February 28, 2014 Update: The March 4 and March 8 Community Meetings have been cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. End of February 28, 2014 Update
On February 10, 2014, staff presented to Council a Measure "E" Update: The Energy/Compost Facility Request for Proposals (E/CF RFP) Identified Pricing for Privately-Funded Projects and Technologies to Jointly Handle Food Scraps, Yard Trimmings and Biosolids and Considered Processing at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) and/or Using the 10-Acre Measure E Site as well as Export Options. A summary of the E/CF RFP Proposals, Integration with the Biosolids Facility Plan and a Proposed Organics Plan are included in this staff report.
Background: On November 8, 2011 Palo Alto voters approved Measure "E", which undedicated 10 acres of Byxbee Park adjacent to the sewage treatment plant (the Regional Water Quality Control Plant or RWQCP) for a ten year period while an Energy/Compost Facility is considered for the site. The facility could, if approved, utilize food scraps, yard trimmings and wastewater solids in the production of energy and compost.