It was a brief agenda Tuesday night, and the Spokane Valley City Council took care of its business – including OKing agreements over solid waste and a change order for roadwork -- quickly.
The council unanimously agreed to allow City Manager Mike Jackson to move forward with “memorandum of understanding” on regional solid waste management to fund a study to identify and estimate cost estimates on possible alternatives to the existing solid waste system.
Currently, Spokane Valley trash – and that of unincorporated Spokane County and county municipalities -- is sent to the West Plains waste-to-energy plant owned by the city of Spokane. The interlocal agreements of the participants, however, are set to expire on Nov. 16, 2014.
For the past five years, there have been starts and stops in attempts to decide whether to continue with the current system or explore other alternatives. It was decided, however, that a study was needed to determine what the costs of those options would be.
Still, the MOU does allow Spokane Valley officials to decide what method of garbage disposal makes the most economic sense for its citizens.
Spokane Valley – along with the city of Spokane and Spokane County – will enter into the MOU to fund the study, which is expected to cost $75,000. Spokane will pay up to $46,000, and the county and Spokane Valley will split the remaining cost.
The study is expected to be completed sometime over the summer, Jackson said.
In other news, the council approved a change order for $29,834 to be paid to Spokane Rock Products for work the company did on Dishman-Mica Road last summer.
While the council approved a total of $2.8 million in street-preservation work last year, the change order reflects overages of above 15 percent of the bid contract price, requiring council approval.
Eric Guth, public works director, said many of the changes were because the project had been put together based on aerial photos.