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Vicki Welch

Councilmember

Louisville, KY

Biography

The Louisville Metro Council selected Vicki Aubrey Welch on March 9, 2006 to fill a vacant seat in District 13. She was elected to a full term in November 2006 and re-elected in November 2010 and 2014. The neighborhoods and areas represented in District 13 include Auburndale, Fairdale, Commerce Crossings, Renaissance Business Park, Okolona, Yorktown, and Valley Station. Included also is the largest urban forest in America, the Jefferson Memorial Forest, now over 6,600 acres.

In 2018, the Councilwoman is Vice Chair of the Metro Council’s Health and Education Committee. She is also a member of the Parks and Sustainability Committee and Community Affairs and Housing Committee.

Since 2009, Councilwoman Welch has been a member of National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee. In 2014 and 2015, she served as that Committee’s Chair. She hosted that group of 40 national legislators in Louisville Metro for an HD Committee conference in late May 2009 which focused on touring the South Park TAPP (Teen Age Pregnancy Program) School in District 13 as a part of their legislative topics.

Vicki’s professional experience has been as a Registered Nurse since 1976 in various Louisville area hospitals in the ICU, Recovery, Surgery and Newborn Nursery departments. She also worked for AmeriHealth Mercy for 10 years as a Nurse Reviewer and Nursing Home Liaison.

As a lifetime resident of Louisville Metro, Vicki was born in the Portland area, grew up in the Churchill Downs area and has lived in Yorktown North Subdivision since 1989. She graduated from Iroquois High School and KY Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She is married to Matthew Welch, an Assistant Jefferson Co. Attorney. Vicki has two daughters, Kristin and Whitney. Both were KY Governor Scholars and Valedictorians from Butler Traditional High School. Kristin received a Marketing Degree from U of L, and Whitney received a PharmD Degree from the College of Pharmacy at U of K.

Currently Vicki serves on many community Advisory Boards as follows:

  1. Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Leadership Team
  2. ElderServe Inc.
  3. U of L School of Public Health,
  4. Public Health and Information Systems
  5. BOUNCE Coalition
  6. Kentuckiana Health Collaborative

She was appointed to the Leadership Teams for the Louisville Putting Prevention to Work $7.9 million two-year federal grant and Communities Transformation Grant $721,000/year 5 year grant from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

Within the District 13 area, Vicki also serves on the Fairdale High School Heavy Equipment and Safety Careers Advisory Boards, FHS Principal’s Cabinet, and Fairdale Elementary FRC Advisory Board. She is a member of the Fairdale Lions Club, Fairdale Community Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2173, and Beechmont Woman’s Club. As Councilwoman, Vicki hopes to address the concerns of her constituents by attending meetings with neighborhood associations, business associations, hosting open community forums, and sending communications to all households in District 13.

Notable Legislation Accomplishment

Smoking Ban Ordinance– This ordinance banned smoking in factories, office buildings, convenience stores, restaurants and most other businesses. Later amended to included e-cigarette and hookah (Ordinance 083-2017). – Ordinance 189-2006

E-cigarette Ordinance – Restricts the sale of e-cigarette and e-cigarette accessories to minors – Ordinance 058-2014

Healthy Kids and Healthy Foods Ordinance – This first in the nation ordinance aimed to tackle the City of Louisville’s childhood obesity rate. — Ordnance 081-2018

Needle Exchange Program – Establishes a needle exchange program in Louisville– Ordinance 058-2015

Child Abuse Ordinance – Amendment requiring the immediate report of suspected child abuse

Animal Ordinance– strengthen the spay and neuter laws and increased fines for non-compliance. – Ordinance 233-2006

Methadone Clinic Ordinance – Include clinics in current land development code; including hours of operation, security, insurance requirements, and availability of public transportation – Ordinance 200-2015

Ethics Tip Line Ordinance – Established an anonymous tip line, providing protection to government employees – Ordinance 066-2009

“Pop-up Parties” Ordinance – Regulates said parties, where minors are exposed to alcohol, illegal drugs, and sex crimes – Ordinance 050-2015

Waste Water Ordinance – Amendment to land development code prohibiting and regulating biodigesters – Ordinance 171-2016

Landmark Ordinance– Requires a contested landmark designation to be approved by Metro Council – Ordinance 130-2012

Rental Housing Ordinance– Requires the registration of rental housing units and establishes penalties for violations – Ordinance 172-2016

Veteran’s Parking Ordinance – Waives parking fees for veterans awarded a purple heart – Ordinance 203-2015

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