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12/30/2011
Holiday Changes to Garbage, Recycling Collection
A reminder to residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Service for residents with Monday collection will resume the following week.

12/30/2011
Holiday Garbage, Recycling Collection Changes
A reminder to residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Service for residents with Monday collection will resume the following week.

12/30/2011
Board of Health Issues Statement on Governor’s Merger Decision
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has issued the following statement on Governor Steve Beshear's decision to deny the merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives.

12/28/2011
500+ Acres of Historic Farmland Donated
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the donation of a conservation easement in Oldham County, which ensures that a scenic 524-acre farm will remain forever protected. Edward and Cornelia Bonnie have donated the easement on their Stonelea Farm to the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust.

12/28/2011
County Attorney OConnell Releases Hospital Merger Consultant Report
County Attorney O’Connell releases national expert’s evaluation of Louisville hospital merger plan

12/23/2011
Louisville Named a Top "Tasty Town" by Southern Living
Louisville has been named one of the tastiest towns in the South by Southern Living magazine, an honor that will tout our innovative food scene to the magazine’s 15 million readers.

12/22/2011
New Year's Day, King Holidays Affect Garbage Collection In The Urban Services District
The official New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 will affect garbage, recycling and yard waste collection for some residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits).

12/22/2011
New Year's Day, King Holidays Affect Garbage Collection Schedule
The official New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 will affect garbage, recycling and yard waste collection for some residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits).

12/22/2011
James sends reports with public comments on Police Chief Search to Mayor Fischer
After conducting three public forums for District 6 residents, Councilman David James has sent the Mayor public comments and suggestions from those hearings along with a memo laying out themes heard at those meetings.

12/22/2011
Mayor Releases First Yearly "Report to Citizens"
In the first of what will be an annual report to citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer has outlined the top challenges and accomplishments of the past year -- and his administration’s key goals for 2012. Many of the accomplishments cited by Fischer relate to his overriding priority to build a stronger local and regional economy to create more jobs.

12/21/2011
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - Crisis Phase Begins Jan. 4
The annual program that helps prevent disconnection from utility services for low income residents of Louisville begins Wed., Jan. 4. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is operated by the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. The crisis phase of LIHEAP will run from Jan. 4 - March 31 or until available funds are expended. Residents wishing to apply must have an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled in person, Dec. 28-30, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Central CAP Office located at the Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Ave.

12/21/2011
Director Justin Scally of Metro Animal Services to highlight first District 12 Dialogue of 2012
Director Justin Scally of Metro Animal Services to highlight first District 12 Dialogue of 2012

12/21/2011
Christmas tree recycling
After the holidays, residents are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees, turning them into nutrient-rich mulch for free.

12/20/2011
Board of Health Posts Hospital Merger Partner Responses
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has posted the responses by the partners in the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives to questions posed by the community. The questions were submitted to the Board of Health on-line both before and after its hospital merger community forum on October 19 as well as during the forum. The responses and the community questions are available at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

12/19/2011
Metro Council approves revised Policies and Procedures
By a unanimous vote, The Louisville Metro Council has approved revisions to its operating policies and procedures to improve transparency and accountability.

12/17/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permits for Reynolds Packaging 103-74-C(R1), 107-74-C(R1), 577-74-C(R1
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to revise construction permits for Reynolds Packaging LLC

12/16/2011
The Leadership of Louisville Metro Council issues statement concerning management audit of MSD
The Leadership of the Louisville Metro Council have released the following statements with regard to the management of MSD by State Auditor Crit Luallen release on Friday, December 17th

12/16/2011
Mayor Apppoints Interim MSD Director, Announces Review of Agency
Citing significant management problems at the Metropolitan Sewer District ranging from conflicts of interest to questionable business practices, Mayor Greg Fischer today appointed a director to lead the agency on an interim basis.

12/16/2011
Louisville Water President and CEO to Provide Interim Leadership at MSD
Mayor Greg Fischer looks to Louisville Water President and CEO Greg Heitzman to provide interim leadership at MSD.

12/16/2011
Public Hearing on Amendments to Regulations 5.20 and 5.23
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a Public Hearing on January 18, 2012, on amendments to District Regulations 5.20 Methodology for Determining Benchmark Ambient Concentration of a Toxic Air Contaminant and 5.23 Categories of Toxic Air Contaminants, which were proposed on October 19, 2011.

12/15/2011
Metro Council tightens spending Policies and Procedures
By a unanimous vote, The Louisville Metro Council has approved revisions to its operating policies and procedures to improve transparency and accountability.

12/15/2011
Mayor Vetoes Latest Fireworks Ordinance
Citing an increased threat to the safety of citizens, especially children, Mayor Greg Fischer today vetoed the ordinance passed recently by the Metro Council that would allow the sale and use of more powerful and dangerous fireworks.

12/15/2011
New Playground Equipment for Buechel Park
Louisville Metro Parks has completed a $50,000 playground improvement, replacing old equipment with new play structures, designed to provide hours of active fun for kids.

12/15/2011
How to Identify a Louisville Water Employee
It's rare that a Louisville Water employee would ever need to gain access to your home. Learn how to identify a Louisville Water employee before opening the door.

12/15/2011
Metro Parks 2012 Golf Discount Book on Sale Now
The $25 Golf Discount Book offers a potential savings of $2,300, with a wide range of discounts on golf rounds, lessons, club fittings, as well as free driving range tokens and more!

12/15/2011
Trilogy Health Services Announces Expansion of Headquarters
Mayor Greg Fischer and executives of Trilogy Health Services, LLC announced today that the company will expand its headquarters in Louisville because of major growth in the region.

12/14/2011
Councilman James hosts final Chief Forum on Saturday, December 17th
Residents of District 6 still have one more chance to comment on what Metro Louisville should look for in its next Chief of Metro Police. Councilman David James will host his final forum on the search this weekend.

12/14/2011
Louisville’s First Urban Dog Set for Dedication in Old Louisville This Saturday
Toonerville Park will get a new “leash” on life this Saturday when work begins on the first phase of several renovations for a well known and beloved neighborhood park. It’s an opportunity for residents of Old Louisville to enjoy their neighborhood and at the same take care of the family pet. Toonerville Park will soon become the city’s first urban dog run.

12/14/2011
Water Rates for 2012
Board of Water Works approves 2012 Water Rates.

12/14/2011
Class In Session for Cats and Dogs
Just in Time for the Holidays, LMAS is having a Free Behavior Class! Classes are held the third Monday of every month from 7- 8 p.m.

12/13/2011
County Attorney University of Louisville Hospital and U of L reach agreement on merger documents
County Attorney O'Connell, University of Louisville Hospital and University of Louisville reach agreement on hospital merger documents suits

12/12/2011
Louisville Opens Two New Healthy in a Hurry Stores
Louisville opens two new "Healthy in a Hurry stores.

12/12/2011
Metro Parks Needs Volunteer Naturalists
Training Classes Begin for Volunteer Naturalists at Jefferson Memorial Forest

12/12/2011
First Annual West Louisville Holiday Festival set for Saturday, December 17th
It’s a time to celebrate the holiday season. A time to look back over the year gone by and the accomplishments and contributions made for the good of all. It is a time for unity and pride which is the goal of the First Annual West Louisville Holiday Festival.

12/12/2011
Ackerson calls for Government Accountability Committee hearings into Metro Government overtime
Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) is calling on the Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Ethics Committee to begin investigative hearings into the City’s overtime situation. He asks the Committee review work necessities, overtime payments, and current staffing practices.

12/9/2011
Public Health and Wellness Completes JCPS Flu Immunization Campaign
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has completed its 2011 flu immunization campaign in all 155 Jefferson County Public Elementary, Middle and High Schools and other learning centers. The campaign, which ran from October 13 through December 8, gave more than 20,000 free flu immunizations to students and more than 2,700 immunizations to JCPS staff. Private insurance paid for JCPS staff immunizations.

12/9/2011
Three homes in District 15 receive new security equipment from crime prevention program
Three homes in Metro Louisville’s District 15 are a little safer this holiday season thanks to a Crime Prevention Project which has partnered private business with Louisville Metro Police’s Fourth Division. On Friday, the three homes were fitted with better security at no cost to the homeowners.

12/8/2011
Help Give Pets a New "Home For The Holidays"
Help us find all the cats and dogs at Metro Animal Services Homes for the Holidays!

12/8/2011
METCO Approves Three Loans to Local Businesses
A total of $180,000 in loans was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage nearly $6.9 million in total investment.

12/8/2011
City’s Louisville Mobile App Now Includes TARC’s Route Finding
Louisville Metro Government has integrated Transit Authority of River City’s (TARC) new Google Transit route-finding tool into the popular Louisville Mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android. This new tool now provides smart phone users quick access to TARC’s routes. “There is now no reason to wonder when the next city bus will round the corner,” said Louisville Metro’s Chief Information Officer, Beth Niblock. “TARC has changed how the public gets its information when looking for bus schedules, and we are happy to be able to share that information with users of the Louisville Mobile app.”

12/8/2011
The next Java with Jerry is Tuesday, December 20
“Java with Jerry” is an opportunity for residents to talk to me over a cup of coffee. These informal meetings occur on the first four Tuesdays of each month at different locations in District 19.

12/7/2011
Welch and Fairdale Community Club bring Santa Land to District 13 children
A holiday favorite returns to the Fairdale Playtorium on Thursday, December 15th when Santa Land brings fun for children in District 13 thanks to Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and the Fairdale Community Club.

12/7/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Ingram Quick Internal Auditor
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Ingram Quick as the city’s Internal Auditor. Quick has served as interim auditor since April of this year, following the retirement of longtime auditor Mike Norman.

12/7/2011
Mayor Orders Citywide Review of Overtime Policies
Saying he’s concerned that overtime pay is unnecessarily costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered a citywide review of overtime policies and procedures.

12/6/2011
Low-Income Heating Assistance Program faces possible budget cuts
Federal funding for the Crisis Phase of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be significantly reduced this heating season. As a result, many Louisville households that were helped by the program last year may not be able to receive assistance this winter. Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP) -- which administers the program locally -- is encouraging residents to take steps such as weatherizing their home, conserving energy and adjusting their budgets.

12/6/2011
New Dates for Citizens to Talk With Mayor Fischer
Got a big idea for the city, or a small problem in your neighborhood? You can tell Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials about it in person at four upcoming sessions at local schools in different areas of the community.

12/5/2011
Fischer Names Interim Police Chief
Mayor Greg Fischer has named Ishmon Burks, former Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet and a former commissioner of the Kentucky State Police, as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

12/2/2011
Santa Is Coming To Petsmart
Santa Claus is coming to Petsmart. Join us and get your pets picture with the jolly one!

12/2/2011
Seventh Street Now Open
Seventh Street, north of Main Street, will open to traffic today , Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. as restoration work at the site of the former Museum Plaza project nears completion.

12/2/2011
Two Opportunities for District 20 Residents to have Coffee with Councilman Benson
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson will be hosting two opportunities for residents to have “Coffee with your Councilman”. The first opportunity will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at the Dairy Queen located at 6205 Bardstown Road in Fern Creek. The second event will occur on Friday, December 9 at the Starbucks located at 243 Blankenbaker Parkway. Both events will be held between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

12/1/2011
Metro Councilman James Peden to take part in Highview Holiday Fest
Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will take part in the 7th Annual Highview Holiday Fest, December 9, 2011. The event will be held at the Central Government Center (7201 Outer Loop) and adjacent Highview Park between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

12/1/2011
Congress Alley closed at Sixth Street for fire escape repair
Congress Alley is now closed at Sixth Street as repairs begin on the fire escape at Historic City Hall. Construction crews are planning to remove the old fire escape and replace it with a new one.

12/1/2011
City Government Tops $3 Million in Surplus Sales
Louisville Metro topped the $3 million mark in sales of government equipment and confiscated items through GovDeals.com, an online auction service similar to eBay.

12/1/2011
Mayor Asks Citizens Help to Recover Scales of Justice
There’s a mystery at Metro Hall and Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on citizens to help solve it. The scales that belong to Lady Justice — part of the Thomas Jefferson statue that sets in front of Metro Hall — are missing. City councilman and local historian Tom Owen recently noticed that the scales were gone and alerted the Mayor’s Office.

12/1/2011
Scott begins effort on abandoned properties in District 1 with “Cleaning up for Christmas”
Councilwoman Attica Scott is moving forward with plans to cleanup abandoned properties in District 1 with an effort to take care of some of the worst properties in the west and southwest areas of the district. It’s called “Cleaning up for Christmas.”

12/1/2011
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to Host District 11 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

12/1/2011
VITA gearing up for another successful tax season in 2012
It’s a program which has returned millions of tax dollars to low income families in Metro Louisville and organizers are getting ready for another year of assistance. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is asking for volunteers with a kick off set for Saturday, December 3rd at the Sun Valley Community Center.

12/1/2011
Work Begins to Replace City Hall Fire Escape
A highly-visible feature of Louisville’s City Hall is getting a makeover. A new exterior stair tower will replace the old fire escape, built during the 1940’s, on the north side of the building.

12/1/2011
Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson to Host District 18 Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson (District 18) will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

11/30/2011
Special “Coffee with your Councilman” meeting set for December 3rd to discuss LMPD Chief Search
In December, “Coffee with your Councilman” will hold a very special meeting offering residents of Southwest Jefferson County the chance to voice an opinion on a very important topic: the search for a new Chief of Louisville Metro Police.

11/30/2011
TARC Kid's Bus Contest Focuses on Compassion
TARC and Louisville Metro are partnering for the 13th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year's theme is "Helping Others - Creating a Compassionate City" and seeks to build on Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of making Louisville an even more compassionate city.

11/29/2011
James encourages residents to enjoy the 35th Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
It’s an opportunity to experience the holiday season in one of the nation’s historic areas by showing the seasonal beauty of Old Louisville while at the same time preserving the uniqueness of a Victorian neighborhood. The 35th Annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour gets underway this weekend, December 3rd and 4th.

11/29/2011
OConnell Files Suit for Hospital Merger Information
O’Connell Files Suit for Hospital Merger Information

11/29/2011
Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste collection days changing in 2012
Citizens who live within the Urban Services District (old city limits) should watch for a mailer that provides information about changes to their scheduled garbage collection and recycling/yard waste collection days

11/29/2011
Tandy to honor Bishop A.T. Moore with honorary street sign on Saturday, December 3rd
For more than six decades, the late Bishop A.T. Moore provided unselfish service to Metro Louisville and the congregation of the Moore Temple COGIC. On Saturday, December 3rd, Councilman David Tandy (D-4) will pay tribute to his service by placing an honorary street sign near the Temple Bishop Moore loved so well.

11/29/2011
Garbage, recycling and yard waste collection days change for many in 2012
Citizens who live within the Urban Services District (old city limits) should watch for a mailer that provides information about changes to their scheduled garbage collection and recycling/yard waste collection days.

11/28/2011
Connect With Mayor Fischer Online Dec. 5
Have a question or suggestion for Mayor Greg Fischer or other city officials? Then go online and connect on Facebook or Twitter. In keeping with his commitment to open, accessible government, Fischer’s next quarterly session of connecting with citizens through social media will be Dec. 5, 6p.m.-8p.m.

11/28/2011
First Annual “Light-up California” event to be held Saturday December 3rd
The historic California Neighborhood in West Louisville will kick-start the holiday season with its first ever “Light-up California” event next Saturday, December 3rd starting at 5:30 pm. Sixth District Metro Councilman David James will welcome Santa Claus, city leaders, and neighborhood residents to California Leisure Park (located at the corner of Dixie Highway and West Kentucky Street) for an evening of festivities

11/28/2011
Councilman James to host public forums on the selection of Louisville’s next police chief
Residents across the Metro Council’s Sixth District will have not one but three opportunities to voice their priorities as the city begins a new search for the next Chief of Louisville Metro Police thanks to Councilman David James

11/23/2011
Board of Health Issues Findings and Recommendations on Hospital Merger
The Louisville Metro Board of Health today issued findings and recommendations on the proposed merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives.

11/21/2011
City, Insight Discussing Expired Franchise Agreement
Louisville Metro Government and Insight Communications, which have been negotiating a new franchise agreement since January, have not been able to reach a deal – and this week the city notified Insight that the franchise could be terminated.

11/21/2011
Mayors Fischer, Gray Name Members to Bluegrass Economic Advancement Board
The mayors of Louisville and Lexington, who have created a new economic partnership to grow jobs for all Kentuckians, today named a high-profile group of business and civic executives to form the board of directors for the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement.

11/19/2011
Council members host forum for public on Louisville’s next police chief Dec.1st
The Council members of Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 will host an open forum on December 1st at the NIA Center to hear from residents on what they would like to see as the process gets underway. The meeting will start at 6:00pm. A second forum for District 2 residents will be held on the same night at the Newburg Community Center. This meeting will also begin at 6:00pm.

11/19/2011
Metro Council Members join PRIDE Inc for Annual Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are partnering once again this year with PRIDE Inc and the New Jerusalem Church to host the Annual Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 24th.

11/18/2011
Louisville Water Receives Better Business Award for Marketplace Ethics
Louisville Water recognized for its commitmment to ethical business practices.

11/17/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33830-11-C for Nuplex Resins
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to Nuplex Resins LLC, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for a small natural gas-fired boiler.

11/17/2011
Metro Council approves BEAM Resolution for Louisville and Lexington
By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has given its approval to a join resolution supporting the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement. The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council has also passed the joint resolution after both governing bodies met on Thursday night.

11/17/2011
Council members propose resolution calling for the investigation of Constable David Whitlock
After meeting with Chief Robert White, three Louisville Metro Council members are moving forward with a proposed resolution and ordinance which deals with Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock.

11/17/2011
Councilman Owen takes “Treasure Finders” to the Highlands Green Building Nov 29th
Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) and Todd Hollenbach, Kentucky State Treasurer, have picked a special place to show everyone how the Highlands is going green while trying to give some “green” back at the same time.

11/17/2011
Benson and Engel Invite Public to a Celebration of the New Charlie Vettiner Golf Clubhouse
Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20) and Robin Engel (District 22) invite residents of Louisville Metro to attend a celebration of the new Charlie Vettiner Golf Clubhouse on Friday, November 18, 2011 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

11/17/2011
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer Elected to National League of Cities Board of Directors
Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) was elected to serve a two year term on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC) at the conclusion of Saturday’s Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. The board consists of 40 local elected officials as well as state municipal league directors.

11/16/2011
Congressman Yarmuth and SBA Hold Jobs Fair
In addition to featuring more than 40 currently-hiring area employers, Congressman John Yarmuth’s Veterans Jobs and Resources Fair will include advice and information for military veterans interested in exploring business ownership. The event is Nov. 21 at Canaan Christian Church 2840 Hikes Lane.

11/15/2011
“Light Up Newburg” holiday event set for Petersburg Park on Saturday, December 3rd
Throughout the year, Petersburg Park is a perfect recreational spot for walkers or joggers who just want to enjoy the Newburg Area. On Saturday, December 3rd the park will take on a holiday feel when Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) hosts “Light up Newburg”

11/15/2011
Planning Director Hired
Mayor Greg Fischer has named Phillip C. Bills as the new director of Planning and Design Services.

11/15/2011
Labor & Economic Development Committee approves resolution supporting BEAM initiative
The Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee gave its approval Tuesday to a joint resolution in which Louisville’s Metro Council and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council show support and endorse the goals of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM)

11/15/2011
Flood and “Light Up Okolona” usher in holiday season on November 18th
Okolona will officially welcome the holiday season when Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) welcomes Santa Claus for Light up Okolona on Friday, November 18th.

11/15/2011
Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter Weather
Surrounded by members of Louisville’s nearly 300-strong Snow Team and a fleet of snow-fighting equipment, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city is ready for winter weather. The Louisville Metro snow team consists of nearly 300 employees from three agencies---Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management Services and Metro Parks. It has 169 pieces of equipment in its snow-fighting fleet, ready to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads. Several successful components of past snow and ice removal plans are returning this year, including overnight shifts for Public Works crews and the interactive, online snow map.

11/14/2011
Councilman Ackerson announces Town Hall Meeting for residents of District 26
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson is extending an invitation to residents of District 26 to attend a Town Hall meeting on Saturday morning, December 3rd at St. Barnabas Church.

11/14/2011
Fischer Announces Process to Select Police Chief
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a four-step process that includes community meetings in all 26 Metro Council districts to aid in the selection of a new police chief.

11/11/2011
November District 12 Dialogue to focus on important work of Center for Women and Families
It is an important agency that deals with a serious problem in Metro Louisville: domestic violence. The important work of the Center for Women and Families will be the focus of November’s District 12 Dialogue hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12).

11/11/2011
Louisville Water Receives Kentucky History Award
“Water Works” Exhibit Receives Kentucky History Award

11/11/2011
Louisville Veteran's Day Parade Today in Downtown
The service and sacrifices of military veterans will be honored with a special parade and other events in downtown Louisville Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

11/11/2011
Councilwoman Scott to tour Parkland Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, November 15th
Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1) will tour the closed Parkland Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday, November 15th to learn more about the club’s building and the future plans for the program.

11/11/2011
Louisville Becomes International Compassionate City
Pursuing his pledge to make Louisville a more caring city, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed a resolution committing to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. Fischer’s action means that Louisville is recognized as an international compassionate city, the largest city in America with that distinction. The Compassionate Louisville resolution was approved Thursday evening by the Louisville Metro Council and signed by Fischer at a ceremony held next to the Abraham Lincoln memorial in Waterfront Park.

