Saturday, January 26, 2008

Trash Foes Push To Stop Program Not Wanted

Several elected officials from south St. Louis County who oppose trash collection districts in the unincorporated county on Friday urged other elected officials to join their cause. A bipartisan group of officials standing together could use its clout to persuade county officials to abandon the idea, Rep. Jim Lembke, R-South County, said at a news conference. Also speaking were Rep. Walt Bivins, R-Oakville; St. Louis County Councilman John Campisi, R-South County, and Tom Diehl, a leader in the opposition to a proposed trash transfer station in Oakville and now a member of the Mehlville School Board.

Lembke said, "If leaders from both parties unite in opposition, we can stop the monopoly plan the people do not want."

Garry Earls, the county's chief operating officer, estimated Friday that haulers would charge householders less than $15 a month to remove trash and recylables in the unincorporated area. That's less than many current fees. Mr. Earls continues to ignore the fact that many County residents pay up to 30% LESS than $15. The bottom line is many will be paying more, while some will be paying less.

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