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Solar Plant Comes Up for Local View

Dec. 3, 2012

Hillary Davis

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors will consider issuing a permit for the proposed solar power generating facility in San Luis.

California company Solar Electric Solutions seeks to build a 20-megawatt solar plant on 175 acres -- most of it state-owned land -- in eastern San Luis, near Juan Sanchez Boulevard and Avenue F. The site is a county island, or a patch of unincorporated land surrounded by city limits.

The supervisors meet to vote on the permit and other matters on Monday.

Roughly 89,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic panels would produce electricity to be sent to the nearby Arizona Public Service Baja substation for distribution. The life expectancy of the project is 30 years.

The county planning commission recommended approval of the permit at its Oct. 22 meeting.

In other news, the county is getting rid of voting booths.

You might be able to pick one up at the county's upcoming surplus property public auction, along with an assortment of office equipment, furnishings and vehicles.

The supervisors could declare several pieces of county property surplus, allowing them to be sold off for a song. In addition to the voting booths (which are broken), there are opportunities to purchase two ride-on lawn mower tractors, a rocking chair, a vinyl child-sized sofa, a 60-cup coffee maker, 31 index card holders, a typewriter, televisions, copiers, shredders, computers and monitors, printers, chairs and more. There are also four trucks and a Ford Taurus.

The auction is slated for Feb. 9. Anything not sold then will be discarded.

And the public works department is looking for supervisor approval to offer several annual contracts for landscaping, asphalt and tires.

JSA Company won two contracts at a combined $7,222 per month for trash, weed and debris removal, as well as mowing and tree care for all landscaped basins and landscaped right of ways. The terms of the contracts will be from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015, with two subsequent one-year renewal options.

Ed Whitehead's Tire won the tires, tubes and services contract for calendar year 2013, also with two one-year renewal options.

Cactus Transport Incorporated won the contract for the supply, delivery and application of MC 250 asphalt (used to make cold mix asphalt for overlays and for patching potholes) at the price of $790 per ton. Western Emulsions won the contracts for CSS 1H asphalt emulsion (used as a tack coat prior to the overlay process starting and also used to fog-seal) at the price of $484 per ton and CRS 2P asphalt emulsion (used during "chip seal" maintenance and to waterproof and add skid resistance) at the price of $559 per ton. All of the asphalt contracts are also from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, with two one-year renewal options.

JSA Company and Ed Whitehead's Tire are Yuma owned and operated, while Cactus Transport is from Tolleson and Western Emulsions is from Tucson. All of the vendors have worked with the county in the past.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. with a closed executive session and is in the Board of Supervisors auditorium, 198 S. Main St.

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Source: (c) 2012 The Sun (Yuma, Ariz.)

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