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17/00 B03-03-A Smal|TownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 75 Volume 35 Issue 26 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 One Section 005-120 COUNTY I00ECOP00D YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Adams County Commissioners Goodrich Creek Road repairs still on agenda by Lee Buy Sheriff Green asked for another week to get information ready for the Commissioners to answer the ques- tion whether Adams County should begin paying for medical care for State of Idaho prisoners housed in Adams County. The additional expense would be between $40,000 and $50,000 and would need to be raised from current funds since it was not included in the 2012 budget. Commission Chairman Bill Brown said, "We need to know if spending 840,000 or 850,000 this year would bring the county $200,000 in revenues from the State." Part of the negotiations involve determining what care could be provided by our Adams County Health Clinic, and at what cost to the County. Sheriff Green is con- tinuing to meet with the Clinic Director to come up with that answer. Commissioner Mike Paradis reported that the Forest Service is request- ing money through the Parks and Recreation Fund to hire two law enforcement officers to catch code violators on National Forests. Paradis said, "Parks and Recreation Funds would be better used to enhance rec- reational opportunities and not law enforcement." Sheriff Green said that there has been a slow push by the Forest Service to impose more law enforcement in the Forest with- out using local law enforcement per- sonnel. Under Sheriff Richard Borger said, "Even search and rescue efforts must give priority to land and animal preservation during searches in the Forest." Commissioner Paradis said that he supports using local Sheriffs Departments for enforcement. Goodrich Creek Road is still on the agenda, as the repairs or replacement of this access road enters the second year after it was destroyed by flood- waters. No clear route has been deter- mined for the road, which needs to be moved out of the Goodrich Creek drainage. Fourteen landowners depend upon the road for access to their prop- erties. They have been patiently wait- ing for an answer, but they want a time commitment on when the road will be rebuilt. Commission Chairman Brown said it will take about three more months to reach an agreement on an alternative route, but he ended his comments with "We will get it done!" Building Inspector Don Horton has been meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission to update the County Land Use Plan. The plan must -now address seven categories of usage, as has been required by a new state law passed in 2011. Clerk Sherry Ward got permission to upgrade the county computer sys- tem backup to a program provided by Barracuda Backup Systems. The new system operates on-line and will pro- vide next day data in case of a system failure. The County had the 81,600 expense covered by using computer funds from the budget. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glen said his department is ready for snow this season. The engineer who inspected all the county bridges will present his findings at next week's Commissioner's meeting. Adams County Sheriffs Race Waste-To-Energy Could Help Solve Several Area ProJ }re xts Pete Johnson of Dynamis Energy (left) addressing the Waste-to-Energy conference in New Meadows last Thursday. Rick Brenneman (right) of the Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership, also spoke. by Dale Fisk How do you dispose of garbage if you live north of the Arctic Circle and the ground is frozen year around? You can't bury it, and if you dump it, it turns into a frozen mess for eternity. Solving this problem helped to develop a technology that could be coming to west central Idaho. leaders from several counties and towns in the area gathered at the New Meadows City Hail on Thursday to hear about it. Most communities in this area have had to close their landfills because burying garbage has turned out to a poor practice ff we want to stay healthy. Adams County is one of the few places left that has a certified landfill. Most of our neighbors have to accumulate trash at collection sites, haul it in gas- guzzling trucks (sometimes over 100 miles) to a certified landfill and then pay a "tipping fee" to dump it. So what did Barrow, Alaska do that could help this situation? They went back to a technology that is almost as old as garbage itself. They burhed it! I know what you're thinking, but read on. The Groundwork Adams County Commissioner, Bill Brown --Chairman of the Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership (WBUP) Program-- and former Council District Ranger and WBUP member, Pete Johnston, organized Thursday's conference in New Meadows. WBUP has been working since about 2006 to bring a 10-megawatt wood-waste (biomass) burning power plant to Adams County. The idea was sparked by the biomass plant built Ior Council's schools, which has reduced heating costs by 75%. The plan was to build the power plant at th 9 landfill near Goodrich Road about six miles south of Council, with the goal of creating badly needed jobs based on local natural resources. After repeatedly jumping through hoops of red tape, the power plant project has been stalled by two factors. See WASTE-To-ENERGY, back page Woody Biomass Utilization Partnership The Woody Biomass Utilization group has been active in bringing dollars Partnership (WBUP) is a partnership into the community and there are a lot consisting of Sage Community Resources, of things that we do as far as providing and Adams, Boise, Gem and Valley information to potential entrepreneurs-- counties, promote woody biomass value- letting them know where they can buy added industry in Southwest Idaho. equipment, where other successful WBUP's goal is to use the woody biomass entrepreneurial projects have been, and resources of their counties to