Waste site cleanup cost drops

Cleaning up a former waste transfer site will cost Red Deer County less than expected. The municipality set aside $1.6 million in its budget to clean up the abandoned site southwest of Spruce View. It operated from the early 1980s to 2010.

Cleaning up a former waste transfer site will cost Red Deer County less than expected.

The municipality set aside $1.6 million in its budget to clean up the abandoned site southwest of Spruce View. It operated from the early 1980s to 2010.

On Tuesday, county council accepted a $1.25-million tender from Howell’s Excavating Ltd. to scoop up and replace thousands of cubic metres of dirt and plant grass seed. Howell’s was the lowest of six tenders received for the job.

An environmental investigation at the location found soil contamination that poses a risk to groundwater and nearby environmentally sensitive areas.

Noting that the bids ranged as high as $1.8 million, Coun. Christine Moore sought assurances from staff that the winning company could do the necessary work at their price.

“We’re confident they will be able to do the work based on the prices,” said county environmental services manager Andrew Treu. Kevisville was replaced by the Yankee Flats Waste Transfer on Benalto Road northwest of Markerville.