Jefferson City Officials Certify Petition; Not In Time For Ballot

6 years 7 months 4 weeks ago August 30, 2010 Aug 30, 2010 Monday, August 30 2010 Monday, August 30, 2010 11:01:01 AM CDT in News
loading
JEFFERSON CITY - When Jefferson City residents head to the polls in November, they won't be able to vote on changes to their mandatory trash and recycling program.

City officials certified a petition this week asking to change parts of their mandatory trash and recycling program, but the city said it didn’t make it through the system in time for the November ballot.

For the past year, Jefferson City resident Ray Walker has fought to appeal the mandatory trash and recycling program.

“We’ve been trying to work with city council and council members to get this situation resolved and actually the petition itself was something of the last resort,” Walker said. “We didn’t start to circulate the petition until we were sure they weren’t going to do anything.”

Walker reminds everyone the committee is not against the trash and recycling program, just the part that says it’s mandatory.

“We didn’t feel it was fair to dump a huge expense, the same expense across the board, everybody pay the same rate for trash service when not everybody used as much of the service as others,” Walker said.

With more than 900 signatures, the committee wanting to appeal the program turned the petition in August 16.The city says the City Clerk’s Office examined all the signatures on the petition within five days of receiving them, but the petition still didn’t make the deadline to be placed on the November ballot.

“The ballot needs to be certified by a particular date and when the petition was received the city clerk had 20 days to certify the signatures and she did that in five,” acting director of community development Charlie Lansford said. “However once the signatures are certified they must go to the city council for action and it must be done through a city ordinance. City ordinances take two city council meetings and to make it by the deadline of the ballot two council meetings would have thrown it off.”

Now, Walker’s frustrations grow after this latest news.

“I think the issue is they did not want to see it succeed and they do not want this to succeed at the ballot,” Walker said. “We’re trying to correct a mess that the city council made and they don’t like it; it’s apparent. Actions speak so much louder than words. We’ve been delayed before.”

The next time the petition has a chance to go onto the ballot is in February.

“We’ll have to wait and see. They have up to 60 days and I’m sure they’re going to be encouraged to take everyday of 60 days in order to come up with which ballot it shall come up on,” Walker said. “It won’t be on November’s but it will have to be on one within a year.”

Lansford said not all residents are dissatisfied with the program.

“More than half the people in Jefferson City, in a recent survey that were polled, like this system that is here now,” Lansford said. “They think it’s easy, it’s efficient, it takes care of the environment, minimizes burning, rodent control, it’s just a real positive for a community. With the half of people polled I think they will speak when the time comes.”

If the petition does go through, Lansford said there would be consequences to face.

“It would probably destroy the curbside recycling program which would essentially kill what we have now; it’s easy and simple and most cities have it,” Lansford said.

Lansford said they would then look at several different options.

"We would either have to go without a contract and what other prices are out there by companies that could come in and charge,” Lansford said. “We’d have to change some ordinances around to provide more than one company to do this. The other thing would be we may take on the same rate as the county which would be a significant increase. I would go from 15 dollars a month to 25 dollars a month.”

The citywide single stream program has been in place for a year and a half, and now only time will tell if it will continue.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has agreed to pay a penalty to the state Ethics Commission for failing... More >>
1 hour ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:50:22 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has bought a lakeside house in a resort community west of St. Louis.... More >>
3 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:14:38 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The maternal grandmother of a 7-year-old Kansas boy whose remains were found in a pigsty... More >>
3 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:09:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A free carnival-style event Saturday aims to combine fun with education about childhood safety and accident prevention. The... More >>
4 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:44:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON – Equestrian students at William Woods University have the unique opportunity to learn from a living legend April 28-30.... More >>
6 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 5:53:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - According to a Columbia Police Department press release, officers arrested a suspect wanted by the St. Louis Police... More >>
8 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:12:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Close to 25 environmental activists from mid-Missouri boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon headed to... More >>
17 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:35:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Public Safety is preparing to respond to potential dangerous flooding in the forecast beginning... More >>
17 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:20:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - As prom season begins, the Jefferson City Police Department will start sending out more officers to monitor... More >>
17 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:01:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Fatal accidents involving drugged driving have surpassed those involving drunk driving, according to a new study from... More >>
19 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 5:36:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of workers in St. Louis are preparing to see a jump in pay now that... More >>
20 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 4:27:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Autopsy results confirmed the body found by the Fulton Police Department Monday is 31-year-old Carl L. DeBrodie, the... More >>
20 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Some Columbia utility customers are complaining because of recent past due notices sent out for the month of... More >>
21 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University’s Board of Curators announced Thursday it will suspend tenure and earned advancements for its faculty.... More >>
21 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Four teenagers were taken to the hospital Friday morning following a vehicle crash on I-70, according to the... More >>
21 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Music enhances and develops the life of 20-year-old Nathan Walton on a daily basis. "I play a... More >>
22 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Missouri Task Force 1 sent a team to Southern Missouri to help with the possible flooding in the... More >>
22 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The UM System Board of Curators approved amendments to the University of Missouri-Columbia's collected rules governing faculty standards... More >>
23 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 1:32:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
1pm 58°
2pm 57°
3pm 58°
4pm 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:30a
English Premier League Soccer
1:30p
Premier League Goal Zone
2:00p
2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
12:30p
Paid Program
1:00p
Made in Hollywood
1:30p
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld