March 12, 2013
The Issaquah City Council has extended its existing solid waste interlocal agreement with King County to 2040.
King County approached the city with a restated draft to continue to provide services well into the future and indicated that should Issaquah wish to deny the restatement, it would face higher disposal rates to the county.
“The King County solid waste interlocal agreement provides the city to be a part of the regional solid waste system, including system planning, transfer stations and disposal at the King County Cedar Hills landfill,” Councilman Joe Forkner said in his introduction to the revised agreement at the March 4 City Council meeting. “The county has asked for an extension of 12 and a half years to the agreement through 2040. The primary reason for the amendment is to allow for long-term bonds for capital improvements to the aging transfer stations’ system, hoping to keep garbage disposal rates lower than they would be.”