The OEPA said the city was violating requirements for waste treatment plant operators.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
NILES -- The city's sewage and water superintendent may move to another building and get a temporary pay increase as it complies with requirements of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
An OEPA environmental engineer wrote a letter to Mayor Ralph A. Infante Jr. and council members last month. According to the letter, the discharge permit for the city's waste treatment plant requires an operator with a designated certification who is a full-time employee.
"The Ohio EPA considers the city to be in violation of this permit condition," the letter states. "This situation must be addressed immediately."
Saying the plant's chief operator lacked time as an assistant superintendent, the OEPA's Division of Drinking and Ground Waters in Columbus didn't approve the plant's chief operator to apply for certification.
"As of this writing, it is recommended that [Randy Fabrizio], who holds the required certification, become the resident superintendent," said the OEPA letter. "This will necessitate Mr. Fabrizio's personal daily attendance to the treatment plant and its operation."
Requirement: At a finance committee meeting this week, Fabrizio said that by law, a resident superintendent must be on-site for a minimum of six hours a day. Fabrizio's office is in the city building on State Street. The waste treatment plant is on Summit Street.
Infante said a telephone and modem could be installed for Fabrizio at the plant and suggested that council increase Fabrizio's salary $200 a month for six months. Fabrizio earns about $3,562 monthly. The plant's operator is expected to have the proper certification within that time.
Council approval is required for a pay increase.