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Published March 7, 2018

City moves forward with single trash provider

OSAGE BEACH – After several attempts at having a discussion on a one-provider trash service for the city over the past several meetings, the Board of Aldermen finally followed through and will move forward with the issue, despite opposition from residents.

Several citizens and two separate trash providers spoke at the Citizen’s Communication portion of the meeting last Thursday.

One citizen, who spoke against the idea at the last Board of Aldermen meeting, once again spoke out against it claiming the city is taking away the choice of citizens and deciding what is best for them.

The basic idea is even though the freedom of citizens to choose will be taken away by the city, the negotiated price for trash service should be lower and it will save those in the city money.

The question also arose as to who is pushing this issue? Have numerous residents brought the idea to the city or someone else? That question was answered later by Alderman Jeff Bethurem who said he is the one who brought it to the city.

Another point brought out is if the city is going to get a discount from a trash hauler, then everyone in the city will be required to use the service. Since it will be mandatory, will residents be forced to use trash service, even the part-time residents?

If someone who owns a house on the lake within the city limits but only spends part of the year here, will they be forced to pay for an entire year, even if they’re not here?

If a part-time resident has no trash service here, but hauls their trash back to their permanent home, will they also be forced to have the service, since it will be “mandatory” for those in the city limits?

Neither of those questions was answered last week.

Alderman Phyllis Marose said she is against the issue and has sent out emails to many of her constituents and the majority of the responses were against it.

Alderman Kevin Rucker was also opposed to it and spoke out against the idea.

In the end, Bethurem made a motion to move forward with the idea, get more information and set a date to begin the process of having only one provider for the entire city. The motion passed four to two with Marose and Rucker voting no.

This is not a quick process and will take at least two years to implement if the city decides this is best for its residents.

It was also mentioned at the meeting that lawmakers in Jefferson City have proposed several bills that may have a direct impact on this issue, if they ever become law.

If this becomes a reality, then Osage Beach will join the cities of Camdenton and Lake Ozark who currently have only one provider that is allowed for those in their city limits.

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