RIDGELAND — Aldermen on Tuesday discussed the possibility of establishing rules for companies running cable to get it in the ground in a timely fashion.

“I understand that often times it is a different crew that will dig the hole and another one will bury the cable, but I have seen cable laying out on the ground for as long as four months and I think we need to come up with something to address this issue,” Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin said.

City Attorney Jerry Mills informed Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin that he had looked into a matter that he had asked him about concerning companies laying lines of cable and leaving the cables out and uncovered for months on end.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier echoed Hamlin, saying that he saw that if complaints were submitted to the company they usually got the cable buried faster.

Mills said he would look into what constituted a “reasonable time” for the cables to go uncovered and said they would consult with some businesses that are laying the cable. He said he was unsure exactly what action would need to be taken, but would likely be an ordinance amendment to the permit process.

Mayor Gene F. McGee agreed that something needed to be done to “address the cables just put on the ground.”

He said he remembered this being an element of a proposed ordinance change that did not pass some time ago.

In other board action aldermen:

• Declared a section of property located at 614 Berridge Drive Surplus, authorized advertising for sealed bids and requested an appraisal.

• Approved reappointment of Scott May as hotel lodging Representative to the Ridgeland Tourism Board of Directors for a three-year appointment.

• Approved a special event permit for Colonial Heights Baptist Church’s Hearts of Compassion 5k Race and Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Colonial Heights Baptist Church on Northpark Drive. They are expecting a crowd of 400 people and church facilities will be open to participants. Police Chief John Neal said they expect to fill eight posts for three hours each. This will generate $648 hours of overtime for RPD.

• Approved a special event permit for Business Communications, Inc’s open house on Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their Highland Colony Parkway office. They are expecting 300 people.

• Approved a special event permit for C Spire’s company picnic at Old Trace Park on Oct. 4. They expect 300 people. The event will generate no overtime for the police department though on-duty patrols will assist if needed.

• Approved an event for Southern Ag Credit’s Jingle Bell Jog that will include a half marathon, a 10k, 5k, and Fun Run set for Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting at Madison Central. They expect between 800 and 1,000 participants. The finish line is at Southern Ag Credit on the Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. RPD will cover 14 posts that will be manned for three hours apiece. The event is expected to generate $1,134 in overtime.

• Approved a special event permit for the Ridgeland High School Homecoming Parade on Sept. 27 at the school. They expect 1,000 participants. RPD will close Sunnybrook Road for about 15 minutes.

• Authorized the Public Works Department to advertise for a new sweeper truck and mosquito control services.