County officials pledge crackdown on litter

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Perry County elected officials are tired of seeing litter along county roadways and are planning extraordinary steps to try to put a halt to the problem.

County supervisors on Monday voted to install cameras along multiple county roads in hopes of catching violators in the act of littering and then charging the offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

District 1 Supervisor Bobbie Bolton said his crews routinely are out on county roads picking up trash and spend a lot of time and effort doing so. However, he said, it only takes a day or two for litterbugs to trash the roads again.

It’s a big problem, Bolton said, and needs to be fixed.

Other supervisors agreed and voted unanimously to support a motion made by Bolton to purchase cameras and put them to work on county roads.
It is unclear what types of cameras will be used and how the county plans to purchase them, but board sentiment suggested the process would move quickly.

Board members handled a host of other issues during their regular February meeting. Highlights of their actions include:
– temporary denial of a permit requested by Weyerhauser to haul timber north along Thomas Lane to Hwy. 98 and approval of a permit for Circle T Trucking to haul on Tung Oil Road, to Hintonville Road, to Miss. 15;
– approval to move Jonathan Hartfield from a full-time position as a driver for the sanitation department to a full-time hopper on one of the department’s waste collection trucks;
– approval to move James Alexander from part-time to full-time as a hopper for the sanitation department;
– approval to move James Sellers from a full-time sanitation driver to a part-time position at the Perry County rubbish landfill;
– approval for a public hearing to be held to consider the abandonment of Bill Hearing Road near Perry County Lake as a county-maintained road. The hearing was later set for 10:00 am on March 2;
– approval to work with bonding company to rework a $6-million dollar bond issue for bridge repairs from 2010 to take advantage of all-time low bond rates currently available. The move is expected to save the county around $220,000 over the final 10 years of bond contract.

The next meeting of the Perry County Board of Supervisors was set for Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.

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