Assembly proceeds with contract for retrofit emissions control device testing

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - During Thursday night's Borough Assembly meeting the Assembly discussed a land lease with Interior Baseball league and a contract for retrofit emissions control device emissions reduction testing. The Assembly decided to move forward with testing that might help residents get approval from the EPA to use devices on their wood stoves. The ordinance to move funding for retrofit emissions control device testing and put it into the general fund failed 3 to 5. The RFP was approved and awarded to a company in Connecticut for wood stove and pellet stove retrofit emissions control device emissions reduction testing.

Later in the meeting, debate over the ordinance renewing a lease agreement between the borough and interior baseball league became passionate with President David Soderland saying he felt ambushed with the borough's comments about the league not keeping up maintenance to appropriate standards. Borough officials cited liability and safety concerns with the baseball fields and after more than an hour of debate, the borough decided to postpone the decision on the lease so they could negotiate standard of maintenance with the league.