Wednesday January 17, 2018
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Solid waste collection services will be altered under the following schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks:

  • Garbage/yard waste/recycling
    • There will be no residential garbage, yard waste or recycling collection on Monday, December 25 or Monday, January 1 within in the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits). Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Monday will have service instead on Tuesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 2. The Tuesday-Friday schedule will also be delayed by one day.
    • Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies for holiday collection schedules.
  • Staffed Recycling Centers
    • These centers will be closed Saturday December 23, Monday December 25, Saturday December 30 and Monday January 1:
      • East District Public Works Yard  595 N. Hubbards Lane
      • Metro Parks Landscaping 9300 Whipps Mill Road
      • Southwest Government Center  7219 Dixie Highway
      • Central Government Center  7201 Outer Loop
      • Waste Reduction Center 636 Meriwether Avenue
  • HAZ BIN Hazardous Waste Facility 7501 Grade Lane
    • Closed Saturday, December 23 and Saturday December 30

Louisville Metro has joined the nationwide “Smart911” service, which allows residents, businesses, and visitors to provide information to 9-1-1 dispatchers in advance of emergencies.

The free Smart911 service allows individuals and businesses to create online safety profiles with home, workplace, mobile phone numbers, along with additional information that would be valuable to 911 operators and first responders during an emergency. This information often includes home or work addresses, details about medical conditions, pets, and emergency contacts. Users are prompted to update their safety profiles every six months to ensure their information remains accurate.

Smart911 safety profiles are kept confidential and secure, and are only available to trained 911 operators in participating 9-1-1 centers across the country. This allows dispatchers to access profile information for traveling mobile phone users, and makes it easy for landline customers to update profiles with new numbers after moving.

Residents can sign up for LENSAlert and complete their Smart911 safety profile by visiting and clicking on “Sign up for emergency alerts.” A simple way to sign up on your smartphone is to text “LENSAlert” to 67283 – this will automatically opt you in to emergency alerts and a link will be sent in a text message to complete your safety profile.

Mayor Fischer announced yesterday that he is creating a task force to review city policies and procedures in dealing with homeless encampments.

The new Homeless Encampment Task Force will be led by Eric Friedlander, the city’s Chief Resilience Officer, and will include representatives from the Coalition for the Homeless, St. John’s Center, LMPD, Metro Corrections and Metro’s Office for Resilience and Community Services.

“The way that Louisville Metro Government takes on challenges, from economic development to public safety to sustainability, is to bring people who have different perspectives together around a common purpose,” the Mayor said. “The task force will help us find better ways to serve our homeless citizens.”

Mayor Fischer also announced his support for Metro Councilman Bill Hollander’s homeless protection ordinance, which, among other procedures, would mandate 21-day notices before clearing out homeless encampments. And the Mayor said he is suspending all operations clearing out homeless encampments until after the ordinance passes and/or updated procedures are in place.

The goal, he said, “is to build on the success we’ve had in reducing homelessness in our city.” For example:

  • The Long Term Housing Division of Resilience and Community Services subsidizes housing and provides case management for over 400 citizens who used to be homeless.
  • In 2014, Mayor Fischer joined mayors across America in signing the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and, working with the Coalition for the Homeless and other agencies, secured housing for all 360 homeless veterans known at the time, achieving “functional zero” by November 2015. The city now has procedures in place to house homeless veterans as soon as they are identified, and remains at “functional zero” for homeless veterans.
  • On Aug. 1, the Coalition for the Homeless and a team of local service providers and community leaders launched the 100-Day Challenge: To house at least 100 homeless youth and young adults in our city by Nov. 8. The city exceeded the goal, housing 115 youth within those 100 days.

Citing Metro government budgetary pressures and reductions in state and federal funding for such work, the Mayor also today urged all citizens and private organizations to step up and help out, by volunteering time and donating funds to help the homeless.

“Every human being who finds themselves living on our streets is an individual with their own story and their own needs. And we want to treat them with dignity, respect and compassion, and do everything we can to help them get the resources they need,” he said. “That’s a shared community goal, and it will take the work of all of us to realize that goal.”

He encouraged people to find out more by going to the Coalition for the Homeless website, at

If you want to be a good neighbor and a good business owner, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) announces the next South Central Regional Forum will focus on Metro Codes & Regulations on Wednesday, December 20th.

“One of the most confusing issues we have to deal with in Metro Louisville is code enforcement,” says Flood. “Many times property owners and business owners do not fully understand what is expected of them when it comes to property maintenance.”

The forum is set for the new South Central Regional Library at 7400 Jefferson Boulevard from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Metro Code Enforcement Officers will be on hand to discuss how to follow the local property maintenance ordinances that are on the books in the city. Those ordinances deal with everything from grass cutting to safety issues for the public when it comes to property.

