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President tells audience commissioners were responding to will of public

The Charles County commissioners bowed to public pressure and voted unanimously to stop action on a proposed pilot program to bring mandatory contract trash pickup to Waldorf.

Commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly (D) called the commissioners to order during their regular meeting Tuesday, told the audience that the commissioners were responding to the will of the public, and asked for a motion to cease action on the plan.

Commissioner Ken Robinson (D) made the motion, and it passed unanimously.

“Due to overwhelming opposition, the Charles County Commissioners have voted unanimously to cancel tonight’s Public Hearing and not proceed with the Municipal Solid Waste Collection Services proposal,” Robinson wrote in a Facebook post minutes later.

Waldorf residents had panned the plan in large numbers before the hearing, complaining about a lack of choice and the prospect of being at the mercy of a large trash hauler that wouldn’t be responsive to customers.

Joel Davis