11 Councilman Kevin Kramer and District 26 Councilwoman Ellen Call will hold a joint town hall meeting for their districts at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at St. Michael Orthodox Church.

7/12/2004
Councilman Glen Stuckel to sponsor community terrorism awareness session for District 17 residents o
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel, R-17, is sponsoring a community terrorism awareness session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Republic Bank located at 9600 Brownsboro Road.

7/9/2004
Abramson: New Department Will Increase Efficiency, Improve Service to Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has hired a woman with over three decades of management experience to oversee the consolidation of three government departments to increase efficiency and improve service.

7/9/2004
GLI, Louisville Metro Launch Web Directory Entrepreneurial 1-Stop to assist businesses Officials fro
The Metro Chamber of Commerce announced today the launch of new Web directory for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

7/9/2004
Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District Appeals Federal Judge's Decision Denying Participati
The Air Pollution Control District today asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision to deny Louisville's motion to join a federal air pollution lawsuit against Cinergy's Gallagher Plant in Floyd County, Indiana.

7/8/2004
Downard announces formation of Committee for a Safe and Healthy Community
Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard today announced the formation of a committee to focus on youth and health initiatives.

7/7/2004
Councilman Henderson to hold District 14 meeting
Councilman Bob Henderson will hold a District 14 meeting from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane. Councilman Henderson, D-14, will discuss block watches, and areas in the district needing sidewalks.

7/7/2004
Councilman Melton cancels Community Affairs meeting; sponsor pulls support for renaming Jefferson Me
Fifteenth District Councilman George Melton canceled the Community Affairs committee meeting originally scheduled for 3 p.m. today, after the sponsor of a resolution to rename the Jefferson Memorial Forest for the late President Reagan pulled his sponsorship, effectively leaving the item to die in committee.

7/7/2004
Downard calls for Health Department audit
Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard has asked the internal auditor to perform a follow-up audit on the Metro Health Department.

6/29/2004
Fourth Street Re-Opens To Vehicular Traffic After More than 30 Years
Mayor Jerry Abramson officially re-opened Fourth Street today to vehicular traffic for the first time in more than 30 years, driving in a street rod through a portion of the street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

6/25/2004
Abramson To Address U.S. Conference of Mayors; Technology, Homeland Security Are Key Topics
Mayor Jerry Abramson will discuss Louisville Metro Government’s increasing efforts to use technology to save money and provide more efficient service to citizens at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Boston.

6/24/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to hold meeting on Dixie Suburban
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge will hold a meeting for residents who are served by the Dixie Suburban fire station, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the fire house, 3605 Dixie Highway.

6/24/2004
Mayor Abramson Praises ‘Community Budget,’ Collaboration With Metro Council Members
Mayor Jerry Abramson released astatement regarding the 2004-2005 Louisville Metro Government budget adopted tonight by the Metro Council.

6/23/2004
Residents, businesses can recycle computers, cell phones, other electronic items
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations to recycle their unwanted computers, cell phones, and electronic equipment by taking advantage of an expanded program provided by Louisville Metro Government.

6/23/2004
Mayor Donates Surplus Government Cell Phones to Domestic Violence Victims
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Metro Government is donating almost 1,000 cell phones to The Center for Women and Families.

6/23/2004
MEDIA ADVISORY: BUDGET VOTE
The Metro Council is scheduled to vote tonight on Mayor Jerry Abramson’s budget proposal for the FY 2004-05 fiscal year.

6/22/2004
Replica Cruisers on Sale
LMPD replica cruisers are on sale for charity.

6/18/2004
CLARKSDALE HOPE VI RESIDENT FIRST TO BUY A HOME
Margi Decker of the Clarksdale HOPE VI housing development is the first public housing resident to purchase a home using the Section 8 for Homeownership program administered by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

6/17/2004
Airport Dedicates New Membership Club
Louisville International Airport officials, including Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, today dedicated “Altitude: A Traveler’s Club,” the airport’s new, upscale membership club.

6/16/2004
Councilman Weston to sponsor storm damage clean up of Jefferson Memorial Forest
Councilman Ron Weston and Metro Parks will sponsor a clean up of the Jefferson Memorial Forest from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19, to clear debris from the recent storms at the Horine section of the forest. Persons interested in participating should meet in the main parking lot of the Horine section, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road.

6/16/2004
Councilman Bright, Boy Scouts of America hold District 4 clean up
Councilman Willie Bright will join members of Boy Scouts of America for a District 4 clean up from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. Individuals interested in helping should meet at the Wagon Wheel, 1633 W. Kentucky Street. Volunteers will clean up from 15th to 18th Streets in the alleys between Garland Avenue and Kentucky Street, and the alleys between Kentucky Street and Breckinridge Street.

