LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer met with Jefferson County lawmakers Jan. 25 in the hopes of getting some of the city's top priorities on the agenda when they head back to Frankfort next week.
"I'm thrilled the mayor called us all in," said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville/District 34).
Mayor Fischer went over some the top priorities of the delegation - jobs, bridges, roads and education. It was Fischer's first bi-partisan meeting with the Jefferson County delegation since taking office.
"Two things stand out with me," said Rep. Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville/District 42). "First, that we will have a true working partnership not just between the delegation and the mayor's office but, also with the Metro Council and I think job creation and economic development is critical."
Job creation and economic development were also at the top of Fischer's list. The mayor said getting the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park up and running again is a big part of that. The new developer, Ed Hart wants a $50 million bond from the state.
"Driving by there and seeing it set empty everyday is really worrying folks and it's a lot of jobs for young people during the summer," said Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively/District 44).
It's a short session and not a budget session, but Marzian says action on Kentucky Kingdom could happen because it falls under economic incentives.
"I think it's a real detriment to the community that it closed and it's huge employment opportunities for our youth and it's a destination for many people in Kentucky," said Marzian. "It added a real jewel in the crown of Louisville, so I'm really concerned about it."
Fischer told lawmakers Metro Council members also are concerned about the issue of property rights with an increasing number of abandoned and foreclosed properties in the Metro Louisville area.
"You see weeds growing up, you see an overgrown lot and it becomes a safety problem, or a health problem so we have got to figure out a solution on this because it brings down the whole neighborhood," Fischer said.
Fischer also talked to the group about putting together an urban caucus that would pull representatives from areas like Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah and Northern Kentucky to talk about issues they can work together on.
The Jefferson County delegation heads back to Frankfort on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
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