Task Force Recommends Gradual Merger Between MSD, Louisville Water

A task force commissioned to study Louisville’s utilities is recommending a gradual merger between the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Water Company. The group issued its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer today. Fischer ordered the analysis after a state audit of MSD showed egregious waste and inefficiencies. The group was tasked with studying the […]

Consultants Predict Financial Benefits of Utility Collaboration

The task force studying potential collaborations between several Louisville utilities has one more week to finalize its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer. The group heard from a consultant today about some potential financial benefits to a merger. The utility task force was assigned to analyze the services provided by Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water and […]

Utility Task Force Hasn’t Ruled Out Potential Merger Between MSD, Louisville Water

The utility task force studying a potential collaboration between the Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company and Metro Public Works is nearing the end of its work. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appointed the task force in January, after a scathing state audit showed numerous inefficiencies within the Metropolitan Sewer District. With the help of a […]

MSD Approves Internal Auditing Changes, Prepares Response to State Audit

Tuesday is the deadline for Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to respond to a state audit that found several problems with the agency’s management. MSD officials say they’ve already found answers to dozens of the audit’s 150 recommendations. Mayor Greg Fischer requested the audit after MSD’s spending practices and management came into question last year. […]

MSD Response to State Audit Due Tuesday

The Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District will formally respond to a state audit this week. In December, then-state auditor Crit Luallen released a comprehensive critique of MSD’s managerial and ethical issues. The agency was given 60 days to respond, and that deadline is Tuesday. The agency is required to tell the state auditor’s office what steps […]

Schardein Retires From MSD

Former Metropolitan Sewer District executive director Bud Schardein has officially retired, effective yesterday. Schardein spent 27 years with MSD, and was named executive director in 2002. He intended to stay in the position until at least January 2013, but his leadership of the agency came into question last year. After then-state auditor Crit Luallan released […]

Fischer Announces Creation of MSD Task Force

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed seven people to a special task force to examine the potential of collaboration or a merger between the Metropolitan Sewer District and Louisville Water Company. After a state audit revealed extensive problems at MSD, Fischer cleaned house and appointed Louisville Water CEO Greg Heitzman interim executive director. At the time, […]