Metro Council to vote on three issues Thursday night - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Metro Council to vote on three issues Thursday night

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Metro Council is set to vote on several important topics at Thursday's meeting.

The first is a new anti-harassment policy. It would apply to all Metro Council employees, including council members.

It comes after accusations that Councilman Dan Johnson inappropriately touched fellow council member, Jessica Green. He's also accused of exposing his backside to an aid.

The controversy revealed flaws in council's current harassment policy. A task force recommends accusations against council members go to a bi-partisan committee for resolution. That could include starting the process of removing the council member.

Metro Council is also scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would require any allegations of child abuse connected to LMPD be reported to an outside agency, like Kentucky State Police.

A Metro Council committee passed the ordinance in response to a sex scandal involving LMPD's Youth Explorer Program.

The ordinance also calls for any Metro employee to be disciplined for failing to properly report child abuse.

Lastly, Metro Council will decide whether to approve a rate increase for MSD customers.

MSD says it needs more than $4 billion to make repairs to the city's aging sewer system. The proposal calls for a hike of 20%, or about $10 per month, for customers.

Another proposal would allow MSD to raise rates by 10% each year until 2021 without getting council approval.

The Metro Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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