Commissioners want bids for Nicholson landfill work
— 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 Pickrum; Fuzzy Tails club member and 4-H Ambassador Rachel Jones; Puppy Pals club volunteer leader Bert Lindauer; Junior Dairy Associates Club Vice President Cassie Plummer; Bits & Bridles Horse Club and Puppy Pals club member Casey Turner; Fuzzy Tails club member Gracie Troyer; 4-H Youth Development Educator Beth Hill; Junior Leadership Council member Derrick Troyer and Commissioner Bill Short.