6/16/2004
Hi-Tech Mold & Tool Expands with $5.5 million Investment Expansion is First in Renaissance Zone
Officials from Hi-Tech Mold & Tool, Louisville Metro Government, and Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce announced at today’s groundbreaking ceremony the expansion of its plastic injection molding production facility in the Renaissance Zone.

6/15/2004
Louisville To Host National Preservation Conference This Fall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville will be host this fall for the 2004 National Preservation Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

6/15/2004
West Louisville lands multi-million dollar expansion
Officials from the North Atlantic Trading Company announced today it will consolidate its manufacturing operations at the company's National Tobacco distribution facility, providing an economic boost to the West Louisville community.

6/14/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to speak at Yearlings Club meeting
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will be guest speaker at the Yearlings Club June meeting. The "Chat with Cheri" will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 at the Yearlings Club building, 4309 W. Broadway.

6/11/2004
Public Health & Safety Committee will hold public hearing on escort services
The Louisville Metro Council will give the public an opportunity to voice opinions about proposed changes to escort service regulations.

6/10/2004
Councilman Bright to announce job programs
Councilman Willie Bright will join local companies, agencies and unions at a press conference Monday, June 14 to announce available job readiness programs, summer and permanent job placement, and apprenticeship opportunities in the Louisville Metro area. The announcement will take place at 11 a.m. Monday in the Mayor's Gallery, fourth floor of Metro Hall.

6/9/2004
100 Days of Heat Initiative
Kentucky State Police and Louisville Metro Police team up for "100 Days of Heat" traffic enforcement initiative to reduce the number of traffic accidents and fatalities.

6/8/2004
Committee to help build playground at Home of the Innocents
Instead of meeting about community needs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Human Services Committee is going to be rolling up its sleeves and doing something about it. Committee members will help the Home of the Innocents in its initiative to build a new playground.

6/8/2004
Councilman Heiner introduces legislation on regulation of escort services
As you drive through the Forest Springs subdivision, you’ll see homeowners mowing their lawns and children playing basketball in the driveway. If you look closer, you’ll see something else – something that seems out of place.

6/8/2004
Councilwoman Flood to hold Okolona community meeting June 23
Councilwoman Madonna Flood will hold an Okolona community meeting for residents of the area to ask questions and air concerns. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at Okolona Fire House, 8501 Preston Hwy.

6/7/2004
Heiner: Supreme Court ruling clears way for Louisville
Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, said that today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling is good news for Louisville.

6/7/2004
LOWE’S AND LOUISVILLE METRO GOVERNMENT PARTNER TO MAKE HOMES SAFE
A new public/private partnership between the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Department of Neighborhoods and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Store means that hundreds of residents will be able to make their homes more secure.

6/7/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to take part in ribbon cutting
District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new O'Reilly Auto Parts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the shop, 3700 Dixie Highway.

6/7/2004
Abramson Recruits Jobs in California
Mayor Jerry Abramson travels to California today, seeking to convince high-tech companies to expand or locate operations in Louisville. Abramson will call on leaders of seven businesses in five cities over three days.

6/4/2004
Councilmen Benson, Engel to hold public meeting on Urton Lane corridor
Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson, R-20, and Robin Engel, R-22, will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 28 at the Fern Creek Community Center to discuss the location of a proposed new corridor between Bardstown and Billtown roads.

6/4/2004
Public input on budget scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday
The public will have two opportunities to address the Louisville Metro Council as it considers the fiscal year 2005 budget for Metro Government.

6/3/2004
Abramson Named Kentucky’s Best In Magazine Survey
For the fourth time, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has been voted Kentucky’s best “Civic Leader or Politician,” according to a reader poll conducted by a statewide magazine.

6/3/2004
Terrorism Awareness Training
The LMPD Citizens' Police Academy Alumni is hosting a Terrorism Awareness Training workshop for members of the community.

6/3/2004
Abramson Announces Community-wide Anti-Litter Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson today challenged citizens and businesses to help ‘Keep It Clean’ as part of a wide-ranging community campaign aimed at reducing the tons of litter that spoil all areas of Louisville Metro.

6/2/2004
Councilman Henderson coordinates storm damage clean up of Valley Village
Councilman Bob Henderson will join crews from local companies tomorrow to remove debris and tree limbs from the Valley Village neighborhood left over from this weekend's storms.

6/2/2004
Abramson, Northup Announce Additional $20 Million for Clarksdale Revitalization Effort
Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup today announced that an additional $20 million in federal funding has been secured to ensure completion of the revitalization of the Clarksdale public housing complex over the next few years.

