When residents of Brecken-ridge Estates needed help light-ing their streets and were fed updealing with three garbage col-lectors, they turned to LouisvilleMetro Council member KevinKramer.A Republican representingDistrict11incentral-easternJef-ferson County, Kramer helpedneighborhood leaders reformtheir disbanded neighborhoodassociation that today collectsdues to pay for streetlights andnegotiatedacontractforasinglewaste hauler that picks up trashfor most homes in the sprawling750-home subdivision.Kramerandtheneighborhoodassociation have forged a closeworking relationship over thepast six years that would bemostly severed under a new re-districtingplanthatmovesabout155,000 people — one of five Jef-ferson County residents — intonew Metro Council voting dis-tricts this year.
I can’t imagine not havingKevin as our councilman,” saidDebbie McKnight, who is inchargeoftheassociation’sblock-watch program and its garbage-collectioncontract.
Hehasbeenthere for everything we need. Idon’t want to change.”The change is a result of statelaw that requires redistrictingevery 10 years to ensure thateach of the 26 Metro Council dis-tricts has roughly the same pop-ulation. This is the first redis-tricting since the 2003 merger of
Under proposal,1 in 5 Louisville residentswould change Metro Council representatives
Vicky Markell looks over a redistricting map being laid out by Jeff Noble, CouncilmanBrent Ackerson’s legislative aide, last week.
DAVID R. LUTMAN/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL
A breakdown of all 26districts’ current andproposed numbers.
EDITION LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2011
For homedeliverypricingseePage 2.
Text CJNEWS to 44636 (4INFO)for the local news alerts
BREAKING NEWSON YOUR CELL PHONE
Business D1Comics E6Deaths B6Editorial A6Features E1Lottery A2Markets D3Metro B1Movies E6Racing C7Sports C1TV C2ClassifiedG1, J1, F1
Sunnyand warm today. Clearand cool tonight.Mostly sunny andwarm tomorrow.
82 57 83
If Bud Schardein remains the executive di-rector of the Metropolitan Sewer District forthe next 15 months, he will be entitled to$200,000 in deferred compensation.The money is being paid into a trust fundquietly established in 2008 and is on top ofSchardein’sannualsalaryof$181,147andbene-fits, including a government pension.News of the trust came as surprise to someLouisville Metro governmentofficials, who suggested itmight be excessive for a civilservant.KellyDownard,aRepubli-can Metro Council memberand certified public accoun-tant, called it
unconsciona-ble.”TinaWard-Pugh,acoun-cil Democrat, called it a
golden parachute.”NeitherSchardeinnorcur-rentMSDboardPresidentAr-nold Celentano, who was alsoon the board in 2008, woulddiscuss the trust fund and why it was created.Celentano said the agency’s policy is for allboard members and staff to refer all questionsfrom the media to spokesman Brian Bingham,MSD’s director of regulatory services.
Wehave this procedure and we are trying to stickwith it,” Celentano said.Bingham defended the trust fund in anemail, saying,
Mr. Schardein has led MSDthrough one of the most productive periods inthe organization’s history.”Bingham said the MSD board has used theagreements to seek to
retain executive staffwith the experience and longevity to success-fully oversee the business of the MetropolitanSewerDistrict.Thisallowedfor,andpromoted,continuitytodevelopandimplementthewastewater,drainage,andfloodprotectionprogramsthroughout the community.”Such deferred compensation packages arecommon for top executives in the private sec-tor but are less likely to occur in public agen-cies, according to several experts and political
MSDset uptrust fordirector
Schardein’s $200,000 funda surprise to some officials
MSD ExecutiveDirector BudSchardein
Thisisthefirstinaseriesofprofilesofthecandidates for Kentucky governor in theNov. 8 general election.
Supporters view him as a maverickwho provides a much-needed challengeto mainstream political conventions.Critics dismiss him as a spoiler, a pot-head, a perennial lost cause.And despite four unsuccessful bidsforgovernor(threetimesasaDemocrat,once on the Reform ticket), failed runsforstateagriculturecommissioner,stateattorney general and Congress, Gate-wood Galbraith has again entered thegovernor’s race — an an independent.Until now, Galbraith said, spreadinghis message has been as important aswinning.Winning is more important this year,he said, because anti-incumbent atti-tudes among voters have peaked and
peoplearenewlyawareofjusthowdys-functional this system has become.”And in running, Galbraith, a 64-year-oldLexingtoncriminaldefenseattorney,businessman and activist, gets anotherchancetofulfillavowhemadetohimselfin 1971 at a Lexington protest over theU.S. bombings in Cambodia.Galbraith,whowasthen24,hadspent
GATEWOOD GALBRAITH |
KY. GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE
When I take an oath ... I am going to do it.”
Listen to Gatewood Galbraith in his ownwords in videos in the online version of thisstory at www.courier-journal.com/gov2011and read more about his stand on importantissues, as well as those of other candidates,at www.courier-journal.com/voterguide.
See story on Dea Riley, independent candi-date for lieutenant governor.
SPORTS | C1
UK COACH CALLSSC LOSS ‘UGLY’
Available only in your print edition today
Love UofL and hate BigBlue? Or can’t stand BigRed? Go toRedNBlueFans.com and leteveryone know.