New Castle City Council tabled appointments to the New Castle Sanitation Authority Nov. 22 after a resident suggested a possible conflict.

Mary Ellen Jessel said she is concerned David Richards has a potential conflict of interest because he works for Pat Copple who has a contract to haul sludge from the authority's sewage treatment plant. She asked that council look into the matter.

Councilman Rob Ratkovich made a motion that Richards' and Reno Marcotuli's reappointments to the board be tabled so the city solicitor could determine whether there are any conflicts.

Richard Christofer, authority executive director, said Nov. 23 that when Copple was affiliated with Copple-Rizzo, the firm had the sludge removal contract. The last year the firm had the agreement was in 2001, he said.

Eco Technologies of New Castle now has the contract, Christofer said.

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