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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott says the vacant property cleanup campaign was a success, but it isn’t a solution to the problem.

In addition to being eyesores, vacant properties can bring down property values and blight neighborhoods. Earlier this month, Scott launched the three-day “Cleanup for Christmas” campaign. She used $5,000 of her discretionary funds to pay public works employees to clean up about 30 abandoned properties in west and southwest Louisville.

Scott says constituents are happy with the cleanup, but real change will come when the city can move faster to seize and rehabilitate abandoned houses.

“What I’m doing now is actually meeting with every single department I can think of in the city to jus task the questions: What are we doing about this vacant and abandoned property issue? How can we have a heavier hand on these banks and slum landlords?” she says.

Among the departments and agencies Scott is talking to are” Public Works; Inspections, Permits and Licenses; the Metropolitan Housing Coalition; and the health department.

“Quite frankly, I believe this is a public health issue when I have constituents saying to me ‘I now have mice in my home that I didn’t have before,'” says Scott. “I feel like with all these entities working together, we can find solutions to this issue.”

Many abandoned properties are owned by banks or landlords who live out of town. Scott says the city needs more authority to take over vacant lands and rehabilitate them. She’s also seeking to recoup the costs of her district cleanup from absentee property owners.

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Fischer Again Invites Council Over for Breakfast

by Gabe Bullard December 9, 2011

Once again, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the Metro Council to his house for breakfast. As mayor-elect last year, Fischer invited all 26 council members to his house. However, plans were updated when Fischer was reminded that any meeting with a quorum of council members is technically be a public meeting subject to open […]

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College Football: No BCS Bid For U of L

by Rick Howlett December 3, 2011

The University of Louisville football will not get a bid to a Bowl Championship Series game this season. The Cards’ chance for a BSC bid was foiled today by Cincinnati, which defeated Connecticut 35-27 in the teams’ final regular season game. Under the final Big East Conference standings and BCS rankings, the bid will likely […]

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by Gabe Bullard November 23, 2011

Insight Communications says Metro Government has overreached in its threat to end the cable provider’s contract with the city. Insight’s franchise agreement expired last year, but the provisions have remained in effect as the mayor’s office has negotiated a new contract. After months of negotiations with no agreement, the mayor’s office announced last week it […]

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Louisville-Lexington Partnership Board Named

by Gabe Bullard November 21, 2011

The economic partnership between Louisville and Lexington will be led by a 21-member board of business executives, university presidents and economic development officials. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray named the board of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM, this afternoon. BEAM is meant to foster a regional economic around manufacturing. […]

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by Gabe Bullard November 21, 2011

The partnership between Louisville and Lexington known as BEAM—the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement—will begin to take shape soon. This afternoon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will announce the BEAM board and lead the first board meeting. BEAM has a goal—to attract businesses and jobs to Kentucky, mostly in the manufacturing sector. […]

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City Threatens to End Contract With Insight

by Gabe Bullard November 18, 2011

Louisville Metro Government will cancel its contract with Insight Communications if it can’t reach a new deal over how the cable company operates soon. The city has filed the necessary paperwork to end its agreement with Insight next month unless a new contract is signed. If that happens, the city will look for a new […]

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Fischer Determines Process for Hiring New Chief, Would Prefer Candidate Be Familiar With LMPD

by Gabe Bullard November 14, 2011

The search for a new chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department will require two expert panels, 26 community meetings, outside help from a local institute and a written position paper. Mayor Greg Fischer outlined the search process today, adding that he would prefer the city’s next police chief be promoted from within the department […]

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Candidates Begin Filing for Council Elections

by Gabe Bullard November 14, 2011

Eight District Councilman Tom Owen isn’t surprised another Democrat wants to unseat him. “No one filed for the seat four years ago in either the primary or the general election. I certainly did not assume that I would draw a bye again,” he says. Filing for the 2012 elections began last week. Community activist Curtis […]

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Fischer, Scott to Hold Community Meetings This Week

by Gabe Bullard November 14, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and several members of his staff will take questions from the public this evening. The regular “Talk to Greg” forum will be at Atherton High School at 6 pm. The events are held every other month. In August, Fischer held a virtual town hall meeting, with he and his staff fielding […]

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