Discarded concrete at landfill to get new life on landfill roads

Piles of discarded concrete at the Huntington Landfill will be transformed into rock for landfill roads.

But a plan to rent a crusher to accomplish that task came to fruition sooner than expected, prompting a request that Huntington Common Council members agree to the expenditure now, with the paperwork to be filed later.

During its meeting on Tuesday, April 11, the council agreed by consensus to that arrangement.

Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services, explained that a contractor, Ironclad Excavating, was planning to rent a crusher but needed it only for two weeks. The contractor asked landfill staff if they were interested in using the crusher for the remaining two weeks of the month-long rental period, splitting the $36,000 rental fee in half.

Goodnight said landfill staff had agreed to the proposal but, before paperwork to request an additional appropriation to pay the bill could be filed, the crusher had been delivered.

Crushing the concrete into stone "saves us a tremendous amount of money" over having stone hauled to the landfill for the roads, Goodnight said, although he could not immediately provide figures for the savings.

Goodnight said the landfill had previously crushed concrete into stone for the roads, which must be maintained as "all weather roads, all year long." At that time, Mayor Brooks Fetters said, the city rented two crushers for a month.

The landfill accepts "clean" concrete — concrete without rebar or fiber — free of charge.

"There's big piles of it that are basically doing nothing," Goodnight said.

The landfill account has a $1.3 million cash balance, Clerk-Treasurer Christi McElhaney said, so funding the expenditure would not be a problem.

In other business, council members approved on second and final reading revisions to an ordinance dealing with nuisance conditions, trash pickups and sidewalks.

Among other changes, the ordinance now allows a resident who is cited for three or more nuisance violations in a year to be declared a habitual offender and be required to pay a penalty.