“This is a chance to talk with the people who enforce all of our codes and get a better understanding of how to file a complaint if you have a problem property in your neighborhood,” says Flood.

These forums are sponsored by Councilwoman Flood and Council members James Peden (R-23), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and Barbara Shanklin (D-2).

For more information about the next South Central Regional Forum, then contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124.

The holiday season is a reminder that the coldness of winter is at hand. In the cold months ahead, there are children in Metro Louisville in need of a warm coat or jacket.

The Louisville Metro Council is encouraging every person and business in Louisville Metro to join the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and United Auto Workers and donate a new coat or jacket to a child in need.

“This is the season of giving and there are children in our area who need our help in staying warm this winter,” says President David Yates (D-25). “I am asking every business in our city to join our efforts this holiday. I thank the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and the UAW for partnering with the entire Metro Council to help our community.”

The goal of the coat drive is to accept as many new coats for children as possible.

The Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and the UAW are partnering with the Louisville Metro Council with a donation of 100 new puffer jackets to be distributed to children throughout our community. Craig and Landreth Cars, Miller Transportation, Shirley’s Way, ESPN Radio 680 Louisville and Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Organization, Inc. have been working together to purchase additional new coats to contribute to this community effort.

Greater Louisville Central Labor Council President and local chapter of the United Auto Workers President Todd Dunn says, “In our community, too many families have a large problem fulfilling the basic need of warmth. This problem is larger than any one of us, that’s why our union family is proud to do our part and join together to provide warmth and a little Christmas spirit.”

On Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00am in the 3rd Floor Council Chambers of Historic City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street, the Metro Council will welcome representatives from each of the businesses and organizations to stand together and to distribute the donated coats to representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio will accept the donated coats and ensure they are given to the students of JCPS schools that need them the most.

“On behalf of JCPS students and their families, I’d like to thank Council President Yates and the Louisville Metro Council for donating coats to our students in need,” said JCPS Acting Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio. “These coats will go directly to our students who need them the most. We know that when students have their basic needs met, they are more likely to attend school and be engaged in the classroom.”

After December 19th, the Metro Council will continue to accept new coats. All donations should be addressed to the Office of the President and can be dropped off on the first floor of City Hall.

For more information on how to donate a coat or be a part of the December 19th event, please contact President David Yates’ office at 502-574-1125 or via email at

The Metro Council thanks all of the great businesses and organizations working together to help the children in our community.

Mike Mulrooney with Shirley’s Way:

“Shirley’s Way is 100% behind the Metro Council and President Yates and will collect as many new coats from our Shirley’s Way family to help make sure all kids in our community stay warm this year.”

Greg Miller with Miller Transportation:

“We are especially thankful to be given this opportunity to support our city. Miller Transportation is a local, family-owned business. We will do everything we can to support the children in our community.”

Chris Hiser with Craig & Landreth Cars:

“When our friend David Yates contacted us to help our community we at Craig & Landreth were more than happy to step up. We support the Metro Council and the other great businesses and organizations for pitching in for this great cause.”

Dawn Yates with ESPN Radio 680 Louisville:

“ESPN is thrilled to provide over fifty new coats to the children all over Louisville. We are dedicated to our great sports fans and listeners throughout the city this winter season.”

The Louisville Metro Council has selected Vitalis Lanshima as the new District 21 Councilman from a field of 13 applicants during its regular meeting on Thursday, December 14th.

“I want to thank you for this opportunity and I am here to serve the people of my district,” said Lanshima following the vote. “This is realizing the American dream for me.”

He took the oath of office with his wife Beth by his side. The Oath was administered by Jefferson District Court Judge Jessica Moore.

The Councilman is a sitting Adjunct Professor at Bellarmine University.

To learn more about District 21’s new Councilman, follow this link:

Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge is ready to bring holiday cheer to the children of District 3 and their families with the Annual District 3 Holiday Party and Toy Give – A – Way is set for Saturday, December 16th.

“I look forward every holiday season to making sure the children of our area have a wonderful Christmas,” says Woolridge. “Our holiday party is designed to make sure no child is forgotten during this season of giving.”

The District 3 Holiday Party and Toy Give-A-Way will take place on Saturday, December 16th at the C. E. Kirby Center, 2308 Algonquin Parkway which is adjacent to Southern Star Baptist Church.  The party gets underway from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 PM.

There will be fun, refreshments and entertainment.

Councilwoman Woolridge will have more than 200 toys to be given away along with candy and other items. The party is for children between the ages of four and thirteen. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
“I hope every deserving child in our area will come and join us as we spread joy and some fun during this holiday season,” says Woolridge.

For more information about the Annual District 3 Holiday Party and Toy Give-A-Way, contact Councilwoman Woolridge’s office at 574-1103.