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Ohio Valley Allergies and Asthma Got You Down?

City of Louisville planting $400,000 worth of tress to alleviate triggers.

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Trees

photo from the Nature Conservancy

If you’re new to Louisville, you might have noticed an increase in your allergies or frequent flare-ups if you suffer from asthma.

AIR Louisville, a collaboration between Propeller Health, Louisville Metro’s Office of Civic Innovation and the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, enrolled more than 1,100 participants in a study to track and manage asthma symptoms. The collected data was then matched to city data on temperature, pollution and other environmental information. The study produced favorable outcomes for participants by allowing more effective management of symptoms resulting in fewer attacks and increased awareness of symptoms.

Based on this data the city plans to make a few changes. The city will reduce pollution by planting approximately $400,000 worth of trees in the metro in the next year. They will also reroute trucks to lower population areas to protect more citizens at risk. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on encouraging residents not to idle cars and to plant more trees on their own property. Taking these steps will help those with asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses by increasing air quality for the city.

Source: Insider Louisville

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Public Funds for Public Safety

It Takes More than Chump Change to See Change

by Mike Hall, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville Metro Police Department Badge

Mayor Greg Fischer recently submitted the proposed budget for approval and one high ticket item for consideration was an increase in funds for public safety.

The total budget was for $839 million with $17 million being directed toward Louisville Metro Police Department. This is a 10.6 percent increase in LMPD’s budget and should lead to an additional 55 positions for the department. This would lead to safer neighborhoods for residents which, aside from being a necessity for quality of life, has the potential to lead to increased business investment and higher property values.

Other items included in the budget dealt with neighborhoods and parks, paving and sidewalks, a new library in the Northeast Jefferson county area, affordable housing and laying fiber for faster Internet connections. The most controversial item in the budget was the fiber network. While council members agreed that the network is necessary, there is some disagreement about the price tag. In order to mitigate the cost the project was split into two phases and passed.

Source: The Courier-Journal

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