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Metro Newsroom - 2009 Archive


12/31/2009
Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2010
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make city government accessible to citizens will continue next year. Abramson said the final “Mayor’s Community Conversations” of 2010 – and his last as Mayor of Louisville – will be held November 15 in the new downtown arena at Second and Main.

12/30/2009
Mayor Unveils Top 10 Accomplishments of 2009
From overcoming two natural disasters to creating hundreds of new jobs at GE Appliance Park, 2009 was a year of challenges and progress for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

12/30/2009
Minority Caucus Releases Summary of 2009 Council Accomplishments and Metro’s Missed Opportunities
Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus has issued a summary of what they consider “legislative accomplishments” by the Metro Council in 2009. The summary is grouped into three areas the council focused attention on for the past year. The caucus’ summary is listed below (also available as an attachment). For more information on this summary please contact Stephen Haag at 574-1204 or via e-mail at steve.haag@louisvilleky.gov.

12/30/2009
Metro Council remembers the public service of Denver Butler
The Louisville Metro Council extends it sympathy to the family of Denver Butler who passed away on Tuesday, December 30th at his home.

12/29/2009
Mayor Announces New Adopt-A-Park Partners
On Monday, December 27 at Boone Square Park, Mayor Jerry Abramson unveiled a plaque recognizing the work of one of 10 new partners in the city’s Adopt-A-Park program.

12/23/2009
City Insulating, Improving Efficiency of 300 Homes
Hershel Fugett lives in an older home that is difficult — and expensive — to heat during winter. But, thanks to federal stimulus dollars, he’s getting insulation and other improvements that will make his house much more efficient and will reduce his heating bill, which averages $200 to $300.

12/22/2009
Unwrapping New Electronics? Recycle the Old Ones
Mayor Jerry Abramson encouraged families who might be receiving new computers, televisions or video game systems for the holidays to recycle outdated electronics through CyberCycle, the city’s electronics recycling program.

12/22/2009
Mayor Reminds Residents to Recycle Christmas Trees
Mayor Jerry Abramson is reminding residents to recycle their natural Christmas trees, turning them into nutrient-rich mulch at no cost, following the holidays.

12/22/2009
Louisville’s Olmsted Parkways Receive 319 New Trees
LOUISVILLE (December 22, 2009) – Louisville’s historic Olmsted Parkways are getting a healthy dose of new trees.

12/21/2009
Metro Animal Services Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy This Holiday Season
The holidays are here! Tis’ the season to keep your furry friends in mind while you are decorating and entertaining. Many of these common holiday items can be harmful to your pets.

12/21/2009
H1N1 Vaccine Available to All
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness today announced it will be offering immunization clinics for anyone interested in obtaining the H1N1 vaccine.

12/20/2009
Hamilton and Metro Council approve $25,000 for Dismas Charities Foreverfamily program
The Louisville Metro Council has given its approval to $25,000 in funding for an important program to help inmates who are soon to be released from jail become better fathers and stay involved with their children and the community.

12/20/2009
Majority Caucus will not meet until January 2009
The Majority Caucus on the Louisville Metro Council will not met again until the first week of January 2010

12/18/2009
Governor, Mayor Announce $100 Million for Land to Move Bridges Project Forward
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the sale of $100 million in bonds for the Ohio River Bridges project today – a move they called critical for creating tangible, immediate progress on the enormous infrastructure plan.

12/18/2009
Councilman Downard files Resolution Regarding Kentucky League of Cities
Metro Councilman Kelly Downard has filed a new resolution calling for the suspension of future payments and reduction of membership dues for participants of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC). The resolution (attached) calls for Metro Government to suspend future payments to KLC until they meet the 30 findings outlined within the report issued by the office of the State Auditor.

12/18/2009
Proposed Title V Construction Permits for GE
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Kosmos Cement Company to revise monitoring requirements on the clinker feeder baghouse.

12/17/2009
Metro Parks designates seven hills for winter sledding
With school-aged children reaching their winter break and potential winter weather on the way, Metro Parks wants to remind the public it will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

12/17/2009
Shanklin gives gift to area school children with new playground facilities
New playground equipment and a new sports facility have become a reality for two elementary schools and a middle school in Metro Council District 2. Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) won approval for $100,000 in improvements for area school children.

12/16/2009
Mayor Joins Brookings Forum in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Jerry Abramson is participating in a federal, interagency roundtable discussion hosted by the respected public policy think-tank, the Brookings Institution.

12/15/2009
Green to be honored by the Metro Disability Coalition
Metro Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will join several honorees on Wednesday, December 16th for a very special event. The Metro Disability Coalition will present her with its 2009 Merit award for her work with disabled children

12/14/2009
GE to Make New "Smart" Washers and Dryers in Louisville
GE’s Consumer & Industrial division announced today that it plans to manufacture high-end energy efficient front load washer and dryers in Louisville at GE’s Appliance Park beginning in 2012, helping create more than 430 new jobs at the Louisville operation.

12/14/2009
Metro Parks winter basketball league sign-ups underway
LOUISVILLE (Dec. 14, 2009) – Metro Parks is accepting team registrations through December 30 for adult basketball leagues at Cyril Allgeier Community Center, located behind the Louisville Zoo, off Poplar Level Road at 4101 Cadillac Court.

12/14/2009
Hamilton and District 5 Advisory Committee are ready for special holiday cheer
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is issuing an invitation to residents to enjoy the yuletide seasons at the Annual District 5 Holiday Reception on Friday, December 18th.

12/11/2009
Owen to seek Metro Council Presidency in 2010
Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) has indicated to members of the Louisville Metro Council that he plans to seek the Presidency of the Council in January, 2010.

12/11/2009
Barbershop Health Fair
Public Health & Wellness to Sponsor Barbershop Health Fair

12/11/2009
Henderson invites District 14 residents to Holiday Party at Sun Valley Community Center
Now that the holiday season is here, the Sun Valley Community Center is once again ready to roll some seasonal cheer with its Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 18th. “This is a fun time for children and the parents but everyone is invited to come out and help Sun Valley enjoy this holiday period,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).

12/10/2009
17,600 Vaccinated In School Campaign First Week
More than 17,000 Vaccinated during First Week of H1N1 Immunizations in Schools

12/10/2009
New Businesses Coming Near Downtown Arena
Two new businesses opening near the downtown arena are among four companies receiving small-business loans this month from Louisville Metro Government.

12/10/2009
Mayor Meets With Small Business Leaders on Jobs, Recovery
At the request of President Barack Obama, Mayor Jerry Abramson today hosted a round-table meeting of small business leaders to brainstorm ideas for creating jobs and speeding economic recovery.

12/10/2009
Beshear, Abramson Announce Hundreds of New Jobs
Gov. Steve Beshear today joined Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to announce that innovative state business incentive programs could help create more than 1,100 new jobs and maintain another 1,400 jobs in Kentucky.

12/9/2009
Ethics Work Group invited to discuss ordinances with League of Women Voters
Members of the Metro Council’s Ethics Work Group have been invited to give an update of their work to the League of Women Voters on Monday, December 14th. “We have been asked by the League to talk about our review of two proposed ordinances which look at updating the Metro Government Ethics law,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)

12/8/2009
Woolridge and Welch to be honored by Project One Inc. for outstanding community service
Two members of the Louisville Metro Council will be honored for outstanding community service on Tuesday night when Project One Inc. holds its 24th Annual Awards of Excellence Banquet at the Ali Center.

12/8/2009
Find Great Holiday Gifts While Supporting Local Parks and Recreation Programs
LOUISVILLE (December 8, 2009) – Metro Parks has a wide array of possibilities for those who are searching for that perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer this season, including golf and swim passes and gift certificates to classes at the Metro Arts Center.

12/8/2009
RecoverCare Relocates Corp Headquarters to Louisville
RecoverCare, a leading distributor of wound care and bariatric equipment, today announced that it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to Louisville.

12/4/2009
Welch and Fairdale Community Club bring Santa Land to District 13 children on Dec. 17th
The Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole will get some help in taking care of District 13 children this year when Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and the Fairdale Community Club once again host “Santa Land” on Thursday, December 17th

12/4/2009
Councilman James Peden to take part in Highview Holiday Fest
District 23 Councilman James Peden will take part in the annual Highview Holiday Fest on December 11, 2009. The event will be held at the Central Government Center (7201 Outer Loop) & Highview Park on the Outer Loop from 6-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Highview Business Association, Councilman James Peden and the Fern Creek Highview United Ministries.

12/3/2009
Metro Council resolution supports 1300 Swift jobs for Louisville’s economy
By a vote of 23 to 2, the Louisville Metro Council has passed a resolution in support of the JB Swift Company and its 1300 jobs and operations in Butchertown

12/3/2009
Tandy and Salvation Army to distribute clothing to Flash Flood Victims in December
Workers in four downtown Louisville office buildings in a matter of a few weeks have collected more than 40 boxes of clothing to help the victims of the August 4th flooding who are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

12/3/2009
MetroCall Moves to its New Home on Barret Avenue
Louisville’s 24-hour customer service center is on the move this week. MetroCall 311 is re-locating from its current facility at 400 S First Street to its new headquarters at 768 Barret Avenue.

12/3/2009
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel to Host Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a District 17 Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road).

12/2/2009
Ward-Pugh to honor Pride of Kentucky Chorus Thursday
Thursday’s Metro Council meeting will be a special treat for those who love to hear the beautiful harmony of the Sweet Adelines. In this case, the Pride of Kentucky Chorus will be the guests of Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9).

12/2/2009
Citizens Can Search City Expenditures Online
With a few clicks, Louisville residents can now see exactly how city government is spending their tax dollars, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today. City expenditures for thousands of items and services can be found on the new “Louisville Checkbook” tool at the city’s website – www.louisvilleky.gov.

12/1/2009
Dec 10 Open House Offers Chance to Learn More About Louisville Loop, Community Walkability
LOUISVILLE (December 1, 2009) – A West Louisville open house on December 10 offers a detailed look at existing and planned sections of the Louisville Loop, as well as information on "walkability" assessments recently completed in three urban neighborhoods.

11/30/2009
Historic Locust Grove to host Candlelight Tour
Locust Grove will host their annual Holiday Candlelight Tour Friday, December 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m, and on Saturday, December 12, with new extended hours are 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

11/25/2009
Petersburg Park gets ready for “Light Up Newburg” on December 5th
With the holiday season now upon Metro Louisville, Petersburg Park will soon join many other locations to throw the festive switch for “Light Up Newburg” on Saturday, December 5th.

11/24/2009
District 1 Seniors invited to “Lunch, Learn and Chat” with Councilwoman Green
Senior Citizens in District 1 will have an easier opportunity to ask questions and learn what is going on in their district thanks to Councilwoman Judith Green. “Instead of seniors having to find a way to attend one of my regular community meetings, we are taking the meeting to them,” says Green.

11/24/2009
Metro Council Members and PRIDE Inc to host annual Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner
Once again, several members of the Louisville Metro Council, along with PRIDE Inc and the New Jerusalem Church will host the Annual Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 26th

11/24/2009
School H1N1 Immunizations to Begin Monday, Nov. 30
School H1N1 Immunizations to Begin Monday

11/23/2009
Majority Caucus will not meet on Thursday
The majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will not meet this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday

11/23/2009
Holiday Homes Needed for Orphaned Animals at Metro Animal Services

11/19/2009
District 14 puts out a call for volunteers for VITA Tax Program in 2010
For a third year, the call is going out for volunteers to help with the VITA Tax Program in 2010. “This is a great program that helps households take advantage of all the tax breaks they are entitled too,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “But we need volunteers for this program to be cost effective and beneficial to our area.”

11/19/2009
H1N1 Clinic to Be Held Nov 24
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold another clinic to immunize those at high-risk from H1N1 flu.The walk-in clinic will be held Tuesday November 24 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church located at 1501 S. 34th St. The clinic will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. as long as vaccine supply lasts. No appointments are necessary.

11/18/2009
Metro Councilmember’s Robin Engel and Stuart Benson to attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Metro Councilmember’s Robin Engel (District 22) and Stuart Benson (District 20) will be attending a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the new Walgreen’s store located at 6620 Bardstown Road at the corner of Bardstown Road and Beulah Church Road.

11/18/2009
Toyota Supports Louisville ECHO Environmental Education Program
Some of Mary Minyard’s students have so little opportunity to interact with nature that walking into the woods can be an overwhelming experience.

11/18/2009
Councilman Jon Ackerson to Propose Using Reserves to Pay for Firefighter Settlement
Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson (District 18) will hold a press conference to announce his sponsorship of an ordinance that will require rainy day funds be used to pay for the recent settlement by Metro Government in a dispute between old City of Louisville and 834 active and retired Firefighters.

11/18/2009
Small Business Loans to Help Renovate Buildings
A new restaurant in Butchertown and a building renovation project on East Market street are companies awarded small-business loans recently by Louisville Metro Government.

11/17/2009
H1N1 Clinic to Be Held Saturday Nov 21
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold another clinic to immunize those at high-risk from H1N1 flu. The Department has 3,000 vaccine doses available for this clinic - about 1,500 nasal mist doses and 1,500 injections (shots).

11/17/2009
New Property Connects Sections of Jefferson Memorial Forest
A new piece of property acquired on Monday by Metro Parks will soon offer new hiking opportunities for visitors to Jefferson Memorial Forest. The acquisition brings the Forest’s total acreage to 6,218.

11/17/2009
Our New Home Will Need New Furniture - Give a Dog or Cat a Bed for the Holidays!
Metro Animal Services (MAS) will need new cat and dog beds for its new adoption center. Citizens can follow an easy online process to purchase Kuranda beds for MAS at discounted prices.

11/17/2009
Mayor to Speak at Harvard
Mayor Jerry Abramson leaves tomorrow for Harvard University to help teach new mayors how to run their cities.

11/16/2009
Flood invites everyone to “Light Up Okolona” on Friday, November 20th
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) will help bring in the holiday season with an initiation to everyone for “Light Up Okolona” on Friday, November 20th in Lone Oak Park.

11/13/2009
Ethics Work Group to hear from Ethics Commission on Monday, November 16th
Members of the Ethics Work Group of the Metro Council’s Government Accountability Committee will here from a member of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission on Monday, November 16th.

11/12/2009
November District 12 Dialogue to feature Waterfront Development Corporation
Councilman Rick Blackwell is encouraging residents of District 12 to come out and learn the latest on improvements to Riverview Park as part of this month’s District 12 Dialogue.

11/11/2009
Shanklin and District 2 to help feed families for Thanksgiving
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin is calling upon area churches in District 2 to locate families that could use some help with food for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday

11/10/2009
Third Round: Lexington Road cleanup to finish the fight against invasive plants on November 21st
With the help of volunteers, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) and the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy will complete the third phase of the cleanup along Lexington Road in the fight to remove invasive plants

11/10/2009
Stimulus Funds Will Help Enroll Children for Health Coverage
Governor Steve Beshear joined Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson today to announce that new federal stimulus money will help enroll more children in Jefferson County in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP).

11/6/2009
Louisville Metro Places 3rd in Digital Cities Survey
Louisville Metro Government placed 3rd in a national survey on how cities utlilcity website is among the best in the country, according to the Center for Digital Government, which ranked the site third in cities with populations of 250,000 people or more.

11/5/2009
Downtown Will Glow at Light Up Louisville 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Light Up Louisville will return for its 29th year on Nov. 27. New features include the “Run Run Rudolph” 5K run in the afternoon and an evening parade of lights. The “Light Up” displays and lights will be featured nightly throughout the holiday season.

11/5/2009
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to Host District 11 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, November 10, 2009 between 6:30 p.m. at Canaan Christian Church (2840 Hikes Lane).

11/4/2009
Public Health & Wellness Announces First H1N1 Vaccine Clinics
Public Health & Wellness Announces First H1N1 Vaccine Clinics

11/4/2009
Adapted Leisure Activities to host “Meet and Greet” with paralympic athlete
Bob Lujano can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature “Murderball,” but visitors to the Douglass Community Center will have the opportunity to meet him in person on Monday, November 16.

11/3/2009
“Coffee with your Councilman” set for Saturday, November 7th in District 12
Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again inviting residents of District 12 to come out for “Coffee with your Councilman” this Saturday, November 7th.

11/3/2009
Leaf Drop-Off Service Available in Iroquois Park
LOUISVILLE (November 3, 2009) – Louisville Metro Government is offering a free residential leaf drop-off service in Iroquois Park during November.

11/3/2009
Welch and Volunteers ready to Cleanup District 13 on Saturday November 7th
Volunteers will spend some time walking the New Cut Road Corridor on Saturday, November 7th to remove something not wanted: trash and garbage. When the job is done, they will be rewarded with a cookout by Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

11/2/2009
Porter Scholars to help cleanup Algonquin Park in District 3
One hundred students from the Porter Scholars program of the University of Louisville have a special a cleanup mission this week in Algonquin Park. “Algonquin Park is a District 3 treasure,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3)

11/2/2009
Abramson Proposes Firefighter Settlement To Be Paid With Cash, Bonded Debt
Mayor Jerry Abramson has proposed a plan that would use a combination of cash and borrowing to pay the $45 million firefighter settlement for overtime pay.

