BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
The solid-waste transfer station approved by the Signal Hill City Council last summer moved one step closer to reality Tuesday night, when the council approved a facility operation agreement between the city and EDCO Disposal Company, known locally as Signal Hill Disposal. The planned transfer station will be constructed on a 3.76-acre site at 2755 California Avenue.
The 64-page agreement approved by the council spelled out how virtually every aspect of the plant will operate. “It encourages the use of green building design. We want the facility to be environmentally friendly,” said Charlie Honeycutt, deputy city manager. He added that the agreement also regulates the routes that trucks will take to and from the facility in order to keep them away from residential neighborhoods as well as measures that must be implemented to keep dust and debris from spilling out of the trucks.
Honeycutt noted that the agreement also includes a covenant barring EDCO from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the hiring of employees for the plant.
Councilman Mike Noll praised EDCO for the way it has provided waste disposal services to the city for many years. “EDCO is one of the most professional businesses we have dealt with,” he said. “We respect them.” He added that Signal Hill’s residents also appreciate what EDCO has done for the city.
After the council approved the operation agreement, EDCO president and CEO Steve South praised the city for its business-friendly attitude and said he expects the development process to progress smoothly. “We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to operating this facility,” he said. (EDCO is based in San Marcos.)
In a related action during its Tuesday meeting, the council adopted a resolution declaring its intent to grant EDCO a new 15-year solid-waste management franchise. The company’s current franchise agreement with the city will expire on February 1, 2010.
In another action, the council nominated Brady Barto, Signal Hill Petroleum’s project manager and Signal Hill Mayor Ellen Ward to represent the city on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board (WIB).
“The WIB serves as a required body to plan, oversee, convene, and broker the core workforce investment strategies that come into play with the Federal Workforce Investment Act,” said City Manager Ken Farfsing. “The WIB’s responsibilities include coordinating workforce investment activities in the local area, promoting participation of private sector employers, developing and submitting a workforce investment plan to the governor, and awarding grants or contracts to eligible providers of youth activities.”
Farfsing noted that WIB now represents Long Beach, Signal Hill, Torrance and Lomita. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors oversees the body.
The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for August 4 at 7pm in the council chambers of Signal Hill City Hall.