County ready to issue citations for littering, illegal dumpingPublished 12:12am Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NATCHEZ — Litterbugs, you’ve been warned.
Adams County’s Environmental Officer Paul Brooks told the Adams County Board of Supervisors Monday that his enforcement vehicle is ready and ticket books are waiting at the printers.
“Within the next week, with (the board’s) approval, we should be ready to get citations ready to go,” Brooks said.
The supervisors created the position of environmental officer earlier this year to address the county’s long-standing littering and illegal dumping problems. Brooks, who was hired last month, will serve as a code enforcer for things such as overgrown lots.
Brooks said he is currently working to resolve problems on 12 properties, and over the weekend with the help of the road department he oversaw the cleanup of an illegal dump on North Palestine Road.
“We had almost an entire house dumped on the side of the road — mattresses, couches, cabinets and all,” he said.
Supervisors President Darryl Grennell told Brooks to investigate if the Mississippi Department of Environmental quality had any grants available for hazardous materials disposal.
The county — along with the City of Natchez — will have a countywide beautification week later this year, and Grennell said he wanted to offer county residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous materials such as old paint or insecticide.
In other news:
•The board met in executive session to discuss several items, including the location of an industrial prospect to Adams County, the purchase of property and the performance of personnel.
Board Attorney Scott Slover said the discussion of the purchase of property affects two industrial prospects, and the disclosure of the discussion could hurt the county’s position in respect to the property.
•County Administrator Joe Murray said he has received a funding request from one of the county recreation leagues.
Previously, such funding would have been managed by the county recreation commission, which the supervisors disbanded last year in anticipation of a consolidated city-county recreation program, a program that is ostensibly being developed by the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission. The NACRC recently asked the city and county governments for funding for a director’s position, a request to which the county has agreed; city officials have not officially responded to the request yet.
Murray said because the county government, rather than a county commission, is administering the recreation fund, things will have to be done differently.
“We are not going to be able to do a lot of things through the county as we were doing them before,” he said. “Requests that have been given in previous years, I will give to Scott (Slover) to get a legal opinion on it.”
•The supervisors voted to go with Purchasing Clerk Frances Bell’s recommendation for upgrading the county’s phone system.
The recommendation was for Service Plus Communications’ $59,999 proposal for the upgrades.