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February 19, 2009

Whitley to dispose of dumps

16 of county’s worst dumps to be cleaned up by June 1

By Sean Bailey / Staff Writer

Thanks to a state grant, Whitley County will be getting rid of 16 of its worst open dumps.

During the Whitley County Fiscal Court’s regular meeting Tuesday the court opened and approved $135,128.29 in bids to clean 16 of the county’s 30 worst dump sites. The county received a $181,164.79 grant from the state Energy and Environment Division of Waste Management to clean up the dumps.

The county is required to provide 25 percent in matching funds for the project, but with the bids coming in at less than the grant monies allotted, Director of County Projects Tracy West said the county is looking into possibly amending the state grant to use the more than $46,000 in remaining grant money.

Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. said the bidding processes for the dump project was a bit different than usual. The fiscal court held a pre-bid meeting last week where all the contractors interested in performing the clean-ups met with county officials to see each dump site and exactly what type of work was required.

“Everybody has seen these (sites) and knows what is expected of them,” White said during the meeting. “It was never done like that in the past. It was your responsibility to go look at it and then you bid.

“This was done so that my staff, which took several extra days, could facilitate an understanding so that we could go forward with this — because this is the single biggest dump project Whitley County has ever done.”

White added that his office worked hard to advertise for the bids as soon as they knew the grant money was available to give local companies much needed business during the current economic downturn. Most of the winning bidders were from the Tri-County with the exception of MCM contracting based in Lexington.

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