Updated: January 18, 2014 6:05AM
A special meeting of the North Shore Sanitary District will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. at the District’s administrative office in Gurnee, according to Board Secretary Mary Jo Bryant.
The District’s office is located in William Koepsel Drive, near Washington St. and O’Plaine Avenue, in Gurnee.
“The call for the special meeting is for the purpose of evaluating alternative operations for the District’s Sludge Recycling Facility (SRF) in Zion,” according to Bryant.
For the past five years, the SRF has been operated under contract by Donohue Associates, a Wisconsin engineering consultant. The company has indicated that they will not renew their five-year contract when it expires next March.
The NSSD Board has decided on two potential courses of action: hire a competent company to replace Donohue Associates and commercially recycle its waste instead of burying it in landfills, or operate the plant with District personnel and expand recycling efforts.
At the Dec. 11 monthly meeting of the District’s Board of Trustees, two potential operators for the $50 million sludge disposal plant presented proposals for replacing Donohue Associates. Both indicated experience in operating similar facilities elsewhere and expressed competency in sludge recycling. The Board received formal proposals but took no action.