10/30/2009
Beshear, Abramson Make Appointments to Bi-State Bridge Authority
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today appointed the seven Kentucky members of a bi-state authority that will help develop a financing plan to ensure construction of two bridges between Louisville and Indiana and the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange in downtown Louisville.

10/29/2009
Second Trans Fat Forum Oct. 29
Second Board of Health Artificial Trans Fat Forum Tonight

10/29/2009
Technology Company Will bring New Jobs to Louisville
Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Neustar, Inc., a leading technology company, will open a new operation in Louisville.

10/29/2009
Mayor Declares City Ready for Snow
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the city has added new ways to keep roads clear and prevent potholes as part of Louisville’s snow-removal response – making it more efficient and effective.

10/28/2009
Ward-Pugh asks for volunteers for District 9 Cleanup November 7th
In years past, volunteers have been the backbone of any cleanup campaign that has gone on in District 9. Once again, volunteers will go to work on Saturday, November 7th as part of a district wide cleanup sponsored by Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh

10/28/2009
Welch welcomes increased LMPD efforts in Fairdale
With crime down in the Fairdale area, the Third Division of Louisville Metro Police is moving forward with efforts to be stationed in more places in Southwest Jefferson County as the area grows. The Division will now have a presence in the Fairdale Resource Center.

10/27/2009
Metro Animal Service Director Leaving at Year’s End
Metro Animal Services Director Gilles Meloche, who helped modernize the animal protection agency over the past four years, will be leaving his post effective Dec. 31.

10/26/2009
Barbara Weakley-Jones Appointed Louisville Coroner
Mayor Jerry Abramson has appointed Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones as Louisville’s coroner, the first woman to hold the position.

10/22/2009
Welch salutes Derby City Fraternal Order of Eagles for 75 years of service
In 1934, a group of dedicated individuals got together in Jefferson County and decided service to their community was an investment in the future. On Saturday, October 31st the Derby City Fraternal Order of Eagles will commemorate that special occasion. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be on hand to salute and thank the Derby City Eagles for all those years of service.

10/21/2009
Dine with your Council Members Event at Louisville Pizza Company to Take Place on November 2nd
Residents are invited to join Louisville Metro Councilman Benson and Jeffersontown Councilman Ray Perkins for the other part of this event which is at 12:00p.m. at the Louisville Pizza Company (3910 Ruckriegel Parkway) for a discussion on the goings on in District 20 and Jeffersontown and even a bite to eat

10/21/2009
Airport Releases Economic Impacts
Airports help generate more than 55,000 jobs and over $277 million in annually recurring state and local taxes

10/21/2009
Council Members Present Resolution to Establish Uniform Rules on Street Furniture
Metro Councilmen Hal Heiner (District 19) and Rick Blackwell (District 12) along with Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (District 3) and Kelly Downard (District 16) have filed a resolution to establish a permitting process for placement of street furniture in right-of-ways throughout Louisville Metro.

10/20/2009
Metro Councilman to Host District 18 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson (District 18) will hold a Town Hall Meeting regarding planned improvements to AB Sawyer Park on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Founder’s Union Building (Rooms 218 A & B) of the University of Louisville Shelby Campus (9001 Shelbyville Road).

10/20/2009
Councilwoman Welch joins Fairdale Community Club for Trick or Treat Street
Friendly ghosts and goblins will be in the spotlight on Thursday night, October 29th when a very special Halloween celebration gets underway presented by the Fairdale Community Club

10/20/2009
Green and Kentucky Alliance Against Racism to host MSD Discussion
Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) is encouraging the community to come out for a discussion about Water and flood Protection involving MSD and $11 million in federal stimulus money.

10/20/2009
Councilwoman Welch joins Fairdale Community Club for Trick or Treat Street
Friendly ghosts and goblins will be in the spotlight on Thursday night, October 29th when a very special Halloween celebration gets underway presented by the Fairdale Community Club.“Trick or Treat Street” will once again return to the Fairdale Playtorium

10/19/2009
Ward-Pugh to judge future artists at Field Elementary on October 20th
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) will walk the halls of Field Elementary on Tuesday, October 20th and keep an eye out for the artistic in an effort to find the best and brightest of new talent

10/19/2009
Downtown Housing Tour This Saturday

10/16/2009
Public Health and Wellness and Louisville Water Company Launch “Clean Hands” Campaign
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and Louisville Water Company want you to wash your hands…thoroughly! The Clean Hands Campaign provides a free 5x5 decal that reads “Don’t share your germs! Keep hands clean!” that can be posted in restrooms all over the city…in schools, restaurants, churches, childcare facilities, and businesses.

10/16/2009
Johnson reminds residents there is no fall junk pick this year because of budget concerns
Councilman Dan Johnson is reminding residents of District 21 not to place their junk out on the curb for pickup in the coming week because no pickup has been scheduled. “There are many people who have not received the word that the fall junk pickup was cancelled because of budget concerns,” says Johnson.

10/16/2009
CANCELLED - Metro Councilman Benson to Host Flu Shot Clinic on November 2nd
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) invites residents get their flu shot on Monday, November 2 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon at the Louisville Pizza Company (3910 Ruckriegel Parkway).

10/16/2009
City Readies Park Hill Area for Business Growth
New focus in business-recruitment targets, plus $2.5 million in projects launch effort to grow business in 1,400-acre industrial corridor

10/15/2009
Slugger Field Flu Shot Clinic Sunday
The Slugger Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic will be held Sunday October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 401 E. Main St. There will be plenty of free parking. No appointments are necessary. Seasonal flu shots will be available for everyone 6 months of age or Flu shots cost $25. The nasal flu mist costs $25. Medicare Part B and Passport will cover the cost for those with those insurance plans. older.

10/15/2009
Shawnee Fall Festival “Celebration of Community” underway for Saturday October 17th
A new tradition will begin in the Shawnee Neighborhood this Saturday, October 17th when the “Shawnee Fall Festival Celebration of Community” gets underway. A Motorcade Parade will highlight the fun and entertainment of the event as a show of community pride.

10/14/2009
Ward-Pugh, Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Crescent Hill set to cleanup Lexington Road
Bush Honeysuckle and Privet may be two species of plants the average person is not familiar with but chances are they are in plain sight in parks and along roadways. They are known as invasive plants that can do damage to the beauty of a community

10/14/2009
Board of Health to Hold Two Community Forums on Artificial Trans Fat
The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold two community forums on the health effects of consuming foods with artificial trans fat and will seek input on what should be done to protect Louisville citizens. The forums will be held on Tuesday October 27 and on Thursday October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 400 E. Gray St. each night. Free parking is available.

10/14/2009
Mayor Unveils Searchable Map of Louisville Stimulus Projects
A new, online interactive map allows Louisville residents to search and discover where federally-funded stimulus investments are occurring in their neighborhoods.

10/14/2009
October District 12 Dialogue to feature Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department
Chief Vincent Smith of the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department will be the featured guest of the October District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, October 20th

10/14/2009
Mayor Proposes Funding for Glacier Run, Floyds Fork Park, New Firehouse
Mayor Jerry Abramson today proposed a funding plan that will to help complete the Louisville Zoo’s Glacier Run expansion, open the first major park in the Floyds Fork corridor and construct the city’s third new firehouse.

10/13/2009
Butler and Johnson hold S.P.O.T. Clinic on Oct. 17th at Wyandotte Park
S.P.O.T. is coming to Wyandotte Park with help of Metro Council members Marianne Butler (D-15) and Dan Johnson (D-21). That is good news for pet owners who would like one central location top take care of licensing, rabies and micro chipping.

10/13/2009
Welch welcomes Mayors’ Healthy Hometown Hike to Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday
With the fall colors changing, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is encouraging everyone to come out and take part in the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike this Saturday, October 17th in the Jefferson Memorial Forest

10/13/2009
Community Events Planned for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 25 - 31 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Metro Department of Housing and Family Services will hold special events in observance of National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. All events are free.

10/11/2009
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson proposes changes to term limits for Louisville’s Metro Mayor
In 2010, voters in Metro Louisville will elect a new Mayor to run the government of Louisville-Jefferson County Metro. One Metro Councilman believes the time has come to review and change the number of consecutive years any one person can hold the office

10/9/2009
Reminder: Junk Pickup Completed in Urban Services District for 2009
Metro Solid Waste Management has now completed all regular junk pickup for this calendar year in Louisville’s Urban Services District (former city of Louisville boundaries).

10/7/2009
Councilman Hawkins Provides Hand Sanitizer to District 25 Schools
Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins (District 25) will hold a press conference on Wednesday October 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Kenwood Elementary School (7420 Justan Avenue) to announce a cooperative effort to purchase approximately 320 bottles of hand sanitizers to be placed in each classroom located in Southwest Jefferson County’s 25th Metro Council District.

10/7/2009
Free Shredding Event Oct. 17
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway today urged Louisville residents to begin collecting documents and materials now for the annual free community shredding event at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10/7/2009
Abramson Announces Free Junk Drop-Off Sunday Oct. 25
The city’s free, semi-annual bulk waste and junk drop-off collection day will be Sunday, October 25, 2008 at the Waste Management Outer Loop Landfill, 2673 Outer Loop.

10/6/2009
MSD to hold meeting with residents of District 15 on October 13th
Councilwoman Marianne Butler is hosting a community meeting with officials from Metropolitan Sewer District to talk with residents about drainage issues and backflow prevention.

10/6/2009
Mayor and Firefighters Urge Families To Prevent Burns
Mayor and Firefighters Urge Families to Prevent Burns

10/6/2009
Johnson will hold his annual Town Hall Meeting October 12th
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is sending out the word to residents of District 21 that his annual Town Hall Meeting will be Monday, October 12 at 6:00 PM at the Beechmont Community Center.

10/6/2009
Ad Hoc Committee on Flash Flooding to meet on Wednesday
The Ad Hoc Committee on the 2009 Flash Flood will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 7th at 5:30pm.

10/5/2009
Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s sixth “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Three disposal sites will accept medications Oct. 8-10.

10/5/2009
Abramson, Yarmuth Announce Traffic Light Synchronization on Major Roads
Traffic lights along major suburban roads will be synchronized to improve the flow of vehicles during peak travel times, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth announced today.

10/5/2009
22nd Annual Southwest Community Festival gets underway on October 10th
It is a traditional festival which shines a spotlight on Southwest Jefferson County. Thousands are expected to turn out for the 22nd Annual Southwest Community Festival on Saturday, October 10th.

10/2/2009
Health Officials Respond to H1N1 Flu Death
The Kentucky Public Health laboratory has confirmed that the death of a 41 year old female on September 21 in Louisville was caused by lung disease related to the H1N1 virus.

10/2/2009
President Tandy helps Jumpstart “Read for the Record”
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) will join hundreds of thousands of volunteers and children in a major effort to encourage reading as part of the Jumpstart “Read for the Record” program on Thursday, October 8th.

10/2/2009
Ward-Pugh to host District 9 Community Forum on October 13th
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh is inviting residents to come out. “This is a chance to talk with me and my staff about any issue or concern in the district,” she says.

10/1/2009
Falls City Championship Returns to Louisville Tennis Center
The Falls City Championship – which started in 1907 as the Falls City Classic – takes place at the Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park on October 9 to 11. The tournament includes singles and doubles competitions at all adult age levels. A junior championship takes place the following weekend.

10/1/2009
Abramson Attending U.S. Conference of Mayors
Mayor Jerry Abramson is in Seattle, attending the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s fall retreat, where he’ll meet with White House and federal government officials.

10/1/2009
Mayor’s annual Healthy Hometown Hike takes place Oct. 17
The fifth annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to hiking, visitors can decorate pumpkins to take home, enjoy a hay ride, and trek through the forest at the height of fall color.

10/1/2009
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, October 7 at Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th Street. Classes are free and attendance at the entire series of four classes is encouraged. All classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Phone 574-6663 for reservations or for more information.

9/30/2009
Metro Government Launches Employee Ethics Tipline
Beginning October 1, Louisville Metro Government will have a new tool that citizens or employees can use anytime to report suspected wrongdoing on the part of Louisville city employees, contractors or suppliers.

9/29/2009
“Coffee with your Councilman” on Saturday, Oct. 3rd in District 12
With fall just beginning, Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again inviting residents of District 12 to come out for “Coffee with your Councilman” this Saturday, October 3rd..

9/29/2009
Tandy invites District 4 to the Willie B. Bright BBQ on October 3rd
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) is continuing a tradition of inviting residents to an old fashion cookout and community get-together the first weekend in October. The fifth annual Willie B. Bright Community BBQ will get underway beginning at 12:00 noon to 3:00pm on Saturday, October 3rd

9/29/2009
Cherokee and Tyler Parks public meetings tonight
If you enjoy walking, running or biking through Cherokee Park or if you live near Tyler Park, then be aware of a very important date coming up. Louisville Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy are planning two public meetings in one location on Oct. 6 to discuss plans for the future of both parks.

9/28/2009
District 3 Town Hall Meeting set for Monday Night
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge announces a Town hall Meeting for residents of District 3 to come out and talk about their issues and concerns. “When I was first elected to the Metro Council, I made a commitment to always stay in touch with the people who sent me to City Hall,” says Woolridge

9/28/2009
Metro Council members encourage support for 10th Annual Discover Dixie on October 8th
Once again, a wide range of businesses along Dixie Highway are highlighting what they have to offer when it comes to new products, services and savings. The 10th annual Discover Dixie Business EXPO is set for Thursday, October 8th at the Dixie Manor Shopping Center, 6801 Dixie Highway from 12:00pm to 6:30pm.

9/28/2009
Metro Councilmen Fleming and Stuckel to Host Flu Shot Clinic
Metro Councilmen Ken Fleming (District 7) and Glen Stuckel (District 17) invite residents to visit Lyndon City Hall (515 Wood Road) between the hours of 9am and 2pm on Friday October 16, 2009 to receive flu and/or pneumonia vaccines.

9/24/2009
Neighborhood Businesses Awarded Small Business Loans
Three businesses, including a hardware store in Old Louisville and dentist in Hurstbourne, have been awarded small-business loans this month by Louisville Metro Government.

9/24/2009
New Loan Helps Property Owners Clean Brownfields
New Loan Program Helps Property Owners Clean Environmentally Polluted Land Belknap Crossings is awarded first loan

9/24/2009
Johnson applauds awarding of stimulus money for Beechmont Fire House
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is applauding the decision by the Department of Homeland Security to award a $3.3 million dollar grant for construction of a new firehouse on Ashland Avenue.

9/23/2009
Portland Library to offer GED test help in October
Those who are interested in earning their GED will find some valuable help at the Portland Library during the month of October.

9/23/2009
Councilman Peden to host 6th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will host the 6th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup on Saturday, September 26th. The cleanup will start at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately 3 hours.

9/23/2009
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel to hold Meeting on Disaster Preparedness
Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road).

9/23/2009
Stimulus Money Will Build New Beechmont Firehouse in Louisville
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that Louisville has been awarded one of the country’s ten largest grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for new firehouse construction. The $3.3 million award will be used to construct a new firehouse in the Beechmont neighborhood -- part of the Mayor’s 21st Century Fire Plan.

9/22/2009
Shingles Vaccine Gone
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has administered its entire stock of low-cost shingles shots. The shots became available for $10 each last week at the department’s flu shot clinics. The current supply of low-cost Zostavax vaccine has been exhausted and shots are no longer available.

9/22/2009
Mayor Announces Plans to Start Construction of Riverview Park
After years of planning, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the city is ready to start construction on the first phase of Riverview Park.

9/22/2009
Ward-Pugh hosts cleanup on Sept. 26th on National Public Lands Day
It is 1.5 miles of beauty and nature that provide a public recreational area along the Beargrass Creek. Like many areas, its beauty can be covered up by trash and debris. So the call is going out for volunteers to help maintain the beauty of one of Louisville Metro’s most important creeks.

9/22/2009
Metro Councilman Robin Engel to host Metro Animal Services Rabies, License and Microchip Clinic
Councilman Robin Engel welcome Metro Animal Services S.P.O.T. (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) mobile unit Monday, October 5, 2009 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Fern Creek Community Center (6104 Bardstown Road).

9/22/2009
Green to address “100 Wise Women” on Wednesday
Metro Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will address the “100 Wise Women” program of Leadership Louisville at a Wednesday morning breakfast on September 23rd. “I am honored to be the keynote speaker for this important program,” says Green. “Leadership Louisville is a group that seeks out future leaders of our community”

9/22/2009
Ad Hoc Committee on Flash Flooding to meet on Wednesday, September 23rd
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Flash Flood of 20089 will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm in Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street at 6:30pm.

9/22/2009
Family golfing package offered during October weekends
The dog days of summer are long past, but Metro Parks is heating up this fall by offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.

