The company that has been providing
recycling services in Kodiak for many years is currently operating without a
contract, at least for the next month, after its most recent contract expired
last week. However, Threshold Services will continue to provide its regular
services until a newly negotiated contract is given final approval by the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly. KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
The borough and Threshold Services held
negotiations on a new, one-year contract for the company to continue to provide
recycling services last week, two days after Threshold's contract expired on
June 30th. The borough had previously put out a request for proposals, and Threshold
was the only company to submit one. Threshold board president Chris Lynch spoke
before negotiations took place on Wednesday.
1 15 sec. "We had no guarantee that ... it's
not a money maker.")
to the meeting with Borough Manager Rick Gifford, Lynch and Gifford agreed that
negotiations would come down to the price the borough was willing to pay for
recycling. After the meeting, Lynch described how the negotiations went.
2 40 sec. "I think we had a range ... it's a whole different animal.")
said the old contract stipulated 15 cents per pound of recycled material while
the new contract sets a dollar amount the borough will pay per ton. She also
said she was satisfied with the negotiated terms.
3 29 sec. "The RFP set a cap at ... efficiency
of our operation.")
said improving services and efficiency included not only processing recycled
materials faster, but finding a new executive director, who can help find alternative
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Thursday's regular assembly meeting, Gifford reported that the two sides had
successfully negotiated the contract, which will be presented to the assembly
at its next regular meeting. In the meantime, Threshold will continue to
provide recycling services.
2 24 sec. "In anticipation of the ... a
decision one way or the other.")
Threshold reopened its
collection points after the purchase order was issued by the borough, and will
continue to operate normally for the next month. Lynch called it "putting a
band aid on" the situation until the new contract can be approved. The next
step in the process is Threshold's presentation to the assembly at its work
session Thursday evening. The assembly will then vote on whether to approve the
contract at its next regular meeting on July 16th.