By Jack Johnson, Boulder City Review
A special City Council meeting Jan. 19 gave the council the opportunity to further discuss the city’s recycling needs, as well as the future of the municipal solid waste collection disposal and recycling contract with Boulder City Landfill operator Waste Logistics, which expires in 2013.
The three-hour meeting saw the council in favor of many additions to the city’s recycling program, including making recycling available at apartment complexes and parks, and not in favor of passing on any program improvement costs to residents.
Waste Logistics CEO Steve Kalish, who tends to keep a low public profile, was in attendance at the meeting to discuss and answer questions about a proposal his company has made to the city, which includes providing many of the recycling program improvements the city desires, at no extra cost to residents, in exchange for an eight year contract extension.
Waste Logistics’ offer was not specifically an item for discussion on the agenda, but the council motioned to have it discussed at the regular Feb. 28 meeting, at which time the council plans to make a decision whether to move forward with renegotiating the Waste Logistics contract, or putting the contract out to bid.
City Manager Vicki Mayes said the city will continue to negotiate with Waste Logistics up until the Feb. 28 meeting.
“I look forward to bringing them the final proposal and having them vote on it,” Kalish said. “It’s a good deal for the city.”