I recently held my first two town hall meetings, the first in Wicksburg and the second in Bay Springs (I will hold two more in Dothan after the first of the year). There were several issues that were raised during the meetings and I wanted to address them publicly for everyone’s benefit.
Yearly payments of sanitation fees
In the past, you could pay for a full year’s worth of garbage pickup instead of making a payment every month. While the county doesn’t offer the option to pre-pay for the full year, if you pay $180 anyway, the overpayment is credited to your account. This means you won’t owe a balance until 1 year later.
Residents were concerned about garbage trucks seen speeding on Judge Logue Road
I have notified the county engineer who will remind his drivers to obey the posted speed limits. If you notice speeding garbage trucks in the future, please notify the Sanitation department at 677-4705 or 677-4789.
Potholes in parking lots of Bay Springs and Wicksburg Volunteer Fire Departments
I am working with the people at both departments to have the county patch the potholes.
Reflective lettering missing from mailboxes and homes hampering volunteer fire and rescue
While there may be postal regulations requiring lettering on every mailbox, the county has no authority to force people to place reflective lettering on their mailbox or home. However, I strongly encourage everyone to place highly visible lettering on your mailbox and your home. If you ever need emergency police, fire, or medical care, reflective lettering may make the difference between life and death.
You can buy reflective lettering at any home improvement store and at Wicksburg Volunteer Fire & Rescue at Five Points in Wicksburg.
Residents expressed concern about garbage on the sides of Judge Logue and Winslette Roads
I have notified the county engineer to coordinate prisoners to pick up trash along those roads. In fact, I have heard that trash has already been picked up along Winslette Road. If you want trash picked up along any other county maintained roads, please use the comment feature below to let me know.
Cost of mowing vs. spraying
Someone was interested to know the difference between the cost of mowing the sides of county roads versus controlling growth with herbicide. It costs anywhere from $35 – $40 per acre to mow vs $4 – $16 to spray.
Can the county force people to remove garbage piling up on their property?
No, we cannot unless the Health Department believes there is a public health hazard.
There is confusion among the dispatchers about dispatching rescue squads to Houston County residents who happen to have Slocomb addresses.
I will discuss with the sheriff the best way to resolve this confusion.