BEATRICE – The cost of constructing a disposal area between existing waste cells at the Beatrice landfill, has gone up. The Beatrice Area Solid Waste Agency Board has approved a more than $69,000 cost increase in the project.
J.J. Westhoff Construction has been building the so-called piggyback option, allowing the landfill to squeeze out another six to seven years of disposal life. The company’s original bid totaled nearly $1.75 million.
Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the company found that in excavating the site, an old liner was not where it was expected to be.
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Officials expect there will be a later deduction in the price of the project, because not as much dredging work had to be done at a landfill leachate pond, as specified in the contract.
As the piggyback excavation was getting underway, the company uncovered another problem….a significant amount of buried asbestos.
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The asbestos work also added to the overall cost. Asked by a councilman if the city could recover some of the cost from the prior contractor who installed the old liner, Tempelmeyer said there are difficulties with the statute of limitations, and it appears the contractor and engineer utilized years ago, are no longer in business.
The BASWA Board last night approved the increased cost on the project, by an 8-0 vote.