Chapter 2.92
SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COMMITTEE Revised 3/18

Sections:

2.92.010    Created.

2.92.020    Purpose. Revised 3/18

2.92.030    Composition. Revised 3/18

2.92.040    Membership – Terms of Office.

2.92.050    Vacancies.

2.92.060    Removal from Office.

2.92.070    Officers. Revised 3/18

2.92.080    Rules of Procedure and Records. Revised 3/18

2.92.090    Meetings.

2.92.100    Quorum.

2.92.110    Functions. Revised 3/18

2.92.120    Voting.

2.92.130    Recommendations.

2.92.140    Subcommittees and Advisory Groups.

2.92.150    Coordination. Revised 3/18

2.92.010 Created.

A Solid Waste Advisory Committee for Pierce County is created and shall hereinafter be referred to as the "SWAC". The members of this committee shall be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by a majority of the County Council. (Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.020 Purpose. Revised 3/18

The SWAC shall serve in an advisory and technical capacity to the County Council and to the Department of Planning and Public Works on matters affecting solid waste handling in Pierce County. For the purposes of this Chapter, "solid waste handling" means the management, storage, collection, transportation, treatment, utilization, processing, and final disposal of solid waste, including the recovery and recycling of materials from solid wastes, the recovery of energy resources from solid wastes or the conversion of the energy in solid wastes to more useful forms or combinations thereof. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.030 Composition. Revised 3/18

A.    The SWAC shall consist of 15 voting members, to be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by a majority vote of the County Council, who shall represent a balance of interests including, but not limited to, citizens, public interest groups, business, the waste management industry, and local public officials. All members shall serve without compensation. At least seven of the voting members shall be from the unincorporated areas of Pierce County.

B.    In addition to the 15 voting members, representatives from the Pierce County Council, the Department of Planning and Public Works, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and any company which provides municipal solid waste disposal services under contract to Pierce County (or to a city or town which has entered into an Interlocal Agreement with Pierce County for solid waste planning services) shall be invited by the Pierce County Executive to serve as non-voting members of the SWAC.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.040 Membership – Terms of Office.

A.    The first full terms of office of the voting members initially appointed in 2006 shall be staggered such that eight shall be appointed to terms that expire on March 31, 2010, and seven shall be appointed to terms that expire on March 31, 2008. Thereafter, the successors to the first appointment shall be appointed to four-year terms which shall expire on March 31 of the appropriate year.

B.    No voting member of the SWAC shall serve more than two consecutive full terms of office. Any voting member, having served the maximum term allowed, may not be reappointed to the SWAC for a period of at least 24 months.

C.    There are no terms associated with the non-voting member positions.

(Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.050 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council for the unexpired term, or, if occurring on the termination of a regular term, the successor shall be appointed for a full term. (Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.060 Removal from Office.

The Executive may remove any appointed member of the SWAC for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. Rules of Procedure adopted by the SWAC pursuant to PCC 2.92.080 will include procedures by which the SWAC will notify the County Executive should any member of the SWAC demonstrate performance sufficient to cause his or her removal. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.070 Officers. Revised 3/18

The members of the SWAC shall annually elect a Chair and a Vice Chair following a process established in its Rules of Procedure. In lieu of a Secretary, the Director of the Department of Planning and Public Works (or designee) shall appoint a staff person to perform all traditional ministerial functions associated therewith. This staff person shall not be a member of the SWAC. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.080 Rules of Procedure and Records. Revised 3/18

The SWAC shall adopt Rules of Procedure for the transaction of its business. Staff from the Department of Planning and Public Works shall maintain written summaries of the SWAC's transactions of business. All records of the SWAC, unless specifically exempted by State law, shall be public documents and will be made available to the public upon request. The SWAC shall provide a current copy of its rules to the County Council, the appropriate office of the Washington Department of Ecology, and all interested parties. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.090 Meetings.