6/1/2004
Abramson Seeks Disaster Designation, Assesses Storm Clean-up Efforts
Mayor Jerry Abramson today asked state and federal officials for financial assistance to help cover costs related to storm clean-up and damage to government facilities based on the extensive damage to local communities in the last several days.

5/28/2004
Smoking ban defeated in Louisville
In an overwhelming victory for smoking ban opponents, the Louisville Metro Council defeated a Lexington-style smoking ordinance by a vote of 21-4, going across party lines Thursday night.

5/28/2004
Councilman Bright, House of Ruth hold District 4 clean up
Councilman Willie Bright and the House of Ruth will hold a District 4 clean up from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Volunteers should meet at the House of Ruth, 607 E. St. Catherine St. Participants will pick up debris and trash in the 600 block of Hancock Street and 1000 block of St. Catherine Street.

5/28/2004
Councilman Heiner announces budget hearing schedule
Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, announced the Metro Council’s budget hearing schedule for June.

5/27/2004
Abramson: $446 Million Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Funding Community’s Basic Needs
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a $446.5 million budget plan that puts more police officers on the street and proposes a $25 million initiative to repair deteriorating sidewalks, roads, park facilities and fire houses throughout the community.

5/27/2004
Councilman Heiner to hold meeting on scenic corridors June 7
Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, is having a public meeting at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Eastwood Fire Department to discuss designating several roads as scenic corridors.

5/26/2004
Abramson: New Marriott Illustrates Economic Progress
Overlooking a new $110 million downtown Marriott hotel under construction, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said continued investment in job growth and economic development is critical to Louisville’s future.

5/25/2004
Abramson: MetroSafe System To Be Housed In Federal Reserve Bank Building Downtown
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville Metro Government is in final negotiations to purchase one of the most secure structures in the community -- the Federal Reserve Bank Building -- to house the MetroSafe Communications System.

5/24/2004
4th Street Sidewalks Open to Pedestrians 4th Street Live! Starting to Come Alive
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Fourth Street is open for pedestrian traffic between Liberty and Muhammad Ali through the 4th Street Live! project.

5/24/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to hold meeting on Oregon Avenue fire incident
District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will hold a meeting tomorrow with fire officials and Oregon Avenue residents to discuss the recent discovery of a man's remains in a badly charred home on the street - four months after the firefighters told neighbors there was no one home during the fire.

5/24/2004
Budget Provides Funding To Reduce Toxics from Air
Mayor Jerry Abramson’s proposed budget will include $700,000 to fund intensive air monitoring and the staff necessary to execute a plan to lower air toxics emissions in Louisville.

5/21/2004
Abramson, White Unveil Redistricting Plan, Budget Proposal Puts More Officers On Streets
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White today unveiled a redistricting plan and elements of a budget proposal that will improve community safety by putting more officers out in neighborhoods and deploying them more effectively.

5/21/2004
Louisville Metro Police Department New Patrol Divisions
Louisville Metro Police announce new patrol divisions to increase public safety

5/20/2004
Engel urges school board to approve Advance Program Center at Fern Creek Traditional High School
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel, R-22, will attend the Jefferson County School Board meeting Monday to advocate starting an advanced program at Fern Creek Traditional High School.

5/20/2004
Six members of Louisville Metro Council sponsor effort to restore funds to popular suburban communit
Six members of the Louisville Metro Council are leading an effort to restore some funding to the suburban community gardens used by residents in their districts.

5/19/2004
Public Health & Safety Committee votes against smoking ban
The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee voted unanimously against a smoking ban today.

5/19/2004
Connecting Kids with Computers
LMPD Fifth District to Connect Kids with Computers.

5/18/2004
Abramson: Taser Guns for Louisville Police Will Improve Safety of Officers, Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that his budget plan will include funding to equip all patrol officers with Taser Guns, giving the police another non-lethal weapon to fight crime.

5/18/2004
Councilwoman Flood sponsors Okolona spring clean-up on May 22
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Madonna Flood will join members of local non-profit groups and individuals for an Okolona spring clean-up from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday.

5/17/2004
Council members introduce resolution to preserve rural character of districts; It would be first sce
Country roads that wind around lush green vegetation and are framed by a canopy of trees – this may not be the first image that comes to mind when you think of America’s 16th largest city.

5/17/2004
Council to hold special meeting for mayor’s budget address
Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard has called a special council meeting for 4 p.m. May 27.

5/17/2004
Louisville Metro Council members sponsor resolution in support of suburban cities, fire protection d
Twenty-five members of the Louisville Metro Council filed a resolution this week in support of suburban cities and fire protection districts.

5/14/2004
Louisville Metro Council united in support for additional library funding
All 26 members of the Louisville Metro Council signed a letter in support of additional library funding. That letter was sent to Mayor Jerry Abramson today.

