Commissioners receive letter from Ohio EPA citing zero violations at Preble County Landfill

By Austin Schmidt -

EATON — On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Preble County Commissioners acknowledged a letter from the Ohio EPA for the first time in a long time not citing any violations at the Preble County Landfill.

According to landfill manager David Wilson and sanitary engineer Randy Gilbert, the letter will be a morale booster at the landfill, as they say employees have been working hard to make sure the landfill is in full compliance with the EPA.

Gilbert said the increase in rates at the landfill in 2012 are starting to pay off as they are finally able to keep and maintain enough employees and equipment to make sure the landfill is meeting all environmental standards.

In other landfill news, Gilbert told commissioners the new building plans and specs are ready and he hopes construction will start soon.

Gilbert also reported the landfill is on pace for 34,000 tons after the month of August, the highest total in a five-year period.

Gilbert informed the board he is advising a $6 raise in rates for sewer district number two, of which $3.40 is strictly inflation. The rise will effect 33 houses in the district which is currently costing $6,000 more than current revenue is bringing in. According to a Gilbert $2,500 of the $6,000 was due to repair costs for a manhole in the district.

Wilson told the board he believes the cost of operating the district is not sustainable long-term and a sustainable solution will be needed in the future.

Gilbert also advised a $3.45 rise in costs to sewer district three, which has 126 residential lots.

Beth Wright reported to commissioners that registration for the next tire event started on Monday, Sept 21, and the event will be held on Saturday, Oct 3.

In other business:

The board accepted the resignation of Lawrence Hildebrand from the County Engineers office and the promotion of Anthony McWhinney to deputy engineer.

The board accepted the hiring of Brionne Reynolds as deputy clerk for the Clerk of Courts.

Commissioners noted receipt of an executed amendment for the Paint Creek-Four Mile Bridge Replacement Project not to exceed $487,350.

The board also approved and signed an agreement with Brumbaugh Construction for $395,209.50 for construction and $20,800.50 for design for the Paint Creek project.

Commissioners approved an agreement between the Preble County Sheriff Office and Matrix Prosecutorial interface software for $5,600.

The Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Preble County Courthouse.

By Austin Schmidt

Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-456-4062, or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.

Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-456-4062, or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.