11/10/2011
Light Up Louisville Returns Nov. 25
Continuing a tradition of more than three decades, thousands of residents will gather downtown the day after Thanksgiving to welcome Santa Claus and see the city glow at Light Up Louisville, Friday, Nov. 25.

11/10/2011
President King sponsors resolution of support for BEAM initiative between Louisville and Lexington
In historic cooperation of the state’s largest municipalities, the legislative bodies of Louisville Metro Government and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government have come together in unified support of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, better known as BEAM.

11/10/2011
MAS Kennel Makeover
Metro Animal Services "Extreme Kennel Makeover"

11/9/2011
Councilman Owen invites residents to “Talk With Tom” on November 19th
“Talk With Tom” will be held at Heine Brothers Coffee at the Gardiner Lane Shopping Center, 3060 Bardstown Road from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, November 19th.

11/9/2011
District 7, 16 & 17 Metro Council members to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Ken Fleming (District 7), Kelly Downard (District 16) and Glen Stuckel (District 17) in conjunction with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over

11/9/2011
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
Free half-day workshop to show local restaurant owners and chefs that a few small changes can help them create the healthier menu options customers are demanding.

11/8/2011
Louisville Water Board of Water Works Approves 2012 Budget
Average residential monthly water bill will increase by 85-cents on January 1, 2012.

11/8/2011
Public Health and Wellness Awarded $572,000 Grant from Norton Healthcare for Healthy Start Program
The Healthy Start initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a two-year $572,000 grant from Norton Healthcare. The grant will allow the department to expand Healthy Start services to an additional 400 families in west Louisville over the next two years.

11/7/2011
Front Doors of Metro Hall to Reopen
The front doors of Louisville Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003, will be permanently re-opened this month. A free public celebration that includes tours of the building and music by local choirs is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

11/5/2011
Proposed Renewal of Title V Operating Permit and Revision of Construction Permit for Sam Meyers
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V operating permit and revise a construction permit for Sam Meyers, in accordance with Regulation 2.16 and 2.03.

11/3/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33716-11-C for Lubrizol
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to Lubrizol Advanced Materials for a new reactor in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

11/3/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33733-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for an AP-2 Powder Coating Line.

11/2/2011
Mayor to Create Tree Advisory Board
Citing concerns that many of Louisville’s trees are dying and diseased, Mayor Greg Fischer today formed a Tree Advisory Board to develop policies to better care for existing trees and plant new ones.

11/2/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 171-09-C(R1) for Reynolds Packaging Foil
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to revise a construction permit to Reynolds Packaging Group Louisville Foil Plant, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for an inkjet printer.

11/1/2011
Scott announces first “Ask Attica Community Conversation” for November 15th
Councilwoman Attica Scott is issuing an invitation to residents of District 1 to come out and “Ask Attica” questions her first Community Conversation set for Tuesday, November 15th.

11/1/2011
Break the Stereotype
Animal Services Fights The Stereotypes $9 Adoption Special for the Less Desirables

11/1/2011
Councilman James hosts Community Meeting to talk about Streetscaping for Oak Street
The transformation of Oak Street continues to move forward as plans for major for major improvements to the Old Louisville Corridor streetscape are now under review. Councilman David James (D-6) is holding a community meeting this Thursday, November 3rd, at 6:00pm in the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park for the purposes of both informing the public about the process and receiving input from the neighbors and businesses nearby.

10/31/2011
Low-Income Heating Assistance Program Begins Nov. 7
The annual program that helps low income residents of Louisville with their utility bills begins Nov. 7. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is operated by the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership. The subsidy phase of LIHEAP will run this year from Nov. 7 through Dec. 16.

10/30/2011
Proposed Renewal of Title V Operating Permit 148-97-TV(R2) for Reynolds Packaging
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to renew a Title V operating permit to Reynolds Packaging, in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

10/28/2011
Mayor Fischer Announces Pre-Purchase of Parking For Downtown Events
Downtown patrons now have the ability to purchase parking in advance for downtown events, at PARC locations, announced Mayor Fischer today. “In an effort to improve customer service and make the prospect of searching for parking easier, we have improved our technology to give downtown parkers the ability to preselect their parking and pay in advance.” Just visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/parc to get started!

10/28/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33667-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for a nylon coating line.

10/28/2011
Metro Council members to meet with Dr. Donna Hargens on Tuesday. November 1st
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council will meet with Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools, on Tuesday, November 1st to discuss mutal goals in education.

10/28/2011
Chief White Leaving for Denver, Mayor Launches Search for Replacement
Robert White, who has served as Louisville’s police chief since 2003 and led the city to be recognized as one of America’s largest safest cities, will be named chief of the Denver Police Department next week. Mayor Greg Fischer announced that he will immediately begin a search for White’s replacement.

10/27/2011
Residents Urged to Weatherize Their Homes
With colder weather approaching, residents can lower their heating bills by taking steps to make sure their homes are as weatherized and energy efficient as possible. Mayor Greg Fischer is joining in the national awareness push by declaring October 30 as “Weatherization Day” in Louisville.

10/27/2011
Green Triangle Recruiting 9th District Volunteers
Green Triangle Recruiting Volunteers. DIstrict 9 residents are needed for goal teams.

10/27/2011
Ford President Celebrates Investments in Louisville
Investments totaling $1.2 billion and 3,100 new jobs was the cause for celebration today as Governor Steve Beshear and Ford Motor Company President of the Americas Mark Fields joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, UAW representatives and other community officials to recognize the partnership that made it all possible.

10/27/2011
Five Small Businesses Approved by METCO
A total of $255,853 in loans was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage nearly $1.6 million in total investment.

10/27/2011
Louisville Observes National Weatherization Day
With colder weather approaching, residents can lower their heating bills by taking steps to make sure their homes are as weatherized and energy efficient as possible. Mayor Greg Fischer is joining in the national awareness push by declaring October 30 as “Weatherization Day” in Louisville.

10/27/2011
Metro Council approves Redistricting Plan
By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has approved a redistricting plan for all 26 Council Districts based on information collected in the 2010 US Census. The plan was recommended for approval by the Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting who signed off on it this past Monday.

10/26/2011
Governor Mayor Announce 3 Companies to Retain 340 Jobs
A unique three-member partnership utilizing the state’s first active energy services biomass project will bring $22 million in investment and 14 new jobs to Louisville, Governor Steve Beshear announced today.

10/26/2011
2 for 22 Adoption Special
Final Week of October: 2 for $22 Adoption Promotion

10/26/2011
Workshop to Connect Small Businesses with Crowdfunding Capital
This workshop is for new and small businesses that are interested in finding out about online crowdfunding resources. This particular workshop will focus on Kickstarter.com, a popular funding platform for creative projects in fields such as art, dance, design, fashion, film, food, games, music, photography, publishing, technology and theater.

10/26/2011
Workshop to Connect Small Businesses with Crowdfunding Capital
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that his new Office for Innovation is providing a unique workshop to explore crowdfunding resources for small and new businesses. The “Crowdfunding Means Business” workshop will concentrate on connecting businesses with Kickstarter.com, a platform for creative projects. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street, in the Centennial Room.

10/26/2011
Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk set for this weekend
One of Metro Louisville’s most treasured neighborhoods gets into the Halloween spirit this weekend with the return of the Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk. Costumed guides and storytellers aim to entertain participants with ghostly tales of the neighborhood’s most haunted historic residences.

10/25/2011
Drexel Metals to Open New Facility in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer and executives of Drexel Metals announced today that the company will locate a new facility in Louisville to provide service to the Midwest and South Central U.S. The move will create 25 new jobs and will entail $1.5 million investment in new equipment and building expense and $1.5 million in new annual payroll.

10/25/2011
Mayor Suspends Metro Parks Director
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he has suspended Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz for 30 days and has taken away his city-issued vehicle after Heitz drank alcohol and then attempted to drive the car.

10/25/2011
First "Give A Day" Week a Big Success
If you ask Mary McCann, Mayor Greg Fischer’s first Give A Day week of community service was a resounding success. McCann, director of volunteer services for the Salvation Army, says the citywide call for volunteers helped the agency register more than 500 families a day for its annual Angel Tree holiday giving program.

10/24/2011
Scott encourages District 1 residents to sign up for “Code Red”
Councilwoman Attica Scott is encouraging residents and businesses of District 1 to take advantage of the new community wide alert system unveiled on Monday by Mayor Greg Fischer. Code Red is a system that can notify residents of an emergency by email, text or phone alerts.

10/24/2011
Bring Peace Home 2011
Bring Peace Home is a family-oriented workshop designed to connect citizens with information before they become victims of family violence. This will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Walnut Street Baptist Church.

10/24/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33671-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for an extrusion operation

10/24/2011
Mayor Fischer Unveils New Citywide Emergency Alert System
Delivering on a promise to implement a new citywide system to keep citizens updated during emergencies, Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the new Code Red network and encouraged citizens to sign up for the free service. The system uses a variety of methods — text alerts, emails and phone calls — to warn citizens about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather. “The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families,” Fischer said. “The explosion at Carbide Industries in Rubbertown last spring revealed the need for fast, efficient communications and this technology is a giant leap forward.”

10/23/2011
Local Efforts to Prevent Lead Poisoning
To help prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Lead-Safe Louisville Project is participating in several community events as part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), Oct. 23 – 29. This year's theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

10/23/2011
Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup Sets Record Growth
Brightside's Community-Wide Cleanup Sets Record Growth

10/21/2011
You Can Make Donations of Goods During Mayor's "Give A Day" Week
You can still help during Mayor Greg Fischer's first “Give A Day” week by donating canned goods, clothing and shoes until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

10/21/2011
Ward-Pugh invites residents to attend Halloween fundraising event on Oct 28
This year, “Halloween goes Green” in District 9. Green Triangle to benefit from Eyedia on FAT Friday, October 28.

10/21/2011
Proposed Amendments to Regulations 5.20 and 5.23
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board opens a public comment period October 21, 2011, on amendments to District Regulations 5.20 (Methodology for Determining Benchmark Ambient Concentration of a Toxic Air Contaminant) and 5.23 (Categories of Toxic Air Contaminants). Written statements will be accepted by mail and e-mail until 5:00 p.m. November 21, 2011.

10/20/2011
Scott to join volunteers for Chickasaw Brightside Cleanup
Many thousands of volunteers will fan out across Metro Louisville for the Brightside Community-wide Cleanup on Saturday. In District 1, Councilwoman Attica Scott will join many residents in taking the time to remove, rake up or clean up trash and garbage from area sidewalks, streets and green spaces.

10/20/2011
Southwest Pride Fall Community Clean up set for Saturday, October 22nd
Over the years, it is an event that continues to grow because of the dedication of countless volunteers and organizers who want to build pride in a community. This Saturday, those volunteers will again make their mark for the Southwest Pride Community Clean up on Saturday.

10/20/2011
Two Free Tire Amnesty Events
Two upcoming tire amnesty events will provide private citizens and some businesses the opportunity to dispose of tires free of charge.

10/20/2011
Grant to Deter Underage Drinking
The LMPD and Seven Counties Services introduced a program designed to deter underage drinking. This will be done through the enforcement of underage drinking laws, sources investigations and a highly visible media campaign.

10/20/2011
Johnson holds annual District 21 Town Hall Meeting on Monday Oct. 24th
Councilman Dan Johnson is issuing the call to residents of District 21 that his annual Town Hall Meeting will be Monday, October 24th at 6:00 PM at the Olmsted North Academy in the Auditorium.

10/20/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two series of classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes.

10/20/2011
New Food Truck Regulations Help Cut Red Tape
With the increased popularity of food trucks and recognizing the vibrant street life they bring with them, Mayor Fischer and the Metro Council have revised several regulatory rules, making it easier for the small businesses to operate. A new section was added to the existing Vendors, Peddlers, and Solicitors ordinance, to address mobile food units (i.e., food trucks), which was sponsored by Councilwoman Madonna Flood. Mobile food units are just one of four different street vendors regulated by Louisville Metro. The changes went into effect October 14.

10/20/2011
Free Leaf Drop-off Site
Citizens will have the opportunity to drop off their loose leaves at the free Autumn Leaf Drop-off Site beginning October 31st -- December 3rd.

10/19/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33415-11-C for Lubrizol
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to Lubrizol Advanced Materials for equipment changes to pellet an powder compound production lines in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

10/19/2011
Blackwell and Henderson host riverboat rides on the Ohio on Sunday, October 23rd
It is a chance to spend a nice October Sunday afternoon by taking a cruise on the Ohio River with spectacular fall colors courtesy of Councilmen Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Bob Henderson (D-14).

10/19/2011
APCD request to EPA to discontinue ambient air monitoring site
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District is requesting approval from the US EPA to discontinue monitoring at the ambient air monitoring site at Wyandotte Park located at 1104 Beecher Avenue.

10/19/2011
Butler sponsors Fall S.P.O.T. Clinic for pet owners on Oct. 29th
Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) is once again offering pet owners an opportunity to get their pet licensed and at the same time make sure all necessary vaccinations are up to date.

10/19/2011
Board of Health to Hold Forum on Hospital Merger This Evening
The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold a community forum on the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The forum will be held this evening Wednesday, October 19, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 South Fourth St.

10/18/2011
Welch and Yates form partnership for Brightside Cleanup
From Fairdale to Auburndale, the volunteers are ready with bags, gloves and determination for this Saturday’s Brightside Cleanup.Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) & Councilman David Yates (D-25) are encouraging everyone in South Louisville to get involved with groups and volunteers who will be out picking up trash and litter to keep the districts clean.

10/18/2011
2011 Louisville Project Homeless Connect/Stand Down
Louisville’s homeless population will have an opportunity to access services, information and assistance in a one-stop environment at the 2011 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down, Wednesday, Oct. 19. Resources available at the event will include food, clothing, medical evaluations, help with employment, education and benefit services, and many other forms of assistance.

10/18/2011
2011 Neighborhood Place Annual Day "Mission Possible"
Neighborhood Place, Louisville’s award-winning model of providing services to citizens, will have its “Annual Day” conference to celebrate accomplishments and explore new ideas for helping. More than 350 individuals and many partner groups are expected to attend the Neighborhood Place Annual Day, Oct. 19 at the Fern Valley Conference Center.

10/18/2011
Alberta Jones Honored
County Attorney Honors First African American Prosecutor

10/17/2011
Mayor, Congressman Announce New Jobs in West Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth joined with Mesa Foods Inc. President Ted Longacre, and other company officials to announce the addition of 80 new jobs at the West Louisville facility.

10/17/2011
Welch selected as member of Louisville’s team for Community Transformation Grant program
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be making a very important trip in October. The Councilwoman will join others from across the nation to learn more about the Community Transformation Grant Program.

10/14/2011
Work To Restore 7th Street Scheduled To Begin
Work To Restore 7th Street Scheduled To Begin

10/14/2011
Councilwoman Scott ready to begin serving District 1
The newest member of the Louisville Metro Council spent her first day on the job learning her way around City Hall, familiarizing herself with ordinances, and outlining her plans to reach out to all residents of District 1.

10/14/2011
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.08
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board opens a public comment period October 14, 2011, on amendments to District Regulation 2.08 Version 25, Fees, which were proposed on October 12, 2011. Written statements will be accepted by the Board Secretary-Treasurer, Rachael Hamilton, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204-1745, until 5:00 p.m. November 14, 2011. Written statements will also be accepted electronically until the same deadline via the Internet at the e-mail address “airregs@louisvilleky.gov”. Oral statements will be accepted at the public hearing on November 16, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville.

10/14/2011
Free Junk Drop-off Day
Free Junk Drop-Off Day, Sunday, October 23rd

10/13/2011
Councilman Tandy invites District 4 and Metro Louisville to the Willie B. Bright Community BBQ
This weekend, Councilman David Tandy (D-4) will continue a tradition he began years ago to honor a man who, like Tandy, believed the Community needs to come together from time to time just to talk and have a little fun.

10/13/2011
Ribbon Cutting Westport Road Interchange Beautification
Ribbon Cutting held for new BrightSites at the Westport Road Interchange

10/13/2011
Bank On Louisville featured topic for October’s District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell has a very special program lined up for October’s District 12 Dialogue. It features Bank On Louisville, a local effort designed to help those who may need access to mainstream financial institutions. It’s a program that can save you money.

10/12/2011
Metro Parks Covered in Zombie Tracks
Metro Parks is hosting the first ever Zombie Hike at Horine Reservation of the Jefferson Memorial Forest. The public is invited to come dressed in their zombie best and hike through the “undead” Forest!

10/12/2011
2nd Friday Chat set for October 14th in District 26
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson is inviting residents of District 26 to come out this coming Friday, October 14th for Second Friday Chat in October.

10/12/2011
Councilman James invites District 6 to “Saturday in the Park”
Central Park in Old Louisville is already a beautiful place in the city but this weekend it will once again show why it’s a relaxing and enjoyable place for the neighborhoods surrounding it. Councilman David James (D-6) and Kentucky Shakespeare are hosting “Saturday in the Park” this weekend bringing the arts and entertaining activities to Central Park.

10/12/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Eckart America Corporation
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on October 19, 2011, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with Eckart America Corporation. Eckart is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits) and 2.03 (Permit Requirements - Non-Title V Construction and Operating Permits and Demolition/Renovation Permits) at its facility located at 4101 Camp Ground Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Written comments from the public will be accepted by the Board, Rachael Hamilton, Secretary-Treasurer, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204-1745, until 5:00 p.m. October 18, 2011. Written comments will also be accepted electronically until the same deadline via the Internet at the e-mail address “airorders@louisvilleky.gov”. Oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing on October 19, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room, 850 Barret Ave, Louisville.

10/12/2011
Westport Interchange Improvement Project
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7), Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16) and Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will be joined by representatives from St. Matthews, Graymoor-Devondale, Windy Hills, and Woodlawn Park as well as Brightside at a ribbon cutting ceremony for four new Brightsites on the medians at the Westport Road Interchange.

10/12/2011
Louisville a Top City for Young People
Louisville has again achieved national recognition as one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youth.

10/11/2011
City Launches New Mobile311 App
Need to report a pothole or a street light that isn’t working? Look no further your iPhone or Android. Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the new Mobile311 smart phone application that allows citizens to report concerns, complaints or compliments with a quick click. Citizens can snap pictures of problems and the image is geocoded and sent directly to Metro Government’s MetroCall 311 center.

10/11/2011
Temporary Shelter Closes
Temporary Shelter Closes

10/11/2011
School Flu Immunizations Now Underway
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free immunizations at all Jefferson County Public schools beginning Thursday, October 13.

10/10/2011
New e-EPO System Helping Protect Victims of Abuse
A new electronic system is greatly speeding up the process – saving time and potentially lives -- when victims of domestic violence in Louisville are seeking protection from an abuser. The e-EPO system takes information from victims seeking protection orders and gets it more quickly into the hands of judges and law enforcement.

10/10/2011
Board of Health to Hold Forum on Hospital Merger
The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold a community forum on the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The forum will be held Wednesday, October 19, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 South Fourth St.

10/10/2011
Volunteers Gearing Up for Mayor's Week of Service
You can help Mayor Greg Fischer create a more compassionate Louisville by rolling up your sleeves and volunteering during the first “Give A Day” week of community service projects, Oct. 17-23.

10/7/2011
2011 Southwest Community Festival kicks off this weekend
It’s a fall tradition for Sun Valley Park to welcome all of Metro Louisville for a day of entertainment, fun and food. The tradition continues this weekend when the Southwest Community Festival kicks off on Saturday, October 8th.

10/7/2011
Welch welcomes Mayor to Jefferson Memorial Forest for his First Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike
As the fall colors slowly begin to change, the Jefferson Memorial Forest is once again gearing up for an event that is not only healthy but fun for one and all. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will be on hand Saturday, October 15th to welcome Mayor Greg Fischer for his 1st and the 7th Annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike.

10/7/2011
Review of Planning and Design Department Recommends Changes to Improve Agency
Review of Planning and Design Department Recommends Changes to Improve Agency

10/7/2011
Free Shredding Event
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft With A Free Shredding Event

10/7/2011
October is “Golftober” at Metro Parks Courses With Family Golfing Package
During every weekend of October Metro Parks offers an affordable family golfing package at each of its nine golf courses. For only $20, a family of up to four members can play 9 holes at any Metro Parks course.

10/6/2011
Air Quality Alert for Friday, October 7
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

10/6/2011
Metro Council’s Transportation Committee to Discuss Ohio River Bridges Project
The Metro Council’s Transportation, Bridges and Public Works Committee will discuss the Ohio River Bridges Project on Thursday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chambers of the Metro Council (3rd Floor, 601 W. Jefferson Street) and receive an update from the Louisville Southern Indiana Bridges Authority.

10/6/2011
Ward-Pugh Invites Volunteers for the Fall Community Cleanup
Ward-Pugh hosts 13th Annual Fall Community Cleanup. Volunteers needed on Saturday, October 22nd

10/6/2011
Metro Council’s Transportation Committee to Discuss Ohio River Bridges Project
The Metro Council’s Transportation, Bridges and Public Works Committee will discuss the Ohio River Bridges Project on Thursday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chambers of the Metro Council (3rd Floor, 601 W. Jefferson Street) and receive an update from the Louisville Southern Indiana Bridges Authority.

