Adams County needs a litter help

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, October 11, 2016

 

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors would like some help catching litterbugs.

Road Manager Robbie Dollar said the county puts out cameras in high litter and illegal dump sight locations, but getting an accurate tag number can be difficult.

However, Dollar said the cameras do get descriptions of the vehicles and sometimes the perpetrator.

“People have to take ownership in helping out their own neighborhood,” District 4 Supervisor Ricky Gray said. “This is pretty much being done by people riding through the neighborhood.

“When you’ve got a car on camera, some of those people in the neighborhood need to be able to identify that is so and so right there.”

Gray said he noticed a large amount of litter recently on West Wilderness Lane near the Broadmoor subdivision. Gray said the $1,000 littering fine could not be leveed on a vehicle description, but a warning could be all that is required.

“Sometimes the idea I know you are doing it will make you stop,” he said. “You could get the sheriff’s office or someone to go out and warn them.”

Dollar said litter is a problem everywhere in the county, but high concentration areas are around Broadmoor, Liberty Road and Duck Pond Road.

Dollar said he was looking to rotate the cameras to the Broadmoor area in the next couple of weeks.

District 1 Supervisor and Board President Mike Lazarus said littering has been a problem since he came into office.

“I don’t know if people just flat don’t care, or they aren’t educated on the impact,” Lazarus said. “I guess we are going to have to beef up our efforts to catch them.”

Lazarus said the county mostly uses inmate labor to clean up roadside litter, and for illegal dumpsites, the county is able to get grant money.

Dollar said he was hoping to clean up some illegal dump sites by the end of October.

“I don’t know what makes people think it’s right to throw litter out of their car,” Lazarus said. “You can tell the places where it’s going to be the worst since a lot of it is fast food wrappers.

“How long does it take to eat a hamburger? That’s where it goes out the window.”

County Administrator Joe Murray said another idea law enforcement could utilize is bringing up litter and showing the pictures during National Night Out and in Neighborhood Watch meetings.

“If they want to see their neighborhoods look better,” Lazarus said, “they will tell you who the car belongs to.”