William Summers IV Retiring From Metro Government

After 44 years in city government, Chief Administrative Officer William Summers IV will retire. Summers was most widely known for serving as deputy to former Mayor Jerry Abramson from 1985 to 1999 and again from 2003 to 2010. New Mayor Greg Fischer asked Summers to stay on staff to guide the transition. Summers oversaw police, […]

Fischer Announces Creation of Tree Advisory Board

Louisville’s urban canopy isn’t as dense as other southern cities’, and many of the big trees the city has have been lost to storms and disease. Citing the health and environmental benefits of a healthy tree population, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he’s creating a tree advisory board. The board will be responsible for […]

Safety Violations in KY Mines, Transparency in Contracts between Public Workers & Metro Government, College-Readiness in JCPS Students, Infant Mortality in West Louisville: Afternoon Review

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has cited five Kentucky coal mines for safety violations. They were among 20 nationwide with a history of compliance problems targeted in MSHA’s special impact inspections. An ordinance supported by the majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats would exempt the cost of contracts between public workers and Metro […]

Merger 2.0 Survey Results Revealed

Louisville’s Merger 2.0 Task Force survey results were revealed on Wednesday. Of the five main Metro services, transportation issues produced the most dissatisfaction. The survey measures the public’s response to the services they receive from Metro Government, including police, fire, EMS, waste and transportation. Over 1,000 phone interviews were conducted in July for the survey […]

Merger 2.0 Task Force Requests More Data

The Louisville Merger 2.0 Task Force subcommittee on data and communications met on Wednesday and has asked for more information about Metro Government’s Urban Services District. The task force was formed in January to review the 2003 merger between county and city governments. But because most cities still have separate taxes and separate services, this […]

Metro Government Won’t Apply for Federal Disaster Relief

Residents and business owners in Louisville can apply for federal disaster relief money to cover recent flood damage, but Louisville Metro Government cannot. The floods did not force the city to spend more than $2.4 million in emergency or recovery operations. That’s the threshold Metro Government would have to cross to qualify for federal relief. […]

MSD Still Calculating Cost of Running Pumps

The Ohio River has been higher than average since February, and the Metropolitan Sewer District is starting to pay the price for holding the water back. But Executive Director Bud Schardein says the prevention of flooding has been worth the extra labor and energy costs. “It’s all been what I consider a success,” he says “but […]

Parking Meter Costs, Technology to Change

The cost of on-street parking in downtown Louisville is going up. Starting in July, metered parking will cost one dollar per hour, marking a 25 cent increase. The Parking Authority of River City approved the change this week, and it’s expected to generate a half million dollars in additional revenue each year. But despite the […]

Louisville Officials Calculating Flood Damage, Considering FEMA Aid Request

Louisville Metro Government officials have been surveying flood damage to see if the city qualifies for federal aid. So far, they’ve come up about $1.7 million short. So far, about $600,000 has been spent to keep the city’s flood pumping stations active. An additional $100,000 will likely be required to clean and repair streets. That’s […]

Without State or City Bonds, Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company to Regroup

The park closed last year when Six Flags declared bankruptcy. Hart, who owned the park before Six Flags, then proposed a spate of improvements and a plan to re-open the facility by next summer. Hart’s proposal relied on the General Assembly’s approval of a $50 million bond to finance the renovations.