Wrapping Up the Wicksburg & Bay Springs Town Hall Meeting

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.

2 replies
  1. Jan
    Jan says:

    Brandon,

    Thank you so much for the time you took to meet with your district at the Wicksburg Fire Department last week. I know it was a bitter cold night but I’m so glad I braved the weather to meet you. In all my 11 years of living in Houston County that was the first time I had the opportunity to meet my district representative. Several good issues were brought up and your responses were great. I appreciate the honesty and directness in which you address our questions and concerns. Please keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Jan Moring

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  2. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Brandon,

    Thank you for getting back to folks on our issues. It is a breath of fresh to be informed and to see local issues being addressed. We witnessed the roadside garbage being picked up this week and I knew it was due to your follow through. Many thanks.

    With regard to the cutting vs. spraying the right of way, I ask that the efficacy and 2nd/3rd order effects to be considered. Spraying pesticide leaves tall dead grass due to its infrequent use, the is residual runoff of chemicals, sides of trees/brush are left with dead branches/leaves, unsightliness, and over-spray effects … Personal maintenance of the right of way in front of my property has been hindered by the shoddy dirt work on Judge Logue Rd. I’m left with a very uncomfortable mower ride next to the road because of the washed away dirt has left many irregularities.

    Many thanks remain from us for your diligence. I will work to maintain my right of way better to avoid the chemicals and be appreciative that we have a voice at the county level.

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