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February 27, 2014

Clark County avoids paying for earth work

$750k in costs avoided at landfill

JEFFERSONVILLE — By getting a one-year extension for wetlands mitigation at the Clark-Floyd Landfill, Clark County avoided having to contract with a company to move earth at the landfill.

The Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously to reject bids for the removal of 200,000 cubic feet of dirt at the landfill. The wetlands mitigation was a requirement in a permit for the construction of a slurry wall at the landfill, and would have had to be completed by the end of this year.

Instead, the Clark-Floyd Landfill LLC will move the dirt as part of its day-to-day operations, as layers of trash in the landfill are routinely covered with dirt, explained Mike Harris, engineer with the engineering firm Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz.

Harris said the low bid for the earth work was $740,000, which would have been paid out of the bond the commissioners issued last year to pay for the new slurry wall.

The commissioners approved a contract with Clark-Floyd Landfill LLC for the landfill operator to move the dirt. The contract’s cost is zero dollars, and was required as a formality on the request of the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

The commissioners also approved two deals for the removal of garbage from the future location of the slurry wall. The contracts cost $37,090 and $24,840, respectively.

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