LUBEC — Lubec officials hope to win a five-month extension on the life of their town’s landfill as they proceed with plans to develop and construct a municipal solid waste transfer station.
The town has applied to the Department of Environmental Protection for an extension to continue operating its landfill until a municipal solid waste transfer station is completed in May. The state has ordered that all unlicensed landfills cease operation by midnight on Dec. 31.
The station is being designed to serve about 2,500 users. Lubec has a population of about 1,900 residents.
The DEP agreed on Dec. 10 to consider similar requests for extensions on a town-by-town basis. Landfills may be allowed to continue operating up to June 30.
According to representatives from the Washington County Refuse Disposal District, the DEP will grant extensions and set extended closure deadlines based on the anticipated completion date for an acceptable alternative waste disposal project in the town.
Under conditions outlined by the DEP, Lubec was required to set various deadlines for certain milestones in its project. The information was to be forwarded to the agency by Dec. 19.
In accordance with DEP’s conditions, Lubec selectmen Thursday agreed to set the following deadlines:
Pending approval to proceed with the project, the town will begin advertising for bids on Feb. 15, 1993.
Bids will be opened on March 11.
Construction is to begin by April 11.
The solid waste transfer station will be completed and open for business on May 1.
Iley Walston, vice chairman of the town’s board of selectmen, said that if necessary a special meeting will be held to authorize the spending.
Several residents asked the board for a second public hearing on the proposed transfer station. An earlier hearing was poorly attended when a winter storm struck the area that same night. Although a date was not set, selectmen agreed to hold a second hearing and provide residents with at least a week’s notice of when and where it would be held.