PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Raymond E. Graham

Chairman Board of Supervisors                                                 April 15, 2002

Department, Organization                                                  Board of Supervisors

or Person Making Request                                                         Meeting Date

Anthony I. Hooper

Assistant County Administrator

Staff Lead and Department

Topic:            A Public Hearing for Consideration of a Proposal and Lease Submitted by Commonwealth Green Energy to Convert Gas to Energy at the Fauquier County Landfill

For some period of time, the County has been looking for opportunities to develop a pilot project to convert the landfill gas to energy.  Recently, the County has been approached by Commonwealth Green Energy with a proposal to install a landfill gas collection system and equipment to convert the gas to energy.  A proposed lease is under review by staff.  The lease will provide the rights to extract gas and house facilities to convert the gas to energy.  The general terms and benefits of the agreement, as envisioned by the contractor, are attached.  In order to formally consider the program and lease, a public hearing is required.

Fiscal Impact:

There is limited financial impact to conduct the hearing and further consider the proposal.  If ultimately accepted, the County would receive an annual payment of $10,000 and avoid capital and operating costs  associated with a landfill gas collection system.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors

Conduct the public hearing and refer the proposed agreement to the County Attorney.

Identify Any Other Departments, Organizations or Individuals That Would be Affected by This Request

Environmental Services

Lord Fairfax Community College