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New faces planning a meet and greet at solid waste district

As published in the Rutland Herald by Keith Whitcomb on Feb. 14, 2020

With a new manager and several new staff members, the local solid waste district is hoping to embrace change.

“I think you’re going to always have change, and it’s how you cope with that change,” said Mark Shea, district manager at the Rutland County Solid Waste District, in a Friday interview. “It’s not a boogeyman that’s going to come and get you. Change is part of life.”

Shea started his job at the district in September. Also, the district has a new Waste Reduction Program coordinator, Jenna Robles, and a new treasurer, Gregory Giles. It’s also moved outreach coordinator, Carl Diethelm up to full-time, as the district plans to do more with education and media.

Shea was most recently an interim town manager in Gorham, New Hampshire. Before that, he’d been town manager in Castleton until he resigned in 2017. Shea said he was also the town administrator in Readsboro for a while prior to that.

Shea said he’d planned planned to retire, but his predecessor at the solid waste district, Jim O’Gorman, suggested he apply for the job.

“There’s lots of things I think I can bring to the organization,” said Shea. He’d like to spruce up the facility at 1 Smith Road, do more with public outreach, namely through social media, make using the transfer station easier, and develop an online permit registration system. He said right now it takes the district two months of stuffing envelopes to send out renewal notices, which could be done faster and more costeffectively online.

To introduce himself and the new staff members to local waste haulers, the district has organized a dinner to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the GMP Energy Innovation Center at 66 Merchant’s Row. Those interested in attending should RSVP with Diethelm by calling 775-7209 or email carld@rcswd.com.

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Waste district refunding $150k surplus

As published in the Rutland Herald by Keith Whitcomb on February 13.

The local solid waste district will refund $150,000 to its member towns. Mark Shea, district manager of the Rutland County Solid Waste District, said in an interview Thursday the $150,000 is a budget surplus accumulated over a period of years. He said the district Board of Supervisors voted to refund the surplus to member towns based on their populations.

According to draft minutes of the board’s Dec. 4 meeting, five board members voted “yes” to refund the surplus, while four voted “no.” Voting “yes,” according to the draft minutes, were Tim Gilbert, of Castleton, Bill Gillam, of Rutland City, Bob Bixby, of Clarendon, Larry Taggart, of Ira, and Clint Wooley, of Mount Holly. Voting “no” was Gabe McGuigan, of Brandon, Carrie Dougherty, of Proctor, Paul Donaldson, of Poultney, and Nancy Gaudreau, of Pittsford.

Shea said the crux of the debate as to how to handle the surplus was essentially between those who thought it best to provide some rate-relief to member towns, and those who thought it would be better to save it for future capital expenses.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, I think,” he said. “We’ve done well with being fiscally conservative and watching our pennies.”

Shea said he has recommended that towns use their surplus refunds on infrastructure and maintenance, as these elements don’t get cheaper over time.

The checks only just went out, according to Shea, meaning not all town leaders have had a chance to discuss how to use the funds.

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