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Proposal to Change Trash Services On Hold
After lot of talk and some confusion, garbage pickup in Springfield will continue as is.
Tonight, Springfield aldermen voted to hold off on going forward with a highly debate ordinance, centered on changing how trash service in Springfield is billed.
The votes from aldermen are not there for the proposal that's calling to place garbage and recycling fees on households' CWLP bills.
Aldermen Jobe and Turner, who sponsored the ordinance, felt it would be best to hold the proposal in committee.
This means it won't be put up for a vote next week unless aldermen pull the ordinance out.
Those opposed say emails have been pouring in from people urging them to reject the proposal after two waste haulers rejected the proposal.
Those for it say a centralized billing system will guarantee that households pay for trash services.
"It drives down a lot of neighborhoods in our city--you see a lot of fly dumping--collection of garbage bags on the curb or on the corner," Alderman Cory Jobe said. "That's a problem and it sends a terrible message to companies--to families who may want to move back into the urban core."
It's estimated 3,000 households in Springfield do not have garbage pickup right now.
Also at Committee of the Whole Tuesday night, the council determined the allocation of $380,000 to Oak Ridge Cemetery will be debated next week.
The cemetery is facing financial trouble and this will help them get through the rest of the year.
One idea to generate revenue involves charging tour buses that come to the cemetery to visit the Lincoln Tomb.
The buses are known to tear up the roads. It's estimated during the summer, up to 700 buses pass through per month.