5/13/2004
Councilwoman Flood to dedicate playground equipment
Councilwoman Madonna Flood will dedicate new playground equipment at Blue Lick Elementary School during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 9801 Blue Lick Road.

5/12/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to host Pet Overpopulation Summit
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, along with Mayor Jerry Abramson and Pet Groups United, a Louisville-based coalition of animal welfare and protection organizations, will host the Louisville Pet Overpopulation Summit: Strategies for Creating Humane & Non-Violent Neighborhoods from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at the Bill Collins Ford Antique Car Galleria, 4220 Bardstown Rd.

5/11/2004
Councilman Bright to cut ribbon on Dosker Manor Stop & Shop
Fourth District Councilman Willie Bright will help cut the ribbon on the new 'Café Dosker Stop & Shop' at noon on Wednesday at Dosker Manor, 413 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a tour of the store and reception.

5/11/2004
Councilman Bright sponsors 4th District alley cleanup
Councilman Willie Bright and his staff will join area residents and young people from Youth A Live, Inc. for an alley cleanup in the California neighborhood. The cleanup begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Park Community Center, 23rd and Kentucky St. (In the event of rain, the clean up will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location).

5/10/2004
Mayor to Host Informational Public Meeting
Louisville Metro to Initiate All Hazards Mitigation Planning Effort

5/10/2004
Louisville Community Development Bank and Frost Brown Todd Receive $62.5 Million Tax Credit Allocati
Today, U.S. Representative Anne Northup and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced that the Louisville Community Development Bank, in partnership with Frost Brown Todd LLC, has received a $62.5 New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

5/10/2004
Republican Caucus of Louisville Metro Council sponsors resolution in support of suburban cities, fir
Disturbed by comments made last week about eliminating suburban cities, the Republican Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council filed a resolution today in support of those cities and fire districts.

5/10/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to sponsor self defense classes for women
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, will sponsor "Touch Me Not," a series of self defense classes for women. The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, May 25th and May 27th at Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

5/10/2004
Councilman Johnson urges PSC to hold rate increase hearing in Louisville
Councilman Dan Johnson has asked the members of the Kentucky Public Service Commission to hold at least one hearing in Louisville on a proposed rate increase sought by the Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities.

5/10/2004
Air quality work group to meet Tuesday
District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge announced today that the Louisville Metro Council work group studying air quality will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

5/6/2004
Councilwoman Shanklin earns doctorate in education
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, earned her doctorate of philosophy in education this week from Spalding University, after defending her dissertation, "African American Males and Factors that Lead to Capital Punishment."

5/5/2004
Budget Will Require Tough Choices
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that Louisville Metro Government faces an increase of $20 million in mandated costs - such as union salary increases and rising health insurance premiums - forcing a continued search for savings in next year’s budget.

5/4/2004
Abramson Names Former Ill. Corrections Official To Serve As Head of Metropolitan Corrections
Mayor Jerry Abramson today named an official with nearly 25 years of experience as the new director of the Metropolitan Department of Corrections.

5/3/2004
Councilwoman Adams appointed to federal EPA committee
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams, R-18, has been appointed to serve on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee.

5/3/2004
Louisville Joins Lawsuit Against Cinergy For Emissions
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville is seeking to join a federal lawsuit against Cinergy Corp. because emissions at its Gallagher Utility Plant violate clean air standards, threatening the community’s health.

5/3/2004
Council members organize volunteers for Repair Affair in their districts
A fresh coat of paint, a door and windows that need to be repaired -- those are the jobs that Christy Mattingly needs completed on her home.

4/28/2004
Abramson Dedicates New Vettiner Park Playground, Announces Improvements
Mayor Jerry Abramson today dedicated $100,000 worth of playground equipment at Vettiner Park, which now has one of the largest playgrounds in the parks system.

4/26/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District Dialogue in April
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District Dialogue at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Kerrick Elementary School, 2210 Upper Hunters Trace, to continue discussion of plans for increasing safety in the neighborhoods.

4/23/2004
Hamilton to serve as panelist for African-American summit
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will serve as a panelist for the Kentucky African-American Agenda Summit, hosted by the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO). The summit begins at 9 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at Walnut Street Community Center, 1600 Walnut Street, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

4/23/2004
Hamilton to serve as panelist for African-American summit
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will serve as a panelist for the Kentucky African-American Agenda Summit, hosted by the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO). The summit begins at 9 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at Walnut Street Community Center, 1600 Walnut Street, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

4/21/2004
Grant Funding Will Help Make Government Buildings, Community Safer
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro government has received about $3 million in grant funding to provide security upgrades for government buildings and facilities.

4/21/2004
4th Street Live! Site Plans Released
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company released today a preliminary site and tenant location plan, along with a schedule of projected tenant openings for the 4th Street Live! development.

