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Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith will host a series of three meetings in District 4 with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) for discussion of MSD’s recently completed 20-year Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan.

“These meetings are designed to offer information to the public as to how MSD plans to address future needs in the areas of wastewater, stormwater and flood protection infrastructure,” says Sexton Smith. “And most importantly how the agency intends to pay for the improvements.”

Three meetings have been scheduled in the district for the month of April from 6:00pm to 8:00pm:

  • April 6th at Copper and Kings, 1121 E. Washington Street
  • April 19th at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut Street
  • April 24th at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut Street

At the encouragement of the Metro Council, MSD officials have been hosting public discussions throughout Metro Louisville to give the public more information about what is needed to maintain health and safety with regard to flooding issues and other infrastructure needs by hosting meetings to discuss proposed future projects and rate increases.

MSD’s 20-year Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan contains a breakdown of the critical risks in six areas:

1. Ohio River flood protection system;

2. Stormwater drainage and inland flooding;

3. Viaducts;

4. Crumbling sewer infrastructure;

5. Wastewater treatment facilities; and

6. Consent decree and support systems

The estimated cost solutions total $4.3 billion over the next 20 years, including almost $500 million to satisfy the existing federal Consent Decree to reduce sewer overflows. The full plan is online at:

“As many of us know, the Central Business District boarders the Ohio River. Butchertown and the Russell Neighborhood, like many other areas, are dealing with stormwater runoff and sewer concerns,” says Sexton Smith. “It is a way to find out what MSD has planned and express your opinion about how the community should approach these concerns.”

For more information about the three MSD Community Meetings, contact Councilwoman Sexton Smith’s office at 574-1104.