Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – As expected, it was a big turnout for Monday night’s meeting of the St. Charles County Council.

Also as expected, almost everyone who spoke — more than two dozen people — opposed the idea of placing a trash transfer station not far from the Family Arena.

The Arena, incidentally, was where the council meeting had to be moved because so many people expressed an interest in speaking out on the matter.

Bob Burks, whose home would be within a “stone’s throw” of the proposed facility, didn’t hold back as he addressed the council on the matter.

“You gentlemen run this county and do a damn good job of it,” he observed. “But if this comes in, I’m moving. I’m moving my business and everything out of this county. This is going to destroy our neighborhoods, gentlemen. Don’t let it happen!”

An attorney for the applicant tried to assauge the fears of those living near the proposed site, where dozens of large trucks would dump off trash.

“The traffic study clearly indicates that this is well within the capacity,” according to Steve Martin.

But opponents like St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith were having none of it.

“What I would like to respectfully ask is for this council to deny this applicent,” she told council members. “And my reasoning is 1) Roads, 2) Smells, and 3) This specific location is not acceptable.”

It was the public’s final chance to speak out on the sugject before the county council decides the fate of Metro Fill Development’s application to build a trash transfer station on an empty 8-acre quarry located at the intersection of Friedens and Arena Parkway.

While some expected a final vote to be taken after the public hearing, council chairman Mike Elam announced that no decision would be forthcoming prior to their next meeting on December 18th, adding that it’s more likely that vote will be deferred until early 2018.


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