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Action delayed on C&D Disposal landfill

Health board holds hearings on dump sites

April 25, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Board of health delayed a scheduled hearing on the C&D Disposal Technologies landfill 2012 operating license Tuesday but told Joseph Scugoza, a managing partner of the company, to be prepared for the May 15 board meeting.

Scugoza asked for the postponement noting he had learned about the hearing on Monday.

"I am not prepared to proceed today. I have not been authorized by my partners to proceed today. We are talking to legal counsel regarding representation," Scugoza told the board members.

"Mr. Scugoza came here today to say why we should not deny his license and if we do he will appeal our decision to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission as he has when we denied his 2010 and 2011 licenses," said Health Department Administrator Bruce Misselwitz.

The board discussed the Apex Landfill operations and learned Board President Dr. Frank L. Petrola recommended suspending odor monitoring at the site near Amsterdam.

"Why send our people when the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ignores us? Let the EPA monitor the landfill. I don't think we should even inspect the landfill. The EPA should do that," said Petrola.

In a related issue, the board voted to deny a request from German Township in Harrison County to share in the Apex tipping fees with Springfield Township in Jefferson County.

The German Township trustees had argued since 2010 the landfill company owns property in their township.

Misselwitz said he expects the township trustees will probably appeal the board's decision to ERAC in Columbus.

The board also held hearings on open dumping on five properties in Jefferson County and said the owners may be prosecuted if the sites are not cleaned within 30 days.

Sanitarian Carla Gampola said the James Wellington property on state Route 152 has been a problem since 2003. But Wellington said he is trying to clean up his property and claimed unknown people are dumping on his land.

Robert Parks, who owns property on Altamont Hill, did not appear for his hearing. Gampola said the 3-acre lot has been in violation for the past six years and contains tires, household garbage and trash.

Theresa Morris of Rush Run Road was told to clean up the tires, garbage and construction debris on her property within 30 days or face prosecution in county court.

Gampola said the Elizabeth Carroll property on Hukill Street in Brilliant has household garbage, furniture and insulation, "that is blowing through Brilliant."

Carroll did not appear at the hearing and will be sent a letter warning she will be prosecuted if the property is not cleaned up within 30 days.

Gampola also reported Marie Morgan of Bridge Street in Adena has open dumping issues on her property.

"She has stripped a trailer on her land for recycling and left the rest of it there. She has been cited and given 30 days to clean her lot," said Gampola.

In other matters Misselwitz told the health board Jefferson County is one of 26 counties in Ohio to see cuts in the Women, Infants and Children program.

"We are facing a 24 percent reduction at this point. We are preparing a budget for the board to review at the May meeting. But as of now we are looking at two layoffs and one employee being reduced to part-time," Misselwitz said.

The board approved a request from Emergency Services Coordinator Jack McGuire to have his 11 years of service in the Jefferson County coroner's office be counted toward his service in the health department.

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