BRADENTON — Manatee County has agreed to decrease landfill fees by as much as $275,000 for Wares Creek dredge materials that can’t be used as a dirt covering for garbage. The agreement allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to sign a contract on Friday to get the dredging project underway this summer.
County Administrator Ed Hunzeker negotiated a maximum amount the county would take and also got assurances that the material would all be fully dried before it is trucked to the landfill.
Under the proposed agreement, the county will accept up to 5,655 tons of dredge material at a rate of $24 per ton, rather than the typical $61 per ton. If county commissioners approve the agreement today, the Corps will sign the contract Friday.
The item is on the county’s consent agenda and is likely to be approved.
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“It is a non-issue in my opinion,” County Commissioner Joe McClash said Monday.
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