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Kandiyohi County to construct new shed for landfill compactor

To save wear and tear on the highway and to prevent damage to completed landfill cells, a new shed will be built this fall on the north end of the Kandiyohi County Landfill for a 41-ton compactor. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

WILLMAR — In order to keep a 41-ton machine with steel tires studded with “tipping-type teeth” off U.S. Highway 71, a new shed will be built this fall at the Kandiyohi County landfill.

The massive landfill compactor is currently housed in a maintenance building by the main entrance on the south end of the landfill.

Because garbage will now be buried in a new cell of the landfill on the north end of the site — where new landfill development will take place for the next two decades — the county determined a storage shed was needed on that side to protect the $400,000 machine.

Construction of the storage facility was not in the long-term plans, but Jeff Bredberg, Kandiyohi County Environmental Services Director, said there are several issues that make it necessary.

He said there was concern that driving the compactor from one end of the landfill to the other across a recently filled and sealed cell could damage the top plastic liner, which has a three-foot soil covering the top.

Driving the compactor on the landfill road that’s designated for commercial haulers and the public would rip up that road and it would have to be regraded every day, which could delay public use of the landfill.

Because the landfill butts up close to state Highway 23, Bredberg said there is no room in the landfill to build a separate road just for the compactor to travel from one end to the other.

The other option of driving the machine on Highway 71 to get from the current garage to the active landfill zone could do major damage to that road.

Since the landfill will keep expanding to the north, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners agreed last week to build a simple storage shed for the compactor that will accommodate the machine and serve the landfill operation well into the future.

The 40-by-32-foot insulated building is estimated to cost $35,000 and is expected to be completed before winter.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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