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Adams County board deals with garbage pickup complaints and reviews park plans
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October 16, 2018 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. – Adams County supervisors continue to deal with complaints about Waste Pro not picking up residents’ garbage after the company lost its bid to continue past November being the county’s waste collector.

However, supervisors said Monday that better service will return when a new waste company takes over the trash-collection duties in December.

“I think all these problems will be solved (Dec. 1),” said county Supervisor Mike Lazarus.

Metro Service Group, a New Orleans-based company, bested Waste Pro and four other bidders seeking the county waste-collection contract in July, when the Board of Supervisors picked Metro. The new contract takes effect Dec. 1.

Florida-based Waste Pro had been Adams County’s trash collector since 2013. Its service deteriorated since it lost the contract to Metro, according to county supervisors.

“They’re on their way out the door, and we’ve had problems with them,” Lazarus said.

County Administrator Joe Murray noted Waste Pro in recent months has been losing garbage truck drivers who were replaced with workers not familiar with Adams County’s trash routes.

While Waste Pro transitions out of Adams County, it’s still contractually bound to pick up trash through November. “They’re getting paid. They need to pick up the garbage,” said county Supervisor Ricky Gray.

The county board has been paying Waste Pro about $600,000 a year for curbside pickup of trash for the 5,500 or so Adams County households outside Natchez.

For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, the board budgeted about $90,000 more than last year for the county’s garbage-collection service.

Metro – which collects garbage for nearby Concordia Parish residents – also serves New Orleans and has other locations in several states, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and Florida.

Waste Pro also lost a garbage contract with Natchez in May, when the Board of Aldermen picked Arrow Disposal Services as the city’s new trash hauler.

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A church group is seeking county-owned land adjacent to the Natchez-Adams County Airport to expand a lakefront park for public use.

Adams County supervisors on Monday reviewed the park proposals presented by the Antioch Missionary Baptist Association, which has grand plans for its “Unity Park” to include pavilions, playgrounds, a gazebo, a lakeside beach and fishing pier. The key is getting the Natchez-Adams County Airport Commission to deed the land to the AMB Association, which currently leases the parcel.

The Rev. Melvin White, speaking for the AMB Association, expressed hope the county will donate the land. Scott Slover, attorney for the county, said future discussions are needed about this since Mississippi law imposes restrictions on governmental entities making such donations.

White, who presented the board architectural renderings of what Unity Park is to look like, said the facility will be open to the public on a regulated basis. “They will still have access to it,” he said.




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