A.    The SWAC shall meet at least four times a year at times and locations agreed upon by the SWAC. All committee, subcommittee, and advisory group meetings shall be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (Ch. 42.30 RCW).

B.    Special meetings of the SWAC may be called at any time by the Chair or by at least two-thirds of the membership of the SWAC, upon notice being given to all members of the SWAC.

(Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.100 Quorum.

A simple majority of appointed and confirmed Voting Members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting SWAC business. (Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.110 Functions. Revised 3/18

The SWAC shall be of an advisory nature only and will make recommendations to the Council and Department of Planning and Public Works on matters relative to the development and implementation of solid waste handling programs and policies. To this end, the SWAC shall perform the following functions:

A.    Review and comment upon resolutions and ordinances which are referred to the SWAC by the County Council, prior to final passage by the Council;

B.    Review and respond to requests from the County Council for recommendations on matters other than resolutions and ordinances;

C.    Provide a forum within the community for the expression of opinions regarding solid waste handling and disposal plans, ordinances, resolutions, and programs prior to adoption;

D.    Further the interest in, and understanding of, solid waste handling in general within the County;

E.    As the SWAC deems necessary, make recommendations or reports to the Council and the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Planning and Public Works on plans, ordinances, resolutions, and programs to improve any aspect of solid waste handling within Pierce County;

F.    Assist the Solid Waste Division in projects and studies relating to solid waste handling, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.

(Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.120 Voting.

A.    When the SWAC acts pursuant to PCC 2.92.110 A. and B., each voting member of the SWAC shall be entitled to one vote on a report containing the SWAC's comments and recommendations. Comments and recommendations shall be considered conclusive only when approved by a simple majority of the appointed and confirmed voting members. All formal votes must be polled and recorded.

B.    In all other matters, the SWAC shall strive to operate on a consensus model and shall adopt rules to that effect.

(Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.130 Recommendations.

When the SWAC acts pursuant to PCC 2.92.110 A. or B., recommendations and minority opinion reports shall be submitted in writing to the County Council. All written recommendations and minority opinion reports must contain all of the concerns the SWAC wishes the Council to consider. The SWAC Chair and the primary author of minority opinion reports (or authorized designees) shall be permitted to make oral presentations to clarify the written recommendations. Any presentation which goes beyond clarifying the written recommendation shall be considered a personal recommendation. (Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.140 Subcommittees and Advisory Groups.

A.    The SWAC may create one or more subcommittees to which the SWAC may delegate work. Subcommittees shall be composed of not more than five voting SWAC members appointed by the SWAC Chair, subject to confirmation by a simple majority of the SWAC voting members. To the extent practical, the subcommittee should represent the same balance of interests represented on the SWAC. The SWAC Chair shall appoint one subcommittee member to serve as Chair. Subcommittees shall follow Rules of Procedure adopted by the SWAC. Subcommittee meetings shall be open to the public. Unless otherwise provided for by County Code or State law, notice of the date(s), time, and place of scheduled meetings shall be provided by one publication in the newspaper of general circulation under contract with the County for the publication of such notices.

B.    The SWAC may create one or more Advisory Groups to advise the SWAC on specific, assigned, topics. Advisory Groups shall be composed of less than a quorum of SWAC voting members, with additional members (including non-voting members and individuals who are not members of the SWAC) appointed by the SWAC Chair, subject to confirmation by a majority of the SWAC. The SWAC Chair shall appoint each Advisory Group Chair. Advisory Groups shall follow Rules of Procedure adopted by the SWAC. Advisory Group meetings shall be open to the public. Each member of an Advisory Group shall be entitled to one vote on the Advisory Group's recommendations to the SWAC.

(Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)

2.92.150 Coordination. Revised 3/18

The SWAC, its subcommittees, and Advisory Groups shall be staffed and shall receive administrative support from the Department of Planning and Public Works. (Ord. 2017-12s § 2 (part), 2017; Ord. 2015-25s § 2 (part), 2015; Ord. 2006-19s § 2 (part), 2006)