Looking to clarify the city's position on biomass cogeneration, Yreka City Council member David Simmen asked the rest of the council how it would like to proceed at Thursday's meeting.
The construction of a biomass facility in Yreka
has been discussed at numerous meetings of the council, and a recent study suggested that such a project would be feasible if $60.1 milllion can be raised to fund it.
After a special meeting to discuss biomass Thursday night, the council met for its regular meeting, at which Simmen
would like the city to make a decision regarding whether or not it will pursue the venture to gain a revenue stream or simply lay the foundation for another entity to step in and set up its own facility.
With losses in sales tax and overall revenue, Simmen
said that he
wants to find a long-term revenue stream for the city -a role he
believes a biomass facility can fill.
Councilmember Bryan Foster expressed some trepidation, however, stating that he
agrees that a long-term revenue stream is necessary, but he
is unsure that accepting the risks and uncertainties of a biomass project is within the city's capabilities.