Public hearing on Mahoning County Solid Waste Management plan is Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN — A public hearing is set Tuesday on a draft plan for the Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District that would cut funding for the current level of landfill inspections and free testing of well water around the county’s landfills by 25 percent over time.

The hearing, to be conducted by the district, also known as the Green Team, is from 9 a.m. to noon in the Covelli Centre’s community room, 229 E. Front St., in downtown Youngstown.

Patricia Sweeney, health commissioner of the county health board, said the SWMD plan for the years 2015-2023 sets forth a drastic cut for public health while providing across-the-board increases for recycling initiatives.

The plan decreases the county health board share of tipping-fee revenues, which provides Green Team funding, from $400,000 to $300,000 beginning in 2015.

The health board received $480,000 two years ago for landfill inspections and well-water testing, Sweeney said.

Sweeney said the cut is based on projected SWMD decreasing revenues as less solid waste is placed in landfills.

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