Landfill project up and running

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County landfill’s $5.4 million expansion project — begun in spring 2017 — is finished and the new area is now being utilized.

David Rhodes, county Department of Solid Waste deputy director of operations, updated the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee on the landfill expansion Monday at the County Office Building.

“We activated one of the two new cells,” Rhodes said.

He said his department opened up the first new cell of the expansion on July 9. He said operators are using select refuse for the first five-foot “lift” area. He said the so-called “fluff area” of the new cell can’t have construction/demolition debris deposited and must be free of pipes and other obstructions that could potentially puncture the new liner system.

The Fulton County landfill expansion project off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown was designed to create more area to compact residential and commercial garbage and waste. Funding for the project came from a 2017 county capital project.

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

Also related to the landfill, Rhodes reported to the committee his department will be using 20 tons of millings from the city of Johnstown to repair roads into the landfill pit area.

Rhodes said his staff hydroseeded the west slope of the landfill utilizing government surplus seeder and mixing product provided at no cost from the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Elsewhere in his operations report, Rhodes said Aria Energy provided a staff member to tune the gas well system and provide expertise to improve the process to increase the department’s gas production.

The department had two days of county in-house training for confined spaces in July. Rhodes said city and town of Johnstown workers also participated.

Rhodes also requested his department participate in the Sept. 2 “Convoy For A Cause” at the 177th Fonda Fair. Department of Solid Waste driver L.J. Anderson is volunteering time to operate a county truck for the fundraiser for local charities.