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LouisvilleKy’s metro council committee sends budget for vote tonight

Metro Council Budget Committee approves 2016-2017 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government Budget to be considered at tonight’s (June 23rd) Metro Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Budget Committee of the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2016-2017 Capital and Operating Budgets for Metro Government with a continued emphasis on  road paving, deferred maintenance and public safety. “The entire Council came together to develop a budget that invests in our community, workforce and metro assets. The document presented is one to be proud of and one that continues to move our community forward,”…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Candidates Declare, Mayor, GLI, More Politics and the Va Va Vixens

We emerged from the latest meteorological over-hype with our roads clear and a new forecast of a record high of 70 for Groundhog Day. My highlights this week included the Greater Louisville Inc. annual meeting at the Palace, the Ballotin Blues party at Meta, Peter and the Starcatchers (see picture) at Actors Theatre, and all this: The Future’s So Bright: Did you listen to WFPK’s 20-day series looking back at its two decades as the region’s coolest music station? It was cool, and made me look back at my Business First archives to see my 1998 story about the Public…


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Louisville Ky Metro Council leadership set for 2016

Fifteen Standing Committees and two Ad Hoc Committees will be in operation   Louisville, Ky.,  – Metro Council President David Yates (D-25) has announced the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Metro Council’s Standing and Ad Hoc Committees for 2016. Five of the Metro Council’s 15 Standing Committees will be refocused and in some cases combined to reflect changing priorities and needs for Metro Government. “I want to thank the members who have agreed to serve as Chairs and Vice Chairs of our committees,” said Yates.  “The committee system is crucial to understanding the needs of the people of Metro Louisville. …


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LouisvilleKY’s The Week Starts 2016 with a Bang

LouisvilleKY’s JCPS Deals with Threat Nothing like starting the first week of school with a local terrorist scare. My sympathies to those of you who are grappling with the decision on whether to send the kids to school today, but here’s my opinion — don’t let FEAR win. Or the terrorists. As I discuss with Robbie Valentine in this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, I believe people today are too conditioned to be scared because of what they hear in the media, from police and elected officials. We now live in a community where I can’t send my 17-year-old son to the…


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Metro Council Approves New Regulations for Short Term Rentals in Metro Louisville Ky

  Louisville –By a vote of 20 to 6, The Louisville Metro Council has approved a new set of regulations to permit the growing online industry of short-term rentals within Metro Louisville.  Hosting platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and FlipKey are used by a growing number of homeowners seeking to rent out anything from an extra room to an entire house. The short-term rental ordinance passed after the work of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.  Members began to review the need for regulation after Metro Codes and Regulations cited residents for renting their homes.  At the time, there were…


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Louisville Ky metro council to hold Dixie Highway meeting

Louisville – It is a project designed to bring one of the busiest transportation corridors in Metro Louisville into the 21 Century. On Wednesday, November 18th, several members of the Louisville Metro Council will host a Community Information Meeting to focus on the recent awarding of a $16. 9 million T.I.G.E.R Grant for the purpose of transforming Dixie Highway. “This meeting will bring together all partners in this project who will coordinate the redesign and specific improvements to Dixie Highway,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “This is a massive project to bring better traffic flow, safer pedestrian crossings, innovative town…


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Louisville Ky’s Council representatives react to Dixie Highway redevelopment

Louisville, KY., – Congressman John Yarmuth, along with Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear, have announced that Louisville will be the recipient of a $16.9 million U.S. Department of Transportation T.I.G.E.R. grant to support the redevelopment of the Dixie Highway corridor. The T.I.G.E.R., Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, program was developed by Congress in 2009 to generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for disconnected communities both urban and rural, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization. The Dixie Highway Master Plan was commissioned by…


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Take a Canoe trip at Louisville’s Shawnee and Riverview parks

Louisville, Ky., – The “Canoemobile” is making its annual stop in Louisville on October 2-3, bringing fun and exploration through free trips for all ages on 24-foot Voyageur canoes on the Ohio River. The program, locally in its fourth year, is organized by Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division based at Jefferson Memorial Forest in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry, Inc. of Minneapolis. Funding for this year’s event is being offered by Metro Council members Rick Blackwell, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Jessica Green , David Tandy, Vicki Aubrey Welch, Cindi Fowler, and David Yates.   Additional funding support is being provided by the National…


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Need a new hobby or exercise? Metro Louisville is offering free canoe trips

Louisville, KY – An Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure is coming to Louisville! Join Metro Parks and our partners and canoe the Ohio River, taking off from both Riverview and Shawnee Parks. We will showcase the beauty of the great outdoors… in our own backyard! Free trips will be conducted in safe and stable 24-foot Voyageurs, which hold 9 participants. Safety equipment and trained staff will be provided. Event is open to everyone 3 and older. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing that can get wet – no flip-flops. Ice water will be available, so bring a refillable water bottle. Food will be…


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Councilman Yates encourages public to help with building the “World’s Largest Disco Ball, Y’all” for Metro Louisville

Louisville – Councilman David Yates (D-25) is asking the public to help build and support the “World’s Largest Disco Ball, Y’all!” It’s a project to give the City of Louisville something original to talk about as a way to promote tourism, give the region a new landmark and have a little fun along the way.           “Every now and then someone comes up with a unique idea to help promote more community spirit and fun,” says Yates. “In this case, a group of private individuals would like to raise private funds to create something unique and then give it to…