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New landfill's cost estimate increased to $13.6 million

October 26, 2000

New landfill's cost estimate increased to $13.6 million



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The latest estimate of the Forty West Landfill's cost, including finishing the first cell, a maintenance facility, a bridge and access road is $13.6 million, Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said Tuesday.

That is up from a $13.2 million estimate made earlier this year. Rohrer had warned the Washington County Commissioners, however, that the total cost could approach $14 million.

The new estimate brings the cost of preparing the landfill for use, including construction of the first cell, to $8.3 million, county documents show.

The estimate also includes about $4.6 million paid to a contractor to build a bridge and access road from U.S. 40 and $750,000 for maintenance and office buildings.

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The landfill is to open in mid-December, and will have sufficient capacity for about 80 to 100 years, Rohrer said during a project update given to the Washington County Commissioners. On earlier designs the project was listed as having a 35-year capacity.

"Forty West is not a big hole in the ground it is a state-of-the-art landfill," Rohrer said. "It is not a dump."

"Not for $8 million it isn't," agreed Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger.

The commissioners Tuesday approved a change order increasing the cost of constructing the landfill's first cell by $185,510. The increase was related to design changes required by a state engineer and other factors, Rohrer said.

County Chief Engineer Terry McGee said 23 change orders have increased costs by $610,000.

The project cost rose from $7.7 million to $8.3 million due to the change orders, according to county documents.

The first cell will have the capacity to take trash for at least 2.8 years, even if the flow of trash increases from the present level of about 325 tons per day to about 400 tons daily, Solid Waste Director Robert Davenport said.

There are no plans to seek an increase in landfill tipping fees, Davenport said in response to questions by Commissioner President Gregory I. Snook.

The 180 acre-landfill is on a 425-acre tract in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near the Resh Sanitary Landfill, which the new landfill will replace.

The commissioners budgeted $450,000 for maintenance and office buildings at the landfill, Rohrer said.

In late September, however, Rohrer told the commissioners new estimates placed the cost of the buildings at $850,000, including $500,000 for the maintenance building and $350,000 for the office building.

Rohrer said the cost estimate for the office building has been reduced to $250,000 while the shop building estimate remains at $500,000.

The possibility of using, temporarily or permanently, the Water and Sewer Department annex building at the 70/81 Industrial Park as office space, is being explored, he said.

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