Com­mis­sion­ers want bids for Ni­chol­son land­fill work

Kent County News - - NEWS - By DO­RIAN MITCHELL dmitchell@thekent­coun­

— The Kent County Com­mis­sion­ers dis­cussed the on­go­ing re­me­di­a­tion ef­forts at the Ni­chol­son land­fill and how to best pro­ceed dur­ing a meet­ing Tues­day.

Due to high iron and pH lev­els in dis­charged wa­ter, the land­fill has been re­peat­edly found in vi­o­la­tion of the Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment’s reg­u­la­tions. One part of the re­me­di­a­tion ef­fort is to up­grade the wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­ity.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Op­er­a­tions Direc­tor Marty Holden said Theia Air LLC will be de­liv­er­ing the nec­es­sary equip­ment later this month. He said McCrone Inc. of Centreville has been work­ing on a pre­lim­i­nary en­gi­neer­ing re­port and has pro­vided other ser­vices.

Due to McCrone’s ser­vices go­ing over the con­tracted amount, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a change or­der for $6,000.

An­other part of the re­me­di­a­tion is the use of a flare sys­tem to burn any ex­cess meth­ane gas. The land­fill has been un­der­go­ing a pi­lot test pro­gram pro­vided by Mary­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice and the equip­ment cur­rently is lo­cated at the land­fill.

Holden said MES plans to in­stall a new flare sys­tem at the land­fill and would per­form weekly tests. He said the in­stal­la­tion is es­ti­mated to cost about $66,600.

Com­mis­sioner Bill Short sug­gested that the in­stal­la­tion con­tract be placed out to bid. He said the pro­ject’s time­line is “not crit­i­cal.”

“It’ll be cheaper if we as­sist them (MES) rather than bid­ding it out to an­other con­trac­tor,” Holden said. “I feel com­fort­able with MES. We’ve saved money by work­ing with them and have cut a lot of our ex­penses.”

Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Pick­rum said he does not trust MES, due to past is­sues the county has had with the quasi-state agency. He was in fa­vor of bid­ding the con­tract out.

Com­mis­sioner Ron Fithian agreed, but said do­ing so might af­fect the “con­ti­nu­ity” of MES’ in­volve­ment with the pro­ject and the county’s re­la­tion­ship with the MDE.

“They’ll slap us re­gard­less of what we do,” Short said. “This is not for MES, this is for the cit­i­zens.”

The com­mis­sion­ers di­rected Holden to con­tact the MDE about the pos­si­bil­ity of bid­ding the in­stal­la­tion con­tract out and re­port back.

Also at the meet­ing, the com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously de­cided to ta­ble vot­ing on a pro­posed busi­ness per­sonal prop­erty tax bill.

Fithian said County At­tor­ney Thomas Yea­ger wanted to re­view the bill’s word­ing.

A vote on the bill was sched­uled for last month’s meet­ing, but County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Shel­ley Heller said it needed to wait due to new in­for­ma­tion.

“This should be done al­ready,” Short said. “It needs to be taken care of at the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion.”

The com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved a zon­ing text amend­ment for the cur­rent land use or­di­nance. The re­vi­sion re­quires all ma­nure stor­age struc­tures in agri­cul­tural and re­source con­ser­va­tion zoned dis­tricts to be set back 600 feet from the prop­erty line.

They pre­sented a procla­ma­tion rec­og­niz­ing the NAACP’s Kent County chap­ter on its an­nual ban­quet Oct. 14. NAACP mem­ber Henry Cot­ton re­ceived the procla­ma­tion.

“The Kent County chap­ter has been and con­tin­ues to be ever vig­i­lant in pro­tect­ing the rights of the res­i­dents of Kent County.” Pick­rum read. “Fos­ter­ing a sense of fair­ness and equal treat­ment of all con­tin- ues to be a prime fo­cus.”

The com­mis­sion­ers also an­nounced that it is Na­tional 4-H Week. Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion 4-H Youth De­vel­op­ment Ed­u­ca­tor Beth Hill brought sev­eral mem­bers of the dif­fer­ent 4-H clubs for­ward to dis­cuss what projects they cur­rently are work­ing on.

“We en­cour­age county youth and adults to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a part of a Kent County Youth De­vel­op­ment that en­hances our young peo­ples’ in­ter­est in their fu­ture,” Fithian read.


Mem­bers of the Kent County 4-H clubs stand with the com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day, after re­ceiv­ing a procla­ma­tion for Na­tional 4-H Week. From left are Com­mis­sioner Ron Fithian; Triple Shots Club Vice Pres­i­dent Alex Wa­gen­mann; Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Wil­liam...

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