The Daily Item
MILTON — The Junior Woman’s Club of Milton toured the Milton Regional Sewer Authority plant as the first program to kick off the new club year.
Greg Beauseigneur, resident project supervisor, led the group through the various buildings and laboratory. He explained the construction project which will result in the plant being a producer of electricity. When completed, it will generate its own electricity and even sell to PPL. Currently the authority spends upward of a half-million dollars a year for electricity.
Milton’s plant is the first of its size in the country, he said. There are two 7.5 million gallon reactors to capture the methane gas and separate buildings for odor elimination and receiving truckloads of waste products.
Currently 22 people staff the facility but that will increase when the plant is completed.
Beauseigneur said waste from Conagra Foods totals between 1.5 and 1.9 million gallons daily and is processed separately to a certain point in the system.
After the on-site tour, the members held their business meeting at First Presbyterian Church to plan for the new members’ tea Oct. 17 and review activities of the Harvest Festival.
Keeping with the theme “Harvesting the Fruits of our Labors”, the October meeting will feature Mandy and Joe Ballengee from Ballengee Farm speaking about organic farming. Interested people are invited to attend.
Conservation Committee chose Oct. 20 for litter pickup, the twice-yearly clean up along Housel Run Road which the club has been doing for 15 years.
During the Harvest Festival, the club organized the annual pet parade, sponsored Miranda Pardoe for the princess pageant, and sold french fries and T-shirts on Parade Day.