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City of Big Spring Working to Expand Their Landfill

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

Big Spring - The Big Spring Landfill opened its doors back in 1974. With only three years left in the remaining life span, the city wants to do something about it.

Every day, trash is brought to the landfill and although bulldozers at the landfill do their best to try to make room for more, Mayor Tommy Duncan says the time to expand is now.

"We are up against the time clock today of being able to open the new landfill in time to continue our operation of collecting trash and debris from the city and county so we have to move quickly," Duncan said.

The new landfill would be adjacent to the current one, and would consist of three cells each would cost $5 million and have a life span of 30 years. The mayor wants the county to pay one-third of the cost while the city pays the remaining two-thirds. According to Duncan, it's only fair that the county pays a portion of the bill.

"We are offering that one-third based on a ratio, there's about a third of the county's population who live outside the City of Big Spring and about two-thirds who live inside. I felt that was a fair equitable offer," Duncan said. 

Interim City Manager Todd Darden will begin negotiations with the county regarding the expansion of the landfill. He says they've had partnerships with the county in the past and he hopes this project goes as smoothly.

"I think both sides work towards that, but in the end, we always seem to come out with a deal. We can show that what we are saying as a city is a fair deal for everybody, it's a partnership that has worked since '74 and I think it can work in the future," Darden said.

Duncan says if the county refuses to participate and no agreement is met, strict measures will have to be taken.

"The county would not be allowed to use the landfill and that would be a major problem for the county that I don't want to see happen. It would cost a county resident to drive much farther and pay much higher fees to get rid of their trash," Duncan said.

Darden says if negotiations go well with the county, he hopes the project gets underway sometime next year.

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