Monday, July 13, 2009

July District 12 Dialogue to Focus on Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation focus of July District 12 Dialogue
Meeting set for Rockford lane Baptist Church on July 21st

Louisville—How important is historic preservation to Metro Louisville in the 21st Century? What are some of the challenges of progress versus remembering the past?
Those questions will be the focus of July’s District 12 Dialogue set for Tuesday, July 21st at the Rockford Lane Baptist Church, 2006 Rockford Lane. The meeting begins at 7:00pm.
“Historic Preservation is something that local government must be aware of when we are talking about zoning or economic development,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “However, many may not be aware of what goes into local preservations efforts.”
Richard Jett, who is now Historic Preservation Officer for Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, will be the featured speaker at the Dialogue. Jett has been involved with historic preservation prior to the merger of the city and county government sin 2003.
“District 12 has many old, small family cemeteries. It is my hope this dialogue will help educate our residents on guidelines and laws concerning them,” says Blackwell.
Joining Jett at the meeting will be representatives from the Division of Licensing and Permits, Neighborhoods LMPD and MSD to answer questions about programs or concerns. A representative of Congressman John Yarmuth's office will also be in attendance.
For more information about the July District 12 Dialogue, contact Councilman Blackwell's office at 574-1112.

Monday Political Roundup

- Marty Meyer, the Democratic candidate for State Senate in Kentucky's 38th District, has raised an impressive $31,500 for his upcoming race against long-time incumbent Dan Seum according to his quarterly report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. It is becoming clear that this will be a race for those of us in Southwest Louisville to watch closely, as Seum has never faced such a qualified and well-funded opponent.

- 25th District Metro Council candidate David Yates officially kicked off his campaign this Saturday with a well-attended and tightly organized fund raiser. It was a huge success for the young and talented Yates, who is seeking his first political office. Residents of the district can expect a strong challenge to the silly partisan rhetoric that currently passes for leadership in the 25th.

- Food For Thought: Governor Steve Beshear was a partner at the law firm of Stites & Harbison. That law firm was recently retained by the Cordish Co., the company that has refused to explain where all the city money ($950,000) went when Cordish remodeled a bowling alley at 4th Street Live. Mayor Abramson, who is said to be a lock for Lt. Governor along side Beshear, has accepted Cordish's explanation of the shady deal. Connect the dots. I'm just saying.....