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LANDFILL NEEDS TO BE STUDIED

September 8, 1994

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A bicounty solid waste planning committee will begin later this year to evaluate the Douglas-Jefferson County Landfill against future needs.

Frank Hempen, Douglas County engineer, said the study will satisfy state and federal mandates that counties have solid waste management plans.

``We don't have the problems that some counties do. We think we have a stable landfill site,'' Hempen said, adding that capacity in the landfill is likely to be adequate for the next decade or two.

The landfill, which is operated on property owned by N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc., is near the Douglas-Jefferson county line on U.S. Highway 40.

However, Hempen said the study will provide an opportunity to address issues that are likely to come to the fore during the next couple of years. Those include the handling of household hazardous wastes, recycling and the use of private contractors for waste collection.

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night signed a contract with the state to accept a grant of up to $90,000 for the study, which will be conducted by a committee comprising citizens and public officials from the two counties.

The committee, whose members are now being appointed by mayors and county commissions in the two counties, will begin meeting in November and is scheduled to complete the assessment in June.

Under terms of the grant, which was made by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Douglas and Jefferson counties may hire a consultant to assist with the planning process. Hempen said he hoped to have a contract in place within a month.

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