Possible plan for extra city cash

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The review of Louisville Metro's fiscal year budget brings some possible good news to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

A city spokesperson said Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing to allocate funds to find a new home for LMPD's Headquarters.

WAVE 3 News reporter Natalia Martinez investigated conditions at the facility which included leaking roofs and claims of mold. She also confirmed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the conditions in the building after a complaint was launched in August.

The city would not confirm where LMPD's Headquarters would be moved, but several sources within LMPD said the United Building on 7th Street has been mentioned as a possible location.

"We really appreciate this step in the right direction," attorney Chauncey Hiestand of Winton & Hiestand said.

His firm represents up to 60 people who are all worried about their health because of things like mold, asbestos and leaking pipes.

"It was shocking to hear the amount of employees and again the men and women in blue that called us with their concerns," he said.

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There is about $2 million the mayor would like to allocate toward LMPD.

About $120,000 of those funds would go towards hiring community "interrupters." They would be community activists paid by the city to intercept and prevent crime on a street level.

"I would think that we would probably need a little more than that because we're at a pretty desperate crisis mode right now," Councilman David James said. "We've got to save some lives here."

There is no set number of interrupters yet, or details about how much they would be paid.

The proposal will be reviewed by city council members before it goes forward. It could be voted on as early as Friday.

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