By SCOTT PESZNECKER
Ebbetts Pass residents who live east of Arnold might someday have a shorter drive when disposing of wood and yard debris.
At an afternoon study session, supervisors will meet with staff from the Public Works Department to discuss building a new wood- and yard-debris disposal site between Arnold and Camp Connell.
They also will talk about installing grinders for wood debris at the three existing disposal sites in Wilseyville, Red Hill and Rock Creek.
Ebbetts Pass residents can take most garbage to the nearby Avery Transfer Station. However, they must drive more than half an hour to dispose of wood and yard debris at the Red Hill Yard Waste Site.
Because Calaveras County's high country is full of dry wood from trees and shrubs, those residents need a more readily available waste site, said Rob Houghton, deputy director of Public Works.
Houghton said his department will also talk to supervisors about spending $500,000 to buy tub grinders, loaders and pickup trucks for the three existing disposal sites. With that equipment, the county could begin chipping and grinding its own wood debris.
The county pays about $100,000 per year to have outside contractors grind and chip wood debris.
County employees already working at the three sites would do the chipping and grinding work.
"We're looking at cost savings over the life of the equipment that we're purchasing," Houghton said.