The Police Jury was expected to adopt an ordinance at Monday night’s Police Jury meeting making it mandatory that a parish garbage can be at least 10 feet away from a mailbox in order for the Police Jury automated garbage truck to empty the trash.
The solid waste department uses an automated truck to lift and empty garbage cans into a truck. The truck uses forks that hook onto the garbage can and then dump into a truck.
The Police Jury garbage truck drivers sometimes have trouble picking up the cans that are too close to mailboxes.
When cans are too close, the arms used to latch onto the cans have accidently hit and knocked down mailboxes.
Because the Police Jury garbage trucks have accidently damaged mail boxes, the Police Jury has been asked to pay for the damages of repairing the mail boxes.
When a brick mailbox knocked down, the price can run as high as $500 to repair the mailbox.
The new ordinance will prevent the driver of the garbage truck from picking up cans that are too close to mailboxes.
Police Juror Wayne Touchet recommended the garbage cans be placed eight feet away from the mailboxes, but the distance was increased to 10 feet.
If the ordinance was approved at Monday night’s meeting the Police Jury will advise the Solid Waste drivers to begin enforcing the new ordinance some times in January. The ordinance has to be advertised for 30 days before it goes into affect.
With the new ordinance, the drivers will no longer take a chance and pick up garbage cans too close to mailboxes, Touchet said.