Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's Now the Supreme Court - County Appeals Trash Case

July 21, 2010 - St. Louis County last week asked the state high court to hear its case against a Concord resident for not having trash service.

Assistant County Counselor Victor Melenbrink filed a motion July 14 to transfer the case against David Skaer to the Missouri Supreme Court.

The Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals on June 29 reversed a county circuit court's guilty verdict against Skaer, who was cited last year for not having trash pickup.

Unincorporated residents are required to have an agreement for trash pickup with an assigned waste hauler as part of the county's trash district program.

Skaer has said his household produces only recyclable waste and doesn't need trash pickup.

While the circuit court at Skaer's trial accepted as "common knowledge" that all households produce some amount of non-recyclable waste, the appellate court ruled last month that whether Skaer produced trash was a "key element" in the case against him, and that it was the county's burden to submit evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

The county failed to do so, the appellate court contended.


  1. Anonymous1:03 PM

    St. Louis County has missed the bullseye on this target since they first started talking about it.

    Charlie and St. Louis County has cost taxpayers millions on this ill conceived plan, and it's not over.

    Citizens and Taxpayers have lost money, they have lost choice, they have lost quality service, they have lost, lost, lost.

    The system has never worked up to even minimum standards and there is almost 25% of all county residents that have opted out or don't participate.

  2. Anonymous2:06 PM

    How sad is this that St. Louis County would WASTE taxpayer money to drag one of it's citizens through the courts on such nonsense as GARBAGE!

    Let the last judgement stand & be done with it!

    Please folks, remember all of this come election time!