The municipality will enter into negotiations with Implicit Holdings, the company which has operated Summerland’s landfill scale since 1992.
At the municipal council meeting on Monday evening, council passed a resolution to discuss a one-year contract with Implicit Holdings, with the option to extend the contract for four additional one-year terms.
Members of council said the service they have received to date has been good.
“The operator has done an excellent job,” said Coun. Bruce Hallquist. “The landfill has evolved since he has been there.”
While Coun. Peter Waterman was pleased with the service the municipality has received from Implicit Holdings, he questioned the resolution since he believes the landfill contract should have gone out as a request for proposals.
“There are other contractors who should be given a look at the contract,” he said.
Coun. Lloyd Christopherson said the contract can be revisited in the future, since it is for one year at a time.
Hallquist said council can go to a request for proposals in the future. He added that the one-year contract makes the contractor more accountable to council than if a multi-year contract had been put in place.
The resolution was carried with Waterman opposed.
Coun. Orv Robson was not present at the council meeting. Mayor Janice Perrino excused herself from the discussion and vote on the resolution.