There is $41.2 million in Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc.’s perpetual care fund, Oregon Law Director Paul Goldberg told city council last Monday.
Councilman James Seaman had inquired about the fund at a special council meeting on April 20.
At the time, council was considering spending an additional $24,900 on ARCADIS, Inc., which is helping the city prepare for its appeal of a permit granted to the hazardous waste facility by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to heighten Cell M, its only active landfill on Otter Creek Road. The permit gives Envirosafe the green light to increase the height of Cell M by 80 feet, allowing for the disposal of a substantial amount of hazardous waste.
Goldberg had told Seaman that he believed the fund, which pays for closure, post-closure and perpetual care of the Envirosafe site, had $20 million.
The Ohio EPA administers the fund, which is held in trust.
The Ohio EPA said the current balance of the fund is $41.2 million, said Goldberg last Monday.
“That’s the amount, as of today,” said Goldberg. “They have built that fund up over the years.”
Tom Hays, the city’s attorney who specializes in environmental issues, will get an official report and update on the fund, said Goldberg.
“Glad to hear that the fund is doing well,” said Seaman. “We may need that because we don’t know what the history of that landfill is, and when it will end. We need to have some support financially so we can keep that clean.”
The city, with the help of ARCADIS, will appeal the Ohio EPA’s ruling before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) on May 18.
Hays has been working with ARCADIS, which has experience designing and building landfills.
Council approved of spending the additional money on ARCADIS, which will provide expert testimony at the hearing. ARCADIS believes the slopes of the landfill are unsafe.
Also at the meeting, council:
•Heard from Goldberg about another lawsuit filed against the city filed earlier this month by a Street Department employee regarding an appeal of a worker’s compensation decision. “His claim was he had aggravated a previous injury and was denied by the Industrial Commission,” said Goldberg. “He gets to file a lawsuit and an appeal simultaneously naming the city and the Industrial Commission as defendants. The attorney general’s office will be working on that because they defended the decision on the Industrial Commission;
•Heard Administrator Ken Filipiak inform council of the city’s new audio-visual equipment that was installed in council chambers that will assist in training and other communication efforts. “It will help to enhance our presentations in the future,” said Filipiak. He noted its many benefits, including use by the Planning Commission when it seeks quick access to property records. “It will be good for us to use for council meetings and employee training, and a variety of things. I know that the public will appreciate it.”
•Heard an update from Public Service Director Paul Roman on plans to install new sidewalks on the south side of Starr Avenue, between Coy and Lallendorf roads. “We’re planning on the south side of Starr because there are more subdivisions on the south side. Also, on the south side of Pickle, from Coy Road to Coy School,” said Roman.