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April 18, 2014, 11:54 am

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Trash Ordinance Left In Committee


The waste hauling overhaul ordinance is trashed ... for now.

 

Moments after opening the meeting of the Springfield City Council Committee of the Whole Tuesday, Ward 3 Alderman Doris Turner motioned to place her ordinance to overhaul waste hauling in the Capital City back in committee.  

 

The controversial ordinance would have put a waste hauling fee on the City Water Light and Power bill of city residents in what sponsors Turner and Ward 6's Cory Jobe hope will cut down on fly dumping.  

 

Turner and Jobe held three public meetings to discuss the ordinance and said they would have revisions made available before Tuesday's meeting.  

 

Some proposed revisions included lowering the assessed fee, plus making it easier for so-called snow birds, people who leave the city for weeks or months at a time, to get rebates from waste haulers for the time they don't put garbage out.

 

Around two dozen members of the public got up and left the council chambers after aldermen approved to leave the ordinance in committee.  

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