Verhoeff to head Solid Waste Authority

Photo by Matt Hamilton, The Daily Citizen  Dirk Verhoeff, interim director of the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, was recently named the sole finalist for the post of director. The authority's board is expected to finalize his appointment in November. 

Photo by Matt Hamilton, The Daily Citizen

Dirk Verhoeff, interim director of the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, was recently named the sole finalist for the post of director. The authority's board is expected to finalize his appointment in November. 

Dirk Verhoeff says becoming director of the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority has been "a professional and personal goal of mine" for several years.

Verhoeff has worked for the authority for nine years as environmental manager and project manager and has been interim director since shortly after director Norman Barashick announced his retirement after more than 20 years with the authority in May. And earlier this month, the authority's board named Verhoeff the sole finalist to be the authority's next director.

Authority employees are legally employees of the city of Dalton. Dalton Human Resources Director Greg Batts said Verhoeff's salary has not been finalized. He said ads for the job did not specify a salary but Barashick was earning about $90,000 a year.

"It was an easy choice," said Whitfield County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Babb, who is on the authority board. "Dirk has regularly reported to us during our meetings, and he came highly recommended by Norman. We felt that we had a good employee who had been there for several years and had taken on increasing responsibility during that time, and we thought that we need to encourage and reward that sort of employee."

Verhoeff has a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"As environmental manager, I've been responsible for all the regulatory compliance and reporting that goes along with operating a solid waste facility," he said. "We have permits with the state and the feds. There's a lot of monitoring and reporting that goes along with that."

"And on the project management side, when I started, they had just started the landfill natural gas collection system, so I have managed that from day one," he said.

As director, he will be responsible for the budget and financial side as well.

The authority has an annual budget of about $5 million.

"We are an enterprise fund, so all of our revenues come from the customers who use our services," he said.

The authority has 36 full-time employees and three part-time employees. It operates the landfill on the south end of the county and convenience centers on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Dalton, McGaughey Chapel Road in Cohutta and Miracle Drive in Westside. It also oversees and monitors the closed landfill in Westside.

Verhoeff says he doesn't foresee any major changes at the authority.

"We've got staff who have been here 20, 25 years. Everything runs very well, so I don't see any need for change, at least not right now," he said.

"I'm rooted in the community. My wife is a Dalton native. We have two children, and I'm really excited about this opportunity," he said.

PUBLIC NOTICE - FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

 March 7, 2016 

PUBLIC NOTICE

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority’s Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 2:30 PM at the Dalton City Hall, 1st Floor “Clerk’s” Conference Room, 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton Georgia. The meeting is to discuss the investment strategies and is open to the public. 

Questions concerning this meeting should be directed to Norman Barashick, Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, at (706) 277-2545 or email nbarashick@dwswa.org. 

 

 DALTON-WHITFIELD REGIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY P.O. BOX 1205 Dalton, GA 30722-1205 706-277-2545 Fax 706-277-2546 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - PUBLIC HEARING

January 8, 2016 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

PUBLIC HEARING

The Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (DWRSWMA), in accordance with Section 391-3-4-.02-(4)-(a) of the Rules of Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Chapter 391-3-4, Solid Waste Management, will hold a public hearing to discuss the submission of a permit modification request. The permit modification is considered to be a major modification by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. The major modification application specifically requests that the Permittee be allowed to expand, design, build, and operate an inert waste landfill at the closed Rocky Face - Westside Landfill facility, located at 1536 Miracle Drive, Rocky Face, Georgia. This modification will provide local residents with access to manage inert waste materials in the western portion of Whitfield County. This public hearing will be held during the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners meeting, on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 6:00 PM, in ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING #2, LOCATED at 214 W. KING STREET.

 

 DALTON-WHITFIELD REGIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

706-277-2545 

PUBLIC NOTICE - FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

October 23, 2014 

PUBLIC NOTICE 

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING 

The Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority’s Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 9:30 AM at the Dalton City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton Georgia. The meeting is open to the public. 

Questions concerning this meeting should be directed to Norman Barashick, Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, at (706) 277-2545 or email nbarashick@dwswa.org. 

PUBLIC NOTICE: CHANGE OF MEETING TIME

PUBLIC NOTICE: CHANGE OF MEETING TIME

The Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at Dalton City Hall – 1st Floor, Mayor and Council Chambers, 300 Waugh Street, Dalton, Georgia. This change in meeting time is to ensure a quorum.

Questions concerning this revised meeting time should be directed to Norman Barashick, Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, at

(706) 277-2545 or e-mail nbarashick@dwswa.org.