LPPJ Dumpster Plan Delayed

Last we left the discussion about Lincoln Parish’s trash dumpsters, Solid Waste & Recycling Chair Walter Pullen (District 6) promised at the 5/11/16 meeting that he would develop written policy for relocating dumpsters and submit it for review and approval at the next meeting.

Pullen did just as he promised. See here the proposed plan.

The plan would enable residents to circulate a petition among the area residents to relocate or abandon a dumpster site.

However, despite having sent the proposal out to all the other jurors two weeks prior to the meeting, it was obvious none of them bothered to look at the plan prior to last night’s meeting, or to make suggestions beforehand.

Typical of the discussion:

Jody Backus (District 7): “What about consolidation. That’s not a part of this, and I’ll like to see that.”

Theresa Wyatt (District 1): “If we are elected to perform certain duties, why would we put it back on the citizens?”

Skip Russell (District 8): “If we pick dumpsters up, what are the people in that geographical area do about trash?”

Backus: “It’s got to be 51% of the signatures, and no more than 25 households.”

After twenty minutes of back and forth, Pullen gave up, asking again that the members try to make suggestions prior to the next meeting.

In other business, the full jury donated their interest in the old downtown post office building to the City of Ruston.

Mayor Ronny Walker had said that an art gallery was planned for the building, but last night said that the Louisiana Department of Education declined to participate in that plan.

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6 Responses to “LPPJ Dumpster Plan Delayed”

  1. Oldman Says:

    Who wants an eyesore like that close to their home? There has to be a better way of doing things,like door to door pickup

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Oldman are you going to be willing to pay for door-to-door pickup? And pay increased taxes for the Parish to purchase the additional trucks needed to pick up? Or maybe the Parish should mandate that we all hire one of the private companies to pick up. Which would you prefer?

    • Oldman Says:

      Well I guess that leaves you with the task of hauling off your own trash. Which I bet there will be some who will complain about that. Two ideas cost you money,one idea costs you time,now let’s see which one is chosen.

  3. Cowboy Says:

    I well remember the days before Lincoln Parish had the dumpsters. Trash was hauled off and dumped in the woods down old logging roads. The trash dumping got so bad that the dumpsters were installed to give Parish residents a convenient location to dump their trash. It worked! And, it has continued to work well for decades.

    Bobby Dowling went around promoting door-to-door trash pickup and his arguments were shot down by residents who have seen neighboring Parishes adopt these schemes only to see their trash bills skyrocket after being instituted. There is no competition once door-to-door pickup in instituted, and the rates rise accordingly. Bobby’s plan was hated so much he was thrown off the Jury in the next election. The lesson from Parish residents is clear: DO NOT MESS WITH THE DUMPSTERS AND DO NOT MENTION DOOR-TO-DOOR TRASH PICKUP AGAIN!!!

    The dumpsters are convenient and solved the problem of trash being dumped down old logging roads in the woods. If the Jury fools around and makes it too difficult for residents to dump their trash, they’ll start dumping it in the woods again. Lincoln Parish residents have demonstrated their opposition to new taxes and/or fees, so the Jury should be mindful when mention of door-to-door trash pickup rears its ugly head.

  4. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    What is stunning to me is how ill-prepared the jurors came to this meeting, asking questions that were already delineated in Pullen’s brief. Pullen distributed the brief far in advance of the meeting and NOBODY read it. (I guess we have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it, sounds vaguely familiar)
    This is an indication that your jurors (at least on this matter) work only during the meetings.

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