Louisville Public Works Director Vanessa Burns http://wfpl.org en Council Members Laud Metro Police for Impounding Roofing Company Truck Over Illegal Dumping http://wfpl.org/post/council-members-laud-metro-police-impounding-roofing-company-truck-over-illegal-dumping <p>Louisville Metro Council members are praising Metro Police for impounding a dump truck allegedly involved in illegal dumping in the Fairdale neighborhood.</p><p>According to council staff, police received a complaint on Wednesday of shingles and roofing materials being illegally dropped off on Manslick Road.</p><p>Officers arrived at the scene and found a truck belonging to Elkins &amp; Sons of Louisville that was later impounded.</p><p>"I applaud the quick work of the officer who answered this call about illegal dumping," Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, said in a news release. "I am also glad to see the public is getting involved in stopping people who believe they can use our streets, alleys, vacant fields and roadways as their own personal dumping ground."</p><p>Last year, city lawmakers strengthened an ordinance to empower law enforcement to seize vehicles caught illegally dumping.</p><p>The council also added funding to the budget for 19 new cameras targeting problem areas where there have been repeated cases of trash and other junk items being dropped off improperly Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:25:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4497 at http://wfpl.org Council Members Laud Metro Police for Impounding Roofing Company Truck Over Illegal Dumping New Louisville Public Works Director Emphasizes Employee Morale http://wfpl.org/post/new-louisville-public-works-director-emphasizes-employee-morale <p>Newly appointed Louisville Public Works Director Vanessa Burns says improving employee morale will be an important first step in the department, and that being an outsider will give her a better opportunity to implement changes.</p><p>In August former Public Works Director Ted <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/louisville-public-works-director-resigns">Pullen resigned while facing a sexual harassment and discrimination</a> lawsuit. Burns is coming to Louisville from Connecticut, and has served at public works departments in Washington, D.C. and Evanston, Illinois.</p><p>She says making the department more efficient is a top priority, but that relations between employees and managers is just as vital.</p><p>"We all have got to work on tweaking and trying to improve what we do and how we do it," Burns said. "And I think one of the good things about not being here is I can look at it with open eyes."</p><p>An audit conducted last summer <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2011/07/14/public-works-audit-emphasizes-safety-manager-changes/">found there was mistrust between public works employees and management</a>. It emphasized that the city should begin shuffling managers to help improve efficiency and city services.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:03:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2861 at http://wfpl.org New Louisville Public Works Director Emphasizes Employee Morale