Officials Doubt Numbers In Waste Disposal Report

April 19, 1991|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff writer

Anyone looking for a quick solution to the proposed Annapolis landfill expansion will not find it in a long-awaited consultant's report released to city and county officials this week.

County and city leaders who met for three hours Wednesday to study the report were not satisfied with the accuracy of figures used to estimate the long-termfinancial impact of various alternatives to Annapolis' waste problems, said Walter Chitwood, assistant to the county executive.

"There were some areas where the consultant had not understood financial plans, or where the city's thinking had changed and the information was not current," said Chitwood, who refused to discuss details.

City and county officials have chosen not to release the report to the public, saying it is incomplete. When a complete report and recommendation will be ready is uncertain, Chitwood said.

City andcounty staffers will meet again next week for further study, he said, adding that a "series of meetings" is likely.

In December, city,county and state officials -- unable to reach agreement on the landfill issue -- called in the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority, a quasi-public agency that develops and finances waste facilities,tomediate.

The city desperately wants the expansion, saying it will lose $2 million in revenue from tipping fees without it. Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis, opposes the expansion for environmental reasons.

The officials agreed in December that time was of the essence, since the existing landfill along Route 450 is expected to befull by May 1992.

"The folks who thought there would be a quick turnover on this had expectations that were artificially high," Chitwood said.

The authority is not normally in the business of consulting, and it found the landfill problem more complex than expected, Chitwood said.

No one has been willing to comment on the content of the draft report, though several county officials have said it did notcast the city in a favorable light.

Chitwood vehemently disputed such statements.

"The report makes neither the city nor the countylook bad, or the city or the county look good," he said.

"That wasn't the intent of the report. The intent was to find ways to handle garbage."

As far as specific recommendations from the authority are concerned, "I don't believe at this point we can say there are recommendations when we have incomplete analysis," Chitwood said.

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