But PCES Director Jon Steiner says it's not all smooth sailing, as deadlines approach.

    While progress continues to be evident on almost a daily basis on Ingersoll Avenue in Crookston, where a new Polk County Transfer Station facility is being constructed, Jon Steiner, the director of Polk County Environmental Services, says that it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing.

    This week, Steiner told the Polk County Board of Commissioners that he’s concerned about a couple of approaching deadlines included in the project documentation. One calls for PCES to be using the lot and tip floor by Oct. 1, and the other has the agency using the office space by Dec. 21.

    “We had some issues with some of the subcontractors’ work quality and schedules and that impacted other subcontractors,” Steiner explained. “We are trying to reach agreement on what the deadlines should be allowed to be extended until, if at all.”

    The commissioners also considered change orders necessary predominantly because a subcontractor removed significantly more concrete than what was required.

    The construction of a new Transfer Station in Crookston is part of a multi-phase, multi-million dollar project involving improvements and enhancements at the Polk County Landfill near Gentilly and also at the Solid Waste Facility and Incinerator in Fosston. The local cost share of the overall project is being buoyed by state funding.

    “We are well into our Phase II project in Fosston; that should be wrapped up in October. We are also into our Compost Pad project at the Landfill outside of Gentilly; that should be completed in late September or early October, weather permitting,” Steiner said. “We are also into our Phase 13 MSW Landfill Cell project at the Landfill, too. That should be done on roughly the same timeline as the Compost Pad.”