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Airway Heights enlists outside help on negotiations

City to use CB&I on as-need basis in contract talks with Sunshine Disposal


The city of Airway Heights is continuing to look at all options when it comes to their solid waste, even if it means speaking with the county.

During the July 7 meeting, the City Council passed a professional services agreement with Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (CB&I) for technical assistance guidance as the city enters into contract negotiations with Sunshine Disposal and Recycling for solid waste disposal services.

City Manager Albert Tripp explained that staff requested to ask CB&I for assistance and guidance because the city had never been in the business of solid waste.

“CB&I is an expert in the field of waste procurement and will provide the city with resources to help evaluate the vendor’s (Sunshine) capability of collecting solid waste within the city,” Tripp said.

Councilman Dave Malet asked how an outside agency would help the city negotiate the contract with Sunshine. Tripp explained that CB&I would be a resource for the city outside of the negotiation process.

Councilwoman Tanya Dashiell asked if the city has had any discussion with Spokane County in regards to solid waste services since they entered into the joint request for proposal (RFP) for solid waste services.

Tripp said he had talked with County Commissioner Todd Mielke, who said the county would like cities to enter the regional waste system.

Malet asked if the county would come out to a future City Council meeting to provide information on their regional solid waste system.

During public comment, Matthew Pederson of Republic Services said the county’s regional solid waste system is fully functioning and already provides the services the city needs while going with a new system will increase costs.

“If we stay the way are now and the system remains intact, the only worry we have as a city is our solid waste hauling contract,” Pederson said. “If you negotiate that every three years, as you have (in the past), then no fuss and you focus on only one thing.”

Pederson added the costs for the regional system, “is an ongoing discussion.”

Dashiell said she wants the city to pursue all options and Mayor Patrick Rushing said the city would be happy to ask questions of the county about their prices and services.

Tripp suggested that if the city wants to pursue the county as an option, they should negotiate with them in conjunction with Sunshine.

The council agreed to pass the agreement as long as the amount does not exceed $14,000 and that it is used on an as-needed basis.

In addition to the discussion about solid waste, a public hearing was held for the Initiative 502 Emergency Extension ordinance.

The ordinance, which runs through August, regulates the use, sale, processing and dispensing of marijuana within the city limits.

Development Services director Derrick Braaten explained that the only change to the ordinance is that recreational marijuana retail stores cannot apply in light commercial zones (C-1). He said businesses can still have retail facilities in general commercial (C-2) areas, but they cannot have a storefront on Highway 2. Braaten said processing and production facilities would only be located in industrial zones.

In other business

● The City Council accepted a work order from Century West Engineering to develop a pavement management plan for the city, as well as conduct a hydro-geological study on Deno Road to identify the extents of the paleo channel.

● The City Council also approved a mutual aid and assistance agreement for the Intrastate Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network.

● The city accepted a bid from Big Sky Development for the shared use path project on State Route 902 from Garfield Road to East of Hayford Road.

● Larry Bowman was appointed to the city’s Planning Commission.

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