I’m shocked, shocked, to discover there’s illegal dumping going on in Lowndes County! County staff assured us all two yeas ago that wouldn’t be a problem, while telling us all we had no choice about waste disposal. Yet today at the county’s retreat they showed this map of illegal dumping locations throughout the county.
(If the county published board packets before meetings, you’d be able to see those maps better than these mobile phone snaps from Gretchen.)
Unnamed “representatives from Lowndes County” told the VDT 30 January 2013 that:
“Lowndes County Code Enforcement successfully prosecutes cases on a monthly basis in the Magistrate Court for illegal roadside dumping. In addition, there are many proactive citizens that will call in with tag numbers when they see other citizens throw trash from their vehicles.
“While this may seem like an option people can get away with, more times than not, these cases are prosecuted successfully. Violators are fined. The amount of the fine is determined case by case by the magistrate. In some cases, where dumping can be so significant that the case is handled by state court, those fines can be thousands of dollars.”
So can we see a list of who’s been prosecuted for illegal dumping?
And why are any county citizens being prosecuted for the county government’s own mistake of closing the waste collection sites and allocating an exclusive franchise to a company financed from New York City?
At least now they’re finally looking into fixing their mistake.