'Day Out Against Litter' a success

Lamar County’s second annual Day Out Against Litter last Saturday was a rousing success in numbers of volunteers and garbage bags, officials said Monday during the Board of Supervisors meeting in Purvis.

More than 200 volunteers collected 350 bags of garbage along streets and highways during the day and brought praise from county officials.

District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle thanked the Board, the Road Department and other volunteers in the event.

“We had 77 (volunteers) in Oak Grove, 50 in Sumrall, 30 in Purvis, and Lumberton went crazy with 87,” he said. “I credit everybody in Lumberton and (District 2 Supervisor) Warren (Byrd) did do a lot of work. This day makes a lot of difference. I believe between that and the signage we put up, it has brought a lot of recognition to the problem. “Carlisle said he was grateful for the work of the volunteers.

“I see a difference definitely, I see a difference,” he said. “Seeing the high school football teams out there, seeing the Beta Clubs out there and the Boys Scouts and everybody working together, it was a great day. I appreciate it from everybody that was involved.”

Byrd, who had only two volunteers from Lumberton last year, also praised the work of the county Road Department and volunteers.

“I would like to give a shout out to (County Road Manager) Tommy (Jones), who did an exceptional job outside the box for reaching out to the community that he is affiliated with,” he said. “I also want to give overall applause and thank you to the City of Lumberton. This may sound harsh, but this is the first time I have had this community since I have been in office come together and unite and turn out for the good of the city and the surrounding areas in the county.”

Byrd, who represents Lumberton, said he wanted to particularly thank Lumberton volunteers.

“I am tickled pink and they know because I’ve been nagging them with text messages and phone calls,” he said. “I am very proud; I had a lot of support and I had a lot of good county people there. … We had more kids than we’ve ever had. We had teams and we had churches. Also, the Youth Challenge program also turned out.”

Jones said the turnout was outstanding.

“It was better than we ever imagined,” he said. “It was unreal. “

Having younger volunteers also goes a long way in fighting the littering problem down the line, Jones said.

“I’ve said all along it is going to take education, education, education,” he said. “When you get these young people out picking up garbage, they’ll think about throwing it out and they’ll tell other people not to throw it out. So I think we are finally headed in the right direction.”

In other business Monday at the William J. “Pete” Gamble Chancery Courthouse, the Supervisors:

•          Approved the April 20 Board Minutes.

•          New Hire: Derrick Cooper Temporary Fulltime Hopper effective May 1 at $10.50 per hour.

•          Approved the Culvert Report.

•          Approved the Form 2 Report.

•          Ordered publication of proceedings.

•          Approved the April End of the Month Docket.

•          Approved paying the May Claims Docket.

•          Approved paying the May monthly civil and criminal claims for constables as submitted.

•          Received and entered clerk’s report of receipts and expenditures from the preceding calendar month.

•          Received and entered sheriff’s report of expenditures incurred during the preceding calendar month.

•          Received and entered tax assessor/collector’s report of expenditures incurred during the preceding calendar month.

•          Approved advertising county resources of $1,000 for sponsorship of the July 4th event with the Lions Club of Sumrall to be paid from the General Fund.

•          Approved advertise county resources for the Sumrall Gridiron Club in the amount of $2,100 to be paid from Fund 015, D5 Parks & Recreation.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of Lindsay Garec and Sandra Owen to attend DUI workshop at the Marriott in Jackson July 12-14.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses for Election Commissioners Dale Denham, Pat Boutwell, Linda Hartfield and Shirley Haddox to attend The Summer Workshop Training on June 13 in Lyman.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of Election Commissioner Fleetwood Loustalot to attend the Summer Workshop Training, June 18 in Grenada.

•          Approved County Administrator Joseph Waits to sign the Mississippi Department of Health Match Source Certification for the District Attorney’s Stop Violence Against Women grant application.

•          Approved Board President Joe Bounds to sign any and all correspondence from the Board of Supervisors related to the District Attorney’s Stop Violence Against Women grant application.

•          Approved emergency purchase of a skid steer grapple rake rental from Puckett Rents in the amount of $505. The rental began on Jan. 23 and was completed on Feb. 6 to aid with cleanup of tornado debris.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of DUI Officer Howard Chandler to attend Mississippi DUI Forum July 13-14 in Jackson. This a free conference sponsored by Mississippi State University.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of DUI Officer Howard Chandler to attend S.T.O.R.M conference May 2-4 in Vicksburg. Meals and lodging will be provided.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of Auxiliary Deputies Campo, Nobles, and Williamson to attend the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Training at the Columbia Law Enforcement Training Academy May 16-18 in Columbia. The Mississippi Traffic Safety Training Unit provides the training at no cost.

•          Approved advertising county resources in the amount of $300 for sponsorship of the Hattiesburg Police Benefit Fund, to be paid from Sheriff Department Donation Fund.

•          Approved paying lawful expenses of James Smith and Vann Byrd to attend the Mississippi Partners in Preparedness Conference in Biloxi from May 30-June 1. Registration and hotel expenses will be paid by MEMA.

•          Approved the asset deletion list.

•          Approved the asset transfer list.

•          Approved changes in Assessments.

•          Approved changes in Homestead.

•          Approved Tax Sale Cancellations as submitted by the Tax Collector/Assessor.

•          Approved surrendering old vehicle tags as submitted by the Tax Collector.

•          Consideration of conditional use for portable building sales. The Planning Commission recommended approval (5-0). The property is located at 7425 U.S. Hwy. 98 in Supervisor’s District 4.

•          Approved a Variance Request from the Moratorium on Multi Family Dwelling Developments to construct one duplex at 21 Hunter Lane. Flood Plain Permit(s) were issued Jan. 12, 2015. The request is being made by Mr. Thurman Norton, owner.

•          Approved the Development Permit for Walker Thrash to construct an office building to be located off of Woodstone Plaza Drive in District 4.

•          Approved Petition to Designate Family Cemetery.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.