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The Metro Council’s appointed Triumvirate has reviewed the complaints against Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson and has removed him from office thus creating a vacancy within the 21 District Office of the Metro Council.

“The Council Court Triumvirate has rendered its decision, I want to thank the members and I join them in saying the Louisville Metro Council is sending a strong message that we will not tolerate sexual harassment or a hostile work environment at City Hall,” said Metro Council President David Yates (D-25). “It is now time to move forward. I want to assure the residents of District 21 their issues and concerns will be listened to and the Metro Council will help them as we move through this transition.”

Now that the Triumvirate has made its decision, and in accordance with the requirements of state law, the Metro Council Clerk is required to announce the vacancy and process for persons seeking to be appointed District 21 Council member. The following notice is posted in City Hall (601 W Jefferson Street) and available on the Metro Council Website:

From the Office of the Metro Council Clerk


KRS 67C.103(12) states that in the event of a vacancy, “council shall elect a qualified resident of the council district not later than thirty (30) days after the date the vacancy occurs.”  KRS 67C.103(6) defines a qualified person as “at least eighteen (18) years old, a qualified voter, and a resident within the territory of the consolidated local government and the district that he or she seeks to represent for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the person’s election.”


The Rules of the Louisville Metro Council sections 10.01, 10.02, 10.08, 10.09, 10.10 & 10.11 set forth the rules and procedures when a vacancy occurs on Metro Council.  Pursuant to Rule 10.02, the 21th District Metro Council Seat is declared vacant as of November 17, 2017.


Rule 10.08 states: “Within seven (7) days after a vacancy shall have occurred on the Council, qualified persons interested in being appointed pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes to the vacant seat shall submit a resume to the Clerk of the Council.”


All persons interested in filing for the 21st District Metro Council seat, who meet the criteria stated above in KRS 67C.103(5-6), should submit a resume via US Postal Service or email to the Clerk of the Louisville Metro Council no later than close of business day on November 28, 2017 at 5:00PM.  The post mark date will be the date stamp for USPS mail.  Resumes sent via email will receive confirmation from the Clerk.  Please include all contact information on submitted resumes.


Pursuant to Rule 10.09:  “The members of the Council shall review any resumes so submitted and shall indicate in writing to the Clerk the name of any applicant who that member wishes to be personally interviewed at a special meeting of the Council, which shall be duly called pursuant to these rules and held not less than seven (7) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the vacancy.”


Metro Council will then assemble during a regular or special meeting of the council to hold a vote “not less than (7) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the occurrence of the vacancy” to “fill the vacancy from among the qualified persons interviewed, or as provided by state statute.”  See KRS 67C.103(12), Rules 10.10 & 10.11.


The person chosen by Metro Council to hold the District 21 Metro Council seat will serve until the end of 2018, pursuant to Section 152 of the Kentucky Constitution. The District 21 Metro Council seat will be on the election ballot on Election Day, November 6, 2018, for the registered voters of District 21 to elect a candidate.  The prevailing candidate will serve a full, four year term.


H. Stephen Ott
Clerk of the Louisville Metro Council
First Floor, Room 101
601 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

A talent contest to save a theater brings together a wide variety of talented animals performing popular song favorites when “Sing” closes out another great season of Free Summer Movies at Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, August 12th at 8:00pm.

“This is a great movie to help close out ten years of the Free Summer Movie program that began as a way to showcase one of the best entertainment venues in the area,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “Once again, Iroquois Amphitheater has delighted audiences and introduced people to Iroquois Park.”

“Sing” focuses on the efforts of Buster, a koala, who tries to save his late father’s theater. He decides to hold a talent contest and a wide range of talented animals come forth to audition and save his father’s legacy. The 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the Metro Council over these past ten years. With the Council’s help, we have enjoyed entertaining thousands of families at the Iroquois Amphitheatre with the Free Summer Movies program over that time,” says Seve Ghose, Director of Metro Parks. “We forward to their Council continued support over these next ten years and beyond.”

The Free Summer Movies program is made possible by several Metro Council members. For the 2017 movie season, more than 5,000 people attended the free films that were shown on Monday and Saturday nights. The final Monday night film will be The Legend of Tarzan on August 14th. Joining Councilwoman Butler as sponsors this year are Council Members Rick Blackwell (D-12) Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Dan Johnson (D-21) President David Yates (D-25), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), David James (D-6), Cindi Fowler (D- 14), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), Angela Leet (R-7), Pat Mulvihill (D-10), Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4), Bill Hollander (D-9), Robin Engel (R-22), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Madonna Flood (D-24), and James Peden (R-23).

Concessions are available. No outside food is permitted. Iroquois Amphitheater is located at 1080 Amphitheater Road, off New Cut Road. To learn more about events at Iroquois Amphitheater, call 502-368-5865.

Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer and Metro Council representatives will  host a community meeting tonight from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library located at 9725 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40272.

The PVA community meetings are part of a broader strategy by Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer to keep the community informed by disseminating important information on the local real estate market and to provide transparency in the assessment process.  There will be information on the upcoming 2017 PVA reassessment.  Maps and sales data will be available for citizen review.

The community meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

A proposed liquor store on South Shelby Street will be the subject of an important community meeting hosted by Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) and  Councilman Pat Mulvihill (D-10) on Tuesday, March 21st.

“There have been concerns raised by many neighborhood residents and businesses as to how appropriate this proposed liquor store is for this area of District 4,” says Sexton Smith. “This meeting will be a chance for anyone to voice their concerns and hear how others feel about this proposal as we move forward.”

