With pleas by city officials to have nonresidents discontinue using city provided dumpsters at 534 Welsh Street having gone largely ignored, Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins felt he had no choice to move the dumpsters to a secure location.
The dumpsters have been moved to the city’s street department location on Main Street (Highway 10), next to Oak Hill Cemetery.
The dumpsters will be available there from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, after which times the gate to the facility will be locked — a move to hopefully deter thefts of city property.
Wilkins said he really didn’t want to limit the hours of available because it could defeat the purpose of having the dumpsters available.
“We’re locking them up because people of abused them,” said Wilkins. “(City employees) ran two guys off from Paris that brought two trailer loads over here to dump in our bin. I roped those things off and they just keep throwing (trash and other items) out there.”
Additionally, Wilkins said, at least three people have been, apparently, rummaging through the trash, but after climbing into the dumpsters had to be helped out of them.
Wilkins said he also feels for the neighbors in the area, especially the church congregation at Parkivew Baptist, who he said has been more than patient in waiting for the constant unsightly mess to be resolved. The project began with three dumpsters and had grown to five because they contined to fill quickly.
Anyone wanting to use the dumpsters the last couple of weeks has encountered caution tape and later, a stop sign and back hoe blocking the path to them.
That’s because the city’s trash truck that empties the dumpsters had been out of service. Not that that actually stopped usage of the dumpsters. Once the truck was back in service last week they were moved to the fenced location.