Valdosta Daily Times

June 12, 2013

Citizens not giving up on trash issue

Ask the county to reconsider contract

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — More citizens than could be heard in the allotted 15 minutes Tuesday night had requested to speak before the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners about the ongoing trash debate.

Eight signed up to speak, but as Chairman Bill Slaughter said the total time allotted per person is five minutes and the total for one topic is 15 minutes,only five managed to speak before the 15 minutes was up.

The citizens were there to speak out again about the Commission’s decision in 2012 to close the waste centers and to contract out curbside county-wide garbage collection. One company, Advanced Disposal, won the contract, but Deep South Sanitation, in business since 2011, has refused the county’s cease and desist order and continues to service customers.

Duane Roark spoke first on behalf of Deep South Sanitation, urging commissioners to rescind and reconsider their decision.

He was followed by Cary Scarborough, owner of Deep South, who insists that he is a small business man with a family to support and he doesn’t understand why the county wants to put him out of business. He also thanked his many supporters who packed the commission chambers Tuesday night, as well as his family for standing by him in trying to set a good example for his sons.

“You may think you are doing the right thing, but I just don’t understand why,” he said.

He handed a stack of signed petitions to the County Clerk.

Jerome Tucker also lauded the services of Deep South and said he resented the notion that he didn’t have freedom of choice when it comes to doing business in Lowndes County.

“I don’t exactly remember many ribbon cuttings lately or many jobs coming here, and here you’ve got someone in business and you want to take it away,” said Tucker. “You haven’t gone too far down that road that you can’t come back.”

Steve Parker echoed Tucker’s comments and said, “There are loopholes in every contract in America. So what if they (Advanced Disposal) sues the county; you’re suing Deep South.”

Jerry Wright commented on Deep South’s service as well and chided the commissioners on their lack of a more democratic process in allowing citizens the right to be heard.

In other business:

• Commissioners re-appointed Emily Macheski-Preston to the Keep Lowndes Valdosta

Beautiful Board, Paul Alvarado to the Zoning Board of Appeals, and appointed Molly Deese to the Conference Center and Tourism Authority;

• Commissioners approved the emergency repairs to a sewer line and a pump repair at a lift station;

• Commissioners approved the rezoning of a parcel at 3776 White Water Road from General Commercial to Highway Commercial with the line item exception proposed by Commissioner Crawford Powell that no adult entertainment, lounges or nightclubs could be placed on the property;

• Approved a memorandum of understanding with Evidence Based Associates for assistance in obtaining a Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant and if received, for administering the grant.