4/20/2004
4th Street Live! Announces 7 New Tenants
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of seven tenants to 4th Street Live!

4/19/2004
Air quality work group reschedules tour of Lees Lane Landfill for Tuesday
The Louisville Metro Council work group studying air quality has rescheduled its tour of the Lee's Lane Landfill for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, the group's chairwoman. The landfill is located at the end of Lees Lane, close to the Ohio river.

4/19/2004
BRIGHTSIDE TEAMS-UP WITH VOLUNTEERS TO BEAUTIFY LOUISVLLE FOR DERBY
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Bank One will kick off the Brightside/Bank One Pre-Derby Cleanup on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Square, located at Sixth and Jefferson Streets across from Metro Hall.

4/19/2004
Stepped Up Efforts To Clean Up Community with Corrections Crews
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has increased the number of crews from the Corrections Center - working seven days a week for the first time - that are picking up trash along major roadways in Louisville.

4/16/2004
Revitalization Plan for Newburg Unveiled
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a $2 million revitalization plan for Newburg – a comprehensive housing program designed to increase home ownership rates, property values and opportunities for young people in the historic suburb.

4/13/2004
Consolidation of Banking Business Leads to Savings for Taxpayers
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that two banks have been selected to provide banking for Louisville Metro Government – a process that will result in savings over the next five years of more than $800,000.

4/13/2004
National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Committee to meet in Louisville
LOUISVILLE – The National League of Cities’ Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee will meet Friday and Saturday in Louisville.

4/12/2004
Future Development Plans Unveiled For Technology Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled details for revitalization efforts at Technology Park, which will include the expansion of several existing tenants and plans for new retail developments that will result in additional jobs.

4/12/2004
Tour of Lees Lane Landfill canceled due to rain
Due to rain, the Metro Council work group studying air quality has canceled its tour of the Lee's Lane Landfill originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

4/9/2004
Phone Book Recycling Program Begins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and businesses to recycle their old phone books by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

4/9/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to take part in ribbon cutting for senior housing
District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will take part in a ribbon cutting for the new senior housing facility at St. Matthias Unity Manor. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at the facility, 2206 Dixie Highway.

4/9/2004
Air quality work group to tour Lees Lane Landfill Tuesday
The Louisville Metro Council work group studying air quality will tour the Lee's Lane Landfill beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The landfill is located at the end of Lees Lane, close to the Ohio river.

4/7/2004
New Residence Inn Louisville Downtown Breaks Ground
A groundbreaking ceremony attended by Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and other local dignitaries was held today to announce the construction of the new Residence Inn by Marriott Louisville Downtown scheduled to open April 2005, just in time for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

4/7/2004
Abramson Announces Neighborhood Mobile Workshops
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the Workshops on Wheels (WOW) program, a mobile learning experience designed to connect citizens with other neighborhoods throughout Louisville Metro.

4/7/2004
Retail Conference Will Highlight Louisville’s Expanding Retail Opportunities
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said an upcoming regional retail conference will give Louisville the chance to showcase for national businesses the promising retail opportunities available in the community.

4/7/2004
Team to Investigate Incidents Involving Animal Cruelty
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the creation of a special unit – involving officials from multiple Louisville Metro departments -- to investigate cases involving animal cruelty.

4/6/2004
New date for District 15 neighborhood meeting
Councilman George Melton announced today that the District 15 neighborhood meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the Salvation Army at Wyandotte Park, 1010 Beecher Street.

4/5/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to dedicate new Hopewell Park
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join neighborhood children and local officials to dedicate the playground at the new Hopewell Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. The park is located at 509 North Birchwood Ave., north of Brownsboro Road, behind the Clifton Heights Baptist Church on Cleveland Boulevard.

4/5/2004
Councilmen Heiner, Benson to hold town hall meeting
Louisville Metro Councilmen Hal Heiner, District 19, and Stuart Benson, District 20, will hold a town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the Middletown Fire District, 108 Urton Lane.

4/5/2004
Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Louisville Zoo invite you to celebrate Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, April 24.

4/5/2004
Councilman Stuckel to hold District 17 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel has organized a District 17 cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17.

4/2/2004
Councilwoman Adams to hold District 18 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams has organized a District 18 cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17.

4/1/2004
Councilwoman Hamilton to hold District 5 community meeting
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will hold a District 5 Spring Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13th at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway.

3/31/2004
Councilman Engel to hold public forum on community issues April 13
Councilman Robin Engel will hold a public town forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Fern Creek Community Center, 6104 Fern Creek Road.

3/30/2004
Downard: Metro Council to give back $200,000; next year’s proposed budget also unveiled
Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard announced today that the Council will return $200,000 of its administration budget to the Metro Government’s General Fund.

