Thursday, October 02, 2008

County Moves Forward With Trash Program in Spite of Unenforcement

In spite of the admittance the regulation is unenforceable, County officials have instructed their designated haulers to continue billing residents for trash services. This puts residents in a very peculiar situation.

Since the regulation is not enforceable, a homeowner can change to another hauler of their choice. At the same time, the designated hauler will continue to invoice the homeowner - thus they will be paying twice.

If the county cannot enforce the regulation, the trash haulers certainly cannot. This places the designated haulers in a sticky position of trying to collect money from residents who did not order their service for a regulation that is not enforceable. Does this make sense?

Here's one resident's experience:

"Today, October 1, 2008, a call was made to the County telephone number given on the website at 615-4285 (615-HAUL) where you can get answers to your questions about the trash program. The question asked was, "Is it true that I can chose a trash hauler even if I am in an assigned trash district ?"

The first answer was that this is still a legal question. When further questioned, the employee said, "Yes, you can pick another trash hauler, but you will also have to pay the trash hauler that was selected by St. Louis County." When asked what law or ordinance allows his, the answer was that this is what we were instructed to tell you.

How is this fair Mr. Dooley? Or even legal?"

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:15 PM

    I guess the only thing that’s certain about this entire issue is that it’s a screwed up mess and the county did a fine job of doing that. Maybe we’ll just have to wait for the county to dream up another new rule about this latest issue like they did in the past with respect to their moving target. I think this is referred to as “running it by the seat of your pants” or “make up the rules as you go along.” We’ll just have to see what the big 3come up with.