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Medina County loses waste lawsuit

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MEDINA — Envision Waste Services LLC has won a $1 million judgment against Medina County, the board of commissioners and the Medina County Solid Waste Management District.

A jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court before voting 8-0 in favor of the Cleveland-based company at 4451 Renaissance Parkway.

Steven M. Viny, CEO of Envision, said he had no comment regarding the lawsuit.

Envision ran the Central Processing Facility for more than 20 years until the contract expired in January 2015 — one month before a breach-of-

contract lawsuit was filed in Judge Joyce V. Kimbler’s court. Kimbler and Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier both recused themselves from the lawsuit, citing a conflict of interest.

Visiting Judge Thomas J. Pokorny heard the case in common pleas court.

Envision sought recovery of $1,020,046.21 for “local pass-through fees associated with the operation of the CPF, in addition to other required payments,” according to court documents.

The fees were imposed by landfills for gate charges for disposal and transportation, and according to the lawsuit, the county never reimbursed the company for them. Envision claimed it should have been reimbursed for the fees.

The company said several invoices it sent were ignored.

County Administrator Scott Miller said the county would have no further comment other than a statement that was released Thursday, which read, “The court rendered a jury decision in favor of Envision Waste Services for disputed fees under a prior contract. While the court was thorough in its process, the county does not necessarily agree with the outcome. The county is evaluating its options.”

Whether that means appealing the verdict is unclear.

Envision was one of four finalists this year to run the CPF and handle the processing and recovery of recyclables, as well as the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste. Rumpke of Ohio received the 10-year contract worth an estimated $4.9 million per year in September.

Others in contention were Entsorga of Tortona, Italy, and Kimble Cos. of Dover.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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