Roeland Park gives preliminary OK to incorporation of solar panels on 2 home projects, councilmember wants to have panel restrictions reviewed

first_imgFile photo.By Holly CookAt last week’s governing body workshop, the Roeland Park city council gave preliminary approval allowing the installation of solar panels at two homes located on the 48th block of Neosho and the 49th block of Wells Drive. The items were placed on an upcoming council agenda meeting where they will receive a final vote.One of the projects will incorporate solar panels into an existing residence, while the other will include the panels as part of a new build.Resident Brandon Gillette said the panels were expected to offset 85 to 90 percent of his home’s utility usage.City code requires solar energy systems to be incorporated into a building, and prohibits the use of free standing or ground-mounted panels. Solar equipment is also not allowed to project over the roof line and all exposed metal on panels “shall be of finished warm earth tones, or black.” Unpainted aluminum is not allowed.Current city code also requires council approval for any residential solar panel projects, though councilmembers signaled their interest in relaxing this requirement.Councilmember Teresa Kelly said she would like the code reviewed.“We want to make it easy for people to have sustainable practices in our city,” Kelly said. “Not put barriers in front of them.”last_img read more

AIAG Names GM Exec Brian Small to Board of Directors

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has appointed General Motors (GM) exec Brian Small to its board of directors, effective June 16.          “The appointment of Brian to the board demonstrates AIAG’s commitment to and recognition of the need for solutions to drive costs and inefficiencies out of the automotive supply chain,” said Brian Vautaw, AIAG board chairman. “He has extensive experience in supply chain operations with GM and offers practical insight on the current environment and pressing issues facing the industry.”          Small began his career with GM in 1979 with the Cadillac division. Throughout his tenure with GM, he has held a wide variety of positions in the following areas: field sales and service, business management, advertising, marketing, service operations, sales promotions, incentives, events management, regional sales, service and marketing leadership and vehicle distribution.   In 2007, Small was appointed general director, global order fulfillment. His role was expanded in May 2009 to include oversight of the Global Supply Chain Center in GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization. He currently oversees GM’s global order fulfillment, supply and demand alignment, and GM North America Order Fulfillment operations.          AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

Top pay at Freshfields jumps 68% on flat profits

first_imgMagic circle firm Freshfields has revealed that the remuneration of its highest-paid member jumped 68% to £3.2m last year, as profits remained largely flat.Freshfields’ accounts for the year ending 30 April 2015 showed that profits before tax increased just 0.1%, from £514.8m in 2014 to £515.4m. But while profits were more or less unchanged, pay for the highest remunerated member shot up to £3.2m in 2015, from £1.9m the year before.The firm’s managing partner is David Aitman. He has held the position since January 2014.Meanwhile the total salary paid to staff fell to £460.6m from £466.1m the year before, despite the average number of people employed during the year rising to 4,759 from 4,621. Overall staff costs increased from £547.7m to £562.7m.Profits available for discretionary division amongst members fell 13% to £481.3m, equating to £1.4m when divided by the firm’s 334 members. This compares with £552.1m, averaging out at £1.7m across the 334 members in 2014.The firm sounded a cautious note about current economic conditions, which it said may hit demand for its services in the short term. It also warned that liquidity pressure on its clients and suppliers could have an adverse impact.last_img read more

