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Staff Updates Highlight SoBo Council Agenda

A number of updates highlight the monthly work session agenda for South Boston Town Council, with the meeting set to get under way tonight at 5:45 p.m. at council chambers on Yancey Street. Town staff will update the Current Issues Committee regarding progress on the Washington-Coleman Community Center project, and staff also will update CIC members on the landfill gas to energy project.

The Current Issues Committee also will consider a draft resolution for a Tobacco Commission Reserve Fund Grant application.

In Finance Committee business, Finance Officer Erle Scott will present the monthly financial statement, and the proposed fee and tax listing for 2010-2011.

The Finance Committee is expected to recommend a budget public hearing for the May 10 council meeting.

Council as a whole will convene after the work session to consider a resolution supporting the landfill gas to energy grant application and is expected to go into closed session to discuss a real estate matter.

The Town of South Boston’s Energy and Conservation Block Grant will be used to fund a proposed gas to energy project at the former town landfill.

Town Manager Ted Daniel recently detailed the specifics of the grant saying the project is fully funded as a result of the $524,000 grant.

The grant is a 75/25 match, with the town responsible for $131,000, according to Daniel, and the funds for the town’s share will be transferred from the landfill closure fund.

Joyce Engineering and the Southside Planning District Commission worked with the town in the grant process.

A Joyce Engineering study estimates $440,000 revenue from carbon credits for the duration of the project.

Daniel and Public Works Director Alan Auld said plans have already been drawn up, and the project is ready to move forward.

Auld estimated the project could be up and running in six months.

The grant will fund Phase I of the landfill gas to energy project, including construction of a collection system, which will pipe the gas to a flareoff point at the landfill site.

Phase II, which has been discussed, would take the initial phase of the project a step further and convert landfill gas to electricity through use of microturbine technology.