Unauthorized dumping, litter control ordinance approved

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance it hopes will send a message to people who throw away trash illegally.

“They’re going to be fined. We’re going to enforce this to the best of our ability,” says board of supervisors' president, Jonathan Wells. “We want these things to be stopped.”

The ordinance also creates a litter ordinance officer. David Pogue, a deputy with Lauderdale County, was appointed to the position.

Wells says the ordinance will be a huge improvement to what is already in place.

“You had state laws that were in place, but we really didn’t have a mechanism, an officer out there, looking at these places and policing,” Wells says. “Now we’re going to have one enforcement officer. And I invite the people not to let this officer work alone; help us put a stop to these things. If you see something, please let us know.”

Wells says that cleaning the roadsides will help attract businesses and increase community morale.

“My message has been that we’ve worked so diligently on economic development that when these companies come we want to make a good first impression, that we want people to see a clean city and county. Now this new ordinance is outside of the city limits of Meridian and Marion, but this officer still can enforce state laws, but not only for economic development, but for our own people that have pride in their community,” Wells explains. “They don’t want to see trash up and down the road. And we hope that people that may not have pride in their community will develop pride in that community.”

The ordinance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.