Staff Reporter 

Airway Heights asks for solid waste proposals


The Airway Heights City Council took a step forward in regards to the city’s solid waste management at the March 10 study session.

City Manager Albert Tripp presented a draft of the Spokane County Solid Waste Interlocal Agreement. He said the agreement has been the same in the past, with the exception that all of the assets that were owned by Spokane are now owned by Spokane County, who will control the regional solid waste system in November.

Tripp added that the city could put out a request for proposal that would allow other companies to compete for garbage services to the city.

Mayor Patrick Rushing said he disagrees with the $9.9 million the county is asking residents to pay for the system. He also said that some people have approached him saying they can do the city’s garbage services for less money.

“By doing the request for proposal, we will find who can do it cheaper,” Rushing said.

Rushing added that Sunshine Disposal and Recycling Services has a transfer station the city could use and that Waste Management Northwest Inc. could build one.

Councilman Barron Williamson suggested the city proceed into looking at different options.

Rushing said the city’s proposal covers the eight elements that are under state law. Tripp said he would bring a copy of the proposal to the March 24 study session.

At the start of the study session, Tripp brought up an ordinance that would amend the Airway Heights Municipal Code for cat management. The amendment gives Spokanimal the capability to pick up and detain the cats, though “there may be a cost to the city.” Cats would be impounded for 72 hours and diseased or injured would be euthanized.

Councilman Doyle Inman suggested the ordinance be put in the city newsletter to inform the public. Iman added that there should be a public meeting to allow citizens a chance to voice their opinion.

Tripp proposed the reappointment of Jack Grady to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). He also said there were two applicants for the last open position on the committee: Dan Garcia and Erin Ribic.

Rushing said either candidate would be a good choice. Williamson suggested the applicants write a statement on how the city will benefit from having them on the LTAC. Tripp suggested they be invited to the March 17 City Council meeting and give their speeches in person.

Tripp also brought up a draft of the Community Development Block Grant Consortium agreement and a proposal to set aside a specific fund for equipment replacement.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Supervisor J.C. Kennedy brought a proposal for a resolution proclaiming April 26 as the city’s “Arbor Day.” He informed the council that he is working to coordinate the Arbor Day activities with the tree planting in Aspen Grove Park.

Tripp brought up a second reading for the Interlocal Agreement with the Kalispel Tribe for law enforcement.

There were also second readings for several resolutions, one that authorized investment in a local government investment pool, another that recognizes Kids to Park Day and one in regards to the updates to the administrative fees.

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