Supervisors to vote on multi-family garbage plan

By BUSTER WOLFE,

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on changing the county’s garbage ordinance to deal with garbage collection at multi-family dwellings at its next meeting June 21.

The decision was reached as Lamar County began rolling out the first group of new garbage cans to residents in a test of the automated garbage collection system.

County Administrator Joseph “Jody” Waits said at the meeting June 4 that in talking with County Senior Planner Michael Hershman, the two believed changing the current garbage ordinance would suffice.

“Our suggestion is that with the current litter ordinance in place, we add the language there if you so desire that you not pick up multi-families under one of the sections there,” Waits told board members. “Also, there have been inconsistencies in the ordinance as we have read through it over time, and we need to clean up some inconsistencies in it.”

Waits said exceptions would also be addressed.

“Listening to what you have been saying, our suggestion is make no more than one duplex on one parcel as the exception,” he said.

“It sounds reasonable to me,” District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle responded.

District 1 Supervisor Steve Lampton asked about more than one duplex.

“It is going to be defined as a development,” Waits said.

“Well, we have beaten this horse to death,” Lampton said. “It’s time to wrap this thing up.”

County Attorney Perry Phillips was tasked with redrawing the ordinance to reflect the changes.

The 2,925 new garbage cans were being distributed to one Lamar County route after they are assembled at the Sanitation Department barn in Old Hwy. 11. County Sanitation Director Danny Young said 2,825 98-gallon cans and 100 64-gallon cans were on the back lot. The one route is divided into four days, he said.

“It’s kind of spread out because we didn’t want to have it one specific area,” he said. “That way we can get different people to use the cans.”

Waits said he expects the truck to arrive in mid-July. The Lamar County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to purchase a $222,118 fully automated side-arm garbage truck after debating the use of the trucks and the cans that are required for more than a year.

District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucus has steadfastly held that the expense of the new system does not outweigh any cost savings or manpower change.

Waits presented the proposal of automated garbage pickup to supervisors in a board meeting Jan. 19, 2017, after Waits, District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle and Young saw the system in action during a trip to Monroe County in northern Mississippi.

The Board of Supervisors approved buying 96-gallon garbage cans for county residents at its April 2017 meeting, but not without some disagreement on the need and the operation of the automated pickup. The supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of purchasing the cans from lone bidder Cascade Engineering of Grand Rapids, Mich., with District 1’s Steve Lampton and District 5’s Lucus voting against the proposal.

The cost of the cans, which will be gray, are $45.90 each and include an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) chip for tracking in each can in case it is lost or stolen.

The Supervisors will meet next at 9 a.m. June 21 at the William J. “Pete” Gamble III Chancery Courthouse in Purvis.

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