ALBION — The Noble County Board of Commissioners is seeking a delay in filing a plan for monitoring gas emissions at the Noble County landfill.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management sent a letter Nov. 3 to the commissioners that stated it wanted a plan in place within two weeks of the county receiving the letter to address methane gas emission monitoring at the landfill at Baseline Road and C.R. 215E near Albion.

In the letter, IDEM cited higher than allowed levels of methane gas at the landfill in the spring and summer of 2011, February 2012 and this April and July.

On July 30, consultant Bill Etzler of Engineering Resources Inc. met with IDEM officials and agreed to submit a plan by Sept. 1 to address leachate issues that may also help with the methane concerns, the letter stated.

While IDEM claims in the letter it has not received the plan, Etzler said he completed the the plan, had it reviewed by the commissioners and submitted it.

Etzler said communication from IDEM leads him to believe the agency will want weekly monitoring at the landfill, at least in the short term. That’s a change from the plan the state says it hasn’t received, in which monitoring happens monthly, not weekly.

The current monthly monitoring plan costs about $1,500 per visit, making going to a weekly schedule an expensive proposition, the commissioners said.

“Every time they set foot on the property, they cost us a ton of money,” Commissioner Dave Dolezal said of the monitoring operation.

Etzler plans to deliver the plan that was due Sept. 1 in person to IDEM officials Wednesday, along with a letter requesting a delay until Dec. 17 in finalizing the newly requested plan.

The letter specifies that county officials will meet with the monitoring consultants by Nov. 17 to work out a plan, said county attorney Dennis Graft.

A less expensive means of monitoring also will be explored.

Also Monday, commissioners:

• Opened and took under advisement bids for materials and equipment to be used by the Noble County Highway Department next year.

For paving materials, there were 12 bidders for aggregate gravel, 10 bidders for aggregate limestone, five bidders for solid bituminous material and two bidders each for liquid bituminous material and pug mill.

Ten firms bid on renting equipment to the department. There were two bidders each on fuel and diesel fuel, and one bidder for calcium chloride.

The bids will be reviewed and the low bids will be used as needed during the year.

• Learned that a road resurfacing project for Baseline Road between county roads 600E and 700E will be submitted for consideration as a federally funded project.

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