9/21/2009
Mayor Challenges Businesses to Join Energy-Efficiency Contest
Promising that “going green saves green,” Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged business owners and building managers to join a yearlong energy efficiency contest. The second annual Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown requires commercial buildings to report monthly energy usage and encourages facilities to figure out ways to become more efficient.

9/21/2009
District 7 Councilman Ken Fleming to hold Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 24 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Church United Methodist (4614 Brownsboro Road). Representatives from the St. Matthews Area Ministries Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and the Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross will be our guests and will focus on disaster preparedness.

9/21/2009
Tyler Park, Hogan’s Fountain master plan public meeting to be held Oct. 6
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the auditorium of the St. James School, located at 1818 Edenside Drive. The meetings will be the third in a series to develop master plans for both sites.

9/21/2009
Woolridge, Green and Hamilton join Wendy’s for National Family Day
Across the United States on Monday, September 28th, families will be encouraged to sit down and have dinner together as a way to communicate and build a stronger bond and at the same time talk about a serious subject: drug abuse

9/20/2009
Majortiy Caucus to meet on Tuesday, September22nd
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will meet on Tuesday, September 22nd 4:00pm.The meeting will take place in the Third Floor Conference Room, Historic City Hall 601 Jefferson Street.

9/18/2009
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.08
Notice of comment period and public hearing for a proposed new version of APCD regulation 2.08, Fees.

9/18/2009
One Free Drop-off Site Will Remain Open Until Further Notice
One free debris drop-off site will remain open until further notice for items damaged during the flash flooding of August 4.

9/18/2009
Johnson reminds flooding victims FEMA deadline for assistance is approaching
Some 8,000 residents of District 21 who may have been affected by flash flooding received an important reminder in the mail recently. The deadline to apply for FEMA help is approaching. The message came from Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21).

9/18/2009
Green to address the National Council of Negro Women on Saturday, September 19th
Metro Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will bring official greetings to the Louisville Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women’s during their annual Bethune Community Service Award Program

9/16/2009
Lane Closings Begin as Part of "Revive 65" Improvement Project
The "Revive 65" improvement project on I-65 in Louisville will mean lane closings and slowed traffic for a few weeks.

9/15/2009
Green returns to Carter Traditional Elementary to help students learn the US Constitution
For a second year, Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will try to find out how well students at Carter Traditional Elementary know their US Constitution. “This is a very important time in our country as the President and Congress are in debate over the issue of health care,” says Green

9/14/2009
Metro Parks taking part in National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Cleanup Sept. 26
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, the Natural Areas division of Metro Parks, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh are hosting a volunteer event at the Beargrass Creek Greenway at Irish Hill on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9/14/2009
Second Sunday Health Initative is Coming to Louisville
The Second Sunday Health Initiative is coming to Louisville on Sunday, October 11, 2009. This initiative celebrates the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Physical Activity Day through various family based games, activities, entertainment along with educational booths and healthy foods in hopes of helping adults and youth make a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

9/14/2009
Councilman Kramer to hold Internet Safety Seminar
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will sponsor an internet safety seminar on Thursday, September 17 at the McMahan Fire Department (4318 Taylorsville Road).

9/14/2009
Councilmen Fleming and Heiner to Unveil LouisvilleCheckbook.com
Metro Councilmen Ken Fleming (District 7) and Hal Heiner (District 19) will unveil the new searchable website www.louisvillecheckbook.com at a 2:00 p.m. press conference today in the 3rd Floor Chambers of the Louisville Metro Council (601 W. Jefferson Street).

9/14/2009
Councilmen Kramer, Ackerson, Benson and Engel to Host Booth at 2009 Gaslight Festival
Metro Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11), Jon Ackerson (District 18), Stuart Benson (District 20) and Robin Engel (District 22) encourage visitors of the Gaslight Festival to stop by their booth (located on Watterson Trail near Taylorsville Road) and meet their Metro Councilman.

9/14/2009
Welch invites everyone to the Fairdale Community Fair on September 18th &19th
It is one of the best community fairs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and this weekend, the 79th Fairdale Community Fair will get underway with the traditional parade, fun, music, food and a Health Fair sponsored by Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13)

9/11/2009
MetroSafe Building Complete
For the first time since merger, all of Louisville’s 911 call takers, dispatchers, and emergency management staff are operating out of one location – the newly completed MetroSafe building at 5th and Liberty streets downtown.

9/11/2009
Newburg Community Center to offer dance lessons for young ladies
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) announces the Newburg Community Center will offer free dance classes for girls between the ages on four and twelve. The classes will begin on Tuesday, September 15th beginning at 5:45pm at the Center which is located at 4810 Exeter Avenue off Indian Trail.

9/10/2009
Public Health and Wellness to Begin Regular Season Flu Shots on Monday
Beginning Monday September 14, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer flu shots to guard against regular seasonal flu to everyone age six months or older. Flu shots cost $25. The nasal flu mist costs $25. Medicare Part B and Passport will cover the cost for those with those insurance plans. The Department of Public Health and Wellness never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.

9/10/2009
Iroquois Park’s Historic Sunnyhill Pavilion To Be Renovated, Restored
Even a collapsed roof can have educational value. That’s what students from Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy’s construction technology programs will find out this fall, when they swarm Iroquois Park to put their classroom skills to practical use.

9/10/2009
Johnson encourages District 21 to participate in MSD Backflow Prevention program
In an effort to educate homeowners about a way to prevent flood damage in basements, Councilman Dan Johnson recently mailed some 11,000 information cars to home owners in District 21.

9/10/2009
Money Magazine Names Louisville Among "Best Places to Retire"
Money Magazine has named Louisville to its annual “Top 25 Places to Retire,” citing the city’s growing bicycling culture, its downtown attractions and the East Market Arts District.

9/10/2009
First Annual NeighborFest set for District 8 on Bardstown Road for Saturday, Sept 12th
The 1700 block of Bardstown Road will come alive on Saturday, September 12th when residents get together for the First Annual NeighborFest from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. “Having fun on enjoying a summer afternoon is nothing new for this area,” says Councilman Tom Owen (D-8).

9/10/2009
Weekend fun in District 8 with the Original Highlands Neighborhood Arts and Music Festival
It is an early September tradition that brings out the best in one of Louisville’s unique communities. This Saturday, September 12th, the Original Highlands Neighborhood Arts and Music Festival will get underway from 11:00am 11:00pm

9/9/2009
September District 12 Dialogue to focus on Domestic Violence Intake Center
Efforts to help the victims of domestic violence in Louisville Metro will be the focus of the next District 12 Dialogue hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell on Tuesday, September 15th.

9/9/2009
Louisville Receives $7 Million in Stimulus for Energy Efficiency
Yarmuth, Abramson Announce $7 Million In Stimulus Funding to Improve Energy Efficiency Projects include street lighting, solar energy, business loans

9/9/2009
Woolridge to host special meeting on Cypress Street traffic concerns
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will host a special community meeting to discuss a traffic pattern issue concerning the possible removal of the barricades on Cypress Street. Removal of the barricades would open traffic on Plantation Drive

9/9/2009
Mayor, Fire Chief Dedicate Four New Fire Trucks
Four new fire pumper trucks sprayed their first streams of water at Fire Training Headquarters today, commemorating their addition as the newest equipment on the Louisville Fire Department’s front line.

9/9/2009
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Ralph Avenue Recycling Center, Inc.
Notice of Public Hearing on proposed agreed Board order with Ralph Avenue Recycling Center

9/8/2009
Ad Hoc committee to review MSD sewer planning on Wednesday night
The Ad Hoc Committee on the 2009 Flash Flood will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:30pm in Council Chambers, Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street.

9/8/2009
Metro Parks sponsoring Punt Pass and Kick Competition
Metro Parks will host a local qualifier for the national Punt Pass and Kick Competition at Louisville Champions Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26.

9/8/2009
Councilman Kramer Hold Public Meeting on Buechel Park Master Plan
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a public meeting regarding a Master Plan for Buechel Park. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 and will be held in the Beargrass Road Parking Lot of Buechel Park.

9/5/2009
Proposed Title V Operating Permit for General Electric Consumer & Industrial
Notice of comment period on proposed Title V operating permit for GE Consumer & Industrial Appliance Park

9/3/2009
PARC To Implement New Booting, Parking Rules
The Parking Authority of River City will begin booting vehicles that have two or more outstanding tickets, and it will raise fines for violators who do not pay their citations on time.

9/2/2009
Proposed Consent Decree with D. D. Williamson & Company, Inc.
Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Under the Clean Air Act

9/1/2009
Louisville Celebrities Lead Effort to Recruit 'Friends of Lou'
The familiar faces of Louisville — from bourbon baron Bill Samuels to the heavy hitter Darryl Isaacs to Mayor Jerry Abramson — are teaming up as part of a month-long campaign to recruit 20,000 to become “ambassadors” for the Louisville.

8/31/2009
Louisville Awarded Two Million Dollar Stimulus Diesel Reduction Grant
Louisville Awarded $2 Million Stimulus Grant To Reduce Diesel Pollution; Money will create revolving loan fund

8/28/2009
Hundreds of Flooded Homes Cleaned by Volunteers
More than 300 flooded homes have been cleared, cleaned and sanitized by local and regional volunteer teams since the August 4 flood – and volunteer coordinators say requests for help are tapering off.

8/28/2009
District 5 Community Celebration set for September 12th in Shawnee Park
It is a September tradition that honors the volunteers of Metro Council District 5 and at the same time is a fun event to wind down the summer. The District 5 Community Celebration is set for Saturday, September 12th.

8/28/2009
Special present awaits children during Newburg Festival
In an effort to encourage children to read, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) and area churches have a special present for children who visit the Newburg Library during the 2009 Newburg Festival.

8/28/2009
Shanklin ready to celebrate 2009 Newburg Festival September 5th
It is a celebration of one of Louisville’s oldest communities. It is a chance for fun, entertainment and sharing the pride and the history of the Newburg area with a weekend of events

8/27/2009
Unseld invites District 6 to California Community Day on Saturday, August 29th
One of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods will celebrate Saturday, August 29th with music and fun when California Community Day gets underway at California Park. “Residents of the California Neighborhood know how to have fun and enjoy themselves,” say Councilman George Unseld (D-6).

8/27/2009
Main Library Reopens to Public Today
Twenty-three days after sustaining more than $5 million in flood damage, Louisville’s Main Library at 3rd and York Streets reopened to the general public today.

8/26/2009
Metro Parks offering affordable family golf package during Labor Day Weekend
To encourage local families to visit their municipally-owned golf courses, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during Labor Day weekend.

8/26/2009
New Animal Adoption Center Taking Shape
The walls and roof trusses are nearly finished on the new Metro Animal Services Adoption Center off Newburg Road. Mayor Jerry Abramson toured the construction site of the $2.5 million facility, which will open in January.

8/25/2009
Public Health and Wellness to Begin Regular Season Flu Shots September 14
Beginning September 14, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer flu shots to guard against regular seasonal flu to everyone age six months or older. Flu shots cost $25. The nasal flu mist costs $25. Medicare Part B and Passport will cover the cost for those with those insurance plans. The Department of Public Health and Wellness never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.

8/25/2009
TARC Celebrates Region’s Largest Stimulus Project
TARC was joined by local, state and federal dignitaries on Tuesday, Aug. 25, as it celebrates the start of construction on its maintenance annex, a $4.6 project funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

8/24/2009
Public hearing on Flash Flooding Tonight beginning at 6:30pm
The Ad Hoc Committee on the Flash Flood of 2009 is ready to hear from the public on how homeowners are dealing with the aftermath of the heavy rains of August 4th. The Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 26th to hear concerns about the flooding and the cleanup.

8/21/2009
Blackwell hosts 4th Annual Back to School for District 12 on Friday, Aug 28th
Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) has a special night planned for children in District 12 to help kick off a new school year. The 4th Annual Back to School Party is set for Friday, August 28th from 6-8pm at the Southwest YMCA.

8/21/2009
Ward-Pugh and District 9 host Back to School Block Party
The first one was held in 1999 and for the years that followed the District 9 “Back to School Block Party” is a special way to start a new school year and have some fun. “I look forward to this event every year and this tenth year will be fun,” said Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9). “This is a time for kids and families to enjoy themselves.”

8/20/2009
Center for Health Equity to Hold Open House and Block Party on Saturday
The Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Heath Equity, 2422 W. Chestnut St., will hold an open house and block party on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8/20/2009
Online Survey Allows Public Input on River Rd. Study
A new online survey will help gauge public opinion on the city’s plans to improve River Road, Louisville’s only Scenic Byway.

8/20/2009
Economic Empowerment Tour Will Stop in Louisville
Louisville has been selected as one of only three cities nationally to receive foreclosure prevention and job help by the National Urban League. The “2009 Economic Empowerment Tour,” is scheduled for Louisville on Tuesday, September 15, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center

8/20/2009
District 1 FEMA flood meetings begin Tonight, another set for Tuesday
To help residents of District 1 affected by flooding, Councilwoman Judith Green will host two Community meetings in District 1 to provide information on federal assistance. The meetings will be held on August 24th and 25th.

8/19/2009
Okolona Hometown Hero will grace Southern High School
Phil Simms, Southern High School graduate, Super Bowl XXI MVP, 15-year NFL veteran and lead analyst for the CBS Sports Network's coverage of the NFL will be honored as an Okolona Hero on Friday, August 21st.

8/18/2009
Louisville To Get Federal Aid for Flash Flood Damages
The federal government has opened two "disaster recovery centers" in Louisville to help victims of the August 4 flash flooding.

8/18/2009
Metro Animal Services Extends Discounted Adoption Offer Following Flood
Discounts extended now through Saturday, September 5, 2009

8/17/2009
Mayor's Hike and Bike Set for Labor Day
Thousands of cyclists and walkers are expected to join Mayor Jerry Abramson at the 10th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike on Labor Day, September 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

8/17/2009
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches to Stop Smoking
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free nicotine replacement patches to those who enroll in Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes now through October 20.

8/17/2009
Governor, Mayor Appoint Ohio River Bridges Negotiating Team
Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today appointed a five-member delegation that will help forge a bi-state partnership with Indiana to accelerate construction of the Ohio River Bridges Project -- two new bridges in Louisville to link the two states and the rebuilding of Spaghetti Junction.

8/17/2009
Ad Hoc Committee to hold first informational meeting on Wednesday, August 19th
The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Flash Flood of 2009 will be held on Wednesday, August 19th. The Committee will begin its review by hearing from MSD officials on the circumstances surrounding the August 4th Flooding.

8/17/2009
WorldFest to Celebrate Louisville's Diversity
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville’s many cultures and nationalities will be celebrated this Labor Day weekend at the 7th annual WorldFest. The free festival – which drew more than 100,000 people last year – is Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the city’s waterfront Belvedere at 5th and Main Streets.

8/17/2009
Henderson to assist District 14 students and schools with “Back to School” supplies
Councilman Bob Henderson will extend a helping hand to students in District 14 who may not be able to afford the supplies needed to start a new school year.

8/17/2009
President Tandy outlines flood relief efforts for residents of District 4
While working with volunteers of UAW Local 862 on Maple Avenue, Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) reminded residents to take advantage of several services in the aftermath of the August 4th flooding. The Maple Avenue area was devastated because of flood water.

8/17/2009
District 5 Community Meeting Thursday August 20th Topic: Flood 2009
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host a Community Meeting on Thursday, August 20th to help residents in District 5 with cleanup operations following recent flooding.

8/16/2009
District 15 completes curbside pickup
Crews completed the curbside pickup in District 15 on Sunday, August 16, a little over a week after the effort began. Dismas Charities crews have been working 13 hour days to pick up all of the storm debris

8/14/2009
Mayor Extends Flood Damage Drop-offs
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the three free flood debris drop-off sites will remain open daily through Sunday, August 23. The Outer Loop landfill has also agreed to extend flood debris drop-off an additional weekend – Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23.

8/14/2009
Mayor Leads "Sneak Peek" of Newburg Library
Mayor Jerry Abramson helped neighborhood children log on to computers and checked out new digital audio books at the newly completed Newburg Library, which formally opens its doors tomorrow. The $1.9 million library is the city’s first technology-driven branch, and will dramatically expand computer and multi-media accessibility to library patrons.

8/13/2009
Welch and Fairdale welcome Mayor's Community Conversation on Monday, August 17th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch and District 13 will play host to the next Mayor’s Community Conversation on Monday, August 17th at Fairdale High School. “I want to encourage residents to come out and talk with Mayor Abramson and myself about any issue of concern,” says Welch

8/13/2009
Woolridge offers curbside pickup for flooded residents in District 3
After reviewing the heavily flooded areas of District 3, Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge announces curbside pickup will be available to those who were affected. The pickups are set for Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th

8/13/2009
President Tandy announces Ad Hoc Committee on flash flood of 2009
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on the flash flood of 2009. The Committee will be co-chaired by Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) and Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1).

8/13/2009
Louisville Gets First Bike Lockers and Launches Bike Library
Louisville’s first bike lockers were unveiled today on the grounds of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St. The lockers will be available to the general public free of charge. The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness also announced the establishment of the Metro Bike Library. Bikes will be available on loan to employees of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to travel to out-of office meeting and to use on lunch breaks.

