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Adams County staying with Waste Pro, hears pleas for more support for Humane Society
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August 22, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors will stay with their current garbage collector for another year but might opt later to join the city of Natchez in seeking bids for pick-up services.

The county board’s decision Monday to extend its contract with Waste Pro comes two weeks after the Natchez Board of Aldermen voted to terminate the city’s current ties with the Florida-based company. In an effort to get better rates and services, Natchez aldermen and Mayor Darryl Grennell are inviting interested waste haulers, including Waste Pro, to submit bids.

City officials have suggested Natchez and Adams County could consolidate their garbage-collection arrangement to save money, but county board President Mike Lazarus said he’s pleased with the price Waste Pro currently charges. Adams County pays less than other counties in the area, he said.

Waste Pro charges Adams County $9.25 a month per household to pick up garbage. With disposal costs and other related expenses added in, the county charges residents $15 a month. Waste Pro collects garbage twice a week from about 5,700 households outside Natchez. Adams County pays Waste Pro about $700,000 a year for this.

In deciding to extend the county’s Waste Pro contract for another year, Lazarus said he didn’t want to possibly lose what he considers a good deal and get hooked into a new contract that charges more. He said he’d be “scared to death to bid this out again.” That, he said, would be “taking a risk” with a new garbage contract.

The city charges Natchez residents $13.74 a month for garbage collection and disposal services.

Waste Pro hauls city and county trash to the Riverbend landfill by U.S. 61 in Jefferson County near Fayette.

A county-owned landfill on Foster Mound Road in Adams County has been taking residential yard rubbish, but it’s now full. County supervisors have discussed options: finding a new site to dig or hiring a hauler to dispose yard debris elsewhere.

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The county Board of Supervisors on Monday heard Natchez-Adams County Humane Society leaders’ plea for more money and support from the county in controlling stray dogs and cats. “We have an animal problem in this county,” said humane society board member Pat Burns.

County supervisors agreed to consider the group’s request as they prepare the annual budget.

The NACHS wants a formal contract with both the county and city that would ensure more public funds for the private organization, which takes in about 1,500 animals a year. The city and county provide subsidies for the humane society, but the money falls far short of the group’s annual expenses of about $300,000, said NASHS President Robert Greene.

The society is asking the county to provide at least $60,000 for the upcoming budget year and more from the city. In seeking more public funds, group leaders said the Natchez and Adams County boards should consolidate their animal-control enforcement efforts and hire more dogcatchers.

The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society maintains an animal shelter on Liberty Road and offers pets for adoption.

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The Board of Supervisors on Monday closed the public out of a meeting to discuss two manufacturing prospects interested in locating in the area. The supervisors holed up with Natchez Inc. executive director Chandler Russ, the county’s industrial recruiter, and Concordia Parish economic development executive director Heather Malone. State law allows government boards to meet in private to discuss the location or expansion of a business or industry.




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