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Aldermen table changes to sanitation ordinance

July 20, 2011

By CARL SMITH
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

The Starkville Board of Aldermen will yet again discuss proposed revisions to the sanitation ordinance in its next meeting in August after the board voted to table the measure Tuesday.
The proposed changes would bring the code up to date in regard to nomenclature and also increase the size of limbs and other commercial waste the city will remove for citizens, set times for garbage bag-only placement curbside and reset the severity of trash violations on Jan. 1 of each year.
Ward 2 Alderman Sandra C. Sistrunk said the proposed changes were “housekeeping in nature,” and did not make major changes to what is already on city books.
In its first meeting of the month, the board held the first public hearing on the matter and discussed the ordinance’s potential impact. Since that meeting, changes to the language of the ordinance suggested by the city attorney have been made.
During Tuesday’s second public hearing, only two people spoke against the changes while no one spoke in their support. The meeting was attended by less than 20 people.
Starkville Chief Administrative Officer Lynn Spruill answered questions during the hearing in regard to citizen concerns over the portion of the policy on the time window of garbage placement. Although the changes call for curbside placement from the hours of 5 to 7 a.m., she said residents could place garbage in containers on the side of the road at any time without fear of being in the ordinance’s violation.
Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas said the ordinance lacked a clear definition for “stumps, logs and tree trunks,” a definition he said was significant in nature for an ordinance that clearly defined length of limbs the city would remove. Dumas motioned the terms be linked to the “Commercial Waste” definition, but he would later withdraw that act.
After a quick discussion on the clarity of the ordinance’s other policies and how the city would handle removing do-it-yourself home contractors’ project waste as compared to commercial contractors’ waste, Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins motioned to table the measure so its issues with clarity could be solved.
The motion to table the ordinance passed with a 5-2 roll call vote. Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker and Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey voted against passing on the measure.
After the vote, Carver said he suggested bringing recommendations to the ordinance be brought to his attention “before the next meeting, not the night of.”
Mayor Parker Wiseman said a resolution needs to be passed soon to reflect the changes within the sanitation department.

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