In light of recent destruction caused by severe weather and tornadoes in the midwest, Louisville Metro Government officials are reminding citizens the city’s alert systems. Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging Louisvillians to purchase weather radios or subscribe to text message alerts from media outlets. “A text alert could waken you,” Fischer says “but it could… Continue reading Mayor, MetroSafe Remind Citizens of Emergency Alerts
Louisville Metro Government’s Merger 2.0 task force will hold its last public hearing tonight. The panel was assembled earlier this year to assess the first eight years of merger and recommend changes to city operations and to the state law that allowed merger to happen. There have been three public hearings so far to allow… Continue reading Final Merger 2.0 Public Hearing is Today
The task force was formed earlier this year to study what has and has not worked since the 2003 city-county merger. Two key issues are urban services and fire protection. Currently, residents of the old city pay higher taxes and receive extra services. The panel will likely figure out whether those services could reasonably extended to the suburbs, where they are currently provided by small cities or private companies.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will meet with residents of the Rubbertown neighborhood Monday evening.
The meeting comes a week after an explosion and fire at the Carbide Industries plant that killed two workers and closed streets in the area for hours.
On WFPL’s State of Affairs Thursday, Fischer discussed: the city budget; Metro Government’s response to recent industrial accidents in Rubbertown and Butchertown; the future of Whiskey Row; and his thoughts on Metro Council discretionary spending. You can listen to the full interview here.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will appear on WFPL’s State of Affairs today. Fischer will discuss the city’s response to an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Rubbertown and Wednesday’s ammonia leak at the JBS Swift meat packing plant in Butchertown.
Mayor Fischer’s appointees include the Mayor of Prospect, the Anchorage and Jeffersontown Fire Chiefs and members of the mayor’s administration.
The panel also includes critics of merger, including State Representative Darryl Owens.
Fischer announced a new center to develop businesses that focus on elderly care in Nucleus, University of Louisville’s life sciences campus.
The meetings were meant to give citizens a chance to weigh in on the budget before the mayor finishes drafting it. Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says he was hoping to hear about wasteful spending that could be cut, but instead, most people suggested the city spend more money.
“Oh yeah, by far. Collectively, we’ve probably had 300 people at the various budget hearings and probably 98% of them have been asking for money instead of suggesting ways to reduce the budget,” he says.
Previous budgets with comparable shortfalls have led to furloughs and layoffs for city employees. Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says that’s possible again for the next fiscal year, though the mayor hopes to avoid such cuts.