DELHI — At the Delaware County Board of Supervisors organizational meeting Tuesday, Public Works Committee Chairman Sam Rowe reported, “With two grants totally approximately $1.1 million, the new Material Recovery Facility Building is now debt-free.”

The building has not only increased recycling capacity, but “provides a labor savings in nicer working conditions,” said Waste Management Director Sue McIntyre.

The recycling facility became operational at the end of November. 

“We completed one month of training to understand the new equipment and then became independently operational two weeks ago,” added McIntyre, who also confirmed that employees from ARC have all transitioned into the new site.

A 2014 survey of the landfill, using air space measurements, projected a capacity of 31 more years on the current acreage.

Public Works also received an estimate from Stearns and Wheler Engineers and Scientists stating that another 40 years could be added to the landfill life by reclaiming cells one and two.

“We’re in the process of obtaining a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for reclamation of cell No. 1,” said McIntrye. “DEC supports the reclamation because cell No. 1 lacks a liner and cell No. 2 only has a single clay liner, which by today’s standard is unacceptable.”

• As for roads, Director of Public Works Wayne Reynolds informed the board that the county owns some of the land under state-maintained roads and therefore was approached by Constitution Pipeline for authorization to cross the roads when building the proposed 30-inch natural gas pipeline.”

A detailed map has yet to be revealed. However, the board gave approval that if Constitution Pipeline crosses rights of way owned by the county, the gas company will pay the county $1,000 per side of the road crossing on state highways 23, 28 and 357.

A resolution authorizing inter-municipal agreements requiring all employees with commercial driver’s licenses to follow the Federal Highway Administration’s Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing procedure.

“We’ve been following it for 15 years.” Reynolds said. “However this is the first time the agreement will be in written contract form.” 

The 19 towns are also expected to adopt the written contract with participation from all highway superintendents.

• Fire chiefs and supervisors from all towns were invited by Meredith Supervisor Jim Ellis to attend the Safety and Fire Considerations for Solar PV workshops held at SUNY Delhi on either Monday or Jan. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The workshops provide first responders and emergency personnel, such as firefighters and rescue personnel, with an accredited training on safety precautions and fire code considerations with respect to the recognition and disabling of solar photovoltaic systems.

• In regard to mid-term salary increases for officials, a public hearing will be held Jan. 28, at 12:45 p.m. in the Supervisors’ Room of the Senator Cook County Building, 111 Main Street, Delhi.

All this business was tended to after the re-election and re-appointment of officials for year 2015.

Harpersfield Supervisor Jim Eisel continues to serve as chairman of the board, with Tina Mole’ as vice chair, and Reynolds as director of public works.

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