Brownwood City Council members voted Tuesday to awarding a $2.2 million bid to an Austin company for the construction of two cells at the Brownwood Regional Landfill.

Council members awarded the bid to Ranger Excavating, which submitted the low bid of seven companies who competed for the contract.

The two cells, referred two as cells 12 and 13, will provide an estimated 17 years of capacity, depending on the waste flow, council members were told.

Ranger Excavating previously constructed cell 11.

Council members in September approved the issuance of a certificate of obligation for $3.87 million to construct the cells, which will cover all costs including construction, engineering and costs of issuance, and there is the potential of having surplus funds of $1 million to $1.2 million.

The surplus funds can be used for other landfill improvements and/or to pay back the principle on the bonds, council members were told.

When cells 12 and 13 start to fill up, that will enable landfill operators to finish filling four other existing cells.

In another matter related to the new cells, council members will consider authorizing an agreement with Enprotec/Hibbs and Todd engineering for $399,340. Council members earlier authorized the company to design, prepare plans and specifications and prepare contract documents for bidding.  

The landfill will have a total of 20 cells after they have all been constructed,Tim Airheart, Brownwood’s assistant director of public works, said in a 2009 interview.

Because of the layout of the cells’ slopes, it is necessary to open a new cell before the cell next to it is full. Then, after the new cell begins receiving waste, more waste can be added to the adjacent cell, Airheart said then.

The landfill has a capacity of about 17 million yards and enough unused space to last about 70 more years, maybe longer, Airheart said in the 2009 interview. The landfill currently had about 3 million cubic yards of waste in 2009.

Airheart did not have the current amount of waste Tuesday but said it's less than 4 million cubic yards.