Garbage Firm Owes Thousands

A garbage-company owner from Boise, who also operates businesses in California, is being sued for $528,000 by a Contra Costa County, Calif., sanitary district.

Sanitary District controller Debbie Ratcliff said Doug Lomow of Dispose-All Inc. owes the district franchise fees dating back to December 1994.

District officials began investigating Dispose-All after Lomow demanded a rate increase of up to 28 percent, saying it was necessary to help his company avoid bankruptcy, Ratcliff said.

The sanitary district pressed Lomow to show them his financial records, but had to go to court before Lomow cooperated, Ratcliff added.

He proposed rate hikes for Ada County, when Dispose-All had the county contract. But in Ada County, it was Lomow who sued.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Susan Thomas said Boise Ada Dispose-All owes the county $53,392 in unpaid landfill fees.

Boise Ada Dispose-All handled trash locally for 33 years. But after Lomow demanded rate increases of 34 percent, his relationship with the Ada County Commission soured.

After the commissioners approved an 8 percent increase, the company sued, saying it was not enough. In 1994, when Dispose-All’s contract expired, Ada County awarded the contract to Browning-Ferris Industries.

Dispose-All now is suing Ada County for an unspecified amount of money and has asked a judge to force the county to continue using Dispose-All’s services. The county is preparing to countersue Lomow for its landfill fees.


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