Morehouse Parish Police Jury addresses garbage pileup, potholes

Pothole on White Ark. road in Morehouse Parish. <br />Source: (KNOE)
Pothole on White Ark. road in Morehouse Parish. <br />Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 11:02 PM CST
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The Morehouse Parish Police Jury held their first meeting of the year Monday night.

Residents packed the room and fled to the stand with concerns. Two of those were the apparent garbage pile up and potholes.

“[I] just want it picked up. The neighborhood dogs tend to get into it and scatter it,” said Anthony Johnson, who lives in the parish.

He said it’s been almost three weeks since the garbage was picked up on his street.

The police jury said the delay was due to broken down trucks but assured residents they are working on replacements.

“There’s no excuse, the only excuse we have is that we have dilapidated trucks that, at this point, we are trying to get replaced,” said Terry Matthews, Morehouse Parish Police Jury president.

Matthews said that prior to Christmas the Solid Waste Department had been experiencing issues due to manpower and equipment.

He told the crowd that the parish would be leasing two trucks in March and they also plan to rearrange the pickup schedule.

He said they have also made arrangements with a staffing agency for temporary workers.

People were also up in arms about the potholes across the parish.

Eddy Smith has lived in the parish for decades and said it’s become a daily problem.

“A car hits it you can hardly control it,” Smith said.

He said that the parish needs to seek a permanent solution by using asphalt to pack the holes.

“When they put it in there they need to put it in there and pack it, to when a car does hit it, it won’t crush it out,” he said.

The police jury said they acquired a new trailer-mounted pothole patching machine last winter that they are using to “catch up” on the problem.

In addition, they said the public works department is focusing on the issue and they hope to make improvements as they move into the spring and summer.

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