As of last Friday, one-third of the county's new garbage containers have been set up at homes.
County administrator Sonny Clay told supervisors this at their Friday meeting, and also said this week those would be dumped mechanically. With the delivery of those containers, something a little bigger occurred than was planned for.
Not all houses on routes with the new containers received one. That's because some people in the county have not been on the garbage billing system, and only those addresses which are have received containers.
"There's a number of homes, especially new ones, where people have been getting their garbage picked up, but were never getting a bill," said Ronnie Boozer, chancery clerk.
Clay said the new containers will not be put out until these homes are in the billing system. These people need to call 1-800-253-0831, Three Rivers billing, to have their addresses put into the system. Each garbage container has its own specific address embedded and the person doing the dumping will know if it does not belong at a particular house.
For any people who need them, a second garbage container is available for $6.
District 5 supervisor Sykes Lagrone said he had been contacted from someone with a mobile home park about someone living there in a pop-up camper for a couple of years, with no running water, and "they don't like that." Also, he said, there is a burned trailer in there. Board attorney John Creekmore said the county would not have any authority in removing the pop-up camper, but the landowner would. He said whatever entity put regulations in place concerning the park would have authority to bring action.
Creekmore said the county could do something about the burned trailer, since it presents a hazard to the community. He asked for the description of the property, so he could get that process started.
In other business:
n Supervisors discussed government stimulus money. District 2 supervisor Billy Kirkpatrick, after a trip to Jackson, said the way he understands it "any money we get will be through regular channels." Board president Randle Gray said it looks like any money the county gets will not be available until 2010. Clay said now there is a lot of accountability coming out of Washington concerning the use of this money, which has been passed to the state, and in turn to counties. With no federal accountability on the first money coming out of Washington, Clay said now any stimulus funds will have to be spent according to the guidelines set forth, and entities must show how it is spent and where it went.
n The board approved $450 as a sum for supervisors wanting to support for local vocational students heading to national competitions.