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City Council May Reverse Vote To Close Compost Plant

This week’s vote by Spokane’s City Council was meant to start pulling the plug on a long battle over offensive odors coming from the regional yard-waste compost site.

Now a quick solution is nowhere in sight.

Council members voted 4-2 to find a way to end their contract with O.M. Scott and Sons, which has run the plant for two years.

Some members are now talking about reversing that vote.

Councilman Joel Crosby is working to overturn the council’s decision.

“It does not smell at all,” Crosby said. “I went around the neighborhood. Neighbors are out there sitting on porches, riding bikes. It’s like idyllic Middle America.”

Crosby said he thinks he has enough votes to go ahead with a plan to buy $40,000 in misting equipment that promises to absorb any odors caused by the composting.

Councilwoman Phyllis Holmes voted in favor of closing the plant, but says it’s likely she’ll change her mind.

Councilman Chris Anderson voted against closure and Councilman Mike Brewer was absent.

Mayor Jack Geraghty and council members Orville Barnes and Bev Numbers also voted to close the plant.

“I’m hopeful we can change (the vote) and get this thing back on track,” said Crosby, who wants to bring the compost plant back before his colleagues Aug. 28.

Also opposing a quick contract termination is Spokane County Commissioner Steve Hasson.

Hasson said the council should move cautiously “because it could leave taxpayers in the city and in the county liable to a lawsuit” if O.M. Scott has lived up to its part of the contract.

If the contract is voided, both county commissioners and the council must agree.

, DataTimes