By Karen Brainard
Large trucks have been continually hauling dirt to the Ramona Landfill on Pamo Road in preparation for the complete closure of the dump, according to Thurston Thompson, landfill site manager.
Ramona residents have questioned the reason for the ongoing trips through town to the dump. At least six trucks within 30 minutes were seen driving to the site on Pamo Road on Monday morning.
The landfill ceased operations in June 2009, but the approximately 28-acre site must be capped off with 4 feet of dirt, per state environmental regulations, said Thompson.
Many of the trucks are semi bottom dump trucks. They are bringing in a clay material from various locations in San Diego, Thompson said. The maximum vehicle count is 103 per day, he added.
“We are three-quarters of the way done,” Thompson said on Monday. “We’re trying to get dirt in to be complete.”
Trucks hauling in dirt should be done between late July and mid-August, he said.
The slopes, visible from Pamo Road, have been completed with the soil cover, he added,
Mulch will be added on top of the dirt to prevent erosion, according to Gabe Gonzales with Allied Waste Industries, the owner of Ramona Landfill.
Gonzales said Allied Waste has contracted with a few trucking firms, one of them being Burns & Sons Trucking.
The project has received all necessary approvals, he said.
Thompson said he has talked to neighbors of the landfill site and understands any frustrations regarding the ongoing traffic. For the most part, he said, residents are not upset.