Fulton County’s landfill begins next expansion phase

JOHNSTOWN – An Onondaga County firm may be designing the Fulton County landfill’s next major $7 million expansion project.

The Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee on Wednesday passed a proposed resolution awarding the expansion design low bid to Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Syracuse at $59,600.

The full board will take final action Oct. 10 at the County Office Building.

“We have a lot of confidence in Barton & Loguidice,” county Department of Solid Waste Interim Director Cindy Livingston told the committee.

A proposed $7 million has been set aside in the county’s 2017 capital plan for landfill expansion. The 500-acre Fulton County landfill property is on Mud Road in the town of Johnstown and it opened in April 1988. The landfill has undergone four expansions already.

Livingston said the county distributed a request for proposal to design the next landfill expansion – known as “phase five” – and RFPs were back Sept. 14.

“It was sent out to five engineering firms and two came back,” she said.

Proposals were reviewed by landfill consultant Jeff Bouchard. He recommended awarding the $59,600 low bid to Barton & Loguidice Engineers. The other bid cost $182,798 and came from Cornerstone Environmental of Rochester.

In related action Wednesday, supervisors designated Fulton County as lead agency in the state Environmental Quality Review process for the landfill permit renewal process. The facility is permitted every 10 years. The latest permit expires in October.

The proposed resolution – to also go before the board Oct. 10 – also makes a negative declaration and proclaims “no significant adverse environmental impact.”

The SEQR includes a request to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to increase the allowable permit allocation at the landfill from 165,000 to 180,000 tons per year. Officials said the renewal increase request was to accommodate Montgomery County contract tonnage, and to provide leeway in case of storm or disaster debris disposal.

Fulton County submitted a landfill permit renewal application to DEC in May.

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

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