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|Litter concerns aired at Sterlington meeting|
Sterlington resident Suzy Self has spent 10 years in a golf cart along U.S. 165 in Sterlington, picking up litter along the busy highway.
Tuesday night, Self pleaded with Sterlington's board of aldermen to assist in the pick-up. She made her case at a board of aldermen meeting.
"Some of you have probably seen me in my golf cart, picking up litter in the ditch and on the median," Self said. "I just wish there was some sort of activity the town could initiate to get litter picked up."
Alderman Cliff Bullock told Self the town was doing what it could with limited resources, including utilizing public works staff to pick up trash during slow periods.
"If they don't have something more pressing to do, they're out picking up paper," Bullock said.
Still, Bullock recognized that wasn't enough to keep a growing problem under control.
"We can only do so much," Bullock said. "The fix to this is catching people doing this. If you hit them with a $500 fine, it'll eventually stop."
Alderman Ladd Williams said he sympathized with Self and pointed to the Great American Clean-Up on March 7 as just one example of raising people's awareness of the problem.
Ladd also pointed to Sterlington's high traffic count as one culprit for the increase in roadside litter.
According to Ladd, more than 170,000 cars a day pass through the town. Coupled with the amount of construction currently under way in the town, Ladd said the litter problem compounds.
"It's manpower and it's just getting people to take personal responsibility," said Williams.
In other business, aldermen unanimously introduced an ordinance to revoke the annexation of a portion of Horseshoe Lake Road.
Sterlington town attorney Katie Balsamo presented the ordinance to deannex a section of the road and roll back the city limits to where the corporate limits were in 2006, before the town annexed a stretch of Horseshoe Lake Road.
"It will just deannex what was just annexed," Balsamo said.
Aldermen are set to approve the measure at the next regular meeting of the board, which is scheduled for Feb. 25.