Glenn wants clean energy
Glenn County will seek businesses to help reduce the solid waste stream to the landfill.
It wants companies to build facilities that can divert waste to make either clean energy or other recycled materials as suggested by the Board of Supervisors this week.
Public Works Director John Linhart brought a revised request for qualifications to the board Tuesday after it asked for changes at its Feb. 16 meeting.
The new form will seek firms that can modify the waste stream to products like energy or recycled goods.
"This is just the first step," Linhart said. "We want to partner with a professional firm that would provide expertise the county does not have."
He plans to get the document out quickly, he said, so there can be a "seamless transition" from the closure of the old landfill to the opening of the new one.
Linhart said he will work with County Counsel Huston Carlyle in setting up timelines for applying companies to respond.
A June 1 deadline was mentioned, but it may be earlier, Linhart said.
Supervisor Leigh McDaniel said the energy language should be changed to include other beneficial purposes, so responding firms can have options.
"How does this fit in with the Baker project?," Supervisor Mike Murray asked.
That proposed project east of Orland on Highway 32 would convert solid waste to gas or electric energy on property owned by the Baker family.
Last year, the county agreed to work with Kara Baker in developing it, and potentially diverting waste from the landfill to the plant once it is approved and built.
The Bakers are aware of the county's plans, Linhart said, who assumes they will bid.
"They are comfortable with the direction we are going and plan to bid," McDaniel said. The plant would be called the Glenn County Clean Energy Project.
Human Resource Agency Director Scott Gruendl said his agency is working with Baker on job development with the project as well.
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