King Proposes Ordinance to Regulate Concrete Ad Benches

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King, D-10, has sponsored an ordinance to regulate concrete ad benches that have sprouted up on major thoroughfares across the city. The advertisements are often placed on a corner or near the sidewalk without approval from Metro Government. Several city lawmakers have complained the benches are placed with no regard […]

LMPD Chief Challenges Residents to ‘Do Their Part’ Combating Crime

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad told the Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday his goal is to make the city the safest in America, but budget constraints mean residents must do their part to make neighborhoods safer. The chief has met with several community groups and local leaders since being sworn-in earlier this month […]

Council Budget Panel Approves $10.8 Million Payment to KRS

The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee reluctantly approved a $10.8 million payment to the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The figure is a compromise between Mayor Greg Fischer and KRS officials for interest the state did not receive from the city due to back pay owed to firefighters since 1985. Because the firefighters were underpaid the city […]

Council Delays $10.8 Million Payment to State Pension System

Despite pressure from Mayor Greg Fischer, the Louisville Metro Council voted to delay a $10.8 million penalty assessed by the Kentucky Employee Retirement System for not paying into the system during the firefighter overtime lawsuit. The figure is a compromise between the Fischer administration and state pension officials stemming from a lawsuit filed by current […]

Tandy Wants More Minority Business on Fourth Street Live

Louisville Metro Councilman David Tandy, D-4, is encouraging Mayor Greg Fischer and the Cordish Companies to put more minority-owned businesses in Fourth Street Live. The push comes weeks after Fischer backed Tandy’s proposal to give the Baltimore-based developer an $850,000 forgivable loan to move a new tenant into office space nearby the entertainment district. The […]

James Requests Conrad Testify Before Public Safety Panel

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad is now official on the job, and a city lawmaker wants the new chief to testify before the Metro Council’s Public Safety committee. Conrad was sworn-in on Monday by Mayor Greg Fischer as only the second person to serve as chief since the city and county governments merged. He […]

Scott Partners With Legal Aid Society for Ask-a-Lawyer Clinic

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott, D-1, is partnering with the Legal Aid Society to host a clinic for residents addressing foreclosures and expunging criminal records. The panel will discuss the process for settling disputes between landlords and tenants, as well as the process for removing minor offenses from criminal records. In 2010, Jefferson County […]

Fischer Administration Acknowledges Mistakes Over Failed Cordish Loan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration apologized for a botched loan agreement with The Cordish Cos.—the developer of Fourth Street Live—during a Metro Council committee hearing on Tuesday. Last month, Fischer offered up a resolution to give the Baltimore-based company an $850,000 forgivable loan to bring an unnamed tenant to downtown. The legislation was sponsored by […]

Large Turnout for Public Hearing on Louisville’s Landmarks Ordinance

Louisville’s Metro Council will consider public comments received Tuesday from supporters and opponents who staked their positions during a committee hearing on proposed changes to the city’s landmarks ordinance. The proposal would give the council more control over what becomes a historic landmark and would require at least 51 percent of residents who sign a […]

Fischer Orders Study of Fourth Street Live After Failed Cordish Loan

After killing a botched loan agreement with The Cordish Cos. to bring a tenant to its office space, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has ordered an economic development study of Fourth Street Live and its developer. Last month, the mayor backed an ordinance that would have given the Baltimore-based developer an $850,000 forgivable loan in taxpayer […]