The Knoxville, Tenn., City Council voted 4-1 on Monday to throw out limits on garbage hauler licenses. Since 2002, the city had limited licenses to three for both residential and commercial hauling; however, a fourth commercial hauler was grandfathered in at the time.
Now that the limits are thrown out, properly insured haulers will soon be able to apply for garbage licenses.
The Knoxville Journal-Express has more information:
Knoxville threw out limits on who can haul garbage when the City Council met Monday night. While city code restricting commercial hauling licenses had been the focus an ongoing debate, the council action opened the doors to more residential haulers as well.
The 4-1 vote put a lid on weeks of debate about limits on commercial hauling licenses. At the end of a fourth long discussion involving haulers, customers and lawyers, the city now complies with state competition law.
The wrangling dated back to Aug. 21, when Maxim Trucking & Materials of Pella challenged the city’s rules. Along the way, city leaders realized that their code limiting commercial haulers violated state code that prohibits cities from restraining economic activity. The city couldn’t kick the can down the road any longer, Council Member Megan Suhr said.