The Board approved a contract change order for the CCR Landfill Partial Cover Project for an additional $14,284.19, with the final contract cost of $1,072,844.19. The total project expense remains under budget.
The current landfill development was designed to be filled over four phases, beginning in 1992 and expected to be full in 2007. The first phase was anticipated to be full in 1995. Through conservation, recycling and repurposing efforts, the landfill’s life has been extended significantly. With phase one just being closed in 2020, MPW effectively extended the life of this phase by 25 years.
“Minimizing our impact on the environment is top-of-mind”, shared Doug White, director of power production and supply. “We continue to evaluate our processes to find efficiencies and new ways to repurpose waste.”
A Fiber to the Home progress update was given. August was the best month on record for the project. Significant progress was made on remaining field construction and a project high 544 customers were converted to MPW’s all-fiber network. Toward the end of September, over 8,100 customers have been converted to the all-fiber network. The project is on track to complete all customer conversions in first quarter 2021, consistent with the updated timeline from early this year and even with COVID-19 delays.
With field construction nearing completion, project focus is now shifting to splicing activities and additional splicers are being brought on to the project. Erika Cox, FTTH project sponsor reminds the public, “Splicers will be accessing yards and gates and working at the cable box on the outside of the house. If splicing activity is going on in your neighborhood, it really helps us for customers to keep pets indoors and leave gates unlocked.” MPW has been communicating via Facebook and its website (https://www.mpw.org/communications/) weekly construction and installation updates and recently added those Service Areas in which splicers will be working.