10/4/2011
Woolridge, Tandy, Hamilton and James encourage residents to attend NIA Center Redistricting meeting
Four members of the Louisville Metro Council are inviting residents of their respective districts to attend a special regional meeting at the NIA Center to learn about proposed redistricting changes for the area.

10/4/2011
Free Behavior Classes for Pets
Sign up for behavior classes NOW

10/4/2011
Ward-Pugh hosts Ninth District Annual Fall Community Forum and Shoe Drive for EDGE Outreach
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh would like to extend a special invitation to residents of the Ninth District. The Ninth District Community Forum will give residents a chance to discuss their concerns or learn more about various programs in Metro Government on October 11th

10/4/2011
Mayor Excited About New Ford Investment in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer says it’s a great day for Louisville and the surrounding region with word that Ford will invest an additional $600 million at its Louisville plants and add a new shift at the Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road.

10/3/2011
Public Health and Wellness Updates to Electronic Cards for WIC Purchases
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin using a new upgraded web-based system to issue benefits for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program beginning Monday, October 3.

10/3/2011
Heating Aid, Homelessness, Domestic Violence Targeted in October
The Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) provides safety net and financial empowerment services and works to revitalize neighborhoods in all area of Jefferson County. During October, CSR is involved in a myriad of annual events and special programs that help bring services to those most in need --- including heating assistance for the elderly and disabled, sharing information about weatherization and checking that homes are lead-safe, reaching out to seniors and homeless individuals, and advocating against domestic violence.

10/3/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permits 33371-11-C and 33384-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue construction permits to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.16, for water heater assembly and a regrind operation

10/3/2011
DOD Awards Contract to Operate Ft Knox Water System
Louisville Water will assist Hardin County District No. 1 in providing a reliable, abundant supply of safe drinking water to the growing Fort Knox and Hardin County area.

9/30/2011
Woolridge sponsors Breast Cancer Screenings in District 3 on October 15th
Councilwoman Mary C.Woolridge is sponsoring breast cancer screenings on Saturday October 15th at the Southern Star Missionary Baptist Church/ southern Star Development Corporation, Kirby Center 2308 Algonquin Parkway.

9/30/2011
Mayor Awards 7th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
During the next year, Louisville residents of all ages and from throughout the community will benefit from nutritional counseling, neighborhood cooking classes, community gardening projects, tai chi classes and race training, all due to grants from the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

9/30/2011
Council members work with Industry leaders, LMPD and others to improve scrap metal legislation
In response to the continued rise in theft of scrap metal, Metro Council leaders have requested a meeting with business leaders in the scrap metal industry along with officials at LMPD, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to develop amendments to the scrap metal ordinance in Louisville.

9/30/2011
Plans Announced for Sherman Minton Bridge Repairs
Governor Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said today the two states have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman-Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis. The bridge will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take approximately six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion.

9/30/2011
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike
The seventh annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike takes place at Jefferson Memorial Forest Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and get your pumpkins, take a hay ride, and hike through the Forest at the height of fall color. The hike is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, encouraging better health and wellness by highlighting opportunities for increased physical activity.

9/30/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33524-11-C for Eckart America
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit for replacement of the multicyclone in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for Eckart America Corporation.

9/30/2011
TRIAD Senior Day Out Tuesday, Oct. 4
More than 1600 seniors and disabled individuals in our community will gather for fun and fellowship, Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the 2011 Senior Day Out in Louisville. Participants will enjoy a complimentary lunch, educational activities, health screenings, guest speakers, dancing, bingo and much more.

9/29/2011
Louisville Water Receives We CARE Award from Republic Bank
Award honors companies who exhibit outstanding community service.

9/29/2011
Regulation External Review Informal Comment
The following revised regulations and Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment are being sent to you for informal review and comment before the start of the formal public review process: Regulation 5.20 Methodology for Determining Benchmark Ambient Concentration of a Toxic Air Contaminant Version #4, External No. 1, September 26, 2011. Regulation 5.23 Categories of Toxic Air Contaminants Version 3, External No. 1, September 26, 2011

9/28/2011
Sixteen applicants will be reviewed for District 1 vacancy
The Metro Council will review sixteen applications to fill the vacant District 1 Council seat. The deadline for applications has passed with the close of business on Wednesday, September 28th.

9/28/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free anonymous HIV testing in conjunction with the observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Testing will be held Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Public Health and Wellness mobile unit which will be parked in the Valu Market parking lot at 5301 Mitscher Avenue.

9/26/2011
UK and UofL Students Develop Plans for a Water Education Center
UK and UofL Students Work with Louisville Water on Visionary Project

9/26/2011
Participate in Louisville's Fall Bike to Work Day
Louisville’s first fall Bike to Work Day is this Friday, Sept. 30, and Mayor Greg Fischer is participating and urging other cyclists to join the commute. After riding his bike to work in May for the spring Bike to Work Day, Fischer arrived downtown with a large group riding in from Seneca Park and said, “we should do this more often!” The city’s Bike Louisville program agreed and began planning a fall biking event.

9/26/2011
School "Re-Stock" Fair Tuesday at Ujima Neighborhood Place
With school back in session for several weeks now, Neighborhood Place Ujima is hosting an event on September 27th to help families restock school supplies, and to highlight the broad range of resources in our community.

9/25/2011
Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting announces six regional meetings for Metro Council District maps
Residents of Metro Louisville will have the opportunity to review the 26 proposed Metro Council redistricting maps in one of six regional meetings. The Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting has announced the dates, times and locations of those meetings.

9/23/2011
President King to ask Mayor Fischer to dismiss all legal actions against Life Institute over grant
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) will deliver a formal letter on Friday, September 23rd to Mayor Greg Fischer asking that all legal action against the Life Institute be dismissed. His request comes following the removal proceedings for former District 1 Councilwoman Judith Green.

9/23/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33373-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.16, for refrigerator assembly operations.

9/22/2011
Louisville Water Uses Pipe Diver Technology to Inspect Active Transmission Water Main
Louisville Water completes its first inspection of a large transmission main that is filled with water and in service.

9/22/2011
METCO Awards Loans to Four Local Businesses
A total of $207,600 in loans was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation. These loans will leverage nearly $3.4 million in private investment.

9/22/2011
Metro Council declares District 1 office officially “vacant”
The Metro Council received the official “Findings and Order” from the Council Court regarding the removal of Councilwoman Judith Green, thereby declaring the District 1 Office vacant.

9/22/2011
Metro Councilmen Kramer, Benson and Engel to Hold Public Meeting on Redistricting
Metro Council Members Kevin Kramer (District 11), Stuart Benson (District 20), and Robin Engel (District 22) will host a public meeting to discuss the redistricting process.

9/22/2011
Councilman Yates invites District 25 residents to“Talk with David”
In his effort to better serve the needs of District 25, Councilman David Yates announces the first in a series of meetings with residents as a way to stay in touch with the people who elected him to the Metro Council.

9/22/2011
Findings and Order Filed in Green Removal Hearing
Metro Council Court Chair Kelly Downard, in accordance with Rule 17(c) of the Louisville Metro Council Court Removal Hearing Rules and Procedures, has filed the final “Findings and Order” regarding the complaints filed against Dr. Judith Green.

9/22/2011
Brightside Presents the Fall 2011 Golden Broom Awards

9/21/2011
Metro Parks hosting site development planning meeting for Toonerville Trolley Park
Metro Parks and Metro Councilman David James, D-6, are hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, September 26 at the Old Louisville Information Center, to discuss a proposed dog run at Toonerville Trolley Park, a two-acre park located in Old Louisville at the intersection of Brook and Oak streets.

9/21/2011
Hamilton invites District 5 to Youth Performance Showcase on Sept. 24th
On Saturday, September 24th a unique event will show how art can be used as a way to build and express community pride. The Youth Performing Showcase will get underway as one of the last events of the federally funded Shawnee Weed and Seed program.

9/20/2011
Metro Council Members Urge Expedited Construction of the Ohio River Bridges Project
Chairman of the Transportation and Public Works Committee, Robin Engel (District 22) and Vice Chair, Cheri Bryant Hamilton (District 5), will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Jefferson Square (corner of 6th and Jefferson) to discuss the need for an expedited construction schedule for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

9/20/2011
Community Invited to Discuss Ways to Prevent Infant Mortality
The Healthy Start initiative of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a town hall meeting on infant mortality on Thursday September 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the NIA Center located at 2900 W. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

9/20/2011
Fischer to Discuss Bridges With President Obama
Mayor Greg Fischer will have an opportunity to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge situation with President Obama this Thursday when the president visits the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati.

9/20/2011
District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson to host Treasure Finders Event
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson and Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach are working to locate some people who may not know they have a financial treasure waiting for them. On Thursday, September 29 between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., District 20 Volunteers/Treasure Finders will attempt to locate neighbors who may have unclaimed property or money they are entitled to but are unaware that such treasures need to be claimed.

9/19/2011
President King takes steps to assure District 1 residents they will be represented during transition
President Jim King (D-10) has taken steps to assure the residents of District 1 they will be represented in Metro Government. The President has made sure the office is maintained with staff and available to constituents as the Metro Council begins the process to select a new council person.

9/19/2011
Still Time to Register for 2011 Kilowatt Crackdown
Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Energy Alliance are encouraging building owners and operators to get on-board and join the 3rd annual Kilowatt Crackdown competition. It’s a way to track energy use and ultimately improve the city’s environment.

9/19/2011
Woolridge hosts first District 3 Algonquin Park Festival on October 1st
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge is issuing a special invitation to residents of District 3 and others who love a very special place. On October 1st, the Councilwoman will host the 2011 District 3 Algonquin Park Festival.

9/19/2011
Roll Out Fitness Event to Help People with Disabilities “Get in the Game”
Roll Out Fitness Event to Help People with Disabilities “Get in the Game” Organizations Team up to Encourage People with Special Needs to Get Active Being a part of a t-ball league, on a basketball team, or in a dance troop is an important part of many people’s lives. But people with disabilities can often be left on the sidelines and miss out on this important part of their development. This year any person with a disability can find out how they can “get in the game” at the fifth Annual “Roll Out” event, Saturday, September 24, from 1-4:00 p.m. at the Crawford Gymnasium of the U of L campus. The event is a collaboration between the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies, the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky, Frazier Rehab Institute and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.

9/16/2011
Councilman Engel to Participate in Grand Opening of the Down Syndrome Life Long Learning Center
Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) will participate in the Grand Opening of the Down Syndrome Life Long Learning Center on Sunday, September 18th (5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway) at 2:00 p.m.

9/16/2011
Hamilton invites District 5 to a special meeting to determine the future of the Shawnee Neighborhood
What should be done in the next five, ten or twenty years to develop the Shawnee Neighborhood into one of Metro Louisville’s most desirable neighborhoods?Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is offering residents of the area a chance to share their thoughts and ideas on the subject at a special meeting on Thursday, September 29th.

9/16/2011
Ward-Pugh Elected Vice President for National Order of Women Legislators
Tina Ward-Pugh elected Vice President for National Order of Women Legislators

9/16/2011
District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson to hold Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department (10540 Watterson Trail).

9/16/2011
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place reopens Monday
The South Jefferson Neighborhood Place site located inside Valley High School will reopen on Monday, September 19, 2011 following several months of renovation. The new space is designed to be brighter and more customer-friendly to better serve residents seeking assistance such as TANF, Food Stamps and medical benefits.

9/16/2011
September District 12 Dialogue to focus on Neighborhoods in Southwest Louisville
Council Rick Blackwell has invited the Center for Neighborhoods to September’s District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, September 20th at Incarnation Catholic Church beginning at 7:00pm.

9/16/2011
Inspectors find no problems with Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges
The two bridges that remain open between Louisville and Southern Indiana show no structural problems from the extra traffic they are carrying since the forced closure of the Interstate-64 Sherman Minton Bridge last weekend, Kentucky bridge inspectors have found. Two crews of inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Highways, led by Chief Bridge Inspector Jeff Sams, this week examined both the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge and reported “no remarkable findings or changes” from each bridge’s most recent scheduled inspection.

9/16/2011
Animal Services Taking Action to Control Disease
Metro Animal Services is taking steps to reduce the risk of distemper and other upper respiratory illnesses. “We have seen numerous cases of extreme disease in our shelter and the community,” said Metro Animal Services Director Justin Scally. “It is in the best interest of the animals of Louisville Metro to implement a number of emergency policies to help prevent the spread of disease.”

9/15/2011
Councilmembers Ken Fleming, Kelly Downard and Glen Stuckel to Hold Public Meeting on Redistricting
Metro Council Members Ken Fleming (District 7), Kelly Downard (District 16), and Glen Stuckel (District 17) will host a public meeting to discuss the redistricting process for area residents at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st in the Republic Bank Community Room located at 9600 Brownsboro Road.

9/15/2011
LIHEAP Vendor Meetings Next Thursday or Friday
All vendors wishing to participate in the LIHEAP 2011-2012 program are encouraged to attend one of the important informational sessions scheduled on Thursday, September 22nd or Friday, September 23rd, 2011. LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federally-funded program that provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating needs. LIHEAP vendors are defined as any business that supplies energy, such as rental facilities where utilities are included in the rent, or provides home heating fuel to individuals applying for the LIHEAP program. Examples of home heating fuel include oil, kerosene, propane, bottled gas, wood, electric or natural gas. The vendor meetings will help provide information about changes in the LIHEAP program this year and give interested individuals time to complete the necessary vendor packets and ask any questions they may have.

9/15/2011
Construction to Resume on Interstate System in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists that construction will resume this week on Interstates 64 and 71. Work on these routes had been postponed in the wake of the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge which carries Interstate 64 over the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. Asphalt paving operations will begin again on I-64 between I-65 and the Cochran Hill Tunnels (mile points 4.9 and 8.40). Lane closures are possible Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 p.m. each evening until 6:00 a.m. the following morning and Friday- Saturday from 10:00 p.m. each evening until 9:00 a.m. the following morning. The speed limit in this work zone is 55 MPH. Work has also started again on I-71 for asphalt resurfacing and bridge deck restoration. This project extends from Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville to Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway). Evening lane closures are possible weeknights from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning.

9/15/2011
Mayor's Office Relocates to IdeaFestival
Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team will relocate their offices to the IdeaFestival next week, a move designed to encourage breakthrough thinking.

9/15/2011
Statement by Metro Council Court Chair
“The Metro Council Court after two days of testimony has returned from deliberations with unanimous decisions supporting both charges brought by members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Charging Committee.

9/14/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with EI duPont de Nemours & Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing 9/21/2011 on a proposed Agreed Board Order with E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company. duPont is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits) at its facility located at 4200 Camp Ground Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Comments will be accepted until 9/20/2011.

9/13/2011
Traffic Changes Continue in Response to Closing of Sherman Minton Bridge
Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials continue to monitor and adjust traffic plans to manage traffic congestion due to the closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Indiana. The congestion affects traffic throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana region, not just those commuting across the Ohio River.

9/13/2011
Spirit of Jefferson to Shuttle Residents Across Ohio River
To help residents cross the Ohio River in the wake of the closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the Spirit of Jefferson is now offering pedestrian and bicyclist ferry service from downtown Jeffersonville to downtown Louisville.

9/13/2011
Interstate 265 Ramp Widening Begins
To improve traffic flow during the Sherman Minton Bridge closure, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is expanding I-265 ramps at I-64 and I-65 from one to two lanes. Starting today, motorists should anticipate delays between the morning and evening rush hours while paving and striping crews work in the area.

9/13/2011
Welch sponsors District 13 Health Expo during this year’s Fairdale Community Fair on Saturday
Those who come out to the 81st annual Fairdale Community Fair this weekend have a chance to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. Once again, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is sponsoring the District 13 Health Expo on Saturday, September 17th. The best things about the Health Expo: it’s free.

9/12/2011
Louisville Making Progress Toward Goal of 55,000 More College Degrees
Louisville is making significant progress toward the community’s goal of adding 55,000 college degrees by 2020 – gaining 7,000 more college graduates in a one-year period and gaining ground on competitor cities, according to a report and online education data dashboard released today by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and the non-profit group created to tackle the challenge.

9/10/2011
Shawnee Park Sports Complex renamed in honor of the late Paul Bather
When young people play any sport at the Shawnee Park Sports Complex, they will be reminded of a man who dedicated his life to helping young people and the people he served as a former Louisville Alderman and State Representative in the Kentucky House. On Friday, the Shawnee Sports Complex was renamed in honor for the late Paul C. Bather.

9/10/2011
Officials Announce Transportation Plan for Sherman Minton Bridge
The public should expect long traffic delays, especially during peak rush hours, with the indefinite closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, transportation leaders on both sides of the Ohio River announced today. Mayor Greg Fischer, joined by officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the following items to help alleviate some of the congestion.

9/9/2011
Metro Council Court Chair Signs Order Regarding Respondent Witnesses and Exhibits
Metro Council Court Chair Kelly Downard has signed an order addressing motions made by representatives for the Charging Committee on September 7, 2011 regarding the ability of the Respondent to introduce witnesses or exhibits.

9/9/2011
Metro Council Court Will Meet on Monday
“Councilwoman Judith Green has publicly announced her resignation from the Metro Council today. The Metro Council Court will continue with their planned hearing at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011” said Metro Council Court Chairman Kelly Downard. “After consultation with the Jefferson County Attorney, the Court will consider whether or not to move forward with the removal process. Should a majority of the Metro Council Court decide to move forward, we will immediately begin the removal process.”

9/9/2011
Bus Tour to Highlight Local Food
Local food touted to restaurateurs, chefs Bus tour to visit Kentucky food producers

9/9/2011
President King receives resignation letter from Councilwoman Judith Green
On Friday, Metro Council meeting, President Jim King (D-10) received a formal letter of resignation from Metro Councilwoman Judith Green of District 1.

9/8/2011
Hamilton announces recipients of 2011 Molly Leonard Community Service Awards
They are dedicated men and women, all ages and from all walks of life who have used their time and talents to make District 5 a better community in which to live. On Saturday, September 10th, they will receive a “thank you” from the community they have served.

9/8/2011
Metro Parks Seeks Input on a Greenway System Planned for Southwest Jefferson County
A Community Workshop will be held on September 24th to present suggested routes for a greenway trail system that will connect neighborhoods in southwestern and southern Louisville.

9/8/2011
2011 Child Support Insert
2011 Child Support Obligors List and Child Support Awareness Month

9/8/2011
Metro Councilman Peden to host 8th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden will host the 8th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup on Saturday, September 10th.

9/7/2011
“Coffee with your Councilman” set for September 10th in District 12
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, September 10th.

9/7/2011
Interstate 71 to Be Reduced to One Lane in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists that Interstate 71 will be reduced to one lane between Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville and Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway). Weekday lane closures will take place as part of the construction project to resurface the roadway and perform bridge deck repairs.

9/7/2011
Healthy Hometown Menu Labeling Initiative Attracts Restaurants Across Louisville
Restaurants across Louisville are becoming Healthy Hometown restaurants by posting calorie counts on their menus. To date 29 restaurants at 46 locations throughout the city have signed up to take advantage of the voluntary menu labeling initiative.

9/7/2011
Metro Council Court Chair to hear Motions Regarding Removal Hearings
Metro Council Court Chair Kelly Downard will hold a final pre-hearing conference with Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell and counsel for both the Charging Committee and Respondent to discuss motions related to removal charges before the Metro Council Court. The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/7/2011
“Little Fockers” brings another successful fun season of “Movies under the Stars” to a close
After enjoying the entertainment of the Monarchs at 5pm, hang around as Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro help wind up the 2011 season of “Movies under the Stars” this Sunday, September 11, at 8pm, with “Little Fockers” at the Iroquois Amphitheatre.

9/7/2011
The next 2nd Friday Chat for District 26 residents set for September 9th
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson is announcing the next Second Friday Chat will take place on Friday, September 9th for residents of District 26 at the Bon Air Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library beginning at 3:30pm.

9/7/2011
Public Hearing on Proposed Permit for American Synthetic Rubber Company
Between 8/1/2011, and 8/30/2011, the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (APCD) held a public comment period on a construction permit issued in accordance with Regulation 2.03 for Phase 1 of a project to convert from using toluene as an organic solvent to using a mixture of cyclohexane and methylcyclohexane for the production of all polybutadiene rubber and styrene butadiene rubber by American Synthetic Rubber Company, 4500 Campground Road, Louisville, KY 40216. The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board is scheduling a public hearing on this proposed permit on October 11, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the Ballroom, Memorial Auditorium, 970 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203, in accordance with Regulations 1.08 and 2.07. Oral statements will be accepted at the public hearing.

9/7/2011
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting For McNeely Lake Park Master Plan
Metro Parks has initiated a Master Plan project for McNeely Lake Park. The project will entail plans for the future development and enhancement of the park.

9/6/2011
Community Design Workshop next phase of New Cut Road/ Taylor Boulevard Corridor Project
After a strong public turnout in July, the next phase of development for the New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor involves a special Community Workshop on Saturday, September 10, from 9am – noon at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, 4401 Taylor Boulevard, where residents will work in groups to discuss their plans for the corridor.

9/6/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two series of classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes.

9/6/2011
Proposed Title V Permit 134-97-TV(R2) for Caldwell Tanks
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a renewed Title V operating permit to Caldwell Tanks

9/2/2011
Metro Parks Celebrates Labor Day and New Clubhouse With Affordable Family Golfing
To celebrate the new clubhouse at Charlie Vettiner golf course and 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 and extending its $3 coupon discount.

