A look back at the roll cart issue before Tuesday's primary vote

2 years 4 months 3 days ago Monday, March 14 2016 Mar 14, 2016 Monday, March 14, 2016 10:02:00 PM CDT March 14, 2016 in News
By: Lauren Wrigley, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Voters will be able to weigh in on the roll cart debate Tuesday at the polls. See Timeline.

Ahead of Tuesday's vote, KOMU 8 News compiled a timeline of past coverage to give voters context on the issue.

The hot-button roll cart issue dates back to 2012, when City Manager Mike Matthes proposed a change to the city's trash pickup system.

Some people aren't convinced the system needs to change. Opponents said the roll carts could be hard to maneuver to the curb in bad weather, and they would also be more expensive than the current trash bags.

The estimated cost of the new trucks and roll carts is $5.8 million.

The city's solid waste utility manager Cynthia Mitchell said the roll carts would eliminate sanitation worker injuries caused by the current system and provide more funding for the department's improvement projects. 

Columbia residents will have the chance to voice their opinions on the roll cart issue in Tuesday's presidential primary election.

A 'yes' vote means someone does not want roll carts and supports an ordinance to ban them. A 'no' vote means someone does want roll carts and does not support the ban.

  

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