Trash Talk @ LPPJ

There was lots of discussion about Lincoln Parish dumpsters, garbage, trash, and litter at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury (LPPJ) Solid Waste & Recycling Committee Meeting Tuesday night.

Chairman Walter Pullen (District 6) began by reviewing the existing policy for relocation of dumpsters that has been in effect since 1989.

Said Pullen, “Currently, the policy is, if you want us to move a dumpster, you have to supply us with a place to put it.” He noted that over the past three years, he had received numerous complaints about present locations and conditions at the sites.

He suggested that the committee develop a new policy on how dumpsters are relocated that would entail a petition process, and then allow for a public hearing from interested parties. More centralized locations (mega-sites) need to be employed, he said.

Bobby Bennett (District 3) said that perhaps some of the mega-sites might be located adjacent to the fire stations that are located throughout the parish.

Another agenda item addressed that very issue. A motion was made to allow the Parish Administrator to contact and negotiate with the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 for any suitable site near the fire stations.

The motion passed unanimously.

Barbara Watts addressed the committee to make a push for door-to-door pickup, parish-wide. About a half dozen friends joined Watts with additional similar comments.

Pullen said that the existing sales tax collections were not sufficient to provide the service, and would be about three to five hundred thousand dollars short every year for that type service.

Also noted was that any parish resident that wanted door-to-door could contract for that service from private vendors.

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