8/13/2009
District 1 set for curbside pickup for flood victims provided by Councilwoman Green
Residents of District 1 who have spent the last ten days cleaning up their property will have a chance to have debris picked up through the efforts of Councilwoman Judith Green set for this weekend.

8/12/2009
Mayor Tours Library Damage, Restoration Work
Mayor Jerry Abranson today viewed first-hand the $5 million in damage to the downtown branch of the Louisville Free Public Library - and the restoration work already underway.

8/12/2009
Hamilton coordinates curbside pickup for flooding debris in District 5 this weekend
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will offer curbside pickup for residents affected by the hardest hit flooded areas of District 5 beginning this coming weekend.

8/12/2009
Metro Animal Services Holds Three-Day Adoption Event Following Floods
Following the recent floods that forced the evacuation of 550 dogs and cats, Louisville Metro Animal Services is holding an adoption fair and offering deep discounts to people wanting pets.

8/12/2009
Potential Sewer Collapse Closes Portion of Broadway
Louisville Metro Public Works is immediately restricting a section of East Broadway because of the potential threat of an underground sewer collapse.

8/12/2009
Metro Animal Services Holds Three-Day Adoption Event Following Floods
Following the recent floods that forced the evacuation of 550 dogs and cats, Louisville Metro Animal Services is holding an adoption fair and offering deep discounts to people wanting pets.

8/11/2009
Attorney General, Mayor Warn Against Flood-Related Scams
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Attorney General Jack Conway warned Louisville residents to be vigilant against fly-by-night repair crews, bogus charitable collectors and fake officials – scams designed to exploit people recovering from disasters like last week’s flash flooding.

8/11/2009
Unseld offers curbside pickup for District 6 flood victims
In an effort to help residents affected by the flooding of last Tuesday, Councilman George Unseld announces curbside pickup for residents in District 6. “We realize many people are trying to get their homes back to normal and there are some folks who are dealing with a great deal of debris,” says Unseld. “That’s why we are announcing a onetime pickup of flooded materials for the District.”

8/10/2009
Shanklin announces Newburg Movie Nights in August
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) is offering something special for families and residents of Newburg and it’s free: Newburg Movie Nights.

8/10/2009
Citizens Drop Off Thousands of Loads of Flood Debris
Residents have tossed nearly 3,000 loads of flood-damaged debris at the city’s three free drop-off sites since they opened on Friday. The sites will remain open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, August 16.

8/10/2009
Three Metro Parks community centers still closed for repairs
Three Metro Parks community centers that received minor damage from last week’s flash flooding will be closed this week so repairs can be completed, Metro Parks officials said today.

8/10/2009
"Coffee with your Councilman" set for Saturday, August 15th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again issuing an invitation to residents of District 12 to come out and meet with him over coffee on Saturday, August 15th.

8/10/2009
Councilwoman Green featured speaker at 2009 Youth Explosion
It is a program designed to show young people how making better life choices will help them in the future. The 2009 Youth Explosion will get underway at Shawnee Park on Saturday, August 15th.

8/7/2009
Dirt Bowl wraps up tournament play this weekend in Shawnee Park
The final weekend of tournament play will wrap up the return of the Dirt Bowl to Shawnee Park this Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a three point shooting and a dunking contest.

8/7/2009
Mayor Declares "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" Weekend
Help a neighbor remove flooded items from a basement. Help a neighbor haul away debris. Help a neighbor by babysitting while they meet with an insurance adjustor. Those are some of the ways Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from Tuesday’s flash flooding.

8/7/2009
Funding Will Improve Second St. Near Arena
Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro has received $3,000,000 in a Transportation Enhancement Grant for the betterment of Second Street between Main and River Road in Louisville.

8/7/2009
Proposed Amendments to APCD Regulations 2.08 and 5.21
Notice of comment period and public hearing for a proposed new version of two APCD regulations.

8/7/2009
Butler announces curbside pickup this weekend for flooding debris in District 15
Councilwoman Marianne Butler, Eco Tech Environmental and Dismas Charities have partnered to help District 15 residents hit by the recent rain storm. The pickup is a one time only operation set for this weekend

8/7/2009
Arena Helps Attract New Convention Business to Louisville
Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced two major religious conventions coming to downtown Louisville as a result of the upcoming availability of both the Kentucky International Convention Center and the new arena downtown. These conventions bring with them an economic impact of $10 million to the Louisville economy.

8/7/2009
Upcoming events to take place as scheduled at Iroquois Amphitheater
Despite sustaining water damage from Tuesday morning’s flash flooding, two upcoming events at the historic Iroquois Amphitheater will go on as scheduled, Metro Parks officials announced today.

8/6/2009
Mayor Announces Targeted Flood Damage Drop-offs
Mayor Abramson announced that beginning August 7 residents living in areas that suffered the heaviest rainfall this week will have three sites to drop off flood-damaged household goods at no cost.

8/6/2009
Mayor Seeks Federal Disaster Assistance for Flood
Mayor Jerry Abramson today began the formal process to seek federal disaster assistance to help pay for millions of dollars in damages to Louisville Metro Government property resulting from Tuesday's massive flooding.

8/6/2009
After a week of stress, free movies provided this weekend by Metro Council
After a week of dealing with heavy rains and flooding, the Metro Council is offering a break by providing free movies in two locations

8/6/2009
Studio2000 Summer Art Sale
The annual Studio2000 Summer Art Sale will take place on Friday, August 7 during August’s First Friday Trolley Hop at St. John’s United Church of Christ’s Parish Hall. Prices range from $10 to $300. Proceeds benefit Studio2000.

8/6/2009
President Tandy's statement on the Russ Parr Bus Tour
President Tandy has release the following statement after the conclusion of the Russ Parr Bus Tour Concert on Thursday Morning

8/4/2009
Tandy welcomes "Russ Parr Bus Tour" to Louisville on Thursday
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) will once again host the nationally known “Russ Parr Bus Tour” when it rolls into Louisville on Thursday, August 6th at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

8/3/2009
Flood, LMPD and Okolona Firefighters join together for National Night Out
For a third year, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) will join with the Seventh Division of Louisville Metro Police and the Okolona Fire Department for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th at the Jefferson Mall.

8/3/2009
Owen amd Ward-Pugh assist Fifth Division LMPD with National Night Out
The officers who patrol from Crescent Hill to the Original Highlands will open their doors on Tuesday night August 4th to let resident know how they can help fight crime and keep the streets safe. Council members Tom Owen (D-8) and Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) are hopeful many will take Metro Police up on the invitation.

8/3/2009
Midwest Airlines Launches Nonstop Service to Milwaukee
Daily nonstop jet service between Louisville, KY, and Milwaukee, WI, has resumed—establishing a vital link between Louisville and the Midwest.

8/2/2009
King and Shanklin encourage parents to take advantage of "Kindergarten Countdown"
Children entering kindergarten in August of this year may be excited that school is just around the corner but their parents may not be aware of all the medical requirements needed before classes start. “Parents of children entering school will find it hectic in those first few days,” says Councilman Jim King (D-10). “But the Kindergarten Countdown will go a long way in helping any parent with the medical needs of their child before school begins”

8/2/2009
Blackwell, Welch and Henderson join LMPD to sponsor National Night Out
Metro Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Bob Henderson (D-14) will once again join Louisville Metro Police at the Caritas Medical Mall to host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th

7/31/2009
Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins to Sponsor LMPD National Night Out
Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins (District 25) will be sponsoring the Louisville Metro Police Department’s “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 4th. The event will be held at the Caritas Mall located in the Dixie Manor Shopping Center from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. It is sponsored by LMPD, St. Mary’s Elizabeth Hospital/ Jewish Hospital Medical Center Southwest and Target.

7/30/2009
Metro Councilman Robin Engel to host District 22 Metro Animal Services Rabies, License and Microchip
Councilman Robin Engel welcomes Louisville Metro Animal Services S.P.O.T. (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) mobile unit Tuesday, August 4, 2009 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Fern Creek Community Center (6104 Bardstown Road) at the annual District 22 Animal Services Rabies, License and Microchip Clinic.

7/30/2009
Free Drop off Collects 410 Tons of Junk
Hundreds of citizens took advantage of the city’s free junk drop-off on Sunday – disposing of 410 tons of household waste.

7/29/2009
Ward-Pugh praises volunteer cleanup for Clifton Heights
On Saturday, August 1st, volunteers will begin a commitment to keep the Clifton Heights Greenway clean from trash and debris.“Once again, it is good to see citizen groups on their own take pride in our area,” said Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9).

7/28/2009
Welch to honor VERB Participants on Saturday, Aug. 1st
While most students in Louisville Metro are enjoying the summer, one group has had a special goal to get in better shape. Their efforts will be rewarded this Saturday when the VERB Summer Score Card Grand Finale kicks off in the Jefferson Memorial Forest.

7/27/2009
Mayor's Energy Partnership is National Award Finalist
Louisville’s groundbreaking partnership between city agencies and private businesses to improve energy efficiency – a component of the Mayor’s Go Green Louisville initiative – has been named a finalist for the 2009 Awards for Municipal Excellence.

7/27/2009
“Safe & Healthy Return to School”: Thursday, Aug. 6th in District 5
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5 and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee announce “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” is set for Thursday, August 6th. “We have had many parents tell us how helpful this kickoff has been as children get ready to head back to school,” says Hamilton.

7/24/2009
Sunday is Free Junk Drop-off Day
Louisville residents may drop off bulk waste items this Sunday, July 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Waste Management Outer Loop Landfill, 2673 Outer Loop.

7/24/2009
New sprayground dedicated at Farnsley Park
Children and families in the Bon Air neighborhood have a new sprayground to enjoy, as part of a park improvement project that Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Councilwoman Brent Ackerson celebrated today.

7/24/2009
New Downtown QDoba and Valley Station Day Care Receive Small-Business Loans
New Downtown Qdoba, Valley Station Day Care Awarded Small-Business Loans

7/24/2009
MetroCall Celebrates 20 Years of Service
Mayor Jerry Abramson today thanked MetroCall staff for their service as the program celebrated its 20th anniversary of service to Louisville residents. Louisville was one of the first cities in the nation to open a one-stop government information center and serves as a national model for quality customer service.

7/23/2009
Green Clean Team gets to work in District 1
Residents in District 1 may be noticing cleaner streets and alleys as a result of the summer return of the Green Clean Team. “This year, I am partnering with Dr. Eddie Woods and the Life Institute to provide summer employment for young people in our area,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1). “We had a very positive response from last year’s program.”

7/23/2009
39 Truancy Summonses Issued
Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney, Issues 39 Summonses in 2009 Truancy Prosecution Program

7/22/2009
President Tandy to speak at LMHA Scholarship program
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) will attend and speak at an awards ceremony where $36,000 worth of college scholarships will be presented to 24 Louisville Metro Housing Authority public housing and Section 8 residents

7/22/2009
Ackerson to unveil improvements to Farnsley Park on Friday, July 24th
For more than 50 years, Farnsley Park has been a fun and relaxing place for residents of the Bon Air Neighborhood. This Friday, July 24th, the Park will show off some of its newest improvements which include a spray park and walking track

7/22/2009
Gaulbert Pavilion to be closed for repairs
The Gaulbert Pavilion in the Big Rock area of Cherokee Park will have a red tile roof repaired in the next 6-8 weeks. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is investing approximately $90,000 to repair the roof of the historic pavilion.

7/22/2009
District 9's Eastover Park is set for cleanup on Saturday, August 1st
Before summer vacation is over, students at Field Elementary will have one more task before heading to school this year. They plan on making sure Eastover Park continues to be a place to play

7/22/2009
Woolridge and St. George Community Center host Back to School event
On Friday, August 7th a special group of young people will meet in Algonquin Park to participate in a cleanup and then get ready to embrace a new school year.

7/21/2009
Fourth Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet to Be Held July 30 and 31
Louisville’s fourth annual Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Meet will be held Thursday and Friday July 30 and 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at Moore Traditional School located at 6415 Outer Loop. More than 600 children ages five to twelve will participate and each participant will receive a medal. Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith will be on hand all day July 31.

7/20/2009
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to assist Orchard Manor Residents in setting up Block Watch
District 11 Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer will host a meeting to assist residents of Louisville’s Orchard Manor with the establishment of a block watch. The meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

7/20/2009
Owen encourages public comment on proposed sign regulations
Some are big, some are small. Some are high in the air, other down on the ground. Still others are electronic with information, while others are simple. One can find all kinds of signs in Metro Louisville but are some of those signs appropriate for the area in which they are placed?

7/20/2009
Hamilton announces August line up for 2009 Outdoor Family Film Festival
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) announces something new when the 2009 Outdoor Family Film Festival begins again in August: the popular summertime event will also now be shown on Saturday nights in the Portland neighborhood.

7/17/2009
Proposed Changes to STAR Regulations
Changes are proposed to APCD Regulations 1.02, 1.06, 5.00, 5.01, 5.11, 5.12, 5.20, 5.21, 5.22, and 5.30.

7/16/2009
President Tandy requests Cordish Company release documents on 4th St. Live Renovations
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) has sent a letter to the Cordish Company requesting release of all financial documentation on its recent renovations at Fourth Street Live.

7/16/2009
Louisville Extreme Park to be closed July 21-23
The Louisville Extreme Park will be closed from Tuesday, July 21 to Thursday, July 23 for repairs.

7/15/2009
District 1 hosts Mayor's Community Conversation, Monday July 20th
Councilwoman Judith Green welcomes and District 1 will host the next Mayor’s Community Conversation at Carter Elementary on Monday, July 20th.

7/15/2009
Governors, Mayor Celebrate Legislation Aimed at Financing Ohio River Bridges
Gov. Steve Beshear, accompanied by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, today ceremonially signed new legislation aimed at finding a way to finance the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

7/14/2009
Forest offering discount on Summer Camp beginning next week
Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering a 10 percent discount to children ages 7 to 12 who sign up for next week’s Creature Trekking camp, which begins Monday, July 20.

7/14/2009
Kentucky Music Weekend takes place July 24-25 at Iroquois Amphitheater
For the 33rd consecutive year, Kentucky Music Weekend will bring the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to the Iroquois Amphitheater on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. Voted into law as Kentucky’s “Premier Folk Festival” in 2000, Kentucky Music Weekend will again fill the Amphitheater with the sounds of the Bluegrass State’s history through the music of the banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, and vocal harmony.

7/13/2009
Parking available at Churchill Park for home U of L football games
With the 2009 University of Louisville football season fast approaching, Metro Parks is offering secure, affordable and convenient parking for home games. Parking passes for Churchill Park – adjacent to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Floyd Street and Byrne Avenue – are now available.

7/13/2009
Resolution Filed Establishing Local Participation on Bi-State Bridge Authority
Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) and Council President David Tandy (District 4) have filed a resolution requesting the mayor appoint a delegation of Metro citizens to serve on the bi-state authority for the purpose of financing, constructing and operating the proposed Ohio River Bridges Project.

7/13/2009
Historic Preservation focus of District 12 Dialogue on July 21st
How important is historic preservation to Metro Louisville in the 21st Century? What are some of the challenges of progress versus remembering the past? Those questions will be the focus of July’s District 12 Dialogue set for Tuesday, July 21st at the Rockford Lane Baptist Church, 2006 Rockford Lane

7/13/2009
Majority Caucus will meet on Thursday, July 16th
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will resume its meeting schedule on Thursday, July 16th at 4:00pm

7/11/2009
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Kosmos Cement
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Kosmos Cement Company to revise monitoring requirements on the clinker feeder baghouse.

7/9/2009
Metro Animal Services Announces Rabies, Licensing, and Microchipping Clinics
Metro Animal Services will offer three rabies clinics at the shelter’s 3705 Manslick Road location.

7/8/2009
New Junk Pickup Dates Set for Urban Services District
The Louisville Solid Waste Management department has announced new junk and bulk waste pickup dates for Urban Services District neighborhoods through the end of 2009. These dates reflect one cycle of junk pickup; the next round of collection dates will be announced in early 2010.

7/8/2009
Ward-Pugh invites community to the 5th Annual Crescent Hill Outdoor Cinema Series
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) invites the community to come out for a special summer event when the 5th Annual Crescent Hill Outdoor Cinema Series returns to the Peterson-Dumesnil House this Friday, July 10th

7/7/2009
Free Movie Nights return to Iroquois Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 11th
With summer in full swing, fun family entertainment returns to the Iroquois Amphitheater this Saturday when “Free Movie Nights” returns with the showing of the Pink Panther 2.

7/7/2009
Abramson Visits West Virginia to Speak on Merged Government
Mayor Jerry Abramson left today on a two-day trip to Charleston, West Virginia, where he’ll speak about Louisville’s success with merged government.

7/7/2009
Riverside to host Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social this Sunday
Families who are looking for an inexpensive, relaxing afternoon will find a lot to like at the 8th annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social this Sunday, July 12, at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.

