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Commissioners inch closer to agreement to cap former landfill

By Carol McIntire

Carroll County Commissioners are hopeful they are inching closer to an agreement that would cap the former Carroll County Landfill and remove a lawsuit from the court docket that has remained there for several years.

Commissioner Jeff Ohler presented a contract for approval last week with Civil Environment Consultants Inc. The company has been working with the county in negotiations with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to properly close and cap the former landfill on Chase Rd. Under the terms of the contract, the firm will prepare a plan to submit to for the capping (a dirt cover) of the landfill. If the EPA approves the plan, commissioners will select an engineering firm that will do a request for proposals for the actual work and the project will be bid out.

The cost to prepare the proposal for the EPA is $13,790.

“I am assuming the money to pay the consulting firm will come from the non-allocated funds we have,” Ohler said last Thursday when asked where the money was coming from to pay the contract. “The funds we didn’t appropriate were sort of earmarked for the landfill closure.”

The county has been negotiating with the EPA over closure of the landfill since the Ohio Attorney General filed a lawsuit in 1996 charging the county failed to properly close a solid waste disposal facility. The landfill was closed April 13, 1995.

In 2009, then Attorney General Richard Cordray filed a motion asking the court to set a trial date. Since that time, commissioners have been working with consultants and EPA officials to negotiate an agreement to cap the facility.

The landfill was owned by the village of Carrollton until August 1989 when commissioners agreed to accept 70 acres of land known as the Carrollton landfill bringing years of turmoil over the site to an end.
Ohler said he hopes the county will soon be able to cap the site and “put all this behind us.”

In other business, commissioners:
-SIGNED contracts with First Energy to provide a 500 gallon tank and 87 octane unleaded fuel and Campbell Oil Company to provide a 500-gallon tank and off-road diesel fuel to the county highway department for a one-year period beginning April 1, 2013.

-ACCEPTED the quote of Lepi Enterprises of Zanesville to provide services to abate asbestos in homes scheduled to be demolished under the Moving Ohio Forward grant at a cost of $7,746.

-AGREED to accept bids for the replacement of two condensing units and a coil for the county until May 16 at 9:30 a.m.

-AGREED to accept bids for walking trails to be built on Atwood Lake Resort and Golf Club property until May 16 at 9:30 a.m.

-RE-APPOINTED Jennifer Thomas to the Fair Housing Authority Board for a term ending April 20, 2016.

-APPROVED a grant at the request of Sheriff Dale Williams that will replace four mobile data terminals in sheriff’s cruisers. Williams said the grant is for $12,400 and there is no local match.

-OPENED and tabled bids for paving projects to be funded by the Community Development Block Grant 2012 program. Three firms submitted bids.

-APPROVED road use maintenance agreements with Chesapeake Exploration to use portions of Bay, Chase and Apollo roads for access to the Peterson well site in Lee Twp. and a portion of Arbor Rd. for access to he Kinsey well sites in August Twp.

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