Councilors Merulla and Brenda Johnson lead the way in asking good due diligence questions during a late afternoon Council debate on a staff recommendation to award a 30-year contract to a private company to build, manage, operate, and sell the product of a biosolids plant which will convert sewage waste into pellets for agricultural use.
The project is a private-public-partnership.
Merulla spoke about emissions, and the air quality of East Hamilton. His question reflected a good reading of the report. He says East Hamilton cannot afford anymore pollutants in the air-shed, that he would support it if proposed for another area of the city, and he is opposed to the proposal only due to air quality concerns.
Brenda Johnson asked her questions on what are the agriculture regulations for the use of the pellets. Again, reflecting research on the topic.
Green sought a two week public consultation period now that the staff report is public to consult his constituents, noting he wishes to seek the assessment of Environment Hamilton on the proposal.
Conley asked detailed questions on the process and business arrangement.
The deal is over $100-million, it's 30 years, and it's good to see Councillors spending the time necessary to decide on the matter.
(As of the first posting, Council is still debating the matter)