7/7/2009
Henderson invites everyone to Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at Riverside on Sunday July 12th
It is a unique opportunity to experience times gone by in the days when steamboats forded the Ohio River and a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Eighth Annual Riverside’s Old Fashion Ice Cream Social will get underway on Sunday, July 12th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is free

7/2/2009
Dates set for Summer Chamber Series
Six shows have been set for the Mayor’s Summer Chamber Concert Series, which will bring professional musicians from the Louisville Orchestra to selected local libraries and community centers across the city. The Louisville Orchestra, Metro Parks and Mayor Jerry Abramson have partnered for the third consecutive year for the performances, which will take place beginning July 6 and continuing through the month.

7/2/2009
Metro Parks offering 4th of July weekend golf package
In order to encourage local families to visit their municipally-owned golf courses, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during the 4th of July weekend.

7/1/2009
WorldFest One of Four Louisville Events Named Top 20
The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has chosen the Street Rods, WorldFest, IdeaFestival, and St. James Court Art Show as four of the Top 20 Events in the summer and fall.

7/1/2009
Free Junk Drop-off Day at Landfill Announced
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s free, semi-annual bulk waste and junk drop-off collection day to help residents with cleanups in their homes and neighborhoods.

6/30/2009
Majority Caucus will not meet this week
The Majority Caucus will not meet on Thursday.

6/29/2009
Councilman Stuart Benson to Host Town Hall Meeting July 8, 2009
Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will host a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the J-Town Fire Department’s community room located at 10540 Watterson Trail.

6/26/2009
Air Quality Alert for Saturday, June 27
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

6/26/2009
Metro Animal Services Offers “Pet-riotic” Prices for Independence Day
Metro Animal Services (MAS) will celebrate its participation in Animal World USA’s “Kentucky Week for the Animals” by offering reduced rates for adoptable animals from Saturday, June 27th through Sunday, July 5th.

6/26/2009
Vietnam Vet’s Annual Concert in the Park set for District 14 on June 28th
Sun Valley Park will be the place to be when the Vietnam Vet’s Annual Concert in the Park gets underway on Sunday, June 28th

6/26/2009
Ward-Pugh kicks off “Operation Vital Nutrients” for Ky National Guard
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) unveiled “Operation Vital Nutrients” on Friday as a new program to provide essential multi vitamin health care to the men and women who are serving in the Kentucky National Guard.

6/25/2009
Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month with Metro Parks
In honor of National Park and Recreation Month during July, Metro Parks will offer the public a chance to win great prizes by answering daily weekday trivia questions through its Facebook, Twitter and Flickr sites.

6/25/2009
Henderson encourages everyone to get the “Scoop on the Loop” on Saturday June 27th
It will be 100 miles long when finished and provide a path for walking, jogging and bicycling for those who want to exercise or just take a casual stroll. It is known as the Louisville Loop and on Saturday, June 27th the public will have a chance to learn more about the project.

6/25/2009
Ward-Pugh to announce new health initiative for Kentucky National Guard on Friday
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) will announce a new health initiative for more than 8,000 members of the Kentucky National Guard on Friday, June 26th at 9:00am in Jefferson Square.

6/25/2009
Metro Council approves FY 2009-2010 Budgets
On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the FY 2009-2010 Operating and Capital Budgets for the Metro Government. The Operating Budget was approved 22 to 1 with one abstention. The Capital Budget was passed 23 to 1.

6/23/2009
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday, June 24
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

6/23/2009
Council members join local Vietnam Veterans to clean up Eastern Cemetery on June 27th
On Saturday, June 27th, the Eastern Cemetery will again be a gathering place for those who will pay honor to men and women who have long since left family and friends. This time, Vietnam Veterans and local volunteers will clear trash, repair headstones, trim grass in an effort to restore the sacred grounds to a place of honor for those who are there

6/23/2009
Mayor Abramson announces improvements at Blue Lick Park
Okolona area residents can enjoy new recreational opportunities, thanks to $205,000 in improvements completed in Blue Lick Park. The park features a new asphalt walking path with benches, a new swingset, new bench-style swings, resurfaced basketball and tennis courts, a resurfaced and restriped parking lot, and a new drinking fountain.

6/22/2009
Healthy Start Wins Major HRSA Grant
The Healthy Start initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a new grant of $6,375,000.00 from the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The monies will fund Healthy Start for the next five years and will be allocated in increments of $1,275,000.00 annually.

6/19/2009
Louisville Celebrates the Opening of Its Newest Farmers Market
Louisville Celebrates the Opening of Its Newest Farmers Market

6/19/2009
Cherokee Park roadways to be closed June 28-30 for USA Cycling road race
Several Cherokee Park roadways will be closed from June 28-30 for the USA Cycling Masters Road Championships, which will take place in Louisville through early July.

6/18/2009
June 27 Open House Offers Chance to Learn More About Louisville Loop
Bikers, hikers and exercise enthusiasts are encouraged to join Metro Parks staff and Mayor Jerry Abramson at a public event June 27 at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing as they detail the Louisville Loop, a proposed 100-mile paved shared-use path that will encircle Louisville when completed.

6/17/2009
Revision to Construction Permit for American Synthetic Rubber Company
APCD proposes to issue a significant revision to a New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit for American Synthetic Rubber Company, 4500 Camp Ground Road.

6/16/2009
List Helps Families, Individuals Find Stimulus Dollars, Programs
Louisville Metro Government has compiled a list of web pages to help citizens take advantage of various federal stimulus programs, from tax credits for first-time homebuyers and scholarships for laid-off workers to grants for home weatherization.

6/16/2009
U.S. Mayors Name Kilowatt Crackdown as Best Practice
Louisville’s Kilowatt Crackdown, a yearlong contest to improve energy use in buildings, has been named as a Best Practice by the 2009 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

6/16/2009
2009 Mayors' Climate Protection Award Winners Announced
Louisville is a finalist in the 2009 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards.

6/15/2009
Budget Committee announces guidelines for June 16th & 17th public hearing
Councilman Jim King (D-10), Chair of the Metro Council Budge Committee has announced the guidelines for two public hearings on the proposed 2009- 2010 Metro Government Budget

6/13/2009
Proposed Title V Operating Permit for Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant
Notice of comment period on proposed Title V operating permit for the Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant

6/12/2009
Upgrading Your TV? Recycle Your Analog Set
If you're buying a new TV set due to the switch from analog to digital broadcast – consider recycling the old set instead of just throwing it out. Metro Solid Waste’s CyberCycle program accepts televisions and other electronics at no charge to citizens.

6/11/2009
Woolridge announces 2009 St. George Health & Fun Fair for June 20th
Local families may be rethinking priorities this summer when it comes to vacations and the economy. But Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) does not want anyone to sacrifice health care if they are faced with tough economic times.

6/11/2009
Public Health and Wellness Begins Mosquito Fogging
Public Health and Wellness Begins Mosquito Fogging

6/11/2009
Butler and Johnson sponsor S.P.O.T. Clinic on Saturday. June 13th
Warmer temperatures and sunny skies are bringing more pet owners and their animals outdoors. It is also the right time of year to make sure any pet is healthy, properly vaccinated and licensed in Metro Louisville.

6/11/2009
Proposed Agreed Board Order with American Synthetic Rubber Company
Notice of Public Hearing on proposed agreed Board order with American Synthetic Rubber Company

6/10/2009
Kentucky lawmakers to attend June District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday
Councilman Rick Blackwell has invited members of Jefferson County’s Legislative Delegation to the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, June 16th at the Ormsby Heights Baptist Church beginning at 7:00pm.

6/9/2009
Brightside NatureScape Grants Awarded
Brightside Awards NatureScape Grants to neighborhood and civic groups

6/8/2009
“Coffee with your Councilman” set for June 13th in District 12
With summer around the corner, Councilman Rick Blackwell is again inviting residents of District 12 to come out and have some coffee and conversation on Saturday, June 13th.

6/5/2009
Public Meeting Seeks People's Input On River Road Scenic Byway Plan
Louisville Metro Government is seeking the public’s input on a plan to preserve and protect scenic River Road and improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists, walkers and joggers

6/5/2009
Henderson welcomes return Southwest Farmers Market at Valley High School
Fresh fruits and vegetables make a return to the parking lot of Valley High School this weekend when the Southwest Farmers Market begins its second year on Saturday, June 6th.“Because of last year’s success, the Southwest Farmers Market is back in business again,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).

6/5/2009
Public Meeting Seeks Input on River Road Scenic Byway Plan
Louisville Metro Government is seeking the public’s input on a plan to preserve and protect scenic River Road and improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. The meeting is 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 16th at Gingerwoods Event Hall, 7611 Rose Island Road.

6/4/2009
LMPD Announces Innovative Plan Aimed at Preventing Business Thefts
LMPD announces innovative plan aimed to prevent business theft, an effort designed to help businesses avoid further losses in the struggling economy.

6/4/2009
Metro Parks Summer Camps to begin Monday, June 8
Metro Parks summer camps begin Monday, June 8, at community centers across Louisville, and spots still remain for this fun, affordable alternative to staying at home. Camps begin Monday and continue through July 31. The camps are geared towards children ages 6-12, except Baxter Community Center, which is hosting a camp for teens ages 13 to 15. Spots are available at each one of the Metro Parks summer camps with the exception of the Sun Valley Community Center, which is sold out.

6/4/2009
Satellite Technology Speeds Ambulance Response
Louisville’s 54 EMS ambulances and fly cars are now equipped with Global Positioning Technology that tracks units in real time at MetroSafe dispatch – pinpointing their locations within ten feet so that the closest responders may deployed to each emergency medical call.

6/4/2009
Welch and Green help launch statewide Kentucky Rx Card
Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Judith Green (D-1) along with Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4), Dr. Adewale Troutman of the Metro Public Health and Wellness Department and Joe Reagan of Greater Louisville Inc on Thursday, June 4th launched a new statewide program which focuses on cost effective and affordable prescription drugs.

6/3/2009
New Recycling Drop-off Site Open
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the addition of a new recycling drop-off site at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park at 3000 Freys Hill Road. This center will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and brings the city’s total number of Metro recycling centers to 17.

6/3/2009
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches

6/3/2009
Metro Councilmen Benson and Engel to participate in 18th Annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep
Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20) and Robin Engel (District 22) will work with the Floyds Fork Environmental Association, Canoe Kentucky, Brightside, Metro Solid Waste Management, and Metro Parks in support of the 2009 Floyds Fork Creek Sweep.

6/3/2009
Metro Parks, Louisville Metro Councilmembers sponsoring free movie nights
The historic Iroquois Amphitheater, located in the natural woodlands backdrop of Iroquois Park in south Louisville, will play host to four family-friendly free movies during the summer months.

6/3/2009
Mayor Launches Kindergarten Countdown 2009
Surrounded by dozens of preschool children, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

6/2/2009
Councilman Blackwell Invites TAPP to Metro Council on Thursday, June 4th
Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) has invited the project manager, participants and graduates of the Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) to attend the Metro Council Appropriations Committee Meeting on Thursday June 4th at 5pm in the Metro Council Chambers, City Hall 3rd Floor.

6/2/2009
Compass Airlines Maintenance Facility Brings New Jobs to Louisville
Today, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Compass Airlines announced that the airline’s permanent aircraft maintenance facility at Louisville International Airport is fully operational.

6/2/2009
Woolridge announces special meeting for Hallmark Neighborhood Association for June 8th
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) announces a special meeting for members of the Hallmark Neighborhood Association to continue discussions on the Zeon lawsuit settlement.

6/2/2009
Department of Public Health and Wellness Announces Nurse of the Year Winners
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness recently honored two of its staff members as “Nurses of the Year.” Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

6/1/2009
Councilmen Benson and Engel to Speak at FCCACC Monthly Membership Luncheon
22) will speak at the June 2, 2009 membership meeting of the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce (FCCACC).

6/1/2009
Golfers offered a $3 discount during the summer months at Metro Parks courses
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during the summer months at nine Metro Parks courses. Citizens can register for a coupon, redeemable at any of the courses, at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf/golfspecials.htm. The coupon can be applied to greens and cart fees for an 18-hole round on weekdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. during June, July and August.

6/1/2009
Mayor, Students Celebrate House Demolition
Mayor Jerry Abramson handed out “demolition diplomas” today to fifth grade students at Wheatley Elementary to commemorate their role in helping to tear down a vacant house near their school. The mayor and students cheered as a demolition crew began razing the home.

6/1/2009
Councilmen Hawkins to Sponsor Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Councilman Doug Hawkins (District 25) and the Louisville Kennel Club are partnering to encourage responsible dog ownership by holding an event that will offer free rabies shots, and significantly reduced fees for microchipping. The event will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 9:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Jefferson Community Technical College, Southwest Campus, located off Stonestreet Road (1000 Community College Road). Please contact the office of Councilman Hawkins at 574-1125 with any questions.

5/29/2009
Picture People Portrait Studio Offers Free Photos for “Pet People’s” Pets
The “pup-perazzi” have cameras ready to take free photos of your furry friends! Picture People Portrait Studio in the Mall St. Matthews (Cheesecake Factory entrance) will offer free 8x10 or 10 x 13 portraits of family pets on Sunday, June 7, from 12 to 6 p.m. In support of this offer, Picture People asks that you donate an item to Metro Animal Services.

5/29/2009
METCO Approves Small Business Loans
French Restaurant, Dry Cleaners, Hair Salon Awarded Small-Business Loans

5/29/2009
June 6 ceremony to highlight improvements at Waverly Park Lake
LOUISVILLE (May 28, 2009) – Already one of Louisville’s most popular fishing locations, Waverly Park Lake has now become one of its best. Metro Parks officials and District 25 Councilman Doug Hawkins will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at the newly renovated Waverly Park Lake. Visitors will see improvements that include a gravel path around the fishing lake, a new fishing pier and two new picnic shelters, updated fishing areas, expanded parking and newly landscaped grounds.

5/29/2009
Bruster’s Ice Cream Is Having a Furry Friends Fundraiser!
Enjoy a cool ice cream cone while helping your furry friends at Metro Animal Services by visiting Bruster’s Ice Cream Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. Bruster’s Ice Cream, located at 700 Lyndon Lane, will donate $1 to MAS for every waffle cone they sell. The goal is to generate $1500.

5/28/2009
Metro Parks Celebrates National Trails Day
A new 1.5-mile hiking trail being developed at Jefferson Memorial Forest will, for the first time, connect more than 35 miles of existing hiking trails, but Metro Parks needs your help.

5/28/2009
Metro Council begins review of Mayor’s Budget Proposal on Tuesday
Councilman Jim King (D-10), chair of the Metro Council Budget Committee has announced the schedule of hearings for review of the Mayor’s Proposed 2009 -2010 Budget.

5/28/2009
Mayor's Budget Reduces Size of Government, Maintains Core Services; Creates 3,000 Private Jobs
Mayor Jerry Abramson today introduced his 2009-2010 fiscal year budget that reduces the size of government while maintaining basic services and creating 3,000 private-sector jobs with federal stimulus spending.

5/27/2009
Woolridge to administer oath to Student Leaders at Mill Creek Elementary
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will be on hand when the Leadership Academy Magnet Program of Mill Creek Elementary holds a special ceremony on Monday, June 1st.

5/27/2009
Welch hosts NLC Human Development Steering Committee this weekend
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will welcome 30 members of the Human Development Steering Committee to the National League of Cities to Louisville for meetings on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th

5/27/2009
Welch encourages kids to get VERB Summer Scorecard
By the time this summer is over, many students at Coral Ridge Elementary School in Louisville will not only have had some fun but improved their health if they take part in the VERB Summer Scorecard.

5/27/2009
Ward-Pugh seeks volunteers for Louisville Xstream Clean-up on Saturday, May 30th
On Saturday morning, volunteers in Kentucky and Indiana will get to work cleaning up local waterways for a healthier and safer community. That’s when the Louisville Xstream Clean-up will get underway as part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by Living Lands & Waters.

5/27/2009
Drugs Toss Collects 1,100 Pounds of Medications
The city’s fifth “Drug Toss” collected more than a half-ton of old or expired medications from residents last week.

5/26/2009
Green honored as 2009 “Childfriend of the Year”
Every year, the Home of the Innocents honors a group or individual who has provided exemplary service for the protection and advocacy of children. On June 3rd, the Home will again honor such an individual when it names Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) as its “2009 Childfriend of the Year”

5/21/2009
EMS Builds Hospital Network to Speed Heart Attack Care
Today, Louisville Metro EMS, the American Heart Association and seven area hospital systems announced a new partnership to improve heart attack care by shortening the time between ambulance arrival and treatment by EMS, and opening the blockage in the hospital cardiac catheterization lab – a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI.

5/21/2009
Air Quality Alert for May 22
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

5/21/2009
It’s Beaglemania at Metro Animal Services
While the Beatles will be landing on the river this weekend, the Beagles have landed at Metro Animal Services! In honor of the overwhelming Beagle frenzy that has taken over MAS, the adoption fees for all Beagles six months and older have been reduced to $70 until May 30, 2009.

