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8A Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Company continues to push for materials facility Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com will try to stop the project," he said. He asked the board to form a committee to work with IMD to explore options, "To see if we can't be creative in other ways to approach this, in the event that we are not allowed to build the pipeline. That fs our desire: to build the pipeline. We are a part of south Delleker and we'd like to see that area grow as well." GLRID board member John Streeter liked Ross' respons- es, "You don't pull any punch- es and you tell it like it is." He offered to be on such a com- mittee and volunteered the services of chairman Maurice Willis as well. Randy Mark, GLRID's new full-time licensed operator, was ultimately added to the committee, as was communi- ty member Larry Terrill. "This (the MRF) is to meet state mandates. Like with wa- ter, they keep coming," Ross said. He said Plumas County Planning Director Randy Wil- son felt the project descrip- tion was very detailed and would hold up to scrutiny. "There are some agencies that want us to do an EIR (en- vironmental impact report). We're kind of fighting that. There are 52 MRFs in the state of California and only two required EIRs. The other 50 haven,t," he said. Ross told the board he was not looking for favoritism: He just wanted to work with GLRID. "This facility affects everybody in the county be- cause everybody produces sol- id waste." Streeter said it would also reduce the amount of solid waste ending up in landfills, in addition to providing 12 full-time, year-rourid jobs. Plumas County Supervisor Terry Swofford said the area's unemployment rate is cur- rently at 24 percent. Ross said a meeting has been set up between the county and the city later in October, possi- bly the 20th or the 22nd. Ross had not been invited to the meeting and didn't plan to attend. Willis said GLRID had not been invited to the meet- ing either. Board member Sharon Cas- taneda asked who was going to attend. Intermountain Disposal's Ricky Ross appeared before the last Grizzly Lake Resort Improvement District' meet- ing to ask for the board's ac- tive support in moving the materials recovery facility (MRF) project along. There has been a building moratorium in the south Delleker area pending resolu- tion of fire suppression issues and water flows requiring a D-inch line to that area. That must be resolved before the MRF can be built in the pro- posed spot. Ross summarized the MRF's progress since he met with GLRID in May 2009, and discussed fire suppression is- sues with board members. Since those discussions, he filed a detailed project de- scription with the county, which was forwarded to all in- terested agencies. He and the county received feedback from the agencies. "Good, positive feedback. But there is one agency that we feel, if we try to go forward, LIVE MUSIC ~ Saturday, October 16 ~ The Alternators A great dance band. 9:30pm till Closing. s5 cover. Dinner guests FREE. 836-1111 ~ Order your fresh breads and pastries in our Snack Bar. ~ wvw.plumaspinesgolf.com A Plumas Pines Golf Resort 402 Poplar Valley Rd,.,, Gme.agle - ...... i ,.,i .... i ............ PLUMAS PINES 93FM SIERRA'S BEST COUNTRY RETURNS TO THE AIR SOON AT OUR NEW HOME: SERVING QUINCY AND SURROUNDING AREA .f More Power More Coverage ,i" More Country ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB Swofford said, "The Board of Supervisors set up a com- mittee to meet with the city to see if we can work out this problem." Castaneda asked, "How come the people who are in- volved haven't been invited?" Board member Susan F01- land alded, "It's making me scratch my head." "Our people should be there, too, along with Ricky," Castaneda proposed. Willis interjected, "I think they all want to work things out..." "Workwhat out? What are they working out?" Folland asked. Swofford answered, "i don't know yet. We haven't had the meeting." Folland was perplexed. "You're havinga meeting to work something out and you don't know what it is?" Swofford said he didn't have objections to GLRID be- ing at the meeting; it was just the way the board had set it up. "It's a board committee." He and Ole Olsen repre- sent the supervisors, Dan Wilson and John Larrieu represent the Portola City Council, and attorneys for both the county and the city will also be present. Svof- ford was not sure what city staff will be present. Castaneda felt it was unfair to have Swofford in the mid- dle between the city and GLRID and thought a supervi- sor from another part of the county would have been a bet- ter choice. ",It affects the en- tire county and it's important to have the other supervisors familiarize themselves with the project," she said Swofford said the commit- tee would report back to the full board. "I hope the city's committee and the county's committee wor k it out. It's a project that benefits everybody," Ross said, adding that GLRID was supposed to be at 50 percent diversion now and the state was looking at 75 percent di- version in the near future. Countywide, the diversion rate was 39 percent and the city's diversion rate was 24 percent. As it is: "We're not going to make it. We'll never make it," he said. After similar discussion by board members, Willis summed up the meeting, fin- ishing with, "Let's move it forward and get it done." Waste company receives 9 percent rate increase Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com County supervisors ap- proved a 9 percent rate in- crease for Intermountain Dis- posal and decided to close the Graeagle Transfer Site at their Oct. 5 meeting. The last day of operation for the trans- fer site will be Sunday, Nov. 7 Ricky Ross, chief executive officer of IMD, had been seek- ing a 12 percent rate increase. He originally asked for a 15 percent increase, but said he could make do with 9 percent if the transfer site were closed -- the site loses about $100 day when it's open. But in- creases in expenses drove his asking price up to 12 percent. By contract IMD is guaran- teed a targeted rate of return of 10 percent. Since 2004, it has met that rate just one time: in 2005 at 10.72 percent. The company received a rate increase in 2005, but has Need help REPI NG If it's ing we can'll find someo can. l General Building Contractor | II Calif. Lic. #453927 II I (530)283-2035 1 not received one since. It has operated in the red the last two years: negative 5.09 per- cent in 2008 and negative 1 percent in 2009. Following last week's deci- sion, Ross said he would be back next year asking for an- other rate increase. By con- tract, the Company must sub- mit its financials to the coun- ty by March 15. Ross intends to ask for a rate increase shortly there- after. He anticipates his fi- nancials will show a rate of return between negative 1 percent and 1 percent. It was not clear from the su- pervisors' discussion why they settled on the 9 percent figure. Previously; they were considering 12 percent. Public Works staff present- ed the board with five scenar- ios ranging from 8 percent to 12 percent ....... Nor was there any discus- sion of the relative merits of keeping the Graeagle Trans- fer Site open or closing it. The site needs $150,000 worth of upgrades to meet occupation- al safety and accessibility standards. But closing the site also carries costs -- an esti- mated $45,000. The board rushed through its vote following Supervisor Terry Swofford's announce- ment that he needed to leave the meeting. Swofford's dis- trict overlaps with IMD's ser- vice area and he has been a vocal critic of any rate in- crease. When Swofford declined to make a motion, Supervisor Lori Simpson called for an 8 percent increase and closure of the site. Her motion died for lack of a second. Supervisor Ole Olsen mo- tioned for a 9 percent increase and Simpson seconded. The motion passed on a 3-2 vote, with Swofford and Supervisor Robert Meacher voting no. The second reading of the enacting ordinance was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12. The ordinance, and thus the rate increase, will go into effect in mid-November. What will a 9 percent rate increase mean? 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