ABC 6 - Search Results
Neighbors Furious About "Sludge Lagoon"
COMMERCIAL POINT (Ben Garbarek) -- A Scioto Township trustee is taking a lot of heat because of a proposed sludge lagoon on his property.
More than 500 people packed into the gym at Teays Valley West Middle School to voice their concerns about the project. The lagoon would hold about 10 million gallons of human and animal waste that could be turned into fertilizer.
"There's going to be a bad odor every day," said Dana Lehman who lives about a mile away. "For a lot of us, it's a health concern."
Scioto Township Trustee Michael Struckman took a lot of criticism at the meeting.
"This is my property," Struckman said. "I'm the sole owner of it. I'm the one that made the decision to look into this."
Other township trustees learned about this less than a week ago after someone spotted a notice in the local newspaper.
"How this type of situation can be permitted with a mere public notice in a local newspaper is beyond belief," said Mike Ness, the village solicitor.
One by one people at the meeting went after Struckman and his planned lagoon. The packed house got testy at times. No one in attendance seemed happy about the project.
Several appeals have been filed with the Ohio EPA to stop the sludge lagoon.
Struckman said he would not put it in this fall, but he made no guarantees about next year.
"I did nothing illegal," Struckman said. "I followed every rule there is and where are my rights?"
That's little comfort for the people living near where the lagoon would be built.
"The only thing that would make me feel better is if they move it 20 miles east," Lehman said. "I don't want it here period."
Struckman is up for reelection next week, but he's running unopposed. People at the meeting Monday asked how soon they might be able to recall Struckman after the November election.