Parish considers renewal of garbage contract

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017


VIDALIA — Concordia Parish is mulling whether to renew its current garbage collection contract with Waste Pro or allow other providers to bid for the service.

In the meantime, the parish has expressed a desire to rework the current waste contract. At its most recent meeting last week, The Concordia Parish Police Jury discussed certain aspects of the contract that they would like to see changed.

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With Waste Pro Division Manager Doug Atkins present, jurors said they had come up with a few requests for Waste Pro, one being the need for a knuckle boom to pick up limbs around the parish.

Concordia Parish Police Jury President Jimmy Wilkinson said collectors do not pick up any limbs more than 4 feet long. Atkins added that Waste Pro is “not supposed to” collect limbs unless they have been tied together. In lieu of a knuckle boom truck, collectors pick up all limbs by hand.

“We need something for these limbs,” Wilkinson said. “In my area, that’s the most calls I get is the limb pickup. Not necessarily the garbage or whether they’re late … but it’s the limbs.”

Wilkinson said the jurors must determine a solution for limb pick up and what it would cost the parish.

The jurors also expressed a desire for a “door hanger,” where in the event Waste Pro is unable to collect from a resident, workers could hang a note on the resident’s door with an explanation. Atkins said this mechanism could keep people from needing to make calls to the parish.

Atkins also said he had spoken with multiple jurors, but a variety of ideas came from the conversations. Therefore, Atkins said, Waste Pro needed a cohesive, written letter stating what the jury wants.