Sanitary engineer brings updates to Commissioners

By Megan Kennedy

July 30, 2014

Preble County Commissioners met with Randy Gilbert, the County Sanitary Engineer, Beth Wright, and David Wilson during their regular session meeting, Wednesday, July 16.

The Glenwood neighborhood has not been forgotten by Gilbert nor his department, regarding the high levels of E.coli in the surface water, according to officials. Maps and septic system information have been prepared by the department for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, according to Gilbert.

“EPA attorneys have not contacted us yet to begin the negotiations on the agreement, but that call could come at any moment,” said Gilbert.

The Solid Waste District will be hosting a tire event Saturday, Sept. 6 to clean up car tires throughout the county.

“It should be a fairly successful event like it has been. We’ve been getting a lot of good comments from the last two events that we’ve had that people really appreciate it,” said Wright.

The Solid Waste District has increased the number of trash pickups for Farmers Market’s throughout the county from once every two weeks, to once a week.

Gilbert will take a tour of the county with Gary Walker from the Preble County Health District, to better understand the location of “hot spots,” places where car tires are being dumped. The tour will help Gilbert know where to increase trash and recycling resources to citizens who want to dispose of tires. Gilbert did mention the volume of tires being dumped has increased, however, some issues still linger.

“The township road crews are picking up [disposed car tires] on a regular basis, so you’re not necessarily going to see car tires on the side of the road because they’ve probably got them cleaned up,” said Gilbert.

“But it probably would be a good idea to know where they are,” said Commissioner Denise Robertson. “When I’m traveling along the county and can check that specific spot.”

“If it’s getting cleaned up in some of those hot spots, that’s what really counts,” said Commissioner David Wesler.

According to Wilson, total lechate numbers have decreased in the three months, partially due to a replaced leachate meter.”We are currently pricing to re-calibrate [flow] meters,” according to Wilson. The leachate problem began in March with a faulty manhole at the top of the “run” or the pipeline, according to Wilson.

Some 30,000 tons of material is predicted to be the total landfill tonage for 2014, according to Wilson.