A touchy subject was discussed at last night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s (LPPJ) Solid Waste Committee – consolidation and relocation of the parish’s trash dumpsters, although no decisions were made or action taken.
In the past, this issue has caused some jurors to get significant feedback from their constituents.
Committee Chair Walter Pullen (District Six) said that the parish needed to consolidate into more “mega-sites”, and decrease the number of dumpsters scattered around the parish. There are about 70 dumpster sites now, Pullen said, but only 4 or 5 of the mega-sites.
However, Pullen said, the solid waste tax doesn’t provide the funds to do door-to-door pickup, even though some people favor that method of collection.
Said Pullen, “We only have about $750 thousand, and the Police Jury can’t pay for door-to-door pickup.”
It was also pointed out that private vendors now provide that service, namely Waste Management and North Louisiana Waste.
District Four’s Randy Roberson noted that a problem is that adequate mega-site locations are not easy to obtain. While the idea is good, not everyone is comfortable with a dumpster site down the road from their house, it was noted.
Nancy Wison (District Ten) said that some of her elderly constituents would have a hardship if dumpsters were too far removed from their home. Also, it was noted that the City of Ruston would soon be cutting door-to-door pickup from twice a week to once.
Also mentioned was the lack of enforcement by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for people who scatter trash at the sites after rooting in the bins for salvage.
At the full jury meeting, Stable Road resident Tommy Sizemore spoke about speeding issues on that parish owned road. While the limit is posted at 35 mph and 45 mph, many vehicles exceed that speed, Sizemore said.
It was noted that the jury only could set the speed limit, enforcement was up to the sheriff’s office. Though no action was taken, there was talk of a letter from all the jurors, or a resolution that could be forwarded to Sheriff Mike Stone requesting help.
Several appointments to local boards were made, with one notable resignation.
Juror Nancy Wilson resigned from the Lincoln Parish Sales & Use Tax Commission, after she was refused appointment to the jury’s Finance Committee. District Twelve’s Annette Straughter was appointed to replace her on the commission.