BRIDGEPORT — State and local officials, under the watchful eye of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, were ripping up the popular Gould Manor Park in Fairfield on Wednesday fearing to find truckloads of toxic waste.

Meanwhile, what police called the alleged ringleaders of a scheme to hide the waste, Scott Bartlett, the superintendent of Fairfield’s Department of Public Works, and Jason Julian, the vice president of a local construction company, were arraigned on bribery, dumping and larceny charges in Superior Court Wednesday morning.

Neither man entered pleas Wednesday and Judge William Holden continued the case to Sept. 18. A third man charged in the case, Fairfield Director of Public Works Joseph Michelangelo, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Bartlett and Julian’s lawyers, Frederick Paoletti Jr. and Thomas Cotter, declined comment as they left the Golden Hill Street courthouse with their clients.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Tamberlyn Conopask, who is prosecuting the case for the chief state’s attorney’s office, also declined comment.

According to court documents, Bartlett and Michelangelo conspired with Julian, a former Barnum Festival ringmaster and co-owner of Julian Enterprises, to allow Julian’s company to dump soil containing toxic levels of lead and PCBs on Town of Fairfield property adjacent to the town’s public works garage.

The cleanup of that site has already cost Fairfield taxpayers more than $779,000 and that figure is expected to go higher as more dumping locations are discovered, according to court documents.

The documents detail how Bartlett had fallen into a deep financial hole. His $628,000 Fairfield home was in foreclosure, he had defaulted on $48,000 in credit card bills and he owed nearly $3,000 in Fairfield property taxes.

And then, police said, Julian came into the picture.

He hired Bartlett’s son and “Gave the kid whatever he wanted,” court documents state. Witnesses told police they saw Jason Julian slip an envelope into Bartlett’s pocket during a Christmas party.

In 2013, Julian Enterprises became the sole bidder to run Fairfield’s Construction Material Processing Facility after two other bidders dropped out, according to court documents. Under the contract signed between the town and Julian Enterprises, Julian would process soil and non-hazardous materials from town building sites at the facility to be sold as clean fill. Julian would pay the town $3,000 per three-month term to run the facility.

But suspicions were raised when the pile of debris at the site began getting bigger, not smaller, as it was supposed to.

The town hired Cindy Knight, president of Logical Environmental Solutions, to test the site but Michelangelo told her to concentrate her sampling on just the new stuff that had been brought in, the affidavit states.

Knight disregarded this and, making an unannounced visit to the dump site, found PCBs six times greater than state allowable levels and lead levels double what is considered hazardous by state and federal law.

During a two-year investigation, Fairfield police detectives Frederick Hine and Michael Clark interviewed town employees who said they warned Bartlett and Michelangelo that Julian trucks were dumping suspicious materials at the processing site, but that Bartlett responded, “I don’t care what comes in as long as it goes out.”

The detectives also secured emails in which Bartlett defends Julian Enterprises from complaints by Fairfield residents and reveals plans to “shut them up,” the documents state.

And instead of paying the required $3,000 rent payments to the town, the affidavits state that Bartlett submitted false credit claims to the town on behalf of Julian Enterprises resulting in the town paying the company $27,000 when it actually owed the town $30,000 in rent.