Island Borough Assembly has renewed Threshold's contract to provide recycling services. The contract was approved with tremendous public support and a
unanimous vote but not without controversy.
Assemblywoman Louise Stutes
expressed concern that the borough's handling of the process may have excluded
other potential contractors.
-- (KIB Threshold 1 :40 "...for
Stutes proposed that the contract
vote be tabled until September 3rd in order to give companies another
opportunity to place bids. That motion failed and the assembly proceeded with
Chris Lynch, who is also the president of Threshold's board, responded to criticism
of the process.
-- (KIB Threshold 2 :38 "...in this process.")
share of comments last (Thursday) night came from the public during the
citizen's comments portion of the meeting. Speaker after speaker, both on the
phone and in person, spoke in favor of recycling and of renewing Threshold's
Of over 20 speakers,
the lone dissenting voice from the public came from Nick Troxell who took issue
with the way the borough's "Request for Proposal" or RFP, was handled.
-- (KIB Threshold 3 :12 "...
for me I need more money.")
Apart from Troxell, a long line
of callers and speakers urged the assembly to renew Threshold's contract. Lisa
Polito was one of those callers:
-- (KIB Threshold 4 1:46 "...
accurately represent the scenario.")
of Threshold's contract was approved by a vote of 6 to 0. After initialing
voting against the measure, Stutes changed her vote to "yes." She changed her
vote in order to qualify to bring the contract back up for re-consideration at
the assembly's next meeting. Stutes will need the support of at least one other
assembly member in order to bring the Threshold contract back for another vote.