Thursday, March 14, 2013
Supervisors tackle trash problems
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted last week to use people on house arrest, sentenced by the court to do community service, to help pick up trash on the roadsides.
The suggestion was brought up by supervisor Eddie Dixon, who said the state does not have any inmate work program dollars at present.
But the program that supervises those on house arrest has 49 individuals who could defray their obligations to community service, he said. Some are ordered to serve 10 hours a month at minimum.
The program is already supervised by two individuals who could help set up the dates to start work in the county, Dixon said. The board of supervisors would be asked to provide trash bags, tongs to pick up trash and safety vests. The county would also have to collect the bags from the roadside, he said.
The program operates between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. three Saturdays a month, he said.
“We could pick up a lot of trash and I know people who would be glad to serve their hours and get it behind them,” Dixon said.
He urged supervisors to approve the measure and start in March before the county begins clipping the roadsides and scattering bits of trash everywhere.
Next up on the agenda was Ken Jones with the county administrator’s office. He is in charge of household garbage collection problems.
Larry Hall, county administrator, reported that a number of people who have dumped household garbage illegally will be charged. They are some of the same individuals who owe fees and whose service was cut off for non-payment, he said.
About 800 people fall into the non-paying category with service cancelled, he said.
Two people had dumped trash at one site, he said. They will be charged.
“People have to be doing something with their trash,” said Bennett, regarding those who are not enrolled for regular weekly collection.
Jones said the county has to prove people who are not enrolled are dumping illegally in order to prosecute them. He presented a photo taken where an entire pickup bed full of trash had been dumped on the roadside.
With discussion ended, supervisor Keith Taylor motioned to send sheriff’s deputies out to make arrests of those who have been identified as illegally dumping trash. Dixon seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
“People have decided, ‘So what,’ ” Hall said. “Well, this is so what.”
Jones said flagging vehicle registration tags helps reduce failure to pay garbage bills, but it comes up only once a year when tag renewal time rolls around.
“When somebody dumps a whole truck of garbage, we need to do something,” Hall said. “Some people are hauling their trash five or six miles away from their house and dumping it.”
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