Itawamba County board agrees to pay for septic tank damages

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

The Itawamba County Board of Supervisors is working to rectify what some might call a “stinky” situation.

During the regular meeting of the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, Monday, the board met with Peppertown business owners Kevin Donald — owner of D&D Trade — and Beth Lindsey — owner of Head Hunters Family Hair Care. Both complained that a recent garbage pickup by the Itawamba County Solid Waste Department resulted in the partial destruction of the septic tank shared between the businesses.

The business owners claimed the septic tank collapsed when the garbage truck rolled over its underground location while picking up the dumpster.

“Apparently, one side fell in on them, and they left without telling us,” Lindsey said. “We found a big hole the next day.”

According to Lindsey, the top of the concrete tank was crushed, although most of the tank remains intact.

Donald said that only the top portion of the tank needs replacing. The estimated cost of the repair is $950.

Although the board agreed that the county was at fault, there was some debate as to whether or not the dumpster in question had been moved out of its original location, causing the truck to run over a portion of ground it typically doesn’t cross.

According to Supervisor Steve Moore, Itawamba County Solid Waste Department Director David Thomas thought the dumpster had, in fact, been moved recently. Moore questioned this claim.

“Did you move that dumpster,” Steve Moore asked.

Donald said it hadn’t been moved … at least not recently. Although he said it wasn’t located in its original position, the dumpster has been sitting in its current spot for half-a-decade.

“That dumpster has been sitting in the same place for five years,” he said, asserting that the recent flood of rainy weather may have weakened the ground over the tank.“They just got over a little bit to the right — about three feet — and caught the corner of the tank.”

Fourth District Supervisor Tiny Hughes asserted that it was likely neither party’s fault as a whole.

“Truth is, they probably didn’t know it was there, exactly” Hughes said. “Well, until it broke and fell in.”

Either way, the board by and large agreed that it was the county’s responsibility to pay for the repairs.

“The way I look at it, an employee of the county broke it,” Hughes said. “It’s got to be fixed. It ain’t their place to fix it; they’re not the ones who broke it.”

Supervisor Ricky Johnson agreed, adding that the board should initiate the repairs “as soon as possible” in order to prevent any accidents related to the large hole left by the incident.

The board agreed to pay for the repairs, but first requested the business owners obtain at least one more quote on the repairs, just to ensure fair pricing.

adam.armour@journalinc.com