May 8, 2008


Landfill expansion would cost $8.6M


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Compactor operator Vane Marshall spreads residential garbage Tuesday at the Cortland County Landfill in Cortlandville. The county has received bids for a project to expand the landfill, adding about 30 years to the life of the facility.

Staff Reporter

The expansion of the Cortland County Landfill in Cortlandville should start within the next two months and will cost the county less than originally anticipated.
The 16-acre-addition, expected to be complete in 2009, should last the next 30 years, said county Highway Superintendent Don Chambers.
Rather than the estimated cost of $9.1 million, Chambers told the county Legislature’s Highway Committee Tuesday morning that the bids received from contractors put the cost at $8,598,620.
The committee approved the bids. They will now go to the Budget and Finance Committee on May 13, then to the full Legislature on May 22.
Adhan Piping of Cortlandville won the $7,894,000 general contract for the property against five other bidders who had submitted higher bids; Diekow Electric of Marathon will handle the electrical contract, for $215,000; GJ Adams Plumbing of Lafayette won the plumbing contract with a bid of $23,520; and King and King Mechanical of Auburn was the only bidder on the HVAC contract, for $81,100.
The contracts will be paid for with a bond. The anticipated revenue to be generated by the expansion over its lifetime amounts to about $12 million, said County Administrator Scott Schrader, and that should be enough to pay off the bond, plus interest.
Chambers said that the cost of the project would have been lower by about $200,000, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation backed out of supplying the tire chips, a foot-thick layer which buffers the landfill trash from the liner underneath and acts as a drainage layer. The cost of the chips had to be added to the general contractor’s bid.
Three new buildings would be constructed, including two pump houses for pulling contaminants into a self-contained sewer system, as well as a new scale house on the hill near the expansion. The scale house would be a modular structure and Chambers said it is being built by Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES students for the county.
The landfill property is 540 acres, but only about 45 acres is taken up by the landfill itself. With an average yearly intake of 25,000 tons of garbage, Chambers said the expansion could be expected to take in a total of about 660,000 tons of material over its lifetime.
The last new sections at the landfill opened in the 1990s and totaled about 18 acres, but were not as deep as the new expansion would be, Chambers said.
The new expansion consists of two “cells,” in which two separate pump houses would pull the contaminants from the fill.
The landfill’s current capacity will be filled up within the next two or three years.
Chambers said that once the new cells open in 2009, it is likely that construction debris would be used to top off the older sections while household waste would go in the newer sections because heavy materials such as concrete could possibly damage the new liner if placed on the bottom.


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