Columbia’s city council has voted 4-3 to repeal the city’s ban on roll carts for solid waste and recycling.
The key vote on Monday evening was cast by new Mayor Barbara Buffaloe, who says it’s time to do something about the city’s trash issues. Mayor Buffaloe, who was elected in April, has told 939 the Eagle that trash was the biggest thing she heard about when she campaigned door-to-door.
The council approved the proposal from fifth ward councilman Matt Pitzer after hearing testimony from residents on both sides of the issue. Pitzer, Mayor Barbara Buffaloe and council members Betsy Peters and Andrea Waner voted to repeal the ban. Council members Karl Skala, Pat Fowler and Nick Foster voted no, preferring to keep the measure on the August ballot.
Roll cart critics include seniors, who say they’re difficult to push to the curb. Other critics say it would cost $12-million to replace or retrofit Columbia’s fleet of trash trucks.