Nighttime safety, golf courses and taxes on diapers, menstrual products – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Following the lead of cities like Providence, RI and Nashville, Louisville Metro will soon release guidance for night businesses on how to keep their customers and the public safe.

The Metro Board unanimously approved a resolution, sponsored by Democrats Cassie Chambers Armstrong of District 8 and Council Chairman David James of District 6, directing the city’s economic development agency to compile a list of best practices for bars and clubs within 90 days. The city will provide the non-binding report to all businesses with extended hours liquor licenses, and it should be updated periodically.

Chambers Armstrong, who represents the Highlands, told the council’s public safety committee last month that the resolution arose from conversations that began late last summer between city officials and business owners. . Around this time there were three shootings along Bardstown Road in the space of three months, all taking place in the early hours of the morning.

“After that, we all got together and said, ‘What can we do to learn from each other, learn from other cities, and learn from other types of businesses about what we can do to make sure that we put public safety first,” she said.

Chambers Armstrong first floated the idea of temporarily pushing Louisville’s last call to 2 a.m. from 4 a.m. Although the proposal received support from Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields, many bar and restaurant owners opposed it. Chambers Armstrong ultimately backed down the proposal in favor of increasing fines and enforcement against problematic bars and drafting the guidance document.

A draft best practice report addresses a range of safety issues, including de-escalating fights, CCTV and training employees on sexual assault prevention.

New rules for closing golf courses

Council approved a new set of requirements for Metro Parks and Recreation officials and community groups who want to close or repurpose any of the city’s 10 municipal golf courses.

The ordinance approved Thursday night, sponsored by District 14 council member Cindi Fowler, establishes a new process for closing or repurposing a city-owned course. It requires at least two public meetings, a request for proposals and final approval by a majority of Metro Council members.

Fowler, a Democrat, is a strong supporter of Louisville’s public golf courses, which have lost profitability in recent years. In an interview with WFPL News last month, Fowler argued that it was a slippery slope from closing Cherokee to eliminating all municipal golf courses in Louisville.

“All the courses were in the red except for three of them,” she said. “You go back 10 years and every one of them is losing money, maybe we should shut them all down?”

She and other members of the parks and sustainability committee rejected an April proposal by Chambers Armstrong to close the Cherokee golf course, which is in her district. Parks and Recreation executives backed an Olmsted Parks Conservancy plan for Cherokee Park to absorb the adjacent golf course.

A Parks and Recreation survey earlier this year showed majority support for the Olmsted plan, with supporters saying the nine-hole course was underused and a drain on Louisville’s municipal golf system, which shares profits and losses between runs. Financial statements showed the Cherokee course has lost money for nine of the past 10 years, and the city has struggled to find a third-party manager since 2019.

The Parks and Sustainability Committee voted in june not to close the golf course. Instead, they removed some qualification requirements for external managers and reissued an RFP.

In addition to requiring public meetings, Fowler’s order bars park officials from using a course’s profitability numbers before 2020 as justification for the closure. It also requires the city to seek bids for private course managers every five years.

Metro Council calls on state to eliminate tax on diapers and menstrual products

The Council also voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions asking the Kentucky General Assembly to exempt diapers and menstrual products such as tampons and sanitary napkins from the 6% sales tax of the State.

Proponents argued that this would ease the financial burden on poor women and mothers who buy these basic necessities. Kentucky is considered a very poor state, with more people living below the federal poverty line than the national average. Supporters have also said ensuring that women and children can change diapers or menstrual products regularly is a health concern.

Louisville State Rep. Attica Scott, a Democrat, has introduced bills to eliminate sales tax on such products since 2018, but other lawmakers have declined to debate the legislation. The General Assembly Legislative Research Committee estimated that eliminating taxes on diapers and menstrual products would cost the state nearly $9 million a year in lost tax revenue. Kentucky currently has a budget of $14 billion.

Michael C. Ford