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LouisvilleKY Metro Council approves 2017-2018 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government

Louisville – By a vote of 24 and 0 and one abstention, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the 2017-2018 Capital and Operating Budgets that have a continued emphasis on road paving, vacant and abandoned properties, criminal justice and quality of life investments. “This is a well balanced budget that addresses many needs in our community and allows for pilots programs to address vacant and abandoned houses and to treat our mentally ill through the Living Room concept.  By trying new programs we are only making our community better and addressing the needs from many avenues,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler…

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LouisvilleKY Councilman urges colleagues to increase Affordable Housing Trust Fund Budget

May 11, 2017 Louisville – Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) is calling for the Metro Council to increase the proposed funding in the 2017 – 2018 Capital and Operating Budgets to $5.5 million. From Councilman Ackerson: “The year before I took office, the Louisville Metro Council created the Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the express purpose of advancing Affordable Housing opportunities.  Specifically, it was envisioned that the fund would eventually be investing $10,000,000.00 annually, acknowledging that a “multi-year approach will be necessary to achieve full and adequate funding for the Fund.” A $1,000,000.00 investment was made in 2009 from the Metro…

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LouisvilleKY’s 2017 South Points Scenic Area Map unveiled

Story from www.louisvilleky.gov Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Council President David Yates were joined by local business owners and civic leaders Monday to unveil the 2017 South Points Scenic Area Map and calendar of events in front of the new American Pharoah exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum near Churchill Downs. “The nice weather we’ve had recently has given people the urge to get out and explore,” Fischer said. “There’s a little of something for everyone in the South Points Scenic Area – restaurants, landmarks, beautiful parks – and attractions like the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s…

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LouisvilleKY marks pavement milestone

More than 100 miles paved this year Louisville, KY  – Mayor Greg Fischer and members of Metro Council are celebrating great progress on repairing or replacing worn out pavement on roads across Louisville. The celebration was held last week at the corner of Broadway and South 45th Street along Shawnee Park, where crews recently completed the city’s 100th mile of paving for 2016. This is the first time in nine years that Louisville has topped 100 miles of paving. The feat was last accomplished in 2007 when 104 miles were paved. The 2016 total is projected to reach 130 miles…

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Louisville KY takes one step closer to getting Google fiber

Louisville, Ky., – Legislation that would make it easier to bring in Google Fiber unanimously passed the Louisville Metro Council Thursday night. Local news outlets report that the two ordinances would combine all of Jefferson County’s cities into one entity and that entity could negotiate contracts and adjust installation permissions for workers.  Previously, it would take 60 months to get the necessary paperwork for workers to move exisitng utility lines. With the new ordinance, that time can be cut almost in half to 24-36 months.   According to a news story on WDRB, Mayor Greg Fischer applauds the council’s move….

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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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Louisville KY metro council chief to not seek re-election

  Photos from David Tandy’s Facebook Page Louisville, Ky., – David Tandy, the president of Louisville Metro Council has announced in a letter to media outlets that he will not seek re-election this year.  Citing a desire to spend more time with family and friends and to explore new business opportunities, Tandy said he has been honored to serve the city’s Fourth District. Here is a copy of the letter: After careful thought and consideration, as well as conversations with family and close friends, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Louisville Metro Council in 2016. It’s been…

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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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Two Louisville Ky council members ask Frankfort to increase minimum wage

Louisville, Ky., – Two members of the Louisville Metro Council are sponsoring a resolution which calls on Kentucky lawmakers to pass an increase in the minimum wage during the 2016 legislative session. Councilman David James (D-6) and Councilman Brent Ackerson (D-26) are co-sponsors of the resolution. “We are seeing positive benefits to the action the Council took last December and it is time that all low-income and hard working men and women benefit by increasing the minimum wage,” says James. “The indications are all positive on the impact of the increase. Our unemployment rate continues to decline and families are…