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Niagara County borrows money to fix landfill

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Legislature voted Tuesday to borrow $2.5 million for repairs at two of the county’s closed landfills in Lockport, and awarded contracts for the work.

Mark Cerrone Inc. of Niagara Falls will install a cap on the construction and demolition landfill formerly operated by the county Refuse Disposal District for a shade under $2 million. NRC Environmental Services of Syracuse will be paid $205,609 to upgrade the leachate collection system at Landfill 2. Both sites are located off the Lockport Bypass, which is part of Route 93.

The $2.5 million, 20-year bond issue will cover the costs connected with both projects. Dawn M. Timm, county environmental science coordinator, said she expects the work at both landfills to be completed by this fall.

The construction and demolition landfill will be covered with a five-acre impermeable cap made of polyethlene.

Timm said a 10,000-gallon leachate storage tank will be installed at the construction landfill as part of the Cerrone contract. She said at present, with precipitation running through the uncapped landfill, the county pumps 1.2 million to 1.3 million gallons of leachate out of the landfill each year and trucks it away for disposal at a sewage treatment plant. That figure should be substantially reduced with the new cap, she said.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature awarded a $424,700 contract for Walter S. Johnson Building Co. of Niagara Falls for improvements in the old section of the County Jail. Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti said the work will include reconstruction of the leaky front wall; new, more secure windows for offices; and a security railing on the roof.

A future contract will be let to upgrade the jail’s heating and air conditioning system, Filicetti said.

On another matter, the Legislature unanimously appointed former County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz as acting public works commissioner for up to three months at $60 per hour for a 35-hour work week. His former benefits as manager will continue.

County Manager Richard E. Updegrove is planning interviews for a prospective public works commissioner. Glatz said he’d like a firm departure date so he can file his retirement papers with the state.

Also, the Legislature awarded 21 grants totaling almost $41,000 to business and community groups in the 19th annual William G. Mayne Business-Community Enhancement Grant Program. The money comes from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. Typical projects include flowers, signs, brochures and other small municipal improvements. Grants ranged from $580 to $2,900.