5/21/2009
Welch thanks Fairdale Students for pool mural
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be on hand for the unveiling of a special piece of community art work at the Fairdale pool on Friday, May 22nd. The art work is a mural painted by students from the Fairdale Community School.

5/21/2009
Councilwoman Green to address Head Start Graduation
Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will have the honor of delivering a very special commencement address when 35 Head Start students graduate on Friday, May 22nd

5/20/2009
Metro Parks Opens Summer Swimming Pools for Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is a sign that summer is near, and Metro Parks is doing its part to mark the occasion by opening its four outdoor summer swimming pools. The city’s five free spraygrounds and 17 free spraypads are already running, with two new spraygrounds scheduled to open in July.

5/20/2009
Comment Period Canceled on Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.04
Notice of cancellation of public comment period and hearing for a proposed new version of an APCD regulation

5/20/2009
Air Quality Alert for May 21
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

5/20/2009
Title V Construction Permit for Hexion Specialty Chemicals
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Hexion Specialty Chemicals

5/19/2009
King and Blackwell to review Mayor’s action on Labor Standards ordinance
Councilmen Jim King (D-10) and Rick Blackwell (D-12) say they will review Mayor Jerry Abramson’s veto of the labor standards ordinance before deciding on how to move forward.

5/19/2009
Metro Parks Golf offering Family Golf Package over Memorial Day Weekend
Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during the Memorial Day weekend.

5/19/2009
Mayor Reacts to Recommendation in Police Take-Home Car Case
Mayor Jerry Abramson released the following statement regarding today’s recommendation by an administrative hearing officer in the police take-home case: “I am disappointed by the finding, which essentially says take-home cars are a right, not a privilege, for police officers regardless of the cost to taxpayers and the economic challenges the city faces.

5/19/2009
Mayor Vetoes New Mandates on Business Investments
Mayor Jerry Abramson today vetoed a recently passed ordinance by the Metro Council that would undermine Louisville’s efforts to create jobs by imposing new mandates on most private investments that include public funding.

5/18/2009
Free Movie Nights returns to Iroquois Park for 2009
What has become a summer tradition returns to Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday night, May 23rd when the 2009 Movies Nights debuts for another entertainment season.

5/18/2009
Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s fifth “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Six disposal sites will accept medications May 21-23.

5/18/2009
Councilman James Peden to Hold Crime Detection Walk
Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) along with the LMPD 7th Division and Wal-Mart are working together to hold a Crime Detection Walk on Tuesday, May 19th from 4:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Due to a recent surge in crime in the area, it is more important than ever to talk with residents about how to be vigilant and keep their neighborhoods safe.

5/18/2009
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Texas Gas Transmission, LLC
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing on proposed agreed Board order with Texas Gas Transmission, LLC

5/18/2009
Tyler Park, Hogan’s Fountain to be focus of Thursday public meeting
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Thursday, May 21, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch library located at 1250 Bardstown Road in the Mid City Mall. The meetings will be the second in a series to develop master plans for both sites.

5/15/2009
Fontaine Ferry Park: Open For One More Summer
Today, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Dr. Madeleine Burnside, executive director of the Frazier International History Museum, introduced the museum’s new Fontaine Ferry exhibit, which opens Saturday.

5/15/2009
Minority Caucus Condemns Actions of Metro Council in Passing Anti-Business Labor Standards Ordinance
Members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus express their extreme concern and disappointment with the actions of a majority of members of the Metro Council during their May 14, 2009 meeting. During a meeting that lasted more than seven hours, members of the Majority Caucus pushed through an anti-business Labor Standards Ordinance (O-32-03-09) that discriminates against small business owners, minority business owners, women business owners and independent groups like the Associated Builders and Contractors of this community.

5/14/2009
“2009 Forest Fest” kicks off summer events in District 13 on Saturday, May 16th
In the backdrop of a beautiful, natural setting, once again music will roll around the hills of the Jefferson Memorial Forest when the 2009 Forest Fest gets underway on Saturday, May 16th.

5/14/2009
Metro Councilman Kramer to join the Buechel Area Business Association for a Community Cleanup
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will join the Buechel Area Business Association at their Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am. Volunteers are asked to meet at Printworx (3928 Bardstown Road) at 10:00 a.m.

5/13/2009
Mayor, Fire Chief Celebrate Opening of New Firehouse
Mayor Jerry Abramson joined Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick and neighbors today to formally open the new Engine 21 fire station in Butchertown. The station joins Engine 6 in Portland as the first new stations to open in the city in 14 years.

5/13/2009
District 13 announces pool painting party for Hornbeck Park, Sat. May 16th
With summer just around the corner, the pool at Nelson Hornbeck Park is trying to pull off a makeover and volunteers are needed to make sure that happens. “Anyone who knows how to hold a paint brush is qualified to help us,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

5/13/2009
Child Support Insert 3-week Results
Child Support Insert three-week results: more than $200,000

5/13/2009
LMPD focus of May District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) will focus on public safety when the District 12 Dialogue gets underway on Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00pm at the Grace Tabernacle, 6901Mt. Calvary Road.

5/12/2009
Public meeting set for tonight on Multi-use path at Bowman Field
Since last November, Metro Parks is ready to show its completed construction plans for the multi use path that will encircle Bowman Field. That is the reason for a public meeting on Wednesday, May 13th to show the public what the plan looks like.

5/12/2009
S.P.O.T. makes a stop in Okolona this Saturday, May 30th
If you live in Okolona and have thought of adopting a pet, you will have a chance in May. If you own a pet and need rabies shots, licensing or a micro chip, there is also an opportunity for that in one central location

5/11/2009
Public Safety Committee sets guidelines for anti-litter hearing on May 19th
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) has announced a public hearing for the next meeting of the Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, May 19th. The public hearing will deal with concerns over an anti-littering ordinance before the Committee.

5/11/2009
Flood proclaims: “It’s Okolona Spring Clean-up Time” on Saturday, May 16th
Once again, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is providing a unique way for non-profit groups to raise money for their organization and at the same time help make the Okolona Spring Clean-up a success.

5/11/2009
Shanklin welcomes Mayor's Community Conversation to Newburg
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) and residents of Newburg and Norfolk will play host to the Mayor’s Community Conversation on Monday, May 18th.

5/8/2009
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.05
Notice of public hearing for a proposed new version of an APCD regulation

5/8/2009
$3 Million in Stimulus Job Training Funds
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced $3 million in job training for laid-off workers as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

5/7/2009
Louisville Celebrates Bike to Work Day 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for Louisville’s participation in National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 15th.

5/7/2009
D&S Automotive Repair Grand Opening Planned for May 9th
Louisville, KY; Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer and representatives of the Hikes Point Area Business Association will celebrate the grand opening of D&S Automotive Repair (3018 Hunsinger Lane in Hikes Point) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 2009.

5/7/2009
2009 Mayor’s Hike & Bike Set for Memorial Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the increasingly popular Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike events will continue in 2009 with the first on Memorial Day, May 25, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

5/6/2009
Councilman Benson to Host Rabies, License and Microchip Clinic
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) along with Metro Animal Services will host a Rabies, License and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at the J-town Library (10635 Watterson Trail) Please remember that all restraint laws apply: your cat, dog, or ferret must be restrained by leash or carrier.

5/6/2009
Fifth Annual Forest Fest to take place May 16
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, craft vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fifth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 16. The concert is free, but parking will be $5 per car.

5/6/2009
Front Porch Tuesdays set for May 12th and 19th in District 8
It’s a chance to shake off a harsh winter and find out what is going on in the neighborhood. Councilman Tom Owen is encouraging everyone in District 8 to participate in Front Porch Tuesdays on May 12th and 19th.

5/6/2009
Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing to celebrate “100 Years On the Ohio”
Abraham Lincoln, George Rogers Clark and Frederick Douglass are a few of the notable historical figures slated to appear at Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing May 16-17. That weekend, Riverside will be presenting, “100 Years On The Ohio,” a historical timeline event representing the years 1765-1865, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

5/6/2009
Councilwoman Welch to deliver keynote address on “Nurses Day”
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will give the keynote address on Friday, May 8th when the Metro Department of Health and Wellness honors its nursing staff as part of National Nurses Week.

5/5/2009
St. Matthews’ Holzheimer Park Dedication Planned for May 6th
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7) will join St. Matthews’ Mayor Bernie Bowling, the St. Matthews City Council and members of the Holzheimer Family as they dedicate the redesigned and much improved Holzheimer Park on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

5/5/2009
Welch encourages residents to attend public meeting on Fairdale Intersection May 13th
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Louisville Metro Government want your input on the best ways to correct the driving conditions on Fairdale Road, Mitchell Hill Road, West Manslick and Mount Holly Roads.

5/4/2009
Blackwell hosts "Coffee with your Councilman" Saturday, May 9th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is encouraging residents of District 12 to come out and have a cup of coffee if they have some free time this coming Saturday. The next “Coffee with your Councilman” will be held on Saturday, May 9th at Sister Bean’s, 4956 Manslick Road beginning at 10:00am.

5/4/2009
Councilmember’s Engel and Benson to Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fern Creek Commons
Metro Councilmember’s Robin Engel (District 22) and Stuart Benson (District 20) will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for Fern Creek Commons located at the corner of Bardstown Road and Beulah Church Road on Tuesday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m.

4/29/2009
Metro Government Closed Friday for Furlough
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed Friday, May 1 for a furlough day.

4/29/2009
Final Weekend for Free Debris Drop Off
Public Works crews will again open three locations for storm debris drop-off this weekend. This is the final weekend for free ice storm debris drop-off.

4/28/2009
Metro Council Members endorse “Shop Southwest Louisville” Campaign
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are encouraging residents and shoppers along Dixie Highway to take a few minutes to sign a very important petition. The help is for an effort called “The Shop Southwest Louisville Campaign” over the next three weeks.

4/27/2009
Unseld kicks off beautification project in District 6
Drivers, runners and walkers will see something new at several intersections in Old Louisville. It is something to enhance the esthetics of a neighborhood that is already considered unique, quaint and historic. “I think it is a project that everyone will be pleased with,” says Councilman George Unseld (D-6). "We call it Sixth District Shine.”

4/27/2009
LFD Awards Banquet 2009
2009 Awards Banquet

4/24/2009
Ward-Pugh commends Mercy Sacred Heart Village for its “Green” efforts in expansion
While on hand for a special ground breaking ceremony, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)on Friday, praised the efforts of Mercy Sacred Heart Village for keeping the environment in mind as it expands to serve the community of Clifton and the surrounding area.

4/24/2009
Louisville Named City of Future
Louisville Named ‘City of the Future’ By International Economic Magazine City also named to Top 5 for business potential

4/23/2009
“Green” redevelopment initative introduced by President Tandy
To honor the observance of Earth Day, Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) announced the introduction of an ordinance that would save residential and commercial property owners tax money with future qualifying renovations and investments in existing properties.

4/23/2009
Registration underway for 50 and Over Games
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 11-17. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 17 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from volleyball and a road race to bowling, billiards and corn toss.

4/23/2009
Mayor Seeks Council Input on Budget Cuts for Next Year
Facing another year of financial belt-tightening, Mayor Jerry Abramson has asked Louisville Metro Council leaders to provide consensus suggestions for additional budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal 2009-2010 city budget.

4/23/2009
Ward-Pugh to join Mercy Sacred Heart Village for Groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, April 24th
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) will join officials of Mercy Sacred Heart Village for a very important event on Friday, April 24th. The Senior Living Community will break ground for an expansion of its facilities in the Clifton area

4/23/2009
Mayor, Gov. Celebrate Investment at Ford's Louisville Truck Plant
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear joined Ford officials and employees today in celebrating the completion of a $200 million investment in the retooling of its Kentucky Truck Plant. The investment makes way for the production of two new vehicles - the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

4/23/2009
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson leads bipartisan effort against Littering
Since taking office in January, Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) has received numerous phone calls, emails, and letters complaining about the weekly advertising supplements delivered throughout Metro Louisville which have created a problem

4/23/2009
Four Businesses Awarded City Loans
Porter Funeral Home, Oak St. Hardware Among Businesses Awarded City Loans Low-interest loans help create jobs

4/22/2009
Climate Action Report Available
The Climate Action Report from the Climate Change Committee of the Partnership for a Green City is now available.

4/21/2009
Five Louisville Officers to be Honored at Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
Five Louisville officers to be honored at law enforcement memorial ceremony with Governor Beshear addressing family, friends and comrades of the fallen officers.

4/21/2009
Jefferson Memorial Forest receives trail revitalization grant
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 21, 2009) – Thanks to overwhelming public support, the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and Jefferson Memorial Forest have been awarded a $5,000 grant by Nature Valley and the American Hiking Society’s Save the Trails initiative for new trail construction.

4/21/2009
Mayor Congratulates ENERGY STAR Award Winners
More Louisville businesses are improving their energy efficiency – a move that can help budgets as well as the environment. Today, Mayor Jerry Abramson congratulated 11 Louisville businesses and buildings that made enough energy improvements to earn an ENERGY STAR award.

4/17/2009
Ward-Pugh and volunteers to clean up Lexington Road on Saturday, April 18th
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), working with the Crescent Hill Community Council, has announced a special clean up on the north side of Lexington road on Saturday, April 18th.

4/17/2009
Mayor Honors 47 Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Jerry Abramson today presented the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award to 47 Louisville public and private schjool students.

4/17/2009
New Pumping Station Helps Protect 135,000 Residents from Flooding
The West Louisville Pumping Station, a 50-year-old system which protects 135,000 homes from flooding, will be rebuilt, thanks in part to federal economic stimulus dollars.

4/17/2009
Welch and Blackwell partner in effort to connect students and the Jefferson Memorial Forest
Students at Mercy Academy have a unique opportunity to learn more about one of the largest urban forest in the United States and at the same time help preserve the Jefferson Memorial Forest in all of its beauty. It is part of a continuing partnership program created between Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Rick Blackwell (D-12) and the staff of the Forest

4/16/2009
Louisville Firefighters help Councilwoman Flood with 2009 “Doing Our Part” Campaign
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) has accepted a $750 check from the Louisville Federation of Retired Fire Fighters and Louisville Professional Fire Fighters, Local 345 as part of the 2009 “Doing Our Part From the Heart” campaign”.

4/16/2009
Storm Debris Collection Completed, Underway in 75 Percent of Louisville
Debris collection from the winter ice storm has been completed or is underway in 75 percent of Louisville’s 386 square miles.

4/16/2009
Mayor Abramson announces improvements at Sun Valley Community Center
LOUISVILLE – Sun Valley Community Center just got a lot nicer, thanks to improvements funded by Louisville Metro Government. The popular Southwest Louisville community center now boasts expanded restrooms that will fully accommodate handicapped users for the first time, an improved exercise room, kitchen upgrades, better office space and storage areas, and a new ceiling and new lights in the main gathering area.

4/16/2009
Child Support Insert 2009 to be published April 19th
County Attorney's Child Support Insert to be published April 19, 2009

4/15/2009
Henderson invites everyone to Sun Valley Community Center’s Grand Reopening
There is a saying “Everything old is new again.” That could be the case for the Sun Valley Community Center which will hold its Grand Reopening on Thursday, April 16th.

4/14/2009
Hamilton and Yarmuth announce $175, 000 Federal Grant for Shawnee Neighborhood
Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) has presented $175,000 to Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) as a first year federal grant for the Shawnee Weed and Seed Program. “This grant is the result of many long hours and dedicated work of many people in the Shawnee Neighborhood who want to make it a better place for our children and our families,” said Hamilton.

4/14/2009
April District 12 Dialogue tonight features Metro Animal Services
Have a question about a barking dog in the neighborhood? What is the cost of a dog licenses in Louisville? The answers to those questions can be found at the April District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, April 21st at Incarnation Catholic Church beginning at 7:00pm. The Church is located at 2229 Lower Hunters Trace.

4/13/2009
Bank On Cities Campaign Announced
‘Bank On Cities’ Campaign Urges Families To Use Mainstream Banks - Louisville one of eight cities chosen for program

4/13/2009
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to host District 11 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2009 between 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Alliance Church (3726 Bardstown Road).

4/13/2009
Debris Drop Off Sites Open Saturday
Public Works crews will again open three locations for storm debris drop-off Saturday and Sunday.

4/9/2009
Councilwoman Green to hold District 1 Dialogue April 21st
Councilwoman Judith Green is extending an invitation to residents of District 1 to come out and speak about an issue or concern they may have with Metro Government

4/9/2009
March 2009 Promotions
March 19, 2009 Promotions Ceremony

4/9/2009
President Tandy Announces Community Art Gallery at City Hall
Metro Council President David W. Tandy (D-4) today visited the Louisville Visual Art Association on River Road to announce the creation of a new Community Art Gallery at City Hall, which will showcase the talent of citizens from all over the community and promote local artist and the visual arts.

4/9/2009
Metro Parks staff conducts controlled burns
Metro Parks staff conducted a successful ‘controlled burn’ on 7.5 acres of grassland in the Scott’s Gap section of Jefferson Memorial Forest on April 2, 2009, and then followed up with a controlled burn on April 9, 2009 at Iroquois Park's Summit Field that encompassed 7 acres.

