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LSSWMD rolls with changes

Published 10:07am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Change is inevitable in life, many times resulting in a positive impact after the initial shock and fear fades away. Hopefully that will be the case when it comes to the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District.

The semi-government agency has long been managed by the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization and has been very successful in helping keep the two counties cleaner and environmentally safer for those who call the region home.

Last week the district’s board voted to terminate the partnership with the CAO and become somewhat of a standalone agency.

In and of itself this may not be a bad thing. The proof will be in the pudding, so to speak, or more precisely in the way our county looks in a few years.

CAO officials say it will have little impact on their organization and solid waste employees say much the same thing.

It is interesting the board chose to do this now when it appears to have been functioning very well. The exact motivation remains unclear.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter who operates the agency as long as director Dan Palmer and his excellent staff are given the same ability to make a positive impact.

That is far more important than what organization oversees the agency.

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