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Veto planned on committee revamp effort

March 2, 2011


An alderman takes issue with the mayor pro tempore’s veto of a measure which would have required a number of citizen committees to report to several aldermen-led panels.
On Tuesday, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 5-1 on an amended motion to require the Transportation Committee to report to the Infrastructure Committee and all committees with budgetary impact to go directly to the Budget Committee.
The amendment to include the budget provision passed 4-2.
Writing in her intent to veto the matter, Sandra C. Sistrunk indicated the action took place “without the requisite forethought as to the implications of the additional layering of the reporting structure. The inherent difficulty resulting from this Board action will in my opinion severely impede the flow of information to the full Board in a timely and orderly fashion.”
Ward 6 Alderman Roy A’. Perkins, who initially proposed the change on the Transportation Committee, says he’s been on the board about 17-and-a-half years and the comment about the thought behind the action is “without merit.”
“I have a lot of political experience and background. Everything that I present has merit, forethought and I give countless hours to things that I take to the board and I take my job seriously,” he said.
Perkins says it’s his opinion the board and mayor “get too caught up with the messenger as opposed to the message. It appears when I offer anything to this board that they want to find something to always say ... negatively about whatever I have to offer.”
He says he was trying to get all appointed committees consisting of citizens to go before the aldermen sub-panels to “save a lot of energy, time and resources.”
Perkins says he thinks the veto “was time wasted.” Sistrunk could not be reached by press time Wednesday to respond to Perkins’ comments. Mayor Parker Wiseman was out of town Tuesday.
In a separate matter, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 Tuesday to allow Waste Management to gather the city’s recyclable material.
“I think there’s more flexibility in what’s happening with Waste Management because we’re not tied to a set, yearly fee. Because we do have the per-haul fee, we can look at different efficiencies based on those figures,” said Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas.
BlueBox was previously accepting the city’s recyclables on a per-haul basis, but officials decided recently to stop taking the material until city officials made a decision about picking a hauler, Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker said.
After the meeting, Sharon Boyd, the city’s director of sanitation and environmental services, explained how curbside recycling works.
Those with Monday and Thursday trash pickup get their recyclables picked up on the first and third Wednesdays, while those who receive garbage pickup on Tuesdays and Friday receive recycled-material pickup on the second and fourth Wednesdays. There are no fifth-Wednesday pickups.
City crews will take the curbside material to the city rubbish landfill, where Waste Management will then pick it up, she said.
There will be roll-off containers available for the public to use in dropping off recyclables at fire stations No. 1 and No. 4.

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