Excavated dirt could help build parish levees
In a unanimous vote on Monday, the St. Charles Parish Council approved the estimated $7 million expansion of the KV Construction Debris facility in Killona.
“It’s a win-win for the parish,” said owner Wade Scott. “We hope the expansion can be a benefit for the parish. We can get rid of the dirt and the parish can use it for levees. It will be a huge savings for the parish.”
Scott anticipates the excavated soil will meet specifications for levee construction, which could result in providing 10 to 12 million cubic yards of “levee quality dirt” to the parish. He said the move could save the parish an estimated $3.50 to $4.50 per cubic yard of dirt.
Plans are to start work on the 70-acre expansion by April or May, Scott said. In addition to adding landfill space, the project will include construction of a 15,000 square-foot office building, as well as an improved entrance to the site.
The additional acreage will expand the landfill’s life expectancy to about 30 years, he said.
At Monday’s council meeting, Scott got approval to landfill the additional acreage with the same permitted construction and demolition debris.
The landfill, currently at 90 acres, was established in 2001. It has already benefited the parish by an estimated $1.3 million by allowing them to dump there at no charge, he said. Additionally, parish residents dump there at 50 percent of gate rate and Killona residents dump at no charge.
“We’re not out of space,” he said. “We’re expanding to allow drainage improvements and overall site longevity.”
Scott said they’ve also been active in the parish with providing dumpsters for cleanup and sending workers to residences to help clean at no charge.