CLINTON — The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency board last week moved forward with a proposal studying the changeover from a recycling center to a transfer station in agreement with Scott County, a single-stream facility.

The municipal representatives first gathered information. Two proposals were given each from Barker Lemar Engineering Consultants and Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC; the companies quoted studies on a full-build, single-stream recycling center and the transition to the transfer center. The preliminary vote came out 30-23 in favor of a single-stream transfer.

Brad Seward, director of operations at the solid waste agency, presented a new idea that had been discussed with the consulting companies: evaluate a Quonset hut as an alternative to the CCASWA building as the central point for transfer.

Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich moved to accept the $19,500 bid from Foth, contingent the $1,900 additional cost for presentation is dependent on the thoroughness of the study documents. The board passed Clinton’s motion, with a “no” from Delmar.

“(I suggest) a decision not to be made until we received the results whether or not we want to do an actual presentation,” Vulich said. “Let’s see what the results are, if we decide we’d like them to come make a presentation, then we would do it.”

The board also approved two bids relating to Department of Natural Resources orders on leachate piezometers and bedrock well installation. The board approved Barker Lemar for leachate work ($5,975), and the latter bid went to TEAM Services for $26,995.

Several leachate piezometers — which measure liquid percolated through waste at the landfill — are either missing or destroyed, which may mislead the actual intake read. TEAM Services, of Des Moines, will install five bedrock monitoring wells, and air drill into the bedrock “and 41/4-inch ID hollow stem augers with continuous sampling to extend through the overburden,” Clint Halverson, senior project engineer, wrote in a letter concerning the project.

The CCASWA will be closed Nov. 23.


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