Supervisors to Take Bids on Curbside Collection

Lauderdale County supervisors have taken the first steps toward having door to door pickup for garbage.

Supervisors voted Monday evening to take bids for door to door garbage service.

The vote was 3-2, with supervisors Wayman Newell and Ray Boswell voting against it.

The vote does not necessarily mean that system is going to go away; it's only a first step in examining the costs of moving to curbside pickup.

There's certainly still a lot of disagreement over what to do, with supervisors and residents.

"No decision has been made either way, but I do feel like once we get some numbers back from the companies, we're going to at least have something that is going to be interesting to look at," said District 3 supervisor Craig Hitt.

"Once we get rid of the pitch-ins, there's no going back," said District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell, who said the cost will go up a lot.

Cost seems to be a big issue with almost everyone. Those for it believe it will not cost significantly more than residents currently pay for the dumpsters. Those against it believe it will cost more, if not now, later.

And on both sides, from citizens, there seems to be some disappointment with county government.

"I do believe that it will save each individual taxpayer money, when we get the government out of it and get private industry involved in it and get government out of it," said Billy Sharp.

"I know a lot of you have been for this door to door service for a long time, and you've been pushing it down our throats," said Ruth Scott.

Lauderdale County is the last county in the state that still uses drop-off dumpsters for residents to dispose of their trash.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Dalewood on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    How is the curbside pick-up going to affect the Dalewood residents since we live in a private, gated community? We have to raise the money ourselves to do any paving or repairing of our roads. What will happen when these heavy garbage trucks come through every week? Our roads will be completely torn up. I live on a dead-end, one lane dirt road. What you want to bet - my road gets "accidentally" skipped? I love the fact that i can take my trash off anytime I get ready. It does not have to sit in my garage or my house for 2-4 days before pick-up. I love the dumpsters & hope they stay!
  • by Rick on Aug 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    For everyone who thinks curbside pickup is a great idea, I ask you to do this. Go to Kemper, Newton, Neshoba, or Clarke County and look at the nasty trash bins at people's driveway, because that is what Lauderdale county will look like, and furniture will be dumped out on the road. Yes they will provide us with trash cans, but how much will you pay to replace it when it gets runover, broken, or stolen? People will build big ugly bins at the road, just like the county next door. The fact that neighboring counties (and city) use our dumpsters says it works, the supervisors should address that with the neighboring counties, not punish us for it. It will not be cheaper. It will only be more restrictive. Dumpsters are ugly, but so are powerlines, it is the price we pay to live in a civilized society. And yes, I would rather live next to dumpsters than have roadside pickup.
  • by E. Johnson Location: Lauderdale on Aug 18, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    I cannot believe that this issue is even being argued! Lets just get rid of those awful dumpster once and for all. I would rather pay more for the convenience of curbside pickup than continue to load up and head to those terrible dumpster sites. I couldn't imagine living within a half mile of those dumpsters. And to know that this is the only county in the state that uses them...what as embarrassment.
  • by R Location: Lauderdale Co on Aug 18, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    There is no way that a 'door to door' can be as inexpensive as the dumpsters. Just the cost of gas for the big trucks going up and down our narrow, twisting, turning roads out here will be tremendous and destructive to the roads themselves. And when we see another gas price increase like last summer.....people will wonder why their rates for garbage pick up suddenly double or triple. There is a problem in that we have been unable to keep in town and out of county people from dumping in the dumpsters. Also, the number of dumpsters that are available to us keep being reduced, frequently with no advance warning.
  • by voter Location: lauderdale on Aug 18, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    If the people want this it would be fine. The people have previously voted no twice I believe. As usual Hitt does not listen to the people. When we get this shoved down our throats against the peoples will we all need to remember who forced this on us. Once a week is not sufficient, we will have garbage every where. What about the large items people take to the dumpsters now? This is suppose to remove the issue of illegal dumping thus lowering the tonage the county pays for so then our garbage fees should be less than the current amount we pay. Who wants to bet that Hitt and his cohearts raise our rates again. They do not even take into account the elderly and fixed income folks in the last raise from 60 to 100 dollars with no exemptions. I thought we lived in a democracy. As mentioned previously if it is the peoples will then so be it but it should not be forced on us by people that are voted to represent us not dictate to us.
  • by Concerned Location: Lauderdale county on Aug 18, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    If curbside pickup is such a great deal....How come some of the city residents take a lot of their trash and put it in county dumpsters?...All one has to do is sit at the last chance on Hwy.493 and watch some of the pickup trucks full of trash go out to the dumpsters across from where Bailey store used to be.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    Thank God! My wife and I are considering moving to Lauderdale County and this would certainly help make our decision easier. The dumpsters are tacky and unsanitary, pure and simple. This is a positive step, one that I'm sure all county residents would appreciate.
  • by Theresa Location: District 1 on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    The board of supervisors is ignoring the wishes of the voters by taking this action. The majority of the voters do not want curbside service and have voiced their wishes in 2 elections. Led by Mr. Hitt the green boxes were moved from safer locations on well traveled roads to secluded swampy wooded areas to make dumping your own garbage less convenient and even dangerous after people voted to keep the green boxes. I emailed my supervisor, Mr. Florey, stating my opinion and requested an acknowledgement that he read my letter but after a week I have heard nothing. I will not be voting for him in the next election since he refuses to represent me or the majority of voters in Lauderdale County. Like many in the county, I live on the side of a hill. Where am I supposed to put that garbage cart, in the road? Private residential garbage pickup is already available to those who want it without forcing it on those who don't want it.
  • by Anonymous Location: meridian on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    This is a step in the right direction. It's about time.
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