Town dump earmarked for clean-up

Town council awarded a tender to Tom Veert Contracting Ltd. to run the municipal landfill for the next five years at its regular meeting last night.
And in the wake of a recent landfill operations study, as well as the need to cut back on operating expenses, there will be some changes to how things are run there, said Doug Brown, the town’s manager of Operations and Facilities.
In accordance with Ministry of Environment guidelines, the town and its contractor will be sure to:
•place covering material on waste at regular intervals;
•better control of “blow waste” (waste that drift from site with the wind);
•enhance waste segregation practices (vehicle batteries, propane cylinders, and hot ashes, for example);
•better control drop-offs (e.g., drop off waste at the bottom of a hill slope and push it upward); and
•write and file monthly inspection reports for better accountability in case of any problems.
Road and some weight scale maintenance will be the responsibility of the contractor, thus realigning some of the town’s labour resources, noted Brown.
“So, basically, what you’re saying is we’re going from having a dump to having a real landfill,” quipped Coun. Sharon Tibbs, to which Brown nodded.
As a means of being cost-efficient, the landfill only will be open eight hours a day on weekdays and seven on Saturdays, as opposed to 11 and eight hours, respectively, in place now.
This means the landfill will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays. Brown noted keeping it open until 6 p.m. on Saturdays had proven to be especially not worthwhile.
But he added the public will have an alternative—after-hours access to the site for an extra fee. A construction company, for instance, might want to dump materials very early in the morning and can do so by calling 274-6898 at any hour and arrange for access.
The short-duration flat rate is tentatively set at $133.75 while a long-duration, hourly rate will run $144.45.
The five-year contract will cost the town $984,000, where the annual cost being $196,880—about $35,000 more per year than it currently pays.
“With the extra $35,000, does that mean you’ll be adjusting tipping fees?” asked Coun. Deane Cunningham.
Brown responded that with the new council coming in Dec. 1, the town’s tipping fees will have to re-evaluated. He noted the town is expecting to make $11,700 more in revenues than budgeted for in 2003.
While the landfill previously has been contracted out to both Tom Veert Contracting and Lakeland Personnel, this tender is to simply to the former contractor who, in turn, will subcontract out to Lakeland.
A bylaw to seal this agreement will be brought forward and approved at council’s next meeting Oct. 27.