San Juan County releases a Request for Proposals July 18 to lease the San Juan Island solid waste site - the Town-owned Sutton Road property currently used for self-haul and an adjacent undeveloped property owned by the County.
Any vendor leasing the site would have the option to keep self-haul operating, as it is now, for up to a year after the contract is signed. The vendor would be responsible for transport and disposal.
Continuing self-haul, beyond the one year after the contract begins, would require improvements to the site. State health regulations require that solid waste is disposed of at appropriate and legal facilities. It should be noted the RFP does not require the contractor to provide self-haul.
During the first year of the contract the lessee would be required to repair and improve the site and obtain permits to continue to operate the site. The improvements necessary would depend on the services the contractor had decided to provide.
The county does not specify required services. The RFP asks the variety of services, proposed site improvements, costs to the public, experience, financial capacity, and estimated number of in-county jobs created, and about eight other items.
Improvements to the structures and paving are required to comply with health regulations and local traffic concerns, and permits are required to safeguard public health.
Interested parties have 72 days to provide their proposal to the County. Interested parties must attend a pre-proposal meeting and site visit. Selection criteria is included in the proposal.
Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy said, "We have been pleased with the response so far to the RFP we issued for the Orcas solid waste facility, so we are optimistic about finding a qualified lessor to provide services on San Juan Island."
Proposals from potential lessors of the Orcas property will be opened on July 13, 2012.