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County to start bidding on landfill

Solid waste center to grow into new cell, construction process to take one year
By Brian Gilliland | Jul 06, 2017

(July 7, 2017) Worcester County government is ready to start fielding bids on construction of a new section of the landfill, cell five, following the approval of the county commissioners at its Wednesday meeting.

Usually the county meets on Tuesdays, but this week delayed the meeting until after the holiday.

The bids are scheduled to be opened on Monday, Aug. 7, and packets are to be sent to a selection of 10 prospective bidders, only one of which is in Maryland, but on the western shore. The others range in locations from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania to North Carolina to Delaware.

The project concerns a single-lined sanitary landfill, and calls for 18.7 acres of high-density polyethylene liner on a site within an active landfill, susceptible to odors and vectors contained within.

Installed on top of the liner is a 24-inch leachate collection system, suitable for allowing liquids to be drawn and collected from the material that is to be placed in the landfill cell and tied into the existing leachate disposal system.

According to maps of the site provided with the bid instructions, cell five appears to be somewhat smaller and in a different location than the previous four cells. While the older sections of the landfill are squares laid out like a four-pane window, the fifth is an oddly-shaped rectangle southeast of the other four located along the access road, just before a series of turns leads to the other cells.

The cell is further divided into eight smaller sections.

The county has its permits from the Maryland Department of the Environment and other regulatory agencies, according to Public Works Director John Tustin.

Tustin wrote in a memo to the commissioners that the project would be paid for through a combination of Enterprise Fund reserves, bond issues and other sources as needed. Tustin said once the bids are in, his department will have a better understanding of what the cost will be and what other sources of funding might be employed to pay for the construction.

Enterprise funds are those county services that are expected to pay for themselves through user fees and other mechanisms. Examples of these would be water and wastewater, solid waste, and until this year, the Department of Liquor Control.

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