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County still out on plan for garbage ordinance

February 19th, 2014 - 5:24am

(Port Angeles) – Clallam County commissioners remain cold to an idea that would require all garbage in the central part of the county go to the Regional Transfer Station in Port Angeles.

Yesterday, commissioners took up a proposed “flow control” ordinance.

The Port Angeles city council earlier this month approved the ordinance.

City public works director Craig Fulton says the ordinance would establish a set amount of solid waste coming to the transfer station and also stabilize revenues. Fulton says that would help the city save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest on a bond that is being used to fix a bluff at the old landfill site in west Port Angeles. The crumbling bluff threatens to spill old garbage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

But county commissioners fear the ordinance sets up a monopoloy. Commissioner Mike Chapman says rate payers would face higher garbage disposal costs individually, even if the city's bond rate went down.

During the meeting, an ordinance that would allow the county to join the city's flow control measure failed to make it to a vote.

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