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Tire, electronic waste collection may still happen in county at lower rates
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (March 22, 2010) — While much of Monday’s county commission meeting focused on jail issues, it wasn’t the only item under consideration.

Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch received a phone report from Nongluck Tuyvanovich of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission that costs for a proposed waste collection would be $1.50 for a regular tire, $5 for a truck tire and $10 for a tractor tire; turning in most appliances would be free, except for refrigerators with Freon still in them for which the person bringing the appliance would be charged.

Other than refrigerators and freezers, used televisions are the most common items for which residents would have to pay, McCulloch said.

“It would be a lot cheaper because people can pay half. For electronics, in 2007 it was $20 per TV and they paid $10,” McCulloch said. “If they want to bring a TV and dispose of it, instead of paying $20 they’d pay $10. It wouldn’t cost the county anything … A federal grant would pick up at least half, but we’d have to furnish manpower.”

Those prices were from 2007, but the Meramec Regional Planning Commission will have to rebid the waste collection costs, McCulloch said.

McCulloch said Tuyvanovich expects the rates will remain reasonable.

“$1.50 for a tire that’s better than everyone else wants to charge,” McCulloch said.

In other business:

• County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said she received the 2010 union agreement for unionized road and bridge department workers from Patrick Lynch with no changes. McCulloch noted that it affects only the Eastern District because the Western District has no unionized employees.

• Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham noted that Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to end several state holidays, which will affect when some state employees such as the 25th Judicial Circuit employees.

“The governor in his infinite wisdom is changing some of the holidays we have recognized. Are we going to follow suit?” Farnham asked.

“I don’t know, it’s up to you,” Linnenbringer replies. “That won’t go into effect until next year.”

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