Assembly Moves Forward on Landfill Expansion

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The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly put one toe in the water before taking a financial plunge on the landfill issue. During its meeting on Thursday, the assembly approved a contract with Anderson Construction to begin clearing and excavation for expansion of the landfill. The contract amount was almost $2.5 million, but as borough Community Development Director Bud Cassidy explained at Thursday’s assembly meeting, that amount is a small portion of a very expensive project.

(Landfill 1001: :49 sec "This is the beginning of the … in operating landfills.")

Woody Koning, director of the borough engineering and facilities department, said the current landfill only has room for two more years of garbage and stressed the importance of getting the project going now.

(Landfill 2002: :12 sec "The bottom line is that we … with our permit.")

Koning said it will cost about $5 million to close the current landfill. That includes the costs of mandatory monitoring of the site for 30 years after the closure. He estimates phase two of landfill expansion will cost around $10 million.

(Landfill 3003: :23 sec "And that’s a wild guess … completion of phase 2.")

The phase one contract with Anderson Construction was approved unanimously by assembly members. The project will have to be brought before them once more before phase two can begin.

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