Jeffersontown

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Local Attorney Says J-town Airbnb Law is Fatally Flawed

Since receiving a visit for Jeffersontown Code Enforcement Officer Kim Weber on Nov. 30, informing me that using my house as a short-term rental was a violation of Jeffersontown law, I’ve been asking city officials to show me the law in question. Neither Mayor Bill Dieruf, city clerk Bill Fox or anyone on the Planning and Zoning Committee has provided a satisfactory answer. Next I consulted with Steve Emery, a partner in the firm of Howell and Emery PLLC in LaGrange. I provided him with the specific sections of the code to review. His response: “How is leasing a short…


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Jtown Attorney to Thieneman: “I’ll do my damned level best to break your neck”

Jeffersontown city attorney Schuyler Olt ignited a firestorm of controversy Jan. 23 when he started an online fight with Chris Thieneman over the treatment of police in the media. The post that started the brouhaha by Thieneman was simply a screen shot of a story by Joe Gerth in the Courier-Journal headlined, “Police must root out racist officers.” It concerned Prospect police officer Todd Shaw’s racist remarks that led to his firing. Olt, who claims on his Facebook page to be a minister at Carlisle Presbyterian Church, responded first with a comment claiming that Shaw’s behavior was “horrible” but adding…


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Despite Evidence, Misinformed Jeffersontown Committee Unmoved on Airbnb Issue

Planning and Zoning Committee takes no action to allow Short-Term Rentals On Tuesday, I attended the Planning and Zoning Meeting of the Jeffersontown City Council. The only agenda item was short-term rentals. It was lightly attended, but there were a handful of residents who came prepared to express their opposition to legalizing short-term rentals. This committee has the authority to make changes to the law, but it appears to me no member of the committee is interested in learning FACTS about the issue. Instead, they listened as Norm Meyer of Plainview rambled on about how wrong it was for WAVE-TV…


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Statewide Mortgage to build new corporate headquarters in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Statewide Mortgage, a Louisville-based mortgage lender, will build a $3.4 million corporate office in Jeffersontown and create 30 full-time jobs as it consolidates operations, Mayor Greg Fischer and Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “We are thrilled that Statewide Mortgage has chosen to expand right here in Louisville, as they serve an ever-increasing number of states across the region,” said Mayor Fischer. “We’re happy that Statewide Mortgage is growing, creating new jobs and investing in our city. I look forward to seeing their continued success and growth in the years ahead.” The planned 30,000-square-foot office building will replace…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Party On, a Media Bombshell, and a Nice Story

Yea, it’s  hot. But there’s plenty to get out and do this weekend. Meanwhile, there are some really interesting podcasts to tune in to. JayWalking Allowed: Out here in Jtown, we’re having us a pub crawl, y’all. That’s right, there are now six nightspots in the downtown square pooling resources and drawing a crowd. The venues are running specials from 6 to midnight Saturday, and we’re guessing you can walk around in the street with beer. Participating venues: Bearnos Jtown, Recbar, 3rd Turn Brewing, Johnny V’s, El Nopal, Loui Loui’s.  And then my place, I guess. Your Media Bombshell: I thought this…


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Jtown Taking Action to Reduce Heroin Epidemic

Heroin addicts who want to get to rehab and avoid jail will be able to show up at the Jeffersontown Police Department to get the help they need. Getting the addicts off the streets, and not putting them in jail, is the goal of an innovative program starting in Jeffersontown August 1. Mayor Bill Dieruf announced the new initiative at a press conference, along with Chief Ken Hatmaker and Sgt. Brittney Garrett. “Jtown started the HERT (Heroin Emergency Response Team) project to come up with an innovative way to help people with addictions,” he said. “We’re not just talking about…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: 49 Trifecta, Jeffersontown’s Online Village, Uber’s Up

It’s April 1, you fool, and remember it’s just  about 36 days until the Kentucky Derby, and things are picking up around here, in a good way. Guess Who’s Turning 50 This Year: There must be something I should bet on here. This week’s Rusty Satellite Show features Donna Brothers, the NBC pony back reporter who is COO of Starlight Racing and one of the all-time winningest women jockeys. She’s speaking at Maryhurst’s Journey of Hope Luncheon May 18. And there’s the artist Jeaneen Barnhart, who loves to paint horses and naked people, who’s opening a new show downtown this…


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Jeffersontown’s Bluegrass Commerce Park Designated As AT&T Fiber Ready

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As part of AT&T’s* continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Kentucky, AT&T and representatives from the City of Jeffersontown and the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce announced that the Bluegrass Commerce Park in Jeffersontown, Kentucky has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services. In today’s world, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. “Jeffersontown has long been attractive to investment and to business opportunities, and the infrastructure that AT&T…


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Jeffersontown police chief gets a big promotion

FRANKFORT, KY (Mar. 21, 2016) – Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced today that Jeffersontown Police Chief Richard W. Sanders will serve as the new Commissioner for Kentucky State Police (KSP). Sanders appeared on the Rusty Satellite Show in August 2015. Hear the podcast here. Sanders joins KSP with more than 40 years of experience from federal and local law enforcement agencies. He has held executive leadership positions for the past two decades and was named Kentucky’s Chief of the Year in 2012. In addition, Maj. William Alexander Payne with Jeffersontown Police will perform the role…


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Jtown’s Arts and Big Business Expo Featured in Podcast #2

This week’s Jeffersontown Chamber podcast features a focus on the city’s new and growing Arts program, its historical museum, and the upcoming Business Expo. Did you know there’s Beatles exhibit at the Museum, located just behind the Library? Local citizen Paul Ratterman has loaned his collection of Beatles memorabilia, including a vintage turntable, posters and plenty of albums, to the Museum through June. And unlike items you see in most museums, you can make an offer and purchase all of the Beatles items on display. That’s according to Rhonda Rowland, who’s been Arts Program Manager for nearly two years, bringing…