Why did more
than 6,000 residents sign petitions?
"arrived" October 1, 2018 in St. Paul. Residents and owners of
privately-owned 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-unit buildings are confronted by significant changes. (Not surprisingly, publicly-owned [e.g.,
residential dwellings are exempt from these mandates -- thus, saving
money, space, and administrative hassles.)
believe that at least some of the new rules are unreasonable.
Others take issue with the process by which the City entered into a
contract with Haulers. Although today this program
is limited to small buildings, its roll-out can be seen as a trial
balloon for eventual changes to be forced onto all privately-owned
On November 14, 2018, the St. Paul City Council, via Resolution
#18-1922 that disregards binding precedent directly on point, voted 6-1, denying
citizens' right to submit Ordinance #18-39 to a ballot vote.
finding our Petition “legally sufficient,” the City claims that the subject
matter is “not appropriate to submit to the electorate.”
(residents of St. Paul, MN)
strongly disagree, and in order to enforce our right to vote on
St. Paul's new trash plan, our only remedy is to sue the City. We
have retained Greg Joseph, the same attorney who successfully defeated the
pre-emption claim on behalf of residents in Bloomington, MN.
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