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Future focus considered

Outgoing director presents ideas



The outgoing head of a local recycling and go-green initiative laid out some of his ideas for the future of the organization Friday in a quarterly meeting of the Keeping Logan County Beautiful Committee.

Alan Hale said the group may continue its informal setup, but he would like to see it sustain its efforts to support education, whether by scholarships or teacher grants, and to step up its efforts to clean county highways.

As director of Logan County Solid Waste District, Mr. Hale has been able to put the weight of that organization into KLCB. His retirement, effective Aug. 2, offers a chance for the local Keeping America Beautiful chapter to sharpen its focus.

One example is roadside recycling. KLCB has a section of highway its members clean several times each year. Group members might partner to clean rural highways with farmers and township trustees, many of whom already take it upon themselves to clean their sections of county roads, Mr. Hale said, noting that he would also be willing to help that effort along.

The committee must also consider whether it wants to continue to offer an annual scholarship, or whether to redirect some of those funds in the form of teacher grants. KLCB has handed out scholarships for about a dozen years, Mr. Hale said, but teacher grants have a potential to reach a greater number of children.

KLCB activities have long been supported by voluntary contributions from members and often their sponsoring business or organization.

The committee has a current account balance of $139.57, and Mr. Hale said word will soon be sent to potential donors asking for contributions.

“When our treasury gets low we ask for support and our members provide the necessary funding to meet our basic financial obligations,” according to literature distributed at Friday’s meeting.

Those obligations are limited to the academic scholarships and annual memberships to Keep America Beautiful and Keep Ohio Beautiful.

The committee’s membership list is a collection of about 80 e-mails Mr. Hale has amassed over time. He said an annual widespread e-mail would suffice as an acknowledgment of membership.

Members include environmental engineers and community leaders from numerous county businesses. They’re attracted from industry, business, education, government and private citizens.

“The common thread among members is their interest in improving industrial business, and community methods for utilizing the least material and energy to produce a valued product or service consistent with preserving the environment of Logan County, Ohio, and the world,” reads Mr. Hale’s prepared pamphlet.

To join, interested parties may contact any KLCB member or Logan County Solid Waste Management District.

Efforts to find Mr. Hale’s replacement as director of the solid waste management district should be winding down. In-house applicants Tom Erwin and Angel Payne were among the handful or so interested parties interviewed last week by Logan County Commissioners.

A retirement party for Mr. Hale is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at SWCD offices, 1100 S. Detroit St.

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