WOODBINE, Md. (WMAR) - The Hoods Mill Landfill will remain open, at least for now.
During today's open session the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to keep the landfill open at least temporarily under a compromise plan developed by Commissioners Howard and Shoemaker.
Under the plan, the landfill will continue service on the first and third Saturday of each month until December 2012. The landfill will not invest in replacement of a skid loader, roof or other significant investments for the facility.
The plan calls for the communication to citizens that the failure of equipment could result in earlier suspension of services at Hoods Mill. The cost of operating will also be covered under existing Solid Waste, Public Works or Reserve for Contingencies funds.
A review will take place no later than December for either private sector opportunities, continuation of service or closing the facility effective January 1, 2013.
Commissioner Frazier had also suggested that the board revisit this issue and asked that the county seek private sector operators for this facility.
Commissioner Shoemaker said "I applaud our Public Works staff for seeking cost-savings measures. Commissioner Howard and I believe this plan gives the private sector an opportunity to create a viable, long-term presence that will reduce costs for the county and provide a valuable service to the citizens."
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