The proposed store would be located at 1496 South Shelby St. While the actual location is in District 4, it would be right across the street from District 10.

“We all want to see good economic development in our neighborhoods but is this proposed store the right kind of economic development,” says Mulvihill. “If there is opposition to this store, then we want to make sure everyone knows what the options are to keep it from happening.”

The neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 21, 2017 at St Elizabeth School Cafeteria. St Elizabeth is located in the 1020 block of East  Burnett Ave, just about two blocks from the proposed liquor store.

For more information about the community meeting, contact Councilwoman Sexton Smith’s office at 574-1104 or Councilman Mulvihill’s office at 574-1110.

MetroCouncilOn Saturday, February 25th, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4) and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will join the family, friends and others touched by the late Michael T. White and unveil an honorary sign at 22nd and Jefferson Streets to commemorate his life and legacy in Metro Louisville.

“Michael White had a significant impact on many people here through his businesses and community service. He took a personal struggle, turned his life around and in doing so helped many people deal with their addiction and start new lives,” says Sexton Smith. “He was a businessman, community advocate, and philanthropist who received numerous honors and awards. He was also a family man and friend to many.”

This Saturday, Michael White’s life and service to Louisville Metro will be honored and memorialized at 22nd and Jefferson Street going west to 24th and Jefferson Street will be designated as “Michael T. White Street.”

Mr. White was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied business at Lindsey Wilson College and Yarmuth University.

However there was a low point in his life when addictions nearly destroyed him and his family. He made a fateful decision to enter recovery, follow through with rehab, take it one day at a time and recover.

It was that recovery that led to his founding of America’s Finest Filter which today employees 21 people in Louisville.

The honorary sign will be displayed in the area where he had a major impact on the lives of others. He was Co-Founder of Our Father’s House, which today is a rehab and recovery program located in the 2300 block of Jefferson Street.

He was also Co-Founder of The Token Club, Co-Founder of Reno and White, Co-Founder of Divine Steps, and Founder of WF Development and the Kentucky Recovery Resource Center.

“He left us too soon but his work in our community is an example we need now more than ever as we deal with a drug problem that is affecting our families and safety,” says Hamilton. “Let Michael White’s example show all of us that people need and deserve a second chance and something to believe in.”

The formal unveiling will take place at the corner of 24th and Jefferson Streets beginning at 1:00pm.

By a unanimous vote, The Louisville Metro Council last week approved a resolution of support for any future expansion of the National Basketball Association in Metro Louisville.

“There is every indication the NBA may be ready to move forward with expansion team possibilities in the future and I think it is in our best interest to show that our city would fully support any new effort,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21), the primary sponsor of the Resolution.

The resolution highlights the city’s love of the sport of basketball and points out the city has the facilities to accommodate a new NBA franchise. The resolution says the KFC YUM! Center is one of the best arenas in the country and the NBA would be an enhancement to local businesses and the city’s economy.

Last week, Johnson told the Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee that the recently finalized collective bargaining agreement agreed upon by the NBA and players mentions expansion over 100 times.

“There are many cities that are now beginning to send a message to the NBA that they would be supportive of any future expansion. We should always be prepared to be in the hunt,” said Johnson.

The resolution simply states, “That Metro Louisville would support an NBA/WNBA basketball franchise and the economic development it would bring to our community.”

The resolution passed with bipartisan support.

Mayor Fischer joined Councilwoman Marianne Butler to break ground on Bywater Development Group’s rehabilitation of the former Jacob School buildings in south Louisville. The comprehensive, historic redevelopment will create 58 affordable senior apartments.

The two historic school buildings will be completely rehabbed, producing high-quality, energy-efficient apartments as well as the creation of common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab and other program areas.

“The seniors living in these units will not only have a safe, affordable place to live but the community will also be glad to know that these historic buildings will be put back to productive use,” Fischer said. “I am proud to see that the former Jacob School, a landmark in in the neighborhood, will be making an impact in the neighborhood once more.”

“This day has been long awaited. I thank Bywater for their perseverance and the neighborhood for their faith that help was coming,” Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15, said. “It has been a long journey that is about to begin its second phase of bringing life back to this building and positive vibes for the neighborhood.”

“We are very excited to be starting the rehabilitation of Jacob School. Without the patience and support of Louisville Metro Government and their commitment to the revitalization of this former community anchor, we would not have been able to achieve this great outcome for the neighborhood and for the future senior residents of this great historic property,” Bywater Development Group President Aaron Burnett said. “We are proud to be a part of bringing this property back to its rightful position of prominence in the neighborhood.”

The sustainable development will feature enhanced accessibility measures including an elevator, step less building entry, ADA compliant routes of movement and fully accessible bathrooms so senior residents can live comfortably and conveniently. New energy efficient equipment, such as EnergyStar appliances and lighting fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC heat pumps, a cool reflective roof, water-saving faucets and showers, high R-Value foam roof insulation, and a unique high-performing storm water management plan will help enhance the affordability of the apartments by keeping utility costs low. The site will also maintain the existing tree canopy, include the planting of new shade trees and add community garden plots.

Funding for the project was made available by Louisville Metro, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, and state and federal historic tax credits.

The Charles D. Jacob Elementary School was built in 1912 and added onto in 1932. The school was an anchor for the neighborhood until its closing in 1991. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.