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Bids have been awarded, as state permits are pending to begin preparing Colonie's landfill for the last area to be used as part of its current landfill operations.

When completed, Phase II of Landfill Area 6 will take operations to the year 2020. After that the town will have to vie for new properties to develop for landfill operations or cap the area and look elsewhere for its waste management needs.

Last week town board members approved a resolution to award a bid of $2,650,000 to begin the geowork of the new area to Rifenburg Construction Inc., of Troy.

Crews will prepare the site with clay to create an impermeable barrier to better facilitate decomposition and limit runoff.

The board passed a second resolution authorizing Supervisor Mary Brizzell to begin the application process for a 10-year renewal to the town's state Department of Environmental Conservation solid waste management facility permit.

"It's getting everything done before it's due," said board member U.B. Boisvert.

The permit is set to expire in approximately 180 days, he said.

Phase I, a 12 acre site, was opened in October 2004. The proposed Phase II is capped at 10 and half acres.

Once several other contracts are awarded for various work to be done on Area 6, the site should be waste ready by 2009 or 2010, said landfill Director Joe Stockbridge.

By then, Phase I of the landfill will be nearing capacity. It will be capped and the methane generated from the waste will continue to feed the landfills methane gas to electricity power plant.

"This (Phase II area 6) is the last of entitled areas under the current permit. There are other lands but they are not under our current permit," said Stock-bridge. "We could theoretically move into Phase II in 2010, and that would bring us close to 2020."

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