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Greenco puts up; won’t have to shut up – yet

By Walter Geiger Greenco Environmental will have until November 11 to remove composted material from its embattled facility on Roger Brown Drive in the local industrial park. Greenco principals Tim and Melia Lesko presented the county with an irrevocable letter of credit drawn on Quantum Bank in the amount of $15,000 Friday. “We can call the bank at any time and demand the money. The bank has to honor the letter on demand,” county commission chairman Jay Matthews said. Matthews termed the $15,000 “a drop in the bucket” when it comes to cleaning up the Greenco site. ”We could clean it up. It would take about a month and a lot of fuel. That would be the highest of the fixed costs. We have the manpower and equipment,” the chairman added. Greenco has been under court order not to accept any new material for composting. Now it has six more months to remove mountains of completed compost from its facility. At a hearing May 9, Judge Tommy Wilson expressed frustration with the Leskos and the ongoing controversy that has arisen due to noxious odors emanating from the facility. Those odors will be around for awhile. ”When they move it and expose material it will smell but it would smell if we moved it. Hopefully they can sell it, get it out of there and clean the place up. The compost has value,” Matthews said. The county intends to demand a status report from Greenco on August 10 and, if there has been no substantial work done, will take the matter back to Judge Wilson.

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