Talking trash: County board of supervisors consider trash hauling regulations

Published 7:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

SUPERVISORS ASSEMBLE: The PRC Board of Supervisors discuss garbage truck regulations during Wednesday’s meeting. Photo by Ashley Collins.

SUPERVISORS ASSEMBLE: The PRC Board of Supervisors discuss garbage truck regulations during Wednesday’s meeting. Photo by Ashley Collins.

Wednesday, the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors discussed regulations for local household garbage truck haulers in order to rid the streets of litter.

The board met with around 10 local garbage truck companies last week in order to determine how to proceed with garbage pickup in the county to ensure trucks don’t drop trash on the streets.

During Wednesday’s meeting, County Administrator Adrain Lumpkin asked for suggestions from the board and citizens in order to determine what regulations should be imposed on garbage trucks. Some of the regulations suggested requiring garbage truck haulers to obtain a license from the county tax office, get their vehicles marked and ensure all equipment is secured with a tarp or net.

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“All garbage haulers will go through an inspection. Afterwards, we will issue them a permit for them to keep in the vehicles that says the vehicle has been inspected,” Lumpkin said.

Currently, there are 15 to 18 haulers in the county, Lumpkin said.

District II Supervisor Malcolm Perry suggested imposing a penalty on truck haulers for violations.

“If you’re found guilty three times of losing garbage off your truck, then your license gets pulled out of doing business in Pearl River County,” Perry said.

Perry also said the litter control officer would probably be in charge of keeping tabs on garbage truck activities.

After considering the recommendations, Lumpkin asked board members to notify him of any further ideas they may have so he can compile a set list of regulations. Once it’s finalized, Joe Montgomery, the board attorney, will review the document.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the purchase of new county vehicles.

Lumpkin said county officials are currently using old vehicles with a lot of miles on them.

“We really don’t have a vehicle that’s running around that has less than 150,000 miles on it,” Lumpkin said. “I know we don’t have vehicles right now for all of the supervisors.”

The county currently has around three or four vehicles that can be repaired, while five or six vehicles could be auctioned off, Lumpkin said.

“We need to get rid of the vehicles that are costing us money because I think some of us are getting to the point where we’re spending as much on them as I know we would be spending on a new vehicle,” Perry added.

The board approved the purchase of six trucks and two SUVS.

Also, County Engineer Les Dungan said he was able to schedule a bid opening for the $100,000 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant project to renovate the Liberty Road’s water park near Hobolochitto creek. Plans include installing a walking trail, a primitive camping area, a parking area, picnic tables and barbecue grills, Dungan said.

Construction is set to begin early next year.

The board also signed a joint letter of acceptance acknowledging the completion of the Barth Road bridge replacement project.

In other news:

—The board acknowledged the following days as holidays: Thanksgiving; from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27; Christmas, from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25 and New Years, from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.

—The board approved travel for the election commissioner to attend the ECAM 2016 training in Philadelphia, Mississippi from Jan. 19 to 22.

The board will meet again on Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. inside the court facilities in Poplarville.