Landfill top on priority for DSW

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste on Monday submitted its proposed $2 million capital plan for 2022, with landfill expansion design being the top priority.

Department Director David Rhodes submitted his list of eight capital projects for next year — as well as 2023 and 2024 — to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee at the County Office Building. The committee supported the entire, prioritized 2022 list, which is now being forwarded to the Capital Projects Committee.

The Capital Projects Committee meets for the first time this summer at 1 p.m. July 22 at the County Office Building.

Rhodes’ proposed $1,979,500 capital plan for 2022 led with a $100,000 project for landfill expansion design as the top priority.

Other proposed projects listed by priority follow: Building addition planning/design — $85,000; Broadalbin Transfer Station improvements — $33,000; Ephratah Transfer Station paving — $27,000; landfill compactor — $1.3 million; bulldozer — $380,000; isotope identifier — $14,500; and two receiver containers for transfer stations — $40,000.

Rhodes noted that building material costs and metal have increased dramatically during the pandemic.

“The prices have gone up incredibly,” he said.

In other DSW matters, Rhodes gave an operations report listing recent Fulton County Demolition Team activity in Gloversville. He said 11 projects remain.

A listing of the activity, costs, and when demolitions were done follows: 27 Wells St., 88.9 tons (12 loads) — $2,222 — done June 7-8; 1 Oakland Ave., 155.2 tons (17 loads) — $3,888 — done June 14-15; and 272 Bleecker St., 243.1 tons (24 loads) — $6,077 — done June 21-23.

On another matter, Rhodes reported the Department of Solid Waste was notified its biennial Local Solid Waste Management Plan Compliance Report was approved June 4 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The 10-year plan – done inhouse – was approved for a second, two-year extension to 2025.

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