City: It’s time to start burning

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Brookhaven Public Works Director Keith Lewis says it’s time to start burning again, but he’s not talking about just anywhere.

Lewis told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday it was time to fire up the burn box at the city’s landfill and reduce the limb debris. The process of burning branches to ashes will cost the city $66,098.13, which is already included in the budget — and will consume 9,422.59 cubic yards of material.

“To give you an idea of how much that is, it’s 1,066 tons,” Lewis said.

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“It’s still cheaper than the way we were doing it before,” said Mayor Joe Cox. “Considerably.”

The board unanimously approved going ahead with the burning.


In other business, the board:

  • Received the Fire Department run report showing 28 runs in the city during October, and two runs outside the city limits.
  • Approved a $13,800 payment to Greenbriar Digging Service for the water main extension near BFD Station No. 2.
  • Approved payment No. 2 of $15,559.10 to Greenbriar for site improvements at the Fire Training Facility.
  • Approved Firefighter Richard Edwards to attend the Hazardous Material Technician I Course at the State Fire Academy on Dec. 4-14. There is no cost for registration, and the city will reimburse for meals and mileage.
  • Approved registration cost for City Attorney Bobby Moak to attend the Mississippi Municipal Attorney’s Winter Conference in Jackson on Jan. 11, 2024.
  • Approved the promotion of Sewer and Water Superintendent Kris Xifos to Public Works Director, effective Jan. 1, replacing current director Keith Lewis, who was elected as a county supervisor.
  • Approved the promotion of Jason Markham to Sewer and Water Superintendent replacing Xifos, effective Jan. 1.