PDT Staff Writer
The Lawrence-Scioto County Solid Waste Management District is still in dispute with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization over the ownership vehicles formerly operated by the district.
Dan Palmer, LSSWMD Director, says he has found temporary vehicles for district employees to use while the dispute gets worked out.
Palmer said last week it was decided by the LSSWMD Board of Directors to peruse legal matters against CAO because, “the Ironton-Lawrence County CAO refusing to turn over the titles to six of our vehicles and trailers and money due to us from the account we had at the CAO,” Palmer said. “Danielle Parker with the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office was present and the board gave her approval to proceed legally to work this out. I’m hoping we can work this out.”
Palmer said one of the temporary vehicles is coming via Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini.
Palmer said Donini is allowing the district to use an older modeled cruiser so that District Environmental Officer Steve Hileman could be back out on the road to answer and investigate calls.
Palmer said currently the staff is unable to answer complaint calls coming into the district of open dumping, littering or many other issues.
“We can’t send out our litter crew that we send out daily to clean township and county roads. We can’t do any of this because we don’t have any vehicles,” Palmer said.
According to district records, 13 enforcement calls were received during the week of Dec. 3 - Dec. 7.
Palmer said, Lawrence County Probate Judge David Payne and Brett Looney, Director of the Lawrence County Juvenile Center is going to allowing the district to use a van in order for crews to clean Lawrence County roadways.
Palmer said CAO is calling the vehicles and money in question, unrestricted assets.
“Saying it’s CAO money well, I differ. Because that money is not Lawrence County money, it’s not Scioto County money those are district funds,” Palmer said. “They are refusing to turn over this money and the vehicles. They are saying they are CAO’s. After all the bills are paid, I think we have about $157,000 in those funds.”
He said the situation is very upsetting.
“This is not fair to the people of the district. They have seen what we’ve done, what we’ve provided through our numerous programs. We certainly want to continue to do all of that but this is hampering us from doing our jobs,” Palmer said
Palmer said the district has possession of the vehicles in question, in a secure location and is waiting on the titles to be turned over.
He said the district has been without vehicles since the transition away from the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization in November.
The LSSWMD Board of Directors ended its relationship with Lawrence County Community Action (CAO), effective Nov. 9. The staff or the LSSWMD are now considered Scioto County Employees.
The LSSWMD Board of Directors consists of Scioto County Commissioners, Tom Reiser, Mike Crabtree and Skip Riffe and Lawrence County Commissioners Bill Pratt, Les Boggs and Freddie Hayes.
Calls to Chairman of the LSSWMD board of directors Freddie Hayer were not returned. Calls to Parker were also left unreturned.
For more information about the LSSWMD visit them at 109 North Third St., in Ironton or visit, www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.