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Commissioners OK hearing on plan to modify bonds for waste facility

September 22, 2012

LISBON - County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a public hearing by the Port Authority on Oct. 1 to modify the solid waste revenue bonds originally loaned to Liberty Waste Transportation LLC and now known as ELS Transportation LLC.

According to a legal advertisement placed in a newspaper about the public hearing, the $19 million bond was part of a plan to finance the costs of acquiring a solid waste disposal facility, including up to 1,400 sealed waste containers to be used for municipal solid waste and construction demolition debris.

The MSW landfill is located in the northeast corner of Harrison County and western edge of Jefferson County. Additionally, the project included the improvements of a rail line known as the Piney Fork Rail Line, part of which is located in Harrison and the remainder in Jefferson County.

According to the legal advertisement, a solid waste transfer station will be located in Richland Township, Belmont County, on High Ridge Road, Bridgeport.

Director of the Port Authority Tracy Drake assured the commissioners both their board and the Port Authority are only acting as a conduit and will be held under no obligation involving the debt owed.

According to newspaper articles in December 2004, the time when the bonds were initially issued, the Port Authority at the time agreed to be the government body for two sets of bonds, including one to APEX Environmental LLC to develop unreclaimed stripmined property into a landfill on 1,700 acres in Jefferson County. The article at the time stated Liberty Waste Transportation planned to purchase the landfill from APEX once it was developed.

The bonds and project are now being modified.

According to the Ohio EPA's website, the APEX permit for the landfill is good through the end of this year.

In other matters before the board:

- Director of Jobs and Family Services Eileen Dray-Bardon requested an additional $10,000 be added to the contract between the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Clerk of Courts office for this year.

Dray-Bardon told County Commissioners Wednesday the additional money is needed due to a postage oversight in the original contract. Not enough money had been included in the contract to cover the cost of postage. It is believed an additional $9,484 is needed.

Whenever judgement entry rulings are made involving the Child Support Enforcement Agency, the clerk of court has to send out notices to everyone involved in the case. She said when the oversight was discovered, the court had tried to stretch through on the initial contract budget anyway, but eventually it was found the additional money will be needed after all.

- Commissioners approved hunting permission on county property for Michael Bradley, Camp Boulevard, Hanoverton; and Tom Kidder, North Price Street, Salem.



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