Wednesday, March 02, 2011

St. Louis County gives tentative OK to longer trash contracts

Here we go again. Another lawsuit in the making?

The St. Louis Post Disipatch reports the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday voted 4-3 to give tentative approval to lengthening to five years from three the contracts for haulers in trash collection districts in the unincorporated area.

The current three-year contracts in the eight districts expire Sept. 30. Officials plan to complete this spring specifications for the bidding and seek bids next summer for new contracts for districts whose haulers now serve 80,366 households.

Officials say longer contracts could save households money and give haulers more time to pay for equipment. Some sources say any savings to residents would be minimal. "Why not 7 years or 10 years? Would the 'savings' be any greater?" added one resident.

Councilman Greg Quinn urged the council to delay action because of lawsuits challenging the districts.

The County Council chairman said last week he "vehemently" opposes a proposal from the administration that would lengthen the term of the county's trash-district contracts.

Chairman Steve Stenger, D-south county, said he planned to vote against the measure, which would increase the duration of the trash-district contracts to five years from three years.

Council Vice Chairman Mike O'Mara, D-Florissant, is the bill's sponsor. In 2008, the county established eight trash districts in unincorporated areas and awarded three waste haulers contracts to serve them exclusively. The contracts will expire Sept. 30.

Officials in County Executive Charlie Dooley's administration believe the next round of agreements should be longer to save residents money.


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Does anyone in Clayton have a clue????????? Maybe all of these savings will provide enough funds to buy them one.

  2. Anonymous8:01 PM

    My question remains, why is it, that nearly 30% of the county residents do not have to participate in this plan. Those who OPTED out, must have much better representation than the rest of us.

    Well over 25,000 residents do not participate because they were smart enough not to get drug into this mess and OPTED out.

    Now, they are out of the program for another 5 years.

    This totally appears to be discriminatory in nature, since some are made mandatory by Ordinance, and some or OPTED out.

    Where is the fairness in that?

    If the Supremem Court says government can not force health care, then why does this county force trash service?

  3. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Some of us tried to get our subdivisions to opt out of the program but were not even given the opportunity to have it put to a vote by trustees who were all in favor of it.

  4. Anonymous10:49 AM

    St Louis Composting acquires North County ORMI facility. Giving St. Louis Composting control over yard waste facilities.
    St. Louis Composting Inc. has acquired Organic Resource Management Inc., a large-scale, commercial composting facility at 13060 County Park Road in unincorporated North County.

    Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    "Now that we have a physical presence in North St. Louis County, we can more efficiently provide products and services to our regional customer base," said Patrick Geraty, president of St. Louis Composting. "The acquisition will generate greater operational efficiencies, significantly increase our production and allow us to provide customers with additional compost, mulch and soil blend resources."

    For now, ORMI will continue to operate under its original name, with a subtitle designating it as a St. Louis Composting company. Geraty said the companies would integrate in the next few months.

    Geraty and his wife, Rebecca, negotiated the acquisition with Jim and Kim Wolterman, who co-founded ORMI in 1992.

    "In the current marketplace, it just makes sense to combine the resources of ORMI and St. Louis Composting," Jim Wolterman said. "The sale will allow me to focus exclusively on SWT Design, a landscape architecture and urban design firm that I co-founded 16 years ago."

    St. Louis Composting is headquartered at a 26-acre facility in Valley Park and maintains a four-acre transfer station in Maryland Heights and a 10-acre composting and retail facility in St. Louis.

    Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  5. Anonymous10:51 AM

    Bids soon to be available for St. Louis County Waste Districts.

    St. Louis County is soliciting sealed bids for work as defined below. Invitation for Bid books, including maps and CDs with a pdf map of each district, a listing of all addresses in each district, a listing of all “opted out” addresses in each district, a list of private roads listed by district and an active customer list for each district will be available after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from St. Louis County Division of Procurement, Lawrence K. Roos Building, 41 S. Central Avenue, 8th Floor, Clayton, MO 63105.
    The scope of the work will consist of, but is not limited to, residential waste hauling, in accordance with the specifications.
    A pre-bid conference will be held for all interested parties on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 1:00 p.m., prevailing Central time, 8th Floor Conference Room, Lawrence K. Roos Building at 41 S. Central, Clayton, Missouri 63105. All bidders are encouraged to attend.
    Bids will be received in a sealed envelope and must be addressed to arrive in the St. Louis County Division of Procurement, 8th Floor, Lawrence K. Roos Building, 41 S. Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105, prior to 2:00 P.M, prevailing Central time, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Immediately thereafter, they will be publicly opened and read aloud.
    Faxed or e-mailed bids will not be accepted.
    A bid Bond is required in the amount of $10,000.00 per trash district bid.
    If you would like to attend the pre-bid conference or bid opening, accommodations due to a disability may be arranged by contacting the Division of Procurement at 314-615-7067 or TTY at 314-615-7898.
    All inquiries regarding this bid solicitation are to be directed to Toreen Parker, Procurement Contract Administrator, at 314-615-2530 or Rebecca Howe, Director of Procurement, at 314-615-7070.
    St. Louis County reserves the right to waive informalities in bids and to reject any and all bids submitted.