Cortland County Lawmakers Approve Spending Nearly 60K To Hire Engineers To Design Cap For Landfill
Cortland County Lawmakers have approved spending nearly $60 thousand dollars to hire engineers to design a cap for one of the cells at the county landfill that is full and needs to be closed.
On Thursday county lawmakers endorsed a proposal to hire Syracuse based engineers Barton and Loguidice to design the landfill cap and prepare the work to be bid to potential contractors this winter.
The seven acre cell at the landfill referred to as 1B is now full and must be capped. The capping which is expected to cost over a million dollars is required by the D-E-C.
The capping process also includes the installation of vent pipes to release methane gas that is produced as the buried waste breaks down. Flares will be attached to the pipes to set the gas on fire and burn it off rather than allowing it to be release into the atmosphere. Rising Methane gas levels have been cited as contributing factor to global climate change.
The D-E-C is expected to pass regulations requiring all landfill operators to collect and deal with the methane.
Currently the county does not have enough money set aside to cover the capping costs, the current and prior county administrator have recommended increasing tipping fees to offset the expected costs, that has also been rejected. The tipping fee has remained flat since 1991.
The county will likely borrow or bond for the expense, which will more than double the costs to taxpayers.
In addition the county authorized the use of $17 thousand dollars to begin eliminating a large stockpile of tires that has accumulated at the landfill; the county is considering increasing the fees to dispose of tires to reflect the hirer costs of disposal.