Landfill expansion nears completion

Started last spring, the 9.3-acre project on time

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County landfill’s $5.4 million expansion project off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown — begun last spring — has basically been completed.

William Keller & Sons Construction Corp. of Castleton-on-Hudson, has been working on the 9.3-acre expansion. Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse was paid nearly $60,000 to design the project.

“The project is substantially complete,” Cindy Livingston, county deputy director of solid waste administration, said Tuesday.

Funding for the new expansion — designed to create more area in which to compact residential and commercial garbage and waste — has come from a county capital project for 2017.

The project involved shaping of the area of the landfill property for the expansion. The contractor had to move many thousands of cubic yards of dirt utilizing six dump trucks and two excavators. Many trees also had to be removed and chipped to be used as a platform for the expansion area before lining was installed.

The county Department of Solid Waste will likely provide an update on the project at some point to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee. That panel meets for the first time this year at 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the County Office Building.

Livingston said a few things are still being done to make the expansion project absolutely complete, including installation of litter fencing.

She said part of the landfill expansion project was a retrofit of an existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA control system and merging it with a new system. SCADA uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management.

“The project went very well with the contractor,” Livingston said.

She said the Department of Solid Waste doesn’t have a definitive date when it will be able to utilize the newly expanded part of the county’s 500-acre landfill property.

Following construction of the expansion, the county will be responsible for documenting how well the new landfill cell is operating with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

This is the fourth expansion the county has undertaken at the landfill since it opened nearly three decades ago. A total of 105 acres is available for actual landfill.

Original groundbreaking at the landfill occurred in April 1988, with the majority of construction completed by December of that year. The original landfill section cost about $10 million, which included the initial 11-acre lined facility, construction of an administration building, heavy equipment purchases, and two leachate tanks. Operations began on June 8, 1989.

A second cell of four acres was built at a cost of $2 million and was operational on Dec. 21, 1992. A third, 10-acre cell became operational in November 1995 and cost $5 million.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at