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COMMISSIONERS' MINUTES <br />KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON <br />COMMISSIONERS AUDITORIUM <br />SPECIAL MEETING <br />WEDNESDAY 1:30 P.M. FEBRUARY 16, 2011 <br />Board members present: Chairman Paul Jewell, Vice -Chairman Alan <br />Crankovich and Commissioner O'Brien. <br />Others: Catherine Dunn, Deputy Clerk of the Board; Craig Nevil, <br />Wedbush Securities Inc and Mary Heib, Bio2Mass. <br />SPECIAL MEETING BRIEF ON ECONOMICS AND ENERGY COMMISSIONERS <br />At 1:30 p.m. Chairman Jewell opened the special meeting to have a <br />discussion with Craig Nevil and Mary Heib on energy and economics. <br />Craig Nevil, Wedbush Securities Inc, said that energy consumption is <br />going to get worse as China and other New World countries are <br />increasing their use of gasoline and other energies. He said that <br />prices will rise precipitously but people still need to be moved. It <br />is time to look for solutions for this problem before families start <br />moving away from the County. <br />Chairman Jewell asked what the tolerance level for fuel would be? <br />Mr. Nevil said the answer to that is how fast the price rises and if <br />it is slower, it is not as bad. He expressed concern that farmers <br />markets and food cooperatives will suffer. <br />Commissioner O'Brien said most of these concerns are outside the <br />scope of the County and would need private enterprise to become <br />involved especially with the Quick Charge electric vehicle charging <br />stations. Mr. Nevil said there is no coordination on these projects. <br />There was a further discussion on charging stations. <br />Mary Hieb said Chelan County has worked on biomass and she said it <br />was important to join the Evergreen Timber Counties as there is grant <br />money available to initiate projects. <br />Chairman Jewell said the County will be joining that group and he <br />explained the Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative <br />(CWREC). A discussion followed on biomass. <br />APPROVVED <br />2011-02-16 MINUTES 3 11 1 � <br />