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Council approves new rate for biosolids disposal

Sunnyside City Council members approved at last week's meeting a new rate to pay Natural Selection Farms Inc. for disposal of the city's biosolids.

The city currently pays Natural Selection Farms, operated by Ted Durfey, .018¢ for each gallon of biosolids taken from the Sunnyside wastewater treatment plant.

Under the terms of the contract amendment, the city will now pay Natural Selection Farms .021¢ per gallon for disposal of biosolids. Beginning Jan. 1, 2005, the agreement will be subject to annual costs increases, driven by the Consumer Price Indez, but not to exceed 4.5 percent.

"Staff does believe it is a fair amendment," said Interim City Manager Mark Kunkler.

The city first entered into an agreement with Natural Selection Farms to dispose of biosolids 10 years ago. The agreement was renewed in October 1998 without any price increases, said Kunkler.

Natural Selection Farms uses biosolids to treat crops such as hops, corn and wheat.

"Biosolids is truly about recycling," said Durfey. "It is a pro-active approach."

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