STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Health has requested representatives from Interstate Waste Services regarding ongoing odor complaints at the IWS 288-acre Apex Landfill in Amsterdam.
At the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, three IWS representatives were given a list of questions, including how garbage can be handled and how IWS responds to odor complaints. Health Commissioner Andrew Henry said the representatives were asked to attend because the board was there. “Persistent Odor Complaints.” From the landfill of Amsterdam.
Brian Largent, ISS Earth Storage Engineer, said the Apex Facility has sewer and gas collection systems.
ISS Waste Operations CEO David Seeley said the landfill is allowed to take 10,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day, but can add in other types of waste such as construction and demolition debris.
CEP said the landfill receives about 80 rail cars every day, delivering about 6,400 tons of waste, which they treat immediately.
“We’ve always been aware of the fact that we need less time[to waste]cooking in containers. Seeley said.
Cieply is looking to expand their system to treat ISS waste more efficiently, including using food-based chemicals to eliminate odors.
Luke Farinaro of IWS explained how the company responds to odor complaints. He said there is a hotline where individuals can call and report their situation. A smell technician, one of them 24/7, after receiving the complaint, examines, verifies and follows up.
Ciepli said odor technicians are required to conduct additional monitoring trips when they are not actively investigating.
“There’s never a time when they’re not there on a given day to make sure it’s handled in the most professional – certainly the best – format that we can. Seeley said.
Dr. Patrick Macedonia, president of the board, said that the change of ownership of the landfill in 2020 has brought good results, but the odor issue is still prevalent. He said people are complaining because they know nothing is being done.
“We can’t take the garbage out of the area.” There is Macedonia. “I think you’re doing a great job with all the technology you’re putting in, but it’s a concern for the people who live there (the odors).”
Macedonians may have first moved to Amsterdam for the country life, but the smell changed their lives, she says. He cited one complaint where those involved tried to have a picnic but couldn’t because of the smell.
The issue of the Macedonian smell does not seem to be a priority with them. The office said that he read the complaint form from IWS “Noted” The smell is not satisfactory to solve the problem.
Contesting Macedonia’s claim of a lack of priority, Ciepli said, “When they say we will make a note, this is only part of it. … We’re right up the chain of command.
When asked how many complaints per year are too many in Macedonia, Ciepli said, “One confirmed (complaint) is one too many.”
Macedonia: The smells are still coming, and I understand that’s the nature of the business, but on the other hand, I also respect those who live there.
In other business, the board renewed contracts with Noble County Epidemiology Services; With leading solutions software; And with Steubenville Plumbing; and nursing coverage for the Jefferson County Juvenile Court. The board approved three new memorandums of understanding: Facilitating Healing in Ohio Communities, Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board and Change Inc.
The board approved a mobile and temporary food program application submission policy that, according to Henry, requires a permit application no later than five days after the event, according to state regulations.
Approved a $6,170 purchase order for technology support and software licensing from Core Solutions.
In the health commissioner’s report, Henry explained that it was not a meeting prepared and reported by the Attorney General’s office in May. “Secret Meeting” But the proposal is not intended to hide any information.
Dr. Jane Culp said the nursing staff is available and at her Toronto clinic at 416 Clark St. It reports that they provide services every Monday from 9 am to 3 pm.
The report of the director of nursing, Hannah Pico, among other things, indicated that nurses provide sunscreen and sunscreen at local pools.
WIC Director Stephanie Chester reports that plans are underway for Breastfeeding Awareness Month for August, which includes a community resource fair.
The department’s 2022 audit results are in, Henry said, and the results are excellent. Finance Director Kelly Wilson said the 2023 audit will be an audit because it will spend more than $750,000 in federal funds.
The board approved a proposal to provide a $2,500 grant to SVRTA’s housing and health department to maintain a vehicle. The money will come from the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement, Wilson said.
Board members Terry Bell and Anthony Mouginis were absent from the meeting. The board’s next meeting will be July 18 at 8:15 p.m.