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Contractors meeting held for landfill expansion

Project estimated at $7 million; bids due by Jan. 24

JOHNSTOWN — A contractors meeting for the Fulton County landfill’s estimated $7 million expansion project was conducted this week, county Department of Solid Waste Interim Director Cindy Livingston said Tuesday.

Livingston said the session on Tuesday was held for any construction firms interested in picking up sealed-bid specifications for the major county infrastructure project.

She said bidding for the project is due by Jan. 24. This will be the landfill’s fourth expansion, and its first in 12 years.

She said the Fulton County Board of Supervisors is due to take action during the first quarter on the expansion of the spacious landfill off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown.

“Once the bids are received, and the [Department of Solid Waste] recommendations are made, it goes before the full board,” Livingston said.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to act on approving construction low bids at its Feb. 13 meeting at the County Office Building.

More on the landfill expansion will be discussed at the board’s Economic Development/Environment Committee meeting Feb. 1.

Livingston said she expects a construction to start on the expansion sometime in April, although that is not a hard timeframe.

The original 500-acre Fulton County landfill was constructed and opened in 1989. The first expansion occurred in 1992, the second expansion was in 1995, and the third expansion was in 2004.

Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse, Onondaga County, has been working on design work for the fourth landfill expansion. The firm is being paid nearly $60,000 to design the project.

A proposed $7 million has been set aside in the county’s 2017 capital plan for landfill expansion.

Livingston said the fourth expansion — designed to create more area in which to compact residential and commercial garbage and waste –involves about nine acres. The last expansion in 2004 was 13.5 acres, she said.

The county landfill has been using 38.5 acres of existing land at the site, and facility has a site life of about 50 more years, Livingston said.

The last annual report figures for the Fulton County landfill for 2015 show a total of 148,045 tons of refuse, and 16,626 tons of contaminated soil / alternative daily cover, were brought into the facility that year, delivered by 16,908 separate truckloads. The Department of Solid Waste averaged 643 tons of waste deposited per day in 2015.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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