February 20, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The board of directors for the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District (LSSWMD) met Tuesday to discuss matters pertaining to the operation of the district.
One of the biggest issues was the discussion of the issues the District has with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.
It has been four months since the LSSWMD cut ties with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization. In the transition, there as been a dispute between the agencies regarding the ownership of vehicles formerly operated by the district and about $150,000 in funds.
“This situation has hindered us in our day-to-day operations but have not stopped us,” said Dan Palmer, Director of the LSSWMD.
The District received two donations of vehicles to aid them in their efforts.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini donated an older model cruiser and Spectra Outreach Services of Ironton donated a van to the district.
“We have been trying to work this out with Danielle Parker, Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor,” Palmer said.
Palmer said he called Juliana Bull, Environmental Lawyer with the Ohio Attorney Generals office and she was receptive to taking on the case on behalf of the district.
He said Bull advised that a letter had to come to her from the Scioto County Health Commissioner in order for them to consider taking on the case.
Dr. Aaron Adams, Scioto County Health Commissioner, composed such a letter dated Feb. 14, 2013.
“The last communication I received from Danielle shocked me. Their attorney communicated to Danielle to please not do anything or file any injunctions because this would upset the CAO Board,” Palmer said. “I’m sorry, but I’ve gone through enough. It’s time we get this issue resolved so we can get back to the work we were assigned to do.”
Bill Pratt a Lawrence County Commissioner and a board member of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization said the CAO board was meeting Tuesday with a possible resolution to he issue.
“They (CAO Board) may transfer the title of those vehicles to Lawrence County and I do not know about the money,” Pratt said. “I really don’t think we can get that money back.”
Palmer said it will have to be left up to the courts to decide if the money belongs to the LSSWMD.
Follow Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs joins Pratt as a board member of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization. Freddie Hayes serves as the chairman of the LSSWMD.
Palmer also pointed out that the last signed contract with CAO was in 2006 so the District may not have had a valid contract with CAO.
The board took no action in this matter.
Also sitting on the LSSWMD board of directors are Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree, Doug Coleman and Skip Riffe.
For more information about the LSSWMD visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.