Retired State Trooper Eddie Turner has been hired by the county to serve as its solid waste coordinator. Turner is filling the position last held by Dwight Cockrill, who retired the first of December.
The purpose of the position of solid waste coordinator is to serve as the single point of contact for the coordination, implementation, and management of solid waste activities in Logan County. The solid waste coordinator will implement the county’s solid waste management plan, as well as other responsibilities as shall be prescribed in the county administrative code and other duties as assigned by the Judge-Executive. This position is considered and treated as a full time position.
The solid waste coordinator is perpetually updating or improving the existing waste collection and disposal systems and is responsible for managing the county’s solid waste franchise agreement. Logan County’s current franchised county waste hauler is Scott Waste LLC. The coordinator is responsible for developing enforcement procedures and law enforcement agencies coordination. This person also works with the county attorney to amend or develop new solid waste ordinances. The solid waste coordinator maintains a comprehensive inventory of open dumps and coordinates the cleanup of open dumps.
Minor duties include attending, participating, and facilitating communication on behalf Logan County, as directed by the Judge-Executive, at all meetings at which Logan County Government has a presence as it pertains to solid waste.
The solid waste coordinator compiles and presents solid waste information and provides technical assistance to the fiscal court and county employees. The coordinator provides information to the public on solid waste issues and activities and will establish a public education program. This program will include public awareness activities in source reduction, recycling, and composting; articles in local papers, workshops, forums, press releases, giving speeches before civic organizations and communities on waste management issues and topics, interagency liaison work, and identifying recycling facilities accepting area recyclables.
The solid waste coordinator is responsible for the Litter Abatement program, which includes crews of inmates clearing the county roads of litter and debris. Within this program, public awareness on the negative ramifications of littering is key to reducing the amount of waste that collects in the ditches of our community. Placing signage as well as educating the public is a large responsibility for the coordinator.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.