On-line training may save time, money for city

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE – Sending employees to distant locations for required training can be expensive and inconvenient.

But the city of Shepherdsville may have found a way to solve both of those situations.

City clerk Maxine Jeffries said she is working with an on-line university program to allow employees to pick up training at $7.50 per person for many of the classes. Many of the courses are less than amount.

Some of the classes would be 30-60 minutes long and all would require an on-line test. Employees passing the class would receive certificates.

She said is would save a lost day of work and travel expenses as many of the classes are not offered locally.

Councilman Don Cundiff said on-line training has been done at PBI Bank and that has proven to be cost effective.

Jeffries said there are over 225 classes offered but many are not required by OSHA. She said after the first couple of employees take the on-line course, the council can evaluate the effectiveness.

In other business:

*The council approved an electrical bid of $234,160 for Delta Services to do work on the capital sewer project.

Project foreman Junior Bright said the work would take seven pump stations off line quickly and another two at a later date. This would save electricity costs and maintenance on the pump stations.

The first to be taken off line would be the Best Western pump station, which has traditionally been the city’s most expensive to maintain.

To get the electrical work completed and the delivery of a switch gear, it would be late June or early July to get that station off-line.

Delta Services had the lowest of the three bids.

*Code enforcement officer Jim McAuliffe told councilmembers about trash that had been left at an apartment complex on North Buckman Street.

Included in the debris was a number of syringes.

McAuliffe was concerned that apartment owners weren’t using the proper size of dumpsters and trash was being left in the parking lot. He was also concerned that Eco-Tech employees were letting trash blow out of the trucks.

Robert Stottman said on two occasions he called Eco-Tech officials about trash falling off the trucks and someone came out to clean it up.

Mayor Sherman Tinnell was to meet with company officials and someone is slated to be present at the March 23 council meeting.

The company won a four-year contract to provide garbage service in the city last fall. Rumpke Sanitation had been the previous hauler.

*Councilman Larry Hatfield voiced a question over the city providing streetlights in sections of Heritage Hill.

In the past, the city has not paid for streetlights until the roads are taken into the maintenance program. That normally did not occur until 85 percent of the construction was complete and a final coat of asphalt applied.

Tinnell said Salt River Electric had provided service for the streetlights but cut them off.

Hatfield said that all this should have been spelled out long ago. He felt that if 85 percent of the construction was done, the city should pay for the streetlights and take the road over when the final coat is complete.

*The final day to have debris picked up along the curbside will be Friday, March 27. It will take several days for city crews to pick up the debris but it will be the final trip around the city.

The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the government center. The public is invited to attend.