The landfill that receives trash from throughout Stanislaus County threatens to litter nearby Interstate 5.
County supervisors are poised to take emergency action Tuesday to repair 740 feet of storm-damaged fence at the Fink Road Landfill, west of Crows Landing.
Sometime between closing time Feb. 8 and early Feb. 9, the 25-foot-high perimeter fence and netting blew down during the rainstorm. According to a report, the wind was so strong the wooden poles snapped at the base.
Department of Environmental Resources officials are worried that papers and other litter scattered off-site could distract motorists on I-5. The state could also cite the county landfill for a violation.
Repairing the giant fence and netting is expected to cost $157,000 based on an estimate from Judge Netting Inc. of Costa Mesa. Judge is offering a five-year warranty on the replacement poles and ultraviolet-treated polyester netting.
The report speculated that a 10-foot-high perimeter fence was constructed when the landfill opened about 40 years ago. The fence was extended much higher with netting to contain loose trash.
Environmental Resources has waited three weeks to ask the board for approval to expedite repairs. The board has not been scheduled to meet since the last regular meeting Feb. 10.
Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2321.
AT A GLANCE
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto. The following items will be considered:
▪ A change order to install a dry-pipe fire suppression system for the Public Safety Center expansion. Cost is not to exceed $54,400.
▪ The California Children’s Services and child health and disability prevention plans for 2014-15.
▪ A request for proposals for sober living services.