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.