the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meets Thursday, the issue of solid waste
will again be on the agenda. The assembly faces three items dealing with a
draft solid waste master plan prepared for the borough by Bell and Associates.
KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
the borough received Bell and Associates’ draft plan last month, it came with a
lot of criticism from members of the public and even some members of the
assembly. That continued at the assembly’s work session last week. During
public comments Carol Tracy of Alaska Waste brought up a letter dated June 2006
from Alaska Waste CEO Bob Cox to the borough manager and members of the
assembly at that time.
1 :47s “…we’ll be able to move forward.”)
this week the assembly is scheduled to acknowledge receipt of the Solid Waste
Advisory Board’s recommendations from the Solid Waste Management Plan. It’s
also slated to accept the plan itself, and provide direction about what it
would like to see from potential providers of garbage collection. It’s that
third item that had assembly members talking at their work session. Assemblyman
Tom Abell said he’s concerned that a long-term contract for garbage collection
is not in the best interests of the community.
1 :18s “…what happens in the next years.”)
added that he wasn’t a big fan of Bell and Associates’ report.
2 :43s “…keep their jobs out there.”)
Chris Lynch, who sits on the SWAB, responded to Abell’s criticisms, first by
saying that a long-term contract wouldn’t necessarily lock the borough into one
service or another.
1 :19s “…we call those things out.”)
also defended soliciting bids for collection service.
2 :28s “…it’s
putting the word out.”)
how to best provide collection service is the first step for the borough
assembly in implementing the solid waste management plan. Borough Manager Rick
Gifford says borough staff is working on a rubric that will guide the assembly
and staff in making solid waste decisions. The rubric will be based on
recommendations from Bell and Associates’ report and input from the SWAB.