Garbage Debate Continues in Lauderdale County

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The garbage debate didn't come up during Monday night's Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors meeting, but the issue is pressing for the men who continue to get heat from constituents on both sides of the issue.

Looking at the numbers, Mike Sumrall, county administrator, says the county would save several hundred thousand dollars a year with curbside pick up.

"The basic numbers with the low bidder, us doing the billing and them providing the containers, we would save about $300,000 a year and that would have to go towards the deficit that we currently have. We are currently in the red somewhere 1.3 or 1.5 million dollars," said Sumrall.

Sumrall says if the county moves ahead with the dumpster system the county will have to purchase new collection equipment. It isn't known when the county will take a vote on the issue.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    chuckles.. fact all cities are the same you have people running government like it is here north, south, east, or west. yes i pick on the south but then like i just said. you have groups and closed minded fools yipping over foolishness as i have seen and this county & city has been for years run by fools and foolishness .. now lest a few are trying to get a handle on it.. and early enough they just might get the mess turned around... unlike so many other places i have seen in the 48...
  • by Mack Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:56 AM
    Lauderdale County has an Animal Control law. Go to the following url to get an Animal Control Complaint Form:
  • by resident on Dec 23, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Anon, check your grammar. Like I stated once before, it's not for debate it's FACT. You must NOT be from the south. We don't like non-Southerners discussing the War of Northern Aggression, besides those comments have nothing to do with the "trash" issue. There is NOTHING to get over. Whatever happens with the "trash" issue is fine with me. If it stays like it is, it will just show people from out of this county why LC does NOT grow like other places like Hattiesburg & Tupelo. And, I'm sure the "SOUTH" as you put it, is not the only location that "discusses" their issues in open forum. Are you for real?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    OMG what the south fight over about is no wonder why it lost the war.. sheesh.. get over it people.. be it trash pick up at the homes rather then dumpsters or foolish projects like 3ft..
  • by resident Location: LaCo on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    YES anon, and moreso IN & AROUND the dumpsters... and the smell, UGH! OH, & the burn barrel was around long before shredders became popular... that's what I used to do with all my account numbers, etc to make sure they were GONE. You can't bring something back from the ashes. You don't want animals to get into your trash or you have more than one container can hold, maybe you need to REthink the size of your trash. Besides, there are a lot of businesses who PAY for waste services & people use them like they are their own. This is not a debate, this is FACT & good common sense. Where are YOUR priorities? Sounding selfish to me. Yes, the TAXES that people pay are for the county inmates who WORK for wages to pick up these trash items scattered along the major highways & roadsides that weren't secured... whether on the way home from the store or from home to the dumpster... I'm tired of looking at everybody else's TRASH. Keep it in your OWN yard.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    The trash on the roadside that people are SSSOOOOO afraid of, can't be any worse than it is now. Entire bags, boxes, etc. of items that flew from someones truck b/c they did not secure the items. Pay attention when you are driving next time. The trash I see is not the typical fast food bags and cups, and is the box your pampers or new dvd player came in.
  • by resident Location: Lauderdale County on Dec 22, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    Chris & bob, curbside will be up to the property owner to secure their containers. I don't see trash up & down the streets/roads in other counties yet we are the ONLY county who DOES NOT have curbside. Thank you Big Boy. I totally agree. The dogs & cats ARE at the dumpsters... not at curbsides people - unless you're talking about YOUR own pets! Cute joke anon. I like yours too JR... maybe that's what Chris & bob want it for, you think? No thank you, I got enuf stuff. Barrel burn might not be so bad. My parents did it & it worked for them & we did it a long time ago. Haven't thought about it in a long time. hummm...
  • by J.R, Location: The County on Dec 22, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I'd be willing to bet the same people who oppose county curbside pickup are the same folks who think of the dumpster areas as Swap-N-Shops.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    How will the poor kitties survive?!!!
  • by rk Location: another county on Dec 22, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    Curbside is good. You need to keep the lids latched on your cans if there is a dog issue in your area. I've had once and twice a week pickup. Once is not terrible, but twice is more convenient. I think when it's done, Lauderdale County will be glad they did it.
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