Decisive Vote Coming Soon on Garbage Switch

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The possible switch from dumpsters to residential pickup in Lauderdale County didn't come up at Monday's supervisors meeting, but it is likely to soon.

Supervisors have already approved a bid from the Arrow Corporation of Alabama to make the switch. But there is still work to do before that becomes a reality.

At the board's next meeting Feb. 16, supervisors will vote on whether or not to accept the contract with that company.

Supervisor Craig Hitt said he believes the issue has the three votes needed to pass the garbage change.

Hitt did say he has observed some confusion when it comes to the cost this change would have for residents.

"I've had some calls that now we will have to pay $9.10 per month, plus $100. It's $100 dollars plus the four mills and and that is what makes the income for the sanitation dept," Hitt said.

Hitt said he hopes the county would be able to lower the garbage fee or millage once the sanitation debt is paid off in several years.


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  • by Upset Citizen Location: Lauderdale on Apr 8, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Post 1: People wake up: Yes the dumpsters are an eyesore. So will the country roads when you see blue trash cans lining the roads for miles as you drive, and that will be spread out over the whole county as different districts/areas will be picked up on different days. This is another attempt by elected officials to push something down our collective throats. We the people have continually stated in voting that we did not want roadside pick up in the county by the majority. There were solutions to the problems. They just did not look at them all. Quote from Sup. Boswell who foresees problems with the curbside pick-up system: "I think it'll be very expensive down the road," he said. "I think we'll get a very good bid on it to start. I think once we get rid of our garbage trucks, our green boxes, and our employees, I think (the garbage company will raise their rates) extremely high." Continued on post 2
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    what will happen when the residents that DONT want curbside pick up, just don't pay garbage fees--and instead burn their trash. Then the price that we were quoted will be increased substantially to make up for those houses where garbage isn't collected.
  • by Maurice on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    I've said it once and I'll say it again. The price for this service will make a big jump after it is approved. Just as the boxes have jumped from 60 to 100 dollars, this service will double within 2 to 3 years.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Someone mentioned the handicapped and elderly. So what about the disabled or elderly who can't drive? If they can't drive, how do they get their trash to a dump? What about the single mothers, widows, husbands who work off or at war? Who is helping them with their "old challenge"? My trash sits at my house all week, b/c I am scared enough to visit the dumpsters during daylight hours, much less at dark (which is still around 5 pm). I guess I could get myself and children up 30 minutes earlier so we could stop by a dump on the way to school and work.... There are also people saying lots of questions haven't been addressed by the sups ( ex. will there still be a landfill?) Maybe you need to read a little more, b/c most of the questions that are being asking on here HAVE been addressed. The cans will be 95 GALLONS!! If you think you will need 3 cans w/ weekly pickup, then you have a bigger problem than the sups could ever cause. That is 285 gallons of trash!
  • by Amazed on Feb 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Out of the 82 counties in this state, Lauderdale is the only one that only has green boxes. Do you really think we have it figured out while the rest of the state doesnt? You walk to your mailbox so take your trash on the way, or put the trash can in the same vehicle you use to take it to the boxes in. Your worried about people digging through your trash? dumpster divers already do. Trash on roads? Already there! This is not only Hitts work, there are 2 others. Children do not complain as badly as the sad people in this county. This county is an embarrassment and has major issues that need attention and all yall can focus on is green boxes, its just sad
  • by Sick of the Bickering Location: Lauderdale Co on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Here is a thought to ponder, if doing the job in house is driving the price into the red, and if contracting with a private vendor for curbside pickup is cheaper seems only logical that having a private vendor pick up our current dumpster system would save even more tax dollars.(IE less miles driven by trucks and no expense of containers for each home. Why was this option not investigated? If it was investigated why has it not been shared with the tax paying citizens?
  • by Deena Location: Meridian on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    I am EXTREMELY disappointed (again) in our Lauderdale County Supervisors. The only possible reason I can imagine them not wanting to hold a vote and allowing we citizens to decide how to handle our garbage is because they don't care what we want (or someone has already made a backdoor deal). Do the supervisors understand that there are families that produce too much garbage for a once a week pick-up? Do they not see a problem with the fact that they are asking us to place our trash outside where (amazingly) we don't have a leash law and it can be strewn everywhere? Tell ya what, supervisors - when that happens at my house, I'll be calling you to come help pick it up. Those who make the decisions, must deal with the consequences.
  • by Heather Location: Collinsville on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    I have to agree with one of the previous posters on here. Exactly what are the elderly, and physically challenged residents supposed to do. In the area in which we live, half of the residents have extremely LONG driveways, and most of them are NOT paved. I really would like to know what the solution would be for these people to get their (large) garbage bins fully loaded with trash down and back up their driveways. Hopefully, we all have kind neighbors that can help out with this new challenge. On another note, I can assure you that our sheriff dept doesn't spend a whole lot of time worrying about "litterers". I, myself, called and reported one of the deputy's not too long ago for throwing a McDonalds bag, and cup out while I was driving behind him. So much for setting a good example.
  • by Tami Location: Vimville/Whynot on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    I agree and disagree with many on here. I have to drive at least 5 miles to a green box. But, I,like many, take trash off more than once a week! There is NO WAY I can keep it around my house for a week at a time or even in my carport because of stray animals. I would have to have at least 3 big cans to put it in until trash day, THEN I have to take it down a steep driveway only to have to drag them back up again. I'm back and forth on the decision, but I do think it should be a voted decision, not just the supervisors. They aren't taking my trash off for me or picking it up. And too, what these trucks will do to our already in poor shape roads in my area! There is enough trash on the sides of the roads without more flying out. I used to live right down from Waste Management and they drive like idots and stuff flies out everywhere!!! And they leave the cans in the middle of the road or off in a ditch. REALLY? Maybe they need to be trained to not do that and I might agree with it!!
  • by Rita Location: Collinsville on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    We also came from a county that had curb side pick up and I am astonished at the condition of these dumpsters and the people that WANT them! Yesterday there was a dead deer dumped there and over-flow of trash blowing everywhere! Curb side or dumpsters, we've got some terrible issues with IDIOTS throwing trash out along the roads,its not stray dogs! I never see strays in our area. Listen, put your trash in a decent can (or two) with a tight lid, on the day of pick up.There is no need to build an unsightly trash can box. Keep the sides of the street clean in your neighborhood. Be a good citizen and not a litter bug. Remember when some one sees your litter, they think its ok to litter too! BE BRAVE-and responsible-"Report a litterer to the Sheriff Dept" we all have cell phones- so use them! We are very much for the curb side and hope the respectable supervisors will vote that way too! We do believe the contract should be give to Mississippi business. Keep our money in our state!
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