CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
AUGUST 5, 2010
County Commissioners news
Outdrive on big jet boat to be
Emergency funding received from
State Waterways’ fund
Sheriff Goetz provided a
report at the July 26
County Commissioners’ meeting that the out drive on the big jet boat is having a
problem. The out drive was temporarily repaired.
A new one costs approximately $6,000; a rebuild is $4500 and the repair could
take four weeks. They applied for emergency funding from the State Waterways
funding since it was purchased with WIF funds. The State approved the emergency
funds in the amount of $4500. There shouldn’t be any match funds necessary from
Don Gardner, Emergency
Management, reported on the Railroad. The Emergency Operation Plan is finished
and he is meeting with the cities to have them sign off on it and adopt it. All
Hazard Mitigation Plan is being worked and there are three public meetings
scheduled next week.
Rob Simon reported on the road
crew work. The road crew worked on grader patching on
Dent Road and
The blade patching is completed as prep work for the Cavendish Road Chip Sealing
The contractor on the
project has closed off
Cow Creek Road
so they could start crushing. There is work cleaning the ditch on the upper end.
The brushing is still being worked on the
with the brusher and some hand falling of larger trees out of the right of way.
There is approximately $15,000 left in the brushing funds. The chip seal laid on
the one section of the
looks good and no loose rock is left.
There are several engineering firms interested in the Bruce’s
project. They will be submitting RFQs for the project. The review committee will
be made up of two County representatives and two LHTAC representatives.
Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study
The Board held an interview
with McKinstry Essention, Inc, group on the Biomass Utilization Feasibility
Study for a Biomass Energy Plant for
The group was joined by Chris St. Germaine and Loren Whitten-Kaboth, Clearwater
County Economic Development, Teresa Carlin, ICI-O Warden and Bruce Hansen, Soil
and Water Conservation Board. McKinstry specializes in development and
utilization biomass energy production. They bring to the study experience on
projects for energy conservation and facility improvement for public
institutions to analyze long term financial and operational sense for biomass
energy in place of fuel oil, propane, coal, electricity or natural gas. They
focus on ways that agencies can benefit from using a local, sustainable,
carbon-neutral energy source.
The Board interviewed Siemens Energy team for the Biomass Utilization
Feasibility Study. The engineers from Wylie Wilson Engineering firm will provide
the feasibility study since they are an integral part of
and Technology deployed the Energy team which did the procurement, study and
provided information on funding the facility. They are responsible for the
study, financing options and equipment integration.
There were three executive sessions held to discuss personnel and
Present for the meeting were
Chairman Don Ebert and Commissioner John Allen and Commissioner Stan Leach.