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City one step closer to ceasing Jo-Gro management
The Grants Pass City Council during their Wednesday meeting moved one step closer to ceasing management of the Jo-Gro facility.

Councilors unanimously approved an amendment to the franchise agreement with Republic Services who will haul the city’s bio-solids, which were formerly used in Jo-Gro composting, for $40 per ton which would cost the city approximately $208,000 annually.

Don Moss with Republic Services addressed council and stated that they are forming a proposal to take over the operations of the Jo-Gro facility and they want the facility to remain open to the public in the interim. Public Works Director Terry Haugen said that the current compost on the property has two-and-a-half to three months time before it has matured and the gates to the facility will remain open while city staff sells the last of the compost. Republic Services plans to present a contract to the city within several weeks and staff was directed to continue to accept vegetative waste at the facility to assist with the transition.

Council also unanimously approved a contract amendment with Southern Oregon Sanitation that allows them to take their vegetative waste to DEQ approved facilities other than Jo-Gro.

Lastly, council voted unanimously with the exception of Councilor Dan DeYoung who voted no and Councilor Lily Morgan who was absent to reduce minute taking to summary minutes, continue televising workshops and meetings and to create online video indexing on the city’s website for a cost of $46,000 annually. The city was previously paying $53,000 annually for near verbatim minutes without the video indexing.