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… Continue reading Task Force Recommends Gradual Merger Between MSD, Louisville Water

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… Continue reading Consultants Predict Financial Benefits of Utility Collaboration

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

Vote Expected This Week on MSD Board Nominees

Mayor Greg Fischer has nominated two financial experts to the Metropolitan Sewer District Board, and the Metro Council is expected to vote on the appointments this week. Fischer nominated Daniel Arbough and Cyndi Caudill to the positions. Last week, the nominations were approved by a Metro Council Committee, and a vote by the full council… Continue reading Vote Expected This Week on MSD Board Nominees

MSD Adopts New Ethics Policy for All Employees

All employees of Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District are now under a new ethics policy, after the board adopted a measure today that covers all staff members. After a scathing state audit released in December, the MSD board members quickly acted to set ethics standards for themselves and the agency’s executive staff. Now, there’s also a… Continue reading MSD Adopts New Ethics Policy for All Employees

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.… Continue reading MSD Approves Internal Auditing Changes, Prepares Response to State Audit

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… Continue reading MSD Response to State Audit Due Tuesday

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… Continue reading Schardein Retires From MSD

MSD Board Adopts New Ethics Policy

The Metropolitan Sewer District board has adopted a new ethics policy. The board voted unanimously for the proposal at its meeting today. The new ethics policy covers all board members and senior staff, and is meant to deal with perceived conflicts of interest. It’s a step toward addressing the numerous concerns laid out by the… Continue reading MSD Board Adopts New Ethics Policy

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,… Continue reading Fischer Announces Creation of MSD Task Force