Charles J. Miller Inc., a Hampstead excavating company, submitted the low bid, at $1.6 million, to the county for the job of capping and filling the abandoned Bark Hill Landfill.

Bids for the project, which were unsealed Wednesday, ranged from $1.6 million to $2.5 million. The county is obligated to accept the low bid as long as it meets specifications.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has ordered that Carroll follow state guidelines in closing three landfills, including Bark Hill, leaking pollutants into the ground.

Several property owners living near the Union Bridge-area landfill have claimed the dump has contaminated their private water wells and land. The county has bought at leaset two properties in the area for $245,ooo. The County Commisioners signed an intent to purchase another property for $200,000 on July.

The county received authority through the General Assembly in 1989 to borrow up to $6 million for landfull closure projects.

The county also has been mandated to close Hodges Road Landfill near Sykesville and John Owings Landfill near Westminster.

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