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Litter complaints on the rise throughout parish

by David Specht

Things are getting trashy throughout Webster Parish and police jurors are hearing about it. The subject came up during the Environmental Committee meeting of the Webster Parish Police Jury Tuesday.

“Everybody’s been having some complaints,” said District 4 Police Juror Randy Thomas. “I guess I have [received complaints] ever since I’ve been here.”

Police Jury Secretary Ronda Carnahan said there has been an uptick in complaints since Christmas. “All over the parish, I’ve gotten complaints,” she said. “The north end. The south end.”

Thomas said the parish litter crew has been running. He added that taking care of litter on state highways is taking a considerable amount of time. However, state crews have been seen around the parish.

“I saw them the other day,” Police Jury President Jim Bonsall said. However, the parish has no way of knowing when and if the state will be cleaning up highways. “They do that on their own,” Bonsall said. “We don’t have anything to do with it.”

Parish litter crews work Monday through Thursday, according to Public Works Superintendent Teddy Holloway.

District 3 Police Juror Daniel Thomas said a lot of the litter issues in the parish are on state road, including U.S. Hwy 371 near the turnoff to the Webster Parish Landfill.

“It’s like the garbage bag is worn out by then and it’s blowing out,” Daniel Thomas said.

However the problem is widespread, with no clear answer. Committee members even discussed fines for littering in the parish.

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