City council discusses potential of public/private partnership for the new water treatment plant
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the possibility of a public/private partnership to handle either the construction, operation or both for the new water treatment plant.
City Manager Aaron Cubic addressed council about the water treatment plant project that will take seven to eight years in the design stage. Cubic said that as part of the strategic planning process it would be beneficial to discuss the potential savings a public/private partnership could create for the city. Cubic said that a private entity could potentially design, build, own, operate or finance the facility. He added that a public/private partnership would likely decrease some of the city’s control over the plant.
The council seemed favorable towards submitting a request for proposal for a panel of experts to examine what cost benefits could be accrued from a public/private partnership, develop a strategic plan and to research if the city could garner additional savings by including a strategic plan for the future construction of the wastewater treatment plant.
Council also discussed the number of vacancies on several city commissions and committees. Some positions go vacant frequently and the city budgets $10,000 a year to advertise for recruitment for these vacancies.
The options of reducing open positions, combining committees or both was posed to council and councilors decided, as liaisons, they would speak with their individual committee chairs for their opinion on a solution.