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OPPJ tables mandatory trash collection ordinance

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A mandatory trash ordinance that was scheduled to be voted on at a Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting Monday, but the proposal was pushed back to next year.

The ordinance would make it mandatory for business and home owners to have trash collection service in the unincorporated areas of the parish.

After several people came forward with concerns about the ordinance, the OPPJ decided to table the proposal for several months.

Citizens that spoke out at the meeting had very different views on the issue.

"They haven't done any research on it to see if it's actually going to accomplish what they are trying to accomplish," says Mark Williams.

A community with clean street and ditches is the goal of Juror Pat Moore who proposed a mandatory trash collection in the parish.

After the public response to the ordinance, Moore decided to table the issue for March of next year.

"We can tweak it to where it can work for everybody," says James Poe of Keep Ouachita Beautiful, "We'll have a better, cleaner parish. It won't solve all our problems, but it will solve a lot."

While the big issue of the night was pushed aside, the meeting did have two special presentations.

The Police Jury, along with the Living Well Foundation and Hospital Service District No. 1, present $510,000 to the Ouachita Parish School Board. The money will go toward the expansion of medical career training at Richwood High School.

The nation's favorite West Monroe family, the Robertson's, got special recognition as well. The Duck Dynasty crew was honored for their entertaining show and the good it's done for tourism in the parish.

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