One good thing for the Trail Ridge Landfill has come out of the bad economy: less trash is being disposed of at the landfill. (See the latest Council Auditor’s quarterly summary report – click on Report #661 on the Council Auditor’s web page). As it turns out, the bad economy could bring about another good result.
While Mayor Peyton thinks he has the best deal he can get to expand and run Trail Ridge landfill, the bad economy could turn out to be good for the Trail Ridge contract as well – if City Council puts it out to bid. Sarasota County just found that out for themselves with their proposed landfill expansion. (The Sarasota County landfill is projected to run out of space in the next year to year-and-a half.)
“Not only are the bids coming in at lower amounts, but we are getting more bids,” says Commissioner Jon Thaxton. Original estimates put the cost at more than $24 million, but because of the decline in the economy those prices have dropped [to $18.5 million]. The county was unable to find any local suitors to do the work. The job will go to a North Carolina company. Only a small portion will go to local workers. “While we do want to emphasize the need for local contractors, we are not going to pay excessive money to get there. That would be counterproductive and not good stewards of the tax payers money.”
Btw, Sarasota County was able to extend the life of their landfill by three years with an aggressive recycling program.