COUNTY, CITY NEGOTIATING CONTRACT FOR LEACHATE DISPOSAL
The town of Carthage has temporarily agreed to continue accepting a liquid substance known as leachate, a byproduct of the county landfill which is deposited in the city’s sewer system, while an agreement between the city and county is being renegotiated.
A disagreement surfaced over plans by the county to install a force main line which would deposit the leachate through a pipeline directly to the city’s sewer system. The leachate is now being transported from the landfill by tanker truck to a manhole where it is deposited into the city’s sewer system.
Leachate is a liquid which drains or leaches from a landfill. According to city officials, the agreement with the county to accept the leachate was in the form of a memorandum of agreement and had a 30 day cancellation clause. Mayor Sarah Marie Smith invoked the 30 day clause in December.
During a special called council meeting, Thursday afternoon, the city’s council agreed to temporarily continue accepting the leachate while a contract between the city and county could be negotiated. The contract will include more stringent testing by the county prior to the leachate being deposited in the city’s sewer system.
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