3/30/2004
Abramson: Solid Waste Districts Merged To Create Greater Efficiencies
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the former city and county solid waste departments have merged to form the new Metro Solid Waste Management Department. Robert Schindler, who ran the county Waste Management District and who has more than 20 years of experience in local government, will serve as director of the new department, Abramson said.

3/29/2004
Abramson: Hamilton Appointed to Run MetroSafe Initiative, Emergency Management
Doug Hamilton is the new executive director of the MetroSafe Communications initiative that will link the community’s emergency first responders, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

3/29/2004
Downard: Metro Council won’t spend $200,000; money will return to General Fund; next year’s proposed
Louisville Metro Council President Kelly Downard announced today that the Council will not spend $200,000 of its administration budget to the Metro Government’s General Fund.

3/24/2004
Councilman Melton to hold District 15 neighborhood meeting
Councilman George Melton will hold a District 15 neighborhood meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 at the Salvation Army at Wyandotte Park, 1010 Beecher Street.

3/24/2004
Councilwoman Woolridge to host Spring Town Meeting
District 3 Councilwoman Mary Woolridge will host a Spring Town Meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at Johnson Traditional Middle School, 2509 Wilson Ave. Citizens should enter through the main entrance, Door 1, and follow signs to the auditorium.

3/23/2004
More Companies Sign On To Mayor’s ‘Adopt-A-Park’ Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that two companies have joined the “Adopt-A-Park” initiative – an pilot program designed to get corporate citizens and neighborhood groups involved in preserving and enhancing the community’s 122 parks.

3/23/2004
Abramson Announces First Commercial Tenant for Park DuValle
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the first commercial tenant in the nationally recognized mixed-income Park DuValle neighborhood – a Soupy’s Deli

3/22/2004
Councilman Henderson to hold 14th District Clean Up
Councilman Bob Henderson will hold a 14th District Clean Up from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The clean up will target the main arteries in the district, including Greenwood Road; Terry Lane; Ashby Lane; Bethany Lane; Greenbelt Highway; Johnsontown Road; Watson Lane and Lower River Road.

3/19/2004
Abramson, Officials Re-Open Aiken Road Bridge; Project Will Provide Safer Access for Residents
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other elected officials today re-opened the Aiken Road Bridge, an eight-month, $1.9 million construction project that will make it much easier – and safer – for residents in eastern Louisville to access the Gene Snyder Freeway and other major roads.

3/18/2004
Abramson Names Veteran Official To Lead Louisville Zoo
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has named John T. Walczak as the new Director of the Louisville Zoo.

3/17/2004
Louisville Metro Hits ‘Government E-Bay’ For On-line Sale of Surplus Property, Vehicles
Louisville Metro Government is putting surplus vehicles – and other property -- on the Information Superhighway, seeking a better return for taxpayers.

3/17/2004
Multicultural Guide Highlights Diverse Louisville Community
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the “Louisville Multicultural Visitor 2004-2005,” a 63-page booklet that highlights the community’s increasingly diverse neighborhoods and businesses.

3/17/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to join in Frankfort Avenue Cleanup
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will join neighbors and volunteers for the Frankfort Avenue Spring Cleanup from 9 am. until noon on Saturday, March 27. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Ave.

3/16/2004
Abramson Announces New Initiative to Improve Access to Health Care for Uninsured Adults
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced a new health initiative today for uninsured adults ages 19-64 in Louisville Metro whose incomes are at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

3/15/2004
Summer Lunch 2004 Planning Underway CAP Now Accepting Site Applications
The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP)- has begun preparations for the 2004 Summer Lunch Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Division of School & Community Nutrition of the KY Department of Education.

3/15/2004
Abramson: One Month Left for Tax Filing, EITC Benefits Available to Many Residents
People have exactly one month left to find out if they’re eligible for thousands of dollars in benefits as part of the Earned Income Tax Credit

3/12/2004
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 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 15th in the Metro Council Chambers, third floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

3/11/2004
Owen, Ward-Pugh to host joint community forum
Eighth District Councilman Tom Owen and Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will host a joint community forum on Saturday, March 20th at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee, snacks and socializing, and the program will run from 10 a.m. until noon.

3/11/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to speak at social work conference
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will be a guest speaker Friday at the biannual meeting of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Kentucky chapter.

3/11/2004
Councilman Benson to hold District 20 cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Stuart Benson is organizing a District 20 cleanup, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 3.

3/5/2004
Air quality work group to meet Tuesday
The Louisville Metro Council work group studying air quality will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the first floor conference room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

3/5/2004
Carol Butler Leaving Mayor's Office for Family Business
Carol Butler, a Senior Assistant to Mayor Jerry Abramson and Director of Community Relations and Events for metro government, will retire from her staff position on May 1 to rejoin her husband as a partner in their family book publishing business, Butler Books.

