Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities
2002 Volunteer of the Year
VOLUNTEER OF YEAR AWARD FOR 2002
This year’s Volunteer of the Year is a solid waste authority member
who was elected the first chairman of his county’s solid waste
authority many years ago and he has continued in that capacity ever
since. He was also one of
the original founders of your AWVSWA and has served as its chairman
also. This volunteer has
truly been a beacon in the lighthouse, who has guided his authority
through rough waters to continually improve and enhance solid waste
management within the county he represents.
At the time his stewardship began, the local landfill was destined to shut-down. It was unlined, leachate was untreated and discharging into a beautiful scenic river. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars were owed on inadequate and unreliable equipment.
Because of his stewardship and uncompromising dedication, that same landfill is now an environmental credit to the county and the community at-large. Environmental tours for school children are routinely conducted at the landfill. This county’s solid waste landfill has been recognized by Gov. Wise, as well as former Gov. Underwood and Caperton for its many environmental improvements. Under the leadership of this year’s volunteer, the authority has constructed an approved composite liner system, constructed a wetland treatment system, erected a sewage treatment plant on-site also for managing leachate,, and installed over three (3) miles of a forced main sewer to discharge the treated liquid from the landfill into the local public service district’s sewage system, where the leachate is again treated before final discharge into the river. He has led the way in establishing a solid financial base for future development and implementation of solid waste management programs.
He has been
steadfast in his commitment to replace all the obsolete and worn out
equipment at the landfill. All
the equipment is new and now owned by the authority, and a routine
replacement schedule has been established.
There are only a few accomplishments of one of your fellow