April M. Fronick • Editor
The Pike County Commission informed municipalities recently that a proposition to establish tipping fees will be placed on the April election ballot.
Several communities in Missouri have established such a fee on solid waste that is hauled into landfills. Pike County is seeking a fee of $1.50 per ton on all waste deposited in the Pike County landfill.
This will raise costs for citizens and businesses. Commissioners are anticipating it will increase trash disposal by around a $1.50 to $3 annually for an average citizen.
Monies raised from the tipping fee will be used exclusively for economic development purposes. The commission is looking at around $80,000 to $120,000 generated from the tipping fee.
“We will provide increased economic development services for each community at no cost to your city or village,” a letter to municipalities stated. “We will use this income to help with development of infrastructure for a port development, to hire experienced assistance in grant writing and to provide the seed money for building infrastructure that provides employment for our citizens,” the letter continued.
Commissioners are rallying behind the plan for a port authority. Companies could warehouse goods and the site on Highway 79 is ideal for the proximity and access to the Mississippi River as well as railroad access.
The Commission is looking to meet with city and village administrators over the next two months to exchange ideas and plans.