Keller Canyon mitigation grants announced
MARTINEZ (Aug. 13, 2013) – The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors approved thismorning the grants awarded from the Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund.
Out of the 108 applications for the 2013-14 fiscal year, District V Supervisor Federal D.Glover and the Keller Canyon Review Committee selected 78 to receive grants from themitigation fund totaling $1,292,081. This year’s amount is slightly larger than last year’stotal of $1,206,175.
“It is a small increase,” noted Glover, “but at least it is a positive change and may be an indication of more construction occurring because of the improving economy.”
The mitigation fund was created by the supervisors when voters approved to locate adumpsite in the hills south of Bay Point and Pittsburg. The amount varies according tothe tonnage delivered to the landfill. In recent years, because of the recession, tonnagedecreased mainly because the amount of construction debris had reduced. The strongemphasis on recycling by the waste companies also contributed to the decrease.
Most of the money is distributed to county agencies and community-based organizationswhich improve the quality of life in Bay Point and Pittsburg after a strict evaluationprocess by a review committee.
This year’s awards go to a wide-ranging list of programs that include activities for seniorsand youth at the Ambrose Center, Midnight Baseketball and a school resource officer, aresident deputy and the school crossing guards in Bay Point.
A list of 2013-14 recipients can be viewed at:http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/27429