Weather Continues To Cause Landfill Closure Work Delays

Weather continues to cause delays for the final phase of landfill closure at the StephensCounty landfill.

Last week, Stephens County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to grant a 90-day extension for Phase III landfill closure due to inclement weather.

Representatives with the firm supervising landfill closure said that crews have not been able to finish the work because of the excessive rains that have fallen over StephensCounty.

Phase III of the landfill closure includes changing a slope on the property, capping the landfill, doing drainage work, and finishing grassing of the area.

The extension will cost the county no additional money.

Stephens County Commission Chairman Stanley London voted against the extension, saying he did not like going against contracts.

County officials have said that once Phase III of the landfill closure is done, the EPD will approve the closure and the landfill, located off of Highway 145 in StephensCounty, will move into post-closure monitoring for a number of years.

In other action from last week’s Stephens County Commission meeting, county commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of a Skyjack Scissor Lift from United Rentals at a bid cost of $10,100 and a double axle trailer at a bid cost of $1,775.

Both items went to the lowest bid and both items were budgeted, with 50 percent of the money coming from the county’s capital projects fund and the other half of the money coming from the jail fund.