Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Missouri Supreme Court Gets Trash District Dispute

Three waste haulers' efforts to stop the establishment of trash districts in unincorporated St. Louis County are now in the hands of the Missouri Supreme Court.

The Court appeal was twice dismissed last week. County Circuit Court Judge Steven H. Goldman dismissed the suit on June 25, and the Eastern Appellate District of the Missouri Court of Appeals on June 27 denied a request for a writ of mandamus submitted by the waste haulers.

American Eagle Waste Industries, Meridian Waste Services and Waste Management of Missouri filed suit May 29 against the county contending state law requires county officials to issue a two-year notice to waste haulers before establishing trash districts in unincorporated areas and awarding contracts for trash pickup.

The county established eight trash districts in unincorporated areas with one trash hauler per district. County officials contend that having one hauler per district will result in a more uniform brand of service and lower prices. Residents are saying this action blocks out all other haulers thus creating a monopoly.

Campisi has called for Patricia Redington's resignation for not advising the County Council during its consideration of trash districts in December 2006 of Section 2.180.24 of the County Charter, which states that "the council shall have, by ordinance, the power to: Provide for the creation of districts in the unincorporated areas of the county within which may be provided ... garbage and refuse collection and disposal, and such kindred facilities as the voters therein by a majority of those voting thereon may approve, the same to be paid for from funds raised by special assessment, general taxation or service charge ..."

It appears there is more than one section of the County charter that grants the authority to establish trash districts. County attorney, Pat Redington responded that the County Council created trash districts "under charter authority" other than Section 2.180.24.

County Council Chair Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, responded to Campisi's allegation of a charter violation by saying that the county's Health and Justice Committee decided in 2006 against using Section 2.180.24 to establish trash districts.


How come we choose from just two people to run for president and over fifty for Miss America ?


  1. Anonymous2:21 PM

    Who are these voters? The County Council? Welllll HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    If it is the residents of St. Louis County, where are they suppose to vote & when is this to take place?
    I have seen nor heard nothing on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous8:57 AM

    This was not a voter decision. The County Council was the only votes taken, not the citizens.