The Fenton Board of Aldermen on May 9 authorized transferring the city’s contract for waste and recycling hauling to Waste Connections of Missouri, Inc.

The change becomes effective Sept. 1.

Fenton City Administrator Lisa Peck said residents then will return to single-stream recycling, with collection days remaining the same. Both trash and recycling will be picked up on the same day.

Residents will keep their current collection bins because they are city-owned containers, Peck said.

Fenton’s present trash vendor is Meridian Waste Services.

Linda Jones, municipal account manager with Bridgeton-based Waste Connections, said recycling educational fliers will be distributed, with pictorial reminders regarding proper items to recycle. She said her company also is hiring a recycling coordinator to work with their drivers to identify individual bins that have contaminants. A sticker program regarding repeat offenders likely will be deployed.

Peck said additional details about clean recycling will be included in the city’s newsletter and online platforms.

Alderwoman Susan Jokerst asked city staffers to explore adding recycling containers at city park locations.

Jones said that Waste Connections does not miss pickups, citing a recent St. Louis County report during which the hauling company received zero complaints and favorable statistics for their customer call center.

Traffic Officer, Vehicle

After frequent citizen debates over the past year about speeding, safety, congestion and parking issues near Uthoff Elementary School and the surrounding subdivision, the St. Louis County Police Department’s Fenton 5th Precinct commander recommended hiring a traffic enforcement officer.

Capt. Norman Mann outlined a $159,000 personnel and equipment request in an April 30 memo. He delineated $118,888 for an officer and $11,660.20 for a traffic-specific vehicle. He said there would be a one-time fee of $28,566.33 to equip the vehicle with mounted license-recognition devices, which also could be used to safeguard the city’s Gravois Bluffs Shopping Center area.

City representatives and citizens just debated location placements along Uthoff Drive of newly purchased $5,000 flashing radar detection signs.

At the May 9 board of aldermen meeting, board members ultimately decided to ask Mann to first consider diverting more attention from the city’s existing neighborhood police officer as well as business resource officer during the morning drop-off and afternoon pickup times when traffic issues are more prevalent at the school.

Aldermen also requested more details about purchasing a license-recognition unit. The Affton Police Precinct uses license plate reader devices to know when “wanted vehicles” are in their areas.

Additional Fenton News

• On May 9. aldermen approved changing the municipality’s health and disability insurance carrier for city personnel from United Health Care to Cigna.

• The city authorized the demolition of all structures located at 671 Larkin Williams Road. Nikki Finkbiner, Fenton community development director, said there were no asbestos materials or concerns found during testing of the site. The demolition, to be done by St. Louis bidder T.A. Contracting, Inc., is to be completed no later than July 12.