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MAY 13, 2010
Clearwater County Commissioners news
Specialized oil processing modules’ transportation discussed
The Clearwater County
Commissioners met with R.J. (Reg) McClellan and Harry Lillo with Imperial Oil
Resources, and Bruce Brockmann with Fluor at the May 3 meeting. The group met
with the Commissioners for an update on the transportation of specialized oil
processing modules that will be going through
These preassembled process
units that are manufactured in
They gave an overview of the
movement of equipment for the Kearl Project Module for ExxonMobil. The units
measure 24 feet wide by 26 feet tall and 120 feet long. Plans are to move one
module per day and no more than two. There will be approximately 200 units that
will be transported through
In a previous briefing it was revealed that to move the modules safely and efficiently, the Kearl project requires raising or burying utility lines, modifying traffic signals, signs or street lights and modifying some road structures. This has all been completed in time for the transport process to start this fall. The improvements have all been paid for by Imperial Oil at no cost to the State. This will be a one time movement of manufacturing equipment.
The information from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) highway and bridge engineers recommended the guidelines for the route. This included data for vehicle travel revealing the best possible travel window being from the fall 2010 to the fall 2011, with the peak volume of travel being in 2011. The group reported that all the travel in the heavier traffic areas will occur at nighttime to avoid conflicts with local traffic. The best travel time for all three stages will be on Sunday night through Thursday night, through
The transport company Mammoet will comply with the ITD guidelines of 15 minute traffic delays. This company has worldwide experience with moving extensive large loads, specializing in the type of load moving equipment and personnel necessary for the Kearl Project. Idaho State Patrol (ISP) will escort the trucks and trailers throughout the route.
They have an emergency response plan with an emphasis on emergency vehicle clearance. ISP and ITD have in place a dedicated communications channel for the route. With the services of two medical transport helicopters for the area, emergency services will not be disrupted.
The Imperial Oil representatives are planning a public meeting and open house event in the four counties in June, with one being in Orofino. The public will be notified of the time and place.
The Board approved and signed expense claims. A motion was passed and the Board signed the service level agreement for electronic transaction and access for electronic payments at point of sale for the Clearwater County Sheriff.
Planning & Zoning
The Board held an open public hearing to consider the information and recommendations from the April 19 Planning & Zoning (P&Z) meeting for the following zoning applications:
A Class S Subdivision Simple
Subdivision request by Carol King to divide
40.44 acres into 2 lots. Lot A 33.84 acres, Lot B 6.60 acres. This property
is located in Section 11, Township 37
North, Range 01 West, located at 463
Freeman Creek Road; zoned low density rural district
F-1. Lot B with an existing residence will be sold and
The lots are accessed off of
A report was given on a zoning variance request by Cary Newman to vary the lot depth from two hundred fifty (250) feet to one hundred seventy (170) feet and vary the lot area from five (5.00) acres to one (1.00) acre as required by the Clearwater County Zoning Ordinance Article IV § 404.3 a & c. This property is located in Section 27, Township 37 North, Range 01 West, and is the timbered area across from the United Brethren Church at 132 Cream Ridge Road.; zoned low density rural district F-1.
The P&Z Commission have the decision making powers on the variance applications. The P&Z Commission approved the application submitted by Cary Newman for a variance in lot size.
There were three executive sessions held to discuss personnel, contract negotiations and indigent matters. Present for the meeting was Chairman Don Ebert and Commissioner John Allen and Commissioner Stan Leach.