A Columbia garbage truck prepares to pick up trash in 2021 (File photo courtesy of Columbia Utilities spokesperson Matt Nestor)
Columbia City Council is due to take action tonight (Monday) on a successful initiative petition to repeal the city’s ban on the use of residential carts.
City Clerk Sheela Amin has certified that Resident Rachel Proffitt’s petition contains a sufficient number of valid signatures from registered voters.
Under the city charter, council can take one of two actions tonight. One is to repeal Columbia’s ban on residential wheelie carts and automated garbage collection vehicles for wheelie carts. The other option is to take the issue to Colombian voters in the August 2 election.
Clerk Amin says Ms Proffitt needed to collect at least 3,219 signatures and collected 3,244. This meets the threshold of at least 20% of those who voted in the 2019 municipal elections.
The Columbia City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall.