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Booneville mayor fights for change

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/18 6:38 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Francis Pettigo wishes she had a better way to dispose of her trash. She can't afford much. Trash is always an issue in her neighborhood.

"We've had a lot of garbage strewn up and down the road because inadequate stuff to put it in," said Pettigo.

Mayor Derrick Blythe wants to offer residents new garbage cans.

"If it's in that can, it's going in their truck," said Mayor Blythe.

Blythe recently failed to convince a majority of the Board of Alderman that uniform trash cans are the way to go.

"When they have uniform trash receptacles, you don't have bins on the side of the road," added Mayor Blythe.

The mayor of Booneville says he just wants to see the city cleaned up.

He says wooden structures used to hold garbage cans are often littered with trash.

That loose garbage blows all throughout the city.

Mayor Blythe says Waste Connection employees would empty the garbage can and leave nothing behind.

The majority of the board is not buying it.

"They say we're dollaring people to death," said Mayor Blythe.

It would be an extra $1.50 per month.

"That would be fine with me," said Pettigo.

Not everyone likes that idea.

"I feel we should keep our same garbage cans and not worry about that extra bill we have to pay," said Booneville resident William Jackson.

That's is how Ward One Alderman Jason Michael feels.

He says the city has ordinances on the books targeting trash and those ordinances need to be enforced rather than make residents pay more. Michael also feels residents should own the trash can after paying the extra fee.

Ward 4 Alderman David Bolen says it's inappropriate to charge an extra $1 to senior citizens - many of whom would not be able to manage such a large container.

Mayor Blythe is determined to keep this issue on the table.

"You go to Corinth or Tupelo, you don't see the trashy neighborhoods that you see around here with paper strewn everywhere and where dogs have go into garbage," said Mayor Blythe.

The mayor says residents could be spared the extra dollar by eliminating the charge to collect yard rubbish like limbs and leaves.

He also says the company offers to buy natural gas from the city to use as fuel for their garbage truck.

Mayor Blythe says the money made would help to pay for up to three vehicles the city is purchasing that will also run on natural gas.
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