GREENVILLE, Maine — A local businessman was awarded a contract Wednesday to build a transfer station in Greenville’s industrial park as the town moves to close the landfill this fall.
Resident Mike Theriault submitted the lowest of three bids for the project at $474,750. The highest bid was $1,367,000. Residents last month voted to spend up to $533,803 for the transfer station construction costs.
The town is under pressure to get the transfer station built because the Department of Environmental Protection claims the landfill is causing groundwater contamination, according to Greenville Town Manager Gary Lamb.
The landfill is being closed in three phases and the first phase has already been completed at a cost of $300,000. Selectmen recently awarded Phase II to Snowman Construction of St. Albans at a cost of $304,000. The third phase in 2012-13 will cost an estimated $250,000.
The landfill closing costs are shared by Greenville and the surrounding towns of Shirley and Beaver Cove and the Unorganized Territory.
Rep. Pete Johnson, R-Greenville, submitted a bill, passed by the Legislature earlier this year, to place Greenville on a waiting list for landfill closure reimbursement. Several communities are already on the list and Johnson’s bill allowed the addition of up to five more. To provide a funding stream for the reimbursement, Johnson said he planned to pursue a state bond. In addition, he co-signed a bill carried forward to the Legislature’s next session that would impose a tipping fee on construction materials coming into the state, which also could provide funds.
As for the transfer station, it currently is unknown if Shirley, Beaver Cove and the Unorganized Territory will join Greenville in the transfer station and share the costs. Theriault’s $474,450 bid award would require the town to finance the project over 10 years at an annual estimated cost of $64,992.
An extension for three-phase power must be installed to the industrial park to operate the transfer station. Lamb said Wednesday that a private contractor submitted a bid of under $24,000 to do the work compared to a quote from Central Maine Power Co. of more than $60,000. He said he is negotiating with CMP to accept the lines if the private contractor does the work.
The transfer station will not have a recycling center because of the cost. Bids for a recycling center ranged from $218,000 to $347,000. Instead, residents agreed to privatize the service.
Only one bid was received Wednesday to provide that service and the award was made to Sean Bolen of Moosehead Rubbish in Greenville. Bolen will perform the town’s recycling services at a cost of $15,000 for three years and he will keep the revenue.
Lamb said the revenue the town received from recycling was not enough to cover the $45,000 budget. The revenue that was received was split proportionately with the member towns since they paid the town to use the facility, he noted.
Residents should be aware that the last day of the Greenville Recycling Center’’s operation is July 11. Bolen’s recycling facility at 35 Cota Drive will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Sunday, starting July 14.
Bolen will accept everything but glass because there is no market for the material and waste oil.
Lamb said residents should discard glass in their regular municipal waste and take any waste oil to local garages.
Selectmen plan to discuss what to do with the town’s three recycling compactors and its forklift. Lamb said the town could sell the equipment or store it for a few years to make sure things work out satisfactory under the change.
Selectmen also awarded Bolen with a two-year contract totaling $94,400 to continue curbside pick-up of recycling and rubbish in the community.