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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 16, 2018 10:43 am

Verbatim: County Department of Environmental Management established

The Journal Gazette

Allen County issued this news release today:

(February 16, 2018) — The Allen County Board of Commissioners today passed an ordinance officially dissolving the Allen County Solid Waste Management District. Taking its place, as of March 3, will be the newly established Allen County Department of Environmental Management.

The board’s action means the staff, assets, functions and duties of the district will be transferred to the new department, which will be under the authority of the commissioners. The services previously performed by the district — such as drop-off recycling trailers, Tire Day, Tox-Away Day, electronics recycling, and education awareness programs — will continue to be offered through the county DEM.

Also today, the Board of Commissioners announced that Thomas Fox will head up the new department. Fox replaces Tony Burrus, who retired last year as Solid Waste Management District director. Fox is a past executive director of the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District and previously served as Joint Town Manager for Albion and Avilla. He holds a BS in public policy and administration from Indiana University and a master’s degree from IPFW in public affairs managment.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District was established in 1991. The state legislature required counties to form the districts, which were charged with the responsibility of developing waste management and reduction plans to decrease Indiana’s dependency on landfills. Two years ago, the legislature enacted a bill which gave the commissioners the ability to dissolve the district.