"Stop dumping here" says Moss Point man - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

"Stop dumping here" says Moss Point man

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Richard Hershey has lived on Orange Grove Road in Moss Point for over 30 years. He spends most of his time on the porch he built himself, but for the past three years, it hasn't been as peaceful.  Just down the street is an eyesore, piles and piles of other people's trash.

"It's bad that could have been a nice place for a park or something like that; instead, it's become Moss Point's dump," said Hershey.

He's been looking at it every day for over three years.  He said since Katrina, people have used the area under the Highway 63 bridge as a dumping ground.

"It isn't fair," Hershey said.  "I don't go over in their parts of town and dump my stuff. I pay that ten dollars, and take it to the dump.

Public Works Project Manager Mike Bohlke said dumping in this area is an ongoing problem in Moss Point.  He said the public works department cleans up under the bridge once every few months, but that doesn't stop the problem from happening.  Now people are wondering where to turn to put a permanent stop to people's trashy ways.

"This is the worst case that I've seen, definitely," said Mike Bohkle. "It's disturbing because there's not a quick fix. There's not a way of just preventing it."

There is one thing that neighbors can do to help.

"We would like for the residents around here to be a little more vigilant," said Bohlke.  "And maybe if they see somebody or if they suspect somebody, to get a license plate number.  If I lived here, I would certainly be on the lookout for things like this."

But Hershey isn't convinced it will help. He's ready for the city as a whole to clean up the problem.

"They're trying to make this a showcase city here," he said.  "They'll never make it a showcase looking like that."

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Emmett Till relative meets with attorney general

    Emmett Till relative meets with attorney general

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-03-28 23:19:26 GMT
    An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, MS, August 31, 1955. (AP Photo)An undated portrait of Emmett Louis Till, a black 14 year old Chicago boy, whose weighted down body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, MS, August 31, 1955. (AP Photo)

    Family members of Emmett Till are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push for enforcement of a law that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

    More >>

    Family members of Emmett Till are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push for enforcement of a law that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

    More >>
  • The Past & Future of MSU hoops reflect on Women's Final Four squad

    The Past & Future of MSU hoops reflect on Women's Final Four squad

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-03-28 23:08:32 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    I asked Clinton native Mary Kathryn Govero Whittle (2010 Sweet 16) and Terry's Nyah Tate (2017 signee) about MSU's Final Four run and much more.

    More >>

    I asked Clinton native Mary Kathryn Govero Whittle (2010 Sweet 16) and Terry's Nyah Tate (2017 signee) about MSU's Final Four run and much more.

    More >>
  • MDOT completes work on Hwy 611

    MDOT completes work on Hwy 611

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 6:04 PM EDT2017-03-28 22:04:29 GMT
    The project involved widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery. (Photo source: MDOT)The project involved widening Highway 611 to five lanes from Old Mobile Highway to the end of the route near the Chevron Refinery. (Photo source: MDOT)

    After seven years of work, the final phase of a major construction project on Hwy 611 in Jackson County is now complete. 

    More >>

    After seven years of work, the final phase of a major construction project on Hwy 611 in Jackson County is now complete. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly