Solar Company Wants To Partner With Trion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 13:25
Staff Writer
Trion could use solar energy to help power its Wastewater Treatment plant. That’s the pitch the town council heard last Thursday from representatives of United Renewable Energy.
William Silva and Mike Jolley presented the council with information about their company, Alpharetta-based United Renewable Energy, LLC.
They proposed a joint-partnership with the town and said they could produce solar energy on a 10-acre site near the plant.
Council heard the presentation and the information packets to study.
Mayor Larry Stansell later told The News that the WWTP spends about $80,000 a month on electricity.
Council voted 4-1 to seek a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to pay for two large dump trucks needed to haul sludge from the WWTP. The vehicles currently being used for that task are breaking down regularly, according to Plant Supervisor Andy Melton.
The town is seeking to purchase two Fitzgerald Glider Kits with an estimated cost of $159,000 each.
Mayor Stansell said that if the vehicles are purchased with a USDA loan the town would benefit from loan forgiveness by USDA of $25,000 per vehicle.
During the discussion of the truck purchase, a member of the audience asked why the town did not have a capital budget. No clear answer was given.
Another person in the audience asked about bids on the trucks.
Mayor Stansell responded that seeking bids was not necessary because the town was looking to buy a unique item that was in high demand. 
* Larry Howard, of the Chattooga County Agricultural Fair committee, thanked the mayor and council for sponsoring a free ticket day at the fair this year. Howard said attendance on Sunday, Aug. 27 was 1,860. He said that was 300 percent better than the previous year. Trion paid $3,000 to sponsor free admission. 
* Council approved the following people for reappointment to the Trion Tree Board committee: Mickey McGraw, Don Harris, Larry Stansell, Phyllis Stansell, Gary Kennedy, Eddy Willingham and Jason Taylor.
* Council approved the following people for the Trion Veterans committee: Don Harris, Mickey McGraw, Eddy Willingham, Hugh Bohannon and Jason Taylor.
* Because of holidays, the dates of the council’s November and December meetings were changed to Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.

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