Trash haulers will be under close supervision after replacing permits – Picayune Item
A local garbage truck is allowed to continue operations under “strict supervision”, even though a video of a tariff violation was recorded just a few days after a permit was replaced.
Three local garbage haulage companies got their permits from the Pearl River County Regulatory Agency in mid-January for multiple violations. After three convictions for tickets within two years, the board of directors can obtain the permission of a freight forwarder.
At the previous board meeting, waste control officer Jason Lee told the board that he believed a waste transport company could get a new permit under a different company name immediately after its permit was withdrawn under the current county ordinance. A loophole that the board of directors should fill in its opinion.
During Monday’s regular board meeting, board attorney Joe Montgomery said the current ordinance states that anyone who has been disqualified for violations should not be given a new license for a year, even under a different company name.
Two of the hauliers whose permits have been pulled have already received new permits under different company names: Smelly Kelly’s and Adequate Garbage. Kelly Burks, the owner of Smelly Kelly, also had all of its drivers obtain permits under their own names.
During Monday’s meeting, the Board of Directors entered the board meeting to discuss possible litigation related to the Garbage Transport Ordinance. After the board meeting, the board of directors decided that the companies would be subject to close supervision for 30 days. If they cannot follow the district ordinance, they have to revoke their new permits again. Quotations against Burks’ individual drivers are considered against his company as a whole as it subcontracts the drivers, said Jason Spence, District IV supervisor.
The board of directors took into account that the carriers likely have prepaid customers whose garbage collection the board members do not want to interrupt, said board chairman Sandy Kane Smith.
“We are not against small businesses. Our goal is to get rid of the rubbish in the county, ”said Malcolm Perry, District II supervisor.
Burks attended the board meeting and told the board that he believed that the beliefs his company had received were due to small issues such as a lack of brake lights or a driver’s inability to afford insurance .
“This is a very significant problem,” said Montgomery. “If you don’t have insurance, you don’t need a permit.”
Perry said he was shown a video of Burks driving down Highway 11 on Saturday with garbage bags in his truck and no tarpaulin. Perry wondered why Burks would break the tarpaulin law so soon after pulling his rubbish permit.
Burks said it was only four or five bags of trash and it was trash he had just picked up from the side of the freeway to keep the county clean.