The Town of Marana and DKL Holdings continue to negotiate the terms and conditions of a development agreement that would govern operation of the Marana Regional Landfill.

The company has made a number of commitments, among them payment of per-ton host fees to the town and to the Marana Unified School District. DKL Holdings has said it would pay on the order of $450,000 a year to the town, and $150,000 a year to MUSD.

DKL has also agreed:

• To pay for a surface overlay of Avra Valley Road within the town limits, a distance of more than six miles. That price could "easily be" $1 million, DKL Holdings representative Michael Racy said;

• To install a right-hand turn lane on westbound Avra Valley Road onto northbound Sanders Road, a right-hand turn lane from eastbound Avra Valley Road onto southbound Sandario, and a right-hand turn lane from northbound Sandario onto eastbound Avra Valley. A traffic signal would be placed at DKL's expense at Avra Valley and Sandario once warranted, at least two years after the landfill is open, and at the town's direction;

• To fix or replace a bridge over the east branch of the Brawley Wash on Avra Valley Road, "whatever is necessary," at DKL's expense, Racy said.

• Not to take any sort of hazardous waste. The landfill "would never be permitted for anything other" than standard municipal and household waste, Racy said;

• Not to take any waste hauled by rail, a provision the developer says would keep long-distance trash out of the landfill;

• The zoning could revert from the landfill specific plan "if it is not going forward after five years," Town Attorney Frank Cassidy said;

• To a 165-foot maximum height, down from 195 feet previously identified;

• To remove trash along Avra Valley Road from the landfill site to the interchange with I-10;

• To allow trash hauling only along designated truck routes from I-10 at the Avra Valley Road interchange, then along Avra Valley Road to the landfill in West Marana. Hauling would not be allowed along Sanders or Trico roads;

• To offer two free public access days, one Saturday in March and October, for Marana residents;

• To provide 30 vouchers to the town for its distribution, each good for up to two tons of trash deposited in the landfill free of charge;

• If provided access, to sample the five domestic water wells registered within two miles downgradient from the property at DKL's expense;

• To install a six-foot perimeter fence 100 feet past the active operation in phases as landfill development occurs;

• To provide "financial assurances for costs of closure and post-closure care" of the landfill;

• To enter into the town's habitat conservation plan;

• To dedicate to Marana the open space along the Brawley Wash;

• To secure a pollution legal liability, environmental impairment or other similar policy of insurance at an aggregate value of $20 million.

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