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Ouachita Parish leaders vote on trash measure

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Several parish leaders believe trash remains an issue but a proposal mandating garbage pick-up in unincorporated areas,mainly on residential rental properties, is no longer an issue to some.

"I can't see where the landlord has to be responsible for his renters," Homeowner Clarence Fox said.

This proposal is a toned down version of a former measure brought up for debate last year. The updated version had its sight set on landlords.

But one homeowner says, if the measure passed, the price tag for garbage collection will trickle down the ladder.

"The renter in this town pays everything, they don't realize it but they pay everything. All the taxes, they pay. They pay the insurance on their house," Fox said.

Only two police jurors are supporting the proposal, that's Ollibeth Reddix and Pat Moore. Police Juror Moore also is the author behind the measure and is disappointed by the final vote.

"We will continue to do what we've been doing. But we do know, it's not working. So, what are we going to do? I don't know," Moore said.

A parish homeowner is speaking out in favor of the measure after witnessing litter too close to home.

"They throw out old mattresses, televisions, computers, and rats and snakes get into that," John Sewell said.

The failed proposal called for fines of up to $100 and no more than 40 hours of community service.  After it was given the thumbs down, Moore still has a strong message for property owners.

"Landlords, hold you're tenants accountable," Moore said.

Moore says the target was set toward rental properties because that's where many of the litter problems are taking place.


MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Parish police jurors have made their final decision on a measure calling for mandatory trash pick-up services in unincorporated areas.

Four parish leaders gave the measure a "no" vote, meanwhile only two supported the proposal. It was given the thumbs up by the measure's author, Police Juror Pat Moore and Police Juror Ollibeth Reddix.

Several property owners spoke out against the measure during the public opinion portion of the meeting. However, a couple people were there in support of the proposal.

Moore says she is still thinking of ways to tackle the trash and litter issue in the parish. The police juror is asking residents to help control the problem. She also says the current law on the books is not working.

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