TOWN OF RUTLAND

PLANNING COMMISSION

MINUTES

5-5-11

 

Meeting opened at 7:00 PM.

 

Commissioners Present: Andrew McKane, Anthony Flory, Howard Burgess, Charles Vajda, Raymond Leonard, Jerry Stearns and William Matteson

 

The Commission reviewed the minutes of 4-21-11. Mr. Mc Kane moved to approve the minutes. Mr. Leonard made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mr. Dennis Carroll, Environmental, Health & Safety Director for Rutland Plywood, met with the Commission and discussed Rutland Plywood’s plans for a 400 KW co-generation project, which will produce heat and power.

 

Mr. Carroll said previously in the 1980’s Rutland Plywood did co-generation but stopped for various reasons.

 

Mr. Carroll said the investment in the project would make the mill more efficient as well as improve air quality emissions. Mr. Carroll said wood waste from the production of plywood would be used as fuel to generate electricity.

 

Mr. Vajda asked if any of the wood waste burned would contain chemicals. Mr. Carroll said some of the wood contains dyes. Mr. Carroll said all of the dies used at Rutland Plywood are benign and made from vegetable base.

 

Mr. Carroll said any emissions from the proposed project would be within the confines of Rutland Plywood’s Air Quality Permit.  Mr. Carroll said the state permit allows up to 20,000 tons of wood per year to be burned. He said the company burns about 15,000 tons per year.

 

Mr. Carroll said Rutland Plywood has signed a 20-year contract for power that will rise to 14 cents per kilowatt-hour over the life of the contract. He said the rate would begin at 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.

 

Mr. Carroll said Rutland Plywood would be receiving a 30% grant from the Federal Government at the end of construction. Mr. Carroll said Rutland Plywood would need to install a couple of utility poles and 3 to 4 transformers.

 

 

Mr. Carroll explained the various products manufactured at Rutland Plywood and requested the Commission’s support for Rutland Plywood’s Act 248 application.

 

Mr. Matteson informed the commissioners that the Town of Clarendon Zoning Board had submitted a copy of their “Manual of Procedures” to the Town of Rutland Planning Commission for consideration.

 

Mr. Matteson signed the Bradder two-lot subdivision Certificate of Approval.

 

Mr. McKane moved to close the meeting. Mr. Leonard made a second to the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

William Matteson, Chairman