By Wayne Allen
Earlier this week, Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District (LSSWMD), reported the district will be receiving $40,000 in grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Last October the Ohio EPA grants come out, and I decided to put in an application for two things and were just informed we were awarded both grants,” Palmer said.
He said the first grant for $20,000 will be used to purchase surveillance cameras that will be placed throughout the district.
“The first grant was for surveillance cameras and under this grant we received $20,000. This will enable us to have nine cameras that can be transferred around to various sites,” Palmer said.
He said the cameras could be placed at open dumping sites or at recycling sites where people openly dump sofas and other non acceptable items.
Palmer said some of the district’s current cameras have suffered damage as a result of the recent harsh winter conditions.
“Some of our cameras have had their day. Due to the extreme weather conditions we’ve had this winter and various other factors they are not very good,” Palmer said. “These (new) cameras will have a zoom capability with 960 resolution and that is significantly better than the quality of our current cameras.”
Palmer said that included with the cameras will be motion detection. The cameras hard drive has no moving parts and will be encased in a weather proof storage box, which will prevent moisture buildup. He said the camera system also comes with the capability to download video taken at a site to computers in the LSSWMD office.
“We are very happy we received this grant,” Palmer said.
Palmer said with the second $20,000 grant he will purchase a utility trail for use by Judge Clark Collins and his community service program of Lawrence County.
Palmer said the decision was made to apply for this grant after the amount of support the district has received from Collins while they are in the midst of a legal matters with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.
“They assisted my in the Ironton city wide cleanup where we cleaned every alley in the city. They assist us cleaning up the highways and various other things, they are always there to assist us,” Palmer said. “We were granted a second $20,000 grant to purchase an 8 foot by 20 foot cargo made trailer. The trailer will be stocked with tools from weed eaters to a big stand behind riding lawnmower.
Palmer said to formally accept the grants he will be going to a meeting on June 30 where the awards and checks will be given to recipients.
For more information about the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.