9/2/2011
Air Quality Alert for Saturday, September 3
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

9/1/2011
Metro Council Court Issues Media Policies and Procedures
starting on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. regarding removal charges issued against a member of the Metro Council, Dr. Judith Green (District 1).

9/1/2011
Metro Council Court Chair Signs Amended Order Regarding Court Subpoenas
Metro Council Court Chair Kelly Downard has signed an amended order addressing motions made by representatives for the Charging Committee regarding a July 21, 2011 subpoena issued by the Metro Council Court.

9/1/2011
Air Quality Alert for Friday, September 2
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

9/1/2011
City Website Again Honored for Excellence
Louisville Metro Government’s website has been honored with a Best of the Web award from e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. This year www.louisvilleky.gov took second place in the annual awards, finishing only behind first-place winner Seattle, in the city portal category.

8/31/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33168-11-C for UL
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to the University of Louisville, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for a natural gas fired boiler with distillate oil backup

8/31/2011
Mayor, Congressman, Chief Open New Fire Station
Mayor Greg Fischer, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) and Louisville Fire Department Chief Greg Frederick today officially opened the new fire station, Station 10, located at 501 West Ashland Avenue.

8/31/2011
LMAS Investigates Animal Cruelty
Animal Services Alerts Public About Serious Neglect/Abuse Cases

8/31/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, September 1
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/30/2011
Bank On Louisville Celebrates First Anniversary
Mayor Greg Fischer gathered with representatives of Bank On Louisville today to celebrate the first anniversary of the program and its extraordinary successes.

8/30/2011
New Member Approved for Louisville Board of Water Works
Louisville Water welcomes David Gahafer to the Board of Water Works.

8/30/2011
Bank On Louisville’s First Anniversary Celebration
Mayor Greg Fischer gathered with representatives of Bank On Louisville today to celebrate the first anniversary of the program and its extraordinary successes.

8/30/2011
Mayor Now Live Streaming All News Conferences
All news conferences and media briefings held by Mayor Greg Fischer – including those at locations outside Metro Hall – will be live streamed on the city website, www.louisvilleky.gov.

8/29/2011
Metro Parks Hosts 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 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.

8/29/2011
Bank On Throws Resource Fair to Celebrate One Year
Bank On Louisville turns one year old and everyone is invited to the party!

8/29/2011
Public Health and Wellness Announces Flu Immunization Plans
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will be taking appointments for flu immunizations at four community sites beginning Thursday, September 1. There will also be five walk-in clinics beginning September 15. The Department will also offer flu immunizations to students at all Jefferson County Public Schools beginning in October.

8/29/2011
Bank On Resource Fair
Bank On Louisville turns one year old and everyone is invited to the party! Over 35 vendors will gather on Tuesday, August 30th between 2-6 pm to provide financial education, employment and career opportunities, asset-building resources and entertainment for all ages. The free event will take place at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

8/27/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33318-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.16, for an insulating foam line.

8/26/2011
METCO Approves Loans to Two Small Businesses
A total of $60,000 in loans was approved by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation.

8/25/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Revise Food Placard System
Beginning September 1, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will revise its ABC Restaurant Placard Program to more closely align it to the Kentucky Retail Food Code that went into effect on May 1, 2010. The new state food code enacts measures that more effectively prevent food borne illness.

8/25/2011
LMAS August Adoption Promotion
Louisville Metro Animal Services Animal House Adoption Special

8/24/2011
Louisville Opens Fifth “Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store”
Louisville has opened its fifth “Healthy in a Hurry” Corner Store in the California neighborhood where fresh fruits and vegetables have not readily been available. The “Healthy in a Hurry” initiative is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement which received a $7.9 million federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) in March 2010.

8/22/2011
LMAS Disease Control And Prevention
Animal Services Takes Precautions Concerning Distemper and Parvo

8/22/2011
Air Quality Alert for Tuesday, August 23
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/19/2011
Proposed FEDOOP Permit 32202-11-O for PolyOne
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a revision of a FEDOOP permit to PolyOne.

8/19/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33262-11-C for GE
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit to GE Appliances & Lighting, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, for two grit blasting booths and two enamel coating booths.

8/19/2011
Air Quality Alert for Saturday, August 20
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/18/2011
Councilman Miller to Host Grand Opening of new Sprayground and Playground at Long Run Park
Councilman Jerry Miller (District 19) will Host the Grand Opening of a new Sprayground and renovated Playground at Long Run Park on Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 a.m.

8/17/2011
District 11, 20 & 22 Metro Council members to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11), Stuart Benson (District 20) and Robin Engel (District 22) in conjunction with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over.

8/17/2011
James sponsors The California Community Day: a great summer celebration for District 6
It is a great summer tradition in one of Louisville’s oldest and proudest neighborhoods. Councilman David James (D-6) will join many others on Saturday, August 27th for the annual California Community Day.

8/17/2011
Metro Council Members support Second Annual Taste of South Louisville
There is one place that showcases the wide range of tastes found in one familiar area of Metro Louisville and at the same time helps the programs of South Louisville Community Ministries.

8/17/2011
September 10th marks this year’s District 5 Community Celebration Concert
Shawnee Park will highlight a very special event in September designed to bring friends and families together with great music and fun. Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the District 5 Advisory Committee announce the 2011 Community Celebration Concert is set for Saturday September 10th.

8/17/2011
Mayors Hike, Bike and Paddle Set for Labor Day
One of Louisville’s most popular outdoor family events is back this Labor Day as cyclists, paddlers and walkers gather for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike &Paddle on Sept. 5 at Waterfront Park.

8/16/2011
Widening Project to begin on KY 22 in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction on KY 22 between Chamberlain Lane and Murphy Lane (mile points 4.0 and 5.6). Work is scheduled to begin later this week to widen KY 22 to three lanes in each direction between Chamberlain Lane and KY 1694. The section of roadway between KY 1694 and Murphy Lane will be widened to a three-lane section that includes a center turn lane. Right turn lanes will be constructed at key locations. Kelsey Construction LLC of Shepherdsville, KY was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $6.3 million. The work is scheduled for completion in November of 2012. Two-way traffic will be maintained between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day. Motorists should watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Lane closures may occur in the evening and overnight hours with traffic being directed by flaggers.

8/16/2011
“Toy Story 3” & “Jumping the Broom” final films in District 5 Friday Night Outdoor Family Film Fest
The animated classic “Toy Story 3” will be this week’s feature film for the District 5 Friday Night Outdoor Family Film Festival at Shawnee Park. The series will wrap up this year’s run with “Jumping the Broom” on Friday, August 26th The film series provides free movies on Friday nights throughout the month of August.

8/16/2011
“2011 Newburg Days” returns with Community breakfast, parade, talent show and fun for all
The diversity of the Newburg Community will be highlighted in this year’s 2011 Newburg Days celebration set for August 26th through the 28th. The 2011 theme is “Different People, One Community.”

8/16/2011
Distrct 9 will launch new Green Triangle website on Aug 18
District 9 to launch new Green Triangle website on Thursday, August 18th. Tool will help residents engage around sustainability

8/15/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33164-11-C for ASRC
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit for replacement of the #4 Stripper Vessels in accordance with Regulation 2.03, to American Synthetic Rubber Company.

8/15/2011
Storm Debris Drop-off Available Saturday
Citizens left with limbs, branches and other debris following this weekend’s storms can haul their debris to Waste Management’s Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal facility, located at 2673 Outer Loop on Saturday, August 20th from Noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per load.

8/15/2011
M. Gabriela Alcalde Elected Board of Health Vice-Chair
The Louisville Board of Health has elected M. Gabriela Alcalde as its vice-chair.

8/15/2011
Parks Committee to Discuss Renaming Portions of Floyds Fork
The Metro Council’s Parks, Libraries, and Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m. to consider three ordinances renaming properties that will become part of the Parklands of Floyds Fork.

8/15/2011
Metro Councilman Stuckel to Host District 17 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a district meeting on Monday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road).

8/10/2011
Citizens Satisfied With Merger, City Services, Poll Shows
Louisville residents are generally pleased with the merger of city-county governments and believe that basic services – police, fire EMS, waste pickup and public transit — are good but have room for improvement. Those are the conclusions of a scientific survey released today by the Merger 2.0 Task Force.

8/10/2011
Louisville Water and Louisville Sports Commission Launch the Pure Tap 5K
Join us for Louisville Water's first Pure Tap® 5K on November 12.

8/10/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing 8/17/2011 on a proposed Agreed Board Order with Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. Lubrizol is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits) at its facility located at 4200 Bells Lane in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Comments will be accepted until 8/16/2011.

8/9/2011
Redistricting effort focus of August District 12 Dialogue
Every ten years, all local governments are required by law to redraw representative boundary lines based on the U.S. Census. The process is known as redistricting and Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) is offering the community a chance to learn the latest at the August District 12 Dialogue.

8/9/2011
Hamilton announces next District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, August 15th
The next monthly meeting of the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will focus on the ongoingrRedistricting process for the Louisville Metro Council. The meeting is set for Monday, August 15th.

8/9/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two classes for those with diabetes and for those who care for family members with diabetes.

8/9/2011
“Shrek: Forever After” is August Movies under the Stars featured film on Sunday
Everyone’s favorite, lovable ogre will be in the spotlight when “Shrek: Forever After” plays at the Iroquois Amphitheater this Sunday, August 14th. It is part of this year’s Movies under the Stars series sponsored by members of the Louisville Metro Council.

8/8/2011
Southwest Community Ministries announce new headquarters on Terry Road
With the help of the Metro Council and the private sector SWCM is now ready better serve the less fortunate and needy in Southwest Jefferson County. SWCM celebrated the purchase of property on Terry Road. In the next few months, after clean up and renovations, the property will become the new home and headquarters of the nonprofit group

8/5/2011
Welch announces “Coffee with your Councilwoman” is set for Saturday, August 13th
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is inviting residents of District 13 to the next “Coffee with your Councilwoman” in hopes of helping anyone who may be facing possible foreclosure.

8/5/2011
Virtual Talk to Greg Planned on Facebook, Twitter
In keeping with his commitment to open, accessible government, Mayor Greg Fischer will respond to citizen questions and suggestions via Facebook and Twitter on Aug. 15, 6p.m.-8p.m.

8/4/2011
Hamilton calls special community meeting to review and discuss “Promise Neighborhood” grant options
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) has called a special community meeting on August 9th for those who live in the 40212 zip code to seek community input and learn the next option to have the area declared a “Promise Neighborhood.”

8/4/2011
Park DuValle at Newburg hosting an open house and back-to-school health fair on Saturday August 6th
The Park DuValle at Newburg Primary Care Center will hold a very special back to school and Community Health Fair this Saturday, August 6th as a way of introducing the community to its newly expanded facility on Hikes Lane.

8/4/2011
Take TARC to the Park and to the Louisville Loop!
More people living in west Louisville and in the Smoketown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods will now be able to enjoy walking and biking along the Louisville Loop thanks to a new weekend bus route TARC, Loop the Loop.

8/3/2011
U of L Football Parking
Metro Parks offering U of L Football Parking at Churchill Park for 2011 Season

8/2/2011
Harrods Creek Community to Receive $562,000 to Address Erosion
Construction to stabilize soil erosion on a section of Harrods Creek near The Harbor at Harrods Creek community is expected to start soon. This project has taken over three years to facilitate and will address serious erosion problems that threatened many homes in the community.

8/2/2011
New Owners Take Control of Whiskey Row Buildings
An investment group planning a multi-million dollar renovation of Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row has officially taken ownership of the properties. The group, led by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, closed last Friday, July 29th, on the purchase of these buildings that it plans to renovate into a mixed-use development. “These architectural treasures, once the center of Louisville’s historic bourbon industry, will be saved and restored,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Steve, Laura Lee, and their partners have great plans for these properties.”

8/2/2011
National Night Out
Come join the LMPD 4th division at its National Night Out event at Wyandotte Park!

8/2/2011
Woolridge encourages District 3 to take advantage of St. George’s Health and Fun Fair
With a new school year right around the corner, Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) is joining with the St. George Community Center to help students get ready for a new school year and at the same time help the communities live a healthier lifestyle.

8/1/2011
Mayor Fischer Urges Congress to Pass Debt Bill
Mayor Greg Fischer said he is relieved that Washington appears to be close to ending the debt-limit drama, and he urged all members of the House and Senate to pass the bill.

8/1/2011
Mayor Fischer Statement on Museum Plaza
Mayor Greg Fischer today praised the development team behind the proposed Museum Plaza project. “The timing and the uproar in the financial markets have unfortunately derailed Museum Plaza and, although the building will not grace our skyline, the creativity and the willingness of the development team have inspired others in Louisville to think big and think bold."

8/1/2011
Air Quality Alert for Tuesday, August 2
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

8/1/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32687-11-C for ASRC
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit for Phase 1 of a project to replace Tolulene with a non-hazardous material in their chemical process in accordance with Regulation 2.03, to American Synthetic Rubber Company.

7/29/2011
Louisville Water Company Recognized for Outstanding Safety and Operations
LOUISVILLE WATER COMPANY RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING SAFETY AND OPERATIONS

7/29/2011
5th Divison National Night Out Event on Aug 2 at Peterson-Dumesnil House
Districts 8,9 and 10 partner with LMPD’s Fifth Division For National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd at the Peterson-Dumesnil House.

7/29/2011
Metro Council approves “Green Initiatives” for developers
Builders and developers now have an incentive to go green when building or renovating projects following action by the Louisville Metro Council.

7/29/2011
“Safe & Healthy Return to School”: Thursday, Aug. 4th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5 and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee are prepared to help students and parents get ready for a new school year with “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” set for Thursday, August 4th.

7/28/2011
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh and Mayor Fischer unveil latest “Green Technology” for District 9
Members of the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden have a new partner in their efforts to sustain the environment in the 9th District. It is the latest in “Green Technology”. It’s clean, quiet, simple and most importantly, it’s the first all electric zero turn lawn mower to be used in Metro Louisville.

7/27/2011
Councilmen Blackwell and Yates to recognize 22 Special Olympic teams at local softball tournament
A great sports competition gets underway on Saturday, July 30th when 22 softball teams meet to play in the 10th Annual Special Olympics Softball Tournament at Incarnation Catholic Church.

7/27/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, July 28
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/27/2011
Mayor Announces Give A Day Service Initiative
Mayor Greg Fischer’s goal of creating a more compassionate Louisville took a big step today with the announcement that a city-wide week of volunteering to help others will be an official Derby Festival event starting in 2012. To help launch the new event, a week of volunteering has also been scheduled this October.

7/27/2011
Mayor Fischer Names New Director at MAS
Mayor Fischer Names Justin Scally as Director of Metro Animal Services

7/26/2011
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday, July 27
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/26/2011
Neighborhood Place Back to School Events
With the start of the new school year only a few weeks away, parents and children all across our community are starting to make preparations. Several Neighborhood Place locations have organized Back to School events to help families get started on the right foot.

7/26/2011
Ward-Pugh Announces new Green Technology on July 28th
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh and Mayor Fischer to announce new green technology moving forward in District 9. Press Conference set for Thursday, July 28th at 11:30am.

7/25/2011
Five Local Businesses Awarded City Loans
Five local businesses received loans from Louisville Metro Government, including loans to expand two existing businesses and loans to open a new furniture store and a restaurant/coffee shop.

7/25/2011
1st and Brook two way conversion set for July 29th weekend
Metro Public Works is moving forward with the conversion of First and Brook Streets from one way to two ways. The change is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Friday, July 29th.

7/21/2011
Locust Grove 50th Anniversary
Locust Grove’s 50th Anniversary Party is Sunday, July 24.

7/21/2011
SummerWorks Youth Cleaning Up Neglected Lots in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer spent time today with some of the young adults who are working for Metro Government through the KentuckianaWorks SummerWorks2011 jobs program and helping keep the city clean and neat this summer. The mayor met with young workers at one of the job sites, 2128 W. Jefferson St.

7/21/2011
Storm Damage July 2011
Storm Damage

7/21/2011
Councilman Blackwell invites everyone to 2011 Riverview Park Summer Festival
This Sunday is a chance to sit back and enjoy music and take in a great view of the Ohio River. At the same time, you can have fun at one of the many jewels of Southwest Louisville. Riverview Park will play host to its 2011 Summer Festival on July 24th beginning at 3:00pm.

7/20/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 378-06-C(R1) for Rohm and Haas
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a revised construction permit for a pelletizer line, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, to Rohm & Haas Louisville Plant.

7/20/2011
Gov., Mayor Open Blankenbaker Parkway Extension
Governor Steve Beshear, joined by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other local officials, today celebrated the opening of the eagerly awaited Blankenbaker Parkway extension.

7/20/2011
Metro Council Court Chair Downard Names Butler Chair Pro-Tem
In accordance with Rule 4 of the Louisville Metro Council’s Removal Hearing Rules and Procedures, Metro Council Court Chair, Kelly Downard (District 16) has named Councilwoman Marianne Butler (District 15) Chair Pro Tem.

7/20/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, July 21
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/20/2011
First Building Going Up at Nucleus Innovation Park
Officials broke ground today on the first building to go up at Nucleus Innovation Park Downtown, a nine-acre research park on and around the former Haymarket property,

7/19/2011
Public invited to comment on future plans the New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor
Help us shape the streetscape and future planning for Taylor Boulevard/New Cut Road Corridor. Join elected officials, business people and fellow resident on Saturday, July 23 for a "Community Listening Session" at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in the Community Room from 9am - noon.

7/19/2011
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday, July 20
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/19/2011
District 5 welcomes the return of Friday Night Outdoor Family Film Festival on Friday, August 5th
A family tradition returns to Shawnee Park in the month of August when the 2011 Friday Night Outdoor Family Film Festival kicks off with a free showing of movies for residents of District 5. The fun begins with “The Karate Kid.”

7/15/2011
City To Offer Domestic Partner Benefits
Saying it’s the right and fair thing to do, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an order extending domestic partner benefits to city employees starting July 1, 2012.

7/15/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 33022-11-C for GE Appliances & Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a comment period to issue a construction permit for nine small boilers, in accordance with Regulation 2.03, to GE Appliances & Lighting.

7/14/2011
CoventryCares Selects Louisville as Headquarters
CoventryCares™ of Kentucky announced today that it has chosen Louisville, Kentucky, as the headquarters for its operations.

7/14/2011
Louisville Awarded $4.8 Million Grant to Improve City Services, Encourage Innovation
Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded Louisville a $4.8 million grant to help bring innovation and breakthrough ideas to improve city services and grow jobs in advanced automotive manufacturing.

7/14/2011
Welch invites community to honor the Fairdale Little League Girls State Champions on Saturday, July
On July 10th, the Fairdale Little League made history. The Girls 16 and under softball team beat Barren County to bring home the Western Kentucky Babe Ruth Softball Championship. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) is encouraging the community to come out for a special team parade to show appreciation on Saturday, July 16th.

7/14/2011
Metro Public Works and Assets Audit Complete
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today the operational review of Louisville Metro Public Works and Assets is complete and the city is already moving forward to implement some of the more than 90 recommendations outlined in the audit.

7/13/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Orders with Candela and Louisville Medical Center
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on July 20, 2011, on proposed Agreed Board Orders with Candela Systems Corporation and Louisville Medical Center, Inc. Candela is alleged to have violated District Regulation 5.04 (Adoption of Federal Emission Standard for Asbestos). Louisville Medical Center is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits).

7/13/2011
Flood encourages residents to get “Moving with Madonna” on Tuesday, July 19th
Want to get in better shape and live a healthier lifestyle? Wondering how to start? Residents of District 24 will find the answer to those questions by “Moving with Madonna” on Tuesday July 19th at 6:30pm at Blue Lick Park on Mud Lane.

7/13/2011
New Healthcare Jobs Available in Louisville Area
In partnership with the City of Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan and the City of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Connextions, Inc., a pre-eminent technology and business services partner to the health care industry, today announced the addition of 750 jobs in Jeffersonville, IN, as a result of new business growth within its health care customer base.

7/12/2011
Legal Aid Society to be featured in July’s District 12 Dialogue
It is an organization whose goal is to offer legal help to the poor and disadvantaged in Metro Louisville. Councilman Rick Blackwell has invited Eileen Ordover of the Legal Aid Society of Louisville to July’s District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, July 19th.

7/12/2011
Merger Task Force Seeks Citizen Input
The members of the Merger 2.0 Task Force’s Public Safety Committee are encouraging all citizens to visit www.louisvilleky.gov to participate in a survey with questions focusing on a variety of public safety issues, including citizens’ experience with the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro Corrections.

7/11/2011
Major Water Main Break near U of L
Louisville Water has experienced a failure with a 48-inch main near Floyd and Warnock Streets. Several customers, mostly within the Watterson Expressway area, are without water or have low pressure. Louisville Water crews are working on the problem and hope to isolate and repair the main soon. Visit the Louisville Water Company website for the latest information. As more information becomes available, we will update this site.

7/11/2011
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Partners with Homebuilders’ Health and Wellness Oriented Homearama
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will participate as a sponsor for Homearama 2011 at Norton Commons which opens July 16 and runs through the end of the month.

7/11/2011
City Urges Citizens to Stay Safe During Heatwave
With summer temperatures expected to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of resources available to help them beat the heat.