3/5/2004
District 5 Youth Advisory Council to hold first meeting
Fifth District Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton's District 5 Youth Advisory Council will hold an organizational meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway.

3/4/2004
LUCKY STRIKE LANES TO OPEN AT 4th STREET LIVE
The unveiling of Lucky Strike at 4th Street Live, with its cutting edge combination of dining, bowling, and multi-media art, follows enormously successful premieres in Hollywood and Orange County, CA

3/3/2004
Citigroup chooses Louisville for major expansion $35.8 million call center project will create 1,600
This morning, officials from Citi Cards, part of Citigroup, Inc., announced they have chosen Louisville as a site for expansion of its credit cards operations which would add up to 1,600 new jobs to the community, making it one of the region's largest job-creation announcements in the past five years.

3/3/2004
$250,000 for layoff assistance to be provided to Louisville-based workers
Laid-off workers in Louisville will have a chance for more education and training assistance as they make plans to reenter the workforce.

3/2/2004
Comedy Club, Island Themed Bar To Join 4th Street Live!
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of Rascals Comedy Club and Funky Parrot to the 4th Street Live! district.

3/1/2004
Court Filing Maintains Louisville Metro
A brief filed today by Louisville Metro Government asks a U.S. Federal District Court judge to consider a recently amended plan for meeting federal air quality mandates as an alternative to reinstituting the now-defunct Vehicle Emissions Testing program.

3/1/2004
Abramson Signs Adult Entertainment Ordinance
Mayor Jerry Abramson has signed the adult entertainment ordinance approved last week by the Metro Council.

2/27/2004
Red Cheetah to Join 4th Street Live! Lineup
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of Red Cheetah, an upscale lounge and dance club, and Bartini’s martini bar to the 4th Street Live! district.

2/24/2004
Committee to recognize African American pioneers
The Louisville Metro Council's Minority Affairs Committee will celebrate Black History Month by honoring African Americans who have been pioneers in the community's history.

2/23/2004
Mayor Announces Pothole-Patching Blitz
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government has launched a comprehensive blitz of pothole repairs coinciding with the peak pothole season.

2/20/2004
Work group to study air quality to meet Tuesday
A Public Health and Safety Committee work group studying air quality will hold an organizational meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Third Floor Caucus Room of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.

2/20/2004
Councilman Blackwell to hold 12th District Dialogue in February
Councilman Rick Blackwell will hold a 12th District Dialogue at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Shacklette Elementary School, 5310 Mercury Dr., to gather community input into plans for increasing safety in district neighborhoods.

2/19/2004
Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold public meeting for District 17 residents on March 8
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel is holding a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 8 to update residents on Metro Government issues.

2/19/2004
Councilman Engel hold public meeting about scenic corridors for District 22 on Feb. 23
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel will hold a public meeting on possible scenic corridors at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Fern Creek Community Center.

2/18/2004
Mayor Announces Transfer of Old Naval Ordnance, Raytheon’s Plan to Extend Lease and Add Jobs
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the transfer of the old Naval Ordnance Station property – now called Technology Park of Greater Louisville – to a city-appointed authority, clearing the way for a revitalization designed to attract more than 1,000 new jobs in retail, manufacturing and light industrial work. Under the property transfer agreement, Raytheon Systems Co., a major U.S. defense contractor and the largest employer on the site, committed to extending its lease an additional 10 years.

2/12/2004
Louisville, State, Congressional Representatives To Meet with EPA Officials in Atlanta
- A contingent including Mayor Jerry Abramson’s top environmental advisers, a representative from U.S. Congresswoman Anne Northup’s office and state environmental leaders will meet with leading EPA officials in Atlanta tomorrow to discuss alternatives for meeting federal air quality mandates.

2/10/2004
Abramson: New Program Will Help Move Homeless Toward Self-Sufficiency
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he will target $1 million over the next two years on a program designed to move more homeless families toward self-sufficiency.

2/10/2004
Science Center announces $6.7 million capital campaign
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congresswoman Anne Northup joined Louisville Science Center leaders today in announcing the public phase of a $6.7 million, multi-purpose capital campaign that will fund a major new permanent exhibit and provide for future growth, education and financial stability.

2/9/2004
Councilman Bright to cut ribbon on Dosker Manor Stop & Shop
Fourth District Councilman Willie Bright will help cut the ribbon on the new 'Café Dosker Stop & Shop' at noon on Wednesday at Dosker Manor, 413 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a tour of the store and reception.

2/4/2004
Abramson: Reducing False Alarms Will Save Money, Increase Efficiency and Safety
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a proposal to reduce the incidences of false alarms in the community, a problem that costs taxpayers $500,000 and police more than 19,000 work hours each year.

