Residents asked to report suspicious activity
HENDERSON COUNTY–Western Henderson County residents are urged to watch vigilantly for illegal dumping along county roads, which Precinct 1 Commissioner Scotty Thomas says has increased markedly.
“It’s starting to get really bad,” Thomas told The Monitor. “I spent about three hours yesterday (Thursday, Sept. 12) picking up trash myself.”
Precinct 1 includes Tool, Seven Points, Trinidad, Malakoff, Cross Roads, Star Harbor, Caney City, Log Cabin and Crescent Heights.
County officials are actively monitoring roadways, Thomas said, and look in the refuse for clues that could catch the culprit. Residents also can help in the fight to keep Henderson County clean by reporting activity that might indicate illegal dumping, he said.
That includes calling the commissioner’s office, the sheriff’s office dispatch line, or County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg’s department, the latter of which is charged with investigating illegal dumping.
It’s not just everyday litter, Thomas said. It’s refrigerators, tires, couches, commodes, stoves and mattresses, too, some of which block ditches. “It’s getting overwhelming,” Thomas said. “Just nasty stuff,” he added.
Dumping hotspots include County Road (CR) 1400 (Malakoff Cemetery Road), CR 1300 (also known as Lovers Lane in Malakoff), CR 1500 (Old Athens-Malakoff Road near State Loop 7) and CR 2428 near Aley.
“I even picked up a mattress myself on Arnold Hills Road (near Seven Points),” Thomas said.
Precinct 1 offers trash disposal services at the county barn in Malakoff. “We charge just enough to cover costs,” Thomas said. The service features a roll-off bin that is disposed at landfills in Corsicana and Jacksonville, as well as free recycling of paper and plastics, which Precinct 4 also offers in southeastern Henderson County. The recycling program does not take commercial waste, shingles, or liquid oil and paint.
“They can bring it here and pay to do it right,” Thomas said, “or they can dump it and do it wrong and face high fines.”