This morning, Seattle Public Utilities presented its proposed solid waste rates for 2020-2022. And for once, there was good news: the rates aren’t going up as fast as was predicted in the utility’s Strategic Business Plan.
Last week the Council got a briefing from Seattle Public Utilities and Zero Waste Washington on what’s going on with recycling in Seattle. Despite strong support for recycling here, there are some substantial challenges.
Yesterday Seattle Public Utilities briefed the Council on a pair of new contracts it has negotiated with Waste Management and Recology. And there’s a fair amount of good news.
Lots of goings on today…
In this afternoon’s Full Council meeting, there are two agenda items. Both of them surfaced disagreements among the Council members, and both times an unlikely voting bloc emerged: Sawant and Harrell.
Seattle generates a little over 300,000 tons of non-recycled solid waste per year. The contract for hauling away and disposing of all that garbage, under the auspices of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), has been in place since 1990 and runs until 2028. But the Council is now arguing over whether it should opt out in order to put it out to bid for the first time in over a quarter century.
MyNorthwest discusses the City Council’s approach to the Mayor’s budget proposal.
Seattle Times covers the Council’s approval of a new pay band for the head of Seattle Public Utilities.
Crosscut opines on the change of the city’s political tone to “Seattle nasty.”
MyNorthwest reports on AirBnB’s new ad campaign as it fights back against possible regulation.
State Scoop reports on Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller’s comments at a conference on how government IT procurement needs to change.
It looks to be a busy week, as the Council simultaneously kicks off the 2017–2018 budget development process and wraps up work on everything else.
Yesterday Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities finally disclosed last week’s privacy leak.
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