1/29/2004
Abramson: City Will Seek EPA Approval of Environmental Plan Without VET
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said he is directing the Air Pollution Control District to immediately begin development of a revised environmental compliance plan without bringing back the VET.

1/23/2004
Revitalization of College Industry Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the construction of two flex-space buildings in College Industrial Park and the creation of a new loan program to stimulate development of the community’s brownfields.

1/23/2004
T.G.I. Friday’s To Join 4th Street Live! Line-up
Mayor Jerry Abramson and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant and bar to 4th Street Live!

1/22/2004
Metro Council taskforce files ordinance to overhaul adult entertainment regulations
The Louisville Metro Council’s task force on adult entertainment introduced an ordinance to overhaul adult entertainment regulations. It will receive its first reading at Thursday’s council meeting.

1/21/2004
Seventeen council members recognize Respect for Life Day
Seventeen members of the Louisville Metro Council today gave their support for Respect for Life Day.

1/20/2004
Councilmen Blackwell, Henderson to hold meeting on Greenwood Road expansion
Twelfth District Councilman Rick Blackwell and 14th District Councilman Bob Henderson will hold a community meeting to discuss the state's expansion plans for Greenwood Road. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the cafeteria of Greenwood Elementary, 4801 Greenwood Road.

1/16/2004
Abramson Asks Task Force to Recommend Best Alternatives for Improving Air Quality
Mayor Jerry Abramson today asked his newly appointed Air Quality Task Force to recommend alternatives to the now-defunct Vehicle Emissions Testing program that will help Louisville improve air quality and meet stricter Washington mandates.

1/16/2004
Shanklin, Hawkins to discuss focus of Minority Affairs committee
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and Councilman Doug Hawkins will discuss the focus of the newly created Minority Affair Committee during a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

1/15/2004
Downard names Metro Council committee chairs, vice chairs
Metro Council President Kelly Downard today named the new committee chairs and vice chairs for all committees. In addition, Downard announced the formation of a second new committee – Minority Affairs.

1/14/2004
Council to establish human services committee to address family, social issues
The headlines are startling: domestic violence is the No. 1 crime in Jefferson County; the school system includes 4,600 homeless students; substance abuse ruins lives and tears families apart; and thousands of families fight to make ends meant because child support obligations are not met.

1/14/2004
Louisville Asset Building Coalition announces free tax assistance campaign
The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) announced its 2004 FREE TAX PREPARATION SITES during a press conference with the Mayor at Metro Hall on Wednesday.

1/14/2004
Abramson Names Director of Office for Women
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Maria Gabriela Alcalde will serve as Director of the Louisville Metro Office for Women.

1/12/2004
Resolution introduced to examine zoning adult entertainment businesses in industrial areas
The Louisville Metro Council’s task force on adult entertainment has introduced its first piece of legislation to change the way the community regulates adult entertainment.

1/12/2004
‘Mayor’s Community Conversations’ Will Continue Giving Citizens a Voice in 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the 2004 schedule for the “Mayor’s Community Conversations,” monthly meetings that last year allowed hundreds of citizens to talk directly with Louisville Metro government leaders and department directors.

1/9/2004
Leading Wall St. Agency Gives Top Rating To New Louisville Government
A leading Wall Street agency has given Louisville Metro Government its second highest credit rating, putting the new government among the highest rated local governments in America.

1/8/2004
Councilmen Engel, Benson to hold public meeting about Fern Creek Park improvements on Jan. 12
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel, District 20 Stuart Benson and Louisville Metro Parks will meet with area residents to obtain feedback on the proposed Fern Creek Park master plan at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fern Creek Community Center.

1/8/2004
Downard announces he will run for Metro Council president
Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, announced today that he is running for Metro Council president. The vote will be held at the council’s organization session Thursday.

1/7/2004
Abramson: Consolidated EMS Will Be Medically Driven, More Effective
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he is consolidating the community’s two EMS systems to create a single, more responsive agency for the entire Louisville Metro.

1/6/2004
Abramson: First Year Important Foundation for Community’s Future
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said in the first year of merged government great strides were made in laying a “foundation for a more efficient, effective government and a stronger, more vibrant community.”

1/6/2004
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh to facilitate WOMENomics forum
Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will facilitate a roundtable discussion on women in politics and how it relates to the needs and issues facing women in the workplace, as part of a Womenomics forum, sponsored by Business and Professional Women/ USA and the BPW Foundation. The forum will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the University of Louisville's University Club, Belknap Campus.

1/2/2004
State Funding Formula Workgroup to meet Monday
The State Funding Formula Workgroup will hold its next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the third floor conference room at City Hall.