It is my goal to build the best MRF in the Southeast, and I thought the majority of Council shared this goal with me. Unfortunately, Council bundled a host of issues together and confused a lot of people in attendance . The current contract with the MRF operators, Republic Services, will be over on January 31, 2014. A deal was nearly complete with Sonoco to take over operation of the MRF. Some Council Members did not like the 10 year term of the proposed contract so it directed staff to speak with Sonoco about a reduction in the term, and they agreed. Council still failed to approve the new term. The issues of a land purchase, potential future for a mixed waste system in Charleston County, and the leadership of Environmental Management have nothing to do with a new contract to operate the MRF. Council clouded the decision of a new contract to operate the MRF with other large decisions that should not apply to the nearly expired contract.
What does Council really want? To build a state-of-the-art MRF? If so, it certainly didn’t appear to be the case last night. I am disappointed with Council’s actions last night because nothing is clear about the future of Environmental Management in the County.
Councilwoman Anna Johnson
Video of the Meeting can be found here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/42517798