Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed three new members to the Metropolitan Sewer District board of directors. Last month, three members resigned amid reports that their companies benefited financially from MSD contracts that were not competitively bid. The chairman of the board stepped down voluntarily when it was reported that his company received almost $600,000… Continue reading Fischer Appoints New MSD Board Members
Councilman Ken Fleming previously said MSD should place itself under the Metro Government ethics code, and he stands by his statement.
“I would like for them to try to adopt that, or adopt most of it to implement within their organization, but I think they’re taking a good first step toward transparency and to shore up their ethics policy,” he says.
This action comes after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for a shake up of the board in the wake of reports that its member’s private companies had financially benefited from MSD contracts that were not competitively bid.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the resignation this morning and requested that two other board members resign as well. Marty Hoehler and Beverly Wheatley also own companies that benefited from contracts with MSD.
The Ohio River is receding, eliminating the threat of floods for many Louisville residents. But parts of the city are still prone to floods, and not because they’re near the river.
Metro Sewer District Director Bud Schardein says he expects the river to stay at 26 feet for the next three or four days, even though slightly more rain is in the forecast for Tuesday.
“Were still in a holding patter, we are operating 14 flood pumping plants. They’re doing their job, they’re pumping this rainwater that is hitting the city into the river; and there are no reports of flooding behind the walls or the levee.”
Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service says he was surprised by the amount of rain that fell in Louisville Wednesday afternoon, which is the main cause for the current flooding.
There is less than an inch of rain in the forecast for Tuesday night and possibly a half inch for Wednesday. The water level is expected to drop slightly before the rainfall.
MSD requested a $330 million bond that would be guaranteed by the city. The money will mostly go toward federally-mandated sewer improvements.
The head of the Metropolitan Sewer District says more storms like the one that caused last year’s flash flood are likely in the city’s future, and he wants to prepare local infrastructure. Schardein says MSD is applying for federal grants to buy homes in flood-prone areas and replace them with green space.