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Landfill Hearing

Posted on 1st October 2013 at 15:52

At 9:30 this morning, the Cowlitz County Commissioners will be holding a hearing on a resolution to sell $35 million in bonds, with those proceeds being dedicated to acquisition of the Headquarters Landfill from Weyerhaeuser. It appears that the profit margin first projected may have shrunk up some, but county officials still say that this will be a good deal for Cowlitz County citizens, helping to insure that local solid waste disposal rates will remain low for many years into the future. The latest numbers show that it would cost the county about $10.5 million per year to operate, while bringing in $10.7 million per year. The initial purchase price was set at $19 million, but there have been some additional costs since the idea was first presented, including a $10 million price tag for a pipeline that would transport liquid runoff from the facility to the County Water Treatment Plant. The numbers also don’t include possible income from accepting waste from other counties or entities. The facility also still needs certification to allow the acceptance of municipal waste; that decision from the state of Washington is expected later this month.