Trends Winter 2015 | Page 2

“We needed to build to keep going,” said Scott Maciosek, chairman of the Landfill Venture Group’s (LVG) Executive Committee, the group that oversees landfill operations. Strong relationships between members of LVG’s Executive Committee and staff at Ayres Associates led to Ayres being hired in 2011 as the landfill’s engineer. Roger Nelson, a business development specialist at Ayres, was an acquaintance of Charles Rayala Jr., then the chairman of the Executive Committee. Maciosek, who took over for Rayala, is also chairman for the Town of Cloverland. He had a good impression of Ayres through a previous bridge project in his town. Solid engineering, improving efficiencies among professional services extended to northern Wisconsin landfill By Tom Paquin W ith the Highway G Landfill nearing its capacity back in 2011, landfill operators decided to expand the landfill on its current site near Eagle River, Wisconsin, and were looking to take their engineering guidance in a new direction. Highway G Landfill WISCONSIN 2│TRENDS Rayala, who also is a Vilas County Board member, said Ayres Associates developed a relationship and confidence with the landfill management and committee before being selected as landfill engineers. “With openness and honesty in decisions, Ayres kept us abreast of present problems and future needs at the landfill,” he said. “They were straightforward and had full knowledge of our present needs. Without pulling punches, they addressed our financial needs head on.” BOTTOM LINE MENTALITY Looking out for the landfill’s finances has been a major point of emphasis of projects over the nearly four years since Ayres came on board. Starting with a review of the landfill’s operations, including a 7.88-acre expansion being constructed in three phases, engineers at Ayres have been looking for ways to save money for the landfill. For example, the landfill’s plan of operations was modified to allow the acceptance of glass residual material from a nearby recycling operation to be used as an aggregate replacement and as alternate daily cover material. Highway G Landfill Manager Mark Busha said his operation faces the challenge of being a smaller landfill trying to make it in an industry increasingly dominated by giant corporations. “We had financial hurdles we had to jump,” said Busha, who has been manager at Highway G since 1997. He said that when Ayres started as the landfill’s engineer, “we had already gone through the process of siting the expansion and had done the feasibility studies. It was a matter of tweaking construction plans and coming up with creative financing.”