Last updated: September 04. 2014 1:31PM - 296 Views

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Well, Bladen County DOT has done it again: They mowed a few miles of Burney Road and went out of their way to chop up full bags of trash into thousands of pieces.

In front of my home, they did not mow the grass but did stop, reach out past the ditch and chop up a large piece of Styrofoam.

The Bladen Journal’s editor, W. Curt Vincent, posted a photo of this same activity about a year ago and apparently nobody at DOT noticed.

I decided to call Bladen County DOT and whine, but found they were not listed on the Internet or Bladen County’s official website. What’s up with that?

After getting the phone number from Bladen County Human Resources, I call DOT and spoke with a very nice guy named Mac Melvin. The operator informed me that he was in charge of all the cutting, so I told Mac about the issue and he said he would put my area on the list for the inmates to pick up the mess.

That was very disturbing, since I had no idea DOT told them where to go.

DOT, let’s do this: Tell your cutting folks to stop chopping up trash bags, and if they don’t, fire them. Send your cutting list schedule to the person in charge of inmates picking up trash a few weeks in advance so they can pick up before you cut.

For anyone wanting to contact DOT at their elusive phone number about things like this, here it is: 910-862-3396.


Thomas Blalock

White Oak

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