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Three bid to run landfill

Leaders hope for a decision by end of 2012

— “I am glad we’re moving forward more toward not having it sitting empty,” she said.

As the subcommittee settles in to review all of the proposals, Arnold pointed to three main criteria the county is looking for.

“We want to make sure they’re friendly, viable companies … and how they are with reporting (issues) and problem solving. Second, we’re looking at the final package offered and the facets up front, like payments,” said Arnold.

The third is a plan for recovery of methane gas to electricity and what each company is estimating for revenue as well as good synergy between the site itself and the proposed use.

Grattidge, Charlton supervisor and chairman for the subcommittee, said he is placing an emphasis on not rushing a decision.

“We want to do it right in the proper time,” he said.

Grattidge estimated it is not costing the county much by keeping the 100-acre site unused. There is a maintenance person on site doing the mowing and taking daily monitoring readings from the double liner system that’s in place.

In addition to the operations of the landfill, whichever company is awarded occupancy will also be responsible for overseeing a preserve on the southwestern border of the landfill near Kobor Road. The area is roughly 35 acres and is dedicated to the Northern Harrier Hawk, a species of concern.

The county Landfill Subcommittee is heading into the first of many review sessions slated to commence early next month.

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