City Council continues to discuss recycling, cleaning up Natchitoches

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City Council members continued to discuss options for recycling and cleaning up Natchitoches at its meeting Monday night, June 25.

As far as recycling is concerned, Mayor Lee Posey said there’s no money in it. Council member Eddie Harrington said that while he’d be hard pressed to vote against recycling, he will if forced into it due to cost efficiency, lack of community involvement and the contamination of recycling.

The recycling rate in Natchitoches is around 3%. Council member Don Mims said there’s not enough material being collected and it’s often contaminated by non recyclable waste.

Posey said they will lay out pricing at a public meeting, which will be held in August. The City received four options which they will discuss with residents.

Abandoned or non functioning cars are also cluttering up yards in certain neighborhoods.

“How strong do we want to be about cleaning up our community,” asked Posey.

The problem with cleaning up cars, according to Police Chief Mickey Dove, is there’s only one wrecker service in town willing to pick them up. They only have so much room in their tow yard and it can take a few months to get titles to vehicles through the state.

“We’re looking at how we can speed up this process,” said Posey. This includes considering using City property to store vehicles out of sight and out of mind once they’ve been picked up.

Other agenda items included:

Change Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: 2 Acres – Lot 12 Of Voiers Addition, North Side Highway #1, North By Hawthorne, West By Dezendorf, East By McGraw From R-1 Residential To B-1 Commercial To Operate The Milestone Consulting Services Office. (1746 Texas St.)

RESOLUTIONS:

Enter Into A Cooperative Agreement With The Louisiana Department Of Veterans Affairs

To Support The Cost To Operate And Maintain The Natchitoches Parish Veterans Service Office.

Approve An Amendment To Work Order Addendum No. Six To Open General Services
Agreement No. Two, Between Airport Development Group, Inc. And The City Of Natchitoches For A Drainage Study At The Natchitoches Regional Airport And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches Lee Posey To Execute Said Amendment To Work Order Addendum No. Six. (State Project H.011301)

Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And ASB Utility Construction, LLC For The Water System Improvements – Phase II, 2015/2016 Community Water Enrichment Fund. (Bid No. 0590)

8 thoughts on “City Council continues to discuss recycling, cleaning up Natchitoches

  1. There should be a collection place for residents that wish to recycle. Open at certain hours. Our world is getting loaded up with plastic.

    • New York sends all their garbage, via bardge, to Louisiana! Louisiana has become a huge landfill for the nation thanks to our corrupt politicians!

  2. The recycling program was never intended to save money through the sale of recycled plastic, soda cans, and paper. It was implemented because there was a shortage of space in the landfill. Landfill space was what was costly. So is there plenty of space now? If the city does away with it (and I hope they do not), at least set up collection points where we can drop off those items. And make them indoors so careless people do not throw their garbage in the recycling bins, as they do in my neighborhood (when they don’t just toss it on our lawns).

    • They do not pick up my recycling as I do not have that option. I collect it and bring it to the recycling dumpsters on Mill Street – let’s hope they at least maintain those. As someone who moved from out of town, this is deplorable – recycling is HARD and it is NOT to “make a profit” it is to make the world a better place for your children – or at least keep it from getting worse.

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