Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County's Solid Waste Manager to Retire in February; Nassau: News Comes as State Warns about Landfill

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County's Solid Waste Manager to Retire in February; Nassau: News Comes as State Warns about Landfill

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Nassau County's solid waste manager will retire next month, adding another element to the decisions county commissioners must make about solid waste operations in the county.

Nassau County Solid Waste Manager Robert McIntyre has announced his resignation effective Feb. 23. He is taking vacation before that, making Feb. 13 his last actual day on the job, he said.

McIntyre's resignation comes as commissioners are scrutinizing operations at the landfill following a flurry of warning letters from the state Department of Environmental Protection about permit violations at the West Nassau Landfill.

Commissioners also have hired a consultant to analyze the county's options for future solid waste disposal. Those options include building a new landfill, closing the existing landfill and hauling trash elsewhere, or privatizing landfill operations.

Those decisions must be made soon, officials said. The current landfill is expected to be filled in about five years, and officials have said it will take them five years to ready a new site.

McIntyre said Tuesday that when he took the job in Nassau County in 1994, he told commissioners he would only stay 10 years. Friday was his 10th anniversary, McIntyre said.

"I feel comfortable about what I've done; I've done a good job," McIntyre said. "Looking at everything, I felt it was just the right time to leave."

Larry Myers, the county's new interim administrator, said during a special commission meeting Tuesday that the landfill in Callahan, which opened in 1992, seemed to have been run well until recently.

The only time DEP had sent the county a warning letter was in April 2001, when DEP inspectors found erosion exposing buried waste, stormwater management problems and litter around the site. Those violations led to $3,250 in penalties and costs.

However, the DEP recently issued three warning letters to the county.

On Dec. …

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