Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Florissant Mayor Addresses Increase in Trash Hauling Fees; Says "Do Not Pay"

Recently, Mayor Robert G. Lowery, Sr. said that Florissant City Hall is receiving a large number of telephone calls from the residents in the City of Florissant inquiring why the trash haulers have added an additional fee for recycling. Mayor Lowery wants all of Florissant’s citizens to realize that the City has nothing to do with the rise in the customers’ pick ups. It is the result of an ordinance passed by St. Louis County’s Council and the haulers are increasing their fees due to an additional pick up. The Mayor stated that although he thinks the ordinance is meaningful and in the best interest of all of the County, it has caused a lot of confusion with County residents.

City residents should not pay a new surcharge on trash bills for recycling pickup until officials determine whether a county requirement that haulers provide the service applies to Florissant, Mayor Robert Lowery says.

St. Louis County implemented the ordinance with the intent to further participation in recycling efforts but a lot of citizens are opposed because it was mandated without a vote of the people and they do not want to pay additional fees. Mayor Lowery wanted to clarify his position and that of the Florissant City Council that they are whole-heartedly in support of recycling but are opposed to the mandate to the vendors in the City without the permission of businesses and homeowners.

Mayor Lowery asks that anyone who has a problem with this new ordinance to contact St. Louis County government at 314-615-HAUL. Please do not contact Florissant City Hall on this matter as we have no jurisdiction.

Click here for more information: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/D44FA4BF64BEFD2D8625741800138F29?OpenDocument


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