CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – One week ago, a judge ordered St. Louis County to pay nearly $6 million to three trash haulers. Now County Executive Charlie Dooley says his administration is fighting back.

Dooley maintains that the county did not act inappropriately when redrawing trash routes, so it shouldn’t owe a dime to those companies.

At Tuesday’s County Council meeting, he vowed an appeal.

“We think we got a great case to say that we shouldn’t have to because some of the things were not presented. For example, they didn’t access how we know what we know,” Dooley said.

Judge Barbara Wallace ruled that the county didn’t give proper notice to Waste Management Service, Meridian Waste Services, and American Eagle Waste Industries that their contract would be terminated when trash routes were redrawn.

Dooley says the judge only heard experts on one side of the case.

“We are confident that when we present our case before a jury or judge, whatever the case may be…that it will be exonerated and we’re going to move forward,” he said.

Wallace ordered St. Louis County to pay:

  • Waste Management Service $4.9 million
  • Meridian Waste Services $384,000
  • American Eagle Waste Industries $590,000

Dooley didn’t give a timetable for that court date but says he’s sure county taxpayers won’t be on the hook after his administration is able to restate its case.


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