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Yard Waste Collection Delayed – July 10 Friday, Jul 10 2020 

This afternoon we received notice that several yard waste routes won’t be collected today, Friday, July 10, 2020, due to constraints.

Yard waste on these routes will be collected tomorrow, Saturday, July 11. Only the routes missed today will be collected tomorrow.

If your yard waste is not collected by end of day Saturday, please contact kyle.ethridge@louisvilleky.gov or call 574-3908.

Civilian Review Board Work Group Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

On May 27, 2020, Mayor Fischer and President James announced the creation of the Civilian Review Board Work Group to research, debate and recommend the best structure for a Civilian Review Board that would add a new layer of independent review to Louisville Metro Police Department policies and disciplinary matters.  The overarching purpose of the Civilian Review Board is to investigate police shooting cases, incidents involving loss of life due to police action, abuse of authority, excessive use of force, and in-custody deaths.

The Work Group has met twice and a summary report of the meetings is available online at: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/mayor-greg-fischer/louisville-civilian-review-board-work-group#materials. Please get involved and share your thoughts and recommendations on the formation of a Civilian Review Board.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 10 at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live through MetroTV.  At this meeting, members of the Work Group will review a draft ordinance of the proposed Civilian Review Board and after updating the ordinance with necessary changes, the document will be placed on the website for review and comments from the public.  After the proposed ordinance has been on website from July 17 – July 24. The Work Group will review the final draft ordinance on July 31, and it is scheduled to be presented to the Metro Council on August 7.

Reminder! Waste Collection schedule not affected by 4th of July Holiday Thursday, Jul 2 2020 

As a reminder – There will be no interruption to residential garbage, recycling, yard waste or bulky waste collection within the Louisville Metro Urban Service District (former Louisville city limits) on Friday, July 3, 2020.

To receive automatic reminders of changes due to holidays, download the Recycle Coach app at the App Store or on Google Play. Residents who rely on private waste haulers should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

The Waste Reduction Center, our staffed recycling drop-off locations, and the Haz Bin hazardous waste disposal site, will be closed on Saturday, July 4. A map and complete list of the drop-off sites and regular operating hours can be found on this website. 

Fireworks Safety Thursday, Jul 2 2020 

A message from the Metro Public Works Training & Safety Team:

Independence Day, the Fourth of July. One of our traditions is to watch fireworks displays or shoot them off ourselves. In 2006, 9,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The trend in fireworks-related injuries has been mostly up since 1996, with spikes in 2000-2001, primarily due to celebrations around welcoming new millennium. The highest injury rates were for children aged 10 to 14. 75% of all injured were male. Most fireworks injuries involve burns, but there were also contusions, lacerations and other types of injuries. Let‘s look at some safety precautions if you‘re around fireworks:

Be Prepared, before you light fireworks:
• Use legal fireworks, available at licensed outlets
• Store fireworks out of children‘s reach
• Keep pets safe indoors
• Always keep water handy

Be Safe, when lighting fireworks:
• Only adults should light fireworks
• Only use outdoors
• Do not throw fireworks or hold in your hand
• Protect your eyes
• Light one firework at a time and move away quickly
• Never relight a dud

Be Responsible after you finish:
• Soak used fireworks in water
• Be considerate–clean up used fireworks
• Keep matches and lighters away from children


For more fireworks safety information visit the National Fire Protection Association.

HAVE A SAFE AND FUN FOURTH OF JULY!

ABC Notification for 3900 Shelbyville Road Wednesday, Jul 1 2020 

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for a Quota Retail Liquor by the Drink and 4 a.m. Extended Hours license(s) being applied for, located at 3900 Shelbyville Road, 40207 (Never Say Die).  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Louisville Metro Now Accepting Applications for Small Business Grants, Eviction Prevention Assistance Wednesday, Jul 1 2020 

Starting today, Wednesday, July 1, Louisville Metro Government will begin accepting and processing applications for both the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants and Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Funding for the two new programs comes from federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) Act money, with each program receiving $21.2 million toward their mission.

Small business assistance

The Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants program, administered by Louisville Forward, will provide up to $50,000 to small businesses with the goal of helping prevent business closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At least 50 percent of the program funds would be dedicated to businesses in in low-to-moderate income census tracts.               

