City files suit over coverage for fire truck

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The delay in repairing a firetruck led to the City of Shepherdsville filing a lawsuit.

City attorney Joe Wantland informed the city council that a suit was filed against Ryder Trucking, its driver and its insurance company if regards to an accident on Interstate 65 that damaged a Shepherdsville Fire truck.

SFD chief Layne Troutman previously reported that the damaged Seagrave truck was transported to a garage in Wisconsin for necessary repairs.

However, months of waiting resulted in no work due to a conflict between the city's estimated cost of repairs and the cost offered by Ryder's insurance company.

The council approved a visit by Troutman to WIsconsin, if necessary, to talk with Seagrave in person about the truck's repairs.

The council also approved the purchase of new foam for the department's use on fuel and structure fires.

Troutman said the department was required to keep a certain amount of foam at the station, as well as with its trucks, to meet OSHA standards.

He said AFFF foam was implemented in fuel fires and Class A foam in structure fires.

Troutman also requested the purchase of 15 new helmets, noting that the department had several new recruits coming in and no more back-up helmets.

The council approved all the requests, a total of $6,522.50, to be taken from the department's mitigation finds.

In other business:

- The council approved a one-year extension on a lease for the former police department building located on Frank E. Simon Ave.

Mayor Scott Ellis said the current tenants made requests for building improvements but did not offer to help pay for them.

City clerk Tammy Richmond said the city could renew or extend the current lease without the option for the improvements.

- The council rejected a proposed ordinance to raise the compensation rate for council members effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Council member Faith Portman requested the ordinance, noting that she would not be on the council as of that date.

She said council members cut pay in the past to help compensate for the city's financial debt. She felt that the city was financially stable enough to approve the raises.

The council voted 5-1 against the proposal, with Portman in opposition.

- Wantland presented the first reading of an amended ordinance pertaining to city liquor sales.

According to Wantland, the original ordinance was only being amended to add malt beverages.

A second reading and vote will take place at the next business meeting.

- Wantland presented the first reading of an annexation ordinance pertaining to 2.15 acres owned by the Mary and James Hamilton estate.

A second reading and vote will take place at the next business meeting.

- The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, Mar. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to speak must sign up prior to the start of the meeting. The public is invited.