Hubbard Township awaits lawsuit payments from landfill operator
By Lee Murray
TransRail America, the company that fought to locate a construction and demolition (C&D) landfill in Hubbard Township for seven years, is scheduled to begin making monthly payments of $1,500 to the township Wednesday for legal expenses incurred during the process.
“We’re waiting for the checks like we’re waiting for the back taxes,” said Joseph Gleydura, Hubbard Township trustee. The company will reimburse $9,000 in legal fees. Trustees estimate that the firm is behind on property taxes by about $90,000.
“We don’t have the authority to act on [collecting back taxes]. That is determined by the state,” Gleydura said, noting that the state allows generous leeway. “They’re only required to pay 10 percent of that, and they’re off the hook for another year,” he added.
TransRail America faced resistance from the township and local politicians from the time it filed for a permit in 2005. The township said it was concerned about the potential health risks involved with C&D landfill operations.
It came to a head when TransRail filed a federal lawsuit against Hubbard Township Board of Trustees, the Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Board of Appeals, accusing them of being part of a civil conspiracy that included U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13th, and State Sen.Capri Cafaro, D-32nd, among others.
The company’s suit was dismissed in September 2012.
Despite the matter having been thrown out by a federal judge, TransRail filed a new application to site a C&D landfill in exactly the same area as the previous application.
“It’s in the hands of Trumbull County Health Department. It’s all up to them. If they issue it, we have to abide by it,” said Gleydura.
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