7/8/2011
Summer Fest in Fisherville
Summer Fest in Fisherville is an event with something for the whole family. It's at Floyds Fork Park on Sunday, July 24 from 1-6 PM. There will be over 60 Farmers Market vendors. Bob Hill will be presenting the History and Lore of Floyds Fork. The Hog Operation bluegrass band will play under the big tent.

7/8/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for GE Appliances & Lighting (Enameling Furnace)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on July 08, 2011, to issue a construction permit for an enameling furnace, in accordance with Regulation 2.03 for GE Appliances & Lighting, 4000 Buechel Bank Road. The 30 day public comment period starts July 08, 2011 and ends on August 08, 2011. A public hearing may be scheduled if the District determines that there are germane, unresolved issues or substantial public interest, in accordance with Regulation 2.07.

7/8/2011
City Agency Has New Name
Effective July 1, 2011 the Louisville Metro Department of Housing and Family Services became the Department of Community Services and Revitalization. "This new name more closely reflects the department's mission to provide services for the entire community, and to work to revitalize all neighborhoods in Louisville," said Adria Johnson, Acting Director of the department. “It also allows our agency to better provide to the public our broad range of services and supports."

7/8/2011
Air Quality Alert for Sunday, July 10
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/8/2011
Owen kicks off 2011Summer Bike Tour with a visit to the Bashford Manor area.
This weekend, Councilman Tom Owen will continue his traditional Summer Bike tour of visiting ten neighborhoods’s in District 8 before the summer is over. The first stop will be the Bashford Manor area on Sunday, July 10th.

7/7/2011
Ford Begins Hiring 1800 Employees
Ford Motor Company is accepting applications to hire 1,800 new workers at the Louisville Assembly Plant on Fern Valley Road, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

7/7/2011
Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting seeks public comment
Residents of Metro Louisville will have a chance to voice any concerns or suggestions they have for the redrawing of the Metro Council’s 26 districts during the next meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting.on July 11th

7/6/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, July 7
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

7/6/2011
2nd Friday Chat set for July 8th in District 26
Councilman Brent T. Ackerson is inviting residents of District 26 to come out this coming Friday, July 26th as Second Friday Chat resumes its monthly schedule.

7/6/2011
“Morning Glory” July’s featured Movie under the Stars
A humorous look behind the scenes of a national morning news show is the subject of July’s Movies under the Stars. The 2010 film “Morning Glory” will be the next feature film in the summer series on Saturday, July 9th beginning at 9:00pm.

7/6/2011
Louisville Water Company Extends Invitation to Tour the Tower
Louisville Water Company Extends an Invitation to “Tour the Tower” Series of FREE Guided Tours Scheduled for July 16 and 19

7/6/2011
Final Construction Begins on Big Four Pathway
The conversion of a onetime railroad bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle path uniting Louisville and Southern Indiana advanced today with Gov. Steve Beshear, Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville, Ind., Mayor Tom Galligan symbolically breaking ground for construction of a modern bridge deck.

7/6/2011
Nazarene Youth Conference Volunteers
Metro Parks Hosts Nazarene Youth Conference Volunteers

7/6/2011
Michters Distillery to Open in Downtown
Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer Announce Michter’s Distillery to Open Production Distillery in Downtown Louisville; Company to locate in historic Fort Nelson Building, invest nearly $7.8 million

7/6/2011
Louisville Water Company Completes I-64 Water Main Project
Louisville Water Company Completes Interstate-64 Water Main Project

7/6/2011
Welch, Henderson and Yates thank clean up volunteers from Nazarene Youth Conference
Several areas of Metro Louisville will get some cleanup attention on Wednesday, July 6th from about 1000 young people from all over the country. The Nazarene Youth Conferences is in Louisville and will perform a day of service that includes areas of District 13, 14, and 25.

7/5/2011
New Opportunities for Citizens to Talk With Mayor Fischer
Got a big idea for the city, or a small problem in your neighborhood? You can tell Mayor Greg Fischer or other city officials about it in person at three upcoming sessions at local schools.

7/5/2011
Animal Services Takes Precautions After One Case of Distemper
Metro Animal Services is temporarily suspending some of its services Thursday at the Animal Care Center, located at 3705 Manslick Road, after one case of canine distemper was confirmed. The Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, is not affected.

7/5/2011
Animal Services Takes Precautions After One Case of Distemper
Metro Animal Services is temporarily suspending some of its services Thursday at the Animal Care Center, located at 3705 Manslick Road, after one case of canine distemper was confirmed. The Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, is not affected.

7/5/2011
Adoption Blitz a Success at Metro Animal Services
Thanks to an overwhelming response from rescue groups, foster volunteers and animal-lovers communitywide, no dogs will have to be euthanized at Metro Animal Services due to overcrowding.

7/5/2011
Adopt a Dog for $9 at Metro Animal Services

7/1/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 29161-10-C(R1) for GE Appliances & Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a revised construction permit for two heating ovens to GE Appliances & Lighting in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

7/1/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32864-11-C for Brown Forman Cooperage
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit for replacement of an existing wood dust process cyclone to Brown Forman Cooperages in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

7/1/2011
Air Quality Alert for Saturday, July 2
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/30/2011
Youth Advocate for Policy Change to Create Healthier Neighborhoods
A new group of youth advocates is working for policy change that they hope will increase access to healthy food, boost exercise opportunities and improve safety in west Louisville neighborhoods

6/30/2011
Ramp Improvements to Begin on Interstate 265 at US 31E
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction at the interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and US 31E (Bardstown Road). Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 5th to improve traffic flow along US 31E on the north side of this interchange. A third lane will be constructed on southbound US 31E between the entrance to Kroger and the I-265 interchange. This lane will allow free flow movements for motorists accessing I-265 by having them bypass the traffic signal with the westbound exit ramp. A barrier wall will separate this lane of traffic from the two through lanes on southbound US 31E. In addition, the exit ramp from westbound I-265 to US 31E will be widened to accommodate two left turn lanes and one right turn lane.

6/30/2011
Louisville, Lexington to Start Regional Economic Initiative
At the Clinton Global Initiative America event held in Chicago today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced their intention to undertake a joint regional economic development initiative to improve both cities’ competitiveness in advanced manufacturing.

6/30/2011
METCO Awards Loans to Four Small Businesses
Four local businesses received loans from Louisville Metro Government, including a new restaurant and brew pub, a self-serve yogurt bar, a book store that carries rare books and an expanded massage clinic that will create new jobs.

6/30/2011
Dates For Next Two Junk Pickups Available For Citizens in the Urban Services District
New dates are now available for the curbside junk collection service provided to residents of the urban services district (old city limits). Citizens should watch for a postcard in their mailbox that will give detailed information about their specific junk set-out and collection dates. Dates are also available by using the updated MapIt tool at www.louisvilleky.gov or by calling MetroCall 311. Metro Solid Waste Management collects junk, zone by zone, in 24 collection routes in the urban services district. Residents should remember that all items must be placed curbside during the designated set-out period (Friday-Sunday), with collection beginning the following Monday morning. Please see detailed guidelines below.

6/30/2011
Air Quality Alert for Friday, July 1
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/30/2011
Members of Metro Council Charging Committee to Meet
The five members of the Metro Council’s Charging Committee will hold their first meeting on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. in the Chambers of the Metro Council.

6/30/2011
Johnson to assist victims of recent flooding with pick up
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is notifying victims of recent flooding that a special pick up of items damaged by flooding will be offered on Saturday, July 2 for homes in the Beechmont area.

6/29/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, June 30
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/29/2011
River Ridge Development Partners with Louisville Water Company
River Ridge Development Authority Receives Contract to Manage Charlestown State Park/River Ridge Commerce Center Drinking Water System - Partners with Louisville Water Company

6/27/2011
District 2 begins “mowing blitz” of abandoned property in the Newburg/Petersburg area
In the span of four days, some 30 abandoned properties have been targeted for a special “mowing blitz” in the Newburg/ Petersburg area by Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2). The effort is part of the ongoing plan to improve neighborhoods while Metro Government focuses on cleaning up abandoned properties.

6/27/2011
Search Resumes for Metro Animal Services Director
The city will immediately resume its search for a director of Metro Animal Services who can turnaround the troubled agency and move it toward being a national model in which no adoptable animal is euthanized, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

6/27/2011
Shawnee DREAM Playground Sprayground Opens
Metro Parks Teams With DREAM Foundation/Olmsted Parks Conservancy to Open New Playground/Sprayground

6/24/2011
District 5 hosts “Christmas in July” on Saturday, July 9th
Summer vacation is underway for thousands of students in Metro Louisville. While there may be a wide variety of things to do, District 5 and other community groups are offering a challenging way to break the monotony of summer with the “Christmas in July Youth Celebration.”

6/23/2011
Louisville Metro Council approves Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Budgets
By a vote of 25 to 0, Louisville Metro Council has given approval to the Louisville Metro Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Operating and Capital Budgets.

6/22/2011
Commission to Reapportion Jefferson County seeks public comment on redistricting on Monday, June 27
The Commission to Reapportion Jefferson County into Three Districts has begun its work and is now ready to hear public comment on proposed new district boundaries for the A, B, and C county commissioner districts.They meet again on Monday June 27th for public comment

6/22/2011
Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Coming to Louisville
The Louisville Zoo will soon be home to the orphaned polar bear cub that received national attention when she was found on Alaska’s North Slope in April by employees of ConocoPhillips. The five-month old Qannik (pronounced Ken’ick) is scheduled to arrive in late June and will subsequently be off public exhibit for a period of time for quarantine and to adjust to her new surroundings.

6/22/2011
Woolridge encourages residents to come out this weekend for the 2011 Shively Festival
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) is encouraging everyone to kick off their summer fun this weekend with the 2011 Shively Festival on Friday and Saturday June 24th and 25th.

6/21/2011
Logjam at Harrod’s Creek Cleared
Work to remove a massive logjam that blocked a portion of Harrod’s Creek near U.S. Highway 42 is nearly complete, allowing boaters to once again access the Ohio River. Metro Public Works and Assets worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure funding through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, under the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to remove the logjam. The EWP program funds 75-percent of the work needed to remove the debris. The remaining 25-percent was funded by Metro Councilman Kelly Downard, (R-District 16).

6/20/2011
Summer reading program at Neighborhood Place Ujima

6/18/2011
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 2.03
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board opens a public comment period June 18, 2011, on amendments to District Regulation 2.03 Version 7, Permit Requirements: Non Title V Construction and Operating Permits and Demolition/Renovation Notices and Permit Requirements, that were proposed on June 15, 2011. If adopted by the Board, Regulation 2.03 Version 7 will be submitted to EPA for inclusion in the Kentucky State Implementation Plan.

6/17/2011
Neighborhood Place location undergoing renovations
The South Jefferson Neighborhood Place site located at Valley High School will be temporarily closed through September for much needed renovations. Services will continue to be available to clients at other Neighborhood Place locations and at the L& N Building, 908 West Broadway. Upcoming appointments for Food Stamps, TANF, and medical benefits will receive appointment letters with the location where they will be temporarily seen.

6/16/2011
Meeting on AB Sawyer Park
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on A.B. Sawyer Park Master Plan

6/16/2011
Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson to Host District 18 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson (District 18) will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus’ Founders Hall (Second Floor, Room 218).

6/16/2011
Louisville Water Receives National Recognition for its Operations
The Partnership for Safe Water has awarded Louisville Water Company with its highest honor for performance, the “Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment” recognition. The award was presented to the company’s leadership at the American Water Works conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

6/16/2011
Pond Creek Meeting
Metro Parks proposes three routes for Pond Creek section of Louisville Loop.

6/15/2011
Healthy Hydration Tips
Hydration tips from Louisville Water Company.

6/14/2011
Metro Agencies Team up with Private Arborists to Improve Louisville’s Trees
Arborists from throughout Louisville Metro are teaming up to improve the health of downtown trees. The project, involving over 250 trees that line Roy Wilkins Avenue between I-64 and Broadway including Old Walnut and Baxter parks, offers important environmental and aesthetic benefits. Employees from Arbor Works, Limbwalker, Nelson, Wright, Green Haven, Townsend and Bob Ray tree service companies are donating their time to prune healthy trees and remove dead ones. They will join city employees from Metro Parks and Public Works. The Arborist Day of Service will result in over 200 hours of labor valued at approximately $20,000, including equipment.

6/14/2011
District 5 gets ready to get healthier through gardening and sustainability
With summer underway, many people turn to gardening as a pleasurable and economic pastime. When the District 5 Advisory Committee holds its next meeting on June 20th, the subject will be gardening projects and healthy activities across District 5.

6/14/2011
Public Health and Wellness Names Nurses of the Year
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named its “Nurses of the Year” for 2011.

6/14/2011
June District 12 Dialogue to focus on Fireworks safety
With the Fourth of July close at hand, Councilman Rick Blackwell invited a special guest to come to June’s District 12 Dialogue with important information about fireworks safety.

6/14/2011
Budget Committee will hear public comment on the proposed FY 2011-2012 Budget on Thursday, June 16th
The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed FY 2011- 2012 Capital and Operating Budget on Thursday, June 16th beginning at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.

6/13/2011
Mayor Helps Launch Kindergarten Countdown 2011
Surrounded by dozens of preschool children, Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman, Library Director Craig Buthod and others today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

6/13/2011
5 Members of Metro Council Offer Petition to Remove Councilwoman Dr. Judith Green
After reviewing the findings of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Ethics Commission in the first case again Councilwoman Dr. Judith Green, and after reviewing the hundreds of pages that were part of an audit conducted by the Metro Auditor and information gathered as part of police inquiry, five (5) members of the Louisville Metro Council have agreed to deliver a signed petition to the office of the Metro Council Clerk calling for the removal of Councilwoman Green in accordance Metro Council Rules and KRS 67C.143

6/13/2011
Fischer Hires New City Health and Wellness Director
The deputy director at one of the nation’s largest urban health departments has been tabbed by Mayor Greg Fischer to head the Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness. Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt is deputy director of community health administration for the District of Columbia Department of Health. Fischer said she was selected from among many strong applicants in a nationwide search.

6/10/2011
Ward-Pugh ready for 2011 Repair Affair on June 11
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh ready for “2011 Repair Affair” on Saturday, June 11th. Volunteers set to aid Center for Women & Families

6/10/2011
Louisville Awarded Funding to Target Brownfields
Louisville’s efforts to reposition the Park Hill Industrial Corridor to attract a new generation of innovative businesses received a boost thanks to $900,000 in federal funds Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth announced today.

6/9/2011
Members of Minority Caucus and Staff to take Furlough Days to help address Budget Problems
All members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus and their staff will participate in taking furloughs during Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Metro Council Minority Caucus Members plan to reimburse Metro Government for up to five days of work over the course of the next fiscal year, and each member of the Metro Council’s Minority Caucus Staff will take between one and five days of furlough, based on the Mayor’s request during his budget address.

6/9/2011
Air Quality Alert for Thursday, June 9
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/9/2011
Waterfront Independence Festival is July 3 & 4
Mayor Greg Fischer, Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem and Fifth Third Bank CEO Tom Partridge announced plans today for the 2011 Waterfront Independence Festival, presented by Fifth Third Bank. The event features two days of free music, free children’s activities, festival food, fireworks, and fun. The Festival kicks off on Sunday, July 3rd with WAMZ Country Night and continues on Monday, July 4th with an eclectic evening of infectious dance grooves co-sponsored by radio stations Magic 101.3 and WFPK 91.9.

6/8/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Orders with Gaylor, Inc. and Nuplex Resins, LLC
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on June 15, 2011, on proposed Agreed Board Orders with Gaylor, Inc. and Nuplex Resins, LLC. Gaylor is alleged to have violated District Regulation 5.04 (Adoption of Federal Emission Standard for Asbestos). Nuplex is alleged to have violated District Regulation 1.13 (Control of Objectionable Odors in the Ambient Air) and District Regulation 1.07 (Excess Emissions during Startups, Shutdowns, and Upset Conditions) at its facility located at 4730 Crittenden Drive.

6/7/2011
Water Wise Tips for Watering Lawns and Gardens
Lawn and Garden Watering Tips

6/7/2011
Henderson encourages residents to take advantage of Job Shop at Southwest Library
Residents of District 14 and all of Southwest Louisville, who are looking for a job, now have a familiar resource at their disposal to help in the search. The Southwest Library is opening up a Job Shop on Tuesday, June 7th.

6/7/2011
Mayor Helps Open New Job Shop at Southwest Library
Job-seekers in southwest Louisville received a boost today with the opening of a Job Shop at the Southwest Library, located at 10375 Dixie Highway. Mayor Greg Fischer, Library Director Craig Buthod and southwest Metro Council members celebrated the new space during the grand opening event.

6/7/2011
OConnell retains nationally recognized authority on election law and redistricting
County Attorney retains national expert to assist in Metro re-districting

6/7/2011
Ward-Pugh Invites Residents to BATS game, June 29th
Ward-Pugh ready to take Ninth District out to the ballgame. BATS night out set for Wednesday, June 29th

6/7/2011
Air Quality Alert for Wednesday, June 8
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/7/2011
Councilman James announces success in 14 day initiative to fight crime in Old Louisville
Councilman David James (D-6) has good news for residents of Old Louisville. A recent “Street Blitz” of the neighborhood, in which officers of the LMPD Fourth District instituted a “zero tolerance” policy and investigated all suspicious behavior, has lead to a significant decrease in burglaries in the Old Louisville area.

6/6/2011
Air Quality Alert for Tuesday, June 7
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/6/2011
June "Movies under the Stars" features well known legend in Louisville and Kentucky
The story of the most famous horse in thoroughbred racing will be the featured film for June’s “Movies under the Stars” at the Iroquois Amphitheater. “Secretariat” will play on Sunday, June 12th beginning at 9:00pm.

6/4/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32752-11-C for Carbide Industries
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit for reconstruction of a submerged electric arc furnace to Carbide Industries in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

6/3/2011
Several members of Majority Caucus will participate in voluntary furlough program
Metro Councilman David James (D-6) along with several other members of the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will participate in the week long voluntary furlough program of Mayor Fischer.

6/3/2011
Federal Funds Will Clean-Up Flood Debris on Harrods Creek
A massive logjam clogging Harrod’s Creek will soon be removed, thanks to federal funding secured by the city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. Large trees, limbs and other debris from flooding this spring is blocking part of the creek near U.S. Highway 42, preventing boats from passing through to the Ohio River.

6/3/2011
Air Quality Alert for Saturday, June 4
The air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

6/2/2011
Adoption Fees Waived for the Month of June!
Adoption Drive: Metro Animal Services is joining the ASPCA®/Fresh Step® Litter Fee-Waived Cat Adoption Campaign and hosting a fee-waived cat adoption drive to find loving homes for cats in the Louisville Metro area. Metro Animal Services’ Animal House Adoption Center will kick-off the fee waiving campaign for cats 6 months old and older with a month long fee-waived promotion on Friday June 3rd. The fee waived adoptions will continue through Thursday, June 30. A $9 license fee will apply.

6/2/2011
Ward-Pugh hosts Treasure Finders Event on June 18th
Ward-Pugh seeks volunteers to return $4.2 million Some 9th District residents may get a special phone call June 18th

6/2/2011
President King to survey Metro Council members on interest in the voluntary furlough program
President Jim King (D-10) is seeking input from Metro Council members on their interest in participating in Mayor Greg Fischer’s voluntary weeklong furlough program.

6/2/2011
Alternatives Would Cut $1.2 Billion From Bridges Project
The cost of the Ohio River Bridges Project could be reduced by at least $1.2 billion with changes such as those recommended earlier this year by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, an in-depth analysis by the Bi-State Management Team has concluded.

6/1/2011
Public Health and Wellness Begins Mosquito Fogging Tonight
Weather permitting, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging for mosquitoes tonight. The Juniper Beach, Transylvania Beach, and Beachland Beach areas area will be fogged first.

6/1/2011
Shanklin will host community meeting for District 2 on June 4th
With summer fast approaching residents of District 2 have a chance this weekend to let Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin know if they have any concerns or issues that need to be dealt with in the area. The District 2 Community Forum will be held this Saturday, June 4th at the Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

6/1/2011
Court Re-organization begins August 1st
Jefferson DIstrict Court Re-organization to Begin August 1,2011

6/1/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32674-11-C for Reynolds Packaging Group Louisville Foil Plant
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit for modification of aluminum rolling mills to Reynolds Packaging Group Louisville Foil Plant in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

6/1/2011
Director Selected for National Leadership Program to Eliminate Disparities
Ryan Irvine, deputy director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

5/31/2011
Major Construction Begins on Parklands of Floyds Fork
Major construction began today on one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious metropolitan park-development projects. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today helped hammer in wooden stakes marking the future site of the Egg Lawn, one of the focal points of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000-acre new parks system being developed by 21st Century Parks.

5/27/2011
Henderson announces Southwest Farmer’s Market returns to Valley Station on Saturday, June 4th
A popular Saturday get together returns to the Valley Station area on June 4th when the Southwest Farmer’s Market opens for business.

5/27/2011
Woolridge helps District 3 children to have a fun summer with pool ID’s at Algonquin Park
Children in District 3 who decide to use the Algonquin Pool this summer will need to get a Metro Parks ID if they do not have one already. Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) is making it easier to get the pool ID.

5/26/2011
Fischer's First Budget Maintains Services, Invests in Libraries, Safety, Jobs
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled his first city budget which, despite a $22.5 million shortfall, maintains basic city services and workforce levels while making strategic investments in the future.