4/8/2009
Grand Slam Golf Giveway taking place during April at Metro Parks courses
LOUISVILLE - Golfers who play a round at any of the 9 courses operated by Louisville Metro Government during the month of April will be eligible for one of dozens of great prizes through Metro Parks’ annual Grand Slam Golf Giveaway.

4/8/2009
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Rohm & Haas Company
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing. Rohm and Haas Company is alleged to have violated APCD Regulations 1.07 and 2.16 .

4/7/2009
Green and Project One to kick off 2009 Summer Jobs Program on Saturday, April 11th
At a time when the economy is tight, never has there been a greater challenge for Project One, Inc. The organizations goal for the last 24 years is to find summer jobs for young people in the Metro Louisville area. The effort will continue on Saturday, April 11th.

4/7/2009
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh invites everyone to come out for the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade
It is not necessary to have one, however it is possible several Easter bonnets will be on display when the 17th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade 2009 gets underway on Saturday, April 11th.

4/6/2009
Councilwoman Flood thanks all who helped with 2009 "Doing Our Part"
Over the next two weeks, volunteers will pack razors, toothpaste, candy and hundreds of other items into boxes for shipping to men and women of the US Armed Forces serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

4/2/2009
Councilman Kramer and Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church to Celebrate Ribbon Cutting for new Playground
Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new community playground at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2009. The new playground is located at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church (3400 Summerfield Drive) and is part of a unique public/private partnership to give our community’s children additional places to play.

4/2/2009
Public Health and Wellness Observes National Minority Health Awareness Month
April is National Minority Health Awareness Month. The goal of National Minority Health Awareness Month is to bring about awareness of disparities between the health of minorities and the general population and to highlight initiatives that are bringing about solutions to those disparities.

4/2/2009
Mayor Announces Phone Book Recycling
Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged Louisville residents and businesses to drop off their old phone books in designated recycling bins around the city. All directories deposited will be recycled at no charge to residents. The bins will be available beginning Monday, April 6.

4/2/2009
Sign Up for Fun at Metro Parks Summer Camps
Registration is underway for summer camps at Metro Parks community centers across Louisville. The camps will feature safe, fun and educational programming that allow children to experience sports, arts and nature in a wholesome environment. Camps begin on June 8 and continue through July 31.

4/1/2009
Metro Government Offices Closed Friday
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed Friday, April 3 for a furlough day.

4/1/2009
Debris Drop-off Sites Open This Weekend
Public Works crews will again open three locations for storm debris drop-off this weekend.

4/1/2009
Downtown Pep Rally for UofL Women Today
A huge pep rally at Fourth Street Live today will help send the University of Louisville women's basketball team on to victory in St Louis.

3/31/2009
Neighborhood Place Wins National Recognition
“Neighborhood Place” Wins National Recognition. This program was named one of the Top 50 Innovations in American Government.

3/31/2009
Private Contractors Begin Collecting Debris Saturday
Private contractors have joined Louisville Metro Public Works crews in collecting storm debris from roadsides across the city.

3/26/2009
Louisville Metro Takes Over Road Maintenance, Traffic Signals on State Road
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Louisville Metro Government have signed a unique agreement under which the Louisville Metro Department of Public Works will handle roadway and traffic signal maintenance on nearly all state-owned routes in Kentucky’s most populous county.

3/26/2009
East Downtown Highlands Benefit from METCO Loans
Small-Business Loans To Help Renovate Buildings; Slugger Field restaurant loan also approved

3/26/2009
Metro Councilman Robin Engel and Fern Creek Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel, the Fern Creek Community Association and the Fern Creek Chamber of Commerce will hold a District 22 clean-up on Saturday, March 28 between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

3/25/2009
Shanklin announces Annual Clean up Day in Newburg and Health & Wellness Fair
– Once again, the Newburg Youth Council along with hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves, grab some trash bags and make their neighborhood a better place to live on Saturday, March 28th.

3/25/2009
Proposed Action on Two Title V Operating Permits
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Rohm & Haas

3/25/2009
Councilman Unseld welcomes My Home Foundation to District 6
A unique community operation will get underway on Thursday, March 26th when Councilman George Unseld helps welcome the My Home Foundation to District 6 at an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

3/24/2009
Hamilton to host District 5 Spring community meeting on Tuesday, March 31st
Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is issuing an invitation to residents of District 5 to come out to a Community meeting on Tuesday, March 31st beginning at 6:30pm.

3/24/2009
Mayor Celebrates Construction of Newburg Library
Mayor Jerry Abramson joined library director Craig Buthod and Metro Council representatives to celebrate the ongoing construction of the new Newburg library branch.

3/24/2009
Welch announces 'Clean Sweep" for District 13 Saturday. March 28th
From Holsclaw Hill to Blevins Gap; New Cut Road to Palatka and throughout Fairdale, residents of District 13 are planning to roll up their sleeves and join thousands of other volunteers across Metro Louisville for the 2009 Brightside Spring Cleanup.

3/24/2009
Louisville to Add Four Spraygrounds, Improve Five Pools for Summer Fun
Louisville’s families will have four brand new spraygrounds and five improved swimming pools to splash into this summer, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

3/23/2009
Mayor Abramson to Discuss Bridges Project With New Transportation Secretary
Mayor Jerry Abramson will be in Washington D.C. on Monday, meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood about the nation’s transportation needs.

3/23/2009
Mayor Adds Contractors To Speed Debris Collection
More crews will soon be collecting storm debris from roadsides across Louisville Metro.

3/23/2009
Public Encouraged to Participate in Douglass Community Center Survey
Metro Parks has developed a new survey meant to give citizens the chance to offer input on programming and events at the Douglass Community Center, located at 2305 Douglass Avenue in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood.

3/20/2009
2009 Doing Our Part Campaign heading for the finish, fund needed to shipping
With two weekends left to go, the 2009 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign is on track in its goal of sending 400 boxes of personal items to service men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. Now, the Campaign is looking for monetary donations to help get the supplies to the people who need them.

3/19/2009
Council Members join Mayor Abramson and Congressman Yarmuth to promote VITA Tax Service on Friday
With the April 15th deadline fast approaching, Metro Council members will join Congressman John Yarmuth, Ky-3 and Mayor Jerry Abramson in a news conference on Friday, March 20th to encourage use of the VITA Tax Service.

3/19/2009
Councilwoman Woolridge and District 3 ready for Brightside Spring Cleanup on March 28th
The Hallmark Neighborhood Association takes great pride in being a great place to live in Metro Louisville. That’s why Hallmark residents are among the many volunteers who will help Brightside pick up litter for the 2009 Spring Clean up on Saturday, March 28th.

3/18/2009
Metro Council Members to attend Southwest Louisville Welcome Banner unveiling on Friday
Among the many signs and billboards along on Dixie Highway, a very special sign will soon welcome motorists and visitors to Southwest Louisville. Members of the Louisville Metro Council will join other community leaders on Friday, March 20th when a new “Southwest Louisville Welcomes You” banner is unveiled.

3/18/2009
Louisville Metro Government in top ranking for Government Webcasts
When it began in November, residents of Metro Louisville were able to be at any meeting of the Metro Council with a click of a mouse. Web streaming has brought all meetings of the Council to any home or office with internet access.

3/18/2009
Mayor, Fire Chief Celebrate Opening of New Firehouse
Mayor, Fire Chief celebrate opening of new firehouse.

3/18/2009
Councilwoman Green and the Youth-Alive Green Clean Team get ready for Spring
Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) is putting out the call for churches and organizations to join her and the Youth Alive- Green Clean Team on Saturday, March 28th when Metro Louisville kicks of the 2009 Spring Brightside Cleanup

3/17/2009
Mayor Marks Completion of New City Housing Development
Mayor Jerry Abramson today celebrated the opening of Louisville’s newest housing project for working families, a 22-unit apartment complex constructed at 801 E. Broadway.

3/17/2009
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh ready to spruce up District 9 on Saturday, March 28th
Like many places, Frankfort Avenue residents and businesses take pride in having a unique community. Twice a year, volunteers roll up their sleeves to make our neighborhoods clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

3/16/2009
Mayor Announces New Stimulus Projects Including Bike and Walking Paths
A second round of federal stimulus projects will create 1,300 jobs by building new walking paths, sidewalks and bike lanes across Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

3/16/2009
New 'Mayor's Miles' Added to Improve Walking Access
Louisville is making walking easier with a new series of “Mayor’s Miles” markers being unveiled throughout the city.

3/16/2009
Councilman Kramer to Attend 2009 National League of Cities
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will attend the National League of Cities 2009 Congressional City Conference between March 15 and March 17.

3/13/2009
Bicycling Safely in Louisville: It’s Possible Here!
Both drivers and bicyclists have a responsibility to share the road, and Louisville Metro’s Bike Louisville program and the non-profit group Bicycling for Louisville are offering free classes to teach basic traffic skills.

3/13/2009
Region’s Firefighters Get Lifesaving Security Devices
The Federal Emergency Management Agency joined Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Congressman John Yarmuth and regional fire chiefs today to announce a $1.7 grant to 22 fire departments serving Louisville Metro and southern Indiana.

3/13/2009
2009 Youth Summit theme: "Seize the Opportunity" District 5 hosts Saturday , April 4th
– If you were faced with an opportunity, would you know the right choices to make? How does your attitude affect the day to day problems you encounter? How well do you interact with your friends or perfect strangers? These are all important questions facing young people in Metro Louisville. These questions and many others are the focus of a Youth Summit sponsored by the Shawnee Weed and Seed committee and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D -5).

3/13/2009
District 21 hosts Mayor's Community Conversation on Monday, March 16th
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) welcomes Metro Government to his district when the Mayor’s Community Conversation gets underway on Monday. March 16th. “I want encourage everyone in the District to come out and talk with Metro Government officials and the Mayor about any problems you might want us to know about,” says Johnson.

3/12/2009
Historic Locust Grove to host Haydn tribute
The Chamber Music Series at Locust Grove continues on Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. with forte pianist, Joan Parsley. This musical offering will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

3/12/2009
Mayor Announces First Stimulus Projects, Creating 330 Jobs
Louisville’s first projects using federal stimulus funding will create 330 jobs and construct the city’s first government building that meets national standards for environmental efficiency, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

3/11/2009
O'Connell Presents Check to MADD
Mike O'Connell, Jefferson County Attorney, Presents $10,000 Check to Mothers Against Drunk Driving

3/10/2009
President Tandy and Mayor Abramson to talk with Metro Youth Leaders on Wednesday
How does any city face tough economic times? What decision must be made to provide basic services and keep the public safe? And what should future priorities of any community be in the 21st Century? Those are just some of the challenges facing 100 area high school students as they begin the 2009 Metro Youth Leaders Program.

3/10/2009
Butler and Ackerson co-sponsor ethics amendments revisions
Council members Marianne Butler (D-15) and Jon Ackerson (R-18) have filed an ordinance that amends the current Metro Ethics Code to cover prompt action in filing a complaint against someone as well as more detailed information about what violations have occurred. The new measure is in line with the State Personnel Code.

3/10/2009
President Tandy Creates Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics
Metro Council President Tandy (D-4) has announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to review proposed changes to the Metro Government Code of Ethics. The decision came as a result of two ordinances which have been filed to revise the Code.

3/9/2009
Driskell to Lead Newly Merged Office of Management and Budget
Mayor Jerry Abramson has appointed the city’s former Chief Financial Officer, Jane Driskell, to oversee the city’s financial management and improve government efficiency as director of a newly merged agency, the Office of Management and Budget.

3/6/2009
Debris Dropoff Sites Open This Weekend
Public Works crews have cleared some of the storm debris from sites used for storm debris dropoff last month, and will reopen those locations for more debris collection this weekend.

3/5/2009
Gritton Named President of Workforce Development Council
KentuckianaWorks executive director elected president of United States Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council

3/4/2009
March “Coffee with your Councilman” set for Saturday in District 12
Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again inviting residents of District 12 to come out for “Coffee with your Councilman” this Saturday, March 7th.

3/4/2009
Telamon Corp Opens Technology Center in Louisville
Telamon Corp. Opens Technology Center In Louisville

3/2/2009
Mayor, Governor Help Open Coca-Cola Information Technology Center in Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, along with state and local economic development representatives today joined officials from Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE) to commemorate the opening of the company’s new Information Technology (IT) Development Center in Louisville.

3/2/2009
Golfers being offered $3 discount during March
Golfers are being offered a $3 discount during the month of March at Metro Parks courses. Golfers can register for a coupon, redeemable at any of Metro Parks’ nine public golf courses, at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/golf/golfspecials.htm. The coupon can be applied to greens and carts fees for an 18-hole round on weekdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m.

2/27/2009
Mayor Provides More Funds to Create Jobs, Get Homeless Off The Streets
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans to better use $9.2 million in federal and local funds to help get homeless people off the streets, back to work and into safe housing.

2/27/2009
Ward-Pugh helps District 9 residents learn more about rain gardens
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh is sending ten residents of District 9 to class in March. In this case, those attending class will learn how to grow a better environment by learning about rain gardens.

2/26/2009
Louisville Metro Police Enter Final Phase of Federal Meth Grant
Bandy Carroll Hellige develops a new anti-meth message. Meth arrests are up 36% since advertising campaign launched.

2/26/2009
Councilwoman Green to reward fifth graders who know their US Constitution
Over the next several weeks, Councilwoman Judith Green Will be checking out some District 1 schools to see how well the fifth grade class knows the US Constitution. If they do, the class will be treated to a pizza party.

2/26/2009
King and Blackwell propose Labor Standards ordinance for local jobs and contractors
In an effort to promote local jobs and businesses, Councilmen Jim King (D-10) and Rick Blackwell (D-12) have proposed a new labor standards ordinance that would cover all projects where taxpayer subsidies or assets are involved

2/25/2009
Jackson Hewitt partners with the 2009 "Doing Our Part" Campaign
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is proud to announce that Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is the newest partner in the 2009 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign. Thirty Three additional drop-off sites are now available for the public

2/25/2009
Mayor Creates 'Louisville At Work' Team To Oversee Stimulus Projects, Jobs
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that a group of government, education and community leaders will help ensure that President’s Obama’s stimulus package and job creation efforts are successful in Louisville. The “Louisville At Work” team will help prioritize projects and apply for federal grants available as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

2/25/2009
Public meetings on Charlie Vettiner Park, Mahoney Property master plans March 5
Metro Parks will host two public meetings on Thursday, March 5, to discuss future plans for Charlie Vettiner Park and the 95-acre Mahoney Property, which was purchased by Metro Parks in 2007. The meetings will take place at Farmer Elementary School, 6405 Gelhaus Lane, just north of the Gene Snyder/Billtown Road interchange.

2/25/2009
Bather Memorial Service set for Saturday, February 28th
St. Stephen Baptist Church will hold a memorial service remembering the life of former Alderman and State Representative Paul Bather will be held on Saturday, February 28th beginning at 12:00pm.

2/24/2009
President Tandy seeks the next Metro Youth Leaders
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) is once again issuing a call for those high school students interested in becoming the future leaders of Metro Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

2/24/2009
City Adding Crews to Curbside Debris Pickup
The city is nearly doubling the number of crews assigned to storm debris cleanup. Beginning Monday, March 2, Louisville Metro Public Works will add eight additional crews to curbside debris pickup to help speed the disposal of branches and limbs felled by last month’s ice storm. Night crews were originally scheduled to move back to day work in two weeks.

2/24/2009
Healthy Start to Expand with a Grant from Norton
The Healthy Start initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will expand to serve 200 more families thanks to a $308,227.00 grant from the Norton Healthcare Community Trust Fund.

2/20/2009
Hamilton encourages residents to take advantage of Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton encourages residents of District 5 who may be concerned about the possibility of foreclosure to attend a free workshop by the Louisville Urban League on Tuesday, February 24th

2/20/2009
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.05
Notice of comment period and public hearing for a proposed new version of an APCD regulation

2/20/2009
Historic Locust Grove to host book sale March 13-15
Historic Locust Grove will hold its fifth annual Used Book Sale Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A preview for Friends of Locust Grove will be held Thursday, March 12th, from 5-7:30 p.m.

2/20/2009
Mayor Abramson Meets With President Obama
Mayor Jerry Abramson and leaders of major cities met Friday with President Obama at the White House to discuss how cities will create jobs under the national economic stimulus package.

2/20/2009
Councilmen Blackwell and Henderson invite public to tour MSD Guthrie facility on February 28th
In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) is offering the public a chance to tour MSD’s Guthrie Water Quality Treatment Center to learn more about future sewage treatment plans for Southwest, Louisville.

2/19/2009
Butler gets Land Development Code changed to protect neighborhoods
After receiving hundreds of complaints from her constituents and working with Metro Planning & Design and Louisville Metro Police for nearly a year, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) has insured that blood plasma centers can no longer locate in residential areas.

