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Plan drastically cuts funding for landfill inspections

October 17, 2012
Special to the Town Crier

The Mahoning County Solid Waste Management District Green Team is proposing a program and funding plan for the years 2015 to 2023 that sets forth a drastic funding cut for public health while providing across the board increases for recycling initiatives. The draft plan decreases the Mahoning County District Board of Health budget from $400,000 to $300,000 (25 percent) beginning in the year 2015.

The Board of Health uses these funds throughout the county to:

monitor the quality of groundwater for residents and business located in the vicinity of the seven landfills in the county;

inspect the seven solid waste facilities located in the county;

investigate open dumping, open burning and infectious waste complaints; and

inspect compost facilities.

"A cut of this magnitude will reduce the Board of Health's ability to ensure public health and safety through well water testing for residents living adjacent to the landfills and will reduce our ability to oversee the landfill operations and investigate nuisance complaints in a timely fashion" says Patt Sweeney Mahoning County health commissioner. The Health Department has discovered public health and safety concerns in the past that due to our monitoring program were detected and corrected before they could become more serious.

"If residents want to be sure that the Health Department can continue these programs to protect their health and safety we are asking them to tell the SWMD to maintain the $400,000 funding for the Health Department."

A copy of the plan and public notices are located at



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