Businesses meeting the following criteria will be eligible for a grant:

  • Businesses with 20 full-time employees or fewer as of March 16, 2020
  • Non-retail businesses with 50 full-time employees or fewer that have remained closed or whose business activity have been severely restricted under state executive order dated March 25, 2020
  • Businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Businesses must be located in Louisville/Jefferson County
  • Businesses must be in good standing with Louisville Metro Revenue Commission

Eligible expenses include payroll, utilities, mortgage/rent, fixed costs, such as interest on debt service and insurance, and technology to allow for online sales. Funds will be disbursed in three payments and recipients will be required to report proof of grant expenditures.

Businesses will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • 2019 tax return, personal and business
  • W-9
  • Documentation demonstrating negative impact of COVID-19 to your business
  • Current record of financial condition of the business, including a profit & loss statement and balance sheet
  • Vendor Questionnaire
  • Proposed six-month budget for use of funds
  • Louisville Metro Revenue Commission business number
  • Proof of ownership of business, including any disadvantaged status (certification not required)

To find out more information and apply, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/small-business-covid-19-relief-grants.

Eviction prevention

Eviction Prevention COVID-19 Relief Fund aims to aid low-to-moderate income households that are delinquent on rent payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will pay for up to three months of rent for households facing COVID-related delinquencies.

Individual households may begin applying for rental assistance through the Office of Resilience and Community Services immediately. To be eligible, households must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income ($45,840 annually for a family of four) and have had their income impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households can begin the application process here: https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/one-louisville-fund-online-application.

Beginning July 1, Landlords may apply for assistance on behalf of their tenants to the Office of Housing. To be eligible, the landlord must:

  • Be currently registered on the Rental Registry.
  • Have no outstanding code violations for the property for which rent is being paid.
  • Waive all late fees, fines, and penalties.
  • Forgo evictions for assisted tenants for 60 days after assistance is provided.
  • Provide pre-COVID-19 rent rolls to document delinquency rates before and after the pandemic.

Funding will be prioritized for affordable housing units (households at or below 60% of area median income) or properties with more than 50% of their units in the Housing Choice Vouchers Program.

Landlords will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Information about the property, including its tax ID number, ownership and delinquency rates
  • W-9
  • An eviction prevention application worksheet
  • Certification of non-payment of rent signed by each tenant for whom assistance is requested
  • Copy of each tenant’s ledger for whom you are claiming to be reimbursed for delinquencies
  • Copy of Recorded LURA or Recorded Deed Restriction
  • Accounts Receivable Report for period January 1, 2020 to current
  • Copy of Final 8609 (if a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit project)
  • Executed and Notarized Landlord Tenant Rental Assistance Certification

To find out more information and apply, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/develop-louisville/eviction-prevention.

Metro Parks Offers Lifeguard Training Monday, Jun 29 2020 

Telephone Line to Help Residents with Survey on LMPD Chief Hiring Thursday, Jun 25 2020 

Starting today, Thursday, June 25, 2020, residents can call (502) 528-3543 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, and they will be assisted by call-takers who will input their answers to questions on a community survey, which has been available online since early this month.

The survey asks:

  • What are the three most important qualities or skills you would like to see in the next police chief;
  • What are suggestions for improving police services; and
  • What a new chief must accomplish immediately, and over the next 2-3 years.

Both the phone line and the online survey will be operational through Friday, July 3. Already, more than 8,000 people have completed the online version of the survey, which can be accessed here.

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Budget Committee Approves 2020-2021 Capital and Operating Budgets Monday, Jun 22 2020 

In a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee approved the 2020-2021 Capital and Operating Budgets for the coming fiscal year.

On April 23, Mayor Fischer presented a “continuation” budget to the Metro Council. Utilizing Louisville’s improved revenue forecast, the Metro Council’s amended budget expands investments in Louisville’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and supports meaningful police reform, the first steps in building a stronger, safer city for every citizen.

