As year end approaches , Williams Lake City Council has a fairly hefty agenda to deal with tonight.
There are a number of house cleaning measures like setting the 2017 meeting schedule and setting up a rotation for acting mayor as well as appoints to various committees, but there is one issue that promises to be interesting.
Author Sage Birchwater along with Barbara Flach and Kelley Price are asking council to reside its endorsement of the Atlantic Power Corporation to burn as much as 50% rail ties at its biomass-fueled energy plant.
Atlantic Power was given provincial approval to increase its use of shredded rail ties earlier this fall.
The Ministry of Environment wants to allow up to 50% of the combined fuel to be rail ties and 50 % cleaned demolition debris.
It is estimated that a million rail ties are replaced annually in B.C. and Williams Lake has the only biomass facility capable of turning these into power to be sold to be B.C. Hydro.
The deal between B.C. Hydro and Atlantic Power expires in 2018 and both sides want to extend the contract for another decade.