At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Enforcement Officer Dave Stubber reported traveling 462 miles and working 152 hours between April 24 and May 19. He conducted three new investigations: one dumping on Bendigo Road and two incidents of failing to file a permit for demolition. One citation is expected, the other permit violation will be investigated by DEP and Stubber expects a successful prosecution in the dumping incident.
Stubber requested permission to base himself at the Elk County Community Recycling Center instead of driving to Ridgway daily. He said In the 19 days he worked since April 24, 14 were spent at the recycling center.
"I'm over there four days a week, mostly five days a week," Stubber said. "I guess if the board will allow me, I'd like to move my office over there. I feel I could get the jobs done with email with [Conservation District/Solid Waste Authority Secretary] Diane [Myers] and [Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator] Becky [Titchner], with phone calls. One of them's over there three days a week, and I would be coming over here to them for staff meetings and so on.
"I'm losing at least an hour a day [of work] traveling back and forth [from the center to Ridgway]."
He said the only cost associated with him moving over to the center would be for an internet hookup.
Elk County Solid Waste Authority Chairman Russ Braun said since Stubber is actually employed by the Elk County Conservation District, permission for the move would be needed from Conservation District Manager Steve Putt. Stubber said he already spoke to Putt, who consented to the plan. A motion to recommend that Stubber move his office to the recycling center was approved by the authority.
Braun said the authority should also look into revising Stubber's contract because it is more than eight years old. Authority members will receive a copy of the contract agreement to review.
Stubber also commented on summer worker Mike Lenze, whom he said has been a big help at the center.
"He's a good worker. He's catching right on to everything over there," Stubber said, also mentioning that intern Seth from the Conservation District has been a big help as well.
"They're awesome. We have awesome summer workers," Titchner said, adding that this help is more important than ever because one of the center's regular volunteers is out with a broken foot.
Regarding the part-time help position at the center, the Elk County Commissioners are looking into the matter and will make a report to the authority. At prior meetings, there was discussion about hiring someone part-time for the recycling center, salary amount, and if that person would be paid through the county or the authority.
According to an email report provided by Veolia Greentree Landfill Manager Don Henrichs, who was not able to attend the meeting, the landfill has been accepting an average of between 2,200 and 3,500 tons per day. Henrichs said drill cutting-related volumes from oil and gas drilling sites have lessened when compared with last year.
"They're capping leachate treatment at the plant. Everything's working well," said Titchner.
Pick up a copy of the Friday, May 25, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.