Sewage debate ongoing

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2014

Protesting continues at the Pike County Health Department after the arrest of a Brundidge pastor.

Bishop Ira J. McCloud is the pastor of Jesus Christ Church of God the Bibleway of the Apostolic Faith located at 7307 U.S. Highway 231

McCloud turned himself in to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department Monday night after an arrest warrant was issued by the Health Department in a dispute over raw sewage on his church’s property.

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McCloud was booked in to the Pike County jail Monday night then released on a signature bond and will appear in court on Nov. 4 He said that the charge the Health Department filed against him could not be found in the computer system at the jail.

“They said they would try to find it that it wouldn’t be in their records, and they would have to go to the health department, ask them what is the name of this law that’s been broken,” McCloud said. “I don’t know if they have found the name of the charge.”

Circuit Clerk Jaime Scarbrough said that the charges are in the county’s computer system.

“I’m not sure what he is talking about,” Scarbrough said. “We have the deposition that the health department inspector brought in with the charges.”

The charge against McCloud is described as health sewage / insanitary facility. Details of the offense on the deposition claim that the church is illegally disposing sewage on to a neighboring property owned by Mike Swindall. It goes on to say the Pike County Health Department has worked with the church to resolve this matter for years and several notices of violation have been issues and expired.

Wanda Carter of the Pike County Health Department said there has not been any change in the issue to her knowledge.

“This is an ongoing situation and we are hoping to resolve it soon,” Carter said. “We have tried for some time to get the situation resolved, get proper sewage disposal from discharging, given them time, hasn’t happened yet. Our goal is public health and to protect people from illness, including diseases that can be causes from sewage discharge on the ground. Our goal is to protect the public from that.”