Magazzu’s boy at the CCIA, Don Rainear apparently cannot make up his mind. January 28, 2010 – shortly after Lou arranged to have him replace steve Wymbs who was forced out solely due to politics – Rainear said, concerning the Phase II expansion of the county landfill:
“The money has been borrowed and the bonds have been sold, but the $21 million has not been spent,” he said. “The bid has been awarded, but the contract has not been signed.”
He claimed to have done his homework, and said the county simply cannot afford to expand the landfill. The two top bidders threatened a lawsuit because the county broke a contract.
On March 12, 2010 Rainear said the county was “reducing the scope” of the expansion. At that time, he also proved that he had no, in fact, done his homework and only was beginning to check his facts.
Rainear, who is currently handling the responsibilities of CCIA executive director, said Friday that the CCIA’s professional staff is currently doing an estimate on how much life is left in the county landfill.
Now we find that Rainear is back to the original plan he nixed – but at what cost?
After a year of work by its engineers, and nearly three months after Executive Director Don Rainear admitted a previous pre-treatment plant for leachate had to be cut for cost reasons, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority on Wednesday voted to authorize preparation for a new leachate pretreatment plant.
How much money has this foot-dragging cost us? Was the initial plan eighty-sixed because of the contractors involved, sweeping out the last remnants of the Wymb’s dynasty? Will we ever know the truth?