09/01/2010: "Council Orders Staff Rpt On “One, Or Zero, Transfer Stations”"
At the Tuesday County Council meeting Chairman Richard Fralick said he was going to “go out on a limb and propose the council look at where we are today, at our level of service that we have, and ask Public Works to cost that program out, that represents fiscally stability, that would deal with operation and capital costs. What would that package look like?”
Fralick said there should be “one bookend on the end of the spectrum, and then start at the other end of the spectrum and take as an operating principle that we have eight to nine thousand tons of solid waste, [per yr] and look at what type of a structure can we afford with that kind of volume.”
Fralick said that would guide the Council in deciding what they can afford; and suggested they also look at what it would cost to keep one tipping floor in the county. He suggested his goal was “to move the council off the stuck spot” they have been on in attempting to solve the solid waste funding program.
No more had Fralick suggested the proposal, then a couple of the councilmember’s began to steer the discussion down into details that threatened to sidetrack the discussion onto the road that has continued to bog down any movement forward to their goal of reaching a funding solution.
PW Director Jon Shannon steered them back on course when he said they Public Works would look at the models Fralick suggested, and could also include a model of “zero” transfer stations -but would one still keep recycling. Shannon said they would look at not only what the cost is to the County, but also to the customers.
Shannon said they could provide the Council with the data needed to say to the voters “If you want what you got now” your costs to retain the current level of service will be the amount the data shows the true cost to be, above and beyond what the revenue is, and would have to be made up by the tax payer.
Shannon said they could include what the costs would be if there were zero transfer stations and all of the garbage was hauled by a commercial hauler to the mainland. This will allow the council to have the data they need if they choose to put the question to the voter.
Fralick then opened the discussion to the public and received strong support for his suggestions. He then suggested that on the 14th of September the council review progress by Public Works providing the models, and have a second council discussion, and see if the council can move forward. With that, and with a round of applause from the press, the council adjourned the meeting.