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Lake County Solid Waste Management District

Lake County officials ask, but may not receive budget wishes

CROWN POINT | Local government officials took advantage of the one day in the year when they can ask for salary increases, more employees and new office supplies and no one tells them no.

September 03, 2014 7:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Langbehn should offer resignation

Jeff Langbehn has served the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for 21 years. The executive director can now best serve the district by resigning.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Jeff Langbehn's 21-year tenure as director of the Lake County solid waste district has survived a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement, a failed trash-to-ethanol contract costing taxpayers thousands more and a nearly successful legislative attempt to strip his agency's taxing authority.

September 01, 2014 11:00 pm
PODCAST: Political Roundtable (8/22/14)

PODCAST: Political Roundtable (8/22/14)

The Times' Doug Ross and Crista Zivanovic discuss local transportation issues and spending within the Lake County Solid Waste Management District and Porter County.

August 21, 2014 3:43 pm

Expensive graduation gift isn't only perk for waste district employee

A $751.14 designer purse and matching accessories weren't the only perks a Lake County solid waste district employee received -- at taxpayer expense -- for completing her master's degree, a Times review shows.

August 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Waste district board to discuss purse purchase, Langbehn's future

Lake County officials plan to meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of an agency director who bought a $751.14 designer purse and accessories as a gift for a subordinate using a government credit card.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
PODCAST: Political Roundtable (8/14/2014)

PODCAST: Political Roundtable (8/14/2014)

This week's Roundtable discusses the outrage over the Lake County Solid Waste Management District's finances, two lawsuits by Indiana that could would affect Hoosiers and the battle between Glenda Ritz and Mike Pence

August 14, 2014 1:45 pm

Merrillville residentrs urged to collect caps for benches

MERRILLVILLE | The Town of Merrillville will be receiving free recycled benches thanks to a Cap-A-Thon program initiated by Town Councilwoman Chrissy Barron.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Agency's purse strings need tight control

EDITORIAL: Agency's purse strings need tight control

Lake County Solid Waste Management District Executive Director Jeff Langbehn said in the past the briefcase purchased for an employee's graduation gift was similar to the one he bought his own son. Really? He bought his son a designer handbag?

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

At least four Lake County solid waste district officials said they were misled last month by district Executive Director Jeff Langbehn regarding the purchase of a $751.14 graduation gift for a female government employee.

August 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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MICHAEL NEAL: Lake solid waste board misses mark

MICHAEL NEAL: Lake solid waste board misses mark

Call me a nerd, but I have always been interested in the happenings of nearly every aspect of government, even more obscure ones like the Lake County Solid Waste Management District.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County waste officials trash district's spending practices

Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

DOUG ROSS: Offer fresh ideas to boost recycling

Solid waste districts will be under the gun soon to boost recycling participation rates. It's embarrassing, frankly, how low they are in some areas.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
WILLIAM NANGLE: Solid waste district forming a solid plan?

WILLIAM NANGLE: Solid waste district forming a solid plan?

Perhaps there is life after death. That's what might be happening with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
Girl Scouts recycle plastic caps to earn school a bench

Girl Scouts recycle plastic caps to earn school a bench

CEDAR LAKE | Lincoln Elementary School's fifth-grade Girl Scout Troop 30457 from Cedar Lake Service Unit 308 participated in the Lake County Solid Waste Management District's Cap-A-Thon Program and earned a free bench made of recycled materials for its school. The scouts collected 400 pounds…

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
Bottle cap drive earns park bench for Hammond YMCA branch

Bottle cap drive earns park bench for Hammond YMCA branch

HAMMOND | What started as a small idea turned into a big success story recently for the Hammond branch of Crossroads YMCA.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am
Trash turning into treasure for area waste districts

Trash turning into treasure for area waste districts

Jeff Langbehn took a look back at 2013 figures for the Lake County Solid Waste Management District early this year and was pleased with what he saw.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Foundation funds Tri-Creek studies from art to trout

Foundation funds Tri-Creek studies from art to trout

LOWELL | The Tri-Creek Education Foundation Inc. was able to increase its 12th annual $10,000 competitive grant opportunity to almost $25,000 this year due to generous donations from the community and a $5,000 grant from the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for grants that highlig…

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Here are some additional Christmas gifts

RICH JAMES: Here are some additional Christmas gifts

I suspect Santa will have forgotten to deliver some gifts today. I’ll help him out with presents to the following:

December 25, 2013 12:00 am
Ridge View students participating in A Bench For Caps Program

Ridge View students participating in A Bench For Caps Program

HOBART | The students at Ridge View Elementary School in Hobart are participating in a recycling project called A Bench for Caps or ABC.

October 10, 2013 2:35 pm
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