Story last updated at 3/25/2009 - 10:58 am
JUNEAU - The Southeast Conference is working toward the creation of a regional solid waste facility and a governing body to oversee it.
During its Mid-Session Summit in Juneau last week, the Southeast Conference Environment Committee crafted a draft of an ordinance creating a regional solid waste authority, which it hopes to bring before local governments in coming months.
Chairman Jon Bolling said the committee will be working on a draft development plan to go along with the ordinance. Bolling is hopeful it will be ready for community input and possible consideration before the end of the year. The ordinance has been in the works for nearly a year, he said.
The ordinance would allow any Title 29 local government in Southeast Alaska to join the authority, if adopted by the communities' local councils or assemblies.
Southeast Conference is a regional nonprofit organization created in 1958 that promotes strong economies and healthy communities. It is comprised of municipalities, Native corporations, businesses, civic organizations and individuals from throughout the Alaska panhandle.