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Serving Orcas, Lopez and San Juan County

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2013  VOL. 46, NO. 19  75¢

Students’ stunning art

Finalists for new county manager Meet the candidates during open houses

Colleen Smith Armstrong/Staff Photo

Orcas High School student Solange Aguilar created the above piece for the show currently at Orcas Center through May. It features the work of kindergarten to 12th grade students along with kids from the OASIS program, Salmonberry School and the Orcas Christian School. See more photos at

Solid waste contracts move forward despite a few snags by STEVE WEHRLY Journal reporter

Eighteen months after voters rejected the county council’s plan for financing solid waste disposal operations with a property tax parcel fee, glitches in negotiations and financing are causing frustration and impatience on all sides. Schedules slip and costs mount in the county’s ongoing effort to privatize solid waste and recycling operations on Orcas and San Juan. But county officials and future site operators insist progress is being made, and that privatized operation of the Orcas transfer station and the San Juan dropbox facility will occur “this summer” despite delays. Orcas Recycling Services has not made required state and federal tax payments for past operations and has not completed an operations plan, as required by

the county. This must happen before a contract can be executed authorizing ORS to assume operating responsibility for the Orcas transfer station. The tax liability question arose when ORS hired part-time employees in recent years to help community volunteers with increased garbage and recycling flows. “The worst case scenario for all ORS tax liabilities from past operations is about $22,000,” said ORS Board Chairman Pete Moe. That number includes penalties and interest, which, according to Moe, ORS accountants hope to further reduce. Mulcahy and new Solid Waste Program Administrator Sam Gibboney are also running into headwinds in three-way contract negotiations with the Lautenbach-KenTec partnership and the Town of


The San Juan County Council will host series of open house meetings to give residents a chance to meet the top candidates for the position of county manager. Islanders will be able to talk with the finalists for the job in an informal setting in sessions on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands, and then provide feedback through the recruiting agency. After the new council members are sworn in on May 14, the council will conduct in-depth interviews with the candidates, along with separate panels made up of community members and representatives of the county staff. The council is expected to reach a decision either that evening or on the morning of May 15. The open house meetings are on Monday, May 13 at the following times. Orcas Island: 10 to 11 a.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station Lopez Island: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center San Juan Island: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the County Courthouse lobby in Friday Harbor. For questions about the recruitment process and events call human resources staff at 3707403.

Career overviews Kerry Burns is currently the interim assistant city manager/ community services director for the City of San Bruno, Calif. Prior to that she was the assistant city manager for the City of Daly City, Calif., a position she held from 2007-2012. During her 25-year career in public service in California, Burns has also served the City of San José Fire Department as deputy director-administrative services, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department as administration manager, the City of Union City as

redevelopment agency manager, the City of Fremont as special assistant to the city manager, and the City of Norwalk as budget and grants administrator. Burns has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Southern California. Jim Pascale resides in Hopewell, N.J., and was most recently township administrator for Princeton Township, N.J., where he served in that position continuously for 30 years. Early in his career, he was also administrator for Mahwah Township, N.J., for four years. Pascale has a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Rutgers University. Michael Pence has been the


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Islands' Sounder, May 08, 2013  
Islands' Sounder, May 08, 2013  

May 08, 2013 edition of the Islands' Sounder