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Landfill proposes expansion

FERRIS - The city of Ferris attributes Waste Management with being it’s second highest source of income for the city.

Waste Management adds a little more than $1 million dollars a year into the city’s general fund for hosting.

“The landfill has proposed to expand their current facilities because they only have about 20 more years left before they run out of room for waste,” said City Manager Eric Strong.

The council hosted a work session Monday, Feb.7 to discuss the possibility of the expansion and what it would do to residents of Ferris.

“We are going to back the idea, it doesn’t look like it will affect residents any differently, since they [ Waste Management] is just filling in the gaps to property already near them,” said Strong.

If passed by the council, a discussion that might happen in the next three months if all goes smoothly, the city would receive an additional $170,000 per year.

“I am estimating right now, but that number [$170,000]should be pretty close to what we are discussing and the additional revenue from that would help us fund these upcoming projects we have been discussing for the city like the library expansion and baseball field,” said Strong.

The details have not been finalized and phone calls are still being made to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

“They are wanting to be able to use a spray on solution instead of adding a layer of dirt on top of the trash every day like we require.”

According to Strong, topics such as this are still being weighed and looked into.

With the expansion, the landfill should be operable for another 45 years.

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