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Colfax contracts with CBS Squared for $6,600 to monitor old landfill site

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  The Colfax Village Board has contracted with CBS Squared in the amount of $6,580 to continue monitoring the village’s former landfill site.

The engineering firm of Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) has been in charge of monitoring the old landfill for many years, said Rand Bates, director of public works, at the Colfax Village Board’s January 8 meeting.

SEH submitted an agreement to do the work for $6,700 — $120 more than the CBS Squared bid.

The former landfill site has four monitoring wells, and two private wells located down gradient from the landfill also are monitored for groundwater contamination.

Since the village has stopped using SEH for other services, Bates said he had called CBS Squared to see if the company was interested in submitting a bid for monitoring the landfill.

The village board hired CBS Squared as the village’s wastewater engineer in September of 2016.

Jeremiah Wendt served as the village’s wastewater engineer with SEH for a number of years until he took a job as the city engineer for New Richmond.

After Wendt left SEH, another engineer was assigned to Colfax, but while Bates said he had frequent contact with Wendt, he had rarely heard anything from the second engineer.

When another engineering firm came to Colfax looking for business, Bates found out that the engineer with SEH had retired.

Neither SEH nor the engineer had informed the village that he was planning to retire.

Within the next few years, more testing will be required for heavy metals, and both proposals included the extra testing if the village is interested, Bates said.

Mark Halpin, village trustee, wondered how many years the village has been monitoring the old landfill site and how many more years the monitoring would have to continue.

“Forever?” Halpin asked.

The old landfill site has been monitored for “a long, long time,” Bates said, noting that the monitoring is likely to continue for many more years.

According to the agreement submitted by both companies, environmental monitoring will be conducted as specified in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources April 12, 2002, Expedited Plan Modification letter.

Two years ago, representatives for the state Department of Natural Resources stopped to inspect the monitoring system and told the village certain trees would need to be cut down. The monitoring wells also were required to be painted, Bates said.

The village was required to put locks on the monitoring wells, too, in order to protect the groundwater, he noted.

Many years ago, the village contracted with Dunn County for county employees to poison the landfill to kills rats and other nuisances.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the contract with CBS Squared.

Village trustees Casey Rihn and Annie Jenson were absent from the meeting.

In addition to Halpin, village trustees Carey Davis, David Wolff and Keith Burcham voted in favor of the motion, along with Gary Stene, village president.

Other business

In other business, the Colfax Village Board:

• Approved the renewal of a kennel license for JoAnn Mayfield, 204 Viking Drive, for January to December 2018. A kennel license is required when a residence has more than three dogs. The fee for a kennel license is $36.50 per year.

• Approved a temporary Class “B” / “Class B” retailer’s license for the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group for January 14 in the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium for The Looney Lutherans. The Class “B” portion of the license allows the group to sell fermented malt beverages, and the “Class B” portion of the license allows the sale of wine.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Makayla Mattson through June 30, 2018, for employment at Synergy Cooperative.

• Approved a bartender operator’s license for Cheyanne Hawkins through June 30, 2018, for employment at The Blind Tiger.

• Approved the election inspector list for 2017-2018: Joyce Bates, Kathy Mitchell, Diane Hodgson, Katherine Rieder, Ruth Hill and Kathy Dunbar.

• Learned that a building permit had been issued to Gary Hill, 231 West Railroad Avenue, for a new roof on the barn and a retaining wall.