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IC Leaders Give Update on Landfill Reconstruction
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--From Ginny Scotts front porch, the view of Iowa City has never been clearer.
Its gray today, Scott said. But I like my blue skies.
It looks a lot different from last year when a thick black cloud of smoke from the fire at the Iowa City Landfill hovered over her home for weeks.
It just looked like the fires of hell, Scott said.
Not to mention the odor of rotting, burning garbage that swept over her neighborhood a mile away.
Gross, disgusting, and smelling-- it was not fun, Scott said.
Almost everyone got a smell of it, said Iowa City Public Works Director Rick Fosse.
More than a year later the city is reassuring the public that a fire like that wont happen again.
The silver lining in this is that there were certainly lessons learned, Fosse said.
The citys spent nearly $3.4 million, putting out the fire and fixing the damaged cell.
This time theyve covered the tire lining in the cell which helps with drainage. Hot garbage dumped onto exposed lining is what caused the massive fire in May 2012.
We took those precautions and assembled it in a different way, Fosse said. Were pretty much closing the chapter to the fire we had out there.
A chapter people like Ginny hopes stays closed.
I sure dont want to experience it again, she said.