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Lake County, Ind., Waste District Officials Seek Way Forward Amid 'Embarrassments'

Lake County, Ind., Waste District Officials Seek Way Forward Amid 'Embarrassments'

Parking spaces and scissors may be key to reforming "embarrassing" spending practices within the Lake County solid waste district, several board members say.

Board Chairman David Hamm and at least three other board members said parking the district's five current take-home cars and discontinuing the district's four credit cards would be good first steps to reforming what Hamm called an "embarrassing" trend of "excessive" spending.

Board members Hamm and Crown Point's Bob Clemons said they want a new director selected from outside the agency to replace former Executive Director Jeff Langbehn and the tradition of excessive spending of taxpayer money that occurred under his watch.

Better oversight of Lake County Solid Waste Management District spending by the agency's fiscal officer and discontinuing the position of a full-time waste district lawyer also are ideas being discussed.

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