Thursday, January 26, 2012
Supervisors discuss rash of rubbish
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors is looking at ways to contain the illegal dumping of rubbish both at the county’s rubbish pit and in the roadside ditches and waterways.
The matter came up when county administrator Larry Hall said boundary markers need to be put back in place at the county’s rubbish site. He said the site is used by the county as well as the Holly Springs street and utility departments to collect tree limbs and debris following storms.
Supervisor Keith Taylor, who also serves on the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority, said the county is not charging to dispose of rubbish, construction waste and the like. But he said it should in cases where contractors from outside the county are hauling and dumping here while at the same time they are collecting a tipping fee from developers to pay for disposal.
Hall said if the county stopped the practice, people would fill up the ditches with illegal dumping. Then it costs hard cash to clean the ditches out, he said. Stuff thrown in the ditches clogs up the road pipes, eventually causing flooding.
“Most people are charging their customer and get paid for it and the county is footing the bill,” Taylor said.
“Whose responsibility is it to put in a mechanism (to stop illegal use of the dump)?” asked supervisor George Zinn III.
Hall said the county salvages metal and materials from the white goods that are put out at the dump, but construction waste and other stuff is a problem.
Taylor said the county is trying to follow the law with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
The commercial tree trimmers and removers are dumping as well, Hall said. Someone would have to be hired to monitor what comes through the gates such as commercial businesses who should be charged a fee, he said.
“The board needs to determine who is commercial and who is residential,” said Zinn.
“If they come in two to three times a week, you know it’s commercial (waste),” said zoning director Conway Moore.
Taylor said someone could monitor what comes through and estimate the size of a load to determine a tipping fee.
“The county already pays for cleanup two times a year,” he said. “You would think a small fee would be fair. Taxpayers are already paying for other cleanup.”
Supervisor Charles Terry suggested the number of trips a hauler makes would help identify if they were residents disposing of trash or a commercial operator.
“Whoever is working there has to learn who is who,” said Zinn.
Taylor said he thinks private citizens should have to pay something to dump something like a load of roofing shingles coming off a private structure.
“We need to not get the ditches filled up and have to clean them, too,” said Terry.
Hall said it is easier to put out dumpsters several times a year for citizens to dispose of waste than to clean up roadside dumps. The county has to pay a tipping fee for all material collected during seasonal cleanup campaigns. Since the county has begun to put out dumpsters, the ditches have not been covered as badly with dumped rubbish, he said.
Discussion moved to replacing Pigeon Roost Bridge on Beale Road with Hall saying the county is taking the used bridge guard rails and posts and anything salvageable to reuse on county road needs.
The bridge will be closed to traffic as soon as contractors begin to rip out the old bridge and replace it.
County engineer Larry Britt reported that the west bridge on Callicutt Road has been replaced and work is not ongoing on the east bridge.
Contractors are driving test pilings to determine the length of piling needed for the Pigeon Roost Bridge on Beale Road, he said.
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