Landfill update presented; old building demolished


EATON — The Preble County Commissioners helped tear down the old landfill building on Thursday, Aug. 17.

During a landfill monthly meeting held on Monday, Aug. 14, the commissioners were reminded of the project and asked to help.

P.E. Sanitary Engineer Bob Kohnen gave his report with the help of Jeff Rogers, whom he asked to attend to help explain some violations which have occurred.

In Sewer District II, according to Rogers, during the monthly sink pool service, there were some high results, including, E. Coli and ammonia. He noted, after additional testing, the results “averaged out.”

“The corrective actions that I’ve taken since then — we’ve replaced the UV bulbs, which is the disinfectant treatment,” he said. “Previously we cleaned every month. Unknown to me, the light had a shelf life for the intensity of the light. Since I’ve been here a year and a half, I know they haven’t changed it in that time.”

He added, other corrective actions have been taken to restore balance.

“I recently had a conversation with people from the district office that said you should never have a violation and I told them that they were lying,” Commissioner Chris Day said. “You’re dealing with stuff you can’t control, weather and things of that nature. If the big plants say there are no violations then they’re lying.”

“Plus, you came here with your problems and your solutions and your solutions are working,” Commissioner Denise Robertson added. “That’s what monitoring is for.”

As for Sewer District III, Rogers said there have been no violations. He noted, he did go ahead and replace the UV lights there as well, due to existing heating issues. He added, there are no violations in other areas as well.

“I think Jeff has done a great job,” Kohnen said. “I asked him to come in here, not to reprimand him, but he can explain a lot better than I can.”

As for the landfill itself, Kohnen said, “On the landfill, we had 2883 tons last months. If you look at the tracking, we’re compared to the five year average we’re 1.5 percent ahead of what we did in the last five years. On a monthly basis, we are 1.2 percent behind the average for the last five years. We’re growing, but it’s slow.

“We’re running about five cents a gallon and it has been pretty consistent for leachate disposal,” Kohnen said. “I ran the estimate for electric cost. I’ve been using $800 through June, but that power cost was $1,100 due to the high ammonia. We’ve increased the power consumption.”

He added, there have been no EPA inspections, although representatives have come in during the construction conference and did a walk through, but there has been no official inspection.

There was no asbestos found in the tank.

Kohnen also reported, the Solid Waste District has been working on recycling education.

“Assistant Director Beth Wright is doing a great job. We had a 40-yard container at the fair and she collected the recyclables and put them into containers. We don’t have a number of what was collected yet. We also had an education tent at the fair,” Kohnen said.

“We did two presentations for the kids. That is Wright’s niche,” Kohnen said. “She did a great job teaching the kids and interacting with them. She is also hand-delivering letters to the teachers to make sure we do recycling in the classroom and can give talks on recycling.”

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The former Preble County Landfill office building was torn down Thursday, Aug. 17. The demolition of the building, which was over 50 years old, took nearly an hour. With 2,400 square feet of office space, the new building houses both the landfill and Solid Waste District staff. Landfill employees moved into their new building earlier this year. There is also 2,880 square feet of indoor garage space for maintenance of the landfill’s equipment.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_landfill5.jpgThe former Preble County Landfill office building was torn down Thursday, Aug. 17. The demolition of the building, which was over 50 years old, took nearly an hour. With 2,400 square feet of office space, the new building houses both the landfill and Solid Waste District staff. Landfill employees moved into their new building earlier this year. There is also 2,880 square feet of indoor garage space for maintenance of the landfill’s equipment. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

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By Kelsey Kimbler

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