Several Questions Surrounding Garbage Bill Proposal
More and more people around Springfield are talking about the proposed changes to trash and recycling rules. A proposal calls for residents to be charged for service through the CWLP bill. Many in town have more questions than answers, and some are confused about the proposal.
One of the big questions: What about people who live in apartments? Because trash is already included in their rent, would they be charged twice?
Denmar Builders manages about 300 units at Boysenberry Village on Springfield's west side. For residents who live there, trash pick-up costs are included in rent.
"How are we going to get billed versus them getting billed or double dip there?" Pam Wright from Denman Builders said.
Alderman Cory Jobe is one of two aldermen who is proposing putting garbage and recycling fees on CWLP bills.
"Those larger apartment complexes, those would be considered commercial accounts," Jobe said. "So, those larger complexes would not be affected. The only apartment complexes that would be affected would be those units with four or less apartments within them. That's it."
Those landlords would then have to decide to reduce rent, if the ordinance passed, because they wouldn't be responsible for trash costs, the residents would be. Jobe said there is a provision in the ordinance that would offer an opportunity for the four waste haulers to work with large apartment complexes to offer recycling. What about people who can't pay?
"We'll be able to pro-rate as it comes down the system to sewer, to garbage," Jobe said. "Those things, we will be able to prorate. At the end of the day, the four waste haulers, will get paid."
The proposal calls for a residential charge of $13.75 per month for basic garbage pick up, but waste haulers could provide rebates to their customers if they have pre-arranged discounts. For example, those could be the number of waste cans per household.
Under the proposal, you will not have to change your waste hauler or when your trash gets picked up.
There are two more town hall meetings to talk about this issue. The next one will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wanless Elementary School on East Reservoir. October 4 will be the last meeting. It takes place at the Prairie Heart Institute on East Mason Street at 6 p.m.
So where do alderman stand on the garbage debate?
- Frank Edwards and Joe McMenamin say they are not voting for it.
- Frank Lesko is leaning toward a "no" vote.
- Gail Simpson is leaning toward a "yes" vote.
- Cory Jobe and Doris Turner support it, as they are proposing the changes.
- Kris Theilen is undecided.
- Sam Cahnman, Steve Dove, and Tim Griffin didn't return our calls.