Supervisors Open Bids on Roadside Garbage Collection

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Lauderdale County supervisors Thursday opened bids for roadside garbage pickup. The county currently has dumpsters where residents bring their own garbage.

Five bids were submitted at a work session. Board president Hank Florey said he's pleased to see competition for the proposal. And he was also surprised to see how low the bids are.

But Florey said he wants county residents to know that no decision has been made yet.

The trash debate has been a source of constant disagreement for over a decade, which will no doubt make this vote a controversial one when it takes place.

For this reason, Florey said the board will spend some time analyzing the bids to make a choice that is best for the county.

"We haven't voted to go door to door or retain what we have or any other system," said Florey. "We haven't done that. We merely took bids to see where we are and what the expense would be. We are trying to save money. Probably the route we go will be where we save taxpayers' money and that is what we will do. "

As for when a vote will be taken on this issue, supervisors say they aren't sure. But they do say they believe it will take a couple of weeks to study the proposals. Action is not expected during Monday's board meeting.

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  • by STEPHANIE Location: LAUDERDALE COUNTY on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    If Ray Boswell wants to keep the garbage collection the way that it is I would love to send him the bills everytime that I get a flat tire. I am a single female adult living alone who has to take off my own garbage in my car and it is very nasty and also dangerous. As far as the petition that was circulated I have not seen it. I live in Ray Boswell's district. Again, please pass the garbage pick and provide us with a large container with an extra $20 a year. That is a no brainer. Thank you.
  • by ed on Nov 16, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    well what i have seen in meridian when trash day is one state st. is nuts but the way drivers try to dart around them am waiting on a wreck there.. but they do that to any car on that road never mind trash truck
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    I have lived outside the county and in other states. I know this may be shocking, but there is none of these doomsday scenarios that everyone loves to throw out there. All the anti curb service try to liken it to the end of the world, come on people REALLY?
  • by chuckles Location: lauderdale county on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    I'm sure our stuporvisors will pick the highest bid that provides the least quality service. Par for the course around here.
  • by Citizen Location: zero on Nov 13, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    Have any of you people that are against curbside service ever been outside the county before. No other county has "Accidents". They all love the Curbside. It really doesn't matter. Word is the over the next year EPA or DEQ is going to outlaw Green boxes anyway.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    I agree, let the citizens vote again. The last vote was about a decade ago. Maybe there are citizens now in the county that can see how dangerous these dumpsters are. I think the "old timers" will be surprised. Kinda like the last time WTOK had a segment on this. The citizens filmed were all from Boswell's district. The all were for curb side, yet Boswell gets on the news and says no one in his district wanted it.
  • by its about time on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    before you say yes to curb side ,i ask you to let your trash sit in a pile for 7 days and then see if its such a good idea.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 02:40 PM
    Mike, the vote was in the early 90s and it was a non-binding resolution. The board can do whatever they want in relation to that. Native - There is no difference than that and any other traffic hazard. The driver is responsible for his vehicle whether it be a broken down car, tree limb, or garbage truck.
  • by Native Location: LC MS on Nov 13, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Before a decision is made, office holders should be busy researching county curbside.....There have been quite a few accidents on county roads involving garbage trucks. Take in consideration of windy, blind county roads where you can't see a parked vehicle in the road... This is a huge safety problem for the workers and citizens traveling. There is more to this than just voting for a service and who will cover it. SAFETY should be considered first. I believe Metro and LifeFlight would be overwhelmed if this should occur....
  • by Steve Location: lauderdale county on Nov 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    I hope Brothers gets the route, i have heard great things about them and that they are higher in price, but really do a great job!
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