5/26/2011
Councilwoman Butler announces 2012 Budget Hearing Schedule beginning on June 2nd
The Budget Committee of the Louisville Metro Council will begin its review of the FY 2011-2012 Operating and Capital Budgets on Thursday, June 2nd with the Department of Public Health and Wellness. The hearing will begin at 3:00pm.

5/26/2011
Majority Caucus reacts to Mayor Fischer's proposed FY 2011-2012 Budget
Following his address to the Louisville Metro Council, members of the Majority Caucus have issued these statements concerning Mayor Fischer’s budget proposal for FY 2011-2012

5/26/2011
Forest hosting Family Fun Days starting June 4
To highlight improvements to the Tom Wallace Recreation Area and encourage Louisville residents to be active outdoors and get close to nature, Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering four Forest Family Fun Days, open to the public, during the spring and summer.

5/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Urges Citizens to be Alert for Severe Weather
Mayor Fischer is urging citizens to be alert and prepared with the forecast of possibly sever weather hitting the Louisville area Wednesday night.

5/25/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32675-11-C for GE Appliances & Lighting
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit for two plastic grinding operations to GE Appliances & Lighting in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

5/25/2011
June 30th public meeting to discuss parks name changes
Two Metro Parks will become incorporated into The Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000-acre parks system being created and managed by 21st Century Parks. Officials with 21st Century Parks and Metro Parks are seeking public input on a name change of two Metro Parks and regarding the project at a public meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at the Floyd's Fork Park Community Center, 4002 South Pope Lick Road.

5/24/2011
Councilman James announces “Dish with David” in District 6 on Saturday, May 28th
Residents of District 6 now have another way to meet and talk with Councilman David James about issues concerns in a very informal setting it’s a new effort to interact in the district starting this coming Saturday, May 28th.

5/24/2011
Louisville Water Company Receives Kentucky Heritage Council Award for Restoration of Pumping Station
Preserving a National Historic Landmark

5/24/2011
Council members join Southwest Dream Team for unveiling of second welcome banner on Dixie Highway
Louisville Metro Council members join the Southwest Dream Team and local southwest business owners at a very special event on Wednesday, May 25th. The occasion: the unveiling of a second “Welcome to Southwest Louisville “banner on Dixie Highway. on Wednesday, May 25.

5/23/2011
Yarmuth, Fischer Announce $22 Revitalization Effort in Smoketown
Today, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan joined Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) and Mayor Greg Fischer to announce that Louisville’s application for $22 million in HOPE VI program funding for the revitalization of Sheppard Square in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood has been approved.

5/20/2011
Families to receive Memorial Day weekend discount through Metro Parks Golf
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 Memorial Day Weekend for the fourth consecutive year.

5/20/2011
Metro Parks golf, PGA of America hosting two public events Monday
In advance of next week’s Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, Metro Parks is hosting two events open to the public on Monday.

5/20/2011
Hamilton invites District 5 to get involved with the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan
The Shawnee Neighborhood Advisory Committee is ready to move forward with an effort to develop a community vision for the area. The Committee is asking for the public to become involved with providing ideas for the future.

5/20/2011
Free Nicotine Replacement Products at Stop Smoking Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are now offering free nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum at stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method.

5/19/2011
President King asks Jefferson County Attorney for opinion on policies of the Metro Council
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has requested a formal opinion from Jefferson County Attorney Michael O’Connell on the cost center expenditures allowed by the policies and procedures of the Louisville Metro Council. The request was made in a formal letter to O’Connell sent on Thursday.

5/19/2011
METCO Approves Five Small Business Loans
Five Local Businesses Awarded City Loans; Loans will help open businesses including two new restaurants, a Family Dollar and a grocery store

5/19/2011
Invensys Rail Expands
Mayor Fischer and Governor Beshear Announce Invensys Rail Corporation to Expand Headquarters in Louisville

5/18/2011
Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller to Host District 19 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry T. Miller (District 19) will hold a district meeting on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Middletown Fire Station (108 Urton Lane).

5/18/2011
20th Annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep Scheduled for June 4th
Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20), Robin Engel (District 22) and Jerry Miller (District 19) will participate in the upcoming 20th Annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep, and they are encouraging volunteers to join them in helping the Floyds Fork Environmental Association with their efforts to remove debris and improve one of this community’s largest parks and waterway.

5/18/2011
Proposed Title V Operating Permit for Rohm & Haas Kentucky
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to revise a Title V operating permit to remove equipment for Rohm & Haas Kentucky in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

5/18/2011
Mayor's Hike Bike and Paddle Set for Memorial Day
One of Louisville’s most popular outdoor family events is being expanded this Memorial Day weekend as paddlers join cyclists and walkers for the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle on May 30, 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

5/18/2011
St. Matthews Fire Board passes new Code of Ethics
The St. Matthews Fire Protection District has taken swift action to make itself one of the first boards to implement a new Code of Ethics for its Trustees, Firefighters and Employees. The new code was passed on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

5/18/2011
Walk on the Waterfront to be Held Tuesday May 24
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Jefferson County Health Promotion Schools of Excellence will hold the fourteenth annual Walk on the Waterfront on Tuesday May 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. More than 4,000 school children will join with Public Health and Wellness staff members on the two-mile hike.

5/17/2011
New Child Support Online Self-help Program Available
New Child Support Online Self-help Program to Expedite Applications

5/17/2011
Proposals for Animal Care & Sheltering Released
The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (“Metro Government”) is now accepting Proposals for Animal Care and Sheltering. This will include responsibility for the intake, care, sheltering, and final disposition of all animals. coming into the facilities located at 3705 Manslick Road and 3516 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville Metro Government will retain animal control and ordinance enforcement functions.

5/16/2011
“The Grascals” to headline Forest Fest ’11 on Saturday, May 21st
The beauty of the Jefferson Memorial Forest will be enhanced with some very special music in the month of May. The Eighth Annual Forest Fest Bluegrass Music Festival will bring fun and music to what many say is a natural treasure in Southwest Jefferson County on Saturday May 21st.

5/16/2011
District 12 Coffee with your Councilman set for Saturday, May 21st
Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again inviting residents of District 12 to “Coffee with Your Councilman” scheduled for Saturday, May 21st.

5/14/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit 32409-11-C for Recast Energy
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Recast Energy Louisville to modify a boiler and replace a baghouse in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

5/13/2011
Louisville Water Company Historical Book Wins Publishing Award
Louisville Water Company Historical Book Wins Publishing Award

5/13/2011
Public invited to ‘Discover the Loop’ event at Lannan Park Saturday
Saturday is a chance to explore what’s new on the Louisville Loop. Those who are interested in the proposed 100-mile multiuse path that will ultimately encircle the city of Louisville, or just looking for a healthy alternative, are invited to “Discover the Loop” at a public event in Lannan Park.

5/12/2011
Councilwoman Flood announces “Clean-Up Okolona” to be held on Saturday May 21st
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is asking volunteer groups to come out and help our community on Saturday, May 21st at “Clean-Up Okolona” which begins at 9:00am and lasts until 11:00am

5/12/2011
Louisville Board of Water Works Welcomes New Member
Louisville Board of Water Works Welcomes New Member John Bleidt.

5/12/2011
Fischer Accepts Animal Services Review; Seeks Agency To Assume Shelter Care
Saying Metro Animal Services needs a complete turnaround and professional help to accomplish it, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that the city will contract with a private agency to handle pet care, sheltering and adoptions while the city will focus on animal control.

5/12/2011
Councilman Yates announces the beginning of "Open Office" on May 19th
With the new Southwest Regional Metro Council office up and running, Councilman David Yates announces the first of several “Open Office” meetings for residents of District 25. Th efirst is on Thursday, May 19th.

5/11/2011
May District 12 Dialogue to discuss economic development in Metro Louisville
An update on Metro Louisville’s economic development efforts will be the topic of discussion for the May District 12 Dialogue hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell on Tuesday, May 17th.

5/11/2011
Louisville to Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday May 20
People throughout Louisville are encouraged to ride their bikes to work on Friday May 20, Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day is sponsored by the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement and Bike Louisville, both programs of Louisville Metro Government. The goal is to encourage people to use bikes to commute to work for exercise and to improve the environment.

5/10/2011
Louisville's City of Parks Project Wins National Recognition
Louisville’s City of Parks project – one of the largest parks expansion efforts in the U.S. – has been named a “Top 25” program in the Innovations in American Government Awards.

5/10/2011
President King announces new Ad Hoc Committee to review redistricting for Louisville Metro Council
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the creation of a new Ad Hoc Committee that will focus attention on redistricting Metro Louisville’s 26 Council districts in accordance with Kentucky state law and the 2010 US Census.

5/9/2011
Majority Caucus members issue statement on "Whiskey Row" proposal
Following the announcement by Mayor Greg Fischer on a deal to preserve the Main Street buildings known as Whiskey Row, members of the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council has issued the following statements.

5/9/2011
Ackerson meets with District 26 residents in Friday sessions
Residents of District 26 have the opportunity to meet with Councilman Brent T. Ackerson once a month in a very informal setting at the Bon-Air Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library,

5/9/2011
James hosts meeting to determine the future of Toonerville Trolley Park
Tucked away between historic homes is a little known park near Brook and Oak Streets in Old Louisville. Councilman David James (D-6) wants to hear what residents believe should be done to revitalize Toonerville Trolley Park and make it an enhancement for people who live nearby.

5/9/2011
Fischer Announces Plans to Preserve Historic Whiskey Row
Standing before West Main Street’s historic Whiskey Row, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the block once slated for demolition will be saved and renovated, thanks to an agreement between the city and local developers and preservation leaders.

5/5/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes will be held Saturday, May 14 and Saturday May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

5/4/2011
Mayor Unveils Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled a plan that would reopen Kentucky Kingdom by issuing $17.5 million in city bonds backed by parking fees, a third-party investor and taxes collected from the jobs created at the amusement park.

5/4/2011
Front Porch Tuesdays returns May 17th and May 24th
Neighborhoods are getting active again with spring weather as people head out doors to get the yard in shape or take care of something around the house. Councilman Tom Owen is encouraging residents of District 8 to take some time and get to know your neighbors.

5/3/2011
Louisville Water Company Hosts Walking Wednesdays at Crescent Hill Gatehouse
Louisville Water Company Hosts “Walking Wednesdays”.

5/2/2011
Patriots Peace Memorial benefitting from Boy Scout Volunteer project
Boy Scout Troop and Pack 380 is partnering with Metro Parks to mulch trees and clean up the grounds surrounding the Patriots Peace Memorial on Saturday, May 14 in preparation for the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Patriot’s Peace Memorial Board Members CDR Andrew Tucci, US Coast Guard and Eagle Scout, Col Charles McLaurine (US Marines, Ret.), Gary Eady (Capt. US Marines, Ret.), Ed Armento (Capt, USMC, FBI Agent Ret.) and Tammy Wells, will speak with the Scouts about the significance and history of the Memorial.

5/2/2011
Eighth Annual Forest Fest to Feature The Grascals
LOUISVILLE – A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food, crafters, vendors and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s eighth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 21. The concert is free, but parking is $5 per carload.

5/2/2011
Metro Parks hosting site development planning meeting for Toonerville Trolley Park
Metro Parks and Metro Councilman David James, D-6, are hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Old Louisville Information Center, to discuss a proposed dog run at Toonerville Trolley Park, a two-acre park located in Old Louisville at the intersection of Brook and Oak streets.

4/29/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Special Stop Smoking Class for New Moms
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering a special stop smoking class for new mothers using the Cooper/Clayton Method, a 13 week smoking cessation program. The first class will meet at the Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy on Wednesday May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the same time on successive Wednesdays for the next twelve weeks.

4/29/2011
Brightside PNC Pre-Derby Cleanup Volunteers Make Louisville Shine

4/27/2011
Ward-Pugh Hosts Shredding Event Sat, May 14th
Ward-Pugh hosts shredding event for residents of District 9. Free service available on Saturday, May 14th

4/26/2011
Riehm Environmental Award Goes to Mike Mulheirn of JCPS
The second annual Joan Riehm Environmental Leadership Award was presented today to Mike Mulheirn, the JCPS Executive Director of Facilities/Transportation. The award was created by the Partnership for a Green City – a collaboration between the University of Louisville, Louisville city government and JCPS.

4/26/2011
Henderson applauds CEMEX effort to plant 1000 trees in honor of Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, CEMEX Kosmos Cement Company is in the process of getting a special gift ready for Metro Louisville. The gift is 1000 Native Kentucky trees now being planted at the company’s facility in Kosmosdale.

4/26/2011
Belvedere to Receive Extreme Green Makeover
The Belvedere — a large downtown public event space that serves as the top of a parking garage — will undergo an extreme makeover that includes features such as a green roof, a butterfly garden and a living “green wall” to capture storm water runoff, Mayor Greg Fischer announcede today.

4/25/2011
Louisville Water Partners with Harrod's Creek Fire District to Transport Employees to Zorn Avenue Pu
Louisville Water Partners with Harrod's Creek Fire District to Transport Employees to Zorn Avenue Pumping Station

4/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Interim Internal Auditor
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Ingram Quick as interim Internal Auditor, following the recent retirement of Mike Norman.

4/25/2011
Area flooding closes or limits parking at some PARC garages
Due to high water, several PARC parking garages are either closed or have limited parking. Muhammad Ali Garage – 140 North Sixth Street – CLOSED. Riverfront Garage – 141 North Sixth Street – Limited parking. Wharf Lot – 131 West River Road – CLOSED. Monthly parkers using these facilities may be directed to other PARC facilities listed below until such time that the water has receded and clean-up has occurred. Arena Garage – One Arena Plaza – enter from Main Street to 2nd or 3rd Street into garage. Jefferson Centre Garage – 115 West Jefferson Street – enter from Jefferson Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street. In addition, the I-64 Westbound 3rd Street ramp is closed.

4/22/2011
Louisville's Belvedere to Receive Extreme Green Makeover
The Belvedere — a large downtown public event space that serves as the top of a parking garage — will undergo an extreme makeover that includes features such as a green roof, a butterfly garden and a living “green wall” to capture storm water runoff, Mayor Greg Fischer announcede today.

4/22/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Kosmos Cement Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to allow the modification of a baghouse and two new baghouses for clinker conveyance at Kosmos Cement Company (Portland cement production), 15301 Dixie Hwy. in accordance with Regulation 2.03. The 30-day public comment period starts April 22, 2011, and ends on May 23, 2011.

4/22/2011
Join Ward-Pugh for Lexington Road Planting April 30
Ward-Pugh asks for volunteers to kick off 2011 planting on Lexington Road. Help plant, mulch and water on Saturday, April 30th

4/20/2011
2010 Kilowatt Crackdown Awards Announced
Members of the Louisville Energy Alliance and the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the winners and participants in Louisville’s second annual Kilowatt Crackdown competition to produce more energy efficient buildings.

4/19/2011
Ward-Pugh invites everyone to the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade on Saturday, April 23
Ward-Pugh invites District 9 and Metro Louisville to 19th Annual Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade. Event on Saturday, April 23rd will be fun for all ages

4/18/2011
Annual 50 and Over Games registration underway
Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging citizens age 50 and older to take part in Louisville’s Fifty and Over Games from May 14-22. This annual Metro Parks event for athletes from Louisville and surrounding counties includes 16 events for participants of all skills and abilities, from racquetball to basketball, golf, tennis and cycling.

4/18/2011
SMRC Transportation Study Public Meeting Tonight
Louisville Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20), Robin Engel (District 22) and James Peden (District 23) encourage residents of southeastern Jefferson County to attend tonight’s meeting of the Southeast Metro Regional Center (SMRC) Transportation Planning Study Committee. Southeast Jefferson County Residents are Encouraged to attend tonight's SMRC Transportation Study Public Meeting

4/15/2011
2011 “Movies under the Stars” returns to Iroquois Amphitheater on May 13th
Hit Hollywood movies will soon return to the Iroquois Amphitheater when the 2011 edition of Movies under the Stars premieres on Friday, May 13th to begin a fun summer run.

4/15/2011
Southwest Regional Metro Council Office "open for business"
In fulfilling a promise to the people of District 25 to provide greater access to Metro government, Councilman David Yates announces the new Southwest Regional Metro Council office will open on Tuesday, April 19th at the Southwest Government Center.

4/15/2011
April’s “District 12 Dialogue” will feature Council Members and Southwest Jefferson County lawmakers
Local and state lawmakers will be on hand for the next District 12 Dialogue set for Tuesday, April 19th. This month’s Dialogue will be held in conjunction with the opening of the new Southwest Regional Metro Council Office at the Southwest Government Center.

4/14/2011
Butler sponsors 2011 Spring SPOT Clinic for District 15
With the help of Louisville Metro Animal Service, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) is bringing services to the residents. Pet owners will have the opportunity to renew a pet license, have their pet vaccinated or schedule a spay/neuter at the Spring SPOT Clinic.

4/14/2011
First and Brook Streets will convert to two-way streets over the summer
In an effort to improve public safety and mobility around the Old Louisville area, the Metro Council has approved the changing of First and Brook Streets from one-way to two ways. Councilman David James (D-6) proposed the ordinance for change which will take place over the summer.

4/14/2011
Henderson encourages residents to come out and help with Riverside’s Plant and Herb Sale
If it is time to replenish the garden or get the flower beds ready for a new growing season, residents of District 14 have a chance to find what they are looking for at Riverside’s Plant and Herb Sale this weekend.

4/14/2011
2011 “Doing Our Part” ends another successful campaign
Once again Metro Louisville and the surrounding community has answered the call to help the men and women who are serving the United States military. The first phase of the 2011 “Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign” has been reached and now volunteers are beginning to pack boxes of personal items to be shipped to troops in the field.

4/14/2011
Ohio River flooding concerns result in Thunder viewing, parking adjustments
Because of safety concerns related to the rise of the Ohio River through Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville festival, Metro Parks is making the following adjustments:

4/13/2011
Fischer Honors 48 Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Greg Fischer today honored the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award. Fischer presented the awards to 48 students during a reception and dinner at the KFC Yum! Center.

4/13/2011
Welch announces new “Quiet Zone” for homes in District 13
Residents who live along three railroad crossings in District 13 will soon realize things are a lot quieter in their neighborhoods because of what they are not hearing. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) announces a new “Quiet Zone” has been approved by the Federal Railroad Administration.

4/12/2011
Thunder Over Louisville RV Parking, Tent Camping Available at Eva Bandman Park
Thunder Over Louisville fans making last-minute plans for a place to park their RV, pitch a tent or park their car have an option that’s close to the action. Metro Parks is selling passes for Thunder weekend at Eva Bandman Park, 1701 River Road, for the second consecutive year.

4/12/2011
Expanded Recycling Coming to Two Council Districts
Building on the success of a pilot business recycling program along Frankfort Avenue, Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, and Councilman Tom Owen announced today that expanded recycling services will be available for businesses in the 8th and 9th districts and for residents in the 9th District.

4/12/2011
Ward-Pugh and Owen announce expanded recycling for Districts 8 and 9
Expanded recycling coming to Districts 8 and 9. More Businesses Can Request City Recycling Carts and Service

4/11/2011
Jefferson Memorial Forest in the spotlight for April’s “Coffee with your Councilwoman”
It is one of the largest urban forests in the United States and on Saturday, April 16th residents of District 13 will have a chance to learn more about the Jefferson Memorial Forest during this month’s “Coffee with your Councilwoman”.

4/11/2011
"Talk with Tom" set for this Saturday, April 16th
Following its debut in March, the next “Talk with Tom” is set for Saturday, April 16th at the Java Brewing Company, 1707 Bardstown Road.

4/9/2011
Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to APCD Regulations
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a Public Hearing on April 20, 2011, in the Board Room, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204 on amendments to District Regulations 1.15, Version of Federal Regulations Adopted and Incorporated by Reference; 3.01, Ambient Air Quality Standards; 5.02, Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; and 7.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of Federal New Source Performance Standards. If adopted by the Board, amended Regulation 3.01 will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for inclusion in the State Implementation Plan.

4/7/2011
Fischer Announces Junk Drop-off Day
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced details of the city’s free, semi-annual bulk waste and junk drop-off collection day - Sunday, April 17 - to help residents with spring cleanups in their homes and neighborhoods.

4/7/2011
Ward-Pugh Hosts Spring Forum April 12th
Ward-Pugh to host Ninth District Annual Spring Community Forum. Set for Tuesday, April 12th beginning at 6:00pm

4/1/2011
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 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Hunsinger Lane Baptist Church (3400 Summerfield Drive). Major Don Burbrink of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Sixth Division will be present to discuss neighborhood crime prevention.

4/1/2011
Safely Dispose of Old Medications
Louisville residents can safely get rid of their unused and expired medications during the bi-annual drug toss at three locations on April 9.

4/1/2011
Proposals Sought for Citywide Alert System
As Mayor Greg Fischer pledged, Metro Government today requested proposals from companies for an alert system that can be used citywide to keep citizens better informed about emergencies.

4/1/2011
Louisville Water Receives Outstanding Civil Engineering Award
Louisville Water Company’s Riverbank Filtration Project Receives 2011 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

4/1/2011
Proposed Title V Operating Permit for Industrial Container Services
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue an operating permit to Industrial Container Services in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

4/1/2011
Johnson sponsors resolution to assist Japan’s economy and workers during disaster
Faced with recovering after an earthquake, tsunami and problems with several nuclear reactors, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is sponsoring a resolution to help the Japanese economy as the country begins to rebuild.

