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• A surprising piece of information came out of the Environmental Sustainability Board’s annual report: Los Alamos is below the national average for recycling. Los Alamos averages 23 percent; the national average is 34 percent.
• Council approved the Los Alamos Retirement Center’s request for a 50-year lease on the county land it is situated on. The lease will enable LARC to retire the Industrial Revenue Bonds the county issued for construction of its facilities by refinancing through HUD. HUD requires a 50-year lease. The move is expected to save LARC between $250,000 and $300,000.
• Council agreed to amend the Memorandum of Understanding between the county and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. Under the original agreement, all NEDO provided smart grid equipment was to be conveyed to the county at the end of the initial demonstration period, March 31, 2014.
Due to delays in starting the Smart Meter component, NEDO has requested a one-year extension to convey the Micro EMS, ancillary computer and communications equipment in order to provide sufficient time to complete their research. All of the other equipment provided by NEDO will be conveyed as originally agreed.