Ashley County Judge Jim Hudson says something has to be done about the trash in the county.

Hudson said Tuesday, Feb. 11 that the members of the quorum court need to put their heads together to attempt to get a handle on the growing litter problem in the county. 

“I think we need to get a little bit more aggressive with this trash because it is everywhere in Ashley County,” Hudson said. 

“People are dumping out chairs, couches, televisions and all kinds of stuff.”

He told the court to be thinking of how they want an ordinance to read, but there really needed to be something in place.

“If y’all would, put your heads together on how you want this to read, but let’s do an ordinance where we can make people start cleaning their trash up because it’s bad; it’s everywhere,” Hudson said. 

Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said that if his office has enough evidence to prosecute people they will, but they need to be able to prove who the trash was dumped by. 

Justice Jeff Langley said that there are game cameras that can be viewed by phone and if there was an ordinance to charge someone that the camera would give them evidence.

Sturgeon said that an ordinance wouldn’t be needed as the state law covers littering, they just need the evidence to charge the person littering or illegally dumping.

“Why would need an ordinance when you have state law?” Sturgeon said. 

Justice Ricky Simms asked the judge if he had to deal with the problem at this scale before the City of Crossett changed its trash policy and started charging for junk pickup. 

The judge said that there has always been a littering issue, but Justice Rhonda Pippen said the problem wasn’t as bad before the new Crossett ordinance. 

“Yes, it’s gotten way worse,” Pippen said. 

Hudson said that the court could discuss the issue more next month, but he wanted to make sure littering and illegal dumping were a priority and he wanted to get the county cleaned up.

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