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Louisville Metro Council approves pedestrian safety measures and fiber Internet contracts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At a meeting Thursday night, metro council members approved measures to make life safer for pedestrians and faster for Internet users.

Council members approved a $120,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a bike, pedestrian and motorist education campaign.

Previously, Louisville was awarded more than $300,000 in federal money to keep streets safe for pedestrians. The new grant money comes as part of a three-year plan to improve safety for pedestrians, especially students, police and seniors.

The program will monitor deadly areas that are known for pedestrian fatalities and some grant money will also be used for education programs within JCPS.

The council also approved three franchise agreements for development of fiber internet service in a vote of 19 to 0. The contracts for High Speed Internet services were granted to BGN Networks, SIFI Networks and Fiber Technologies.

The locations include the area surrounding Spalding University, the Urban Services District and several commercial areas.

The council hopes to increase business and attract companies with the idea of high-speed fiber Internet. Officials say no city money will be used.

The council also passed a resolution unanimously supporting the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s restoration of voting rights for convicted felons who have served their time.

Only one council member voted against an ordinance that imposes an additional 1% tax on hotel room stays to help finance the renovation or expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Lastly, the council has approved $18,870 from various Neighborhood Development Funds for the Start the Heart Foundation in Louisville for CPR Training.

The non-profit group offers hands-only CPR education at no cost to the recipient, the funds will be pulled from the funds for Districts, 10, 5, 13, 15, 4, 17, 7, 9, 6, 23, 1, 22, 8, 14 and 18. The group educates people about cardiac arrest and what to do in a cardiac emergency.

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