Dismissed landfill supervisor is back on the job

January 05, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

A supervisor at the Millersville Landfill, fired last summer after an environmental cleanup ran $1.7 million over budget, returned to work yesterday.

A county Department of Utilities spokeswoman confirmed William J. Taylor was "rehired" as the assistant chief in the Bureau of Solid Waste. He reported for work at 7:45 a.m. yesterday, she said.

"His duties are in line with his position and classification," county spokeswoman Jody Vollmar said, declining further comment.

Mr. Taylor also declined comment yesterday when he was contacted at the landfill on Burns Crossing Road.

The cost overrun occurred when employees within the Bureau of Solid Waste asked Potts & Callahan Inc., a Baltimore contractor, to install additional erosion controls without obtaining the necessary authorization.

Officials have declined to say what role Mr. Taylor played in the cost overrun.

The county hired the firm in April, under an emergency contract to bring the 567-acre landfill into compliance with state erosion control laws. The county agreed to pay Potts & Callahan $997,000 for its time and materials.

Surprised to receive bills totaling $2.7 million in late July, county utilities and finance officials ordered the contractor to stop work and began an audit. County officials concluded the contractor had done nothing wrong. They said the additional work was necessary to comply with an order from the Maryland Department of the Environment to bring the landfill into compliance.

"This work would have been authorized anyway if the proper procedures had been followed," Ms. Vollmar said last summer. "We just didn't do the paper work."

Ms. Vollmar said yesterday that the county has paid the $1.7 million in overruns out of fees paid by the residents and businesses using the landfill.

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