Thursday, February 21, 2008

County Isn’t Listening

From "Letters to the Editor," St. Louis Post Dispatch, 2/21/08
Regarding “27% opt-out of trash districts” : Does Saint Louis County realize what it is saying? When Garry Earls, the county’s chief operating officer, says that if individual residents were allowed to opt-out of the trash districting plan, the plan would not work, What is he thinking?

More than 12% of the subdivisions in Spanish Lake and more than 47% in Oakville asked to opt-out of the “monopoly plan.” Everyone in County government should be listening and making immediate plans to reevaluate. But no - it’s already been decided. With the complicated “rules” for opting out, we will see if any subdivisions are approved.

Mr. Earls says that if a lot of households were allowed to opt out, it would increase the cost of trash service. That tells me that the plan is seriously flawed. Residents should be given the choice. Many residents in both north and south county deliberately are being disenfranchised.

This is not the American way. The goal of easing truck traffic and encouraging recycling can be handled in simpler, better ways. Other cities and states are doing amazing things with recycling. St. Louis County is hitting residents with sledgehammers to make politicians and big corporation’s rich.

. . . . Barbi Diehl, Oakville

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:54 PM

    One must realize that if County allowed individual residents to opt-out, this whole thing would fail and the numbers for their "pilot project" would not look very good, for them! And you know they can't let that happen.

    They have taken away people's constitutional right to "freedom of choice".
    I hope there is a lawyer out there that will step up to the plate and take this to task. Maybe a good ole CLASS ACTION lawsuit is in order.
    Someone is in someones pocket on this deal and that is not only wrong but against the law!!!!!!!!!