Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility Takes a Critical Step Toward Repair
The Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board of Directors authorized the next critical step in the repair of the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility (Rancho) at their Monday Board meeting authorizing the procurement of the materials needed to restore the bio-filter to full operational capacity This authorization will help expedite repairs to equipment damaged in the November 2018 Woolsey Fire and the resumption of compost production later this year.
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) Staff, acting as administrating agents of the JPA, have been coordinating the work and repairs to the Rancho facility throughout the past year. Much of this effort has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the JPA insurance carrier throughout the claims process where the JPA was advised that moving forward with repair work prematurely could risk its insurance coverage for damages. In December, the JPA received the first claim checks in the amount of $1.75 million of the $6.5 million claimed, signaling that critical repairs could now move forward.
Monday’s action will allow Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) General Manager Dave Pedersen, acting as the administrating agent of the JPA, to issue a purchase order to procure necessary equipment to repair the partially damaged bio-filter while continuing the claims process and maximizing the JPA insurance reimbursement. The purchase order, authorized for a total of $150,000, will cover the cost of 2,240 “base plates” and 150 “trench covers” required to repair the damages sustained.
“The bio-filter helps mitigate odors that are associated with the composting process and has been identified on the critical path by LVMWD staff,” Pedersen explained to the Board. “This is in large part due to the long lead time required to manufacture and deliver the proprietary items used in the bio-filter.”
Once the biofilter is restored to full capacity compost production will resume. The composting process at Rancho takes 45 days to complete and LVMWD staff are hopeful compost will be available to the public in the latter part of 2020.