Don’t lay that trash on
Oklahomans remember the anti-littering advertising campaign of about 20 years ago (go ahead and click on that link for the memories – warning, the song WILL be stuck in your head for a while!).
The Luther Public Works Authority offered a “big trash” dump day in April. Current utility customers could bring their large trash items downtown during business hours to be hauled off by Eastside Waste Disposal, the company contracted with the town to run trash service.
But after business hours, apparently there was a free-for-all at the temporary town dump.
Mayor Lea Ann Jackson commented at the May meeting that these pictures were sent to her. “At night, people dumped stuff and part of the problem is we do not know if they were utility customers. Then our staff had to haul it off. It was big stuff.”
Most of the town board members said it happens every time. Jackson acknowledged if the service isn’t provided, people might start using “bar ditches” to unload their junk. (Or the river).
Trustee Birlene Langley said her neighbor reported that a person from Jones dumped a freezer, washer and a dryer on the ground. After hours.
The trustees wondered whether they should station the police at the area the next time the service is offered. Non-utility residents could also take advantage of the big trash day by paying a $50 dumping fee.
“It doesn’t matter to me, I don’t use it,” said Trustee Cecilia Taft.
The trustees passed a motion to direct Lena Wright, utility clerk, to communicate with Eastside on whether future Big Trash Days could be handled curbside for customers.