Covington City Council was updated on usage of the Peters Mountain Landfill Tuesday night.

At its monthly work session, council heard a presentation from engineering consultant Stevie Steele of CHA Companies. Steele informed council on the usage and projected life expectancy of a cell currently used at the landfill.

The daily tonnage rate for the landfill is currently 51 tons. Steele said the city is required to have a 20-year solid waste management plan.

“That means you have to have a plan for where your waste is going, 20 years at a time,” Steele said.

Covington will be required to update its plan in three years.

Currently, Peters Mountain Landfill has 750,000 cubic yards of airspace between cells A, B and C.

“As of Sept. 1, you have 209,790 cubic yards left from all three, cells A, B and C,” Steele said.

He also reported that as of Sept. 1, 540,430 cubic yards of airspace have been filled with 210,907 tons of waste.

Steele said that an estimated timeframe of approximately 12 years is left to fill the remaining airspace of cell C and a potential permitted cell D.

“So again, we got to keep in mind that if you want to stay up to date with a 20-year plan, you’re looking at being OK for 12 more years with the real estate that you have up there,” Steele said.

Steele then briefly covered where the daily tonnage comes from that goes to the Peters Mountain Landfill.

Among those statistics, the city of Covington’s garbage collection routes, collect an average of 18 tons per day, five days a week.

Steele also reported that the tonnage amount is higher after holidays and that seasonal cleanups add 7.5 tons per day for two weeks.

Steele said private commercial entities in the city, Ingevity, sludge from Covington’s wastewater treatment plant and entities from Bath County contribute to the daily tonnage amounts that go to the landfill.

A?timeline regarding the landfill was then discussed, spanning a timeframe from the opening of cell A in June 2000 up to 2027 when it is anticipated that the debt service will be paid off for the landfill.

At the conclusion of Steele’s presentation, he discussed future disposal options that could help with costs and long-term control.

Those options included the expansion of Peters Mountain Landfill (utilization of cell D), utilization of transfer facilities with remote disposal (public and private sector facilities) or utilization of new transfer stations (Covington or regionally-based).

The following items were voted to be placed on the agenda for the Oct. 13 regular meeting of city council:

— Discussions regarding draft Ordinance Amending and Re-enacting certain sections of Chapter 8, Buildings; Chapter 46, Utilities; Chapter 18, Environment of the code of the city of Covington;

— Consider a proposal from City Manager Krystal Onaitis regarding carryover funds from the Wastewater Budget for Professional Services as part of the Department of Environmental Quality Compliance for Consent Order:?Plan for Civil Charge ($6,426), Environmental Project ($56,000);

— Consider two appointments to the Covington Planning Commission:?the term of Robert Patrick Scruggs (expires Oct. 31), the unexpired term of Carolyn O’Conner (expires Oct. 31, 2021);

— Presentation from Chris Smith, chief of police and director of public safety, to honor Greg Burton upon his retirement from the Covington Rescue Squad after 31 years of service;

— Quarterly Financial Review from Director of Finance and Human Resources David Bryant regarding the completed first quarter.