Stark County health board members said Wednesday that they are outraged that the former operator of Exit C&D hired a logging company to remove trees at the landfill the department closed in 2002, yet the health department cannot recoup the roughly $250,000 lien it placed on the property for work to properly seal and monitor the landfill
Large trucks and other heavy machinery are once again at the closed Exit C&D Landfill in Osnaburg Township, health officials said Wednesday.
But these trucks aren’t from the Stark County Health Department or the Environmental Protection Agency, whose officials monitor the former construction and demolition debris site at 7095 Fairhill St. SE
These trucks are for a logging company that is removing the property’s trees.
Kirk Norris, director of environmental health for the Stark County Health Department, told members of the county’s Board of Health on Wednesday that officials with the logging company said they were hired by Timothy Williams, who operated Exit C&D until the health department closed it in 2002. Norris said officials with the logging company, which he did not identify, said they gave Williams $25,000 up front for the timber.
Health board members were outraged that Williams still could collect money from the property, yet the county department could not recoup the roughly $250,000 lien it placed on the property to cover its expenses for sealing off the landfill and continued monitoring.
The health department’s lien, along with any delinquent taxes and special assessments, were stripped from the property’s record when no bidders bought the property at two sheriff foreclosure sales and the property was forfeited to the state in 2009.
Williams, when contacted Wednesday afternoon, said he is within his rights to hire the logging company.
“We own the property and until it transfers title ... we are permitted to do whatever we want on the property.”
• Heard from Stark County Health Commissioner William Franks, who said the department has doubled its order — from 100 to 200 doses — for the high-dose flu vaccine recommended for people 65 and older. Franks said the vaccine, whose cost will be covered entirely by Medicare this year, should be available by early September.
• Raised the hourly rate for a social worker at Northwest Local Schools from $32 to $34 effective for the upcoming school year. Franks said the department had agreed to freeze its rate for the social worker due to the school district’s financial problems. But since the school district recently passed its levy, the department needs to raise the hourly rate so the department isn’t operating the position at a loss. Franks said Northwest is the only school district that contracts with the county for a social worker.
FOR YOUR INFO Résumés for people who want to apply to be the Stark County Health Department’s next health commissioner will be accepted at the health department through June 24. Those who apply must be a licensed as a physician, dentist, veterinarian, podiatrist, or chiropractor or must hold a master’s degree in public health or an equivalent master’s degree in a related health field.
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