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WARREN Officials discuss waste collection site

By Denise Dick

Thursday, October 3, 2002

The legislation will be amended with consultation from department heads, one of its sponsors said.
WARREN -- City officials, some council members and residents don't want a household hazardous-waste collection facility on Enterprise Drive, but legislation geared at preventing noncity-owned transfer stations or landfills from opening needs to be tweaked.
The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District plans to build an office and household hazardous-waste collection site on Enterprise Drive, near where the LaBrae School District is constructing a new school campus.
The waste district would allow residents of the two counties to drop off household hazardous-waste items, such as paint and pesticides, on designated days. Solid waste district officials have said the items would be shipped off that day.
They wouldn't remain at the site and no industrial or commercial waste would be accepted.
Officials have said it's like the periodic household hazardous-waste collection days conducted throughout the district.
Sponsored bill
Councilmen James "Doc" Pugh, D-6th, and Robert Holmes III, D-4th, sponsored legislation they hoped would prohibit such facilities as well as prevent expansion of other waste collection facilities, landfills or transfer stations in the city.
The administration contends the draft legislation would shut down the city's environmental services department and hamper operations at the water pollution control and water departments.
The city has a contract with Warren Recycling Inc. for trash transfer through 2004.
"If Warren Recycling goes defunct, we wouldn't be able to build a facility," said Terry Nicopolis, director of environmental services.
The way the legislation is written, it wouldn't prevent the household hazardous waste collection facility from going in, he said.
"I wish as a department head and the director of environmental services, I would have been spoken to," Nicopolis said.
"Now you are," Pugh said.
Nicopolis said he, Mayor Hank Angelo and others aren't opposed to the construction of an office building on the property near LaBrae schools. The collections then could continue at different locations throughout the district.
He said he's spoken to district board members who support that plan.
"I think this is something that can be worked out," Nicopolis said.
Robert Villers, waste district director, said this morning he hasn't heard from board members about supporting such a plan.
"I'm not aware of that," he said, adding that the district is proceeding with its plan, which officials say will save about $320,000 per year.
The district conducts four collection days annually and each costs about $80,000, he said.
Villers said he doesn't know why board members would change their minds now about a project that's been in the planning stages for more than five years.
The project is being designed by an architect, which is expected to take about six months followed by six months of construction. The district board's next meeting is in November.
Pugh said his intent with the legislation wasn't to shut down or hamper a city department.
He wants to expand the sanitation department, he said, and referred to the legislation as a starting point.
Pugh said he would likely table the legislation and meet with the law department and department heads to amend the legislation before bringing it back to the full council.