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by Earl Gipson
The Council kicked the garbage can down the road in Tuesday’s meeting. The SeaTac City Council voted to delay the vote two weeks on awarding the Solid Waste Contract/franchise (garbage) to Cleanscapes as the staff recommended or do something else. In a half full Council chamber both Cleanscapes and Republic (our current contractor) were amply represented.
You may think garbage is easy. With recycling, yard waste, and employee displacement issues things got complicated. These are long contracts (6 to 7 years with extension options) with both companies having unions except from different locals of the Teamsters or a combination thereof. Stayed tuned. The Council is really digging into the garbage and hopefully will come up with something that isn’t dead or smelly.
In other news, campaign contributions for SeaTac’s Prop #1 topped $768,000 (Pro and Con combined). This is jaw dropping amount for about the 12,000 voters of SeaTac. The Proposition’s escalation of the minimum wage in SeaTac (for certain services businesses only), with the City administering it AND setting employment standards, work hours, and hiring for private companies will set a precedent not worth setting.
Should the Proposition pass SeaTac will find out the hard way that going against basic economic principles doesn’t work. Most of the people drooling for it to pass don’t even live here and many of us SeaTacians (I guess that’s a word) really wish they would go do destructive experimenting on someone else’s City.
Prepare for your mailboxes, phones, and doorbells to be tortured.