4/1/2011
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing to host Plant and Herb Sale April 16-17
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate the return of spring with its annual Plant and Herb Sale on Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m and Sunday, April 17 from Noon to 3 p.m. An Early Bird Sale will take place on Friday, April 15 from 4-7 p.m. Visitors can purchase just what they need to get their gardens started.

3/31/2011
Animal Services Consults with Humane Society to Increase Adoptions
To help increase the number of adoptions, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Metro Animal Services will begin consulting with the Kentucky Humane Society on ideas for improvement.

3/31/2011
Councilman Fleming to Discuss Net Operating Loss (NOL) Resolution
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7) will be joined by Mark F. Sommer (Chairman of Tax Practice Group for Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC), John Chilton (Chilton & Medley and Chair of GLI Tax Advisory Committee), and Paula Weyler George (Vice President, Business Development, Specialty Tool & Machine Co., Inc.) as he outlines his resolution requesting a change by the Kentucky General Assembly to allow for uniform usage of net operating losses for those filing Louisville Metro’s Form OL-3. This presentation will occur at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 during the Metro Council’s Budget Committee meeting.

3/29/2011
Metro Parks conducting prescribed burn today
Metro Parks staff is currently undergoing a ‘prescribed burn’ on 7.2 acres in the Scott’s Gap Area of Jefferson Memorial Forest. The fire was lit at about 10:30 a.m. today.

3/29/2011
Exceptional Event in 2010 Affecting Air Quality Measurements
The District is providing this notice that it has prepared an exceptional event report for air quality monitoring data for one event in 2010 and is providing a 30-day opportunity for the public to review and comment on the report.

3/25/2011
Mayor Fischer Honors Bellarmine Basketball Team
Mayor Greg Fischer today proclaimed Saturday to be “Scarlet and Silver Day” in honor of the Bellarmine Knights basketball team, which will compete for the national Division II championship Saturday in Springfield, Mass.

3/25/2011
METCO Approves Four Small Business Loans
Four local businesses received loans from Louisville Metro Government, including a new popcorn business and improvements to the former firehouse on Frankfort Avenue and a retail storefront on Shelbyville Road.

3/24/2011
District 3 sets some Spring cleaning events for Saturday, April 2nd
For the next two Saturdays, volunteers will focus some attention on three key areas of District 3 as part of the Spring Brightside Community Wide Cleanup. The effort will help Maupin Elementary and two other neighborhoods in the district.

3/24/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Monday, April 4 at the Douglas Community Center, 2305 Douglas Blvd.

3/24/2011
Tandy encourages volunteers to join District 4 for a little “Spring Cleaning”
Like many areas around Metro Louisville, volunteers and groups in District 4 are ready for this Saturday’s Brightside Community Wide Cleanup. Councilman David Tandy (D-4) is encouraging everyone who can to come out and help.

3/23/2011
Fischer Delivers Meals to Seniors
Mayor Greg Fischer greeted seniors getting their midday meal at Portland Neighborhood House, and helped deliver Meals on Wheels today, as part of the National Mayors for Meals Day. Sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Mayors for Meals seeks to raise awareness about senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community.

3/23/2011
Saturday cleanups set for Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods
This Saturday, volunteers in District 5 plan to focus on two areas in the Shawnee and Chickasaw neighborhoods as part of the Brightside Community wide cleanup. It is part of an ongoing effort to grow community pride.

3/23/2011
Helping Distressed Kitty was a “Can-do” Effort for Metro Animal Services
A 6-month-old stray male kitten was a little too “head strong” in his attempt to find his supper. While working on finding his next meal, he discovered a can of Campbell’s soup and helped himself to the leftovers. In the process of dining, however, he ended up getting himself “canned,” with his head stuck in the can.

3/23/2011
World Water Day
EDGE OUTREACH and Louisville Water Company host World Water Day at the Frazier International History Museum on March 22, 2011.

3/22/2011
Fischer Joins Push for Completing GEDs
Saying now is the time to get it done – Mayor Greg Fischer today joined in urging anyone without a high school diploma or equivalent to pursue and complete a GED.

3/22/2011
Louisville to Celebrate Kick Butts Day
Louisville will celebrate National Kick Butts Day tomorrow Wednesday, March 23, with activities at Johnsontown Road Elementary School and at Iroquois High School. Kick Butts Day encourages children to refrain from tobacco use.

3/22/2011
Southwest Pride Community Cleanup is ready for Saturday, March 26th
For the last 10 years, it has been an event bringing church groups, schools, businesses, local leaders and neighbors together for one purpose. The Southwest Pride Community Cleanup is once again set to get underway for this Saturday, March 26th to bring these groups together to make the community a cleaner place to live.

3/22/2011
Mayor Appoints Food Policy Council
Mayor Greg Fischer today named his appointments to the recently created Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). The FPAC will work to identify and propose innovative solutions and policies that create a healthy, vibrant food system and spur economic development.

3/22/2011
Ward-Pugh Helps Meals on Wheels
Ward-Pugh joins other elected officials to help out with Meals on Wheels this Wednesday. Event to be held across the nation

3/21/2011
Fischer Names Merger 2.0 Task Force
Mayor Greg Fischer today named the 23 members of the Merger 2.0 Task Force that includes representatives from businesses, small cities, urban and suburban fire districts and citizens at large.

3/21/2011
Welch and volunteers are ready to get to work cleaning up on Saturday March 26th for Brightside
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch knows when the spring cleanup is over on Saturday, March 26th, there will be some hungry volunteers. That’s why she holds a very special cook out as a way of saying thank you to those who want to help keep District 13 clean.

3/21/2011
Councilman James puts out the call for volunteers for Brightside cleanup of District 6
In his first spring cleanup as Councilman, David James is putting out the call for volunteers for the community wide Brightside Cleanup in District 6 on March 26th. “We have many groups who have organized cleanups of alleys, lots and other areas throughout Old Louisville, the California Neighborhood and U of L,” says James. “I will be joining them as we work to keep our neighborhoods clean.”

3/21/2011
Newburg gets ready for Annual Cleanup on March 26th
The Newburg Youth Council is ready along with other volunteers to hit the streets as part of “Clean up Newburg Day” in conjunction with the Brightside Community Wide Cleanup on Saturday, March 26th.

3/21/2011
City Releases Monthly Revenue Report
In an effort to keep citizens better informed about their tax dollars, Mayor Greg Fischer today released the first of what will be monthly reports to citizens about how much revenue the city collects. The reports, which will be posted at www.louisvilleky.gov/yourtaxdollarsatwork, are a snapshot in time of where the city stands financially with revenues from all sources, including occupational, property and nets profits taxes.

3/19/2011
2011 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign extended through the end of March
The 2011 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign is being extended until the end of March in an effort to collect more needed supplies to send to men and women overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

3/18/2011
Interchange Improvements to Begin on Interstate 265 at US 60
The Department of Highways District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction at the interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and US 60 (Shelbyville Road). Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday evening, March 22nd to perform interchange improvements that will enhance capacity and safety. In addition, asphalt resurfacing will occur on I-265 between Interstate 64 and US 60 (mile points 25.4 and 26.7). On average, 76,000 vehicles travel this section of roadway each day. Gohmann Asphalt and Construction was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $7.34 million. The work is scheduled for completion by November 30, 2011.

3/18/2011
Metro Parks hosting series of Public Meetings on Southwest Greenways
Metro Parks is hosting a series of public meetings, beginning Monday, on a proposed new recreational trail system in southwest Louisville called the Southwest Greenways.

3/17/2011
Jefferson Memorial Forest Hosting ‘Raptor Day’ March 26
Jefferson Memorial Forest is hosting “Raptor Day,” a celebration of Kentucky’s native birds of prey, on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horine Reservation.

3/17/2011
Public meetings set to learn more about Southwest Greenways Master Plan
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are encouraging the public to learn more about the Southwest Greenways. It is a project with a goal of connecting neighborhoods and businesses to the Louisville Loop.

3/17/2011
Mayor Fills Pothole During Citywide Blitz
Mayor Greg Fischer today filled a pothole on Southern Parkway as part of Louisville Metro Public Works’ seasonal community-wide pothole blitz.

3/16/2011
Metro Parks Community Centers Hosting Spring Break Camps
Parents who are looking for safe and fun activities for their children over Spring Break are encouraged to check out Metro Parks Spring Break Camps, held April 4-8 at six Metro Parks Community Centers across Louisville.

3/16/2011
Fischer Unveils Vision to Grow Jobs in Wellness and Aging Care
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced his vision to grow good-paying jobs in Louisville by focusing the city’s economic development efforts on the lifelong wellness and aging care industries.

3/16/2011
Councilman Engel and Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) and the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce will hold a District 22 clean-up on Saturday, March 26 between 8:00 a.m. and noon.

3/16/2011
Lyndon Fire District Awards its Highest Civilian Honor to Louisville Water Company Employee
Lyndon Fire District Awards its Highest Civilian Honor to a Louisville Water Company Employee

3/15/2011
Ward-Pugh Hosts 9th District Cleanup - March 26th
Ward-Pugh hosts 13th Annual 9th District Spring Cleanup. Volunteers needed on Saturday, March 26th

3/15/2011
Metro Council Public Safety Committee chairs call upon Mayor to audit MetroSafe
Following the failure to activate emergency warning sirens this past Monday and growing concerns over personnel, the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee Chair and Vice Chair have formally requested Mayor Greg Fischer audit the emergency management agency MetroSafe.

3/15/2011
Ward-Pugh highlights broadband technology
Ward-Pugh highlights broadband technology as key to economic success. A new plan has been unveiled to help maximize the impact broadband communications can have on the economic development of women and their businesses.

3/15/2011
Metro Parks Hosting Spring Kickoff Softball Tournament
Metro Parks is encouraging local softball players to shake off the winter rust and enter teams in the first-ever Spring Kickoff Softball Tournament, April 8-10 at Camp Taylor, Hays Kennedy and Seneca Parks.

3/15/2011
Gov't Accountability Review of NDF/CIF Funds
Government Accountability and Ethic Committee to begin review of NDF and CIF grant process

3/12/2011
Testing Confirms Quality of Louisville's Drinking Water
Testing confirms quality of Louisville’s Drinking Water. Company scientists and independent laboratories complete initial monitoring for chromium 6.

3/11/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Eckart America
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Eckart America Corporation, for a new aluminum blender, in accordance with Regulation 2.03.

3/11/2011
James and 4th Division announce 14 day initiative for crime prevention effort in Old Louisville
Councilman David James (D-6) announces a new effort to curb a recent increase in automobile break-ins in the Old Louisville area. He will partner with officers in the Louisville Metro Police 4th Division to provide target foot patrolling for a 14 day period in areas where such break-ins have been on the increase.

3/11/2011
Mayor Fischer to Help Open Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center
The newly-renovated Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, March 12, with arts, fitness and dance classes – and a visit from Mayor Greg Fischer.

3/11/2011
Hearing on Proposed Title V Operating Permit Renewal for Nuplex Resins, LLC
Between February 12, 2011, and March 14, 2011, the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (APCD) held a public comment period on a proposed Title V permit renewal for Nuplex Resins LLC, 4730 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209, in accordance with Regulation 2.16. The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board is scheduling a public hearing on this proposed permit on April 13, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ballroom, Memorial Auditorium, 970 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40203, in accordance with Regulations 1.08 and 2.07. Oral statements will be accepted at the public hearing.

3/11/2011
Cane Run Elementary Community Playground set for completion in the Spring
Back in October the groundbreaking was a special event. Today, the new playground for Cane Run Elementary is well on its way to being completed in time for Community use this Spring.

3/11/2011
Code Enforcement highlights March District 12 Dialogue on March 15th
The agency responsible for enforcing building codes and proper licenses in Metro Louisville will be featured during March’s District 12 Dialogue. Jim Mims , Director of Code Enforcement will be the guest of Councilman Rick Blackwell.

3/9/2011
President King to request audit of NDF Grants over $5,000 in the last two years
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) will request the internal auditor of Louisville Metro Government begin a review of all Neighborhood Development Fund grants over $5,000 for a two year period. The request comes as a result of a recent report that a third party received NDF grants without Council knowledge.

3/9/2011
Metro Parks Hosting Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
The home of the Louisville Slugger might produce the next Major League Baseball superstar this spring through the annual Pitch, Hit and Run Competition, hosted by Metro Parks Athletics.

3/9/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Swift & Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on March 16, 2011, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with Swift & Company. Swift & Company is alleged to have violated District Regulations 5.15 (Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions) and 1.13 (Control of Objectionable Odors) at its facility located at 1200 Story Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky.

3/9/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permits for Rohm and Haas
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue three construction permits to Rohm and Haas - Louisville Plant, in accordance with Regulation 2.03

3/8/2011
Louisville Citizens Urged to Attend Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Louisville citizens are urged to participate in a free emergency preparedness workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Public Health in conjunction with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Metro Medical Reserve Corps. The workshop will be held on Saturday March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center at 221 S. Fourth St. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

3/8/2011
Mayor Fischer Unveils 2011 MetroFest Calendar
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the 2011 MetroFest calendar, which features more than 250 events throughout the year ranging from smaller neighborhood festivals to world-famous city events like the Derby Festival, IdeaFestival and St. James Art Fair. Fischer also announced that one of the city’s most popular events is expanding. A paddling course on the Ohio River will be added to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle, which will be held Memorial Day, May 30.

3/7/2011
Sun Valley VITA Center passes the $1 million mark in tax refunds for residents in 2010
The Sun Valley Community Center has reached a very important milestone with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The Center has provided free income tax preparation services to local residents and has secured $1.2 million in tax refunds.

3/7/2011
March District 13 “Coffee with your Councilwoman” to focus on education in JCPS
Education issues in the Jefferson County Public Schools will be the topic of discussion when Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) hosts the March “Coffee with your Councilwoman” on Saturday the 19th.

3/7/2011
Councilman Owen invites residents to “Talk to Tom”
Councilman Tom Owen will host the first of several coffees for residents of District 8 with his new “Talk With Tom” series set to kick off on Saturday, March 19th.

3/7/2011
Roll the Dice at Animal House To See if You Have The Luck of the Irish
Your Lucky Number will Determine Your Adoption Fee Discount The Animal House Adoption Center is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by letting adopters determine their own discount with the roll of a die. Discounts apply to animals five months old and older. Regular adoption fees for cats, dogs, puppies and kittens range from $50 to $175. Discounts will vary from 10% - 60%. The promotion runs begins Tuesday, March 8 and ends Sunday, March 20.

3/3/2011
Majority Caucus issues statements on take home car settlement
Following Wednesday’s announcement of a settlement with members of the River City Fraternal Order of Police concerning take home cars, some members of the Majority Caucus have issued the following statements of approval.

3/2/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Lubrizol
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Lubrizol Advanced Materials, in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

3/2/2011
Fischer Announces Settlement of Police Take-Home Cars
Joined by Police Chief Robert White and FOP President David Mutchler, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today announced an agreement ending litigation on a lawsuit involving police take-home cars.

3/1/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Lubrizol Advanced Materials
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Incorporated, in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

3/1/2011
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen House to re-open on Sundays
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen House is marking the return of a six-day week schedule, just in time for spring, beginning this Sunday.

3/1/2011
Councilman James announces creation of Oak Street Task Force
The goal is to enhance Oak Street as an important economic and neighborhood corridor in the Old Louisville area. The effort to reach such as a goal is already underway as a result of a special task force created by Councilman David James (D-6)

2/25/2011
Metro Council approves ordinance to revise the use of a Conditional Use Permit for neighborhoods
The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night gave approval to an ordinance which updates the land Development Code for issuing conditional use permits. The ordinance is the result of a request by Council members Dan Johnson (D-21) and Marianne Butler (D-15) to review the compatibility of businesses that ask for the CUP in neighborhoods.

2/25/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Caldwell Tanks
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue a construction permit to Caldwell Tanks, Incorporated, in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

2/25/2011
Fischer Announces Office for Globalization
Saying Louisville needs to open itself to the world to grow the economy and jobs, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the creation of the Office for Globalization and appointed a director to oversee it.

2/25/2011
Dsitrict 12 Coffee with your Councilman set for Saturday, March 5th
March signals the coming of spring and many people are gearing up to get out and about on the weekend to shake off the cold of winter. Councilman Rick Blackwell is offering the chance to have a chat over a warm drink at the District 12 “Coffee with your Councilman” on Saturday March, 5th.

2/24/2011
METCO Loans to Four Small Businesses
Loans will help open an art gallery in Valley Station, improve historic buildings

2/23/2011
Mayor Announces Planning and Design Audit
Mayor Fischer announced today that Planning and Design Services will be the third Metro Government department to undergo a top-to-bottom review. An eight-member committee, made up of both public and private citizens, has been appointed to assist in the performance audit.

2/23/2011
Metro Government’s Technology Director Receives National Honor
Louisville Metro Government’s Chief Information Officer, Beth Niblock, has been named one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top Doers and Dreamers for 2011. Niblock and her Metro Technology Services team have helped citizens connect with city government and use services by creating new mobile apps for smartphones, streaming the mayor’s news conferences live, enabling citizens to license their pets, obtain permits and perform many other services online.

2/23/2011
Metro Parks Hosting Public Meeting on Upgraded Equestrian/Hiking Trailhead March 7
Metro Parks is inviting the public to a March 7 meeting designed to obtain feedback on draft plans for equestrian/hiking trailhead amenities planned for the Paul Yost Recreation Area at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

2/23/2011
Metro Council honors Outstanding Community Leaders and Citizens Thursday for Black History month
On Thursday, February 24th, the Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee will hold a special meeting to honor Outstanding Community Leaders and Citizens as part of its 2011 Black History Month Program

2/22/2011
Golfers to receive $3 discount during March at Metro Parks Courses
With warmer weather on the way, local golfers will be encouraged to hit the links during the month of March with a $3 discount during March at Metro Parks golf courses.

2/21/2011
Public Health and Wellness Announces Three Staff Appointments
Dr. Matt Zahn, acting director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness recently announced three new staff appointments.

2/19/2011
Proposed Amendments to APCD Regulations
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board opens a public comment period 2/19/2011 on amendments proposed 2/16/2011 to District Regulations 1.15, Version of Federal Regulations Adopted and Incorporated by Reference; 3.01, Ambient Air Quality Standards; 5.02, Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; and 7.02 Adoption and Incorporation by Reference of Federal New Source Performance Standards. If approved, amended Regulation 3.01 will be submitted to the U.S. EPA for inclusion in the State Implementation Plan.

2/18/2011
Local AMBUCS Chapter to Donate 'Trykes' as part of Bike Day Celebration tomorrow
Thanks to the newly-formed Greater Louisville AMBUCS chapter, 20 local children and young adults with disabilities will receive specially-adapted bikes that will allow them to cruise for the first time tomorrow at the Douglass Community Center.

2/16/2011
Registration for Spring/Summer Metro Parks Athletic Leagues begins March 1
With spring just around the corner, Metro Parks will begin accepting team registrations for spring and summer athletic leagues beginning Tuesday, March 1 at the Athletics office, across from the Louisville Zoo at 3783 Illinois Avenue.

2/16/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for LG&E Mill Creek
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on February 23, 2011, to issue a construction permit for a limestone crusher for LG&E Mill Creek.

2/16/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for BAE Systems
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on February 16, 2011, to issue a construction permit for a new blast booth for BAE Systems, 163 Rochester Drive.

2/15/2011
Councilman Brent Ackerson releases questions for Derby Festival concerning Thunder Over Louisville
Councilman Brent Ackerson has forwarded a series of questions to the Kentucky Derby Festival over its decision to use Pegasus Pins for entry to a certain area of Thunder Over Louisville in Waterfront Park

2/15/2011
TARC Buses Arrive Every 15 Minutes on Two Popular Routes
TARC buses now arrive every 15 minutes on weekdays at stops on two major routes covering Dixie and Preston highways and Broadway and Bardstown roads. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker celebrated the new frequent bus arrivals at a news conference today at TARC headquarters at Union Station.

2/15/2011
Funds Will Complete Big Four Bridge Project
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced today the two states, along with the City of Jeffersonville, will allocate $22 million in funding to complete the Big Four Bridge – creating a pedestrian and bicycle path to link Louisville and Jeffersonville.

2/14/2011
MORE Center Earns Highest Accreditation
The MORE (Methadone Opiate Rehabilitation & Education) Center of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been accredited for a three year period by CARF International, the International Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities. This latest accreditation is the third consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the MORE Center. This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has successfully completed a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs are of the highest quality, are measurable, and are accountable.

2/14/2011
Flood kicks off 2011 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” to help military men and women who serve the US
The need to help brave men and women serving the United States in remote areas of the world is still a top priority for Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). Since 2007, Flood, the Okolona Business and Professional Association and several businesses have been involved in a community wide program that seeks to send relief from people in Metro Louisville.

2/12/2011
Proposed Title V Operating Permit for Nuplex Resins LLC
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) proposes to issue an operating permit to Nuplex Resins LLC in accordance with Regulation 2.16.

2/12/2011
Next Louisville Loop meeting to focus on Pond Creek Corridor Shared Use Path
Developing a key section of the Louisville Loop will be the next topic of discussion at a public meeting set for Tuesday, February 15th at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing beginning at 6:00pm.

