Many constituents have contacted me to express support for a Louisville Metro appropriation to assist in the expansion of the St. Matthews Eline Library.  The library has the highest circulation in the Louisville Free Public Library system, in a very small space.  Constituents have told me the library is “sorely in need of expansion and improvement”, is “overcrowded all the time” and is “out of book space, parking and everything needed to help make this a functional… part of our community.”

Fortunately, the City of St. Matthews, which supplies the space for the library without charge to the library system, has proposed a substantial expansion, at an expense of at least $3 Million in City of St. Matthews funds, contingent on an appropriation of $1 Million by Louisville Metro.  I fully support that request as part of the mid-year budget adjustment.  I also support providing money to The Healing Place and Volunteers of America to help deal with the heroin epidemic in our community, as well as other items.  While a very substantial part of the mid-year adjustment should be reserved for repaving roads, we cannot ignore other critical needs and opportunities.

We always appreciate hearing from constituents and thank you for your many comments over the last few weeks as Metro Council considers the mid-year adjustment.