As a resident of Spokane County for over 40 years, I am dismayed by the unwillingness of the county commissioners to collaborate with officials of several cities over the extremely important issue of municipal solid waste management. We must demand that the county elected officials cooperate with city governments to implement a comprehensive regional solid waste management system that is very efficient and cost-effective. What did the commissioners do wrong?
Although the proposed plan by the county was reasonably well-formulated, the selling of the plan to the various cities was disastrous. The presentations to the various city officials were principally made by Commissioner Al French. These were made in an arrogant manner from a “take-it-or-leave-it” posture (Spokesman-Review, June 4-5). Finally, out of frustration, the city of Spokane Valley rejected the commissioners’ plan.
The cities of Cheney and Airway Heights are seriously considering backing out, devastating the objective of substantial cost saving from economies of scale. Although there is much fault-finger-pointing, it is clear that French needs to be replaced. Mary Lou Johnson is my clear choice to bring strong and thoughtful leadership to county government.