Tuesday May 25, 2010
Budget proposal will centralize repair operations on Newburg Road
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced an innovative plan to consolidate repair and maintenance operations for the city’s fleet of 3,700 vehicles in the center of the community.
The plan to combine three fleet facilities into a single, new location on Newburg Road is part of the mayor’s proposed budget, which he will unveil Thursday during his annual speech to the Metro Council.
Under the plan, Louisville Metro Government will give three parcels of land to the Metropolitan Sewer District in exchange for the 32-acre paved site on Newburg Road that MSD is purchasing from a former auto auction company. Abramson’s budget proposal will include $2.5 million in bond funding to build a heavy equipment repair building and renovate three existing structures on the site.
MSD will benefit from the land swap, gaining key locations to make needed drainage improvements to protect neighborhoods, improve the environment and meet the federal consent decree on combined sewers.
“The Metro Fleet Center is another step to improve efficiency and effectiveness of city government for our citizens,” Abramson said. “It will speed up vehicle repairs and routine maintenance to put police cars, snow-fighting trucks and other vehicles back on the road sooner.”
Currently, the city operates maintenance garages at two locations – at Logan and Breckinridge streets and at 3528 Newburg Road. Cars, light trucks and heavy equipment are serviced at each location. In addition, the city maintains a third facility for installing in-car radios and computers at Bardstown Road and Rosewood Avenue.
When the facilities are combined into one location, the Public Works Department can add a second shift to allow more routine maintenance during overnight hours to minimize time that vehicles are unavailable for use, said Public Works Director Ted Pullen.
The central location, just off the Watterson Expressway, makes it easily accessible to all parts of the city.
The Metro Fleet Center will perform all of the services currently provided at separate locations including:
· Preventative maintenance – oil changes, brake replacements, tire rotations, etc.
· Outfitting vehicles – adding city seals and decals, cages for police cars, radios, lights, sirens
· Welding and fabrication – including modifications and repairs to snow-fighting equipment
The City of Louisville maintains 3,700 vehicles including 2,600 cars, light trucks, large trucks and other on-road vehicles and nearly 1,100 pieces of off-road equipment such as backhoes, trailers and mowers.
The land swap is a great example of cooperation between city government and MSD to benefit citizens, MSD Executive Director Bud Schardein said.
“We looked at how we could match up our resources and our needs,” Schardein said. “As a result, we found a solution that improves efficiencies for the city, improves drainage for residents and saves money for our citizens and customers.”
MSD is making final arrangements to purchase the Newburg site to run a major sewer line to serve the neighborhoods including Beechwood Village, Hikes Point and Buechel, Schardein said. MSD will build the major sewer line across the property as part of the Metro Fleet Center construction project.
MSD also needed additional property for drainage east of downtown near Breckinridge Street and added room to expand its main maintenance facility at Cane Run Road and Algonquin Parkway.
Under the land swap, Louisville Metro will give MSD the current maintenance facility at Logan and Breckinridge and MSD will build an underground combined sewer basin. A small neighborhood park will provide green space once the basin is complete, Schardein said.
MSD will also get about two acres of city-owned land adjacent to its Cane Run Road maintenance facility for expansion and the city’s Public Works facility near Lexington Road and Payne Street for future needs.