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File #: 1570-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/25/2020 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 7/20/2020 Final action: 7/23/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Utilities to enter into a planned modification with Ohio Mulch Supply, Inc. for services in connection with the Deep Row Hybrid Poplar program for the Division of Sewerage and Drainage; to authorize the expenditure of $1,550,000.00 from the Sewerage System Operating Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($1,550,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD 1570-2020 Deep Row Hybrid Poplar Program - Mod #8 - Addt'l Info, 2. ORD 1570-2020 Deep Row Hybrid Poplar - Mod #8 - Sub Work ID form, 3. ORD 1570-2020 Deep Row Hybrid Poplar Program - Mod #8 - 2015 Pricing ltr, 4. ORD 1570-2020 Financial Coding - Deep Row Hybrid Poplar - Mod #8
Explanation

This legislation authorizes the Director of Public Utilities to modify the contract with Ohio Mulch Supply, Inc. for the purpose of providing a biosolids beneficial reuse program called Deep Row Hybrid Poplar (DRHP) program for the Division of Sewerage and Drainage (DOSD).

This contract modification No. 8 is for the continuation of the DRHP program on the 1,012 acre New Lexington Tree Farm, LLC (NLTF), located in Perry Township, Perry County, Ohio, and owned by Ohio Mulch Supply, Inc. under Plan-C detailed below.

This contract originally authorized Ohio Mulch Supply, Inc. to remove a minimum of 27,000 and up to a maximum of 30,000 wet tons of biosolids annually from the DOSD’s Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTFs) and reuse the biosolids in their DRHP program. With modification No. 3 Ohio Mulch Supply, Inc. was authorized to remove 0-30,000 wet tons annually at an increased rate of $40.00 per wet ton, and for volumes of 30,001 or more wet tons annually at a reduced rate of $35.00 per wet ton. All biosolids removed from the WWTFs will be Class B dewatered biosolids, originating from both Southerly and Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plants. The biosolids will be utilized as a nitrogen source to grow hybrid poplar trees which will later be harvested for mulch. In addition, the biosolids will add valuable organic material to the old abandoned mine site that is now repurposed as the New Lexington Tree Farm. Approximately 30 acres will be utilized per year at the New Lexington Tree Farm site with trees being harvested every 6 to 8 years.

The Director of Public Utilities received the Ohio Mulch, Inc. proposal on April 15, 2011 in response to the DOSD Request for Proposals for Innovative Reuse of Biosolids and it was the only proposal received with the DRHP concept. Other proposals received included three mechanized dryer processes that would dry and pelletize biosolids for commercial wholesale and two biosolids-cake land application proposal...

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