MOUNT VERNON — The outstanding bill from last spring’s Jericho Road oil spill has finally been paid.
Richard Dzik, acting director of the Knox Emergency Management Agency, told the Local Emergency Planning Committee Wednesday that the invoice sent to the tank owner for the $4,592.68 cost of containment and cleanup of the spill has been paid in full. Of that, $3,200 went to the company that performed the cleanup and $1,392.68 is being paid to Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District for the costs it incurred during the incident.
The issue of payment for costs incurred at two other incidents was also brought up.
In September 2011, an automobile accident on Glenn Road resulted in a gasoline spill into a waterway. An invoice was sent in the amount of $1,448.97 to cover the cost of cleanup and containment incurred by EMA and Mount Vernon Fire Department. To date, $250 has been received from the insurance company to cover this invoice.
An anti-feeze spill on Mill Street in Fredericktown resulted in an invoice of $2,261.04 for containment and cleanup. To date, $261.04 has been received by LEPC. Dzik said he will need to check records to see if any arrangements were made for payment in installment.
Fredericktown Police Chief Jerry Day said he did not submit any bills for on-duty officers.
“That’s just the cost of doing business,” he said, explaining that the bills should be for overtime or extra personnel needed due to the incident.
Knox County Safety and Loss Control Director Emily Marth reported that about 20 applications have been received for the vacant EMA director’s position. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. March 23.
Health Commissioner Julie Miller said the Ohio Department of Health has said the hospital and public health portions of the local emergency response plan need to be reviewed and updated. A review committee is being formed to look over the revised plan.
Miller said he didn’t think major changes are needed, but identification of resources available needs to be updated.