2/10/2011
A Community Effort to Improve Children’s Dental Health
Smile Kentucky! provides free dental treatment to over 240 children.

2/10/2011
Councilman Brent Ackerson criticizes the Derby Festival for its decision on Thunder Over Louisville
In view of the decision to charge for seating at this year’s “Thunder over Louisville” event on the Great Lawn at the Waterfront, Councilman Brent T. Ackerson (D-26) has issued the following statement to the Derby Festival

2/10/2011
The Louisville Metro Council approves funding for newest firefighter settlement
On Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council approved $14.3 million dollars to settle an outstanding lawsuit filed by retired Louisville Fire Fighters. The settlement is funded through a loan from the Louisville Water Company and taking money from the Rainy Day Fund.

2/10/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Hold Workshop on Bedbugs
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Okolona Pest Control, will offer a workshop on preventing and treating bedbugs. The workshop is geared toward those serving the general public in healthcare, housing, childcare, social services and education sectors. The event will be held Tuesday February 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 S. Fourth St.

2/9/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with American Synthetic Rubber Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on February 16, 2011, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with American Synthetic Rubber Company (ASRC). ASRC is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits) at their facility in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

2/8/2011
City and Hospitals Sign Policies to Encourage Breastfeeding
Mayor Greg Fischer and representatives from Louisville’s birthing hospitals - Baptist Hospital East, Norton Hospital, Norton Suburban Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital- today signed policies to encourage and to make it easier for women to breastfeed their babies. Funds to support the new breastfeeding initiatives are being provided by the federal $7.9 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant that Louisville received last March to further the work of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

2/7/2011
LMPD Major Kelly Jones featured speaker for February District 12 Dialogue
Councilman Rick Blackwell continues to bring government to his constituents with District 12 Dialogues. February’s event focuses on public safety and features the new 3rd Division Commander of Louisville Metro Police, Major Kelly Jones

2/7/2011
Butler encourages residents to take advantage of Mayor’s public budget meetings
Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), Chair of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee, encourages the public to offer their input as Mayor Greg Fischer plans the next fiscal year budget for Metro Louisville.

2/7/2011
Mayor Fischer, Congressman Yarmuth Announce Job Fair for Teenagers
Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth today announced plans for the sixth 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, March 5, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1 A/B, 221 S. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to both employers, as well as attendees.

2/7/2011
Mayor Schedules Citizen Meetings on City Budget
Fulfilling a commitment to make city government more open, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced public hearings that will give citizens a chance to comment on the next city budget. Five hearings will be held in coming weeks at community and government centers in all areas of Louisville prior to the development of the city spending plan for 2011-2012. Fischer also announced a new series of opportunities for citizens to share ideas and concerns directly with him at “Talk to Greg” meetings held every other month on the second Monday of the month at locations throughout the city.

2/7/2011
Welch sponsors Women’s Health Fair and Breast Cancer Screening in District 13
In her continuing effort to make health information available to residents of District 13, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch is sponsoring a Women’s Health Fair and Breast Cancer Screening on Friday, February 18th.

2/4/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing at Community Sites
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing at four community sites in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7 Testing is done using the OraQuick method, which uses a swab of the mouth and does not require a blood draw. Preliminary results are available in 20 minutes. Testing is free and no appointments are necessary.

2/3/2011
Fischer, Tandy Celebrate Opening of Downtown's Newest Restaurant
To celebrate the opening of Doc Crow Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar, Mayor Greg Fischer decide to forego a tradition ribbon cutting – and instead opted for a barbecue tasting.

2/2/2011
Jefferson Memorial Forest offering two “Sweetheart Hikes” for couples
A romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits Sunday, February 13 and Monday, 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 Louisville’s lights from the scenic Manor House.

2/2/2011
Beshear, Fischer Announce New Corporate Headquarters for Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear today joined Mayor Greg Fischer, other community leaders and executives of Dharma Construction Services to announce the company will locate its headquarters operation to Louisville. The move will create 41 new, professional jobs and will entail a more than $2.3 million investment in the Commonwealth.

2/2/2011
Ward-Pugh offers Energy Workshop on February 17th
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh and Project Warm host Energy Management Workshop on February 17th to help save money on energy bills

2/2/2011
Mayor Fischer Names New Interim Director for Animal Services
Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky.

2/1/2011
Ward-Pugh and VITA go mobile on Fridays in District 9
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, the United Crescent Hill Ministries and the Volunteers Income Tax Assistance program are partnering for a series of three special mobile clinics on Friday’s in District 9.

2/1/2011
Next Louisville Loop Signage Public meeting set Feb. 8th
Residents in Southwest Jefferson County will have a chance to learn more and comment about the overall plan for the 100 mile Louisville Loop at a public meeting set for Tuesday, February 8th.

2/1/2011
President King announces appointments to Merger 2.0 Task Force
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced his four appointments to the Merger 2.0 Task Force. He has named Dan Johnson (D-21) and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) as the representatives for the Urban Service District. Rick Blackwell (D-12) and James Peden (R-23) will represent suburban areas

2/1/2011
Metro Parks hosting open house meeting to plan for corridor refinement of Louisville Loop
Metro Parks and the Louisville Loop project team are hosting its second in a series of three public meetings to gather information. This meeting will present preliminary concept alternatives for the Pond Creek Corridor Shared-Use Path and Ecological Restoration Plan, which is studying the corridor of the Louisville Loop from Watson Lane to Fairdale. The Louisville Loop is an approximate 100-mile shared-use path that will ultimately encircle the city of Louisville.

2/1/2011
Mayor to Live Stream News Conferences
In keeping with his commitment to open Metro Government to the citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that all news conferences held at Metro Hall will be live streamed on the city website.

2/1/2011
District 19 Residents are Invited to Attend “Java with Jerry”
Metro Councilman Jerry Miller will be hosting “Java with Jerry” a weekly event for the people of District 19. Citizens are invited to drop by one of the four “Java with Jerry” locations between 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. for the opportunity to share your ideas, ask questions or simply introduce yourself.

1/31/2011
City, Blue Reach Agreement on Main St. Buildings
Louisville Metro Government and developer Todd Blue have reached an agreement over the future of a series of historic but severely decayed buildings along Main Street. Blue has agreed to drop his lawsuit against the city -- and the city has agreed to help preserve the facades of the buildings, just east of the new KFC Yum! Center.

1/31/2011
NLC reappoints Welch to serve on Human Development Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee
Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will continue to work with representatives in other cities on issues that affect the health and well being of all Americans in the coming year.

1/31/2011
District 12 “Coffee with your Councilman” begins a new year on Saturday, February 12th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is starting off the new year with an invitation to residents of District 12 to enjoy a free cup of coffee and some conversation on Saturday, February 12th.

1/31/2011
Johnson reappointed to NLC’s 2011 Transportation and Infrastructure Services Steering Committee
For a third year, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) will continue to be a part of planning transportation strategies for America’s future needs. He has been reappointed to serve on the National League of Cities 2011 Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee.

1/28/2011
Free Tax Help Available for Working Families
More workers could be eligible for a special tax credit and free tax services this year and not know it. As a result, they may overlook claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, which can put up to $5,666 into their pockets.

1/28/2011
Students to Advocate for Healthier Neighborhoods
Students living in west Louisville neighborhoods will present Metro Council members, business leaders and community residents their ideas on what can be done to make their neighborhoods healthier and safer places. My Normal, an audiovisual presentation, will be held Monday January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center at 607 S. 37th St. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

1/28/2011
Welch begins 2011 “Coffee with your Councilwoman” program with LMPD Major Kelly Jones
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) begins a new year of ”Coffee with your Councilwoman” programs by hosting the newly appointed Third Division Commander of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Major Kelly Jones on Saturday, February 12th.

1/28/2011
Students at Floyd Central learn from Councilman Tandy about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This past week, Councilman David Tandy (D-4) returned to Floyd County High School to participate in what has become an important event for students who want to learn more about the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1/27/2011
State of the City: Mayor Calls for New Economic Vision
In his first State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer today called for a new economic development vision for Louisville, saying the city has lost too many jobs the last decade while competitor cities have grown.

1/27/2011
Four Local Businesses Receive METCO Loan
Loans will help open a new Cuban restaurant, a unique tofu based business, and help renovate two historic buildings on Baxter Avenue.

1/27/2011
James proposes review of Traditional Neighborhood zoning for the Old Louisville Area.
In an effort to promote economic development and at the same time retain the uniqueness of an historic area, Councilman David James (D-6) is sponsoring a resolution for the Old Louisville area. It calls for a review of the Transitional Neighborhood Zoning District to allow live entertainment.

1/24/2011
Hamilton invites community to view important film on educational choices and outcomes for children
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is offering a unique invitation to parents and those who are interested in the education of children to view an important film which looks at the national debate on Charter Schools onFriday, January 28th.

1/21/2011
New Pet Food Bank begins operation in District 6 on Saturday
Pet owners who are facing tough economic times will soon be getting some help when it comes to feeding their dogs or cats. A new Pet Food Bank will begin operation this Saturday with the free distribution of free dog and cat food.

1/21/2011
Hamilton says take advantage of water aerobics starting soon at the Shawnee Pool
If you have made a New Year’s resolution to feel better and get in shape, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) says look no further than the Academy@Shawnee for an opportunity that may be great motivation toward your goal on January 31st

1/20/2011
HANDS Graduation Cancelled
The HANDS graduation scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St. has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

1/19/2011
“Meet and Greet” postponed because of potential winter weather on Thursday
Due to potential snowfall and the current winter weather advisory in effect for the area on Thursday, January 20th, the “Meet and Greet” event set for the Sun Valley Community Center has been postponed to a later date

1/19/2011
Public meetings on Charlie Vettiner Park, Mahoney Property master plans January 24
Metro Parks will host two public meetings on Monday, January 24, 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.

1/19/2011
*NOTE - MEETING DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED * Metro Parks hosting meeting on Louisville Loop Signage Syste
Runners, cyclists and exercise enthusiasts are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing to discuss the development of a sign and wayfinding master plan for the Louisville Loop, an approximate 100-mile shared-use path encircling the city of Louisville.

1/18/2011
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 and Wellness. Classes begin Tuesday, February 1 at the East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive. 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. Class size is limited so please call to make a reservation

1/18/2011
Tuesday is V.I.T.A. Day at Sun Valley Community Center
It is a program that has returned millions of dollars to thousands of low income families in Metro Louisville and this Tuesday, January 18th the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program returns to the Sun Valley Community Center.

1/18/2011
Mayor Fischer Announces Two “Green” City Projects
In keeping in-line with his commitment to make Louisville a greener, more energy-efficient city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced two, new environmentally-friendly projects today. The first project focuses on the Newburg Library - already a green building - the library now features solar and wind powered outdoor lighting and a new solar-powered roof. The second project includes green improvements for the Metro Development Center, located at 444 S. Fifth Street. A combination of solar thermal and photovoltaics panels, which convert sunlight into energy, were installed to provide 100% of the building’s potable hot water energy requirements.

1/18/2011
Metro Council members participate in “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, January 20th
With a new year underway, three members of the Louisville Metro Council invite residents in southwest Jefferson County to an Old Fashion “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, January 20th. Council members Bob Henderson (D-14) Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25) will join members of the Kentucky General Assembly at the event beginning at 6:00pm.

1/14/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for University of Louisville Belknap Campus
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on January 14, 2011, to issue a construction permit to allow the installation of a groundwater purification system for University of Louisville, Belknap Campus (institute of higher education), 2301 S. Brook Street, in accordance with Regulation 2.03. The 30-day public comment period starts January 14, 2011, and ends on February 14, 2011. A public hearing may be scheduled if the District determines that there are germane, unresolved issues or substantial public interest, in accordance with Regulation 2.07.

1/14/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Kosmos Cement Company (Portland Cement)
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on February 11, 2011, to issue a construction permit to increase the capacity of the coall/coke mill for Kosmos Cement Company (Portland Cement Manufacturers).

1/14/2011
Mayor Appoints Committees to Review Animal Services, Conduct Search for Director
Mayor Greg Fischer today named two committees to conduct a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and to lead the search for a permanent director. The committees include 20 people ranging from animal advocates to business executives to city employees.

1/14/2011
Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel to Host District 17 Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a district meeting on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level community room of Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road). Councilman Stuckel will be joined by the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority’s Executive Director, Mr. Steve Schultz. Mr. Schultz will give attendees a 30 minute update on the bridges project and will devote time to answering your questions.

1/14/2011
Mayor Fischer Names Search Committee for Health Director
Mayor Greg Fischer today named a six-person committee to conduct a national search for a new director of the city’s Public Health and Wellness Department.

1/13/2011
President King announces Chairs and Vice-Chairs for 2011 Metro Council Committees
Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has announced the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Metro Council’s 12 operating committees for 2011.“The committees will be lead by a strong group of people who have the experience and solid understanding of the needs of Metro Government,” says King. “I believe the citizens of Metro Louisville will be very well served by the Council members who have been selected.”

1/13/2011
District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, January 17th
The next meeting of the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee will get underway at 6:30pm on Monday, January 17th at the Yearling Club, 4309 Broadway.

1/13/2011
Johnson sponsors “Meet and Greet” with LMPD’s Third Division Commander Major Kelly Jones
In keeping with his commitment of making neighborhoods safer, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is again hosting a free coffee session in honor of the newest Commander of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Third Division on Friday, January 14th.

1/13/2011
LMPD Adds 27 New Officers
On Friday, January 14, 2011, the Louisville Metro Police Department had 27 recruits graduate. Mayor Greg Fischer and Chief Robert C. White gave the oath of office to the recruits, adding 27 new officers to its ranks.

1/12/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Rohm and Haas Company
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on January 19, 2011, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with Rohm and Haas Company. Rohm and Haas is alleged to have violated District Regulation 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits) at its facility located at 4300 Campground Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

1/12/2011
Fischer to Present Freedom Award to Businessman Charlie Johnson
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Charlie Johnson is the 2011 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award. Johnson is an entrepreneur and businessman who built one of the largest minority-owned companies in the nation.

1/12/2011
Proposed Agreed Board Order with the University of Louisville
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on January 19, 2011, on a proposed Agreed Board Order with the University of Louisville. The University is alleged to have violated District Regulation 5.04 (Adoption of Federal Emission Standard for Asbestos) at the Belknap Campus located in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

1/12/2011
District 12 Dialogues for 2011 kick off with update on the Southwest Regional Library
Councilman Rick Blackwell announces the return of the District 12 Dialogues for 2011 and he will kick off this year’s series of meetings with an update on the proposed Southwest Regional Library on Tuesday, January 18th

1/10/2011
Mobile App Now Available for Louisville Water Company
Louisville Water Company now has a mobile application for Android and iPhone users. You can access your account, visit our web site, learn about current events and more.

1/8/2011
Proposed Amendment to APCD Regulation 1.06
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on January 19, 2011, in the Board Room, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204-1745 on amendments to District Regulation 1.06 (Stationary Source Monitoring, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements) that were proposed on November 17, 2010. If adopted by the Board, Regulation 1.06 will be submitted to EPA for inclusion in the Kentucky State Implementation Plan.

1/7/2011
10 Donation Drop-Off, Volunteer Sites Set Up for 'Day of Service'
Those who have resolved to give back to the community by volunteering or to clean out their closets and donate unused items to a local charity for the new year are encouraged to join Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Day of Service” this Saturday, January 8.

1/7/2011
Next Northwestern Parkway Bike Path meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11th
The next public meeting to discuss a proposed change to traffic patterns on Northwestern Parkway is set for this coming Tuesday, January 11th at the Portland Library.

1/7/2011
Downard and Ward Pugh Praise Mayor Fischer for Announcing Complete MAS Review
Metro Councilman Kelly Downard (District 16) and Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh (District 9) offer the following statements to show their bi-partisan support for today’s announcement by Mayor Greg Fischer, regarding a complete and thorough review of Metro Animal Services.

1/7/2011
National Health Agencies Consider New, Optimal Fluoride Level in Drinking Water
National Health Agencies Consider New, Optimal Fluoride Level in Drinking Water

1/7/2011
Mayor Fischer Orders Complete Review of Animal Services
Citing lingering concerns over animal welfare and public safety, Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered a top-to-bottom review of Metro Animal Services and announced that his administration will immediately launch its promised search for a new permanent director of the agency.

1/6/2011
700 Volunteers and Counting for Day of Service
Mayor Greg Fischer is urging citizens to join the city’s official Day of Service, Saturday, January 8th. In coordination with Metro United Way, more than 660 volunteers have already committed to participate in nearly 70 projects in every corner of Louisville. The deadline to sign up is today at 5 p.m. “This is a great way to unite as one community and show some compassion for our fellow Louisvillians,” Fischer said.

1/6/2011
Councilman Jim King elected President of the Metro Council for 2011
By a unanimous vote of 26 to 0, Councilman Jim King (D-10) was elected President of the Louisville Metro Council during its first meeting of 2011 on Thursday, January 6th.

1/6/2011
Majority Caucus Reacts to the Merger 2.0 Task Force
Members of the Majority Caucus of the Metro Council react to the announcement of a special task force to review merger.

1/6/2011
Flood re-elected Majorty Leader, Shanklin Vice Chair of Majority Caucus
On Thursday, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D- 24) was re-elected by members of the Democratic Caucus to serve as Majority Leader and Caucus Chair for 2011. Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) was selected as Vice-Chairman of the Caucus.

1/6/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Numerous Opportunities to Exercise
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has teamed up with Metro Parks and the YMCA to offer many exercise classes at various locations throughout the community. All classes are free and no prior registration is required. Simply come and have fun!

1/6/2011
Mayor Fischer Takes Action to Review and Improve Government Merger
Saying it’s time to review the first eight years of merged city/county government, Mayor Greg Fischer today signed an executive order creating the Merger 2.0 Task Force. The 23-member panel will make recommendations for improving merger for all citizens by October, 2011. “It’s time we take a fresh look at merger, what went well, what hasn’t, and what can be improved upon -- to make sure all citizens are getting the services and response they deserve from city government,” Fischer said. The task force will also recommend ways to make Louisville an easy place to start, grow and attract businesses.

1/6/2011
Louisville Water Employees Participate in Louisville Metro Day of Service
Over 30 Louisville Water employees and their families will participate in Louisville Metro’s Day of Service on January 8.

1/6/2011
Metro Councilman Fleming introduces resolution to encourage economic investment
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7) has filed a resolution requesting a change by the Kentucky General Assembly to allow for a uniform usage of net operating losses for those filing Louisville Metro’s Form OL-3.

1/5/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Stop Smoking Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are offering free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. The Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking is a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. The classes are free, but they require participants younger than age 60 to purchase at least some of their own nicotine replacement products. Free nicotine replacement products are available to people age 60 and older through a grant by the Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA). Below is a list of Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes.

1/5/2011
Johnson invites District 21 to meet Major Kim Kraeszig on Friday
In an effort to make District 21 a safer place to live and work, Councilman Dan Johnson is inviting residents to meet Major Kim Kraezig, the newest Commander of the Louisville Metro Police’s 4th Division this Friday from 9:00am til 10:00am

1/5/2011
Proposed Title V Construction Permit for Momentive Specialty Chemicals
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District) opens a public comment period on January 5, 2011, to issue a construction permit to allow the replacement of the wastewater treatment process controlled by a recuperative thermal oxidizer for Momentive Specialty Chemicals (chemical manufacturing plant), 6200 Camp Ground Road, in accordance with Regulation 2.03. The 30-day public comment period starts January 5, 2011, and ends on February 5, 2011. A public hearing may be scheduled if the District determines that there are germane, unresolved issues or substantial public interest, in accordance with Regulation 2.07.

1/4/2011
Men of Peace set MLK Brunch for District 2 on January 15th
It has become a yearly tradition in Metro Council District 2 to follow the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service to the community and Dr. Barbara Shanklin (D-2) and the Men of Peace Presbyterian Church are asking others to help fulfill that dream on Saturday, January 15th.

1/4/2011
Majority Caucus members react to the announcement of revisions in the Ohio River Bridges project
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Majority Caucus have issued statements with regard to today’s announcement concerning the Ohio River Bridges project

1/4/2011
Mayor's First Day Includes Executive Order, Meeting with Potential New Company
In a busy first day, new Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed his first executive order creating a Day of Service for Saturday, Jan. 8., met with officials considering moving their company to Louisville and tapped a local business leader to review and assess the city’s economic development efforts. Fischer arrived in the office at 7:30 a.m., and held a public safety meeting including police, fire and EMS, among others. At a morning news conference, Fischer signed his first executive order creating the Day of Service. More than 500 volunteers will fan out around the city – building, painting, preparing meals and picking up trash at 64 project sites.

1/2/2011
David Yates Sworn in as District 25 Metro Councilman
Residents of District 25 will see a new effort at the beginning of 2011 to bring resources and jobs to the area when a new Councilman takes over. “I want the people of the District to know we are ready to serve,” says David Yates, who took the oath of office on Wednesday night.

1/2/2011
Mayor Fischer's Inaugural Day Schedule of Events
Mayor Greg Fischer's takes office as Louisville's 50th Mayor on Monday, January 3, 2011. The schedule for the day includes a One City Inaugural Breakfast, an Inaugural Interfaith Celebration in Prayer and Music, the Swearing In Ceremony and Address at Metro Hall and the Inagural Gala at the International Convention Center.