Odds and ends: Board hears updates on engineering projects, garbage pickup

Published 11:52 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — After a nearly an hour discussion of road work in the county, the rest of Lincoln County’s regularly scheduled board meeting agenda flew by. Ryan Holmes gave updates on engineering projects, garbage and a new housing authority representative was appointed. 

Holmes, Lincoln County Engineer, said the drainage project on Auburn Road has gone well so far but they are still waiting on the bridge project to start. District 4 supervisor Eddie Brown said he is ready to make a call to Washington. 

“We are beyond frustrated with it but we have done everything we can,” Holmes said. “It is in the Fed’s hands now. We sent the project to them in the first or second week of May. They are just nitpicking. We haven’t changed anything major.” 

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Holmes said the renovation of the courthouse elevator might start in September if they can get all of the parts in. He estimated a 2-3 week period to replace the elevator. 

“It would be an inconvenience but we will try to work around any major court cases or anything,” Holmes said. “People will have to use the jail’s elevator and cross over to the courthouse.”

Piney Magnolia Estates is one step closer to becoming a reality. Holmes said he reviewed the subdivision plat and sent some changes back to the developers. The new subdivision will be located off of Mallalieu Road south of US84. 

Supervisors approved a permit for Franklin Telephone to begin laying fiber optic cable in District 4. Supervisor Eddie Brown grinned with the vote of approval. 

“I’m all for getting the cable put up there,” Brown said. The project is in his district and has taken time to come to fruition. Brown is retiring this year. 

Housing Authority

Lincoln County Board of Supervisors recommended and appointed a new Brookhaven Housing Authority representative at the end of the meeting Monday. Acting housing authority representative Andrew Spiller submitted a letter to resign due to medical issues. 

District 1 supervisor Jerry Wilson recommended Roy Smith to take Spiller’s place. The board was unanimous in approving the appointment of Smith to the Brookhaven Housing Authority. 

Garbage pickup

Jim Moore with Arrow Disposals Service Incorporated spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors about trash pickup Monday morning. 

ADSI has been the topic of discussion in several board meetings in both city and county as residents complain about missed trash pickups. 

A lady complained about missed trash pickup and demanded a refund of her solid waste bill at Lincoln County’s July 17th board meeting.  Lincoln County Board Attorney Greg Malta said they would investigate the matter. In June, ADSI’s area manager Charles Lungrin told the board of supervisors they had problems with turnover of staff. 

“We are here to make things happen. I was contacted and asked to be here,” Moore said. “We have had issues. Everywhere I go it is part of the supply chain and staffing issues. We have parts ordered and they are weeks away. We have people who don’t show up. Imagine that in today’s workforce. I wish I had a better answer for y’all but it is a supply chain and labor issue.” 

Brown said people need to simply call the number on the trash cans if they have a missed pickup. . 

“I have had no problems calling the call center,” Brown said. “If people are angry and calling they might have some problems.”