Fulton County ready to expand landfill

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday awarded a $5.37 million low bid to a Rensselaer County construction company for expansion of the county landfill.

The county hasn’t expanded its landfill in 13 years.

Supervisors awarded the low bid from seven bids received for the expansion project to William Keller & Sons Construction Corp. of Castelton-on-Hudson at the board’s monthly meeting at the County Office Building.

The low bid was good news for the county, as the original estimate for the construction was much higher at $7 million.

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

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

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

Supervisors awarded an amendment to the existing contract with Barton & Loguidice Engineers for landfill expansion construction administration.

Now that the firm completed design work, county Interim Solid Waste Director Cindy Livingston recommended amending the current Barton & Loguidice Engineers contract to add construction administration for the landfill expansion project at a cost not to exceed $362,000.

Construction administration costs are expected to come out of the county’s 2017 capital plan.

In other county Department of Solid Waste business, Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery asked about the trucking situation involving the county’s new single-stream recycling program due to start in March.

“They have two used ones already,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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