Tuesday March 30, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the former city and county solid waste departments have merged to form the new Metro Solid Waste Management Department.
Robert Schindler, who ran the county Waste Management District and who has more than 20 years of experience in local government, will serve as director of the new department, Abramson said. Keith Hackett, who has been running the Solid Waste division within the Urban Services District, will serve as the new department’s assistant director.
“Merger of two governments gave us the opportunity to create efficiencies – and in the long run – better service throughout government and our community,” Abramson said. “This merger of departments is another example of that process. We’re taking two departments with similar functions and merging them to generate cost savings and efficiencies for the taxpayers.”
The old county Waste Management District was, among other things, responsible for public education programs, licensing of solid waste trucks, enforcement of solid waste ordinances, tire collections in the county and preparing a solid waste management plan for the community.
The Solid Waste Management and Services Division has operated within the old city of Louisville limits – the Urban Services District – and has been responsible for garbage collection, recycling , junk pickup, street sweeping and snow cleaning.
Cabinet for Public Works and Services Secretary Rudolph Davidson said the administrative structures of the two departments have immediately merged to provide for planning and operations under one administrative leader.
Over the next several months, Davidson said, cost savings will be generated by merging other functions within the new department. Functions such as recycling, waste tire collection and enforcement of solid waste regulations will be merged under one administrative director.
Davidson added that it’s too soon to tell whether the merger will necessitate layoffs or whether changes can be handled through retirements and attrition.