June 05, 2014
Spokane County Utilities
The Deer Park City Council has voted unanimously to join Spokane County’s Regional Solid Waste System. During last night’s council meeting, members voiced their support for the regional system and its ability to handle the numerous programs and services that are required by state law, without the need for the City to commit its own resources to those efforts. These include solid waste disposal, moderate risk waste disposal, recycling, and maintaining education and public outreach programs. In addition, the Spokane County will prepare a Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan that will be submitted later this year for approval by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified during the meeting that the County is committed to continue providing the full range of services County residents are accustomed to, while keeping rates as low as possible. “The Gate Fee for the Valley and Colbert Transfer Stations will be $101.00 per ton, or less,” Mielke said, adding that the County is diligently working to create a system that will serve in the best interest of county residents for the long term.
Spokane County has worked to on behalf of citizens throughout the region to create a seamless transition from the current 23-year solid waste system that ends in November to a new regional system. One challenge was the successful acquisition of the existing transfer stations located in Spokane Valley and Colbert from the City of Spokane. Constructing new transfer stations, or utilizing a private facility serving more than one jurisdiction, would have required a lengthy essential public facilities siting process that could not be completed by the November 17th transition date.
Deer Park is the latest community to join the regional system that currently includes the City of Spokane and Fairchild Air Force Base, along with the communities of Rockford, Fairfield, Latah, Waverly and Spangle.
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