New Haven looks at parts management

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — New Haven town workers will be trying out a new parts inventory management system, it was decided during the most recent meeting of the town council.

C.I. Thornburg representatives Mary Beth Anderson, vice president of marketing, and salesman John Abshire attended the meeting to present the company’s new “Clean Inventory Program.”

With a company-provided IPod, equipped with the software, town employees can scan a part as it is used for a project or repair, and more easily know when parts need to be reordered. Anderson said the town would also know the exact monetary amount of inventory on hand at any given time.

The program subscription is $75 monthly. Anderson offered the town a free, three-month trial, which council accepted. The program also offers locked-in prices for a year, exclusive offers, and assistance in initial inventory and set-up.

Recorder Roberta Hysell announced the town’s “Back to School Bash” as Aug. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at the fire station. The event is always well attended, she stated, with a disc jockey playing music, games, food, and giveaways. Hysell said donations of school supplies are now being accepted for the bash, and can be dropped off at the town hall.

Mayor Jerry Spradling urged those attending the meeting to call the Department of Highways to complain about the brush that was dumped by DOH workers along the roadway between New Haven and Hartford. The brush was dumped just beyond the guardrail during the cleaning and clearing of trees and vegetation along the hillside between the towns.

In other action, the council:

Heard a report by Recorder Hysell that the town has four teens working through Workforce for the summer, with Jim Shell as supervisor;

Agreed to table the purchase of a new cement saw and blade unless the present one cannot be fixed after the problem is determined;

Agreed to purchase “cover vests” for the police department at approximately $200 each;

Announced a ceremony on Aug. 26 by Gold Star Mothers in honor of fallen or forgotten soldiers at the town park (more details to follow);

Agreed to pay Ron Flora $1,299 for water project design;

Gave Police Chief Dave Hardwick permission to hire a part-time officer for 20 hours per week; and,

Tabled a motion by Councilman Matt Gregg to allow a tiny house to be placed in a mobile home park, after the motion died for lack of a second.

Attending were Mayor Spradling, Recorder Hysell, and council members Gregg, Matt Shell, Grant Hysell, and Jim Elias.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at