Supes lament Legislature's over-extension

The Clay County Board of Supervisors (courtesy)
Staff Writer

While much of the media's attention focuses on education funding, Medicaid and similar big-ticket issues, some smaller things that impact boards of supervisors are sneaking their way through the Mississippi Legislature.

And some of them are local issues state lawmakers shouldn't be worried about, Clay County supervisors and their attorney, Angela Turner-Ford, who also is a state senator, said Monday.

"It sounds like legislators are taking all the power away from boards of supervisors," District 4 Clay Supervisor Shelton Deanes lamented at one point during Monday's legislative update from Turner-Ford.

Proposed legislation that originated in Alcorn County prompted the discussion. Turner-Ford said the Senate already has approved the measure, which would prohibit boards of supervisors from putting limits or restrictions on the kinds of trash containers county residents use.

Likewise, the Senate has approved a bill out of Desoto County that would allow county tax collectors to send tax ollection checks directly to community colleges rather than having to wait for the money to be processed and the check mailed by the chancery clerk. Turner-Ford noted a problem in Desoto County apparently led to the legislation.

"I objected because I thought that was the kind off issue that should be handled locally if they were having a problem," the lawyer/senator told supervisors. "You might want to contact the association (State Supervisors Association) and get them to reach out to some House members."

District 2 Clay Supervisor Luke Lummus said the trash legislation can hamstring local officials who are trying to manage an issue in their communities, especially when some residents allow their trash to become a big litter problem.

"It's not fair to people who live in the community to have trash all over the place. If stuff like this keeps going on, it's going to get out of control in our county," Deanes said, noting he's gone as far in the past as using a backhoe to scoop large piles of trash and unkempt trash containers.

"They could be living next to any of us," Lummus added of the few property owners who sometimes create a mess for others.

Lummus, who oversees the county's trash crews, said he sometimes is asked about the county mandating wheeled carts similar to what is done in Monroe County. He said he tells them it's slower and more time consuming and will cost them about $2 more and then "they aren't as interested."