JB Green Team reorganizes

BELLAIRE — The JB Green Team board of trustees met Monday evening for its annual organizational realignment, retaining Bob Chapman as chairman.

Chapman thanked the board advising that he would fill the post but cautioned that he plans to run for the vacant 6th ward seat on Steubenville council and may have to resign if he is elected.

Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland was selected as vice-chair but told board members that he could not fill the chairman position in the event that Chapman would resign.

Bruce Misselwitz was nominated and elected to remain as board secretary.

Executive committee members for 2013 will be Chapman as chair, Coffland, Dave Maple, Misselwitz and Cathy Davison. Davison will chair the finance committee with Barb Godwin, Paul Riethmiller and Chapman. John Abdella will again chair the personnel committee with Mark McVey, Riethmiller, Anthony Kolaski and Terry Bell seated. Barb Godwin will chair the grants committee with Rob Sproul, William Weekley and McVey.

Tom Bottorf will chair the planning committee with Sproul, Misselwitz, Chuck Dawson and Bell.

The board renewed contracts with Dave Hays as fiscal officer and John Mascio Jr., as solicitor for the JB Green Team. The contract with Hays for three years and Mascio for one year will be referered to the finance committee for terms.

Cliff Meyers delivered the executive director’s report stating that the compactor is two weeks out and will be delivered with two containers with lids. Meyers also asked the board to approve $250,000 for an additional front loading truck. The fourth unit will be purchased due to expanding recycling units and Meyers also cited that three of the Mac truck body units had broken down with similar electrical issues in December.

The board approved the expense suggesting that the purchase be directed to a different manufacturer and may finance the purchase.

Meyers also told the board that the JB Green team would need to submit a new solid waste plan by January of 2014 and due to time constraints they would need to contract the services of an engineering firm.

It was decided that the board would contract with GT Environmental for a feasability and marketing study to give the board a cost breakdown. The board approved $30,000 for the study and approved proceeding with the expendature of an additional $30,000 for a second study to define particular policies and projects if the initial study determines feasability of the plan.

“We have a kind of unique situation with a transfer station and I will be contacting the Ohio Environmental Agency as the project is not in the current plan,” said Meyers. “The proposal with scope will be referred to the planning committee upon receiving the feasability study from GT Environmental.”

“We are bumping up against deadlines,” added Meyers. “The next step in the process is fast approaching in March.”

Meyers also reported that the glass segregation program had collected 15 tons at $27 a ton last month. He also stated that the Powhatan Point Curbside Program will continue on a provisional basis for 6 months.

Barb Godwin told the board that less than half of the forms had been returned from the 2012 grant program, “The deadline is from the first of February and forms not returned with photos by that date will be determined inelligible.”

Misselwitz gave the APEX report in which he told the board that the landfill had been approved to accept solidifcation from the drilling industry. “APEX can not accept any liquid waste.

“The radioactive waste is a concern however the liquid can not leave the drilling site for 27 days and must be solid before entering the landfill.”

Misselwitz reported that the license for the facility had been renewed after negotations also reporting that Ohio HB 592 review had prompted standardization of inspections and he would update the board at the february meeting.

The Grand Theater Restoration Project of Steubenville had asked the board for a grant to remove five barrels of Methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane. The project is asking for assistance in the $2000 removal fee bid by Enviro Service of Cleveland.

The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Steubenville City Hall.