The Stevens County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting, approved a franchise agreement for the proposed biogas plant, one of the final steps in the 30 plus million dollar pipeline project that will use the County’s Right-of-Ways. Officials with AMP Americas, the company that will build the project, were hoping to get an additional formal preliminary approval for the Right-of-Way usage, but Commissioner Ron Staples assured AMP Americas that it wouldn’t be needed. He said the County has already helped Amp go through a number of hoops and laid the bureaucratic groundwork for them to proceed with their project.
The company will still need to work with County Engineer Todd Larson to develop a final route for the pipeline, which will then need Board approval. Amp Americas is hoping to start building the project in late summer or early fall.