PDT Staff Writer
For months attorneys with the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District (LSSWMD) and the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization (CAO) have been working towards a resolution for their ongoing dispute concerning the ownership of vehicles and money.
Late last week CAO determined it had no interest in a 2010 limited edition Econo Hauler utility trailer formally used by LSSWMD. They released the trailer and it’s contents to LSSWMD.
According to Dan Palmer, Director of LSSWMD they were informed of the release of the trailer last Friday with the Lawrence Countywide Cleanup scheduled for the next day.
“I’m very excited we have the trailer that I believe was rightfully ours to begin with. That trailer was obtained through an ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) grant in 2009. We have used the trailer at a lot of events and you won’t find another trailer equipped like this one is,” Palmer said.
Palmer said having the trailer back is a good thing but, it presents it’s own set of challenges with out having their other vehicles equipped to haul it.
He said he was informed it would take two or three weeks to get the trailer insured and get a county license plate on it.
According to Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Danielle Parker, the two parties (LSSWMD and CAO) are continuing to work towards a solution on this issue.
“CAO is claiming no interest in those (tool trailer and its contents) items and has no objection to the Solid Waste District having and using them,” Parker sad.
Parker said there could be a resolution between the two parties.
“We are negotiating back and forth, for a possible resolution. We are talking to their attorney and when we were talking, both sides needed to talk to their client. We have asked him to get in touch with client and see what they are willing to agree to, so that we are not basically betting against ourselves. Once we hear back from him (the CAO attorney) then we’ll know which way to go.”
Parker said CAO’s attorney mentioned he would not be able to get back with her until after CAO’s next board of directors meeting, which is the third Tuesday of the month.
When asked if this was an indication of a possible solution she said, “It seems like both parties seem to be open to trying to reach a resolution that’s agreeable to both of them.”
CAO Executive Director, D.R. Gossett said, “It was hard for us to determine who owned it, because we had no record of purchasing it. Finally the county’s records gave us enough information to say it’s not ours.”
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