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Metro Council approves 'pop-up' parties ordinance, grant for roadside drug testing pilot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Council took action on several measures at a meeting Thursday night. The council passed an ordinance to fight 'pop-up' parties and authorized the Mayor to accept a grant to begin a roadside drug testing pilot program. 

Here's a quick rundown:

1. The council passed a resolution allowing the Mayor to accept a state grant of $25,000 to begin a roadside drug testing program. The grant will allow LMPD to begin a pilot program for new roadside drug testing kits that can give results in about six minutes. State legislators will have to approve the program before it can be used to charge any drivers.

2. The council approved an ordinance relating to what have been called ‘Pop-up' parties, meaning police will soon have a new tool to shut down so-called parties. The new ordinance requires organizers to have permits and police officers on-site for security. The parties this is geared toward are often held in abandoned buildings and feature rampant drug and alcohol use.

LMPD says officers have been dispatched to a number of unlicensed parties in vacant buildings. Detectives say they discovered heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ammunition and a 9 mm handgun at one location.

The ordinance exempts certain community and youth sports groups.

3. The Council also approved new licensing and zoning for boarding houses, halfway houses and homeless shelters. The facilities now must tell the city what type of clients they serve and allow inspections by code enforcement officers.

The rules come after complaints such businesses tended to cluster, especially in the Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods, with little oversight.

4. The meeting also included an introduction to an ordinance allowing a needle exchange program to be set up by Louisville Metro Health and Wellness.

Previous stories on the needle exchange program:

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