Cortland County Lawmakers Consider Spending $1.4 Million to Cap Landfill Cell
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cortland County Lawmakers Consider Spending $1.4 Million to Cap Landfill Cell
Cortland County lawmakers are considering spending $1.4 million dollars to cap and close a waste holding cell at the County owned landfill, the cell has been full for several months now and needs to be permanently covered.
In a unanimous vote yesterday the County Legislatures' Solid waste committee approved using up to $580 thousand dollars from a landfill capping fund that was established to fund closure of landfill cells, that leaves a nearly $850 thousand dollar project deficit; lawmakers are considering borrowing the rest of the money.
County Deputy Highway Superintendent Bob Buerkle says the old cell needs to closed per D-E-C regulations. Buerkle says the contractor will use chipped tires and other materials to place a permanent cap on top of the garbage. When the project is finished it will look like an open green space similar to previously capped portions of the facility.
Buerkle says the contractor will be required to utilize a large pile of used tires at the landfill as part of the capping project.

The contractor can chip the tires and use the material as part of the permanent cover, or they can truck them off site and get rid of the tires elsewhere.
Lawmakers voted to hire Binghamton based Gorick construction to do the work, Gorick submitted the lowest bid for the project beating out local contractor Adhan Piping which also bid on the work along with 4 other companies. Buerkle told lawmakers that the County has previously worked with Gorick to construct cells at the landfill.
County Administrator Martin Murphy said the $850 thousand dollars would likely be rolled into a larger municipal bond that would also include money to replace the Little York Lake Dam, and funds to continue the counties multi-year highway improvement plan. Murphy was unsure what the county may pay in interest on the borrowing and exactly how long the term might be.
The measure must still pas the legislatures budget committee and a full vote of the legislature.
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