State takes over Little Mountain Landfill

Published 9:08 am Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Reimburses Polk more than $240k
Polk County is free of a lifetime obligation to maintain the county’s former landfill, Little Mountain Landfill, and has an additional $241,590 in its coffers from the state.
County manager Ryan Whitson told the Polk County Board of Commissioners at a meeting Monday, June 20 that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken over maintenance of Little Mountain Landfill.
The state deposited $225,837 and $15,753 into the county’s accounts last month to reimburse the county for costs it incurred in connection with cleaning up and covering the landfill.
The county’s former landfill is approximately 17.8 acres. Altamont Engineering was hired in August 2008 to oversee the final phase of covering the former landfill with a required 2-foot thick soil cover. Once the soil cover was complete, the county planted grass over the landfill. The county was required to monitor the former landfill from then on.
Whitson said the reimbursement funding will go into the county’s solid waste budget and the county should have no need to raise solid waste fees for a long time.

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