TIFTON — Tifton and Tift County governments are beginning to reach a consensus on how to resolve issues with their joint-owned landfill.
City Manager Pete Pyrzenski met with the Tift County Board of Commissioners June 7 to provide an overview of the suggested plan for solving the issue of the rapidly filling landfill.
Tifton City Council has been deliberating solutions for several months, ironing out a concrete plan at its April 21 retreat meeting, which was shared with the Tift County Commission at its June work session.
Pyrzenski informed county commissioners that the two solutions on the table are to either develop or find a transfer station to deliver the trash to or to expand the landfill.
While the transfer station plan seems cheaper up front, Pyrzenski said the expenses of transporting garbage for processing at another location would be more expensive than simply expanding the landfill, even if said project would take time and effort.
He estimated the project would cost about $6.7 million, but the revenue would offset the cost significantly, and the expansion would ensure the landfill would have another 22 years of life.
Civil engineers Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble are proposed to handle engineering for the project.
Pyrzenski said he believes the city and county have enough information and data to make an informed decision and stressed the urgency of making one as soon as possible but he assured commissioners they would have time to think over the project if needed, hoping they would come to a decision sometime in July at the latest.
County Commission elected to continue deliberating on the project and available options.