Shepherdsville council to consider reworking of civil service ordinance

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - When a case against a former sewer plant operator went to Bullitt Circuit Court for appeal, the judge returned the matter to Shepherdsville's Civil Service Commission.

The reason was that the commission did not have set rules and procedures in place for the hearing process.

Attorney Walt Sholar, representing the commission, told the Shepherdsville City Council that establishing certain provisions might prevent future similar situations.

An amended ordinance was prepared for a first reading presentation at a recent council meeting. The amended ordinance was designed to repeal two existing city ordinances pertaining to the commission.

Sholar and Civil Service chairman Tom Rosselli spoke to council members about necessary changes that would be in the city's best interest.

"This is correcting the first and second ordinances," said Rosselli. "I just want you to be aware of what you're doing."

Rosselli said a previous ordinance from 2006 was "a binding agreement with city employees."

Former commissioner Garland "Corky" Miller agreed that, once in action, city employees are grandfathered in, but new positions could be filled via the new ordinance.

Sholar mentioned that the city could only correct the existing law.

"Once it's adopted, you just can't take it away," he said. "If you exclude what was already included, you're going to have some difficulty."

Due to the technicalities within the ordinance, as well as maintaining parts of the previous ordinances that grandfather in rules for current employees, the council scheduled a special meeting including Sholar and Rosselli.

The council and the commission representatives will discuss the amended ordinance in further detail. The meeting will take place Monday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., at Shepherdsville City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

In other business:

- Two citizens were sworn into official positions with the Civil Service commission and the city's Ethics Board.

Shari Webber will serve a one-year term with the civil service commission.

Pam Peveler was sworn in for a one-year term serving on the Ethics Board.

- A resolution was presented authorizing the opening of a checking account with Park Community Federal Credit Union in relation to the city's tow lot revenue.

Money implemented through the account must be signed off by two officials, among them mayor Scott Ellis, police chief Doug Puckett, city clerk Tammy RIchmond and deputy city clerk Brenda Taylor.

- City attorney Joe Wantland presented first readings of two rezoning oridinances.

Publishers Printing requested the rezoning of one acre from B-2 Central Business to I-L Light Industrial.

The property in question is located at south of Adam Shepherd Pkwy. next to the CSX railroad tracks.

Frisch's Restaurant requested a change from B-2 Central Business to B-1 Highway Business for property along Adam Shepherd Pkwy. bordering PNC Bank.

Second readings for both ordinances will take place at the next city business meeting.

- The next meeting of the Shepherdsville City Council will be on Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to speak must sign up prior to the start of the meeting. The public is invited.