Monday, June 29, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Recap: WEBSITES!

As promised (albeit late), here is a list of websites John Hawkins with Center for Neighborhoods presented at our Ice Cream Social last week - plus some!  Click on the yellow link to visit the website.  We added this list to the "Useful Links" tab at the top of the page for quick reference in the future.

Thank you so much to John for putting together such an informative presentation.  If you have any questions for John, shoot him an email at

The Metro Louisville website connects you to services and information from your city government, including the Mayor’s Homepage, Metro Council information, Metro departments and agencies, Metro TV and newsroom, maps, MetroCall 311, construction permit information, event permitting, and more.

  • Codes and Regulations
    •  Information regarding property maintenance violations, Property Maintenance Map-It tool, and other services.  Keyword Search: Property Maintenance
  • MetroCall 311
    •  It’s the place where you can request a service, offer a suggestion, ask a question, share an opinion, or register a complaint relating to city services and events. Keyword Search: MetroCall
    • MetroCall 311 Smartphone App – Available for iPhone and Android, The app allows you to submit service requests on the fly, including reporting potholes, issues with traffic signals, reporting a stray animal, drainage issue, garbage and recycling information and much, much more.
    • Subscribe to Metro Government emails (Metro Council, Planning and Design, Special Events, etc.). Text/email alerts for Junk Pickup days now available. Keyword Search: MetroCall Subscribe

  • LouieStat
    • Performance evaluation statistics of Metro Government departments.

  • VapStat
    • This website is a one stop shop for citizens to learn about the programs and resources available through Metro to: prevent abandonment; ensure that properties are maintained according to Code via enforcement tools; and to support property redevelopment through acquisition and sale of properties. 

LOJIC - The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) is a multi-agency effort to build and maintain a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve all of Louisville Metro, Kentucky.  Accessible interactive maps can be found at this link and include:

·       Interactive Online Maps which feature:
Property Lines
Streams, wetlands, flood prone areas
Streets, bike routes
Historic Districts
TARC Routes
City/Municipal Boundaries
Planning Districts

·       Where do I vote?
·       Snow Routes/Status
·       Geodetic Control
The 2012 Base Mapping (Buildings, Edges of Pavement, Contours, etc.) for Bullitt, Jefferson, and Oldham Counties are now available for viewing via the LOJIC Online Map as well as several data layers available for Southern Indiana.

The Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s office is the largest PVA office in Kentucky.  The PVA’s mission is to assess all property equitably, maintain accurate parcel information and provide outstanding customer service.
Duties and tasks of the PVA include appraisal of all real estate in the county for listing on the property assessment roll, tracking ownership changes, maintaining maps, updating building characteristics, and administering proper exemptions for real property.  This is a subscription-based service that can be accessed free of charge at any Louisville Free Public Library branch (library card required).
The Jefferson County Clerk provides online access to land records, delinquent property tax records, and other legal documents, as well as motor vehicle registration and voter information.
Jefferson Circuit Court Commissioner’s Office provides information about court sales of foreclosure properties, including results of past sales.
The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is the primary property tax collector in Jefferson County. Other services available online include sex offender search, process paper search, and community services information. is an online tool that helps LMPD provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. It’s goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better informed citizenry. Creating more self reliance among community members is a great benefit to community oriented policing efforts everywhere and has been proven effective in combating crime.

The Kentucky Secretary of State website provides numerous online services and forms with access to information about:
  • Business Records - issues certificates of existence, authorization, and certified copies of the original document on file with the Secretary of State. 
  • Business Filings - administers the incorporation of businesses, both domestic and foreign, profit and nonprofit, including the administration of documents of merger, dissolution, name changes, and certain stock matters.  This office is entrusted with filing, maintaining, and preserving certain historically significant documents and public records of the Commonwealth.  These records include organizational documents for more than 100,000 corporations doing business in Kentucky and trademarks and service marks.
  •  Elections - As Chairman of the State Board of Elections, the Secretary is responsible, along with members of the state board, for maintaining a complete roster of all qualified registered voters within the state by county and precinct; for furnishing each county clerk with a master list of all registered voters in the county; and for maintaining all information furnished to the state board regarding the inclusion or deletion of names from the voting roster.  Also, the Secretary of State is the filing official for candidates seeking statewide office or an office to be voted for by the electors of more than one county; for members of Congress; members of the General Assembly and for all judicial candidates.
  • State Land Office - the place of record for all land grants, warrants, surveys, and other similar transactions.
In addition, the Secretary of State is the keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and maintains records of all official acts of the Governor as well as all legislation passed by the General Assembly, appoints notaries public, and in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, issues Kentucky Colonel Commissions. 

GuideStarA public charity website that provides nonprofit information to a broad audience at no cost.  They gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations to facilitate connections and support, and provide access to IRS Form 990 filed by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Social Networking Sites

FacebookA social networking website launched in 2004.  Facebook users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by neighborhoods, HOA’s, community groups, schools, etc. Anyone over the age of 13 can become a Facebook user.

TwitterA social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.

NextDoor - Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. People are using Nextdoor to:

·  Quickly get the word out about a break-in
·  Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
·  Track down a trustworthy babysitter
·  Find out who does the best paint job in town
·  Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
·  Find a new home for an outgrown bike
·  Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

 Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

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