1999 Suggestion Winners

  • Terry Martin - Property Maintenance (Suggestion Number 459)
    • Description: Recommended replacement of the existing florescent light fixtures in the Public Safety Center with new electric ballast and 32 watt t-* lamps.
    • Annual Savings: $23,000
    • Implementation Cost: $8,110
    • Net Savings: $14,890
    • Award: $1,489
  • Kenneth Mack - DOT (Suggestion Number 484)
    • Description: Recommended eliminating the cushman vehicles due to operating costs and safety concerns with the seat. Analysis did not recommend eliminating the vehicles; however, this suggestion did address a safety concern, and resulted in modifications to the vehicle seat, improving overall safety.
    • Annual Savings: N/A
    • Implementation Cost: N/A
    • Net Savings: N/A
    • Award: $25 minimum
  • Darrell Cope - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 524)
    • Description: This suggestion recommended refurbishing the bar screen at the South Fork pumping station instead of purchasing a new bar screen.
    • Annual Savings: $44,000
    • Implementation Cost: $27,477.07
    • Net Savings: $16,522.93
    • Award: $1,652
  • Jane Tesh - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 529)
    • Description: Recommended the fabrication of a new water stream sampling device, which allows employees to obtain two samples of water at a time instead of one, cutting process time in half.
    • Annual Savings: $1,109.76
    • Implementation Cost: $225
    • Net Savings: $884.76
    • Award: $88
  • David Gray - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 531)
    • Pre-treating effluent samples Description: Introduced an improved method for preparing effluent samples for analysis at the Water Treatment Plants.
    • Annual Savings: $2,612.38
    • Implementation Cost: $999.70
    • Net Savings: $1,612,68
    • Award: $161
  • Darrell Cope - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 532)
    • Description: Recommended fabricating a metering feed system which would calculate the amount of ammonia nitrate which is added to the effluent water at the Elledge Water Treatment Plant. The suggestion was found to improve the safety of the operation, since employees are no longer exposed to the ammonia nitrate.
    • Annual Savings: N/A
    • Implementation Cost: N/A
    • Net Savings: N/A
    • Award: N/A
  • Darrell Cope - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 537)
    • Description: Recommended installing a forced air ventilation fan in the scum well pit at the Elledge Water Treatment Plant, enhancing air quality and improving safety.
    • Annual Savings: N/A
    • Implementation Cost: N/A
    • Net Savings: N/A
    • Award: $25 minimum award
  • Darrell Cope - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 540)
    • Description: Recommended making an adapter which would fit the air torque wrench multiplier and would help turn valves that are stuck and need replacement. Although savings cannot be quantified, the Suggestion Review Committee approved an award of $25.
    • Annual Savings: N/A
    • Implementation Cost: N/A
    • Net Savings: N/A
    • Award: $25 minimum award
  • Bruce Caldwell, Sr. - DOT (Suggestion Number 543)
    • Description: Suggested that the City use a pre-line truck and one man to pre-line City streets. This suggestion reduced the manpower required to pre-line streets. Annual Savings: $4,150
    • Award: $415
  • Michael Whisenhunt - City-County Utilities (Suggestion Number 559)
    • Description: Recommended installing "chlorinators" on final clarifiers at the wastewater treatment plant. This suggestion significantly reduced the costs of manually cleaning the effluent weirs.
    • Annual Savings: $4,320
    • Implementation Cost: $2,155,94
    • Net Savings: $2,164.06
    • Award: $216