Apr 2, 2014 09:38 Tangipahoa Parish government gets serious about litter Tangipahoa Parish government gets serious about litter VIC COUVILLION| Special to The Advocate April 02, 2014 Comments AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council and Parish President Gordon Burgess signaled Tuesday that a dedicated effort to end littering in the parish is underway. Council President David Vial appointed councilmen Ronnie Bankston, Lionel Wells and Trent Forrest to a committee that will work on a plan to halt the fouling of parish roads. In Tangipahoa Parish, anyone cited for illegal dumping or littering are referred to constables and those summoned for violations must appear before justices of the peace for sentencing. Vial said he has scheduled a meeting for 6 p.m. April 16 with the constables and justices of the peace to discuss how to better enforce laws against littering and illegal dumping. The meeting will be held at the Gravity Drainage District headquarters in Tickfaw. Parish Finance Director Jeff McKneely said the parish administration is working with the Governor’s Office and area legislators to pass legislation that would revoke driver’s licenses of those accused of littering or illegal dumping who fail to answer summonses. Meanwhile, Burgess said his office has obtained high-resolution cameras capable of photographing vehicle models and even license plates. “We are not going to announce where the cameras will be placed,” Burgess told the council members, “but I am asking each of you to give me a list of spots where we can best use the cameras.” Burgess said that over the past few days several citations have been issued for littering and fines between $250 and $500 were assessed. In a related matter, the council voted to approve an ordinance ordering the installation of no-dumping and no-littering signs on Bankston Road in District 3 and Weinberger Road in District 9. Bankston Road residents Ronald Cotton and Anthony Harrell told the council they decided to start a community movement to clean up their road. “We want to put pride back in our own community,” Harrell said, to applause from the council and the audience. In another matter, the council approved a resolution supporting possible state legislation regarding construction of levees and pumping stations by individual parishes. The resolution asks that the state require parishes to provide drainage impact studies prior to expanding waterways, constructing pumping stations and building levees. Larry O’Neal, a resident of Livingston Parish, said some parishes along the Mississippi River are building levees and pumping stations to keep their neighborhoods dry while dumping water on adjacent parishes. He said Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes could be affected by water pumped out of the river parishes into the rivers and creeks that ultimately drain into lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain.