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Three bid to run landfill

Leaders hope for a decision by end of 2012

— Come next year, Saratoga County could be turning over the keys to an unused landfill.

The county recently received three proposals from private companies hoping to run the Northumberland landfill, which has sat unused since being finished in 2001. Any deal would provide the county with needed cash. Five parties had expressed interest in a deal in later 2011.

“We look forward to the proposals to see if there can be a good return on the county’s investment both long and short term. … We’re at the beginning stages of contract negotiations among the three proposals,” said Hans Arnold, owner and environmental consultant of Gerhardt LLC, a consultant working with the county on the landfill issue. 

Proposals have come in from Finch Paper LLC, New England Waste Services of New York Inc. and Capital Region Landfills, Inc. Finch Paper runs a landfill next to the county’s site and New England Waste Services runs County Waste located in Clifton Park.

Arnold said several hours are being spent going over each one of the proposals by every member of the county Landfill Subcommittee. Arnold sits on the committee with supervisors Alan Grattidge, Bill Peck, Jean Raymond, Art Johnson and County Public Works Commissioner Keith Manz.

Manz said between now and the end of the year, the subcommittee hopes to come to a conclusion on the best proposal. The committee has been at the task for at more than a year.

“We’re being very conservative and will meet with all three submitters,” Manz said. The details of the proposals are not being divulged, but any company could seek to lease, but or pursue a different kind of operational agreement.

As of Monday, Oct. 16, Raymond, Edinburg supervisor, said she had read one of the proposals in its entirety and scanned the others. Because it’s still early in the process of reviewing each proposal, Raymond said the subcommittee has not deliberated on the plans yet.

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