Comer back as Gary Sanitary Board leader
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 April 7, 2014 11:11PM
Updated: May 9, 2014 6:26AM
GARY — Richard Comer is again president of the Gary Sanitary Board of Commissioners, just one month after his ouster.
By a 4-1 vote Monday, commissioners elected Comer to succeed Nelson Tinsley, who resigned from the board last month, citing his wife’s ill health.
Comer, who had no comment on the election, was also elected president of the Gary Storm Water Management Board, which consists of the same members as the sanitary board.
Meanwhile, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson named former board member Charles Jackson to replace Tinsley. Jackson said he served on the board for eight years until last year.
In other business, the sanitary board approved a contract, not to exceed $85,000, with Pro-Tree, of Lake Station, for to handle yard waste for the district and convert it into mulch and compost.
Executive Director Dan Vicari said the sanitary district handles about 55 tons of yard waste per year and was recently certified by the state to sell mulch and compost to wholesalers. Vicari said sales from the yard waste could net about $45,000 a year.
The sanitary district paid its previous waste hauler $200,000 annually to haul away yard waste, but Waste Management, the city’s current trash collector, does not collect yard waste in the city.
Citizens can pick up free mulch and compost at a city-authorized dump site at 7015 W. 5th Ave., Vicari said.