Aldermen discuss limb, debris removal

By Ellen Graves The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Ackerman Board of Aldermen discussed the collection of limb and debris removal in their monthly board meeting held Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m.

The board discussed the fact that Ackerman does not have a permitted dumping ground for limbs and debris. Mike Brasher, Public Works director, told the board that they collect several trailers of limbs and brush no matter what time of year.

“We need to make some kind of arrangement to see what we are going to do with the tree limbs,” said Mayor Dick Cain.

Brasher explained to the board some of the requirements to get a permit for the town. “We can get a permit for the 40 acres but we have to survey it, notify the adjacent owners, and it can cost $5,000 – $10,000 for the permit,” said Brasher. If the town decided to obtain a permit, it would last for 20 years.

Brasher went on to say that they would also need to decide what the permit would be for. “You can get a permit for limbs and stumps or limbs, stumps and broken concrete but whatever we permit for, is what I’m going to dump out there,” said Brasher of the different permit options.

The permit application would go through the Golden Triangle Regional Waste Management Authority and would need to be submitted by December 2012. Brasher explained “we’ve got to do something” because town does not need to violate the regulations set forth by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Until any final decision is made regarding the permit, limbs and debris will continue to be hauled to the county dump. Also during the meeting, the board approved to amend the FY 2011-2012 budget. Town Clerk Debbie Boley explained the amendments to the budget by discussing each department.

The police department supply budget was increased by $500 for office supplies and $3,500 for gas and oil. The water department budget was increased by $1,700 for gas and oil. No amendments were made to the general fund.

The Board of Aldermen also approved the hire of Guyton Montgomery as a part-time police officer Montgomery served as a certified police officer in Meridian and is also the new pastor at Ackerman’s Church of Christ.

Also in the meeting, Cain suggested not offering insurance to “future” aldermen. Currently, aldermen are offered insurance through the town. If approved, current aldermen would be grandfathered in for concurrent terms, but future aldermen would not be offered insurance. No action was taken at this time.

The next Ackerman Board of Aldermen regularly scheduled meeting will be held Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at Town Hall.