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WARREN, Ohio -  Members of health departments in Trumbull County met today to gauge interest in creating a county-wide environmental court.

County leaders are looking at whether establishing one court channel to handle cases will help resolve issues, after it would brought to their attention during a community meeting in October, that changes need to be made.

"There did not seem to be an even handed way of dealing with all of these various problems in so many venues throughout the county," Dr. James Enyeart says, county health commissioner.

The court would deal with cases involving blight, illegal dumping and zoning. Warren City Law Director Greg Hicks a countywide court could help bring continuity to the system. 

"It will be a vehicle that everyone knows to go to, and how things are being enforced, instead of having a spattering of enforcement of different jurisdictions enforcing them in different ways," Hicks says.

Hicks and others agree that finding a way to fund a county-wide environmental court could be a challenge.

The county health district is proposing an assistant prosecutor and magistrate would need to be assigned to handle the cases.
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