Gara-Gara Balon Helium, Perjalanan Kereta di Inggris Rugi 1 juta Poundsterling

first_imgPasalnya banyak balon helium ini yang terlepas dan pengikatnya tersangkut di jaringan listrik kereta serta membuat kusut. Menyoroti masalah ini, Network Rail mengatakan pihaknya telah mencatat 619 insiden terkait balon pada tahun 2018 lalu di Inggris, Skotlandia dan Wales.Balon itu menjadi kusut di kabel overhead tegangan tinggi yang menyebabkan penundaan dan gangguan listrik. Hal ini pun membuat saluran atau jaringan listrik dimatikan untuk membersihkan dari kabel kusut balon helium yang tersangkut.Hal ini juga terjadi di Stasiun Smethwick Rofle Street di West Midlands ketika balon helium melilit kabel overhead. Peristiwa ini dari data yang ada telah menunda ratusan penumpang kereta api. Adanya masalah ini bukan hanya menunda keberangkatan penumpang tetapi juga menyebabkan kerugian hingga sekitar 1 juta poundsterling per tahun.“Jika Anda berada di platform stasiun kereta api dengan balon foil yang diisi dengan helium pada seutas tali dan ia bersentuhan dengan kabel overhead yang membawa 25.000V, yang dapat menyebabkan besar cedera atau kematian. Idealnya, kami meminta orang untuk tidak membawa balon ke stasiun kami sama sekali. Sebagai alternatif, bawa mereka ke dalam tas agar risiko mereka mengambang ke atas diminimalkan,” ujar Network Rail London North Western chief chief operating officer James Dean.Asosiasi Nasional Seniman dan Pemasok Balon (NABAS) juga menyuarakan dukungannya terhadap keprihatinan yang diangkat oleh Network Rail. Ini telah meluncurkan kampanye untuk melarang balon foil terbang, lampion dan benda udara serupa dengan tali plastik atau pita yang terpasang.Baca juga: Terbangkan Balon Udara di Jawa Tengah, Tradisi Sejak Zaman Belanda“Balon membawa kesenangan dan warna dan rasa pada setiap perayaan, tapi tolong terbangkan balon dengan tanggung jawab, dan jangan pernah melepaskan balon ke atmosfer. Hormati lingkungan dan cegah bahaya dan penundaan yang tidak perlu,” ujar Ketua NABAS George Oustayiannis mengatakan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerbangkan Balon Udara di Jawa Tengah, Tradisi Sejak Zaman Belanda07/07/2017In “Domestik”Balon Udara, Teror Si Bulat Warna-Warni Untuk Dunia Aviasi07/07/2017In “Domestik”Kereta Api Inggris Masih Buang Limbah Toilet ke Rel05/11/2019In “Darat” (railway-technology.com ) Balon helium atau balon yang diisi gas, biasanya menjadi pilihan anak-anak untuk bermain karena memiliki warna yang cukup menarik atau bentuk yang beraneka ragam. Tak hanya itu, balon helium juga kerap kali diterbangkan oleh pasangan pengantin, kelulusan siswa baik di sekolah maupun universitas sebagai tanda parayaan.Baca juga: Balon Udara, Teror Si Bulat Warna-Warni Untuk Dunia AviasiTapi siapa yang sangka, balon helium ini membawa petaka dalam perjalanan kereta api? Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman railway-technology.com (18/4/2019), Network Rail mempersalahkan balon helium dalam keterlambatan keberangkatan kereta api di Inggris.last_img read more

Ninilchik Tribal Council Moving Forward with Fixed-Route Bus System

first_imgThe central hub in Ninilchik already hosts a 4,000 square foot transit building that has area to maintain and store the 15 passenger buses the council plans to buy, as well as a waiting area for customers. The aim of the services is to help people who cannot or do not want to drive to be able to engage in commerce, access healthcare and take care of errands. He says during that process the Council will be able to determine the costs that passengers will be charged for the transportation services. Williams: “We’re still hoping to be able to make a ride like $5 or somewhere in that kind of a range to meet that low-income capacity and still be able to provide a [sustainable] service.” Williams: “For example, to be able to put the buses into service we need to get the buses and a lot of federal agencies have different kinds of oversight when you purchase vehicles and such. So we need to actually work on those details next. Then we can actually acquire the infrastructure to be able to put it to work and then we’re shooting to be able to start the service in mid-June, maybe the end of June.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Transit Administration has granted the Ninilchik Tribal Council the $300,000 grant the organization applied for earlier this year to fund a peninsula wide fixed route bus transportation system. Williams says the plan is to initially offer two fixed route services from their Ninilchik office: one south, between Ninilchik and Homer; and one north, between Ninilchik, Kenai, and Soldotna Resource & Environment Department Director Darrel Williams with the Council says they will now review any stipulations that come with the federal funding.last_img read more