Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has accepted the recommendations of its Solid
Waste Advisory Board for long-term solid waste collection and disposal
services, as well as a solid waste management plan prepared for the borough by
Bell and Associates. Now, the borough is getting ready to solicit bids for the
collection of trash. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
assembly meeting included three items dealing with the borough’s ongoing solid
waste issues. The first item was acknowledging receipt of the SWAB’s
recommendations for the long-term goals for the collection and disposal of
solid waste. The SWAB recommended modest to significant changes from current
services, with an emphasis on recycling and extending the lifespan of the
borough’s landfill. The assembly accepted the recommendations unanimously.
item was accepting Bell and Associates’ draft solid waste master plan. That
caused a bit more dissension amongst members of the borough assembly.
Assemblyman Tom Abell said he was unhappy with the report.
(Abell 1 :20s “…least
amount of money.”)
Louise Stutes said the report left her with some unanswered questions, and
suggested that the assembly should hold off on accepting it.
1 :11s “…and
Associates to address them.”)
Jerome Selby said the report doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, and that it
will be up to the assembly, the SWAB, and the community how to proceed with
securing the best possible solid waste services for Kodiak.
(Selby 1 :33s “…through
these decisions, workmanlike.”)
part of her problem was that she was expecting a study and what she felt like
she got was a plan. Assemblywoman Sue Jeffrey said it was a plan, with aspects
of a study incorporated into it.
1 :37s “…and
that’s the study part of it.”)
assembly voted 4-3 to accept Bell and Associates’ solid waste master plan, with
Abell, Stutes and Reed Oswalt casting the no votes.
solid waste item on the assembly’s agenda was directing borough staff to start
the process for soliciting proposals for solid waste collection services.
Assemblyman Jerrol Friend, who made the motion, explained how he would like the
request for proposals process to move forward.
1 :13s “…will
recommend it to us for approval.”)
assembly voted 7-0 to have staff start the RFP process. The SWAB’s
recommendation for collection services calls for fully automated or
semi-automated home collection at various rates, with two or three different
sizes of garbage can, and the eventual elimination of residential dumpsters.