You can’t help but notice the excitement WPCC Manager Steve Baytos conveys when he talks about his new job at Avon Lake Municipal Utilities.
“The board’s five-year expansion plan for the Water Pollution Control Center has a very green feel about it. For example, we are looking into reusing the plant’s methane by-product as a fuel and recycling the residual sludge as a fertilizer. All the personnel are top notch. They really know their business,” said Steve.
Steve spent five years in the private sector as an environmental engineering consultant for Sanborn, Head & Associates, and as plant foreman for Clean Harbors Chemical and Hazardous Material Response Services. He served ten years in the public sector as a wastewater plant operator and, most recently, as Assistant Superintendent of Elyria’s Wastewater Pollution Control Plant, before starting in July at ALMU.
Steve has a BS Environmental Science from Youngstown State University. He has a Class IV Wastewater Operator License. Steve is an Operator Training Committee of Ohio trainer and has co-authored a presentation, “Recycled flows and how to treat them,” for a North Eastern Section meeting of the Ohio Water Environment Association.
Stephen Baytos IV lives in Elyria. His son, Stephen V, is a junior at Elyria High School. Daughter Sydney is an 8th grader at Northwood Middle School. Their mother, Debbie Baytos/Heck, teaches math at Elyria High.
Steve says his hobbies are “whatever the kids are into.” He played semi-pro football as offensive lineman for the North Coast Outlaws of Cleveland, and is a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-l7th-century Europe.
Steve’s specialty is medieval fighting.