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The Auto Channel
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City suing car wash over noise levels
The Herald Banner
The City of Greenville is planning to take legal action to reduce the noise coming from a car wash. The City Council voted unanimously following a recent executive session to instruct City Attorney Daniel Ray to act against the business which has angered the residents of an adjacent neighborhood.
Joaquin City Council meeting covers topics regarding city water
The Light and Champion
The City Council of Joaquin, Texas, met for their regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Joaquin City Hall. During the open forum portion of the meeting, Frank Davis, owner of the car wash near Brookshire Brothers, brought an issue before the council. Davis has had problems over the last year regarding the waste- water lines for his car wash and those of the trailer park next to his car wash causing raw sewage to flow over his property and into Brookshire Brothers' parking lot and the in- operation of his water pumps. Davis asked that the council solve the issues promptly so that he can reopen his business and get it back into full working order.
4 changes to work-life balance with the highest ROI
American Express OPEN Forum
It's probably the most common lie of modern time management: "I wish I could find the time to get enough exercise/sleep/get organized." Let's calculate the return-on-investment of a few of the things you'd love to have more time for. Do they really pay off?
Car wash arm pierces car owner sues
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
A car wash is facing litigation after a car wash arm fell into a customer's BMW M6, piercing the vehicle's hood. The customer, Dave Billard, says there were no signs and the employees gave him no indication that the car wash had been previously damaged.
Proposed rules would ease employers' health plan reporting burden
Newly proposed Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department health care reform regulations would ease the amount of employee plan coverage information employers would have to report to federal regulators. Under the recently proposed rules, employers would not be required to report cost information related to family coverage.
Why Colorado business cares about water and climate change
The Energy Collective
In Colorado, things have been different of late. Water, in the form of rain or snow, isn't coming the same way it used to, and the bottom line is there has been less of it to go around and perhaps will be even less in the future if Colorado continues to grow as predicted. This has a lot of people worried. But until now there hasn't been much of a unified voice heard from the business community. Recently, the Colorado chapter of business group Environmental Entrepreneurs released a study on the impacts of climate change on the state's water supply, and the growing gap between supply and the demand.
2 Toyota recalls announced for 235,000 cars and SUVs
Los Angeles Times
Toyota recently announced it was voluntarily recalling about 235,000 vehicles for two separate issues. The first recall affects the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for 2006-10 and the Lexus RX400h hybrid for 2006-10. Toyota said a component of the hybrid system can overheat, causing several warning lights to turn on, and the vehicle to enter "limp home mode" with the hybrid system powering down. The second recall is for the 2006-11 Lexus IS350 sedan and convertible and the Lexus GS350. The cars use the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and Toyota says a bolt within the engine's variable valve timing system can come loose. This can cause an affected car to stop running.
Damage claims: Documentation and an established procedure are key
Auto Laundry News
Two things are certain in the car wash business, especially concerning in-bay automatics and tunnels: wash-quality complaints and damage claims. Re-washes and refunds usually take care of the first category, but when it comes to damage claims, a more professional and comprehensive way of handling the situation is necessary. Each type of car wash has its own unique set of problems and different ways of dealing with them.
5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
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US small business lending reaches highest level since August 2007
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Small U.S. businesses took on more debt in July, pushing an index of borrowing to a six-year high and adding to evidence that the economic recovery is on firmer ground. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the volume of financing to small companies, rose 11 percent in July to 117.7, the highest level since August 2007.
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