2/18/2009
New Webpage Helps Citizens Volunteer With Metro Government
A new section of the city website will help people volunteer for those activities and more with Metro Government. Mayor Jerry Abramson today launched the Louisville Metro Volunteer Center, located at www.louisvilleky.gov/volunteer

2/18/2009
Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside/UPS Community-Wide Cleanup
Mayor's Calls on Vounteers for the Brightside/UPS Community-Wide Cleanup

2/18/2009
Mayor Presents Freedom Award to Dr. Bernard Minnis
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Dr. Bernard I. Minnis, is the 2009 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Minnis is an educator who currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs for the Jefferson County Public Schools. He has spent decades improving race and class relations through education.

2/17/2009
Mayor Pledges Continued Improvement in Housing & Family Services Dept.
Mayor Jerry Abramson today pledged to continue the wholesale improvements underway in the Housing and Family Services Department and to keep working “until we make it right.”

2/16/2009
Councilman Hal Heiner to Host Public Meeting on Proposed Middletown Eastwood Trail (MET)
Councilman Hal Heiner will hold a public meeting to discuss the possible construction of a 3.6 mile long multi-use trail for walking, jogging and biking along Shelbyville Road between Middletown and Eastwood in eastern Jefferson County.

2/16/2009
Counciwoman Flood kicks off 2009 "Doing Our Part from the Heart"
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is once again sking for community help for a very special group of people: the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 2009 ‘Doing our Part from the Heart” campaign is officially underway.

2/13/2009
District 13 Women's Health Fair Rescheduled for Friday, February 20th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13)has announced the Breast Cancer Screening and Woman’s Health Fair will get underway on Friday, February 20th. The event had been postponed last month because of the ice storm that hit the Metro Louisville area.

2/13/2009
Curbside Pickup of Storm Debris Continues
Free debris drop-off sites are nowclosed as city crews focus on communitywide curbside pickup of storm debris.

2/13/2009
Tyler Park, Hogan's Fountain to be focus of Feb. 23 public meeting
Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy will host two public meetings on Monday, February 23, to discuss future plans for Tyler Park and the Hogan’s Fountain area of Cherokee Park. The meetings will take place at the Highlands-Shelby Park branch library located at 1250 Bardstown Road in the Mid City Mall.

2/12/2009
Councilwoman Green will be Principal for a Day at Stephen Foster Academy
The students of Stephen Foster Academy will be greeted this Friday, February 13th at their school by a new principal, Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1).

2/12/2009
Spring Fling College Fair Helps Adults Return to School
More than 25 schools and colleges, from the University of Louisville to Indiana Wesleyan, will be on hand for the annual Spring Fling College Fair, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today. The event is at the Mellwood Arts Center (1860 Mellwood Avenue) on Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2/12/2009
Safety Tips for Power Outage
In the wake of strong winds that whipped through the Louisville area, officials offer tips for staying safe and dealing with a power outage.

2/12/2009
Memorial Forest to host Paul Yost master planning meeting Feb. 19
Metro Parks will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, to discuss planned improvements to the Paul Yost Recreation Area at the Jefferson Memorial Forest. The meeting will take place at the Forest’s Horine Conference Center, 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road.

2/12/2009
Tonight: District 12 Dialogue featuring Southwest Dream Team
Councilman Rick Blackwell has invited the Southwest Dream Team to speak at February’s District 12 Dialogue at Farnsley Middle School on Tuesday the 17th beginning at 7:00pm.

2/11/2009
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Kelley Technical Coatings
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing. Kelley Technical Coatings, Inc. is alleged to have violated District Regulations 1.06, 2.03, 2.08, 2.16 and 2.17.

2/11/2009
Metro Council members remember Paul bather
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council have issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Bather on Wednesday. February 11th. Bather is a former member of the Louisville Board of Aldermen and a Kentucky State Representative. Funeral services are pending.

2/11/2009
Groundbreaking for $3.5 Million Louisville Equestrian Center
ground has been broken for the $3.5 million Louisville Equestrian Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility that will be located at 2612 S. English Station Road. The 28-acre LEC complex, scheduled to open in early summer 2009, will include a 100 stall barn, two indoor climate-controlled riding arenas, and several open-air facilities and will have access to 60 acres of adjacent land for bridle trails and open riding that is part of the Metro Louisville / 21st Century Park Project along the Floyds Fork corridor.

2/11/2009
West Market Corridor Study Public Meeting set in District 5 for February 18th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and the Louisville Metro economic Development Department are issuing an invitation to the public to learn more about the West Market Street Corridor Improvement Study at a public meeting on Wednesday, February 18th.

2/10/2009
City, Nonprofits to Help Elderly, Ill Clean up After Ice Storm
Louisville residents who are physically unable to remove tree limbs and branches left by the ice storm from their yards may apply for help through an assistance hotline.

2/9/2009
Ward-Pugh to particiapte in 2009 Winter Green Convene
Councilwoman Tina Ward- Pugh (D-9) will join other environmental activists and community leaders for the 2009 Winter Green Convene at Glassworks for discussions on a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues of February 20th and 21st.

2/9/2009
Metro Councilman Kramer Working to Address Public Safety Concerns in Hikes Point Area
The Office of Louisville Metro Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11) will walk door-to-door on Briarbridge Lane, Noblitt Drive and Brinkey Way in Hikes Point to discuss safety concerns brought to his attention.

2/9/2009
EMS Adds Life-Saving Device to Help Patients Survive Cardiac Arrest
Louisville Metro EMS will begin using a new life-saving device designed to improve CPR effectiveness for patients in cardiac arrest.

2/9/2009
Welch appointed to NLC Human Development Steering Committee
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) has been appointed to the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee by NLC President Kathie Novak. “I’m very honored to accept this appointment,” says Welch. “As a Registered Nurse for 33 years and a Metro Councilwoman for 3 years, I am extremely willing to serve in this capacity for the betterment of my city and our nation in these critical times of need.”

2/6/2009
Find the Love of Your Life at Metro Animal Services
Find your furry Valentine at Metro Animal Services!

2/5/2009
UPS Airlines Honored as 2009 Cargo Airline of the Year
UPS AIRLINES HONORED AS 2009 “CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR” Air Transport World Cites Global Service, Safety, Technology

2/4/2009
My Old Kentucky Homebrew Receives METCO Loan
My Old Kentucky Homebrew Awarded Small-Business Loan; Company is new start-up

2/4/2009
City Announces Storm Debris Dropoff Sites, Collection
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city will once again open storm debris dropoff sites for residents, and will begin curbside debris collection next week.

2/4/2009
Have a romantic Valentine's Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest
A perfect romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Saturday, February 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest. For only $25, couples will be treated to a romantic candle-lit hike that ends with a view of downtown Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

2/4/2009
Flock of Finns Flies Back to Waterfront Park
A beloved public art display, the Flock of Finns, by celebrated folk artist Marvin Finn has been repaired and restored — and on Thursday, Feb. 12, it will be reinstalled at Waterfront Park.

2/3/2009
Ward-Pugh and KWA sponsor Film Festival for Planet Earth on Saturday Feb. 7th
North America’s largest environmental film festival will make its way to District 9 on Saturday, February 7th, courtesy of Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and the Kentucky Waterways Alliance.

2/3/2009
LMPD Enforces Illegal Dumping in Metro Parks
LMPD plans increased patrols in Metro Parks due to recent reports of illegal dumping of storm debris in the parks.

2/3/2009
Shanklin announces food help for District 2 because winter storm
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) announces some emergency help for residents in the District who may have lost food because of recent power outages due to the winter weather.

2/3/2009
Johnson appointed to 2009 TIS Committee of National League of Cities
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) has been appointed a member to the 2009 Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee of the National League of Cities. “I look forward to working with representatives from across the United States on an issue that is vital to every community in our country,” says Johnson

2/3/2009
Councilwoman Welch joins in on a night of fun for the Blue Apple Players on Feb. 7th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will join a host of other local celebrities and community leaders before the lights of the Broadway stage to raise money for a good cause: the Blue Apple Players.

2/3/2009
Louisville Tennis Center given state's top honor
The most-used seasonal tennis facility in the state of Kentucky, the Louisville Tennis Center, has been named 2009 “Facility Of The Year” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky.

2/2/2009
LG&E Making Significant Progress Restoring Power
Utility crews are making significant progress in restoring power following this week’s severe ice storm, thanks in part to the warming weekend temperatures.

2/2/2009
Storm Debris—What do I do with it?
There are three options to dispose of storm debris -- don't burn it!

1/30/2009
City Reports First Storm-Related Deaths; New Shelter at Iroquois High Opens Tonight
The city today had its first storm-related deaths – a family of three on Oregon Ave that apparently succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. They were using a generator in their attached garage. Police are on the scene this afternoon. “We, as a city, are all very saddened by these deaths,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “I urge our citizens to please be very careful when using alternative heat sources.”

1/30/2009
Blackwell announces "Coffee with your Councilman" February 7th
In his continuing effort to bring government to the people, Councilman Rick Blackwell is announcing a new event “Coffee with your Councilman” beginning in February for residents of District 12.

1/30/2009
Suburban Cities Open Shelters; 172,000 Homes Remain Without Power
Two suburban cities — Jeffersontown and Shively — have opened shelters to help families stay warm; meanwhile 2,350 utility crews are now aiding in the recovery effort, surpassing the number who worked during last year’s wind storm.

1/29/2009
More Residents Seeking Shelter as Power Restoration Continues
Utility crews continue to work across Louisville to bring power to homes and business — but, just as some customers are restored, others are losing power.

1/29/2009
183,000 Remain Without Power, More Utility Crews Arriving To Aid In Recovery
The number of households without power in the Louisville area has risen to 205,000 and it will take seven to 10 days to fully restore electricity to all households.

1/29/2009
District 13 Breast Cancer Screening Health Fair Cancelled
Because of the winter storm, the District 13 Breast Cancer Screening clinic set for Friday, January 30th has been cancelled.

1/28/2009
Utility Crews Begin To Assess Damage, Work to Restore Power; Mayor Says Stay Off Roads
As of 11 a.m., LG&E reported the snow and ice storm has left more than 100,000 customers without power across the city.

1/28/2009
Major Ice Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power; Mayor Encourages People To Stay Off Roads
More than 75,000 people are without power in Louisville, and more than a dozen roads are blocked by downed trees, limbs and power lines, following a major ice storm that glazed the city overnight.

1/28/2009
Majority Caucus to meet on Thursday, January 29th
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will meet on Thursday, January 29th at 4:00pm.

1/27/2009
Mayor Urges Businesses to Consider Later Start Times Wednesday Morning
Based on the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service, Mayor Jerry Abramson urged Louisville businesses to consider delaying their normal start times Wednesday morning.

1/26/2009
City Housing Development Wins New Landmark Award for Architecture
An apartment and commercial building being developed by Louisville Metro Housing Authority has won a New Landmark Award for architectural design.

1/26/2009
UNATURAL CAUSES Wins duPont Award
UNNATURAL CAUSES Wins duPont-Columbia Award Groundbreaking PBS Health Series Featured Louisville

1/26/2009
Mayor Hosts Fourth Youth Opportunity Showcase
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the fourth annual Youth Opportunity Showcase, which gives teens and young adults a chance to apply for jobs, as well as learn about education, training and volunteer opportunities. The showcase will be held Saturday, February 14 at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th Street in Ballroom “C” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1/23/2009
Louisville’s Bike Summit II Set for February 12
Bicycling enthusiasts of all levels are invited to attend Louisville’s Bike Summit II, Thursday, February 12th at the Salvation Army’s Male Campus (Old Male High School), 911 S. Brook St.

1/23/2009
Metro Council Members to Announce e-Transparency Ordinance
Metro Council members Ken Fleming (District 7) and Hal Heiner (District 19) will be joined by other members of the Metro Council and union representatives as they announce the filing of an ordinance meant to foster greater fiscal transparency and accountability for Metro Government.

1/23/2009
Census Bureau To Hire 400 Workers in Louisville
The federal government plans to hire about 400 people in Louisville to help prepare for the 2010 Census, and many city libraries and government buildings are serving as testing sites for employment.

1/23/2009
Youth Opportunity Showcase
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the fourth annual Youth Opportunity Showcase, which gives teens and young adults a chance to apply for jobs, as well as learn about educational and volunteer opportunities.

1/21/2009
Mayor Abramson Presents 2008 Top Apple Awards
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman and Greater Louisville Inc President Joe Reagan today visited two local schools to announce the winners of the 2008 Mayor’s Top Apple award.

1/20/2009
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to hold 4th Annual “District 11 Neighborhood Roundtable
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will host the 4th annual “District 11 Neighborhood Leader Roundtable” Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church (3400 Summerfield Drive).

1/16/2009
President Tandy announces Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2009 Committees
Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) on Friday announced the Chairs and Vice Chairs of eleven (11) Council Committees for the coming year. "These men and women have been chosen for their expertise and abilities in different fields, as well as reflecting the diversity of the community and makeup of the council," said the President.

1/16/2009
City Offers Tips for Winter Weather
As the city endures a second day of very low temperatures, the Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency is offering advice on staying warm safely.

1/15/2009
Gas Station Stage I Report Due April 15
The due date of the Stage I annual gasoline throughput report was changed to April 15.

1/15/2009
Keeping Your Pets Safe in Cold Weather
Metro Animal Services is urging pet owners to take a few common sense precautions to safe guard their pets against bitter cold temperatures.

1/15/2009
More than 40 WinterScene performances to take place over next two months
The 2009 Mayor’s WinterScene includes more than 40 arts performances during January, February and March at more than 30 different sites across Louisville.

1/15/2009
Metro Council members provide free VITA tax service in 2009
It is a program designed to help anyone who makes less than $42,000 file their income taxes for free with expert help along the way beginning January 20th.

1/15/2009
Fresh Produce New Offering in Park Hill
Stores to Bring Fresh Produce to the Smoketown and California Neighborhoods

1/14/2009
Minority Caucus Meeting Cancelled
The Metro Council's Minority Caucus will not meet this Thursday, January 15th.

1/14/2009
Cancelled as of 10:00AM on January 15, 2009 - Southwest Jefferson County Boil Water Advisory - Distr
A “Boil Water Advisory ” (BWA) is in effect for about 800 Southwest Jefferson County customers living in the Windsor Forrest area. A main break early this morning on St. Anthony Church Road caused pressure to drop in the distribution system prompting the advisory.

1/14/2009
MLK Brunch set for District 2 on Saturday, January 17th
On the weekend before the Inauguration of a new President of the United States, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) will join the Men of Peace Presbyterian Church for a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch.

1/13/2009
Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that his monthly meetings designed to make city government accessible to citizens will continue in 2009. The first “Mayor’s Community Conversations” is scheduled for Monday, January 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Westport Middle School.

1/13/2009
Welch hosts Breast Cancer Screening Clinic on Friday, January 30th
Women in District 13 can follow through on a possible New Year’s resolution to be healthier by taking advantage of a Breast Cancer Screening and Woman’s Health Fair sponsored by Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13).

1/13/2009
District 15 Breast Cancer Screening Clinic is on Thursday
In an effort to help women detect a life threatening disease, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) announces a Breast Cancer Screening Clinic on Thursday, February 19th.

1/13/2009
District 12 Dialogues resume Tuesday, January 20th at Conway Middle School
Councilman Rick Blackwell announces the kickoff for the 2009 District 12 Dialogues will be on Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm

1/9/2009
Obama Invites Abramson, Top Mayors to Announcement on Creating Jobs, Fueling Economy
President-elect Barack Obama invited Mayor Jerry Abramson and a dozen other top mayors to join him Thursday for a major announcement on his job-creation plans for America.

1/8/2009
Councilman Tandy elected President of the 2009 Metro Council
By a unanimous vote, Councilman David Tandy (D-4) was elected the seventh President of the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night, January 8th. “I am honored to be chosen and I want to thank my colleagues for this opportunity to move the city of Louisville forward,” said Tandy

1/8/2009
Johnson and Butler to lead Majority Caucus in 2009
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council has elected Dan Johnson (D-21) as Majority Leader and Marianne Butler (D-15) Vice Chair for 2009. “I am looking forward to working with the members of this Caucus as we face some tough challenges ahead,” said Johnson.

1/7/2009
Tandy to kickoff Presbyterian Church U.S.A. MLK Day “Justice Walk” Thursday, January 15th
Councilman David Tandy (D-4) will join the staff and leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA in honoring the social justice work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/6/2009
Majority Caucus to meet on Thursday, January 8th
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will meet on Thursday, January 8th at 4:00pm.The meeting will take place in the Third Floor Conference Room in Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street. Members for the Democratic Caucus will elect a new Caucus Chair and Vice Chair for 2009.

1/5/2009
Minority Caucus to meet on Monday January 5th
The Metro Council's Minority caucus will meet on Monday, January 5th at 4:00 p.m in the second floor conference room of City Hall (601West Jefferson Street).

1/5/2009
U of L's Ekstrom Library Is Open to the Public on Sundays
U of L President James Ramsey and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the university's William F. Ekstrom Library will promote and continue its services to the public on Sundays.