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The Jefferson County Commissioners explained why it’s not acting on a request to restructure debt for Apex, according to a story I read on the WTOV website.
It was reported the Columbiana County Port Authority came to the county commissioners meeting to request a restructuring of debt for the landfill.

Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile said the commission decided to table the request until further notice.

Gentile told WTOV they’re holding off for a very simple reason.
“It’s not uncommon in some months to have up to 170 odor complaints in a month. Gentile said. “I talked to Pam Allen from the Ohio EPA a while back to urge them and I got them out here and they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t an intermittent problem; it was a constant problem.”

No kidding, this is a constant problem. Everyone has been telling commissioners and the health department that for some time. I am one of those people who called and complained. I am one of those people who submitted a letter to the editor of the Free Press Standard and Steubenville Herald Star voicing my complaint.

At times, I walk out my door and the first thing that hits me in the face is the rotten smell of the Apex Landfill in Jefferson County. The stench is not as strong as if you were in the Amsterdam area; however it can be detected. I do not understand why anyone should smell this out-of-state garbage in Carroll County. It is bad enough I have family and friends who reside on Springfield Twp. Rd. 267 in the area who have to smell this rotten egg, onion and potato stench, but for it linger into Carroll County in the Harlem Springs area is absurd.

Gentile comments that Apex is trying to find out how much money it would save by restructuring its debt. They also want to know how much was going toward correcting the problem. If you ask me and everyone else in the Amsterdam, East Springfield, Harlem and Kilgore areas, the stench smell should have been taken care of long ago. Do you agree?

Edward L. Hale
Carrollton, OH

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