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Metro Council restores additional junk pickup and street sweeping in Urban Services District beginning in 2014

Thursday December 19, 2013

For Immediate release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
                Stephen Haag 574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville – The Metro Council is happy to announce that 2014 is a year of restoration for residents in the Urban Services District: an additional junk pickup and street sweeping have been added to the Metro Public Works schedule for the coming year.

“After years of seeing services cut due to tight budget times, the Metro Council made it a priority in this year’s budget to restore junk pick up and street sweeping,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), who chairs the Council’s Budget Committee. “The Council gave Public Works the task of making sure this happens by asking them to be creative with $400,000 and see what they could do to make an impact.”

Metro Council designated $400,000 in 2013-2014 Operating Budget to restore either junk pickups or street sweeping in the USD. In September, Public Works reported back to the Council its plan for restoring the services which included hiring more crews for pickup, adjusting route schedules and needed equipment purchases.

“The restoration of services in the Urban Services District has been a priority of this Council and we are pleased that Public Works was able to provide an additional junk pick-up and street sweeping,” said President Jim King (D-10). “Cleaner neighborhoods lead to a better quality of life for the residents and community.”

“The financial management of the city continues to improve which allows more stability in services provided to the community,” said Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16)

“Merged government was approved under the promise that no new taxes would be raised or services cut,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3). “I am glad that the Council is restoring part of the services that were cut.”

Notices of the 2014 pickup schedule will soon be in the mail to homeowners and businesses owners within the USD. The schedule will reflect the two junk pick up dates.

Residents can go online to Louisvilleky.gov and search the 311 Service Lookup Box to see the new dates for junk collection on their street. Residents can also sign up to have a text sent to their cell phone to remind them of the collection time for their street.

“We hope adding these extra junk collection dates may deter some of the illegal dumping we are seeing in the USD,” says Butler.

Cracking down on illegal dumping is another priority the Council has championed over the last several years.

Since 2011, Council members have funded the purchase of several surveillance cameras that Solid Waste Management is using to catch illegal dumping. The cameras are mobile, have the ability to get clear photos the entire length of an alleyway and are rotated throughout many areas of the city where illegal dumping is a problem.

The Council has also enacted a tough ordinance which impounds any vehicle used in the act of illegal dumping. The owner of the impounded vehicle is cited with an illegal dumping fine, must pay cleanup cost, towing and daily storage fees for the vehicle. Metro may keep the vehicle for up to 12 months.

The same ordinance also allows citizens to photograph or record illegal dumping and then report the act to law enforcement and/or Solid Waste Management for prosecution which can lead to impounding the vehicle.