Investment in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Housing. The recently-released “Path Forward for Louisville” makes clear that reinvesting and recycling abandoned properties and creating a pathway to Black ownership is critical. The amended budget adds more than $9 million to tackle this issue head on, with:

  • $5 million in additional funding for the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) and its partners to address vacant and abandoned properties through the creation of direct purchase or lease-to-purchase opportunities. The budget ordinance includes incentives for contractors who offer new employment, training, and sub-contracting opportunities to low- and very low-income residents of the areas where the projects are located, and businesses that substantially employ these persons. This funding is in addition to the $5 million LAHTF allocation in the recommended budget, for a total of $10 million for affordable housing.
  • $2.5 million for programs that support home repair, address vacant and abandoned properties, and increase home ownership. The programs provide grant funds to homeowners unable to obtain financing for repairs, build and rehab properties in the Landbank, and fund foreclosure, demolition, clear-boarding, and other activities.
  • $1 million is allocated for a new Homeowner and Rental Repair Loan Fund to support improvement of residences. Low property values caused by decades of redlining and disinvestment mean many Louisvillians, especially those in West Louisville, cannot get financing to improve their residences. Leveraging private investments from banks, this funding is designed to create a $10 million fund.
  • $413,400 will put a Metro Public Works crew into neighborhoods, and particularly alleys, to clean areas which have a high level of illegal dumping.
  • $170,000 to hire two additional Code Enforcement Officers working with Develop Louisville to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Eviction Prevention. The amended budget approves a fund of up to $21.2 million, supported by the federal CARES Act, for rent assistance needed to prevent evictions as a result of coronavirus-related financial issues. The program is designed to assist low-income Louisvillians, at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

Small Business Assistance. The amended budget approves a fund of up to $21.2 million, supported by the federal CARES Act, for small business assistance needed as a result of coronavirus-related financial issues. At least 50 percent of this money, up to $10.6 million, is reserved for use in low- and moderate-income census tracts – which includes West Louisville neighborhoods.  

Health and Food Security. As grocery stores have closed, far too many Louisvillians live in food deserts. After years of talk, the amended budget takes action with $3.5 million to help build and support a community grocery. The Department of Health and Wellness and its Center for Health Equity, to which the $3.5 million is directed, will also produce a new health equity report, using $100,000 in the amended budget.

Disconnected Youth and Young Adults$1 million is appropriated for youth and young adult programs, to be approved by Metro Council.  

Law Enforcement Reform

Civilian Oversight. As the community shapes a civilian oversight system for the Louisville Metro Police Department, which the Metro Council will likely consider in August, the amended budget provides $763,500 in funding for a civilian oversight system.

Depending on the final structure approved by the Metro Council, this funding could support both a civilian board and a civilian Office of Inspector General, which would lead independent investigations of LMPD cases, as well as patterns and practices. To ensure independence from LMPD, funding for this system is appropriated to the Criminal Justice Commission.

Deflection, Diversity Recruitment and Training. The revised budget redirects $1.2 million in state LMPD funds for exploration and implementation in deflection, a practice that moves individuals away from the criminal justice system in a behavioral health guided model, along with co-responder approaches which place behavioral health specialists with police to offer case management connections to treatment, housing, and services. Additionally, funds will be directed to recruitment efforts for a police force which more closely looks like and lives in the community; and training, including use of force, de-escalation, and implicit bias. It encourages Mayor Fischer and LMPD to redirect $1.6 million in federal funds for the same purposes, for a total of $2.8 million,and requires a public, detailed list of all those expenditures.

Other Budget Changes

Infrastructure. To continue the 10-year paving plan for all Louisville Metro-maintained roads, the amended budget increases the paving budget by $14.3 million,and includes $700,000 for a study of all Louisville Metro road conditions. The sidewalk repair budget is increased by $500,000 and additional funds are appropriated for facilities, parks and library maintenance and repairs.

Belle of Louisville. The amended budget provides $700,000 for a required dry-dock inspection and repair and $500,000 in operating funds for the Belle of Louisville.

Middletown Library. The amendment provides $500,000 to outfit the Middletown Library, at a location provided at no cost to Louisville Metro by the City of Middletown.

Since the Budget has been approved by the committee, it moves on to the Metro Council for a final vote on Thursday night.

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