Local environmental groups and homeowners associations objected to proposals to allow use of an air-curtain incinerator to dispose of wood debris, saying it could damage air quality and affect residents' health.
"Let's not bring incinerators into the county,"
In November, commissioners were poised to give a
The idea was to reduce costs of having the waste trucked to a mainland waste-to-energy incinerator. Other local sites for additional incinerators were being considered.
By Wednesday, commissioners had changed their minds.
"From the day we mentioned incineration, I didn't think it was a bad idea," Mayor
A request for proposals on yard-waste disposal was approved without the local incineration option. Company offers are due by late July.
Also Wednesday, commissioners told staff to review a controversial pedestrian crosswalk in
Many residents have protested that the signal is confusing and could lead to pedestrian injuries and auto crashes. Another crosswalk -- at an intersection -- is close at mile marker 100.
Neugent raised the issue Wednesday. "The sheriff wants to get rid of it," Neugent said. "It's surprising that he took such a hard-line position. I'm deducing from that, we have a problem."
County Public Works Director
Operations of the
Murphy wants to let DOT deal with the situation. "It's their road and their signal."
But three other companies have submitted packages and were ranked by a selection committee last week.
Court Options management pleaded, "hat in hand," Wednesday for a chance to join the process, citing their wide support from local criminal-justice agencies.
"When I learned we failed to respond [to a request for price quotes], I was flabbergasted," said Chief Operating Officer
A commission motion to reopen the application process failed, 3-2.
Kolhage said dismissing three valid bids because a fourth bidder wanted in would "put us on shaky ground.... There was not a defect in the process. You knew the termination of the contract was imminent."
A decision to delay awarding the contract to the top-rated firm was delayed until
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