By SCOTT PESZNECKER
Ebbetts Pass residents living between Arnold and Tamarack will soon be able to dispose of their wood and yard debris a little closer to home.
At a study session yesterday, supervisors told Public Works officials that they support a plan to contract with two Ebbetts Pass companies where people could bring their wood and yard debris for chipping and grinding.
Supervisors told Public Works Director Bob Kawasaki to begin negotiating contracts with the two companies Gene Miller Rock and Wood in Avery and Calaveras Forest Products in Camp Connell and then bring the contracts back to the board for approval.
No votes can be taken in study sessions.
Ebbetts Pass residents now 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, Kawasaki said yesterday.
Kawasaki also got the board's permission to plan the purchase of a mobile tub grinder, loaders and pickup trucks for existing disposal sites at Red Hill, Wilseyville and Rock Creek, in the Milton area. With that equipment, the county can begin chipping and grinding its own wood debris.
That purchase will also be brought back for supervisors' approvals.
The county now 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.