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County tables flow control ordinance after marathon public hearing

April 9th, 2014 - 5:59am

(Port Angeles) – After a lengthy public hearing, Clallam County commissioners have not yet made a decision on a controversial measure dealing with garbage.

Commissioners yesterday took two and a half hours of testimony on the proposed “flow control” ordinance. If approved it would dictate garbage from central and eastern Clallam County must go to the regional transfer station in Port Angeles.

The city has passed a similar ordinance and is asking the county pass one too in order to stabilize revenues for the regional transfer station. The city is using revenue bonds from the station to help pay for a major bluff stabilization project at the old landfill site and would get better interest rates with flow control in place.

But most of those testifying yesterday were against the proposal. They feared the ordinance sets up a monopoly on garbage and would force rates too high. Commissioner Mike Chapman says he is still against the measure, but would've supported it in order to control the cost of landfill project costs.

Commissioner Jim McEntire appeared more receptive to the ordinance, but was not ready to cast a vote at this time.

Commissioner Mike Doherty says he'd like the community use the opportunity to explore more ways to recycle the waste stream.

Commissioners voted to postpone the ordinance and no new date for reconsideration has been set.

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