BPA recommends new plant operator

SALINEVILLE-A new waste water treatment plant operator may soon be in place following Monday night’s meeting of the village’s Board of Public Affairs.

Board President James Brammer announced he had received a letter of interest regarding the plant operator position from Kevin Koval of Youngstown.

Koval, who is currently employed by Deniro Environmental Services of Canfield, has been working in the waste water treatment field for 20 years and holds a class III waste water license, as well as a number II water distribution license, according to his letter.

Koval has been assisting current plant operator Joe Deniro at the plant since August 2013.

Brammer said Koval recently informed him he is in the process of forming his own waste water treatment company. He noted that if Koval is hired as plant operator, he will likely subcontract some work out to Deniro’s employees.

“The only one who will be out of the picture is Joe (Deniro),” said Brammer.

Deniro informed the board last month that he was resigning as plant operator effective June 1. He was hired in February 2013, following a long search for a suitable operator. He did not sight a specific reasons for his resignation.

Board members have speculated Deniro’s resignation was due to the sewage plant’s multiple EPA violations coupled with the many commitments to other municipalities.

With board member Curtis Taggert absent, Brammer and board member Kim Adams voted to recommend Koval for hire, which must be approved by village council.