County discusses disposal of drilling waste

With a possible upturn in oil-drilling activities in Marion County, don?t expect county government to do anything to handle drilling sediment and water effluent waste.

Rollin Schmidt, transfer station director, said Monday at the Marion County Commission meeting that such disposal requires a specially constructed lined landfill unavailable here.

For regular landfill waste, Schmidt reported the transfer station accepted 473.54 tons of waste in August, including 418.13 tons of municipal solid waste, 55.07 tons of commercial and demolition waste and 0.34 tons of tires.

He said the county paid the landfill $16,095 for the month at a cost of $41.12 a ton disposed of with a total $135,108 paid for the year to date.

The commissioners accepted a bid of $7,570.75 from Hett Construction of Marion, with no competitive bids, for concrete construction at the new jail. Space will be left uncovered space for a communications tower, new steps for the courthouse annex building, and new sidewalk at the north end of the courthouse to be delayed until roofing work is complete.

The commissioners also accepted courthouse bids including 50-year shingles from Roofing Service of Newton and Flory Construction of Halstead, but took no action pending review by the county?s insurer.

The commissioners approved a bid of $19,500 from the firm of Cook, Flatt and Strobel of Topeka, Manhattan and Kansas City over a lower bid of $17,405 from Elite Engineering of Jackson, Miss., because of the county?s long-term experience with the first company. Com?missioners said they didn?t doubt the credentials of either company.

Other bidders included BG Consultants of Hutchinson at $23,821 and Schwab Eaton of Salina at $21,000.

The commissioners accepted the 2011 county audit from Jan Nolte of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd of Ellsworth with no major discrepancies.

They also approved the addition of a full-time road-and-bridge worker once temporary summer workers have completed their assignments.

Randy Crawford, road and bridge director, reported overlay work will begin this week on Indigo to Kansas Highway 15.

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