create good more." WBUP succeeded in getting $10 paying jobs, keep their citizens fully million in federal stimulus money for employed, and give youth a place to work four projects in our area. One was $2.5 so they do not leave their communities million for a new dry kiln at the Tamarack The partners sponsor a website devoted sawmill (Evergreen Forest Products). to providing information to those thinking Adams County Commissioner, Bill of starting a biomass business or needing Brown, is the Chairman of the partnership. biomass to fuel their current businesses: WBUP's Coordinator, Rick Brenneman http://www.idahosmallwoodpartners, from Boise, spent most of his career with com/index.cfm. Weyerhaeuser in manufacturing, forestry, WBUP member and former Council marketing, etc. He joined the organization District Ranger, Pete Johnston, said, "This a little over six months ago. Council City Council Where is the Water Going? By Dale Fk At the January 10 Council City Council Meeting, Public Works Supervisor, David Wilson, reported that the amount of sewer water treated has risen steadily over the past three years: 2009 = 87 million gallons (mg), 2010 = 91 mg, 2011 = 113.9 mg. However, Wilson said water usage jumped markedly, just in the past year. In 2009 it was 71 million gallons {mg), 2010 = 72 mg, and 98.1 mg in 2011. "I have no clue where the usage has gone," Wilson stated. City Clerk, Tami Testa, said revenue from water usage has not gone up enough to account for the increase. Wilson said he knows about a few small leaks on Illinois Avenue, but there are certainly no known leaks that would account for the 26.1 million gallon increase. Engineer Doug Argo said, "It sounds like either you've got something going haywire in the gauge, or you're actually losing a whole bunch of water." Wilson and Argo agreed that one of the gauges "has issues," but didn't think they were serious enough to be that far off. Argo continued, "I think the obvious answer--what probably is most likely--is leaks. You should FLY the ones you know about, and then look for ones you don't know about. It seems like that 20 million gallons, though, would show up someplace." Huter "Railroaded" As noted in last week's Record, Rich Laine and Dan Huter were sworn in as members of the city council for four-year terms. Immediately after the swearing in, nominations were opened for council president. Laine nominated Huter, and the fact that no one else was nominated brought chuckles from all present. The word "railroad" was jokingly mentioned. All agreed Dan had been doing a great job as president, saw no reason to change, and he quickly received a unanimous vote. Dick Thompson reported that traffic at the airport had been light. He listed aircraft fuel prices at various airports in the region of late: Ontario 84.45, Emmett 85.14, Caldwell 85.10, McCall 86.09, Council $5.50. Wendy Green, representing West Central Highland RC&D told the council that the RC&D executive committee is drafting their annual plan for 2012. She said, "Now is a great time to offer any requests or suggestions for projects in this community for the coming year." One project the council brought up was one they had been turned down for by ITD--Solar-powered, self-controlled school crossing lights. Another was the need for house numbers, both in Council and in the entire county. Emergency responders sometimes have trouble identifying houses because of a lack visible numbers. See WHERE'S THE WATER, page 3 Two more contenders announce ir rention to run Lieutenant Ryan Zollman's intention to run for Adams County Sheriff was announced last week as Sheriff Green was announcing his own retirement plans. When asked why he will run for sheriff, Zollman said, "My training and experience qualify me to facilitate the safe environment that the citizens of Adams County deserve." His previous experience: Nearly l0 years working for the Adams County Sheriffs; campus security at Treasure Valley Community College, Ryan Zollman where he received an Associate's degree in criminal justice; reserve for the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office Marine Division in Bend, Oregon. Zollman has a current Intermediate POST Certification, is a certified school resources officer, a certified canine handler and has received advanced training in drug interdiction, DUI enforcement, first line supervisor training and is certified in instructor development Zollman said a big challenge for the new sheriff will be adequately staffing the department in a time of decreasing funding. He said he would continue the effort to curb the spread of illegal drugs in the community. Zollman moved here from his hometown of Enterprise, Oregon in 2001 after marrying Council native, Anna (Horton) Zollman. They have three children. .............. T iT,ll ................... : ................................................................... Mark Edwards On Monday, Council native, Mark Edwards, announced that he will run for Adams County Sheriff in the upcoming election. Mark says he doesn't have extensive experience in law enforcement per se, but he has over 13 years of professional experience as a corrections officer at the Snake River Correctional Institution near Ontario, Oregon. He has an advanced Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certificate, which is Oregon's equivalent of Idaho's POST certification. Mark has been involved in the EMT program at Council for over 20 years, and served as rural district fire commissioner. Mark says one of his goals, if elected, would be to restore public confidence in the sheriffs office. He says there are a lot of good people working there; the problems have been in management. His view is that someone from outside the sheriffs department would do a better job of accomplishing change. ...... __ .................................... I ................................................................................................................................................